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Istanbul

Harvey, Tamsin C&T Publishing ePub

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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Blue Çini

Harvey, Tamsin C&T Publishing ePub

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

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Gelibolu Bag

Harvey, Tamsin C&T Publishing ePub

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.

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Eyüp Table Runner

Harvey, Tamsin C&T Publishing ePub

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

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Nicaea Table Runner

Harvey, Tamsin C&T Publishing ePub

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)

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