Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Ginkgo by Kerry

Ngaire, thank you for this little challenge. The Ginkgo is native to China and thought it was very suitable for my interpretation of your theme. I have painted the leaves over one of my batik fabrics added glitz in the form of foils and did a little stitching.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Oriental Ladies

Japanese girls in kimonos - a symbol of the Orient. I photographed these girls in Kyoto. Are they Maiko, (apprentice geishas) or just having a fun day dressed up?
Best wishes Ngaire, from Lynn.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Spice Jars - Helen

My immediate thought for 'The Orient' theme was the centuries old and very lucrative spice trade. My research found that, at present, eight of the top ten spice producing countries are in the Orient.
And Margie and I haven't shared ideas for our quilts!

Green Tea by Mary

When I think of the Orient, I think of green tea. 
 This lovely fabric seemed just right for the jug and cup.
Enjoy your quilts Ngaire.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Mah Jong Flowers by Ngaire

I enjoy playing the game of Mah Jong and when I was given the cross stitch patterns for the flower tiles I thought this was a good way to showcase the Orient and a good chance to combine two of the crafts I like doing.
 Each flower represents a season of the year - Summer/orchid, Autumn/chrysanthemum, Winter/bamboo and Spring/plum blossom.
Thank you for all the work you all put into the little quilts. It is always great to see what everyone does with each given topic.

"Misty Mountains" - from Kay H

Loved the Orient Challenge, Ngaire!

The misty Mountains in China's Hunan Province have always amazed me.

I hope you like my interpretation,

X   Kay H

Deb - 'Maneki-neko'

The 'beckoning cat' is a common Japanese figurine (lucky charm, talisman) which is believed to bring good luck to the owner. It is also called the 'Chinese lucky cat' and is popular among Chinese merchants. The Maneki-neko is also the subject of a number of folk tales. 
I had fun researching this challenge Ngaire - thank you. I will look at these little cats in restaurants and shops with a different eye now!