Welcome back to this month’s edition of the Japanese Quilting Study Group! If you’re just joining the series, you can see previous posts here.
Looking back over previous posts, I’m a little chagrined at how many more “progress” posts I have than “finish” posts. Even though the forward to this book specifically states that these projects are time-consuming, I underestimated the complexity. But I’m learning so much, and that’s truly the focus of this blog series, so we’re still on track!
First up today, some finished pictures of the Little Crosses project. This mini-quilt has actually been done for a while, and is happily settled in to its new home at my sister’s house. This quilt is totally her colors, and completely NOT mine, but I still kinda miss having the quilt around.
The bowl and whisk in the corner of the picture are souvenirs from my trip to Japan many years ago. The cup was from my host family’s tea set, and the bamboo whisk is used for mixing powdered tea and boiling water in the cup.
I’ve also been working on my Soda handbag, although slowly. I’ve already made some pretty big mistakes on it. Like quilting edge-to-edge on the gusset and back of the bag. You’re supposed to trim the front and batting after sewing the seams, then fold the backing fabric over to encase the raw edges of the seams. Quilting edge-to-edge means there’s no way I can trim that front smaller. Oops. I think I will create binding from the lining material and encase the seams that way. It’s a few extra steps, but should work.
The top of the bag is finished with a facing. Reading through the instructions, I think that’s like a binding that you just turn completely under instead of leaving half on either side of the bag, but it’s still confusing me mightily. And I still need to find suede tape for the handles. I was hoping to get it at JoAnn’s so I could match colors to my fabrics, but I couldn’t find it anywhere in the store. Now I’m off to look for it online.
So, that’s how far I’ve gotten on this taupe journey. Hopefully next month I’ll have a finished purse to show! I’ll also have a guest post for you from a wonderful art quilter who has actually MET Yoko Saito. I can’t wait to hear her stories!!