Cheyanne made this beautiful totebag for me using my Kyoto quilt collection fabrics in the blue/grey color scheme. The sewing pattern is her very own creation including the fabric flower. My trips to Tokyo combined with my attraction to the graphic simplicity of Japanese woodblock prints from the 1800s were the inspiration for the Kyoto Collection. The main motif is a modern interpretation of the chrysanthemum flower symbolizing the changing of seasons as well as endurance and integrity. The brief beauty of cherry blossoms lasting only a few weeks represent the transient nature of life. Bamboo symbolizes strength of character since it can resist the forces of nature.