Thursday, May 30, 2013
Patchwork Tsushin #172
I have a subscription to both of the popular Japanese quilting magazines (Quilts Japan and Patchwork Quilt Tsushin).
Some issues inspire me more than others. When there is a holiday issue, or one that is devoted to a theme that I'm not super into (Patchwork Tsushin #173, ahem...redwork), I can get a little less than excited to thumb through the pages.
When an issue like Patchwork Quilt Tsushin #172 comes along, I know that I will spend some serious cycles soaking up the inspiration.
On page 15 of this issue there is a quilt made out of a matrix of 392 different girls dressed in traditional kimonos. It's not only just an awesome collection of traditional Japanese fabrics, it's an amazing showcase of some serious needle skills.
On page 12 there is a quilt made up of circular 'ball' motifs from traditional Japanese floral fabrics. Stunning!
Page 13 has a bag made up of cherry blossoms on hexagons, again, using the Japanese floral fabrics.
Page 28 has the most adorable bag made with a cross stitch kitty on it and some Japanese Ikat fabric.
What really killed me though in this issue were the photos on pages 46 through 51. They are the most detailed scenes of Japanese villages, alley ways, and homes. Oh how I want to learn to read Japanese so I can just find out who the creates these quilts.
Have you see this issue yet? If you know who is making the quilts on pages 46-51, I'll email you a gold star!