Monday, 1 September 2014
About 18 months ago I bought a couple of Sashiko panels from a stand at the Scottish Quilt show at Ingliston.
I started one of them straight away but didn't get very far. After having done a fair bit of embroidery using a hoop I initially found it difficult not using one. You can't use a hoop with these panels (at least not without a lot of hassle) as the design is printed so close to the edge.
So I put it away in the UFO pile.
Until this summer when I was packing for Fat Quarterly Retreat and needed some light portable projects for the train journey to London. This time I started enjoying the Sashiko and the panel started filling up quicker than I expected. It's always nice to feel you are making progress!
I continued stitching at the Retreat itself and finished the first panel when I got home.
Now these panels come complete with a backing attached so that you can quickly and easily make them into a little cushion (which as you know I am in dire need of!).
But then my youngest son, Jacob, saw the panel and expressed some positive feelings towards it!!
Jacob has little (or actually no) interest in quilting or any other of my numerous crafts. He should have had a 21st birthday quilt made for him over a year ago, but I couldn't find anything he liked enough to make! So I abandoned the idea until he gets himself a wife (or husband, I'm not fussy) who might show some interest.
But Jacob liked the Sashiko! So I made the second panel and showed him that too. He still liked it!! "Would you like a quilt made of Sashiko panels?" I asked him. Yes, he said, and actually sounded relatively enthusiastic!
It's hardly surprising as he loves all things Japanese.
So when I was at the Festival of Quilts, I tracked down the people who sell the panels and all things Sashiko 'Euro Japan Links' and bought another 4 panels plus more thread.
I am thinking of using the blank side to create my own designs with subjects personal to Jacob, such as characters from Studio Ghibli films. Obviously this will be a long term project. But I've started my third and am still loving the stitching!