Go Teal it on the Mountain #14: two sacred mountains

The portraits of mountains continue…

Nanette has sent me two wonders. The first is Mt Kailash, in Tibet, an imposing peak at 22,000 ft or 6,500m. It’s a site of veneration for several religions, a pilgrimage destination and its Tibetan name, Kangrinboqe, translated means ‘precious jewel of the snows’. How beautiful is that? It has great significance for Nanette, who went there on pilgrimage herself in 2014. She has used a beautiful pale, icy teal palette to execute the design which I think enhances the remote dignity of the mountain. Also shown is Nanette’s own photo of the mountain, which she took during her visit.

© 2014 Nanette Gilbert

The second is Mt Warning in New South Wales, a peak she can see from her home. It’s 4,000ft or 1,200m high, and is a site sacred to the local Aboriginal people, as well as being Heritage Listed. I love how she’s used Australian-themed fabric prints for this one! It’s a well known and beloved landmark in the area, and is formed from the volcanic plug of the now long-gone Tweed Volcano.

We’re nearly there, people.  I now have 21 blocks in hand. There are seven more blocks on their way, which means I need to make three more, and we’re done!  One of those will be the teal ribbon block I include in every quilt. I might make something scrappy – Nanette has also sent me some really pretty pieces of fabric and I shall dive into my own teal scrap stash; I think a scrappy ribbon would look gorgeous!

I just need to clear the decks a little, cut some backing and batting, and I can make a start on the quilting 🙂

43 thoughts on “Go Teal it on the Mountain #14: two sacred mountains

  1. Moira says:

    Beautiful blocks!

  2. magpiesue says:

    Wow, those are amazing! I love the Cockatoos!

  3. Just when I think they can’t get any more beautiful, they do. Wow!!!!

  4. anne54 says:

    This quilt is going to be AMAZING! Congratulations to everyone involved.

  5. nanacathy2 says:

    Look at them, simply wonderful. The bottom one is such fun.

  6. tialys says:

    Yes, Yes, Nanette!

    • katechiconi says:

      She’s said she still has another block to make to scratch a creative itch, so we haven’t see the end of it yet 🙂 I love both of these for different reasons; Kailash because of its pure serenity, and Warning because it’s wonderfully Australian!

      • tialys says:

        I definitely think this is going to be our best yet and ought to be worth mucho dinero.

      • katechiconi says:

        It would be lovely to think so… Going forward when we’re making quilts for the Trudy Crowley Foundation, the marketing will be much more energetic and hopefully the target audience will be motivated and generous.

  7. Robin Murphy says:

    Those blocks are amazing. Such clever piecing and woderful stories to go with it.

  8. craftycreeky says:

    They’re both beautiful but the first one is just stunning!

  9. Dayphoto says:

    I am loving this landscape in fabric!

  10. kathyreeves says:

    This has been such a great experience! The inspiration, design creativity, making blocks and watching the blocks come in. It really is exciting! It’s Thanksgiving here in the US, and I am thankful for you, Kate, for being the catalyst to get such a lovely lesson in creativity going!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m thankful too, for the luxury of time to work on these projects, for the generosity and enthusiasm of the participants, and for the opportunity to build skill and exercise creativity we’ve all had over the course of the past few years of making Ovarian Cancer quilts.

  11. Joanne S says:

    Nanette has outdone herself. What beautiful blocks! I’m very intrigued with the ‘ribbon block.’ Can’t wait to see the block and the completed quilt. Again, thank you for all that you are doing, Kate!!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s just a quilty depiction of the teal ribbon loop lapel badge, and I’ve featured one on every ovarian cancer quilt to remind people that this is a quilt for a cause.

  12. so exceptionally gorgeous.

  13. The Tibetan block is stunning!
    I feel like I dropped the ball after seeing all these fabulous, realistic mountains. I live in a very flat part of the world …

    • katechiconi says:

      No, you didn’t drop the ball at all. Your mountains are excellently pointy and your geese are fabulous. There are NO rules about what and how you depict a mountain and I love your block.

  14. rutigt says:

    Beautiful blocks!!!!!

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