I loved this quilt the moment I laid eyes on it. It had everything that, to me, makes a beautiful quilt...a nice mix of fabric types and styles, beautiful selective use of motifs (in the bells), some text prints and simple but lovely hand quilting that varied from area to area but was perfectly complementary to the overall design. Not to mention that binding choice!
It was very difficult to photograph. Aside from the fact that there were always women clustered before it, I couldn't get the lighting right on it, despite several tries at different camera settings. My photos look somewhat dull. Suffice it to say that even when I look at these pale reproductions, I can hear the tinkling of Japanese wind bells!
I was quite surprised (but shouldn't have been) to find when I was uploading my photos and searching my catalogs for identification info that it was made by another of my favorites, Suzuko Koseki. How had I missed that? It has all of her work's hallmarks, aside from being quite restrained in color palette compared to her more well known pieces. Although you might not recognize her name, I'd guess that many of you are familiar with and may even own one of her books, the popular Patchwork Style, which was in such demand around the world that it was finally translated into English.
Koseki has a thriving business, La clochette, which carries many of her popular fabrics and books. Her booth is always mobbed and the crowd there always seems to be more *assertive* than at the other booths (as Molly will attest). I guess this is because her pre-packaged fabrics, continuously being replenished at the front tables, are in high demand. As I mentioned in an earlier post, she debuted a new large line of fabrics at the Tokyo show, which you can see strung up along the walls, available to check at a quick glance if you were lucky enough to advance to a position to be able to paw through the cuts. I was. I can *gently nudge my way forward* (ahem) as well as the next one.
If you like her new fabric as much as I do, you're in luck! Actually, two of you are in luck because today's Be*mused birthday give-away is two selections of Koseki's new sewing-themed fabric, one in red and one in black. (Gray day here...photos are a little shadowy.)
I outlined the giveaway rules in yesterday's post, but briefly, if you'd like to be included in the draw for these, mention it in your comment. Some may comment with no interest in this fabric, so you must say that you'd like to be entered if you'd like a chance! And, if you have a strong preference, indicate red or black, though if both winners have the same preference, I may not be able to honor it. Oh, and still adding new quilts to the Tokyo show Flickr set!