Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sochi and Quilts

Have you noticed the colorful bibs all the athletes are wearing at the Winter Olympics?  Look a little closer - doesn't that look like a quilt design?  I just keep obsessing about all those diamonds with pinwheels and triangle shapes!  I want to make this quilt now.  Think Kaffe prints especially for the reds.  Yummy!

Canberra Quilters (Australia) also noticed the same thing and did a little research.  The designs are apparently intended to show Russian arts and crafts.
File:2012-sochi-Ice Arena.jpg
Check out the blue diamonds in the forefront!
By secretlondon123 (Flickr: Ice Arena) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)],
 via Wikimedia Commons

Russia is counting down to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics with clocks in cities like St. Petersburg and Moscow!   See more at facebook.com/jdombstravels
From facebook.com/jdombstravels
Well, I got a little more curious and did a bit more googling.  Next thing I found out is that the U.S. Snowboarding Team's official jacket is basically a patchwork created by Burton Snowboards. It is inspired by handcrafted patchwork quilts and the American flag.  It seems that snowboarders really love it, too! Who knew quilting and snowboarding would ever mix?!

 Here's a picture of gold medalist Sage Kotsenburg wearing the jacket and below is Shaun White with both the jacket and the bib!

File:SKotsenburg Olymics 2014 press conf.jpg
By Parke Brewer (VOA) (US Kotsenburg 'Stoked' on Winning First Sochi Gold)
 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
From Burton Snowboards.
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Shaun White wearing the bib and the jacket underneath!
from https://twitter.com/shaun_white
It might also be worth looking into Norway's Curling Team's uniform.  Those pants look really interesting, too!

Have you seen any other quilty uniforms while watching the Olympics?