A couple of weeks ago I was looking for something in my quilting closet and came across a piece that I had forgotten about completely!!!
The story goes back to 2011 when Michael and I were visiting with friends in Chaing Mai, Thailand. One night after dinner, we headed out to the center of old-town to the Nighttime Walking Market…..isn’t that a great name!!!
The weather didn’t cooperate so we didn’t have long there but I was able to make one special purchase…….
This applique piece is 37 x 20 and is an amazing example of fine applique!!
I love all of the animals, especially the monkey sporting USA Red-white-and-blue…..
And look at the fine appliqued details, especially in the black monkey…..
Those hands are TINY!!
I especially love the fabric used for the river…..
The piece gets even more interesting when you look at the back…..
…..and realize that it is a panel of sorts with the “grass” printed on the fabric and line designs of all of the animals printed as well.
Look at #35 from the back…..
….and then from the front…..
I would love to have seen the people actually doing the applique but this market was just for sales. Sadly, I didn’t pay much for it which means that the creators were making pennies!!
But, what a talent they have!!!
Now the big question is “What do I do with this?”
It is kind of funky and I am not sure that it would hang well in my home. Frankly, that is probably why it was put in a box and forgotten about over 10 years ago!!!
But, maybe it is time to get it out and use it.