Qilin – Shanghai to Salt Lake

The qilin (Chinese: 麒麟; pinyin: qílín) is a mythical hooved chimerical creature known in Chinese and other East Asian cultures, said to appear with the imminent arrival or passing of a sage or illustrious ruler.[1] It is a good omen thought to occasion prosperity or serenity. Wikipedia

A couple of years ago friends brought me a beautiful length of batik that was purchased from and batik artisan in China. It sat on my table patiently waiting for me to decide what to do with it. I decided to surround it by pieced squares made of other indigo batiks. Purchased all the fabric, made the squares and I didn’t like the look of it at all. So decided instead to use two simple borders and leave it as a panel.

Shanghai to Salt Lake

Here is a closeup of the qilin.


I decided to use the other squares for the back.


Borders are hand quilted. Central portion is quilted by machine.
38X60 inches
completed 2015


Filed under batiks, quilting, quilts

5 responses to “Qilin – Shanghai to Salt Lake

  1. That’s a great way to use an unusual fabric. Is the yellow in the corners applique? It gives just the right amount of brightness to the quilt.

  2. What a fabulous textile, and how wise not to over-work it.

  3. That Indigo is beyond gorgeous and I’m so glad you went this direction with it. Its own ‘beauty’ gives it the credibility to stand on its own for sure!!! Beautiful finish and treasure for years to come!!!!

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