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Constantinople Quilts

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Travel to an exotic land with timeless designs inspired by Turkish Iznik tiles from the Ottoman Empire. Bursting with flora and organic symmetry, the book’s exquisite fusible appliqué projects will take your breath away. Your journey begins with the basics—choosing the right fabric, thread, and needles for hand-stitched or machine appliqué. Newer or busy quilters can start with table runners or bags and work their way up to Tamsin Harvey’s stunning master quilts. Location photography enhances 8 patterns that effortlessly go from ancient places to contemporary spaces.

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Gelibolu Bag

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FINISHED SIZE: 15˝ × 13½˝ × 1½˝ (38cm × 34cm × 4cm)

Gelibolu is the name of a town and a district in the Çanakkale Province, located in Turkish Thrace. This town is also known as Gallipoli. Gallipoli has a very strong link with Australia, because during the First World War it was the location of a series of memorable battles, including the first major involvement of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). This campaign was regarded as the greatest Ottoman victory during the First World War and was considered a major Allied failure. The Allied and Turkish forces both suffered heavy casualties; over 11,000 ANZACs were killed and 33,500 injured. The events that took place in the First World War played a major role in the movement toward the Turkish War of Independence and led to the founding of the Republic of Turkey under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Atatürk had been a Turkish commander during the Gallipoli campaign. He led the Turkish National Movement in the Turkish War of Independence and became the first president of the Republic of Turkey in 1923.

 

Sultan’s Cushions and Bed Scarf

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Cushions and Bed Scarf hand appliquéd and hand quilted by Angela Perry. Fabrics featured in these projects are from the ColorWorks collection by Northcott.

FINISHED SIZE: Cushions, 24˝ × 24˝ (61cm × 61cm) Bed Scarf, 16˝ × 100½˝ (41cm × 255cm)

The sultans of the Ottoman dynasty ruled the Ottoman Empire from 1299 to 1922. The Ottoman sultan was the absolute ruler of the territory, and his words were law. A total of 36 sultans ruled during the Ottoman dynasty. This empire was one of the most powerful states in the world. In the seventeenth century, it contained 32 provinces. The location of the Ottoman capital of Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) was ideal, at the center of trade between Europe and Asia on the Mediterranean Basin.

MATERIALS

Yardage is based on 42˝-wide fabric.

Cushion A

■Blue: 1¾ yards (160cm) for front, back, and appliqués

■White: ⅓ yard (23cm) for front

■Red: ⅛ yard (12cm) or small scraps for flowers

 

Nicaea Table Runner

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FINISHED SIZE: 40˝ × 20˝ (102cm × 51cm)

Nicaea is the ancient city now known as İznik, located only a few hours from Istanbul. Throughout history it has been an important town, hosting the First Council of Nicaea by Roman Emperor Constantine I in AD 325 and the Second Council of Nicaea, which are regarded as the first and seventh ecumenical councils in the early history of the Christian church. It was the interim capital city of the Byzantine Empire between 1204 and 1261. The fall of Constantinople in 1453 resulted in the town losing importance until the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, when it became the center for ceramic creations.

MATERIALS

Yardage is based on 42˝-wide fabric.

■Light blue: ⅞ yard (70cm) for appliqués

■White: ½ yard (45cm) for border and appliqués

■Dark blue: ⅜ yard (35cm) for background

■Backing: ¾ yard (55cm)

■Binding: ⅜ yard (35cm)

■Batting: 24˝ × 44˝ (61cm × 112cm)

■Fusible web: 48˝ (122cm) of 18˝ wide (46cm)

 

Eyüp Table Runner

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FINISHED SIZE: 18˝ × 45˝ (46cm × 114cm)

Located in the area of Istanbul, Eyüp is on the Golden Horn, and the region extends to the Black Sea. The town itself lies beyond the walls of Istanbul and is known as a burial area. The Eyüp Sultan Mosque is a sacred place, as it holds the remains of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari, the companion and standard-bearer of the Prophet Muhammad. As part of the Arab Army, al-Ansari was killed during the first attempt to capture Constantinople and was buried here. This table runner is based on an İznik tile that can be found in the Eyüp Sultan Mosque.

MATERIALS

Yardage is based on 42˝-wide fabric.

■Red: 1⅜ yards (126cm) for background and backing

■White: ¼ yard (20cm) for appliqués

■Dark blue: ¼ yard (20cm) for appliqués

■Light blue: ¼ yard (20cm) for appliqués

■Gold: ⅛ yard (15cm) for appliqués

■Green: assortment of scraps (I used 7 different green fabrics in a range of tones.)

■Binding: ⅜ yard (35cm) binding

 

Blue Çini

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Hand appliquéd and hand quilted by Angela Perry

FINISHED SIZE: 58˝ × 58˝ (147cm × 147cm)

This was one of the first quilts I created for this book and, as an homage, I named it Blue Çini. Çini translates from the Turkish as “china.” The early examples of İznik wares mainly consisted of two colors—cobalt blue and white. As the skills of the artists developed, they used more colors and varied designs to create the İznik tiles. Many of the first tiles created in İznik were heavily influenced by Chinese porcelain and were a blend of these elements and arabesque patterns. The center star is influenced by the Seljuq tile designs, which predated the İznik tile designs.

MATERIALS

Yardage is based on 42˝-wide fabric.

■White: 2⅔ yards (245cm) for background and appliqués

■Dark blue: 1⅔ yards (150cm) for inside border and appliqués

■Pale blue: ⅔ yard (60cm) for appliqués

■Light blue: ½ yard (45cm) for appliqués

 

Topkapi

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Fabrics featured in this quilt are from the Shadow Play collection by Maywood Studios. The white background fabric is from the Pearl Essence collection from Galaxy Fabrics.

FINISHED SIZE: 40˝ × 48½˝ (102cm × 122cm)

The Topkapı Palace, located in Istanbul, was the primary home of the sultans from 1465 until 1856. The palace complex consists of four main courtyards, the harem, and many small buildings. It was not only the main residence of the sultan and his court, but was also initially the seat of government in which the imperial court met and conducted business. The palace was designed to provide the sultan with privacy and discretion. Today, as a museum, it is an example of the lifestyle of the sultan and his court. Rooms are heavily decorated with gold accents, İznik tiles, upholsteries, and luxury items. Large panels of İznik tiles, still in impeccable condition, are located throughout the palace. Numerous pavilions, chambers, kiosks, dormitories, and gardens, along with the harem, look out over the Bosphorus and Istanbul. This quilt is inspired by several of the panels located within the palace.

 

The Peacock

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FINISHED SIZE: 35˝ × 47˝ (89cm × 119cm)

The Tree of Life symbol is found in many cultures throughout history. It appears in Turkic mythology because the Turks believed human beings descended from the trees. The peacock was an exotic bird and has often been linked to royalty. This quilt is inspired by several ceramic plates created by the İznik artists, one of which can be found in the British Museum in London. The border design is inspired by both the palmetto tree branches and the lotus flower—a symbol of transition from sunrise to sunset, as the flower opens at sunrise and closes at sunset.

MATERIALS

Yardage is based on 42˝-wide fabric.

■Dark blue: 2¼ yards (160cm) for background and binding

■White: ⅞ yard (80cm) for border and flowers

FOR APPLIQUÉS:

■Brown: ⅓ yard (30cm) for tree stems

■Gold: ⅛ yard (12cm) for flower centers and border appliqués

■Greens: ¼ yard (25cm) total of different greens for leaves

 

Istanbul

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Hand appliquéd by Angela Perry, machine quilted by Tamsin Harvey. Fabrics featured in this quilt are from the Shadow Play collection by Maywood Studio. The white background is from the Pearl Essence collection from Galaxy Fabrics.

FINISHED SIZE: 62˝ × 62˝ (157cm × 157cm)

This quilt was inspired by the numerous İznik tile designs that include floral sprays of tulips, carnations, roses, peonies, and violets. The tulip created a craze within the Ottoman court society between 1718 and 1730. During the reign of Sultan Ahmed III, improving trade relations and developing commercial revenues was of major interest. There was a return to the gardens, and tulips were a favorite of the Ottoman court. Tulips appear often in Ottoman art from this period, not only in the decoration of İznik tiles, but also in carpets and paintings.

MATERIALS

Yardage is based on 42˝-wide fabric.

■Red: 2½ yards (183cm) for inside and outside borders

■White: 1⅝ yards (149cm) for center background and inside border

 

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