Sunday, January 11, 2009

Weekly Quilt Series- A rabbit jumps over the moon


Where we westerners see a "man in the moon", the Japanese see a rabbit in the moon. The rabbit and moon together is a popular theme. My usagi (rabbit) is jumping into the moon for the night.

I absolutely love this background fabric by Lakehouse Designs. I wish I had more than the little fat quarter I have of it (or what is left of it). When I put the moon on the background, there was a design problem. You could see the flowers "through" the moon, and they were very distracting. I quilted over them quite a bit, and it still didn't "knock them back" (as Pokey Bolton says). So, even though the piece was quilted and bound, newly confident via Judy Coates Perez and my recent class with her, I dragged out the Setacolor black paint, and painted over the flowers. The "cool" thing was that Lakehouse outlined the flower with a thin shimmery rim and metallic gold, which the paint didn't really cover. In the end it was so much better for having "shadow flowers" inside the moon. I really like the new piece. This month's theme has been fun so far.

2 comments:

Meg said...

Since I'm still on maternity leave and the world revolves around the baby, this is what I see... We've long called Cora our little Jackrabbit since she kicked so much. So it's a rabbit with a giant letter C for Cora.
I told you I was self-absorbed!
Very cute!

Cheryl said...

Maybe it is! These Japanese themes would be cute for a little girl....