In April I took Sujata Shah's Zoom class, Stories in Stitches: Siddi Quilt (you might be familiar with Sujata's quilt book Cultural Fusion - it is terrific). The class was about Kawandi, which are quilts made by women of the African diaspora (Siddi community) in India. Absolutely inspiring. I loved Sujata's philosophy of quilting and life. And she really taught us about the Siddi women with such respect and admiration.
If you are on Instagram, you might like to check out:
@therootconnection (Sujata's IG page)
@africanquiltsofindia and @indigoartsalliance for important cultural background
Previous to the workshop I attended a virtual lecture about these amazing quilters sponsored by the Indigo Arts Alliance. Highly recommend checking out and supporting this organization!
The little quilt measures about 20"x20" and I am going to give it to Charlotte, as a "lovey" from me, her Grandma;). Charlotte turns one in June! If I mailed it to her now, it would take 3+ months to arrive (can you even believe that?!) so I will bring it with me when we (hopefully) visit in July.
A little more about our weekend trip - from the train we caught nice glimpses of the Sea of Japan -
We stayed overnight at an older onsen north of Niigata - Atsumi Onsen - it had a nice private outdoor onsen we could reserve for an hour, which was so very relaxing.
Shortly after we started home, on the train, everyone's phone earthquake alarms sounded all at once. Very startling, super loud. Seconds later, the train came to a stop and we could feel the shaking for what seemed like a long time. No one made a peep the whole time. David and I whispered a little bit. This is where we were when it happened, truly out in the middle of nowhere:
I'm glad it wasn't too severe an earthquake. After about 5 minutes, we were on our way again. Such is life in Japan!
Thank you for hanging in there with this long post!