Noriko-san and I met when our kids were in kindergarten and as our friendship developed we found that we shared an interest in handwork. Along with Mrs. Furui (another friend I write quite a bit about) we started doing patchwork together using a book written in English that taught how to piece by machine. Noriko-san was especially entranced with machine piecing (that was a new technique in Japan 20 years ago) and over the years she has perfected the technique and has also taught herself to machine applique and machine quilt (on a domestic machine). Not long after we became friends, Noriko-san became a Christian and in recent years she has used her skills to illustrate her faith and scenes from the Bible.
Yesterday when Noriko-san visited she brought along one of her most recent creations depicting the church that she belongs to. I think she said that she will be giving the quilt to the church on Sunday so this was the last chance to show it to me. Isn't it a beauty? Noriko-san does quite a lot of this stained glass work and she takes photos of buildings and places and then designs her own patterns. I think everything she makes is one of kind and though she has taught classes (and been featured in quilting books in Japan!) she doesn't sell quilts or patterns.
This is all machine appliqued using black bias tape and hand dyed fabrics. I see a few batiks in there too. I love the colors she has used in this quilt and could see this becoming a series of different churches of Japan!
I am so amazed at all the talent that surrounds me!