Friday, August 20, 2010

KJR Quilt - A Block Jumble

My next quilt project is in response to Kate's Bee Imaginative block request as well as the arrival last week of Katie Jump Rope stash replenishment.


A quick Google image search of Bento Box style quilts revealed much inspiration, in particular this Flickr Image of a Bento Box quilt pieced entirely from Katie Jump Rope fabrics.  Although I don't have a pattern for this quilt design, it didn't take long to work out my own dimensions and technique.
The overall concept is really quite simple.  Piece two the same size blocks in the manner of a square in a square block layout.  Reverse the fabric/color combination in the second block. 
Carefully cut blocks into quarters and re-arrange.  Sew blocks back together again.


My center squares were cut as a 5 inch square, and all the border strips were cut 2.5 inches wide.  All seams were pressed away from the solid white fabric which makes piecing the blocks back together again a whole lot easier.  The finished block size is 12 inch square.

The quilt top measures 60 inches x 72 inches

For this quilt top I have made 15 sets of blocks - a total of 30 blocks - a lot of piecing, although all very straight forward.     My choice of fabrics for this quilt are a selection of Katie Jump Rope, Flea Market Fancy and some Kei Honeycomb Dots in brown, orange/red and yellow; a combination a little outside of my comfort zone.


 Basting is now in progress.  More soon.

35 comments:

  1. Oh, very nice work and great colours! I also like the Bento-Box-Style. It's on my list... :-) Thanks for inspiration!

    Have a nice day,
    Pedi

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  2. Great work! That pattern works really well with those fabrics.

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  3. it is almost hard to imagine you needing inspiration when i find you to be one of the most inspiring quilters out there!!! this is amazing...so gorgeous. and they way this pattern works out is so cool

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  4. That turned out great. I love the way the black and tans make the other colors pop. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  5. You can also piece it as a 1/4 (or is it 1/2) of a log cabin. Start with 1 square, add the first 2 logs & then instead of adding two more logs arounf the initial square add the last two logs to the sides as the first 2 logs... That is my plan anyway...

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  6. Very fun! I don't use a lot of white in my own quilts but I love how you used it here - it makes everything pop and keeps the blocks from becoming overwhelming.

    Lovely!

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  7. Gorgeous!! The fabric combos are just perfect!

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  8. That is so cool! Great fabrics too!

    MGM

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  9. You did it again. A great choice of a quilt pattern for the fabric. Katie Jump Rope is my favorite pattern and I've been scouring the stores looking for it. I think I'll try to do a swap from my large stash. You're quilt looks so clean and crisp and I like you always feel that the white just brightens everything up.

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  10. Bento Box is always so cheerful! Looks pretty and fresh!

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  11. Thank you for sharing. I have some blocks that I could easily cut into a bento box.

    The white on there just makes your fabric choices pop.

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  12. Very pretty. I'm anxious to see the finished product. I always love your colorful quilts! Happy weekend...

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  13. I love your method, it's such a great way to use your charm packs and jelly rolls to make this great quilt block. Thank You for your inspiration!!!

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  14. Ah, Rita, you take colours that would scare me and turn them into a masterpiece like this... fantastic!!

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  15. Super cute quilt!!! I recently made a Bento Box out of some Pat Sloan fabrics.
    I recently found some Katies Jump Rope fabrics in my cabinet. I think it's a fq packet so if you ever find that you need a piece or two, let me know, I'd be happy to share with you :)
    Peggy in NJ

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  16. Love bento box quilts! I've been planning to make one but I haven't yet gotten round to it lol

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  17. Stunning Rita. I was wondering where those colours were going, I love the bento box style, but have never made one. Yours is beautiful xo

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  18. I have not been a big fan of bento box, but this example is inspiring - it has a nice range of prints and colors that stand out well against the white. Gorgeous!

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  19. That's a wonderful idea and twist on a simple block design :). I'll definitely try making this one.

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  20. I love this! Your choice of fabrics is perfect! I will be putting this on my long list of projects to make. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  21. I know if I tried that, my blocks would be all out of sinc;)
    I have to remind myself when doing blocks to make sure I have them set right or I lose track of where things go.

    Debbie

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  22. I saw a quilt at a show here last year that used just those colours in KJR, in a bento box pattern too. But they didn't use the white. This is a totally different look.
    (It's the last photo in this post.)
    http://naptimequilter.blogspot.com/2009/06/heritage-park-quilt-show.html

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  23. You are so prolific, Rita. You're a real inspiration to those of us who are great starters but less great finishers. (Guilty, your honour.)

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  24. Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Your basted quilts always look so flat and smooth! Love those pictures with quilting pins!

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  25. Thanks for the instructions. Very pretty.

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  26. Like a lot of folks, Bento box has been on my list, this may push it to the top!

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  27. Lovely lovely. I have a bento box running around in my head too! Funny, we must be breathing the same air!

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  28. Absolutely gorgeous! Really brings a new perspective to the Bento box.

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  29. love the inspiration have old scraps i can put to use for this thx:)

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