Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Dust Off a Quilt Book Blog Hop

I am excited to be a part of the Dust Off a Quilt Book Blog Hop by Beaquilter today!  I went searching through my quilt book stash and found one from the year I graduated from high's old enough I think.  Here's a hint...

Circles of the East is based on traditional Japanese Family Crests.  The funny part was that the book had post-its marking the ones I liked....many years ago.  Guess what?  My taste hasn't changed much.  I picked one of the marked patterns.

Image result for 1997 japanese crest quilt book

I didn't want to make it as large as the book said, so I played around with it on my scanner and in photoshop.  You can see that the design is a flower with butterfly antennae coming out.  When choosing fabrics I of course dug into my pile of Island Batiks!  I am an Ambassador for Island Batiks and I simply love working with their fabric.  I also chose their gray solid to use as the background.

Here's the first round of pieces all stitched down.  I do blanket stitch applique as it's my favorite.

You can really see the stitches on the back.

I decided to do something different with my circles in the middle of the flowers.  I used suede.  Yes, you read that right.  There is an advantage to using leather.  It doesn't fray!  I also decided to add some more circles outside the design.  I think I'm a glutton for punishment.  Those circles were not large.

Next came the quilting.  You may ask why the quilting stops....wait for it...

The batting is Hobbs Tuscany Silk.  I love how it drapes and find it works well for minis.  It is of course quilted with my favorite Aurifil thread.

And the back...keep scrolling!  It's worth it I promise.  

Ta da!  I did a scalloped binding.  This binding is 1/8 inch wide and it was a real trick to do those inner points.  NEVER AGAIN (though I did say that two years ago too...I guess this technique just has to age for me to try it again!).

And the back.

Here's a list of the participants in this blog hop. Be sure to visit them all.
Monday Feb 18th
Pamela at Pamelaquilts
Selina at Selinaquilts
Kathleen at Kathleenmcmusing

Tuesday Feb 19th
Jennifer at curlicuecreations
Stephanie at stephjacobsondesigns
Kathy at Kathysquilts
Shasta at high road quilter
Theresa at bumbleberrystitches

Wednesday Feb 20th
Sharon at Vrooman’s quilts
Suzy at Websterquilt
Nancy at patchworkbreeze
Karrin at karrinscrazyworld
Denise at craftraditions

Thursday Feb 21st
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Jennifer at Dizzyquilter
Lee Anne at Podunk Pretties
Lyndsey at Sew Many Yarns

Friday Feb 22nd
Bea at Beaquilter
Barbara at Bejweledquilts
Marian at seams to be sew
Brenda at songbirddesi

I hope you get to quilt today!


  1. Gorgeous! I am so impressed with your blanket stitch, but so perfect on those tiny circles.

  2. I have to say, you tackle some of the trickiest stuff and pull it off. I've done scalloped binding, and those little corner turns are a challenge, much less with an 1/8" wide binding! Yikes. It is an absolutely beautiful piece, Suzy.

  3. You are a glutton for punishment doing all these curved bindings. The upside is that they look amazing.

  4. another gorgeous one! and you're the queen of applique and awesome quilting!! and rounded edges!! love it all

  5. This is really stunning and your quilting just makes those shapes pop. Love it!

  6. This is an amazing piece of art. Your quilting is awesome. Great work.

  7. Very cute! Have a great day! :-) :-) angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  8. Oh so beautiful! Love the scalloped binding. Well worth the effort!

  9. Your machine applique and quilting are beautiful. Love your project.

  10. Very pretty and your quilting is superb.

  11. Wow!! You did a spectacular job on the pattern chosen from your book. Your quilt is simply stunning!!

  12. Again, you just amaze me with what you create!!

  13. I love this, my favorite thing to do is applique

  14. WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!! So beautiful - love everything about it.

  15. WOW! There are so many things to love about this little quilt...the colours, the precise applique stitching, the incredible quilting and that binding, too! Well done all around :)

  16. Hi Suzy, your piece is really stunning! That is really beautiful FMQ.