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.