Monday, February 20, 2012

Blocks ...... and Bits.....

I have started making my Japanese blocks .....

Yosegi nikuzushi (Simple pairs)

Yosegi gokuzushi (Simple fives)

Thanks to Annette who sent me these lovely fabrics to add to my collection of orientals which I am using for these blocks

I think I am going to have such fun doing these - the colours and designs are so varied and happy

I have created a new page on my blog  日本のブロック which you can see HERE
(that is supposed to mean Japanese blocks - in Japanese - I am open to correction)
this page will be my showcase for the blocks made

I have reaped my pretty YingYang bean seeds
I received seeds last year from Tracy - they grew, we ate, we have kept seeds
(if you enjoy home grown goodness you really should visit Tracy at Sunny Corner Farm)

I really think these should sit in a pretty glass dish

and admired my little flowering gum
it is only just over a metre tall
and the flowers from this little beauty now decorate my blog header

used my Go Cutter to cut flannel raggy squares

I had a bit of trouble getting nice clean cuts on all the raggy bits.... anybody got helpful hints?

then I sewed up sandwiches of 3 flannel raggy squares 

the squares will be made up into a quilt for the Quilting Angels to give out

Righto - Gotta Go.... quilt needs pinning, tea needs sipping,
laundry needs washing, hoovering needs , ironing needs doing, food needs cooking, tables need dusting



Anonymous said...

Your blog header is AWESOME! I love the bright color.
Your Japanese blocks are beautiful. I especially like the first photo.

Jennifer said...

Oh, I love those flowering gums.....we had one at our last house, and they are used as street trees here. Looking forward to seeing your Japanese blocks as they progress!

Margaret said...

The fabrics in the first Oriental block, are so nice. I have used them in a coin quilt. Yep nothing surpasses a flowering um when in season.

Janet said...

WOW! The flowers on your blog header are gorgeous! I see you have some of that colour in your flannel blocks. I didn't know there was a cutting template that cut the fringe for flannel blocks. What a great idea.

Helen McNaught @ AuntyHennys said...

Hi Fiona,

Love the header and the japanese prints!

Re the go cutter issue.... is the mat in good order? Apparently once it is past its "use by" date it won't let the die cut well. You can use the centre of the square mat on other dies where the shape is in the centre. and don't forget to clean out the die shape often with the raggy block, as there will be lots of fluff inside the blade area. Hope this helps!
Happy cutting and sewing!!

Miss Hillbilly said...

I love Asian fabrics. I've hoarded some for years...but I am finally going to cut into some this week.

Anonymous said...

wonderful post Fiona,i also love your heading the colours of those flowers is awesome.Those japanese blocks look fantastic,see you back after you do some housework,lol.xx

Maria said...

I LOVE Native Flowers that's why we have planted about 200 different trees. Your flowering tree is just gorgeous.
Your japenese Blocks are looking good and what a fabulous way to do shaggy blocks.....

WoolenSails said...

Wonderful quilt and fabrics, it is going to be gorgeous.
Love your bush, I need to do landscaping, my plants all die or are over grown.


Karen said...

I am going to watch with interest as your collection of Japanese blocks grows. They look great.
I love the photo in your blog header and the gum is so pretty.
I am having a similar issue with my Go! when cutting tumbler blocks, so will be reading any suggestions you receives with interest. I was not expecting any problems as all the reviews talked about clean cuts.

Kelli Fannin Quilts said...

Love your Japanese blocks, Fiona, and those beans do look like art! So cool. I love how you've lined through the chores at the end of your post. A girl after my own heart. :o)

Anonymous said...

I love the bean seeds.

rubyslipperz1052 said...

I think Asian prints are sooo pretty. You've got some great fabrics and great blocks.

I've not seen bean seeds like those before...but, they would look really cool in a dish or glass jar =)


Lyn said...

Your fabric is gorgeous...I have been admiring your header and what a surprise to see the height of the tree and laden with will be a lovely specimen in your garden...

Grammasheri said...

So many things to love about your blog today, starting with the flowers on the blog header! They are too pretty for words! The Japanese blocks are lovely as well. I've never seen yin yang beans but they are fascinating and very pretty! Hmmmm...I wonder if they would grow in Arizona. Probably not. Too hot here, too dry and besides the beans don't have prickly thorns on 'em like most everything else that grows here does! :)

Susan said...

Your Japanese blocks are lovely! And there is nothing nicer than a flowering gum!

marina said...

lovely new Japanese blocks!
Those beans are so cute. Love the flowering gum, we had one similar in our yard but had to cut it down. I nearly cried when it had to go-it seems the tree loved out storm water pipes.
will be interested to see your raggy blocks come together.

Joy McD said...

You're a busy bee! Love the bean seeds... need some when we go back to Oz!!
And I love your Japanese blocks!! The fabric is just beautiful!

Cheryll said...

Flowering gums and Japanese blossoms... doesn't get much prettier! :)

Sunnybec said...

Love reading your blog as things are all new to me. Haven't seen Japanese fabric before, it's beautiful, not seen a gum tree before, those flowers are lovely and I haven't seen those beans before!! See even at my age you learn something new every day!!!!

Allie said...

LOVE those Japanese blocks, Fiona, hm, makes me want to pull out all my Oriental fabrics! Those seeds are very cool looking, so graphic. And your tree is just gorgeous. Enjoy your creating, girl!

Michelle Ridgway said...

You and I seem to be on the same track Fiona. Love your blocks they are beautiful.

Jindi's Cottage said...

You are very welcome...the felt I got back in return is wonderful :)
Your japanese blocks are lovely, such fabulous fabrics.
Love those ying yang beans, I think they would look fabulous in a pretty glass dish..wonder how many would be popped into mouths as a lolly!
Flowering gums are so pretty, such magnificent trees when they grow up into big trees, great picture as your header.

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