This year I am so enjoying being part of Four in Art - a group of quilters making small (12x12") quilts inspired by an annual theme. This year's theme is 'Literature' and we are revealing our quilts for the second quarter today (you can see my first quarter quilt here). Each quilter interprets the theme in their own way and in their own style, and it's really interesting to see how they all differ, so please do visit the others:
Betty at her flickr page
Elizabeth at OPQuilt.com
Jennifer at her flickr page
Nancy at Patchwork Breeze
Rachel at The Life of Riley
Simone at Quiltalicious
Susan at PatchworknPlay
My quilt is called Haiku. It is inspired by a poem by one of the most famous haiku poets, Basho:
An old pond
A frog jumps in
The sound of water
I wanted to make a very simple quilt which reflects the deceptively simple form of the haiku and the wealth of meaning in it. Some of this meaning is contained in cultural and literary references which are lost to non-Japanese readers, but we can still understand some of the message and find the poem beautiful.
I think that the best literature can be appreciated on many different levels - it should be possible to take something away even if only that it was a good story.
The little square, in lacquer red, refers to the chop or seal used as a signature in Japan. I wanted it to look roughly woodcut, and used fused appliqué to make it look as if it was stamped on. It has no readable meaning - but it is an essential part of the composition.
The quilt is made of silk and the overlapping concentric circles are quilted with Japanese sashiko thread.
12 x 12 inches
Sashiko thread quilting on silk
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