The Japanese name of owl, written in a different set of characters, means luck. Cute owl key chains, stickers on mobile phones, and more are carried everywhere by Japanese citizens who believe in this charmed symbol.
I’m a sucker for owls. At one time in my life, all the gifts my family gave me were owl-themed. A noren panel with a pair of owls creates a focal point on this quilt filled with warm colors plus a few spots of contrasting cool blue. For the interlocking hand-stitch pattern, I drew outlines around the round and oval plates of my restaurant china set.
Lucky Owls was featured in Patricia’s book, East-Meets-West Quilts, as a project with instructions. It was also shown at the 2017 Houston Market. Made with contemporary Japanese cottons plus contemporary solids.
The quilt, signed with Patricia’s applique´signature, comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and a custom linen bag. Shipping and insurance are free to a domestic US address.
Photos of quilt and Patricia by Kate Baldwin.
Patricia founded Okan Arts—a family business that imports vintage Japanese textiles. Inspired by these found fabrics, Patricia incorporates hand-dyed yukata cottons into her quilt designs. An award-winning quilter, Patricia’s quilts have been exhibited at quilt museums across the country.