Work has stalled on my ABC quilt, but I used the same idea to make a little wall-hanging for my Spanish teacher, who recently had a baby girl. Each Saturday, I catch the bus into town and take a Spanish class. The lessons started for my trip to Spain, but I am enjoying them and plan to continue.
Another student was going to crochet a blanket as a gift from the class, but life got in the way. As she said, ‘The human gestation period is too short!’ I really wanted to play with a small version of my ABC quilt, so I offered to step in.
The images associated with each letter will seem a bit strange to English speakers, but I did some research to see which images were commonly associated with letters in Spanish.
A es para abeja.
B es para bebé.
C es para calabaza.
A is for bee.
B is for baby.
C is for pumpkin.
Initially, I planned to make the blocks quilt-as-you-go, using small scraps of wadding, but I found two bits of quilt wadding in the cupboard that I could zigzag together to make a large enough piece.
I free-motion quilted lots of small loops. The quilting is a bit too close and stiff for a bed quilt, but it works well for a wall-hanging. The small loops allowed me to get in all the small spaces around the designs, which I also outlined by quilting in the ditch. Given how nervous free-motion quilting makes me, I am really happy with how this turned out. I can see me gradually overcoming my fear. I was on a sewing retreat when I quilted this, and I did start after dinner and a glass of wine!
This wall-hanging also is only my second attempt at a hanging sleeve. I usually make bed or lap quilts, and the only other hanging sleeve I have made was for my tree growth chart. Hanging sleeves are easy, but I had never really needed them before!
All of the designs are from Kumiko Fujita’s book Patchwork Patterns 318, which has rapidly become a favourite, and all of the fabric was from my stash as I am still on a fabric diet.
I have heard that Kumiko Fujita’s book Patchwork Patterns 318 is soon to be published in an English edition, after being out of print in Japanese for a very long time. Hurrah! It has some fabulous patterns, and I recommend it to anyone who likes beautiful but slightly challenging projects. Kumiko Fujita always hand sews her blocks, so some are impossible to piece entirely by machine.
Before the class gave our teacher the quilt, I took it to the park for a photoshoot.
I am linking up with Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts and Sew Cute Tuesday. I have never done a linky thingy before, but I am so thrilled with this tiny quilt, I need to share! (Update: I think there is no Sew Cute Tuesday this week, so perhaps I cannot link as I planned.) In fact, as this post goes live, I will be in the same city as Alyce: beautiful Tokyo! I put a clause in my fabric diet that allows me to buy a few gorgeous Japanese fabrics while on holiday.