Monday, April 8, 2019

Shibori Beauty

Shibori is the Japanese art of tie-dyed cloth, done through tying, sewing, pleating, wrapping, etc. Moda fabrics has made shibori fabric more accessible by printing it. 

My friend, Missy, made this beautiful indigo quilt using Moda Shibori fabrics:

Having lived in Japan for 24 years, I make and quilt a lot of Japanese style quilts. I have a Pinterest folder of quilting motifs that have a Japanese look--Japanese/Asian Quilting.

When choosing a quilting design for Missy's quilt, I recalled using "Feathered Frond" on my Japanese friend's silk kimono patchwork table runner and how great it looked with a Japanese theme. Here's a close-up of Yokii's silk table runner:

And here is Missy's quilt, being quilted with Feathered Frond:

A close-up:

Being a Japanese quilt, I thought it should be photographed in a Japanese garden. These photos were taken at Joryo-En, the Garden of Quiet Listening, Carleton College, Northfield, MN.

And one last whole quilt pic:

Beautiful quilt, Missy!!! You've inspired me to put some of my indigo fabrics together.
Join me later this week for IKEA fabric shopping tips!
Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy

Linking up to Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework, Love Laugh Quilt, Em's Scrapbag, Pretty Piney, Design Wall Monday, Cooking Up Quilts, Clever Chameleon, Wednesday Wait Loss, Midweek Makers.   


  1. Nancy - I am so absolutely thrilled with this! You picked the perfect quilting design, and I love it and cannot wait to see it "in the flesh"! Thank you so much! The icing on the cake is that you photographed it on the campus of my husband's alma mater!! Life is so full of fun surprises! Thank you SO much! xo

  2. Beautiful job, Nancy! Off to look at your Pinterest page!

  3. Great photos of a very pretty quilt.

  4. What a lovely photo shoot! This beautiful quilt looks even better in the gardens. And thanks for sharing your Pinterest board. I'm off to peruse that now!

  5. Wow, if you hadn't said you took these pictures in Minnesota, I would have thought you were in Japan! What a beautiful quilt. Perfect points Missy! Good job! It is a lovely quilt. You can't go wrong with blue and white. Your quilting is beautiful as always!
    Quilter Bonnie

  6. Lovely result with the quilt. It is gorgeous.

  7. Perfect location to take photos of that quilt. I need to similar locations because they really set off the quilting! Such a lovely job for a beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  8. Hi Nancy! What a beautiful quilt. I have made one quilt using Shibori fabrics from Moda, and do find the patterns very pleasing. Ikea fabric shopping?! I'll have to check out that info when you share it. Happy Wednesday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

  9. Truly beautiful! I have gathered a collection of Asian themed fabric I hope to do something wonderful with it.

  10. Beautiful quilt and quilting. I have some indigo fabrics I need to get out someday and use! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. A beautifully quilted work of art! I love all the motion in the blue fabrics.

  12. Beautiful quilt! And lucky you for living in Japan - after visiting twice, hubby and I would certainly like to stay longer.


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