Greetings! Here are a few more of the quilts from the Japanese exhibit at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA. You have through April to see this wonderful show and do try to go because you can’t fully appreciate these quilts unless you see them in person, close up. I hope, however, that my pictures give you some idea of the excellent design and workmanship.
This quilt is another of the medallion style quilts which, again, shows great design, perfect fabric and color selection, and excellent piecing and hand quilting skills. Click on the pictures to enlarge and really enjoy!
I love the graphic design of this next one. There is a central zig zag “grille” reverse appliqued over the background fabric which creates a bold effect. I love the applique and embroidery embellishments and the hand quilting. Fabulous overall design and craftsmanship!:
The next quilt is a tour de force of excellent design and piecing and also showcases use of gradation in color. It is ENTIRELY MADE BY HAND! WOW!
The next quilt is a masterpiece in the use of taupe style fabrics. This one, too, is ALL MADE BY HAND. It is incredibly complex! The maker must be amazingly patient.
If the above is not enough color for you, enjoy this very colorful quilt from the exhibit. It was covered with beads:
That is all of these that I’m sharing in this post, but I have several more for future posts so stay tuned!
Several days ago I put all of my circle blocks up on my design wall to see what I have. I had decided I didn’t want a large quilt, rather a medium size lap or wall quilt. Here’s what I found:
It looked to me like I had enough, especially since I was going to need to add fabrics to make these different sized blocks fit together. So I spent a few days adding embroidery around these circles rather than making new ones. Some examples:
Then I studied the blocks and decided that I would compose 9 inch blocks out of the circles by adding strips and/or sewing blocks together. The original blocks range in size from 4 inches to 7 1/2 inches – that’ why the choice of 9 inches. That still allows for adding some side strips to enlarge the 7 1/2 inch blocks. The 9 inch blocks will finish at 8 1/2 inches when sewn together. Once the blocks have all been made, I can play with their placement to find a pleasing composition. Since my last post I have created 9 of these nine inch blocks:
Here is what these 9 look like arranged together:
I like it!! There were a couple of areas where strips came together and looked like they needed some circles so I pinned a couple on and will eventually sew them on:
I can add extra circles as needed to complete the composition once I have all the blocks completed and arranged. Here is what my design wall looks like today with my current circle composition on the left:
I have been calling this my “circle improv” project. It can be the fourth quilt in my “Spirit of Japan” series because it is mostly made of authentic Japanese fabrics. Yesterday the term “Many Moons” came to me and seems like it would be a good name for this quilt. I spent last year with stars and will spend this year with moons! For now this will be “Spirit of Japan #4: Many Moons.”
I’ve been having so much fun with the circles that I have neglected my other projects almost completely. No progress on a border for We Are Stardust. No new block ready to applique for Sweet Journeys. I did get a little hand quilting done on Stella Nova; I could finish this in a few days if I focused on it alone! I have the application to submit Stella Nova for the Vermont Quilt Festival to complete this weekend and get it in the mail Monday.
I haven’t yet decided whether to participate in Barbara Brackman’s new sew along for 2016. It is a sampler quilt tied to the stories of women who traveled west in the mid 1850’s in covered wagons. I have a fondness for the American history of that period and actually started writing a novel about a family at that time traveling west in a covered wagon when I was in 5th grade – never finished and now lost! I also loved the Little House on the Prairie books growing up and TV shows and movies set during that time. I would love to start a new project but am thinking I want it to be something from my own “to do” list. We’ll see!
Thanks to all my readers! Be grateful, be kind, and cherish each day! Gladi