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Custom Quilt: Japanese Improv

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 10:28
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Hello There! Welcome, come in and see what I’ve finished up this week. A custom quilt order. How excited I was to stitch this crib blanket! My client knew she wanted Japanese Cotton and an original design. I came up with big blocks of prints and improv piecing filling in the remaining spaces. 
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We were both happy with the results. Hooray! This was my first time working with the double gauze Japanese cottons and they were a little tricky, but well worth the added effort. It feels so soft – and will only get softer with use and gentle washing. 
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I had a plan for this quilt, blocks here… piecing there….but in reality I did not know what it would look like until it was put together. I love working like that; the outcome is often better than I could have planned for.

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The back is pieced with a larger piece of single weight linen. It is so thin and sheer, but linen is strong and it will wear nicely. I quilted it in a loop-d-loop pattern following the dots and flowers on the front so when washed they will gather up around them. Hee.Hee! 
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The binding is a vintage linen in blue. I haven’t used this much but I really like the feel of it. It would make a glorious shirt someday. The fabric is nani IRO in a few different prints. The blue with swirling flowers is gorgeous! So glad I got to play with these pieces. 
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This is one of a few custom items I’m working on. It is really interesting working on a design for someone else. It pushes my boundaries and leads me to places I wouldn’t have ended up on my own. 
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And that is what creativity should be about. Finding roads less taken with new people along the way. 
Cheers,
Kelly

ps. and I just hit 100,000 page views today! WHAT!? Thanks each one of you for every little click you make!

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