Quilting has continued as evidenced by the quilt above. Having gotten into a groove of improvisationally piecing first Matisse things, then an alligator, then fish, a whole world of possibility sort of representational piecing without pattern pieces is now opened up to me. I made the Totoro (and friend) quilt this week for one of my daughter’s birthday presents. I still need to bind it, but I didn’t take pictures of the process because I didn’t want to give the surprise of the quilt away.
Now that the Totoro is out of the box, I can share!
Totoro is a magical protective creature that lives in the forest. Created by Hayao Miyazaki, we have loved My Neighbor Totoro since the kids were small. And as small children are wont to insist, we’ve watched the movie countless times.
My children are no longer small, but they still love Totoro. The story is charming, the animation is gorgeous. If you have not seen it, it’s worth at least one viewing – if not the hundreds of times we’ve seen it.
By the way – You may have noticed a break in blogging. Funny how easily getting out of the rhythm of things works. It is almost easier blogging every single day than getting back into it. Oh well. I’ll try to be more constant!
**I was inspired by Totoro colored corduroy to make Totoro quilt #2 last November. The post about it is here and here. And here’s a picture.
Great quilt! And everyone deserves to take a break now and then, don’t they?
Hello! That quilt is amazing! I just love your way to design with beautiful happycolour fabrics and funny figures!
I feel also that it’s more difficult to write a post after a brake than when I write regularly.
We have ALWAYS loved Totoro! For some reason, the first videotape we saw and had was in the original Japanese and we watched it multiple, multiple times that way, even though the kids couldn’t understand the language really at all. Much, much later we finally got to see it in English. It’s our most favorite Miyazaki, although they are all extremely beautiful.
I was wondering if I could use the picture of totoro for my school’s Asian club t-shirt design.
The Totoro picture is from Miyazaki’s work (and credited as such) and I don’t think I am allowed to give permission to use that since I do not own the copyright to that image.
Thanks for asking and good luck finding a good image for your Asian club!
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Do you take orders for quilts? My daughter’s bedroom is themed in Totoro, and I have been wanting to get a quilt to match!
I love these. I just made a mobile for my soon to be son’s nursery. I am looking for a blanket or just totoro printed fabric to make my own. Have any suggestions?
Thanks! I just googled Totoro fabric because I was curious – Check out Spoonflower – there are some cute things!
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