Machine Made Patchworks
Japanese craft books are one of my favorite resources for quilting inspiration. Most of these Japanese craft books contain very few English words, but I enjoy the gorgeous pictures of cute projects, beautiful fabrics and occasionally try to work my way through the diagrams that accompany each project.
I have started a new project that was initially inspired by the above image. I was puzzled by the diagram/pattern for this quilt, but soon realised the numbers in the book were in centimeters rather than inches and then chose to ignore the pattern all together as it was easier to make it up as I went along than it was to figure out the details in the book.
Not only have I changed the pattern, but also the overall color palette, preferring a softer look and making use of my new Rouenneries fabrics by Moda, in particular the red stripes. As a result my quilt bears little resemblance to the inspiration image, but I do love how one image can lead to such creativity and a completely new quilt.
I have had success finding Japanese books on Ebay, Etsy, YesAsia, Superbuzzy and have managed to stumble my way through Amazon Japan.
More pictures of the new quilt coming soon!