Saturday, April 30, 2011

Asian Inspired

II made a lot of "Asian Inspired" quilt blocks & wasn't sure how I was going to arrange them or what I was going to do with them.  The brown background blocks are machine appliqued.

This is "sashiko" stitching -- using white carbon paper, I traced the flower onto the dark blue fabric, then stitched using an evenly spaced running stitch -- or trying my best to be even -- & I also used official sashiko thread from Japan -- I bought it at a quilt show that I visited in New Jersey.  Sashiko thread is very similar to embroidery floss.

 And this is the final product -- another table runner.  This time, though, I put a hanging sleeve on the back in case its owner wanted to use it as a wall hanging.  This "Asian Inspired" table runner/wall hanging sold for $260 at a recent Leukemia/Lymphoma silent auction fund raiser.  To make it more appealing, I bought two blue & white pottery pieces (a large plate on a stand & a ginger jar w/a lid) & the 3 pieces sold together.  I hope the new owners enjoy having this quilt in their home.
 Close-up of one of the the sashiko blocks.
 Another close-up.


  1. It's gorgeous, Sue! Your sashiko stitches are so even, I wondered if you've done them by machine. You can be proud that it fetched so much money for such a good cause. Greetings from Switzerland (tomorrow we are going to Boston for Thomas' graduation). Vreni x

  2. Thanks, Vreni! I did try my best to make the stitching even. Thanks for noticing!

    Have fun in Boston -- lovely time of year to be there. Weather's been nice & Spring-like.

  3. Absolutely smashing. The stitching is fantastic.