A few weeks ago, I received this beautiful charm pack from the lovely Monica.
I really don’t know why, but these colours said “Kimono” to me. I’m always fascinated by the beautiful colours, fabrics and embroidery on Japanese Kimono’s. With these fabrics I thought I could make blocks with a bit contemporary kind of kimono.
So I started with drawing a square of 5 inches.
1/4 inch down of the top I drew another line, and 11/4 inch from both the left and the right side.
Then 11/2 inch down of the second line, I drew two lines for the sleeves.
The basic shape of the kimono is now ready. I decided that you would see the kimono on the back, but that the front panels should be seen too.
So from the bottom corners I marked a point at 1 inch. And from there lines were drawn to the opposite corners.
Holding the ruler along these lines, you can draw the collar.
And there you have it; a basic pattern for a kimono-block.
Because I wanted to use a few more fabrics per block, I thought it would be nice to make two kimono’s, overlapping each other.
Perfect for paper piecing: