At Houston 2016 there was a wonderful Japanese Exhibit organized by the Japan Handicrafts Instructors' Association. This quilt by Mihoko Tanaka is named A Happy New Year, "Kado-Matu" in the Rising Sun. The quilted Oriental Phoenixes (thank you CrazyCuban) are just one of the creations that caught our eye. You can learn more from the sign at the bottom of the page, but we wish we could know more about the border treatment.

#10 Carole Whitted 2017-09-09 21:42
Is there a pattern for this design? I would love to make something similar. Looking at this takes my breath away!
#9 Gilshallos 2017-08-14 21:38
Absolutely glorious! I find some of the design elements fascinating. I LOVE the quilting designs - the phoenixes and sakura and to die for.

Oh, and CrazyCuban, you are correct. I have one tattooed on my back. ;-)
#8 Donna 2017-08-14 18:04
Absolutely stunning and beautiful
#7 Sharon Schipper 2017-08-14 14:14
the border looks like obi sashes. I wish I'd picked up many at the flea market when we were stationed in Japan! Beautiful fabric.
#6 sophiet95 2017-08-14 13:52
Absolutely stunning! And thank you for the info on its meaning. A very lovely tradition.
#5 Mary 2017-08-14 12:47
#4 Laurie Bond 2017-08-14 11:47
Even better in person. I went to Houston and not only saw the quilt, but I met her.
#3 CrazyCuban 2017-08-14 09:20
Thank you for showing us this exquisite quilt.
I do have a correction to make to your comments: If you look at the "cranes" closely you would realize they are actually Oriental Phoenixes. You can see the head of a pheasant, the wings of a Roc, and the tail feathers of a peacock. Just saying.
#2 Sewdreamy 2017-08-14 08:15
Oh Wow! What a wonderful quilt! Congratulations to Mihoko Tanaka for creating such a beautiful piece.
#1 Frieda I Pickett 2017-08-14 07:22
Beautiful art quilt! Enjoyed the explanation of the use of banners commemorating the New Year in Japan. The lettering at the bottom is interesting. Wonder if it was done on a sewing machine?
Add comment

Top 10 Reasons to Join the Quilt Show!

(Click on the box next to the YouTube logo to enlarge the screen.)

Learn about
Apliquick appliqué tools!

Watch Show 1912
with Rosa Rojas (free!)

Apliquick Rods


Apliquick - 3 Holes Microserrated Scissors


Apliquick Ergonomic Tweezers