When I first started dreaming of becoming a quilt artist, I fantasized about creating a quilt that captured a slice of the Japanese American experience. I have finally finished the quilt, after months of working on it. While creating the quilt I experienced many highs and my share of lows. Although I had a vision in mind of what I wanted it to look like, when I actually started creating the quilt, it turned out to be much harder than I thought. I have learned a great deal in the process. Some of the things I have learned are as follows: 1) start small. Starting with a project that was as big as this one was a bit crazy. I would have been much better off, with something that was smaller and more manageable. 2) it's important to enjoy the process and not be so worried about the result 3) choose the background first, then make pieces go with it it. 4) use fusible web to prevent frayed edges. 5) to aid color selection, pick colors from existing swatches of fabric that you like.
Here is the finished quilt: