JQB Progress

I am slowly making progress with my JQB blocks. I try to fit them in when I have a couple of hours to sit at the sewing machine, uninterrupted.

JQB #7 Yamato kasuri igeta jūji (Yamato well curb cross)

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JQB #8 Meisen hana (Meisen silk flower)

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Horse!

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JQB #9 Kurume kasuri tōfu mon (White square pattern)

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JQB #10 Kurume kasuri kumitate ichimatsu (One-square check structure)

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JQB #11 Kurume kasuri igeta jūji (Kurume well curb cross)

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JQB #12 Yosegi jūji masu (Cross squares)

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#12 had an error in the pattern so I had to add a patch to the middle rectangle. If you’re making this block, cut the big middle rectangle 1/2″ longer than the pattern says.

JQB #13 Yosegi kōshi tsunagi (Lined check)

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I totally recommend this book. It has a ton of cool blocks & depending on your fabric choices they can look vastly different.

Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix & Match

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Dizzy Geese Quilt

I finished my Dizzy Geese quilt over the summer, just in time for my Old Lady Quilt Guild quilt show.

I gave you a little taste of Dizzy Geese here. When I showed you my tiniest block, less than three inches!

Well, here I am with the finished quilt at the show.

I really like paper-piecing, it’s so easy & the seams come out perfectly every time. (As long as you sew the correct line. I had a few mess-ups along the way) I also love the super tiny pieces!

I think eventually I’d like to add some hand quilted circles with embroidery floss in pink, blue & green but I’m sure that will never actually come to fruition. A girl can dream…

Fabrics: Patty Young’s Flora & Fauna line for the geese, Kona Charcoal for the background & Paula Prass Summer Soiree for the binding and some geese.

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.