My Quilt for Japan – WIP

Quilters Newsletter is working with the Japanese Quilt Magazine, Patchwork Tsushin, to collect comfort quilts for people affected by the earthquake in Japan.  When I thought about what type of quilt I would make, a few ideas came to mind:  it should be a simple pattern (because there’s not much time), it should be warm, and I wanted it to somehow have an Asian feel to it.

My vintage bark cloth scraps seemed to fit the bill — they have a bit of an Asian look, and they are fairly heavy.  My favorite thing is the scalloped border.  It was a narrow strip of bark cloth slightly longer than the quilt edge, but with only two wide stripes.  I kept thinking what a great border it would have made, and then it dawned on me I could cut each stripe in half along the wavy center of the design.  I’m pretty pleased with myself because I think it makes a nice frame for the quilt.

The batting for this quilt will be a fleece blanket, which will provide warmth and won’t shift or bunch.  The 60″ square quilt should be pretty heavy, so I plan to just tie it in the block corners.

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