I have been collecting fabric to one day use for a Japanese-themed quilt. In particular, I love Japanese taupes, so I have lots of fabrics in that colour range along with linens and others that aren’t necessarily taupe but still originating from Japan. I also have some pieces of kimono silk, brought home for me by my son from his overseas travels.
The goal was to use them in a quilt, but I had no specific design in mind. I just kept collecting and drooling over books and patterns for inspiration. When I heard about the Splendid Sampler quiltalong, where we are given different blocks to make on a weekly basis, it popped into my mind that this would be a good use of those linens and Japanese fabrics.
So far we are about 7 weeks in. There are many famous quilters designing the blocks, utilising all different methods and styles. You choose your own fabrics, and the instructions are published for two 6.5″ blocks every week for you to follow. You can make the blocks exactly as given or put your own interpretations on them, as I have done for a couple of mine.
This Block #7 is a lot different to the pattern provided- I thought this wonky 9-patch would suit my overall quilt better than the children’s themed block provided. You can choose your own method to use for each block- for example, you might like to embroider a design instead of applique, etc.
Sure, a lot of the blocks might be simple or very familiar to you, but I saw it as a chance to try a lot of blocks that I hadn’t come across before, and to take part in something where I get to see what everyone else has done with the same instructions. I love seeing that variety!
Obviously, not all my fabrics are classic Japanese taupe fabrics- I’m utilising some pieces that I’ve picked up here and there in a variety of colours. When all the blocks are finished what you do with them or how you arrange them is all up to you.
If you haven’t heard about it go here for a look and see if you are tempted!