Kumamoto Friendship

Kumamoto, Japan is sister city to San Antonio.Our quilters exchange exhibits of quilts. NunoTo-No-Kai (Fabric and Thread Club) sent blocks with one of our members, Ethel Howey.
Joan Bradshaw set the blocks and guild members quilted it at the Institute of Texan Cultures. This quilt includes many Japanese indigo and ikat prints along with American fabrics.
Pattern: Indian Hatchet
Date Made: 1995
Maker: Japanese and San Antonio Quilters, quilted at the Institute of Texan Cultures
Size: 70.75" x 93.5"
Predominant Colors: indigo, white multicolors, blues
Fabrics: cotton prints, florals, solids,
Backing: blue/white cotton print
Batting/Fill: cotton
Techniques: hand pieced, embroidered, set by machine, hand quilted
Description: 148 blocks in the Indian Hatchet pattern, set 8 x 12, with additional 52 blocks forming outer border of quilt. Each blocks measures 6" x 6", Three are 2 borders: #1: 5.75" in width navy cotton with .25" red flanges on either side. #2 border is block pieced border 6" in width. Blocks are hand embroidered, hand appliqucd., painted with Japanese symbols and Japanese names
Edge Treatment: 112" straight grain binding machine applied to front and hand stitched to back of quilt.
Quilting Designs: outline, in the ditch individual to blocks, blue border has fan quilting design
Provenance quilt blocks were made by members of Nuno-To-No-Kai in Kumamoto, Japan to sister city GSAQG in San Antonio, TX in 1994 and are dated. Quilt was constructed in 1995. Blocks were set by Joan Bradshaw
Notations: Quilt was displayed in 1997 at Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild Quilt Show.