Tanya of By Taniwa writes a most interesting blog on quilting and life in Japan. It was a real treat to actually meet this fantastic lady in person, at the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival, as I have followed her blog with interest for some time. She was just as energetic and cheerfull as I had expected, and of course, full of kindness. She presented both Julie and me with a beautifully made quilt with the perfect message: Bloom Where You're Planted! After all we, 'foreign wives', are not native to Japan, but 'planted in the Japanese society'.
This quilt is right by my side and puts a smile on my face every time I glance at it.
Sorry to say I had not prepared a gift for Tanya, and wondered what I could give in return. It was some time since I made a stumpwork portrait so I stitched up this card:
Can anyone identify the TAST stitch that I have used for the collar? Yes, it is #58 Woven Detached Chain, and I anchored the stitch with a bead for a bit of fun.