Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit (January 22, 2023) by making this Foundation Paper Pieced (FPP) and Traditional Pieced quilt. You will learn the basics of FPP and get support from Natalie with intricate traditional piecing. This quilt pattern gives instructions for two quilt sizes: 41" x 41" and 52" x 52".
Class Difficulty Rating: 2
Materials Needed for Class:
- Lunar Zodiac Blocks Pattern
- 福 (Fu) Block Pattern
- required fabric for your chosen quilt size and style (take a look below for color symbolism information)
- glue stick
Sewing machine, rulers, rotary cutters, cutting mats, iron and ironing boards, pins, and seam rippers will be provided if needed. You are always welcome to bring your own machine and supplies if you prefer your own tools!
COLOR SYMBOLISM to consider when choosing fabric: by Kathy Looi
Color plays an important role in Chinese culture and has retained this significance over centuries.
Red is considered auspicious, representing prosperity and good fortune. As do yellow and green. During the annual Lunar New Year 15-day festival, red is the most popular color worn and used in decorations, as it is believed that this color will bring good fortune and ward off evil spirits.
Yellow is also auspicious, representing prosperity, royalty, and power. In ancient times, the Chinese emperors reserved yellow for their own exclusive use.
Green is the symbol of health, fertility, and harmony.
Unlucky colors for the Lunar New Year are white and black, and should therefore be avoided. White is the
color of mourning and worn during funerals by the mourners, while black is also associated with mourning
Note: Lunar New Year is celebrated by a number of different Asian communities, each with its own traditions
and color symbolisms. If you are making the quilt for a person of different Asian heritage and are not familiar with their customs, it’s a good idea to research the traditions and symbolisms of that community