Shibori Quilt

Shibori by Amy Friend

I’m so excited to finally share this quilt. I had a hard time making time for it with my busy fall schedule but, tada, it’s done!

This quilt was designed using the improvisational paper piecing technique that I outline in my second book, Improv Paper Piecing, that will be published in February.  I am so excited to share this book with everyone and teach you my technique!

Shibori by Amy Friend

After much hemming and hawing, I have decided to name this quilt Shibori.  While the individual blocks suggest leaves, the repeat, especially colored in this gradient, feels a lot like tie dye or shibori to me.  My fabric selections are all Pure Elements solids from Art Gallery Fabrics.

Shibori by Amy Friend

The backing is a Cotton + Steel print from the Print Shop collection by Alexia Abegg.  I love not only the awesome color match but the modern feel of the print and it’s touch of whimsy that compliments the graphic design of the quilt front.

Shibori by Amy Friend

I often use solids when I really want my pattern design to take center stage, which is what I did here.  Then I find myself wishing I didn’t have to quilt because I don’t like quilting that takes away from that bold statement.  I find that straight lines are normally the best option because they don’t tend to detract and I end up liking the layer of added interest.  Here I quilted in vertical lines using Aurifil 2600 (a light gray that I love) and Aurifil 1147 (for a pop of green).  I used a 50 weight thread for the majority of the quilting which is spaced at 1/4″ and 1/2″ intervals, but the green pops are in 40 weight so they stand out a bit more.

The finished quilt measures 48″ x 56″.

Shibori by Amy Friend

I’m also appreciative that the foliage cooperated for these shots.  Had I finished even one week later, I would have missed that gorgeous color.




  1. Amy, you are some talented woman! Love this quilt – everything about it!

  2. It looks gorgeous! Such an interesting design.

  3. Fabulous. Just fabulous. And I think the quilting not only avoids being a distraction, it really adds another layer of interest with the irregular spacing and the introduction of green here and there. Really nice photos, too! 🙂

  4. Sabra Kachelein says:

    Love, love, love this quilt! Your color combination is one of my favorites, it just pops brilliantly. Kudos! Cannot wait for your book as I am starting to really love paper piecing!

  5. Oh Amy congratulations on your new book, I think the improvisational paper piecing will be much appreciated by the quilting community!

  6. Wow, love it. So bold and graphic! I think your quilting choice is great, definitely an enhancement of the pattern.

  7. Oh, I l do love this quilt ~ you did an amazing job with the colors and quilting (I always say, simple is best). Looking forward to your book ~ I’m really interested in what Improv paper piecing is all about!

  8. Very distinctive.

  9. Sue Kaiser says:

    Wow! Gorgeous! I love this quilt! Good job, can’t wait till your book comes out!

  10. Catherine Parsons says:

    Amy, another brilliant quilt. Love, love, love. Your designs and colour choices blow me away.

  11. The colors in this quilt are perfect! Nicely done!

  12. Amazing quilt! I love it.

  13. Wow I adore this!!!

  14. Just stunning! Can’t wait to see what else is in the book and for the book to come out!!!

  15. Really cool, can’t wait for the book!

  16. This really is stunning. Love the design and love the colors.

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