Japanese Quilt Blocks (JQB)

BF bought me this awesome book for Christmas.


Inspired by Amanda’s Neutrals Quilt and Farmer’s Wife Quilt-a-Long, I decided I would make a neutrals JQB quilt.


I have been tweeting and instagraming photos of the blocks as I make them. Here is what I have so far.

JQB #1 Yosegi nikuzushi (Simple pairs)
This one I made a little scrappy because all I could see when looking at this block was a swastika & I’m totally not into that!

JQB #2 Yosegi gokuzshi (Simple fives)

JQB #3 Yosegi kawari nikuzushi (Simple pairs variation)
I love how striking this one is in black & white.

JQB #4 Hirasan kuzushi (Simple three lines form)
The Alexander Henry fabric makes this one creepy…and I like it.

JQB #5 Kurume kasuri igeta (Kurume well curb)

JQB #6 Yamato kasuri igeta (Yamato well curb)
I really like this one too, even though the double gauze makes it a little wobbly.


The book has a few sashiko blocks too. Sashiko is perfect for on-the-go handwork! I’ve drawn up #85 Raimon (Spiral) so I can pull it out & work on it whenever I have a few spare minutes. Oh, and I’m using sparkly floss!!

BQF Fall 2010 – Always With A Book Quilt

Can you believe it is already time for Bloggers’ Quilt Festival again? I really love this virtual quilt show. Thanks Amy for all of your hard work!

A while back I mentioned a super secret quilt I had started. As it seems all of my projects go these days, it was started, then shoved into my WIP drawer for months. It was a housewarming gift that I didn’t want to ship because I knew eventually we would visit the actual house it would live in.

After months in the WIP drawer I whipped it out, we were visiting it’s future home soon!

BF’s sister and brother-in-law bought a new house and we were finally going to visit. BF’s sister is a prolific reader. If you are ever looking for a good book recommendation visit her blog, Always With a Book, she reviews everything she reads. It’s a really great blog.

I had seen bookshelf quilts around and thought that would be a perfect pattern. I cut strips of varying height and width then laid them out on the design board then added the white background. If you are in a super hurry you could machine applique the books onto the background fabric & could easily have the top finished in a few hours.

I had three rows of books pieced and I knew I wanted it bigger but I couldn’t decide if I should add another row of books then boarders or just make bigger boarders. Yet again, I turned to twitter for help. (Seriously, I am way more interesting over there.) Jenny was still up with me and gave me the permission I was secretly hoping for to go the easy route, big borders. I am so happy with that decision, they look great and it took a heck of a lot less time to do!

I put myself in a bit of a time crunch, (I see a pattern emerging), so I stippled. I like beautiful, imaginative quilting but I don’t see anything wrong with a little all-over stippling every now & then. I love the crinkly-ness after the quilt is washed, nothing compares to stippling & it’s crinkles.

I finally finished the binding on the last day of our visit. The recipients kept asking questions while I sat in their house binding this quilt but I gave noncommittal answers.

When BF’s sister unfolded the quilt and finally saw the design she exclaimed,’ it looks like books!’ Yup, it does.

I used one of my favorite Ikea fabrics for the backing. I didn’t even have to piece it! (Time saved.) I think the backing is perfect for a housewarming gift. What do you think?

BF & I stopped by Ikea on the way home to pick up more of that fabric but they were out. If anyone spots some at their Ikea, let me know, I’d love someone to pick some up for me!

Oh, by the way, I used some of my Essex linen for the first time & I love it!

If you are new here, thanks for stopping by! If you have yet to check out the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival, check it out, there are hundreds of awesome quilts linked up.