Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tenugui for Memorial Day

Beth at lovelaughquilt has put a call out for 12 1/2" star blocks here.  She is making a Veterans quilt for a VA Hospital in her area - what a lovely idea.

Here's my block, as simple as can be.  I auditioned several fabrics for the center but in the end, the school of fish won out.

The fish print is from a tenugui - a Japanese woven, hand-dyed cotton towel.  They are traditionally used by people who work with their hands - carpenters, chefs, gardeners, etc.  Long and narrow, they can be worn as headbands or neck scarfs, or used as hand towels.  There are many beautiful contemporary examples for sale at Blue and White.  They are utilitarian and beautiful - love it!  This one just seemed to fit the spirit of Beth's project.

And now.... back to Tommy's 4-patch.  He started piecing these scrappy blocks himself several years ago.  Mostly blues with a healthy dose of greens, and tiny bits of red here and there to keep things interesting.  This may be the most truly scrappy thing I've ever made.  I think I have 25 blocks to go... and so now after today the tenugui  fish above will make their appearance in it as well.