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!