Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Merry Christmas to all!  Here is a gorgeous quilt from our photo archive that reminds of the joys of childhood and Christmas.

Four Seasons for Kirara by Ayako Kawakami,  Chiba, Japan

Third place winner for Best Quilt Made by Hand in the 2013 Houston International Quilt Festival, Ayako Kawakami says,  "I have many experiences with my daughter's growing up, so I wanted to make a quilt with a lot of good memories."

Ayako made all of this adorable quilt with hand applique, hand embroidery, and hand quilting. We really admire her remarkable and talented work!  She made nine small quilts with miniature scenes of children having fun.  Let's make a snowman...

Each small quilt is overlaid with trees representing the season. In the photo below, hundreds of French knots were used to represent snow on the tall trees.  The tiny houses at the top were whip-stitched with white thread to represent snow.

Ayako Kawakami previously won First Place in the 2011 AQS Quilt Contest in Paducah for her quilt titled Santa Claus Comes to Kirara's Hometown.  She also won Second Place for Kirara's Walking Road in the Wood at the 2010 IQA contest.

Very best wishes to our readers at this festive season!  We'll be back to celebrate a New Year of Quilt Inspiration.
Image credits: Photo were taken by Quilt Inspiration.


  1. These are awesome!
    Merry Christmas!!

  2. Well, QI, you certainly know how to pick out a wonderful holiday selection of quilts. I've enjoyed looking back over your choices.
    Best, nadia

  3. What a treat to see this! Thank you -- and Happy Holidays!

  4. Wow.......wonderful! The details are stunning.....what beautiful work! Happy Holidays to you & yours!

  5. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and your lives are filled with blessings in the coming year.


  6. And that "Japanese Taupe" is one of the hottest items for applique.
    A joyous Holiday season to you all.

  7. Marvelous... That are all so lovely.
    Merry Christmas you, and I cannot wait To see what 2015 brings :)
    Smiles :)

  8. This is one of those quilts that you could look at all day and still keep finding new treasures. Thank you for sharing all these spectacular holiday quilts and a very Happy New Year to you and yours.


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