Monday, 3 October 2011

Hexagon Quilters and the Rice Sack Bag Revisited

It's over two weeks ago now that I had a great bag making workshop with Hexagon Quilters at Reading, after the Sashiko and Japanese Country Textile talk the night before (glitches with a worn out wifi router at home and my week in Ireland led to my long blogging break - new router now installed!) Some more variations on the Rice Sack Bag (my favourite) were created. From left above - Kaffe Fasset printed stripe used for panel and strap; Cathedral Windows panel combined with Ricky Tims fabric; checkerboard panel coordinating with colourful tsumugi stripe; scrap panel with same tsumugi (closest to the original bag panel, which was foundation pieced from scraps); Thai patchwork panel combined with Thai (?) ikat; straw coloured Japanese fabric with blue tsumugi stripe; blue/brown colourway of Robert Kaufman's "Imperial" collection with brown tsumugi. Endless possibilities for making this bag very unique, as you can see.

I also remembered to take some work in progress photos during the class. We were in a very comfortable church hall, with a view of the gothic church through the back window and the old churchyard on the other side.

This lovely quilt is a version of my Kasuri Sampler from "Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix and Match". The fabrics are from Euro Japan Links Limited (see my links menu right). I love the inclusion of the soft lilac and turquoise fabrics. Otherwise, it is probably it is one of the closest versions to the original, as even the border fabric is the same tsumugi stripe - I'll add a photo of my Kasuri Sampler at Quilts UK 2007 so you can see them both together (may have to do a blogpost rounding up all the versions of this quilt sometime soon!)

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