Quilters Newsletter is working with the Japanese Quilt Magazine, Patchwork Tsushin, to collect comfort quilts for people affected by the earthquake in Japan. When I thought about what type of quilt I would make, a few ideas came to mind: it should be a simple pattern (because there’s not much time), it should be warm, and I wanted it to somehow have an Asian feel to it.
My vintage bark cloth scraps seemed to fit the bill — they have a bit of an Asian look, and they are fairly heavy. My favorite thing is the scalloped border. It was a narrow strip of bark cloth slightly longer than the quilt edge, but with only two wide stripes. I kept thinking what a great border it would have made, and then it dawned on me I could cut each stripe in half along the wavy center of the design. I’m pretty pleased with myself because I think it makes a nice frame for the quilt.
The batting for this quilt will be a fleece blanket, which will provide warmth and won’t shift or bunch. The 60″ square quilt should be pretty heavy, so I plan to just tie it in the block corners.