This is just a section from it. The two rolls of sticky tape come in Japanese fabric prints. Aren't they so cute? Unfortunately I only found one pack.
This is roughly the whole piece. I put the last piece in Kanazawa on the last day. I called it "Pieces of Japan" and I plan to put it in a frame. Sorry for the poor photos. I took them with my iPhone just tonight.
This is a piece called 'Isushima-asa' by Miyoko Murata: This is what she has to say about it "On a visit to an antique shop, I was amazed at the beauty of a vertically striped kimono, displayed in the stairway. The Tsushima-asa kimono was just too beautiful to take apart and use for quilting. One day I found a bag full of Tsushima Island fabric. While piecing the quilt I thought of the weavers of Tsushima Island, their lives and the blue sea". This quilt was part of the 100 Japanese Quilts exhibition touring Australia a few years ago. It is an inspiring quilt. I fell in love with it and had to get a catalog as a reminder of it. There is a another quilt I am making from this catalog as well. I will show you later.
Basalt Rock wall at Osaka Castle. It was hand cut and fitted since the castle was built in 1586. This wall is part of Pieces of Japan I found inspiring. When we visited Osaka Castle I had already started my Piece of Japan quilt. I thought a quilt can be made using any shape and size of fabric, not only perfect squares or points. What we need is some stitches to keep the layers together.
A real utility cloth I saw hanging at a shop called Oriental Bazaar near Harajuku station in Tokyo. Oriental Bazaar sells Japanese traditional craft items. It must have been an original piece that had been made and used by the owner. I just love it and thought of all the jeans that no longer fitted me to make one like this some days. I hope that Pieces of Japan inspire you in someway. More photos from Japan are coming soon, but I thought I should show you some stitching as well.