Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Japanese Quilt

I made this quilt top with some pieces of Japanese fabric that were sample lengths of kimono fabrics. I combined them with a hand dyed gradation in blues.
Now - for those of you who love to hear about my quilting problems!!!!!!!!
I quilted in the ditches along the grid lines. Then I was planning on quilting diagonally from each strip pieced area to the adjacent one. In fact, I did do some of it and had to take the stitching out.
For some reason that didn't work as it wasn't equal in each direction. I have put it aside and know I will have to do some free motion quilting in the squares and border to make it work.
I have to admit I DO NOT like to free motion quilt if I have to follow any type of pattern that is on the fabric.
As I look at the photo I realize what a great quilt this is. I will have to face up to what I have to do and finish this quilt.

This is the same thing I've said before "When you put something away for a period of time and then get it out again you look at it in a brand new light". I'm glad I waited and didn't compromise on the finishing of this piece.

When I went to the Anderson Arts Center yesterday I peaked in the gift shop. There were some gorgeous things in there. Tonight's puzzle is a large bowl I loved.
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Eva said...

Maybe some kind of sashiko-like patterns might work, most probably a very simple grid. It would be too much work to do it by hand, but maybe the machine offers a similar stitch?

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

Oh, I love Eva's idea. The quilt is beautiful. Well worth the trouble.

karenfae said...

your right, sometimes you have to just set it aside and go back to it later, usually works for me - I love the quilt

Exuberant Color said...

It is going to be a great quilt and you are right to wait for inspiration for the quilting.

Allison Ann Aller said...

This truly is an outstanding quilt.

Loved seeing the picture of Sonji a few posts back...lots to see on your blog, Kay!

Ruth said...

That bowl in the puzzle is by Paperlight, isn't it? He does wonderful work. The quilt is beautiful and I love the glitzy bags. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Guzzisue said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by :-) I'm just off to try the puzzle!!

Guzzisue said...

i'm back, I've remembered why I don't like jigsaw puzzles....I'm useless at them :-)

Vicki W said...

Good puzzle!