Kiku Kahei


Judith used the Kiku range from Makower, which is now discontinued, but the current Kimono range would be a suitable replacement.

  • 3.75m (4yd) cream, grey and red fabric for backing and binding and fan segments
  • 50cm (1/2yd) grey fabric for fan segments
  • 50cm (1/2yd) grey and red fabric for fan segments
  • 50cm (1/2yd) red and cream fabric for fan segments
  • 1m (1yd) cream fabric for fan segments
  • 150cm (1 1/2yd) dark red patterned fabric for Fan Block centres, setting triangles and borders
  • 2 complete matching Makower Kiku Oriental block panels (you can use your own blocks if you cannot source this panel, you will need 4 10in and 8 7in blocks)
  • 1.4m (1 1/2yd) dark red tone on tone for outer fan block
  • Freezer paper

Finished Size

165 x 150cm (66 x 60in)

Skill Level


You can download a copy of the original magazine pages for this project here, Kiku Kahei

Fan Blocks

Figure 1
Figure 1: Fan block layout
  1. Using the full size pattern on your pattern sheet, trace 24 copies of the Fan Block pattern onto Freezer Paper (FP), and cut them into the three pieces: A the centre curve (do not cut into individual segments, but mark them on piece A), B inner curve and C outer curve. See Figure 1.
  2. Use template F to orientate and cut the six segments from fabric allowing a generous seam allowances around the template. You will need one of each of the fan fabrics for each fan block except the cream fabric which is included twice in position 5 and 2.
  3. Using the fan pattern piece A, foundation piece the fan segments 1 to 6 onto the waxed side of the Foundation paper. Make 12 fans with the segments going clockwise and 12 with the segments going anticlockwise. The colours are positioned in the same place on each fan. as shown in Figure 1.
  4. As each piece is stitched and flipped, trim it to leave 1/4 in (0.5cm) seam allowances. Once the A units are completed, trim the inner and outer curved edges to leave 1/4 in (0.5cm) seam allowances.
  5. Using a hot iron press back the top 1/4 in (0.5cm) of the outer (convex) curved edge. Use a glue-stick or spray-on starch to stick the folded edge down. Press the Foundation paper piece B onto the front of the dark red patterned fabric and cut out with a 1/4 in (0.5cm) seam allowance all round.
  6. Take the Foundation paper off the fabric, place it waxed side up on the WS of the fabric and iron the curved-edge seam allowance down onto the paper. Use just the tip of your iron for this. If you have a travel iron this is good to use for fiddly work like this. See Figure 2. Apply piece B to the A unit using a favourite appliqué or perhaps a decorative stitch. This can be by hand or machine. Remove the paper when done.
  7. Cut twelve pieces of dark red tone on tone fabric 11 x 12 1/2 in (27.5 x 32cm) and press two Foundation paper pattern pieces C onto the RS as shown in Figure 3. Cut out the 24 C pieces with generous seam allowances as before.
  8. Appliqué the completed A + B fan units to the C pieces using the Foundation paper as a placement guide. Again, use a decorative stitch if desired.
  9. Trim the completed Fan Blocks to 10 1/2 in x 10 1/2 in (26cm x 26cm) including seam allowances.
Figure 2 Figure 3
(Left) Figure 2: Pressing onto the freezer paper
(Right) Figure 3: Placement of C sections on fabric

Panel Blocks

Kiku KaheiIf you are unable to find a suitable oriental panel, you will need to make 4 x 10in and 8 x 7in simple blocks or  cut squares of an appropriate feature fabric to use as a replacement here.

  1. Take your panel fabrics. Cut four 10 1/2 in (26cm) square panels, two of each. This includes a 1/4 in (0.5cm) seam allowance all round the 10in panel.
  2. Cut the six 7 1/2 in (19cm) square panels, including 1/4 in (0.5cm) seam allowance all round and ensuring the 7in panel is centred in the block.
  3. From the rectangular blocks cut two identical 7 1/2 in (19cm) squares.
  4. Cut sixteen 6 1/2 in (16cm) squares of dark red patterned fabric and cut each in half diagonally. Stitch four of these triangles to each of the eight 7 1/2 in (19cm) squares. This makes the corners of the on-point blocks, press towards the triangles.
  5. Trim the finished on-point blocks to 10 1/2 in (26cm) square, which includes the 1/4 in (0.5cm) seam allowances. Assemble the fan and panel blocks as shown in the layout diagram Figure 4 or in any other personally pleasing arrangement.
  6. Measure and add a 3in (7.5cm) border of dark red patterned fabric across the top and bottom edges. Cut 3 1/2 in or 8.5cm strips and join as needed.
  7. Cut 3 1/2 yd (325cm) of cream, grey and red fabric in half, remove the selvedge and join on the long edges as backing.
Figure 4
Figure 4: Quilt Layout


  1. Press the completed quilt top, and assemble the quilt sandwich with wadding and backing.
  2. Quilt 'til content! The Kahei ('flower pattern') pattern is used on the original but those not confident with free machine quilting could choose just to outline the fan segments and blocks. Bind the quilt with 2in (5cm) strips of cream, grey and red fabric cut from the spare backing. Don't forget to label the quilt!
  3. The remainder of the panels and scrap fabric could be used to make a 'pillow' style cover to put the quilt in. Congratulations and well done!
Kiku Kahei

First published in Popular Patchwork November 2006