I have a great affection for Japan. I have travelled there twice already and will be going again this July. The attraction for me down to our host son Sho, who lived with us for a year in 2004, as an exchange student with AFS. This visit we get to meet his lovely wife AND his baby, who is the closest thing I have to a grandchild.
So this block was an easy choice for me. It looks so ... well true to label. Often block names leave you scratching your head and saying really? This one though is a no brainer.
The pattern can be found on Quilter's Cache here
I wasn't happy with my fabric choice... not enough contrast in places (this photo shows more contrast than the block did in real life. I think its because it was angled in the photo)
So I redid it
I really loved the way it came out the second time and can imagine a quilt done in all lanterns.
This picture from Quilter's cache of a whole quilt in the lanterns doesn't really do it justice. I actually had trouble picking out the lanterns. One done in a variety of colours would probably stand out much better.
And since we are 10 days of blogging in I have now finished 2 rows and here is a progress shot.