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Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Japanese Reversible Patchwork 2 by Sachiyo Muraki / Orinuno (origami patchwork) quilt completion

Working from the wonderful book Japanese Reversible Patchwork 2 by Sachiyo Muraki. I bought this book in San Fransisco in about 2010/2011 at Kinokuniya bookstore. See label below with the ISBN.

All the completed squares laid out and ready to stitch together.
As with most Japanese textile books, although the text is in Japanese which I do not understand, the diagrams, measurements and photos are so good that I have no problem working up the patterns. This textile artist, Sachiyo Muraki, is an amazing needle work and draughtswoman. A little trolling of the internet shows that she applied for a patent for this particular technique.

Front cover.
Back cover with ISBN.
Title page.
Last page with author information.

The instructions page I worked from to create squares and stitch them together.
My Japanese orinuno / origami quilt has been several years in the making, or more accurately, several years sitting in my unfinished projects box. Here is the link to the original post from 2012 -
http://whenyouloveblue.blogspot.ca/2012/03/orinuno-quil-plans.html
(Note the typo in the address where quilt is misspelled as quil.)

After I finished the art show with Pelka this summer, I took a look around to see what I could complete. The orinuno quilt seemed just the thing to finish.

This is the finished 7 1/2 block as illustrated in the book.
My blocks have a hand quilted quilted motif in the centre of each block. This particular blue and white cotton was purchased on Kauai in 2013 (unsure of the year).

On patterned fabric it is very hard to see the stitching on the back of a block.
Here you see the stitching on the back of the block. The curves are integral to the creation of the block and hold it together. They are part of the pattern in the book. The central motif is decorative and is my own addition. 
Here is row 1 all stitched together.
The joining stitching as seen from the front. I am using DMC perle cotton in red for the stitching.
The stitching from the back.
Another view of the stitching from the front.


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