Monday, September 8, 2008

Block Love

I've been a little obsessed lately with an amazing little book that I found during a lunch hour trip to Barnes & Noble a couple of weeks back. I wound up ordering it through Amazon a few days later. The book is called Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix & Match, and it's full of 9" block patterns ranging from very basic to very intricate. I wouldn't say I'm "into" Asian decor or anything, but something about these blocks -- maybe the simplicity, the stark use of solid colors, the intricacy, the effect of repeated patterns -- really speak to me. I pored over this book while I was recovering from surgery and couldn't wait to make a few of the blocks. Well, this past weekend I was able to make four of them, and here they are:





All of the fabrics are from Amy Butler's solids line (which I also LOVE). With some cream sashing around each block, I think they will become my ALQS2 swap quilt ... well, that was my original intent, but I'm quite tempted to keep going and make myself a larger quilt from these blocks.

26 comments:

  1. John, these blocks are really fantastic. The fabric choices are great too. I have to find that book!

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  2. John, your blocks are awesome and really effective! I love them! Maybe you need to ask for a commission on selling lots of copies of their book... we're all inspired!!

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  3. Hi John,
    I just stumbled on your blog from the ALQS site, and just wanted to say that these are fabulous! This may be my next book to hunt down on half.com! All your stuff is great - thanks for blogging everything!

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  4. Wonderful blocks! Great fabric choices too! 8-)
    Happy stitchings!

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  5. Great blocks. I might have to put this book on my Christmas list.

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  6. these are stunning! I've added this book to my library/amazon wishlist :)

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  7. What great blocks! And I relly like the way you've departed from the original colour scheme!

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  8. I've leafed through that book many times but haven't bought it yet. The designs are so pretty, but I keep thinking I wouldn't make them. I may have to get it...I love your blocks!
    Anjea

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  9. I DO like the simplicity of the designs with the solid fabric. Very nice!

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  10. These are beautiful! Keep going! Make a big quilt to keep ;-)

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  11. Good thing I am single! No hubby to ask why I bought more Kona or another book!

    Great inspiration!

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  12. John, these blocks are great and I too must have this book. I love the use of solids they are so over looked in the quilt shop.

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  13. Oh how very cool!! Your blocks look great. I have a brother and a good friend that are both into Asian culture and now I'll have to find that book so I can make quilts for them. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I love the combo of the Japanese block with the pastel colors - very creative and beautiful.

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  15. Wow, for how simple they are they sure are sharp. I just might have to put this on my want list. They're just SOOOOO cool.

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  16. These look great! I would be tempted to go big too :)

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  17. i love this book...i picked it up on our anniversary trip in oregon at powells books. i love to page thru and look at all these fab blocks. cheers to you that you actually made some!

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  18. Love those blocks. Better than ice cream! :-)

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  19. I think i could easily become obsessed with blocks like these. maybe I need to order that book for myself? your blocks look perfect! you should make a larger quilt for yourself, I think.

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  20. I've had this book for several months now and hope to dig into it and another japanese technique book I own....once I finish my Dear Jane quilt :)

    Your blocks came out wonderful!

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  21. John, I'm so happy my book has inspired you and I love your ultra pastel versions of those blocks! I'm an Amy Butler fan too. The original versions of those blocks used a dark blue tsumugi by Olympus (Japan) from Euro Japan Links Limited in the UK and the shot cottons for the mid blues were Colourshott by Oakshott (handwoven in India). I'll be posting photos of the sampler quilts from "Japanese Quilt Blocks" on my blog in a few days time - they are touring the Grosvenor Exhibitions autumn quilt shows in the UK right now. BTW, the Kodansha International edition of JQB is about to be reprinted, so if it is temporarily unavailable in the USA, please wait for it to reappear in the bookstores! Best wishes, Susan

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  22. I jumped over to your blog from Loft Creations. I really like these Japanese blocks. Very nice.
    -- Michele

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  23. Hi John! That is just the best book, isn't it? I like the ones that you did.

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