elana gabrielle

quilt bandana


I created this pattern with geometric stars and meandering landscapes as glimpses through portals or windows - like memories and photographs; moments suspended in time. I designed this piece as an exploration of lineage and connection, inspired by my grandmother’s quilts and all that I’ve learned from her. 

My grandmother is a skilled quilter and artist, and I’ve been surrounded by her handcraft for as long as I can remember. I grew up with one of her quilts always on my bed or hanging on my walls, and I learned to sew by watching her work. Her quilt blocks featured colors and creatures that spoke to my interests, sewn stitch by stitch as tapestries of stories. I have such sweet memories of wandering through her sewing room and sorting through shelves of fabric scraps and unfinished pieces, each color and pattern telling its own story. As my grandma isn’t sewing much anymore I'm creating pieces that honor her work, through my own lens and craft.


-Size: 22x22” 

-Materials: 100% unbleached cotton, water-based ink

-Care: Machine or hand wash with like colors, tumble or line dry. Fabric will soften with use.

-Use: Tie traditionally around your neck or in your hair, wrap up snacks, use as a furoshiki cloth for gifts, hang as a tapestry, frame it, use it as a picnic spread, or for any other multifunctional use.