Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Basting the backing

After 17 years in my stash drawer, this Turkish fabric will be the backing of the bird quilt. I bought it at an incredibly low price in Turkey, when I was engaged to get married for the first time. It was in Mersin, a southern harbour, where we went to a fair (lunapark) with my fiancé and his family, mother, younger brother and two sisters. We took one of these small cheap buses called "dolmuş", pronounced "dolmush", which means "we are complete". Explanations at the end of this posting.
In Mersin, we visited a market, and I tried to find vintage fabrics or bedcloths, table cloths, whatever. Most of the stuff was so ugly that tears came to my eyes. Later I found out that this piece was for oversize bed covers, so I never used it, just kept thinking that I would change it to a proper size some day.
That night, I also witnessed a weird performance of a standup comedian dressed like a harem eunoch in fairytales, appearing together with a beautiful tall singer who looked like a model and sang like a pop star. We sat at a table and had a drink, and my fiancé told the show man that there was a German guest. Me. A sensation in the Turkish province! Nobody ever goes to Mersin. It is a stinking industrial place. So I was celebrated as the only tourist who ever came to Mersin.

Now I took this evidence of my presence in Mersin out of the drawer and washed it. It faded a little, but that's alright for vintage.
I basted the backing, creeping on the carpet, because I don't have a large table. My sports for today.

These are private vehicles which stop on a gestic signal of people waiting anywhere along the road. To signalize how many persons want to get on the bus, you point the according number of fingers to the driver, and he either stops or shows the number of free seats with his fingers and drives by. The same fee is payed for any distance. When you reach the desired place, you just call "stop!" and you're allowed out. A dolmuş can take up to 10 Persons on board.
This is very practical.


Pat said...

i really enjoyed this post. good memories. and the dolmus. yes, practical.

lei said...

That is the absolutely perfect fabric to back the bird quilt!

ArtSparker said...

A lovely story. So sensitive, that the ugliness of the cloth made you tear up - but it's like that, isn't it - that ugliness seems to diminish us, and beauty seems to give us something to strive for.

Dolmus sound very sensible.

jude said...

oh i just love those mini buses. once on the way down the coast we were jammed in to one of those and it was so hot and i was glad when it was all full so we could just get there already. until it stopped 4 more times.ha!
i don't much care for turkish design except for the carpets.
how big is the quilt?

Eva said...

The size is 58x51"

jude said...

wow, bigger than i thought...nice!

Deborah said...

It looks like a great piece of fabric.

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