As promised yesterday I tell you a little story of a very special quilt.
Some time ago I took a class on doing applique mosaic style. The woman who told us this technique is a friend of the amazing Yoko Saito from Japan and explained that this is commonly used in japanese quilts, very often in borders, but also on bags.
Here I show you a picture of one of Yoko Saito's bags made that way
First I was a little stressed, that much applique, wonky effect, little pieces, whaw .............
but decided to give it a try. It's true, it looks quite scary, but knowing all those little extra tricks like using a hera marker instead of freezer paper made life that much easier and after a while it was pure fun.
My class project is still not finished, lots of little triangles to applique, but I needed a finished project as I had to teach a class myself on this. That's why I started a second one, much easier, only rectangles and squares (some of them are just 3/8"), I didn't want to frighten my students, lol.
The class was a pure success, all the women just loved this kind of doing applique, the hardest part for them was avoinding straight lines and creating like this the essential open spaces between the appliqued shapes that give the mosaic effect.
As my project was quite small, about 18"x18" I thought I could use it as my contribution for the ALQS, I just needed to fill some of the empty space and then I had the idea of adding some silk ribbon flowers around the center and embroidered colonial knot flowers on the border.
And know it's done and I have to confess, I would have loved to keep this little beauty for myself, I just love it, the embroidery added the last special kick and I think it's a pure beauty.
You know, sometimes it's amazing, you choose some fabrics for a quilt and you think, ok, not too bad. Then you do all your piecing or appliqueing work and the first bizarr ideas appear, "do I still like that or not" and then you add just a little detail and the ugly duck turns into a white swan.
Do you know that feeling?
OK, , stop talking girl, they are waiting
taaaaaadaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, here it is
Isn't it pretty? And it's on the way to ................., lol, I just say overseas.
Have a nice weekend and see you soon.