Saturday, July 6, 2013

NHK Partnership Quilt Block

One of the few blogging friends I have had the pleasure of meeting in person is "Queenie".

Each year she contributes a block to the "Partnership Quilts" that are shown at the Tokyo Dome quilt show in January.

Now, she didn't exactly challenge me ... or even twist my arm ... but suggested I might want to give it a try. She not only sent me the details, but let me know the scheduled viewing of the NHK TV
show about the project.

The topic for the coming show is "flowers" and the presentation was by Kathy Nakajima, a quilter well known in Japan for her Hawaiian quilts and patterns. Kathy happens to be a quilter I admire because her quilts are always made by hand.

Of course I love flowers so this was a hard one to pass up. The blocks are due by the end of August and will then be assembled into quilts. I think Queenie has all the information on her blog if you go to the NHK link there.

I decided if I was going to do this, I'd better do it now while I am still thinking about it ...  and before I get too busy .... and to take a break from cutting leaves for the owl quilt. This was made using centimeters which I have never tried. Luckily, my graph paper is in half-cm. squares so once I had an idea of what I wanted to do, all I had to do was draw it out in full size. Since my father was a hybridizer of roses, roses it had to be!

Each year I admire those partnership quilts. There are many, many of them and I always wondered the story behind them. Next time I see them, I will be looking for my block and knowing ... the rest of the story!


  1. Oh, Julie!
    This is a LOVELY basket, with one of your father's wonderful roses. Thank you for taking up the challenge, and working in centimetres!, you've produced this stunning block in no time. It will be easy to find among the other 80000 blocks! Let's visit the show together and go block hunting!

  2. What a great idea - and I love the block and the colors. Can't wait to see the whole quilt when everyone gets their blocks done.

  3. Another BEAUTIFUL block - simple - elegant - beautiful colors!! - ;))

  4. Very pretty. I know they will be happy to have it in the quilt.

  5. A beautiful flower block! It is so much fun to make a piece to add to a group project.

  6. What a gorgeous basket block. You did a really nice job with the flowers!