June 12, 2011

Crane Star


Paper-piecing seemed tedious and confusing before I began this project. I had an idea in my mind and the only way to create it seemed to be paper-piecing which I had never done before! After watching a few tutorials and piecing a few cranes, I came up with a method that worked for me.


My first idea was to quilt the pillow cover entirely by hand to resemble Japanese sashiko. I ordered some custom hand-dyed floss from Cymberfloss in France. It turned out gorgeous and the colours matched perfectly! My embroidery went much slower than expected as I was forced take it one stitch at a time. Pulling a few running stitches through several layers of linen and batting proved impossible.



I will be freemotion quilting the rest of the pillow cover in the same colour as the linen so that the focus of the quilt remains on the cranes.

I am also in the process of making a lap quilt with seven crane stars. That's a total of 42 paper-pieced cranes! Percy Persimmon is helping me pick fabrics that look like origami paper. I think he's doing a great job!



I'm hoping to use some of this beautiful hand-dyed floss by Nell's Embroidery in North Vancouver.

My husband Sota is from Japan. His family lives inland and were luckily safe but the news was still devastating for all of us. He started Crane for a Dollar to teach school children to support, sympathize and come together as a community by folding origami cranes to raise funds for Japan. If your child's school is interested in folding 1000 cranes or want to find out more, please click on the postcard :o)


After seeing all the folded cranes, I was inspired to design this paper-piecing pattern. Fourteen cranes finished and twenty-eight more to sew... and then the PDF pattern booklet will be on its way!

Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

34 comments :

Sue SA said...

What a wonderful idea. I decided yesterday to post a completed cot quilt I have to Japan to help keep someone warm (after watching a SBS documentary on the search effort in Japan) and show our support. Australian designer Margaret Rolf designed a paper pieced crane pattern some years ago, but not as complicated as your! Well done a fantastic effort given this method is new to you. Your husband's fund raising method is a wonderful idea and I hope we can get something similar going to Australia. Happy quilting Sue

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

What a wonderful idea! I hope both of your cranes are a huge success!

NorthernStar said...

Your cranes are absolutely beautiful. I can't wait to get my hands on the pattern!

Why Not Sew? said...

These are just beautiful. I think it is very good what you are doing.

Linda Coleman said...

The colours in your crane block are beautiful, especially with the linen.

Георгиппия said...

Очень красивая работа, напоминает картинки из калейдоскопа.

Marysia said...

Fantastic initiative with the crane for a dollar!

The postcard is stunning. Your daughter is so lovely, she has your smile, but you know that probably ;)

Little Creatable said...

These cranes are so beautiful, I can't wait for the pattern!

Sonia said...

This is going to be amazing, what a huge amount of work !!
I wanted to wish you a very very happy birthday today !!
I hope you'll get spoiled by your loved ones !
oxoxo thinking about you !

MONICA VELASQUEZ said...

NO DUDES QUE TE SEGUIRE PASO A PASO, PARA VER LO LINDA QUE TE QUEDARA, TE ESPERO POR MI BLOG AUN EMPIEZO PERO CON TENER A TI DE MAESTRA ME ANIMO!!, UN ABRAZO DESDE COLOMBIA

Jasonda said...

Fantastic design and colours. I saw this on your Flickr page and just had to come over and check it out. Can't wait to see it finished!

S for sol said...

It's incredible!!! I love it!

Maki said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!
What a beautiful work!!!

My mom told me that she met many Canadiens who had done volunteer work in Tohoku area. I can't find words to thank you guys. Say hi to your husband, who is doing great jobb!
I just wonder if there is chance that you guys changes the organization to send money to. I have sent money to Swedish Red Cross, but now I am supporting Civic Force. I am making a comfort quilt for someone in Tohoku. We can make differnce! Keep upp with the great work!

dedicated exchange server said...

Beautiful!

Sonja said...

Oh Laurraine, your cranes are gorgeous! I can't wait to see the whole thing! Happy Belated!

Anja said...

Your crane stars are absolutely amazing, I love the way the light is shining through the block.
Hope you attain a lot of money for Japan with your projects!
Anja
P.S: I would love to pet your lovely cat!

2ne said...

I love your star block :-)

susiloci said...

Espectacular...tienes unos trabajos preciosos!!!

Cindy said...

Very beautiful. I just love your work.

Arita said...

L. Your cranes are gorgeous. I am so looking forward to the pattern. Thank you for doing such great work.

QuiltieComments said...

Oh, I'm so impressed!! I absolutely love your idea! I really do hope you publish it as a pattern, I would stop everything to make it tonight, I love it so much!!

SELVIDGE by Rachida S said...

Inspiring work, wish you all the best I would love to recieve an update from your work, could you drop me an update in the comments in my blog? The link is:

http://byrachidas.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm looking forward for the pattern.Love the colors too!!!
Wies

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carol said...

OMG..how gorgeous those cranes are! I have never paper pieced either and you made it look so easy. You truly are one talented lady!

Yummy Lavender said...

Your cranes are lovely, and knowing that they will help epople out must be even more rewarding! i also really like that you've used some sakura prints on one of your fabrics: nice touch.

viviana said...

hi Laurraine!! How are you??? I miss you, we want your enter

JoEllen said...

I will definetly buy this pattern from you! I love pp and had so much japanese fabric-thiswould be perfect for me!

Good Earth Quilting said...

Hi Laurraine, wow, this crane pattern looks awesome, you've done a beautiful job on it.
Are you coming to the retreat!!

♥♥Clau♥♥ said...

MUY LINDO BLOG!!!!!!!

Marydon said...

Absolutely awesome!


Would you be so kind to (& tell your friends) comment on my BLOG ONLY (emails don’t count), for the Miracle Makeover fund drive. Charlie, 8 yr. old, & his story are fabulous. Every comment brings us a $1 for the next person that will be sponsored.

Have a beautiful weekend.
Hugs,
TTFN ~
Marydon
blushingrosetoo.blogspot.com

Esperanza Beltran said...

Hi Laurraine, I'm Esperanzzita in your Flickr group.
Your blog and your jobs are beauty,beauty!!!
My blog is Http://esperanzaentretelasypinturas.blogspot.com.

Устинья said...

!!!!!!

Karen Brooks said...

Absolutely Beautiful, please let me know when your pattern is available.