Tuesday, 7 May 2013

A Change of Decoration

The Children's Day is over and all decorations related to it have been packed away. The Koinobori (Flying Carp) quilt has been replaced with a small 50x50 cm quilt I made for the Yokohama International Quilt Week's Miniature contest in 2001.


On a trip earlier that year to the island of Shikoku I had bought a small pack of fabric from the island. Some of the pieces are the very attractive Awa Shijira-ori which is woven in Tokushima prefecture. It is a kind of seer-sucker often used for summer wear and yukata.
I mixed in other Japanese fabrics, as well as a piece from a Swedish table cloth. True to form, there is (a lot of) embroidery, and in metallic thread.

The title of the quilt is Naruto-no-maki and illustrates the fantastic whirlpools in the Naruto Strait that I saw on my trip.

9 comments:

  1. That is such a good idea, changing your display. And I love the quilt. I tend to put things away or give them away. I think I will reconsider my approach.

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    1. It's a bit like turning a page of the wall calendar. Also, whenever I take out an old quilt I give it a proper look and notice things I had forgotten or how much my taste or skill has changed.

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  2. Fantastic! I love the combination of fabric and the creative design.

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    1. This quilt was fun to make and holds so many memories.

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  3. this is a great piece Queenie and love the splash of red in it.

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    1. You have an eye for the beautiful, Margaret. The red is indeed a nice splash of colour.

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  4. I too love the idea of a display that rotates with seasons and occasions. This little quilt is just beautiful - I love everything about it from the patched blue background to the swirls, to the stitching, to the striped binding. The combination of patchwork and applique, etc. The more I look at it the more I like it!

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    1. It is so enjoyable to read your comments as you notice so much in what you see. No wonder your friends want to go to quilt shows or on outings together with you.

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  5. A lovely quilt and with those memories too. How your embroidery has changed and developed since 2001, it seems far more understated on Naruto-no-maki than on your more recent work and now you have a massive library of stitches. So interesting to see.

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