Monday, July 1, 2013

Japanese Inspired July

Hi ladies!  Hard to believe JULY is here already -- not only is July my birthday month, and the month of my awesome annual quilt retreat in St, Cloud, MN, but it's also my month to receive blocks!

I'm asking for TWO 8" blocks (unfinished measurement), and I'm referring you to a great tutorial by Badskirt Amy for the + and x block, inspired by this quilt by Japanese quilter, Setsuko Inagawa.  

To make the block, you will need:

**image from Amy's tutorial

It will be a fun, scrappy quilt.  If you visit the flickr group you'll see what I mean.

PLEASE use a light grey/white/off-white small scale print for the background (see the two photos at the end of my post--it is okay if it has a very small amount of color) or like these blocks have, or this block or the backgrounds used in this mini quilt.  

For the x and the +, sky's the limit, as long as you avoid the dislikes below:
  • I prefer BRIGHTS over pastels
  • BLACK and GREY over browns
  • MODERN fabrics over Civil War or Thimbleberries style prints
  • Love Heather Ross, Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Tula Pink
  • HATE the color Peach. blech.
  • LOVE text-y prints
Below are some of my favorites from Flickr...  if you have any doubts about anything just shoot me an email!

I'll also be sending this to you via email, along with my updated mailing address, THANKS SO MUCH!

I really like the fussy cut text, novelty prints, and the light grey/white backgrounds

love all of these fabrics!

detail of the quilt below,
**I am asking for the backgrounds to be light grey/white/off white prints like this quilt has:

Love the contrast of the brights and darks against the light grey/off white background...


  1. Fun, fun, fun. I'm looking forward choosing colours and constructing these blocks for you Doris.

  2. And happy birthday Doris

  3. So excited to make these blocks!!!! And Happy Birthday month Doris!

  4. What an exciting block to create Doris. I'm easily inspired by Japanese fabric and style :) Great choice!

  5. love your colour and fabric choice :) July is my birthday month too. Happy birthday to a fellow cancer :) Shauna

  6. Hi Doris, Glad we can make you a quilt for your birthday! It is going to be fun looking for more things to fussy cut.