Supernova Quilt Layout

Monday, March 28, 2011

I finished cutting all the patterned fabric pieces yesterday. I still have to cut out the background. I will likely stick with a white background, as in the original Supernova quilt, though I am not settled on that yet. I've got all the fabrics separated by block in ziploc bags.

I took images of the strips in each block before the final cutting so that I could get an idea of how I'd like to arrange the colors. Here is a tentative layout, which may change depending on how the contrast works between the edge fabrics in each of the blocks once they are pieced.

I also have an extra block that will go somewhere at some point...

Supernova Quilt Fabric Selection

Saturday, March 26, 2011

After consulting with my sister, I decided to use the fabric that I bought in Fabric Town in Japan for the Supernova Quilt-a-long. After sorting through it all, here are the fabric selections and the groupings I decided on:

They look so pretty all nice and rolled up, I'm going to have a hard time unrolling and cutting them!

Call for Quilts for Japan

Monday, March 21, 2011

Patchwork Tsushin, a leading Japanese quilt magazine, is asking for quilts for those impacted by the recent earthquake and tsunami.  If you have a quilt laying around you just don't know what to do with, or if you'd like to whip one up really quick, donate via Quilter's Newsletter Magazine.

AMQG BOM - Block 4 & 5

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Block 4: January - Scrappy Hedgerow Block
Block 5: February - Double Four Patch

Here are all the finished blocks so far:

For more info on the BOM - click here!

AMQG BOM - Block 3

Friday, March 18, 2011

Block 3 - December - Modern Plaid

Ok, so I didn't really do this in December either.  Actually, I decided I was going to save the remaining blocks of the month for my trip to Japan.  Since I couldn't take my sewing machine with me, though it would have fit nicely in the over-hear compartment, I decided I would try hand piecing for the very first time.  Yikes!  What a disaster.  Not only did I HATE hand piecing, but one thing failed to occur to me:  If you hand piece rows together only to cut the rows into smaller pieces, the rows will fall apart because hand piecing is not as secure as machine piecing.

Check-out below for what I mean.  I pieced rows of white and green together.  Then I needed to rotary cut the entire thing into strips.  After cutting into strips, the white and green did not stay stitched together because the stitching with hand piecing is much too loose.  Lesson learned.  I don't know why that did not occur to me in the first place!

So hand piecing in Tokyo was a bust!  When I got back, I re-sewed the block with my sewing machine. Much better!

For more info on the Block-of-the-Month, click here!

Japan - Fabric Town

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Before heading to Japan, some friends in AMQG mentioned a place in Tokyo called 'Fabric Town'.  Located just outside the Nippori train station on the Yamanote line are several blocks lined with fabric shops.  They had more kinds of fabric than I ever imagined - quilting fabric, patterned knit, velvet & vinyl, not to mention the countless notions.  It was fabric heaven.

I managed to make two trips there during my month-long stay in Tokyo, which was difficult given that most of the shops in Fabric Town are only open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm and I was working Mon-Sat 9am-9pm.  Luckily, I had a week off from work during my stay in Japan, which included two Saturdays!  I dragged my poor husband there both times, the second time with the lure of lunch at a noodle shop nearby where they made fresh noodles right in front of you.  

The main store for quilt fabric was Tomato, which was 6 stories tall, each story being a different type of fabric.  The quilting fabric was on the 6th floor and has an overwhelming selection of fat quarters.  Not to mention an incredible amount of notions  - purse handles & straps, zippers, templates, etc.  Pure heaven.  I bought a bunch of zippers and some quilting fabric.  Much of the quilting fabric was actually not made in Japan, so I didn't go too crazy here.

Tomato.  From Left: Solid Knits, Pattern Knit, Fat Quarters, Purse Handles

One of the other floors had an amazing selection of knits.  I've recently become obsessed with making knit sleeves to keep me warm in the office, so I was particularly interested in this floor.  I managed to learn the symbols for cotton, polyester, and rayon thanks to google translate on my iPhone.  I didn't end up buying any knit, however, because much of the 100% cotton that I was interested in was $35 per yard...a little too rich for simple office sleeves!  

After leaving Tomato, I scored a ton of Japanese quilting fabric at the store across the street called Tsukiyasu Honten.  The folks working here were SO friendly.  On my second trip I was actually able to complete the entire transaction in Japanese after learning a few more fabric related words!  Tsukiyasu Honten was definitely my favorite shop that I visited and the main reason that I wanted to make the second trip back to Nippori.

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