Thursday, 4 August 2016

Throwback Thursday - Lake Baikal at Sunset

It's time for another throwback post about the dark pre-blog ages. Though with me, of course, it's not that long ago)))

I made this quilt in the summer of 2014 as a part of my "Advanced patchwork" course (topic: stained glass quilt) and at the same time as a gift for my father, who lives in a small town on Lake Baikal - the most beautiful place on Earth. We were going there for a visit and so I needed a special gift.

stained glass quilt

It's picture-like size, maybe 50 by 60 cm or thereabouts and I only have this one photo of it. It doesn't show a particular place, just kind of an impression. I remember going to some "vantage points" on the shore to admire the view with my father, and he said that the mountains on the opposite side at sunset remind him of Nikolas Roerich's pictures of the Himalayas, this kind of thing:

"He Who Hastens" by Nikolas Roerich from Nikolas Roerich Museum website - have a look, the paintings and drawings are beautiful!
I didn't set out to replicate Roerich (although some of his mountains are highly piece-able, as I can see now), but I did use his bold colors)) Actually, as I was working on it, and even after it was done I thought they were too bold and nobody in their right mind would see a landscape in those bits and pieces, let alone recognize what it is supposed to be. I was really surprised (and pleased) when my mum, on seeing it for the first time, asked "Have you made this for Dad?" To my bewildered "How do you know?" she answered "I see this is Baikal."

I now know that the problem is value, as it so often happens - I presumed that if something is made of green fabrics it will be recognized as one whole thing which is the shore))), but it doesn't work like that)) Anyway, I still like this piece and I like the fact that it hangs in my Dad's living room. Looking at it reminds me of Baikal and I long for a chance to go there again. I'll show you a couple pictures from our last visit so you know why))):

Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal

I actually made many more gifts for my other relatives and friends when going there, including three potholder sets with raw edge appliqué - really fast and fun to make and produce a great impression ;))

applique potholder

I'm linking this up to Throwback Thursday at A Quarter Inch from the Edge - it's the link up's anniversary, there will be a lot of quilts to see and there are even prizes to be won, so you can still join, I'm sure everybody has nice quilt stories to tell!



  1. Another quilt from Throwback Thursday with a wonderful story! I love how you created the reflection in the water, well done!

  2. This is a great story to go along with the quilt. It's wonderful that your mother recognized the lake! I love the bright colours in the quilt and the reflection in the water as well.

  3. I love the vibrant colors in this quilt, and the reflection of the mountains. I know what you mean about the effects of value--but I saw the shoreline right away when I looked at the picture. I'm sure this is a very treasured gift!

  4. Absolutely stunning! I'm so impressed that you could recreate a particular view of the lake. So out of my skill set! Thanks for linking up with Throwback Thursday @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge!

  5. They are all lovely. The colour of your quilt is so nice!


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