Today’s my day to share my favourite Kate Spain project! While I have used Kate Spain fabric for a lot of things, including Ornamental, A Very Merry HST BOF (which I must admit to still being a top and not quilted yet!) and few different bits and pieces, my current favourite is my most recent finish – Koufuku (koh-who-koo).
Made entirely out of Good Fortune, this quilt was one of the first I started planning. In fact, it was one of the first designer fabrics I ever bought – a fat quarter bundle with a half yard for the binding and yardage for the backing.
I started it about 18 months ago back in Australia, originally making a 3×4 block layout, with the fifth row being for the back. But when I finally pulled it out here in Japan to finish it, I decided it needed to be longer so as to properly cover my toes when snuggling under it on the couch so I added the fifth row to the bottom. Ideally it would be another row wider too, but by this point I had already destashed some fabric to friends and wouldn’t have enough to do 4 more blocks. So it’s a perfect single-snuggle lap quilt instead of a double snuggle, but oh well, I’ll just have to make another in time for winter, right?!
I quilted each block in a different design, alternating between straight-line FMQ designs and curvy FMQ designs. Each pattern is inspired by different Japanese patterns, including gingko leaves, sashiko designs and a chrysanthemum – the seat of the Emperor is called the Chrysanthemum throne, it’s on the back of the 50 yen coins, it’s the royal seal and even features on the front of Japanese passports.
The backing I was thus a bit short on, but I literally scraped through by adding in those three leftover block parts to float in the middle. The only fabric remaining from the backing is the trimmings from squaring up the edges post-quilting!
The name, Koufuku, is Japanese for happiness/prosperity, very similar to the concept that “Good Fortune” conveys. And is not read as it is written: koh-who-koo – the ‘wh’ being a very soft, almost a breathy ‘fw’ sound.
This quilt has been well-loved over the past couple of weeks, despite the warming weather. Sometimes you just need a little quilt cuddle! I’ve even found the first couple of food or coffee stains, which makes this perfectionist take a deep breath and then smile that this quilt is being well-loved and used.
Have you made anything with Good Fortune? Link it up! Or any other Kate Spain fabric for that matter! I’m having a wonderful time making my way through all your gorgeous creations and Pinning them to the blog hop Pinterest board. I can’t wait to see what you link up at the end of the month! And don’t forget, if you have a question for Kate, ask her here!