The outfits of the U.S. snowboarding athletes use a print based on an antique quilt. While I was peering closely at the snowboard racers on Thursday evening, I noticed a diamond patchwork-like design on their number bibs. And then, handily, a quilt friend posted an article about that design.
The "prints" on the diamonds contain references to many, many of the folk art traditions all across Russia. The design is being used all over the Olympic events, and shows up on the medals as well.
So I began to wonder about the tradition of patchwork in Russia.
Here is the Russian Quilters Association. Clicking on most of the links will take you to a page with photos to explore.
And the All Russia page shows lots of really wonderful quilts. I especially love the rendition of Klimt's famous painting "The Kiss". For some reason I was just imagining the other day how that painting could done in fabric - and poof! - here it is! I can't find the name of the quilter.