April 17, 2010

Klosjes Saturday and a bit more

You might remember that I made some of these before I left for my holiday. I precut them and took them with me, but I only managed to make five blocks all that time. A holiday can be very hectic. I need 25 blocks for the mini quilt but I only have 20 so far. I hope to get the rest done by next Saturday.

Not all was lost while I was in Japan. I came across a Japanese quilting magazine called Patchwork Club, and I found 3 pages full of Klosjes mini quilts in there that I just have to share with you.
Here are my 20 blocks made from bright scraps. After I finish these I will start another batch with more muted colours. I'm really looking forward to starting those.
This quilt was part of One Hundred Japanese Quilts exhibition. I didn't notice it before. It is called 'Seasonal Color' by Kumiko Hirose, and here what she has to say."The change of seasons in the beautiful city of Kyoto is captured in my quilt. The range of colors provide a constant impression on one's memory: cherry blossoms and garden flowers in springtime, vivid green leaves in early summer, yellow sunflowers against the blue summer sky, brilliant leaves in autumn and red fruits in winter trees. Kimono fabrics and metallics are framed with a border of chirimen silk from obiage (obi scarf)".
And here are scans from pages of Patchwork Club magazine. These quilts were made using Klosjes blocks with very interesting settings.
More quilts. You can double click on the photos to see a larger version of them.
You see I was thinking of you while I was away. You might get some idea from these quilts. I must tell you that once I got settled into stitching these Klosjes babies I really loved it. I have been enjoying everyone's posts also. They are all very inspiring. Thanks everyone for a great project.


26 comments:

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Well done Nat for doing some blocks on holiday...I haven't done any stitching for the best part of this week!!! I have seen Klosjes around on the blogs...what exactly is it? You'll be finished in no time I bet...Hugs, Dzintra♥x

Lurline said...

Oh, Natima - I love the little one lower right-hand corner - might have a little play!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Terry said...

Nice photos it is always interesting to seee how different cultures interpert the same quilt blocks.
Like your brights.

Yes they are llike hexagons a bit addictive.
Happy Stitching Terry

Little Lady Patchwork said...

Hi Nat!

Your blocks look good. I can't wait to see your finished quilt.

Thanks for sharing the photos of the other quilts. They are all very inspiring.

Enjoy your weekend,
Stefanie

Simone de Klerk said...

I love those klosjes! And you used some lovely bright fabrics for yours. Great inspiration from your pictures. Thank you!

Valentina said...

I love your Happy Klosjes! and I can't believe you found this magazine! Wow, I have been carefully studying all the quilts--- so much inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing, Natima! But, you know, I think I am going to have to make some brown ones with stripy 'tread' centres fro my quilt... I just LOVE those!
Thank you, sooooo much!
:)

Kim D. said...

Love your little bow tie quilt. Love those brights. Thanks for sharing these beautiful quilts. There are some very pretty layouts.

Katrien said...

Very nice klosjes.And the magazine looks great.

Mrs Quilty said...

That Japanese magazine looks great. Love your bow tie quilt. The colors are just great!

Celine said...

Hi Nat,

Here am I! Thanks for visiting my blog. I have enjoyed my visit on yours. Lovely pictures and lovely work. Welcome back from your holidays too. Japan is such a wonderful country. The magazine you have found has lovely pictures and your bright klosjes are lovely (I have sewn a few bright ones as well!)
Celine

suedio said...

Hi Nat

Your klosjes are looking lovely . . . and the magazine you found on your travels looks terrific - and very timely given that you're working on your own klosjes!

Regards, Sue

Kaite said...

your 20 klosjes are very bright and cheerful, i've never heard of k's before. shows i'm new. |<.

Julia said...

Lovely bright Klosjes Nat,,,You were on holiday...you did well to do any..
Great little quilts there on show..I'm thinking a little Klosjes quilt might be on the go..
Julia ♥

Sue-Anne said...

Wow! Who would have thought you could make so many different quilts with little spools!

I love your bright coloured spools. You have used some beautiful fabrics there.

Thanks for showing another amazing Japanese quilt.

Astrid said...

I'm not sure I had managed to sew anything during a holiday. I love the colorful mini quilt! Can't wait to see it finished! How big is it in size?

Micki said...

Great blocks Nat, and I love that magazine.
Micki

Uniquely Yours Creations said...

I love that "Seasonal Color" quilt!

Nedra said...

What inspriations in your new Japanese books. I can understand why you purchased them! Beautiful colors and settings.

*karendianne. said...

This is my first visit and what a delight it's been!!! Love these happy Klosjes you made. Thank you for sharing all these lovely pictures of various settings from the Japanese Patchwork magazine. How very creative and fun. What a treat!!! *karendianne.

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Willow said...

Hi Nat,

Love your blocks. I had to create a new blog and would love to have you join. Somehow my old one got deleted and all was lost. On Wednesday I am showing my hearts I made from one of your patterns you sent me a few months ago.

Willow

Darlee Byron said...

I love the border on the "Seasonal Color" quilt. Enjoy your project!

Karen said...

Such bright, happy klosjes! And, very interesting what you found in the magazine.

ivoryspring said...

The blocks are great, Natima - and all the possibilities from the pictures you show!! Quilters are just about the most creative people on earth... ;0)

Paula said...

Thank you Nat, for posting the photos from the magazine. That really gives me insperation. This Klosjes are very popular, is it the same as Spools. I think klosjes means spools. But it looks beautiful and your blocks are awesome. How big are the blocks?

Enjoy your holidays.
paula

ParisMaddy said...

Love your colorful blocks.

I bet you are SO totally inspired with your mind filled with all of the exciting places you went to.

Thanks for sharing the pages of your magazine.

Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

Cool !! Thanks for sharing them.

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