Pip, over at Meet Me at Mike's, turned me on to the art of the Japanese Boro quilt. Here's a bit of the history:
"In Japan, mended and patched textiles are referred to as 'boro', or rags. For some time within Japan boro was regarded with shame because these utilitarian textiles are strong evidence of rural Japan's impoverished past. Nonetheless, boro has begun to attract considerable interest outside Japan."There's a great post over at Art for Housewives that digs deeper into the artform, and here's a link to Sri, which sells some examples of Boro quilts. Cool stuff.