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QUILTS

Please enjoy a private viewing of some quilts that Carol has produced.  Carol's current focus is on three-dimensional fabric effects.   Unfortunately, it is impossible to convey these effects in the following pictures but perhaps you can get the idea through the quilt descriptions.  All of these quilts are constructed with Japanese textiles of silk or cotton from kimono fabrics.  Some of the quilt fabrics have been dyed and over dyed.  Surface embellishment and heavy stipple quilting abounds.   All but three of these were done during this millennium year, 2000.    Sizes range from the largest at 58 by 52 inches to the smallest being 18 inches square.

Carol's newest creation.  Large kimono to left used our silk ikat using a pattern called KIMONO from Pacific Rim Quilt Company (www.prqc.com).    The two smaller quilts and the red border also used silk ikat.

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Top left, three-dimensional origami squares were created from kimono silk scraps embellished with yarns.  The silk fabric is a double-ikat weave.The rust background is actually 3 inch squares folded into origami box shapes and stitched together.  The yellow and green squares are variations of the origami box shape floating freely above the background squares and held in place with a bead.  Outline quilting was done around each box shape.

Top right is also a quilt of three-dimensional origami squares created from double ikat silk kimono scraps with floral and Japanese tea house scenes in the background.    Embroidered silk kimono flower patterns extend off the edges of the quilt.  Outline quilting was done of the teahouses and stipple quilting was done on the remainder of the quilt.  Material for this quilt was purchased in the Japanese flea markets during our last trip to Japan.  Should you care to join one of our tours, please check information on our TOUR TO JAPAN.

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Top left is a quilt of three-dimensional "drunkard's path" quilt patterns inserted into 2 inch squares made of hand dyed and commercial cottons that are stipple quilted.  By cutting the "drunkard's path" pieces slightly off grain and adding 1/8 inch to each piece, the pieces stand up above the surface of the quilt creating the third dimension effect.  The floating "jigsaw" piece added into the border of the quilt is merely to add interest.   The quilting technique is stipple quilting.

Top right is a scene from the garden of the Fujiya Hotel in Hakone, Japan,  created with punch needle embroidery, French knots, silk ribbon embroidery, hand painting and free motion machine embroidery.  The frame is of light green pleated silk kimono fabric done in 1/4 inch pleats.  This is one of the hotels where we spend 2 nights during each of our trips to Japan.  The hotel itself is famous for its location, hot springs and many distinguished visitors....including those on our tours to Japan.  Creating this quilt and viewing it reminds us of many wonderful days at the Fujiya during our Japan travels.

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Top left quilt is of Japanese kasuri (ikat) cotton fabric folded into origami pocket shapes  and floating origami squares with kimono silk background fabric of double ikat decorated with kimono ties and konji buttons.    It is a banner of woven flower shapes, stipple quilted with the pockets available for insertions of tokens that could consist of other fabrics, flowers or talismens. 

    Top right is a quilt of hand dyed   stenciled cotton (called" katazome" in Japan) with three dimensional embellishment techniques.    This quilt has many woven fabric strips floating over the surface of the quilt and well as three-dimensional flowers (some in bell shapes) and a dragonfly.  All the quilt fabrics are indigo dyed cotton.  While on our tour to Japan, we visit an indigo dyeing house.  Mr & Mrs Utsuki of Aizenkobo (please visit them as their website is LINKED with ours) are famous for their textiles, her one-of-a-kind garments and their hospitality. 

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Top left is scenes from three of Carol's favorite gardens in the Kyoto area: Sanzen-in, Kinkakuji, Ginkakuji.  The pleated fabric running at angles up the center of the quilt represents the steps to Kiyomizudera, a magnificent Kyoto temple with a famous Noh stage.    All of these are sites we visit on our tour to Japan.  The color of the maple leaves in the fall and cherry blossoms in the spring are absolutely spectacular.  Each scene in the quilt is created with punch needle embroidery, machine embroidery, French knots and silk ribbons.   The floating leaves on the surface of the quilt are of hand dyed synthetic suede.   All other fabrics are 100% cotton of Japanese design.

Top right is a scene from a garden in Nikko, burial place of the Tokugawa Shogun.  This most spectacular site is one that we visit on our tours to Japan.  This quilt incorporates a wide range of embellishing techniques including Russian punch needle embroidery, silk ribbon embroidery, French knots, fabric dyeing and thread painting by machine.   The border of the quilt is of Japanese cotton ikat, stipple quilted.  Carol creates her scenic memories by taking photographs of the areas she wishes to comemorate; and tanslating those photographs to fabric through stitchery techniques.  Before photo imaging directly onto fabric was possible, this meant sketching the photo scene onto the fabric and then doing the stitching.  Now, with the new photo imagery techniques, it is easy to transfer the photography to fabric and stitch over the reproduced imagery.

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Left quilt is hand dyed and commercial cottons cut into leaf shapes floating off the surface of the quilt to resemble a forest floor.   Each leaf is held to the surface only from stitching along the vein lines in the leaves.  All of these fabrics were printed in Japan, many for U.S. companies.   On our tours of Japan, we lead fabric lovers to the wholesale textile areas of Tokyo so that they can find Japan printed textile bargains.

The quilt  to the right is of Japanese yukata (cotton) fabric with various three dimensional techniques including pleating, pockets, punch needle embroidery, knotting, silk ribbon embroidery and applique.  This is a replica of a quilt that Carol created for the Teacher's Auction Corner at the Houston International Quilt Festival.  She liked her donation to the auction so much that she made a second quilt for herself.   Yukata is a wonderful fabric.  The word "yukata" denotes both the textile and the summer kimono garment made from this fabric.  Because this fabric is hand stenciled and dyed, there is no right or wrong side to the fabric, it is color fast and only improves (gets softer) with each washing.   The labor intensive process of making yukata is becoming a lost art as the demand for kimono declines in Japan.  It is such a shame to see these beautiful fabrics disappear from the market.  Want some yukata?  We know where to go and take folks to special shops where the prices are unbelievably low.  The owners of these Japanese fabric shops save items just for our guests.  These fabrics are only sold during the hot summer months.  Now, with the decline in wearing kimono, we can buy the unsold rolls of yukata fabric on our Fall trips at very low prices.

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The three progress photos above are of the same quilt, one finished in May 2000.  The flowers are hand dyed cotton created with origami folds.  The strips are salesman's samples of Japanese silk that Carol uncovered at a Kyoto shrine sale.   Care to select your own?    Then travel with us to Japan and see first hand the bargains we uncover in the Japanese flea markets.

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One to left is hand indigo dyed cotton with twisted, double-faced satin ribbons inserted into two inch squares.   Hand dyed wool roving was used as a surface embellishment.  The quilt is stipple quilted.

One to the right is SUNSET IN PORT LUDLOW using hand dyed cotton and ultrasuede (a work in progress).  The surface is "thread painted" with machine stitchery throughout.

It is possible to purchase some of the fabrics seen here or, better yet, why not consider joining our Tour to Japan where we will personally help you shop for the best bargains in the flea markets.

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