Arab-themed Quilts at Local Quilt Show

May 22nd, 2012

Today I trekked to my neighborhood quilt shop Craft Land to see a local quilt show. Dubai quilters, many of them students, created the quilts on display. It was a small show, but amongst the traditional quilts I found, as I do at every Dubai quilt show I attend, some Arab-themed and regional themed quilts.

The quilt below is “Arabian Inspirations” by Mary Nisbet.

Below is a quilt entitled “You Don’t See this at Home” by Maureen Wilson. It features all the symbols of the UAE, made with the colors of the sand.

These are details from the quilt “Reflections” by Leslie McKinlay.










Below is a quilt entitled “Pharoah’s Tent” by Ansie Vanderwalt, based on the traditional appliqué made by Egyptian quilters in the Tentmaker Quarter in Cairo.

This piece is in the category of wearable art–a jacket with appliqué of the skyline of Dubai. Yes, that is the Burj Khalifa.

This quilt has a regional theme; it’s called “Unforgettable Sri Lanka” by Mandy Peden. I like the elephant motif and the beaded trim.

Finally, here’s a spectacular quilt made by Suzette Pont, entitled “Circle of Friends.” Not Arab-themed, but one of my favorites.

The quilt show is running through this Saturday. It’s in Town Center Mall on Jumeira Beach Road. (Details to the left)

My next goal is to see the Dubai International Quilt Show, which I missed this year.

Question: Have you been to a quilt show in Dubai?


  1. Lainey
    May 23rd, 2012 at 16:44 | #1

    Those are lovely.
    Thank you for featuring them.
    Is this where Danielle’s quilt is on display?

    • Holly S. Warah
      Holly S. Warah
      May 23rd, 2012 at 18:53 | #2

      Hi Lainey, Danielle had at least 3 quilts in the show. Maybe more… The quilt at the top of this post … with the Arabic coffee pot was made by Danielle!

  2. Becky Cochran
    May 24th, 2012 at 06:52 | #3

    Hi Holly, enjoyed the pictures, miss seeing the shows but am enjoying being home. I hope you post more pictures.

    • Holly S. Warah
      Holly S. Warah
      May 28th, 2012 at 19:54 | #4

      HI Becky, Thanks for stopping by! I’m disappointed I missed the international quilt show. Will try to make it next year & post more photos. Meanwhile, I’m glad you are enjoy being home & getting lots of quilting done. Miss you…

  3. Amanda
    June 2nd, 2012 at 05:29 | #5

    Those are so cool! Would love to have them in my home. =) My mom’s friend is an avid quilter, I wonder if I can get her to make one for me, lol.

    • Holly S. Warah
      Holly S. Warah
      June 9th, 2012 at 17:55 | #6

      Amanda, I love quilts. It’s an addiction actually. I had to actually set the hobby aside for a while because I couldn’t get anything else done. It’s a true pleasure, but very time consuming.

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