Sunday, February 4
Japanese Quilt....new blocks
My Japanese quilt is slowly coming together....here are another two blocks.
I must admit now, that it's getting harder to come up with different block ideas for the quilt.
The one above is a different type of fan to the two I have already made,.
I have been doing a little research as I make my Japanese quilt and found out that the folding fan was invented in Japan in the 8th century.
They were made by tying thin stripes of hinoki (or Japanese cypress) together with thread. The number of strips of wood differed according to the person's rank.
They are used today by Shinto priests in formal costume and in the formal costume of the Japanese court.
This link here will take you to the free Wikipedia Encyclpedia will lots of great information about fans in Japan and all other different fans and their countries of origin
I found it to be fascinating reading, but when I was making my fan blocks, I was thinking more of the beautiful geisha ladies when they gracefully dance with their fans.
This block is going at the side of the kimono block.
Hexagons are thought of in Japan, as divisions of the sea tortoise shell, and really when you have a good look at the shell and the hexagons, they do look the same.
Now, what to do next...