Japanese and Asian inspired fabrics are more easily found in stores now as well as online, or maybe I am just paying more attention to them more than I used to. Beautiful prints with metallic accents are so appealing to me. I have several pieces that I received from a friend before she passed, and I wanted to use them in a manner that she used to do. She would make art quilts by taking panels or yardage, splitting it up, and sewing framing into the picture in various sizes. Taking that idea, I applied the Japanese preference for odd numbers, and a framing fabric that reminds me of the bamboo screens in homes. I began with this wonderful fabric of cherry blossoms and a night sky. I had two pieces of it.
I wanted the art piece to only have one moon, so I cut the fabric into a large piece and several smaller ones, cutting the first piece as large as possible.
I continued cutting around the other moon motifs, leaving as much of the cherry blossoms as possible.
When I had all the pieces, I arranged them on the floor to figure out the best design. The fabric is a one-way design and I needed to be sure I didn’t get any upside down.
When I was happy with the placement, I labeled each piece, trying to figure out the best order to sew them.
Making a diagram helped. The pieces marked 2c,d and e ended up being pushed up higher, and 3 was wider than my original design idea. But, this was a good idea of how the bits went together once I had them laid out on the floor.
Then, using the same procedure as putting on borders, I cut each sashing strip one at a time.
I sewed it between the two pieces it was meant for.
Then, after pressing the seams, the pieces were laid out again so the next step of construction would be easier to see. Here you can see that row 1 needs to be sewn to row two, before the piece on the right can be added, and that the right edge of row 1 needs to be trimmed.
I did that, and made sure the next piece was the proper length by measuring and trimming just a bit before sewing.
The assembled top part was just a bit too big for the third piece going across the bottom. I measured and trimmed the top piece to match, then added the sashing strip.
Row 4 was one piece as well, and it was the same width as the #3 piece. So, they were sewn together.
All pieced, the next thing was to add the same one-inch wide sashing to the outside of the piece to complete the frame.
Then I added this gorgeous Oriental style metallic gold on black border. I liked how it picks up the gold on black branches of the cherry trees.
All assembled and ready for quilting. The cherry blossoms seem to flow and fall from one panel to the next.
I am naming this quilt Sakura Tsuki which means Cherry Blossom Moon.
For this project, I am excited to tell you that there will be a giveaway!! Prize awarded. Quilter’s Dream is offering a giveaway prize of a queen-size Dream Orient bamboo blend batting. Quilter’s Dream Orient Batting is a soft blend of Bamboo, silk, tencel from eucalyptus and cotton with a beautifully silky drape. It is machine washable in cool water, and can be put in an air fluff dryer cycle. Very stable, it can be quilted at 8″ apart. It is light in weight and seems like it would be perfect for summer quilts.
While we are on the subject of Rafflecopter Giveaways, the winner of the Margaret Goes Modern book giveaway from last Sunday is Sheila O who left this blog post comment – “I haven’t read anything, except a couple quilt how tos and magazines. Too busy quilting 😀”. Hopefully a book of short stories will be easier to read for this busy quilter. And one more note, the first winner chosen was disqualified as she clicked on the “I commented” button, but didn’t leave a comment on the blog post. You can leave the comment before or after clicking on that entry method, but the comment does have to be there when the entry period ends and the drawing is held.
I thought this art quilt was the perfect time to try the Dream Orient. I have loaded the quilt on the frame, and this batting is soft and has a lovely drape, I cannot wait to begin quilting it. More on that later. The pretty print on the right in the pic above is the backing for this quilt. Update – See the Finish HERE.
Have you done any quilting with Oriental inspired fabrics? Have you ever used Dream Orient batting?