A big thank you to Ali in Beijing, China. Ali put a post on her blog about Japanese quilting which I thought was very interesting. So I wrote her and asked for some information It's called Sashiko. She was kind enough to send me a sample with instructions which recently arrived by FedEx. The pattern is printed on the fabric and after quilting the pattern disappears with washing. You can see more things about Japanese quilting on her blog called Alone In The Studio.