Content to have finished the train crash quilt, I started a new project last night – having spotted a photo of a Japanese folded patchwork bag in an old copy of Fabrications Quilting For You I thought I’d have a go, so far without the foggiest idea of how to put it together!
In case you’re not familiar with Japanese folded patchwork, here’s how it works. Cut
circles of background fabric – I drew round a tea plate, but have in the past used a dinner plate. Turn in a narrow hem with tiny running stitches to keep it in place. Cut squares of batting and feature fabric slightly smaller than your hemmed circle, and place one of each in the centre of the wrong side of a background circle. Turn in the background circle around each side of the centre square, pin in place and then slipstitch the edges down. An all in one operation, no need for backing,
The next step is to arrange your blocks to whatever shape you want and stitch them together using a whip stitch with right sides together. You can join blocks into a table runner, place mats or a cushion and quilt or decorate it as you wish. I like this kind of simple hand-sewn project which I can do while watching tv – I do hate to have idle hands!