Solace in QUILT TRENDS (Spring 2012)

Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you had a good weekend.   Mine was full as usual.  In addition to work and church, we took Miss Baby out to watch a dragon boat race in the area.

Keeping with the Oriental theme, I am happy to be able to finally show you my Oriental-themed quilt, “Solace”,  featured in the latest issue (Spring 2012) of Quilt Trends.

This quilt uses fabrics from Blank Quilting‘s Asian Mist collection.

The Drunkard’s Path blocks are meant to imitate Oriental Fans.  The quarter circles are actually appliqued onto the background fabric instead of curve-pieced.

The center block is a customized embroidered/applique block that shows a crane flying over Oriental rendition of waves. The wave embroidery is inspired by the wave design on one of the fabric prints.

A side note on cranes: Cranes (including the red-crowned cranes) are quite the celebrity birds in Japan, making their appearances in many aspects of Japanese culture.  Their mating habit of only having one partner for life is the reason for the cranes being symbolic of unity in marriage.   Artistic renditions of cranes are often seen on a bride’s obi or kimono patterns.  The legend that cranes live for a thousand years also makes the cranes to symbolize health and longevity in the Oriental culture.  How interesting!

Quilting was done with Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.

Here is a shot of the back.  All feathers you see are unmarked, and free-handed.

I hope you have enjoyed my Solace quilt.  Thanks for stopping by, and I wish you all a blessed week!

Asian Mist: Final Sneak Peek

Hello Friends, I just came through a whirlwind — I had my day all planned out yesterday to have ample time to finish up Asian Mist for Quilt Market in Houston later this week, AND do a blog post.  Miss Baby ended up having a bad night needing attnetion, and I ended up being called for babysitting duty at a Moms’ group.  All my ample time just went up in smoke, and I was left scrambling trying to get the quilt completed.  I am exhausted!  Nonetheless I will show you a quick sneak peek:

I did have a rather humorous moment while quilting around the crane… I sort of inflicted casualty on its beak!  Well, the crane wasn’t so humored by its wonky beak, and thus the beak was duly repaired! :)

The quilt will be displayed at Blank Quilting‘s booth during Market.  I am not able to attend for obvious reason – Miss Baby!  I am keeping my fingers crossed that the kind folks of Blank will take a picture of the display for me.  Thanks for stopping by – have a lovely day!

Asian Mist: Sneak Peek #1

Hello Everyone!  I hope you are doing well.  I showed you these fabrics in one my previous posts…

I also showed you the hand-embroidered motif to mimic a wave motif on one of the fabrics:

How about the latest on what I have done with these lovely Asian fabrics?

I have been in designing mode in the last 48 hours trying to meet a couple of deadlines.  If I am late responding to your emails sent in the last 48 hours, you know why… Thanks for stopping by!  Now tell me, do you like my crane silhouette?