Anyway, I decided this would be the year to make at least a small wall quilt in time for his birthday early next year. I was lucky enough to find a used copy of the book Quilting with Japanese Fabrics by the late Kitty Pippen and it has become a treasured resource. Actually becoming a bit dog-eared with repeated readings - so much to learn!
Last night I began drafting a fairly simple (I hope) design for this first quilt. For the past few months I've been collecting some small pieces of Japanese yukata and other fabrics. Here is the initial selection of potential fabrics for a small wall quilt (subject to further editing of course!).
And, to make things even sweeter, Saturday's mail delivery contained an envelope from Japan. Cynthia of Wabi-sabi Quilts sent along these two sweet pieces of fabric, one a classic chrysanthemum print and the second a piece of blue tenugui with a fishing net design. Thank you Cynthia! The blue tenugui will be a beautiful accent fabric for this first quilt. I plan to save the chrysanthemum fabric for another future project.
Til next time, enjoy this first day of fall!