Sunday, 29 September 2013

Patchique - Japanese Quilt Project and Book Give-away

Although the sun is still shining, the shorter days and misty mornings remind me that Autumn is just around the corner.  And it makes me want to sew something warm and cosy.

Now, as you know already, I like to patch ....

and I like to appliqué .....

I also like to stitch by machine and by hand.  And with this in mind I have decided to start a new bed quilt using a combination of patchwork and appliqué.
I had a quick scout around on the internet but either the block-of-the-month projects didn’t combine both patchwork and appliqué or they had started earlier in the year or even last year.  So I have decided to create my own block project – the Patchique Quilt Project.    Here are the details:



I will be using the Japanese Taupe Quilts book by Susan Briscoe to make the blocks for my quilt. This wonderful book details “125 blocks in calm and neutral colours”.  The blocks are all 9” finished (9½” unfinished).  I have picked this book because of the combination of patchwork and applique and also that each block uses between two and five colours. Oh and did I mention that the templates are all printed to size?  On top of that all the blocks are unusual which should satisfy my curiosity and impatience.  
 
I want the finished quilt to fit on my double bed so I have decided upon a central panel of 49 blocks which I will sash together.  That’s a lot of blocks!  I am thinking of a fortnightly schedule – two blocks - one patched and one appliquéd - every two weeks.  So what do you say?  Are you up for joining with me on this journey to the Far East?  If so the next question is?  What colours will you use? 

The book details taupe, cream, beige, brown – “calm and neutral colours” and whilst I love them, let’s face it – I am more your modern country type-of-gal.  So I have decided to stick with cream and beige for my patched blocks but for my appliqué blocks I am going with pinks and greens (the Fat Quarter shop had just the right palette - the Raspberry Mulberry Lane fat quarter bundle).   
I'm unsure of how much fabric I will need but if I stick to a specific palette rather than a certain fabric I should be able to top up as I go along (always a great way to spread the cost).

I will post about my Patchique journey on the second and fourth Sunday of each month.  And if you are thinking of joining me then you might want to leave a comment below.  I have a copy of the book to give away to one lucky winner.  Please make sure I can contact you as I will be randomly picking the winner next Sunday, 6th October 2013.
In a fortnight's time I will detail the blocks I have chosen.  Sew until next time ......

37 comments:

  1. I'd love to join in but maybe not taupe!
    Pink and green sounds fabulous!

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  2. I would love to join in but am a fairly new quilter. Love the idea and I do love applique.

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  3. I have done one appliqué project and loved it. Now I want to make a christmas quilt with all different blocks.

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  4. I would love to jump in making some blocks, at times. I might make pillows.... I love your color scheme. And I will love seeing what you will be creating!

    Susie

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  5. Sounds like you got a plan! I hope it'll work out for you. I would join you in but I'm not persistent so I'll just keep an eye on your progress instead :-)

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  6. I love the idea of both pieced and appliqued blocks! And a red and white colour palette appeals! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.

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  7. What a great book for your ongoing project...I love the idea of using a favorite palette to create a unique look from these beautiful blocks! This will be great fun!

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  8. I love your work and would love to learn more about quilting in every form! I am hooked on machine applique and have so many ideas of how to use them! Great book giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win.

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  9. Looks amazing; not sure I can commit that much time at the moment but will follow your progress with great interest. Would love to win the book :)

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  10. Thanks for the idea! Those blocks on the cover are great! I'd live to win that book. I might just do this along with you.

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  11. your work is fantastic would love to win the book and learn to do this

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  12. your projects look wonderful...please enter my name in your giveaway...thank you!

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  13. I'd love to join in but have just started my first double bed quilt, But it's a really good idea for those that like to embellish as I know you do!

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  14. I would love to jump on that bandwagon! It's always better for me to have a deadline, even if it's self imposed!

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  15. Not sure I can join you as my list of UFO's rfows more quickly than my Ta-Dah's!

    I shall follow your progess tho' and would love to be entered for the giveaway! :D

    You've got a mention on my blog later today...hope you don't mind!

    Thanks <3

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  16. I am not sure I can join with the holidays coming around the corner, but these mug rugs are darling! The books Patchique looks intriguing also. I love the Japanese applique style too! Thanks.
    nettiecrain@live.com

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  17. What a great idea and I would love to join you. Blocks of the month via internet or quilt shops do nothing for me. The cost is high and you must stick to certain fabrics, etc. But, combining piecing and applique using colors rather than specific fabrics is great! A block a week! I can do this! Count me in!
    purrfectquilts@yahoo.com

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  18. I'm really looking forward to seeing your work on this quilt. From the cover of the book, the patterns are really nice.

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  19. I will be happy to see your progress. It looks like a great book and project and colours I love. You will do a great job. I have too many things on the go to join in, but will be reading your blog.

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  20. Super cute hedgehogs! There are some intriguing blocks on that book cover...

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  21. I need to make myself a quilt one of these days...

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  22. Don't think I can enter in to your quilt this time around (too much on my sewing table already) but...I luv your idea of a fortnight schedule. Maybe I'd get more done if I gave myself smaller bites at a time. Thanks for the plan. Would love to check out that book just the same - hmmm, maybe I could sew along with you but I'd have to make it a scrappy one as I have soooooo much to use up right now.

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  23. I love the blocks on the cover of the book and I like the neutral colorway. I can't stitch along but would still love to win the book!

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  24. You know, I actually have this book and another one by Susan Briscoe called Japanese quilt blocks to mix & match. I've yet to make a single block from them ;)) There are times I wish I wasn't making a Dear Jane and this is one of them. I look forward to seeing your bed quilt progress. I'm positive it will look gorgeous!! hugs Elly

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  25. This sounds very interesting. I would love to have this book

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  26. Count me in! I'm up for a challenge and this looks like just the ticket

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  27. I would love to make this quilt with you. Thank you for offering the book.

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  28. Hope you don't mind (again!!) but you are on my blog again as I have made my first Mug Rug!!!

    Thanks for your inspiration xx

    http://noraathome.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/happy-birthday-crafty-friend.html

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  29. I like the sound of the blocks and it would certainly be fun.

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  30. Hello, I adore your mug rugs and have quite a few from craftsy and your site,,,I like the tans,,but fav's are Williamsburg Blue, Mauve and tan
    Linda Jeter
    LJeterpudd@aol.com

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  31. This sounds like a great idea! I love your mug rugs too.

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  32. The book looks very interesting and I would be tempted to join you..

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  33. Love the blocks, so unusual and different. I really like sampler quilts.....but should I be starting something new????

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  34. Beautiful book....and I love the way they are using neutral colors....never thought of them as calming...but now I do

    Nhsarab at yahoo dot com

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  35. I have been admiring the Japanese taupe quilts for some time now. I'd love to make one!

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  36. I'd love to join you, i picked up a different version of this book a while ago and its just been sat on my shelf waiting to be used (no need to enter me for the book). mine will be along the lines of creamy and purpley tones probably.

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