Some time ago my son gave me a few pieces of beautiful Japanese fabrics. These few pieces became the inspiration for a quilt I constructed for him. I used all these pieces as the basis for the colour palate choices. I then combined them with fabrics I already had in my stash which I think are complementary to the original pieces. The colour palate then was blues, browns golds and reds. I ensured a sufficient mix of fabrics to give plenty of interest.
I decided to make a strip quilt, I cut all the fabrics into 2 1/2″ strips, then joined them all together making sure there was good distribution of the fabrics before commencing the piecing. Once all the strips were sewn together I framed the quilt with narrow red borders, followed by bordering the quilt in a somber taupe solid colour, which makes all the other fabrics jump out from the quilt, giving them proper representation.
I used small pieces to make a “window” style border at the ends of the quilt.
I quilted the strips in the ditch and then stipple quilted all of the taupe areas. I used the same red as the narrow borders for the binding which ties it all together.
The lessons learned with making a strip quilt of this type is that the strips cannot be added continuously. The width of the quilt should be decided, then sewing groups of five strips at a time and sewing from either side is the way to go, then joining the groups of five together. This will prevent bowing of the fabric and design.
I have combined Japanese fabrics with complementary quilting prints and solids. I believe the combination works well and although the design is simple it makes a striking quilt with lasting appeal.
3 thoughts on “Japanese Inspired Strip Quilt”
Great inspiration! I’ve been making a couple of the jelly roll race quilts and not happy with the way the colors are ‘touching’ in some instances.
Did you sew all your strips in one long strip and then cut to the size you wanted? I think that’s how I’m doing my next ones….
Love your style! Just ‘found’ you today! Thanks for everything you freely share!
you are amazing! So many great ideas! I made 2 of your quilts using my scraps.
Dear Ceci, how wonderful! That warms my heart! Thank you for sharing!