End of January

I’m sorry I didn’t get to posting this after they were made, but it’s been super crazy after going to NYC for the New York Comic Con. (Which was fun, if exhausting…It’s a sign I’m getting too old for this crap.)

January’s final weekly quilt is of “kadomatsu” or traditional New Year’s decorations which represent Heaven, Humanity, and Earth. They are placed at entryways and at gates in Japan, and are literally translated as “gate pines”. I have seen some “plush” versions of kadomatsu, but my little graphic one is cute too. They make fake plastic ones that you can put up year after year, like the holiday decorations of your choice. I wanted to make this closer to the beginning of January, but couldn’t figure out what to decorate the bamboo with.

I really enjoyed learning more about Japan for this month’s theme.