Wednesday, September 19, 2012

WIP Wednesday

It's Wednesday, and time to share!

At Saturday's retreat, I pieced the top for a baby quilt for DH's granddaughter, and I just need to add the border before I start quilting:

(Sorry it's a little blurry. My camera has issues--or maybe it's the photographer.)

I also started work on a quilt using an array of traditional Japanese fabrics:

The notebook page shows my planning process. I started keeping a notebook about a year ago or so, and it's a wonderful way to keep track of ideas and projects. Much better than the random scraps of paper that constituted my previous system! This quilt centers around five katazome floral blocks dyed by Karen Miller, an Oregon artist who specializes in katazome dyeing. The rest of the fabrics are yukata or katazome fabrics; some are antique, while others I bought new back in the heyday of Kasuri Dyeworks, a wonderful store that, in the pre-internet days, offered one of the few sources outside Japan for traditional Japanese silks and cottons.

When I sketched out the basic plan for the quilt, I had thought of the floral blocks as "meditation stones" that would offer points of concentration. The quilt in progress seems busier than I had originally imagined, however, so who knows what the end result will be?

Finally, last night I started putting together a new set of ID holder wristlets for my Etsy shop:

Happy quilting, everyone!


  1. As I was reading, I saw your sketch and it reminded me of a wave and then I thought of Hokusai's The Great Wave off Kanagawa ( I can't wait to see how it turns out!

    1. What a great thought! I also can't wait to see how the quilt turns out, and maybe if it seems right, I'll use the idea of the wave as a basis for the quilting pattern.

  2. I'm sure his granddaughter will love that quilt - it is so sweet! I just discovered your blog through your comment on my blog - I love your quilts, especially the lattice and the batik quilts, they are stunning.

  3. Nice progress! I love my graph paper notebook, too!

  4. I love your Japanese fabric quilt! Looking forward to seeing how it progresses.

  5. Belated thanks for all of your comments! I'm going to work this weekend on finishing the top for the baby quilt and getting it basted. Once it's quilted a few weeks from now, I'll be able to return to the Japanese indigo quilt. Lots of other ideas churning in my head as well--wish I had time to do nothing but quilt!