Japanese Jigsaw

Pattern:  Japanese Jigsaw by Tracy Brookshire
Size: 24″ x 43″
Methods of Construction:  Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  At Water’s Edge by Blackbird Designs for Moda Fabrics

Completed February 2011

This reversible table runner was made after attending a lecture the guild had with Tracy Brookshire.  She had a very interesting slide show of her work and of a quilt show in Japan.

Tracy was selling patterns and templates for the Japanese Jigsaw.  I had seen several guild member’s quilts at shows and decided I wanted to make one.

At the time I bought the pattern, I had joined “Layer Cake of the Month” and “Jelly Roll of the Month” clubs from The Fat Quarter Shop.  I received a Layer Cake (Forty 10” squares) and a Jelly Roll (Forty 2.5” by the width of fabric) of the same fabric line – this was the only time that both were received in the same month.

The pattern called to have 9” squares cut into quarters.  I figured a layer cake would be optimal for the pattern.  I set out to make the pattern.  I laid the squares out on my design board in a pleasing manner, but forgot to number them when I took them down to work on something else.  I then put away the project for a while.

The backing was made with the matching jelly roll strips to make it a reversible table runner.


Japanese Jigsaw Runner

Last month Judy L.’s challenge number was #6.  On my list in that position was my Japanese Jigsaw (pattern by Tracy Brookshire).  It had the most to go as in stage wise.  All I had done was cut the 9” blocks into quarters and then put it away.

I managed to get the top done (which is all I am requiring of myself for Judy’s challenge) at a bee in January.  I dug out a coordinating jelly roll and made the back for it a little later.

Yesterday, after spending a week organizing & cleaning my sewing room, I was messing around and decided to baste it.  I figured, at least I would be one step closer to finishing it.  The binding was already prepped; I had it prepped for a while.

I first basted it just putting it on the table.  it was such a small quilt, I figured I didn’t need my boards to baste it. Yea.  The back was wonky and puckered.  I thought for about half a minute that I could just do anyway because no one would see the back. I changed my mind.

I went into the garage and dug out my boards.  I am very glad I did.  It now looks great on the front and back.  I just did a basic meander, but the star is the top, not the quilting on this one.  It also went from an awkward-sized wall-hanging to a reversible runner.






Shock among shocks, I even hand sewed the binding down.

Judy’s UFO Challenge


She chose #6, which for me is Japanese Jigsaw.  This is the one that I have the most work to do.  Here are the fabrics that I am using.  I had laid them out in this configuration, but I never numbered them, so I doubt if they will stay this way. 


So to complete this UFO, I need to do the following:

  1. Lay the blocks out in a pleasing manner.
  2. Make the blocks.
  3. Put the blocks together.
  4. Put borders on.
  5. Piece the back.

Since this one was only supposed go to “flimsy” stage, that is where it may or may not end.   I will start on this later this week when the kids go back to school. Smile