It is also the final posting here on this blog of my remaining photos. It is a mixed bunch:
This is a pieced quilt with appliqué but could be the base for an orderly crazy quilt, don't you think?
Each field shows a scene or items from various seasons: In the top left field you see traditional New Year games, as well as a rice cake being grilled on a net (looks like an old fashioned stamp!); underneath is the Bean Throwing Festival which is coming up soon (February 3rd); under that, dolls for the Hina Festival (March 3rd); you can imagine cherry viewing in the hills; fields of tulips; the flying carp streamers are for Boys' Festival on May 5th; next to it is a block with white hydrangeas in the rainy season; the Tanabata Festival (July 7th) when bamboo branches are bedecked with paper ornaments and slips of paper with wishes; in the big block at the bottom you have all the joys of summer holiday; then the scarecrows in the rice fields in late summer and; finally the autumn leaf viewing season.
I think the quilter has made good use of the quilting to make sure the rings are visible in this yellow and blue Double Wedding Ring quilt.
I love this quilter; she makes the most beautiful landscape slash quilts. Several layers of fabric are stacked and canals are stitched to hold the layers together. Then the fabric in between the stitched lines is cut and you get this misty scenery.
Here are a few details from quilts:
Chieko Shiraishi got her inspiration for this appliqué quilt from Hungarian Kalocsa embroidery. She has used wool and crochet lace.
Here is a typical example of how old scraps of kimono silk are used in Japan for both pieced and appliquéd work. With a bit of embroidery added.
Indigo dyed fabric abound in Japan and in Japanese quilts, often in traditional patchwork blocks like Log cabin, as well as in blocks of original design. Just beautiful!
However, the quilt that won my heart was:
Minutely detailed, well balanced, perfectly stitched, and notice how straight it hangs.
See the green lattice border with the wall visible behind! Notice the golden details that are all made out of fine couched down gold passing! Passing is a metallic thread, please read Mary Corbet's interesting article about it here.
Finally I have an addition to yesterday's post: The framed quilt 'High summer in Furano' is made by Ms Harumi Sugita (椙田晴美). I will edit the info on that picture.