Get ready for the next #wisecraftstitchalong- Boro Quilt
Boro Quilt on sofa
I polled the members of the Wise Craft Quilts Facebook Group recently, to find out what type of technique or project we should learn together next. The votes were overwhelmingly for recreating a quilt like “Boro” from my book, Wise Craft Quilts!
We did a Japanese Sashiko #wisecraftstitchalong in the group a few months ago, also directly inspired by this same quilt. Sashiko stitching embellishes the surface of the quilt in several places. This time around, however, we will be constructing the actual quilt, not just the decorative stitches. (Be sure and look at the videos of that previous stitchalong if you’re interested in learning Sashiko, all on my YouTube channel.)
Not sure what “Boro” is or what I’m even talking about? (What in the world is she talking about??) Here’s an excerpt from my book that describes the project-
“Boro is a Japanese term that means “tattered cloth” or “rags”. It represents the patched, handstitched, made-do tradition of mending cloth in Japan.”
This is a technique the Japanese have used for centuries to make larger pieces of useable cloth out of remnants, tattered rags, and other small bits of fabric. A way of extending the life of the fabrics that had been worn to literal pieces. Not unlike the early American idea of quilt making, just with an interesting twist. Got a hole in a piece of fabric that was otherwise still very useable? Simply put a patch over the hole with another piece of fabric to strengthen it. Continue layering on pieces of cloth as needed to create a durable, strong textile that could be used in a variety of ways. The large Boro cloth pieces created this way were used for all sorts of things- futon covers, jackets, etc.
Boro Quilt from Wise Craft Quilts
In Wise Craft Quilts, I wanted to show that this technique is something you can use with fabrics that have special meaning, as well as fabric that is no longer useable. And that’s how we will approach it for the #wisecraftstitchalong.
Some inspirational images that I pulled together for the Boro Quilt (See this page for image attribution).
❖ F A Q ❖
▶︎Is the #wisecraftstitchalong free?
There are products in my shop that I use during these stitchalongs, and I will mention these in my videos, but its not necessary to purchase them in order complete the project.
*(Do you own a copy of the book already? Please consider leaving a review on Amazon. This really helps others decide to purchase it as well as giving it a bump in searches.)
▶︎Does my quilt have to look like yours?
Definitely not. You are free to choose the fabrics, colors, and styles that speak to you to make your own version of this quilt. I will walk you through the basic method of design and construction, to give you a place to start and encouragement to keep going.
▶︎Where does the #wisecraftstitchalong actually happen?
The home base of the #wisecraftstitchalong is this blog post and the Wise Craft Quilts Facebook Group. The group is private and closed, but free to join for everyone interested in playing along! Click request to join and answer the 3 questions to be approved.
▶︎Help! I hate FB! Any other way to watch?
The live sessions will happen always inside the Wise Craft Quilts FB Group first, during the stitchalong. A perk of being a member there. The live sessions will eventually be uploaded to my YouTube channel and available for replay outside of the group, but not right away*. You can still follow along at your own pace and engage with community online, outside of Facebook. Maybe you prefer Instagram? Follow me for stitchalong updates over there. Post images of your progress and tag them with #wisecraftstitchalong so we can all see them and I can cheer you on!
*(At a later date, once the videos have been uploaded to YouTube, I will update this post with links.)
▶︎What exactly IS a “Facebook Live”?
Pretty cool actually! It is a live streaming video of myself, here in my studio, at my computer, talking over and sewing through that week’s progress on the #wisecraftstitchalong. Everyone in the group is notified at least a few days prior that I will be online on a certain day and time that week (see schedule below). Tune in live, ask questions and get answers in real time.
▶︎What if I can’t watch the Facebook Live at the scheduled time?
Not to worry, life is busy, and this should be fun, so don’t stress. Members of the group can always watch the playback in the Wise Craft Quilts FB group page by clicking on videos in the group (from your desktop). However, you can also still post questions while watching the replay and I’ll answer asap.
▶︎Is there a deadline to finish the quilt?
We will stitchalong for 4-5 weeks, but we will continue to cheer you on as long. But the only deadline is the one we will impose on ourselves! I personally love having a deadline to keep me moving and getting things done. However, if deadlines stress you out, feel free to disregard any silly talk of deadlines and just move through the stitchalong at your own pace.
The Boro #wisecraftstitchalong schedule:
(note- all times are Seattle, Washington/Pacific Coast time. Convert to your time zone.)
- Thursday, 11/1: Week 1 I’ll be on live at 4:30pm in the Wise Craft Quilts Group to kick off the project and go over how the basics of how it will run.
- Wednesday, 11/7: Week 2- Facebook Live at 4:30pm
- Wednesday, 11/14: Week 3– Facebook Live at 4:30pm
- (no FB Live week of 11/19)
- Wednesday, 11/26: Week 4– Facebook Live at 4:30pm
Be sure you’re on the email list so you know when future #wisecraftstitchalongs happen.