Monday, 18 May 2009

Quilts from "Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix and Match" & more!

There were several quilts in the show that used blocks from "Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix and Match" (mine is above). It is always interesting to see how the blocks work in different fabrics, since I only had time to make most blocks once for the book. I've included the catalogue entries in italics.

BQ20 won "First Bedquilt" - "Ruby Wedding Quilt" by Sue Wakefield.

I fell in love with sashiko after reading Susan Briscoe's book "The Ultimate Sashiko Sourcebook". It was an easy stitch for a new quilter. Other influences included Kitty Pippen and Hokusai Katsushika's "Great Wave". The fabrics are mainly Japanese and the quilt was completed for 2nd September 2008 to mark our Ruby Wedding".

The way Sue has used a variation on komezashi (rice stitch) in the corner blocks is lovely.

LW07 - "Golden Squares" by Susan Lamborn

This is a study in golds and creams to show off Japanese fabrics and Japanese styles. One 9" block has 81 pieces! A most enjoyable challenge.

LOL, I think that 81 piece block is the second from the right on the bottom row - the meisen knotwork design with a circular effect.

SW45 - "A Visit to Japan" by Jean Hunt

Six sampler blocks were taken from Susan Briscoe's book "Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix and Match". The quilt blocks depict a history of Japanese life.

SW46 - "Bonsai Blue" by Jean Hunt

This is a sampler block wallhanging. The blocks were taken from Susan Briscoe's book "Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix and Match". It is machine pieced and free hand machine quilted with ginko leaves, bonsai trees and cranes.

Click here to see photos of my original quilts, displayed ats shown at Great Northern Quilt Show in September last year.

I delivered entries for Rebecca Collins and Di Abram last Monday, but I didn't see Rebecca's quilt until it was hanging in the exhibition. It won second in the theme category, "Stars and Stripes". The precision matching of all the stripes is something to be seen! There's a glimpse of the winning Theme quilt to the left, by Sally Bramald - there are plenty of photos on her blog, if you click the blog links or click here (including photos of work in progress).

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