Japanese BOM / Mystery

On one of my quilt lists, this was post for a mystery BOM that I’m interested in, but I do not have a lot of knowledge about it – Journey to Japan.  these blocks are designed by Susan Briscoe.  The guidelines for the mystery are as such:

For this trip, you will need only gray, black and white small print fabrics, which many of you should have in your stash (Batiks and Stonehenge fabrics are not suitable). The only fabric you will need to purchase if you plan on submitting your block for selection each month are FQ’s from the American Made fabric line in the following colors: Dark Tomato (#9282), Gold (#9487), Olive (#9288), Dark Purple (#9506), Dark Aqua (#9486), and/or Dark Orange (#9505).  These will be the designated Accent Color in the patterns. The completed 2015 BOM quilt will contain blocks with all the Accent Colors.  The format for the 2015 BOM will be as follows:

For each month’s block, you will select an Accent Colour from the designated FQ’s. You are free to use different ones of the six or select a single Accent Colour to use in all 12 blocks. It’s your choice and your chance to be creative by determining the placement of the Accent Colour in each month’s block. Your other fabrics in the block will come from your stash of gray, black, and white small prints (solids are not suitable).

I understand the accent colour part – but the white, gray and black??  Does that mean that I can use / or should use just one or all three – or maybe use it evenly across all the blocks, such as 3 white, 3 black, 3 gray (which I don’t have – so gray is out)  And no solid colours??  so does this mean that they all have to be small prints?  Or is this just this particular guilds requirements for their quilt BOM.  I really don’t know enough of this type of style of block / quilt style.  I’m not finding to much out about the Japanese style of blocks.  I would hate to do all this work and it be wrong or look totally off.

Can someone please help with this?? From what I’ve seen with images on google searches those guidelines don’t make sense – they all appear to be solid back grounds with various other colours.


3 thoughts on “Japanese BOM / Mystery

  1. They’re leaving it up to you to decide the how to use each fabric in the BOM. The blocks themselves are relatively simple.

    So if you look at January’s block, you can use ONE accent color as either A or B, If you choose to use it for the A patches, then you can use, say, the white small print fabric (one or many) for all the B patches. Or you can use white in 2 of the smaller 5″ (unfiinshed) blocks and black in the other 2, so it give the whole block an overall 4-patch effect. If you’re going to use multiples of one color, you want to make sure the whites blend together with each other within the block – same scale of pattern, etc, because you still want the overall block design to come through. Same for the blacks and grays.

    February’s block uses 3 different components – an accent, and 2 others. In order for this block to work (unlike January’s) you NEED to use, say, white for the A’s and gray for the C’s, with the accent as A’s.

    Or you could use only one white fabric across all 12 blocks of the BOM with the accents. Or a combination of just black fabrics. Or split up the BOM like you suggested – 4 white, 4 black, 4 gray. It’s totally your choice.

    The cohesiveness across all the blocks submitted (or just used in your own quilt) will come from the strong accent colors and similarity of the coordinating fabrics – by color and/or design scale, and how that contrasts with the solid accents.

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  2. > February’s block .snip …for the C’s, with the accent as A’s.

    Oops, that should read “with the accent as B’s”


  3. Thank you so much – I’m pretty sure it was set up as a guild challenge and they probably clarified in meetings. I’ve gotten some great answers and have some research resources now so feel i can move ahead with some confidence


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