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Hani - Bi (Flowers in the Night Sky) by Yoshiko Kobayashi, Osaka, Japan
In this pretty quilt, Yoshiko has portrayed the Hana-bi ( fireworks) that often light up the night sky during midsummer festivals in Japan. However, we like to imagine that this fireworks show is celebrating the arrival of the New Year, along with new beginnings for each of us.
Close -up, Hani - Bi (Flowers in the Night Sky) by Yoshiko Kobayashi
Yoshiko's vibrant, creative work is machine pieced, quilted, appliqued, and embroidered. She writes: "When I was thinking about ideas for my quilt, I was impressed with a scene in an old American movie. The scene was that of two old men speaking while seeing distant hana-bi fireworks. I thought I might be able to express the fire trail of hana-bi with a Sawtooth pattern. Hana-bi are common to the Japanese since olden times."
Close-up, Hana - Bi (Flowers in the Night Sky) by Yoshiko Kobayashi
In this close-up, you an see some of the lightweight gauze-like fabric Yoshiko used to portray the fireworks as perhaps seen through mist or fog. You can also see a variety of quilting patterns on the dark background, which reminds us of the trails of moving light that fireworks leave as they dissipate.
Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2013 Houston IQF.