The postman delivered a treat this morning! Quiltmania's 100th Issue! Filled with fabulous quilts and patterns for fabulous quilts. Here is a sneak peak!
I especially love the skill of Japanese quilters and there was a great section on the 12th Quilt Nihon Exhibition. I especially liked the playful quilt Dandelion by Hatsumi Satou and Flowers in the Crystal by Kiyoko Ishihara.
A real beauty got a full page layout, My Baltimore Album Quilt IV by Miki Yakita, in a very grabbing red!
Another goody was a feature on Reiko Kato's beautiful taupe quilts.
Kids always tell you like it is. And the first thing my daughter said over my shoulder, "Why are the colors so boring?"
Charlene Mills wrote an article, The last word on Japanese Taupes that was featured in The Chocolate City Quilters blog that explains it far better than I did to my daughter. She seemed to be satisfied though and appreciated the reasoning behind it.
It is said that Taupes remind the Japanese of the fabrics their grandmothers and great-grandmothers wore for casual dress: sturdy cottons that could take the wear-and-tear of everyday life, with an ashy background to hide dirt, and prints that reflected the natural world. (In contrast, silk, the brighter the better, was the preferred fabric for anything formal.)"