|Patchique Quilt Layout|
Here we are, at the end of the Patchiqué trail. It started nearly 14 months ago in October 2013 when I set out to make two blocks every fortnight – one patched and one appliquéd from Susan Briscoe's wonderful Japanese Taupe Quilts book. It ends this week with the final two blocks completed making 46 blocks in total – enough for a bed quilt.
|Block 38 from Japanese Taupe Quilts|
Patchwork block 38 ‘Kasuri juji hishi’ (translated as Kasuri diamond crosses) is quite a complex block made up of 81 pieces. It doesn’t look like it has so many pieces but trust me – there are 81 small pieces. In spite of this I have to say that I really enjoyed this block. The diagram and instructions in the book were impeccable, as always, so it went together really well – and fairly quick too. Okay, my block isn't perfect but it is good enough for me (perfection is so overrated don't you think?)
|Patchique Block 38 - Patchsmith Style|
So nothing to report except – give it a go, you will be pleasantly surprised and hopefully, very pleased with the end result.
|Block 104 from Japanese Taupe Quilts|
I was expecting the patchwork block to be quite tricky so I chose a simple appliqué block to mark the end of this journey – block 104 ‘Hachi hon ogi guruma’ (eight fan wheel). However, this block proved useful for using up some of the fabric crumbs left-over along the way.
|Patchique Block 104 - Patchsmith Style|
And so these two blocks lead us to the end of a thoroughly enjoyable foray into the world of Japanese patchwork and applique. I hope you have enjoyed tagging along. I have certainly enjoyed the consistent company and skill of Susie over at Susie’s Sunroom as she joined me step-by-step along the trail (be sure to check out all her blocks over at the Flickr group– they are in beautiful hues that blend East with West seamlessly).
|Susie's Chrysathemum Block No. 114|
And be sure to check back later in the year when I shall post pictures of the finished quilt bound and quilted.
For 2015 I shall be concentrating on using up some more ‘fabric crumbs’ on the Farmers Wife quilt blocks – nothing organised – just a block or two here and there. And I know I shall also be returning to Susan Briscoe’s “Japanese Taupe Quilts” book to try out some of those really tricky blocks that have over 100 fabric crumbs in a 9½” square.
Sew until next time .......