Saturday, 27 May 2017

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2018 - Partnership Quilt project - Tree of Life

It is time to make a quilt block for NHK's Partnership Quilt Project at Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2018, to be held in Tokyo Dome in January next year.

More information can be found on the official website.

Under the tag NHK, above, you can read about this project and see my previous entires.

The theme this time is TREE OF LIFE.

In the recent TV program and on the website, the suggestions are many and free. 
What is Tree of Life? 
It could be the tree itself, it could be the leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds.... 
It could be the birds and animals that live in the tree. 
It could be the carved grafitti on the trunk. 
It could, I guess, even be a family tree!

Made by Harue Yumoto

Made by Misako Sano

My entry 2017 (Gardening)

For anyone who wants to send in and donate a block to this charity quilt project, here are the rules:

  • one block per person
  • 15 cm x 15 cm for the motif, add a seam allowance of 1-2 cm on all sides
  • flimsy block, i.e. no wadding, no quilting
  • your name should be written with pen in the seam allowance of the lower right hand corner
  • your block should have reached NHK by 31st July, 2017
  • enclose a note with your name, address, tel no, email address
  • (for entries within Japan) if you also enclose a pre stamped Japanese postcard (62 yen) with your name and address filled in, it will be returned to you with the number of which quilt your block has been added to
  • send to:

Partnership Quilt
NHK Sutekini Handmade
2-2-1 Jinnan
Tokyo 150-8001

Friday, 26 May 2017

Friday Homework for Lesson 22 - Vault Stitch

The Vault Stitch is not difficult in itself, but for some reason it was hard work to fill this little square:
There are too many mistakes to show an enlarged picture! Instead of using the measurements in Mary Thomas's book, I should have adjusted the stitch to fit perfectly into this square. Then, the stitch would have looked different, though.

Anyway I have completed the homework and I am pleased with the look, and just hope no one ever holds up a magnifying glass to see in detail.... all the flaws!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

WIPW - Rip, rip, rip

Work In Progress Wednesday is all about

Trinity Green

where I have continued to rip, rip and rip off the paper on the back.

Last week's picture:

This week's photo:

No need to comment!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 22: Vault Stitch

Today's stitch is yet another one from the Cross Stitch family, and belongs to Canvas stitches.

Vault Stitch is also known as Fan Vaulting and Church Roof Stitch. No Swedish name has been found. Let me know if you have any other names for this stitch.

I discovered it in Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, where it is worked in the order of the purple stitch:
This way a LOT of thread is needed.
With yellow thread I changed the stitching to save thread.
Compare the back:

Once you have got the rhythm, you will get 'hooked' and work the stitches fast.

This is what it looks on my Aida sampler:

Fill this square with orange and yellow Vault Stitch.