I knew straight away that this is the design I wanted for the baby quilt. I'm so in love with origami cranes and what they symbolise; peace, happiness, longevity and joy. At a young age, I was read the story of Sadako Sasaki, I was so moved by it and remember it being my first memory of this mysterious land of called "Japan". Many years later, I visited her memorial in the Hiroshima Peace Park and was amazed by all the hand folded cranes that had been sent their from all parts of the world.
I've used origami cranes a lot in my crafts and design; in my wedding, I've made cranes not only in paper but also in fabric and silver and also used in digital design work.
We still don't know if our little one is a boy or a girl. If it's a girl, I've asked mum if the colour theme can be red and pink with a touch of orange. For a boy, the Japan indigo blue and whites. I have of course collected large amounts of gorgeous Japanese cottons for it and have said that I'd like to try to make a few blocks for the quilt myself.
I'll leave you with a hiaku that appears in one version in the Tale of Sadako, thoughts of peace on Anzac Day;
"I shall write peace upon your wings, and you
shall fly around the world so that children will no longer have to die this