Friday, September 16, 2011

Kim & Keiko

It's about time I made an appearance here, my applique has been sadly neglected for a while and I have been missing it hugely. A little while ago I fell in love with the bright and cheery (not unlike Kaffe's) fabrics from the talented quilt artist Keiko Goke.

These fabrics make me smile whenever I look at them, so I have decided to match them up with Kim's gorgeous pattern Flower Garden. The wall where I will hang this quilt when finished won't be large enough for the whole quilt, so I plan on making just five rows of the flower blocks (20 blocks in all) and no borders. To spice things up a bit and give the quilt a Keiko Goke feel (see some of her amazing quilts here), my background blocks will be pieced using some of the whiter Keiko fabrics, a few other various fabrics thrown in, and of course, some of Kaffe's shot cottons....this is my first background block ready for its applique!

A lot of my Keiko Goke fabrics I have purchased from Liza at Glorious Colour. Keiko lives in Sendai, Japan, the centre of the earthquake and tsunami earlier this year. Our dear Liza has made a very generous commitment to send ALL the profits she receives from Keiko's fabrics this year over to Keiko. I feel very happy that my purchases are going to help that devastated community in a small way. Thank you Lisa!

I haven't forgotten my Hearts & Flowers finished top, yet to be quilted...

 nor my Roseville blocks...

But for now, I will be happy playing in the flower garden! Cathy (Cabbage Quilts). xo


  1. I love Keiko's quilts and have a small collections of her fabrics. I would never have thought to use them for one of Kim's quilts and can't wait to see how yours turns out. Your first pieced background is wonderful.
    I've been working on Flower Garden in Kaffe fabrics and have one border about half done and all of the blocks either completed or basted waiting to be appliqued. It's a fun project.

  2. I went to the link to see the Flower Garden. I have seen it being done on other blogs. Those background fabrics are going to be great to set the flowers on.
    Your heart quilt is stunning.

  3. What a great idea Cathy! I'm a big fan of all of your work. I know you'll do an amazing job on this project. Just seeing the background has me anxious to see more. I don't think I've ever said that before. ;)
    I'm looking forward to seeing you work your magic with these blocks.

  4. I'm green with envy over your stash of Keiko's fabrics. What a brilliant plan you have, I can't wait to see what the first block is like.
    How wonderful to hear of the efforts to assist Keiko too, hi five to glorious color!
    Love seeing your other beauties too.

  5. OH my gosh, what an amazing collection of fabrics! I love them!!

  6. Thank you so much everyone. I've been working on it today and I'm loving working with Kim's gorgeous pattern and Keiko's bright fabrics! I appreciate your comments. xo

  7. Yummy fabrics Cathy! Love it, the flower garden will look great with these. I'm in Italy at the moment, haven't seen one quilt store! Kim McL

  8. Gorgeous fabrics--what a good idea to use them like this!

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