Saturday, January 28, 2017

A Japanese Craft + 3 Quilts

I lived in Japan for 24 years. That's where I met my husband and where we raised our children. Part of our hearts are still there, in Japan, with our Japanese friends. We received a gift at New Years from one of those dear friends, Hiroko Sueoka of Hikari City. She is very talented in the craft department and is often sending us beautiful things she's made.

These are "Hana Kago" translated as "a basket in the shape of a flower":



Each one is made from many colorful origami papers.



She included detailed instructions on how they are made and some pre-folded papers, as well as some extra origami papers.



Here's some of the different designs she's made. They look to be published in a book:



I finished the binding on my Lego quilt. It took about a week, since it's 97" square:



And here is a baby quilt I quilted for Tracy this week. It features these adorable woodland animals:



I quilted it with a pantograph called "Butterfly Garden". It has butterflies, leaves, swirls and hearts.



The back has all kinds of loving words on it--very sweet:



And quilt number three is my En Provence quilt. I finished assembling the blocks and put on the final border this week:



I did make some changes in mine. For comparison, here's Bonnie Hunter's original En Provence quilt:



Grace & peace!

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19 comments:

  1. Wow! The paper baskets are amazing! I can't even decide what to comment on next about your quilts because I love them all!! Is the quilting on the woodland creatures quilt a pantograph? Or freehand? So cute!!

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    1. Thanks, Janice!!! I agree--the origami baskets are amazing. They each take hundreds of folded papers. The quilting on the Woodland Animals quilt is a pantograph called "Butterfly Garden". It looks great on so many quilts.

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  2. Hi Nancy,
    These are really amazing quilts, my fabourite is the lego quilt. It is beautifull. And that basket is unbeliveable...
    Cheers,
    Emese

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    1. Thanks, Emese!!! I've been wanting to make a Lego quilt for a long time, so I'm glad to have made it. And yes, those Origami baskets are very detailed!

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  3. Love those origami baskets. Your En Provence is lovely.

    Helen

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    1. Thank you, Helen! Are you making En Provence? I couldn't find a link to your blog.

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  4. I love your lego quilt but you paper flowers are exquisite!

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    1. Thank you, Pam! The details on the origami baskets are really amazing. She did a great job.

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  5. I like the change you made in the En Provence, you have accomplished a lot this week.

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    1. Thanks, Teresa! Bonnie Hunter said she didn't do En Provence that way because it would look too much like Celtic Solstice. But since I didn't make that Celtic Solstice, I wanted to change it.

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  6. The baskets are so intricate. Each is a gem. Your quilts are lovely--the forest critters very appealing. I like the way your EP emphasizes the "circle" of purple.

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  7. SO many beauties here. Love them all!!

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  8. The paper baskets are amazing! I love the scrappiness of your lego quilt. Congrats on a wonderful finish. Love that you made EP your own.

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  9. Thank you for sharing that beautiful Japanese craft. All of those quilts are beautiful also. The Lego quilt is impressive with the number of different fabrics that it contains.

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  10. That lego quilt is crazy amazing! So many tiny bits! Thanks for sharing your lovely projects with Oh Scrap!

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  11. I love your lego quilt. So many great scraps got used. I like that some of the blocks have a colour to them but other blocks are more mixed up.

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  12. I first thought the origami must have been made with fat quarters. But origami papers makes so much more sense. You have a wonderful bunch of quilts to share this week. Thanks for the eye candy.

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  13. Very cool origami bowls! Those are so colorful. Congrats on finishing off your Lego quilt, that's a lot of little pieces there.

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  14. Everything here looks amazing. That Lego quilt is incredible! Thanks for sharing them at the Craftastic Link Party at Sew Can Do. Be on the lookout for a feature at next week's party;)

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