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Japanese Kaleidoscope Quilt class

Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking part in a Japanese Kaleidoscope Quilt class with internationally renowned quilter/textile artist Jan Preston.  It was arranged by Leanne of Kimono House (there’s a terrific profile of Kimono House here as well).  The class ran from 10.00am to 3.00pm and at the end of the day I had finished this:

Japanese Kaleidoscope Quilt - first block by you.

one lonely little quilt block (actually, not quite finished)!  This is a totally hand-sewn and hand-pieced quilt, which forced me to slow down significantly and enjoy the process.  I do have a few more under way:

Japanese Kaleidoscope Quilt - blocks in progress by you.

We learned how to do sashiko embroidery, which I particularly enjoyed.  So effective and simple, but difficult to get perfect.  The sashiko stitching makes a beautiful secondary design of circles on a finished quilt piece.  I am a member of Kimono House’s fabric club, so have amassed a nice pile of squares of Japanese fabric which will be showcased beautifully in this quilt.  It is definitely going to be a long-term project for me – I figure about ten years?  There’s no hurry!

I’ve found a little tutorial on sashiko, and Sharon has stitched a number of beautiful pieces.  There is even a Flickr pool on sashiko!   Here is another example of the kaleidoscope quilt block, done in completely different colours to mine.  Another crafty interest to add to the ever-burgeoning list! 


11 thoughts on “Japanese Kaleidoscope Quilt class

  1. Ooh! I love! Japanese fabrics and sashiko are two of my favourite things about quilting. You should definitely look into the Kitty Pippen book on Japanese quilting, if you don’t already have it. It’s brilliant!

  2. beautiful Lara! It would seem I’ve had a thing for sashiko for a while and just didn’t know what to call it. I’ve been finishing all my quilts for a few years now with a contrast running stitch around the binding edge and even around any plain fabric squares within the quilt.

    I missed out on a place at the next brown owls meeting 😦

    …and love those hats! are you selling any of them?

  3. Do you know of a tutorial for making and attaching the blocks? There was a fabulous version of this quilt that one first prize at the 2007 Vermont Quilt Festival. It was so wonderful!

  4. Hello,

    pls do advise is there quilt class organize in Singapore, whereby there are machines provided and we do pay a fees and purchase materials stuff from the shop ?

    awaiting for your reply.

    Best Regards,

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