Saturday, March 5, 2022

National Dress👗Day

Happy National Dress Day!!! March 6th!!! This is my 2nd National Day/swap quilt that I have finished for 2022!!!
Quilt Info:
Contributors: Tama Quilters, Fuchu-shi, Tokyo, Japan
Size: 13" X 20"
Batting: Quilters Dream Poly
Thead: Glide--Tabriz Orchid and Monofilament
Quilting: Freemotion Quilting and Matchstick
Interesting Info: This block, designed by a Japanese quilter, is paper pieced, with a 3-D skirt, collar, buttons, and straps. What this meant was that freemotion quilting was in order!!! 
I sashed the six blocks with a Japanese cotton "tsumugi" fabric. Tsumugi is made by using two different colored threads to weave the fabric--one color for the warp and another color for the weft. ⤵️
I'm a little fuzzy on who made which block!?! Here are close-ups of each one:
This is my block, going for the sailor girl look! ⤵️
The backing!!! ⤵️
My finished National Dress Day quilt hangs in my longarm studio!!! The tulip quilt next to it is another Tama Quilters summer homework swap block quilt from about 10 years ago!!!
A special thanks to Yoshie-san, Setsuko-san, Keiko-san, Akiko-san and Mihoko-san for their dress blocks!!! 
I have a total of eight National Day quilts planned for 2022. The third one will be on March 21, National Flower Day, which coincides with the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere!

Stop by on March 21st to see my next National Day quilt!!!

Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy


  1. Wow, you ladies made a wonderful job piecing these fabulous dresses! This is a great bee quilt, and I love all the details of each one! The new wall hanging has a lovely place in your sewing room, the Friend's Corner? ;)
    Thank you for sharing the second National Day quilt and linking up!

  2. Oh goodness, those little dresses are so cute! I'm sure it brings a smile to your face each time you see it!

  3. That must have been fun picking just the right fabrics for all the dresses, I am sure you ladies had loads of fun!

  4. Oh, isn't that adorable?! What a fun swap quilt to have that celebrates your friendships from across the world!

  5. Hi,
    Awesome dress quilt. Love all the colors you
    all used. Have a great day!

  6. Oh, these dress blocks are just precious! The details in each one are amazing and your quilting really finished it off in style. Beautiful!

  7. This little quilt is as sweet as can be. Love the variety in the little dresses.Beautiful job.

  8. Happy National Dress Day - and what a way to celebrate. I love what you did with it and love knowing the about the Japanese fabric, Tsumugi. It reminds of some of the shot cottons with the two threads!

  9. The costumes are lovely. What a great idea for a swap. Each of the blocks has gorgeous detail.

  10. Such cute dresses. A lovely way to think about and remember your Japanese quilt friends.
    Quilter Bonnie

  11. These are so cute!!! What a great block, and a fun swap.

  12. How pretty all those dresses are. Such a lovely idea to bring to mind all the ladies you fashioned each dress. A very sweet quilt. Love the little snippet of your room. It still looks very wintry outside the window.

  13. Such a cute little quilt! You did a great job with your sailor dress, and the others are adorable too. It looks great on the wall in your room too. Hugs, Judy

  14. Hi Nancy, those are such lovely blocks! It's also a great idea to make a foundation paper pieced block 3-D. Very cool. I love your sashing fabric. You have such wonderful quilts made with your shared blocks! Thanks for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks. Looking forward to seeing your flower quilt!


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