A new project, one that has been on my ever growing Must make this quilt one day! list for a while; long enough to have found a copy of the book in which the quilt is featured and page through endlessly:
Japanese Craft Book ISBN4-579-11039-0
Kumiko Fujita Quilts from Quilter's Studio
Kumiko's work, fabric and books are devoured by many patchworkers and quilters. My mind has been preoccupied with this "Butterfly" quilt (as featured on the back cover of the book); collecting Japanese fabrics and text prints over time.
The one thing holding me back was the fact that my book is written entirely in Japanese. Determined to conquer this Butterfly Block I photocopied the draft pattern of the finished block from the book (no templates provided) and started paper piecing each unit. Paper piecing is accurate, but fiddly and time consuming (and messy!).
Once I had paper pieced a few blocks, I deconstructed the pieces and was able to figure out a simple rotary cutting and machine piecing method. Quicker and just as accurate.
Many more blocks are yet to be made, but whilst I am enjoying choosing each fabric, and watching the quilt grow I will continue to happily plod along.
Thank you for stopping by,
Butterfly Block Tutorial
A Butterfly Quilt - The Finished Quilt