Thursday, February 28, 2019

Wabi Sabi Barn Star 🌟

Ask any Japanese what the phrase "wabi sabi" means and they will say, "That is very difficult!" Wabi sabi is a Japanese concept regarding traditional art. It's especially about appreciating things that are old and broken, but restored.

Finding beauty in the broken. The center square in this quilt is upcycled old indigo fabric from Japan. Maybe it was originally a pair of monpei, Japanese work pants. If you look closely, you can see where it was cleverly patched by a previous owner. This is wabi sabi:


For the backing on my 24" mini, I used this neat patchwork looking fabric from Japan:



This is my 4th Joyful Barn Star(pattern link) quilt. I have been rotating them by season and hanging them on our front door:

Here are links to my summer version, autumn version and Christmas version.

"Wabi Sabi" is also the name our daughter's team chose for themselves. Finding beauty in brokenness. You can check out their latest activities in Taiwan here.

Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy

Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation, TGIFFConfessions of a Fabric Addict, Friday Foto Fun, Busy Hands Quilts, From Bolt to Beauty.

16 comments:

  1. I love this idea of changing out a quilt for the seasons, I may have to consider this for our front door....

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  2. The 24" size is perfect for your front door. I loved looking at the other Joyful Barn Star quilts you have made... and the scenery you photographed them in.

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  3. What a wonderful way to welcome in the different seasons and to welcome your guests!

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  4. I love your barn star quilts on your door, Nancy. I love the fabrics you chose for this one. And thanks for explaining Wabi Sabi; the definition might finally stick in my brain.

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  5. Star quilts are some of my favorites, and Wabi Sabi is just delightful. Thank you for the explanation of the meaning of the phrase. The star quilts look just wonderful on your front door, and so welcoming. What a fun finish!

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  6. Oh, this is my favorite Joyful Barn Quilt to date! (And I have to say that we humans are all a little wabi sabi.)

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  7. This is lovely! I love dark blue and neutrals together :)

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  8. What a lovely addition to the series! On your door, that definitely signals "A Quilter Lives Here"!

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  9. That is *so* cool! Fabulous barn quilt, my favorite yet. That indigo Japanese fabric is so lovely!

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  10. Fun idea to make seasonal barn quilts! I love this one--the fabrics are wonderful!

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  11. This is so adorable. And why have I never thought to hang a quilt mini on my front door instead of a wreath??! Brilliant!

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  12. Nancy, I love your barn quilts hanging on your door - terrific idea. This one is special with the wabi sabi portion. Thank you for teaching us that concept - I really adore it.

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  13. Beautiful quilt - I liek the idea of hanging them in the door! what a great welcome!

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  14. These are so terrific - and though simple - so perfect. You do such an exquisite job with such an easy pattern! I love it.

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  15. That is so stunning!!! <3 I love it!

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  16. Your barn star is lovely and I like the story behind it. I think these are a lovely idea for the door. It does look cold!

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