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Kendo Quilt - my oldest UFO finally done

Old 03-31-2020, 02:25 PM
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Default Kendo Quilt - my oldest UFO finally done

From the university times, I practiced kendo, which is the Japanese art of fencing. I gave it up finally a few years ago, but it was an important thing in my life once and I cherish the memories. In kendo I made a friend, who still practices, and while I was always a mediocre player, she went on to be a champion and an instructor. After I had given up for good, I decided to make a quilt out of kendo t-shirts and tenugui. Tenugui are pieces of cloth wrapped on the head under the mask. Traditionally, they carry meaningful messages to keep the fighting spirit up or are memorials of tournaments etc. I wanted to give the quilt to my friend, since I would not use it now that I do not need sword-themed messages around. My friend said she would not use it herself, but her son would be happy to have it. He is 7 now and an avid practitioner, of course. What else would you expect with a champion mommy and daddy also practicing - we frequented same clubs and events once, and also daddy's big brother.

The project proved more difficult than I had thought - I don't think I will ever make anything from t-shirt fabric again. I started in 2017 and kept procrastinating, since it was not nice to work on, the fabric kept rolling ad waving. But finally it is done. Some of the fabric is not kendo-related, it is simply meant as fillers in the design (in case anyone wonders what have leaves to do with Japanese fencing). I used a lot of purple, since in Japan it is considered a traditional male color. Red is the colour of youth and navy blue is the color of kendo gear and attire.
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Old 03-31-2020, 02:33 PM
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Turned out beautifully.
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It really looks great!
I've never worked with tee-shirt fabric and I hope I never do lol
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Well done!
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Great Job! Getting a UFO finished is a wonderful task completed. It is very pretty and well done. Thanks for sharing.
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Really nice quilt! Well done!
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Your friends son will love this quilt. Looks like you put a lot of thought & time into it. I learned something new today. I've never heard of Kendo before. Thanks for sharing your quilt & knowledge about Kendo.
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Lots of symbolism in this quilt...the young lad will enjoy it!
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Love your quilt. And so personal. Your story will inspire the young man this is going to.
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Lovely quilt finish, Vasilisa. I’m sure the young man will love it!
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