Friday, February 1, 2008

First Tokyo Fabric projects

This is a quick project made with what I call "cheater cloth". The cloth resembles various Japanese prints, all printed on one fabric.

It is a table runner for the top of an antique buffet, that sits on the landing by our stairs. Because it is a place where various dishes, backpacks etc., are dropped before being taken down stairs, I wanted something durable and easy to clean.

I used bias bars to turn under the edges with the iron and then just did a quick hem around the edges. In under an hour it was finished! Have you ever tried that trick?

This is the first block I've made from the Japanese Quilt blocks to mix and match book. It is called Yosegi kawari nikuzushi (Simple pairs variation). I was inspired at the Tokyo quilt show to make a series of different blocks out of blue fabrics. I decided that I needed a simple project that I can work on in between homework, etc. When I found this book at the international store near Hiro station, I knew it would be perfect.

I'm excited to report that I found the disk with the Tokyo pictures!! Now I just need to download and start posting them! Watch for some incredible photos to appear soon!


Debi said...

Beautiful blocks. Come visit my blog for my latest giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I found you through stashbuster webring.
You bought a lot of Japanse fabric in Tokyo! I really miss going back home for shopping!! (lol)
I love your table runner and the other blue blocks. I love Kasuri texture so much and I'm looking forward to see your result!