Tsuro Quilt

The design of this quilt is made up of five different modular blocks. Each block can be placed anywhere in the layout and will connect up with the blocks beside it. The blocks can be rotated in any direction so the layout possibilities are endless!⁣⁣ ⁣

The name of the quilt, and inspiration for the blocks, is based on the board game of the same name which is taken from the Japanese word tsūro (通路) meaning “route”. I thought it was quite apropos considering the crazy topsy turvy world we are living in right now.

I switched up to a sharp new rotary blade, picked out a palette of candy coloured solids, and printed out a colouring sheet for my fun new design so I can stay organized while cutting out all the crazy shapes. ⁣

Tsuro Fabric
Tsuro Cut Pieces
My hats off to folks who can sew curves without pinning but I am a big pin pusher! (Pin pal? Pinnster?) I spent a whole evening in front of the TV pinning, pinning, pinning! 

Once I used up every pin in my studio, I started sewing together my first few blocks. I was so excited to start laying them out together and see what the endless possibilities of arrangements could offer. Here are some of my first few blocks…

Tsuro Blocks
Tsuro Blocks
Tsuro Blocks

I made five of each type of block and challenged myself to lay them out so that no two blocks connected with the same colour. It was a fun experiment to see if it could work and it did in all but one spot (shh!).

Tsuro Blocks
Click above to watch my Instagram reel showing the fun layout possibilities.

Here are the photos of my finished quilt and some close up details…

Tsuro Quilt
Tsuro Detail
Tsuro Detail
Tsuro Detail

I tend to bind my quilts with a dark fabric to help “frame” the design. But with this quilt I chose to use white binding so the design in the blocks seems to float off the edge. ⁣⁣Jovie the cat seems to approve as she sits on my lap while I am hand-sewing the binding.

Tsuro Cat
Tsuro Binding
Tsuro Folded

Related Post: Bee Cross Stitch — The quilt in my Bee Cross Stitch post is made using one of the blocks I created for my Tsuro Quilt. It’s fascinating to me how different they look and yet still feel like they’re in the same quilt “family. Click here to read that post.

Bee Cross Stitch Quilt