Friday, March 18, 2011

Japan

Like many of you, I cannot stop thinking of Japan and its people.

I received this morning a mail from Reiko Kato telling me that her family, staff and students were all fine. I was very happy as she has taught me a lot in quilting.

I know there is not much we can do but I wanted to do something. I first read on Marie-Claude's blog that a shop in Belgium collected blocks in order to make a quilt for someone who had just opened a quilt shop in December and has now lost everything! If you read French you can read this story on this blog :

Atelier Patchwork et Points Comptés

I sent a block this morning.

I also received a mail from Quiltmania and they are also organizing something. You can read it on their website.

I have not much time these days but I couldn't not do something. So yesterday evening I gathered all the fabrics I would like to use for a quilt which will measure 48 X 72 inches. I am not sure about the size as there is a difference between what is written in French and in English. So I am going for the bigger size and I will see.

I have picked up a jelly roll I had in my stash and have chosen a Japanese fabric I like very much because what's written on it is in French. So, it is a link between France and Japan. With the jelly roll fabrics I will make scrapy 9-patch blocks and with the Japanese fabric I will make the alternate blocks.






I will put all my other WIPs aside this weekend, and probably next weekend, in order to piece the top.

I'd like your advice for the quilting though.

I will not have time to quilt it by hand. I am not a machine quilter and have never done that before. So I thought of making thread knots at each intersection. I have read about it before but cannot find it anymore. What do you think ? Do you have any other ideas ? Thank you for your advice...

Until later,

8 comments:

  1. What a wonderful gesture David, Japanese quilters will be so proud of you:)) I have seen on quilts the knots you are talking about, and they put some buttons on the intersections too.
    I am going to Janet Boltons quilt workshop tomorrow and am sure we can do something there too for Japan:))

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  2. Beautiful plan! Thank you for spreading the word and making a quilt. I will have to see what I can do...

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  3. What a beautiful thing to do. And the fabrics you have selected are lovely! I think doing the knots and/or buttons at the intersections would be a great idea. You can probably google a tutorial.

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  4. hello david...what a beautiful post this is...it did make me all teary...i'm sorry i can't help you with the quilting advice but using the thread method is quick i have heard...dzintra

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  5. je viens également de terminer mon carré. Il partira vers la Belgique dès lundi.

    Avec la taille demandée et le temps nécessaire à la réalisation et au quilting, je trouve ton idée excellente. Agrémenté de petits boutons, ton quilt peut être magnifique.
    Bravo David !

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  6. You are so generous David, what a beautiful post. I agree with your suggestion of thread knots at each intersection, that will look just lovely. Even a few buttons added here and there might add to the charm as the quilt is made with love and care under these circumstances.

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  7. J'ai aussi fait mon petit carré qui est parti pour la Belgique hier. Et j'aimerais bien répondre également à l'appel de Quiltmania...
    J'ai eu peur de n'avoir pas le temps pour ça mais ton idée me parait excellente ! Je vais peut-être m'en inspirer, si tu le permets ! ;-)
    Quant à tes tissus, je les adore, tout simplement !
    Merci pour ce joli post !
    Amicalement,
    Sylvie

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  8. Beau geste :)) Des boutons ou des noeuds oui ce serait bien !!!!
    Moi j'ai fait des grannies square que je vais donner demain.
    Sinon, j'ai offert à Merumo un de mes quilts miniatures et demain elle va faire un giveaway sur son blog pour ceux qui ont fait un don à la croix rouge, pour son pays.

    Veronique

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