Friday, 13 June 2014

NHK Partnership Quilt - It's SWEET!

Do you remember this photo with a glimpse of a new project that I showed on my last WIPW report?

It is my entry to NHK's Partnership Quilt Project, and it is completed.

I know the deadline is not until August 31st, but I was so inspired by the theme of SWEET that I set about designing and stitching up my block right away.

As I explained in the previous post and the comments section, SWEET in Japanese could be either a confectionery (スイーツ)  or something charming, cute, 'girlie' (スイート)...

In Sweden there is a famous red and white mint flavoured boiled sweet called POLKAGRIS. It is popular with young and old alike and so pretty to look at it is often used as a decoration, e.g. in the Christmas tree. What could be a better motif for my Partnership block, as it is 'sweet' in both meanings?

It has been a tradition for me to add a Swedish flag on these blocks (to make sure there is a bit of international flair to the Tokyo INTERNATIONAL Great Quilt Festival), and this time I also embroidered the word Polkagris in blue and yellow TAST # 43 Magic Chain Stitch.

To read more about NHK Partnership Quilt project, click here.
To read about this year's theme and rules, click here.

Now IF you plan to send in a block, AND live in Japan don't forget to enclose a self addressed and stamped (52 yen) postcard. Leave the back plain and NHK will then print the information about which quilt your block has been added to, and return the post card to you.

26 comments:

  1. Very sweet! Good for you to be finished already. I'm still thinking about what I will do.

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    1. Actually these sweets are too sugary for my taste but they are sure pretty to look at, especially in a green Christmas tree.

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  2. A brilliant choice for your quilt block, the colours are eye catching!

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    1. Thank you!
      Isn't it frustrating that some colours are so easy to photograph and others are just photo shy?

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  3. Wow, that was fast. My ideas are still fighting in my head and will have to wait until Scout cap is over anyway.

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    1. Fast, eh? Well, for once I did finish something quickly!

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  4. you are on the ball Queeine, a great block for the quilts.

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    1. Thank you, Margaret. It was not until today I realised that the background fabric resembles needles from a fir tree! Christmas in June?!

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  5. Such a sweet idea Queenie and the magic chain is so charming ! Hope you have a great week end.......
    hugs
    Chris Richards
    xxx

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    1. I am glad you like the magic chain stitch; I thought I needed them for balance.
      Sunshine and Father's Day in Japan.
      How are you getting on?

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    2. I'm OK , I guess ......Got another workshop, two in total so far with lots of interest ! I have attended a couple of workshops myself, to get used to it ! I think I'll be fine.......Going to sunny Devon with my family on 27th june for a week, then it will be my workshops so have to prepare before that date ! Yes its fathers day here tomorrow ! Have a great one Queenie.....
      hugs
      Chris Richards
      xxx

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  6. Indeed a sweet theme and lovely block Queenie. It's great when ideas and needlework flow together. The magic chain caught my eye too.

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    1. Thank you. yes I think the embroidery adds balance, and the choice of colours was obvious!

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  7. This is very quick, great to see some embroidery on your pretty block! I think I found the design I want to use on my block.

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    1. For almost all the NHK blocks I have got inspiration instantly and the sooner the block is completed the better it feels. It is a great feeling not to have another UFO calling for attention.

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    2. Thank you Queenie! Your block is SWEET in more ways than one! I've got my block done too and I'm getting ready to post it. My very first entry in a partnership quilt! I'm not sure anybody else is going to understand my interpretation of "Sweet" but anyway, I'm done and it is thanks to you! I'm blogging about it today and will include your NHK information. (And thanks for the tip about sending a self addressed post card!)

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    3. Well done, Tanya. I headed over to your blog and saw the charming, humming bees dripping with honey. They are SWEET! It will be great fun next January to go bee hunting in the Dome. Or will you tell me the number of your quilt once you get your postcard??
      Much love,
      Queenie

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  8. Polkagrisar in a quiltblock, what a great idea! I will steal that idea for my next Christmas quilt. Found you through Tanyas blog. Louise i Östersund

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    1. Hej Louise!
      Vad trevligt med en besökare från Östersund! Som dessutom kommer via min väninna Tanyas blogg.
      Polkagrisar är lite för söta att suga på, men å så fina att beskåda. Speciellt i granen mot de gröna barren. Det var en slump att jag valde just detta 'grön barriga' tyg till bakgrund.
      Lycka till med julens lapptäcke.
      mvh från Tokyo

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  9. Wow, so quick. Your sweets are sweet.

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  10. hurrah!! still planning on doing the block - but how to find the block among all the blocks? doesn't matter - must do this! thank you Queenie - your block is lovely, and reminds me that simple and right on the spot is best!

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    1. IF you could enclose a blank postcard with Japanese stamps for overseas (70 yen), addressed to yourself, then NHK will print the quilt number and send it to you. There used to be international reply coupons... do they still exist?

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    2. ah! yes I will try - I also thought of having it sent to my (ex) husband in Japan, to forward to me..:) brilliant Queenie! you are always such a help to me :D

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    3. Good thinking!
      Many blocks are grouped logically to make a beautiful quilt, e.g. all blocks have yellow background, all contain lollipops, all are pieced, all contain lace, buttons etc... so it IS possible to logically find one's block if one were to walk round and search each quilt - there are usually about 80 quilts...

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    4. oh my...80 quilts...will get hopping to have an international postcard from Japan sent /or brought over here to send with the block! now that would help my friend Queenie find the block, no? :D

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    5. It certainly would!
      Cheers,
      Queenie

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