In contrast to the normally subdued palette of daily life in Japan, festivals explode with color. Elaborate floats, garish costumes, food stalls, carnival games, dancing, and fireworks celebrate a rotating schedule of summer holidays in every region.
Have you ever watched Project Runway? I, myself, have indulged in quite a few seasons. In each show, the participants visit Mood Fabrics in the Garment District of New York. On a trip to NYC, I bought most of the fabrics for this quilt at Mood. The calligraphic cotton used for the back sparked the black-and-white theme of Festival. As if this quilt didn’t have enough visual interest, I added 3-D orange wool ties!
Festival was featured in Patricia’s book, East-Meets-West Quilts, as a project with instructions. Made with contemporary designer 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.