A few months ago, Lindsay from Zakka Workshop got in touch asking if I would like to try some Yoshiko Jinzenji patterns they were launching. They are projects from her book Quilting Line and Colour. I haven't got the book and it is now out of print and rather expensive to get hold of so I chose The Modern Sampler Quilt and Lindsay generously included some other patterns too.
In all three patterns, the instructions involve a lot of detailed diagrams- this suits my learning style; plus text and photographs. Yoshiko Jinzenji's style is clean, minimal, organic and modern. The patterns are described as 'Japanese Quilt Artist Series' and they definitely lean towards the textile art side of quilting.
I chose four of the blocks in the modern sampler quilt. For the blocks that included curves, I traced the block templates onto freezer paper, ironed them onto the reverse of the fabric, drew round them in pencil and added seam allowance all round.
I hand pieced the curved blocks and this method is shown in detail in the pattern. They could be machined but I am enjoying hand piecing at the moment and I thought I would get better results. I used a selection of linens and cottons for my neutral background and vintage prints for my quiet bursts of colour.
You can see more of the construction on the reverse.
For the square and triangle blocks, I departed from the instructions, traced the blocks onto thin paper and foundation pieced the blocks.
I am now at a large cushion cover size but I think I need to add more details to it. The pattern includes appliqué irregular strips that are sewn on by hand using needle turn technique and I fancy adding some strips to the centre cross. I love this pattern, it was a calming and pleasing make and I would like to return to and make the whole quilt. It's a slow burner project that I keep returning to as other sewing comes and goes.
You can find the patterns at Zakka Workshop and in their Etsy shop. The Modern Sampler Quilt is quite an advanced skill level. The Graphic Squares Pillow and Throw pattern is a beginner project- covering a 16 patch cushion layout and fussy cutting in lots of photo graphics step-by step-detail and the Quilted Silhouette Pillows are a simple raw edge appliqué project.
What are your thoughts on this sort of pattern production- extracting projects from books and selling then as independent products? I wonder if it is something we will see more of?