So, you know how we justify using that special piece of fabric we love or have been saving? We say things like "it's just fabric" -- and we're right....to a point. I do not feel that way about these fabrics.
I adore them. I revere them. I want to do them justice.
They are Daiwabo fabrics from Japan. I don't really know a lot about their history but I do know that very few mills produce them and they are muted with a "taupe" overtone. The patterns and designs are amazing. I have never ever felt this way about fabric before - Kaffe, Cherrywoods, batiks, anything.
When I was working on these blocks, I trimmed them each to 5.5" to square them up, ripped out those that weren't quite right, and re-made the blocks. Not to mention starching them into submission. Love the fabrics - don't love the raveling!
I ended up keeping one of my seam rippers at the ironing board so I could rip out whatever made me unhappy right there before I pressed it. I was not in a hurry. The strips finish at 1/2" and much variation shows a lot -- as you can see in a few of the blocks.
This is a terrible picture of the finished top -- the wind would not cooperate. So, I'll just say that the borders are much larger and mitered and leave it at that.
How did I come to have these wonderful fabrics? Well, that's another story for another post. In the meantime, I'm waiting for a calm day to take a picture of the quilt top so I can do it justice.
I hope you have fabric in your stash that you adore. It's so fun when you start to use it!