Our Basic Grey Deisgner’s Challenge is coming to a close, and we hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have.  We’re huge fans of Ayumi Mills, the creative voice behind the popular Pink Penguin blog, and we were so excited when she agreed to participate on our latest challenge.  We knew she’d do something in her own voice and style and, boy, she didn’t disappoint.

Ayumi and her husband recently returned to her native Japan, and we’re happy we were able to help her create something to decorate her new home.  Eager to see how Ayumi interpreted our blank canvas challenge?  Well, read on!

I was so excited when the Fat Quarterly team asked me to take part in this challenge to play with Sampler Display Board from BasicGrey. What a perfect way to put together some of my favorite fabrics to display in my sewing room! Thank you so much John for working out the shipment of this canvas to me. It was by far the largest international package I have ever received since I moved to Japan (I got to play with the largest version of the canvas – a large Rook sampler, measuring 16″ x 20″.)

My initial plan was to embellish the canvas with lots of things like cute buttons the Fat Quarterly team had kindly enclosed in the package, but I ended up being pretty happy with the canvas with just fabric samples, so I decided to keep it as it is and save those cute buttons for other future projects.)

What I did was super simple. I used 2 sheets of Seam-A-Seam2 Double Stick Fusible Web and chopped them into 2″ squares. This was fused on the back of a fabric scrap that is a little larger than the fusible web. Then, with a rotary cutter and a acrylic ruler, I cut the piece into a 1 7/8″ square.

I randomly picked out some of my favorite fabrics from my stash and made a bunch of fused square pieces. By the time I don’t have any more fusible web left over, I had enough to fill all the square spaces on the canvas.

Deciding what goes where was one of the most enjoyable parts of this project.

Once I was pleased with layout, I fused each piece onto the canvas, one by one.

I really like how it turned out partly because this is a mix of a lot of fabrics that are associated with nice memories. Some of them were given by my lovely friends I have met through blogging and email, while some others are my lucky finds in the US and Japan.

My favorite fabric piece on this canvas is this vintage chicken print!  Way too cute.  The polka dots fabric below the chicken print was a bit boring so I added personality by stamping the kettle and ‘K’.

Thank you so much again for letting me play with this canvas!  I am definitely going to hang it in my apartment in Tokyo!