Greetings dear readers! Here is my “mini” for August:
The title is “Trip To Japan.” I actually made it for my guild’s annual Challenge. This year’s theme was “I remember….” The quilt could have a perimeter of no more than 96 inches and had to have a noticeable amount of blue in it. I decided to use my indigo fabrics for the blue and I chose to “remember “ my wonderful trip to Japan in 2010 and the immersion in their textile culture as I went to the Tokyo International Quilt Festival and did other fabric related things on the tour.
I chose a fan design, which is, of course, very Japanese, and I used pieces of authentic kimonos (along with some other authentic Japanese fabrics)that I collected from that trip and over the years.
I added a line of embroidery embellishment across the top of each fan and hand quilted it with “regular” stitches on the fans and setting triangles.
Then I tried “big stitch” quilting for the first time in the area above the fans! It wasn’t too difficult and I’m pleased with it! It also seems similar, in this case, to sashiko stitching- very Japanese, of course.
You can see both types of stitching easily on the back:
The final dimensions are 22.5 inches square. The quilts were all displayed at last week’s guild meeting, but due to unforeseen circumstances I had to miss the meeting, though I had a friend take my quilt there for me. Apparently there were some great quilts shown! They will all be in our annual show in October and I’ll get pictures to share then.
Speaking of the show, I need not have stressed so much about being able to finish my Red and White entry. In the past week I finished the top:
Which means I finished all the leaf appliqué and embroidery:
And I prepped the backing, got it layered and basted and started the hand quilting!!!
What helped was a stretch of either rainy or very hot weather which kept me in the house and focused on the task at hand. I’m now feeling that if I do certain amount of hand quilting every day, I should have plenty of time to finish by the show.
I’ll finish this post with a few “earthly delights.” Continuing to see signs of autumn:
I’m always surrounded by pines – these needles looked so feathery:
The afternoon sun shining through the leaves on my coleus plant really highlighted the red and green!
One final view of the mini:
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi