Therapeutic Quilting and the Japanese Aesthetic of Wabi-sabi

Let me introduce you to my most recent quilt finish: Mod Mountains, a SuzyQuilts Pattern. I recently finished the very long process of making this quilt, and realized through it just how therapeutic quilting can really be when you let go of any stress and just let yourself get lost in the process. The quilt really does not have to take a long time to make, but for me, the time spent on it was so refreshing for my soul.

Suzy released this pattern earlier this year and then hosted a super fun Sew-A-Long for the sewing community to piece this quilt top together – months ago! Surprisingly, I actually kept up with the Sew-A-Long (Thanks Suzy for keeping it at a super manageable pace!!) but then I made sure to take my sweet, sweet time quilting it!

This pattern was a ton of fun to make and a great opportunity to use some of the most beautiful fabrics from @cottonandsteel. The fabric line is called Mori No Tomodachi by Hitomi Osumi and it is just really really adorable and great quality to boot! I also paired it with some Cotton + Steel Basics to round out the prints. I really can’t get over the luxurious feel of these Japan-made fabrics!

The pattern for Mod Mountains really embraces wonky blocks and is not all about perfection or symmetry, which is a super fun change of pace for this quilter! When cutting and piecing the blocks, you get to just kind of go with it and embrace the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-sabi.

If you’ve never heard of Wabi-sabi before, I stole this off wikipedia to get you more insight:

The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”…Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

The base of the triangle blocks do actually need to be pretty accurate though, in order for the finished quilt top to lay flat and be structurally sound! I highly suggest using a ruler like this one to trim your blocks so that they are all precise!

If you want to let loose and embrace your own Wabi-sabi while still making a precise quilt, this pattern is definitely ne for you to try out! You can purchase the Mod Mountains quilt pattern here.

Now for the most therapeutic part of this quilt: Hand Quilting

I did ALL hand quilting and tons of it. I really enjoy slow stitching and I did not mark any of my lines for quilting this one. I figured since the blocks were already pretty wonky it would be fitting for the stitching to be wonky too! I used size 8 Perle Cotton thread and my favorite Big Stitch Needles.

I like to order my Perle cotton thread online from Millers Dry Goods and you can even use code “HOMEMADEEMILYJANE” to save 15% on select threads!

If you want to learn more about hand quilting check out these other blog posts: Hand Quilting Essentials and 10 Steps to Easy Hand Quilting

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