Japanese Quilt: I made this quilt for a great friend from Somerset, Jo, who keeps in touch with the daughter of her mother’s pen friend from Japan and has holidayed there.
I saw some fabrics which would work with the rich, opulent colours of Jo’s newly decorated spare bedroom and the design developed from there. I sent a copy of the design and fabric samples to Jo, who loved it and then asked if I could make it a king size so she could put it on her own bed. A completed redesign then followed to keep the main idea in balance!
It took ages to make (it was a winter project) and the design involved finishing off lots and lots of threads as I made it “quilt as you go”. It got bigger and heavier but was very cosy to sit under when finishing off end of an evening! It was a mixture of machine and hand quilting. Mainly machine quilting to give straight lines on plain fabric and hand quilting round some of the patterned fabric and give more texture.
Would I do one again? Well, I never make an exact copy and to avoid finishing off hundreds of threads I would stitch a different pattern if there was a next time! As I always say, each piece you make teaches you a lesson.