Sunday, March 4, 2012
Modern mini challenge: Yoshiko Jinzenji inspired mini-quilt
Yoshiko Jinzenji is one of my favorite modern quilters. Her book "Quilt Artistry" is one of my go-to sources of inspiration. I have always wanted to make a quilt inspired by her work, but all those teeny pieces of patchwork and tightly-spaced lines of quilting were intimidating to attempt on a large scale. So when Jennifer announced that she was hosting a mini-quilt challenge, it was the perfect opportunity to experiment with some of Jinzenji's techniques on a smaller scale.
The design was inspired by the view of the ocean from the patio of my parents' ocean house, where my husband and I spent a quiet, solo, winter weekend in February. The shoreline is rocky, and (though not in this photo), you nearly always see lines of elegant black cormorants flying past in formation, skimming the surface of the water for a fish to catch.
I had a lot of fun making this little quilt, which measures 27 x 21." The teeniest squares of patchwork are about 1/8" x 1/2," and the quilting lines are 1/4" apart.
Thanks to Jennifer for giving me the incentive to experiment with some new techniques that I may not have otherwise been brave enough to attempt.
Check out all the other modern mini-quilts that are entered so far. So many beautiful and inspiring entries!