Today is my stop on the 318 Patchwork Patterns blog hop! This book containing paper pieced and appliqued designs by Kumiko Fujita was first published in Japan in 2005 and is now available in English thanks to World Book Media. You can buy a copy of the book here.
For my project, I choose to use three fruit blocks: the apple, the pear and the cherries. I don’t particularly care for freezer paper style piecing and like to just simply foundation piece so I had to redraw portions of the apple and the pear in order to do that. If you are familiar with paper piecing and block construction, this isn’t difficult to do. My blocks are 6″ square. I made 2 of each blocks and as a personal challenge, I didn’t allow myself to repeat any fabric selections (except for the background fabric). It was tricky to come up with enough browns in my stash to not repeat in any of the stems! I had made 5 of the six blocks before I decided to use the cute Lori Holt kitchen print for sashing. Once I decided on that, I chose to make one pair of cherries pink to bring in the pinks from the print. It makes for a very cheerful runner.
I used a simple stitch on my Janome for the quilting, following Amanda Jean’s tutorial for “honeycomb quilting”. It was a quick way to lend some all over texture to the table runner.
For the back, I used this Retro Kitchen print ordered from Sew Me A Song. Sew Me A Song is a great resource for fabrics that are fun to use in paper piecing projects like this one. You can also find the book there.
If you would like to see some more projects from the book, check out the following:
October 20: Kerryfrom http://verykerryberry.blogspot.com
October 22: Penny from http://sewtakeahike.typepad.com
October 24: Angela from http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com
October 27: Amy from http://nanacompany.typepad.com
October 29: Amber from http://oneshabbychick.typepad.com
October 31: Latifah from www.thequiltengineer.com
November 3: Charise from http://charisecreates.blogspot.com
November 5: Leila from http://wheretheorchidsgrow.blogspot.com
November 7: Amy from http://duringquiettime.com
November 10: Faith from www.freshlemonquilts.com
November 12: Caroline from www.sewcanshe.com
November 14: Rashida from http://iheartlinen.typepad.com
World Book Media is offering a copy of this book to one lucky reader! Enter below. International entries welcome.
Thanks for visiting today!