I’m Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts, an Aussie ex-pat sewing it up in Chiba, Japan for a few years while my husband does his science thing. I have loved the opportunity to really enjoy the amazing delights that the Japanese fabric industry has to offer, like Kokka’s scientist fabric! So I am thrilled to be here today to share some of that beautiful Japanese fabric and how much fun I have playing with it.
When I opened up the parcel full of these beautiful fabrics, I admit I was a little scared of trying to mix them together with such a gorgeous variety of colours and prints! I normally work within a tight palette of colours, but when I took a step back, I could see the cohesion.
I wanted to create some space and movement, which automatically brings flying geese blocks to mind. The cuts of fabric I was sent were perfect to whip up 5″x10″ blocks, with some inverse blocks to create tails for some print geese using a lighter-saturated print.
I pieced the scraps together for the back, roughly in colour groups, and got to quilting.
By straight-line quilting 1/4″ from each seam and randomly spread out in between, I created trails up and down the quilt to keep the eye moving around from each beautiful Lighthearted print to the next.
Photo credit: Frances Arikawa