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November 5, 2020
Pandemic Porch Quilt Show Days 25-28 : Over Japan from Gefilte Quilt

 Day #25: Tokyo Life

I made this quilt in 1999, a cathartic project working through memories of living in Japan for a year and a half, in the early 1980s.
Tokyo was indescribably dense, and everything seemed tinier than in the US - cars, furniture, cups, plates, clothes, and especially the people. Most of the women and many of the men were smaller than me - I felt like a massive Barney the Dinosaur, especially when perched on ludicrously petite chairs. Each day, I lumbered through a fascinating shopping street, decorated with strings of artificial flowers. The novelty fabric in the center ...

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February 10, 2020
Road to California, 2020, Part 2: Shopping! from Gefilte Quilt

Last week, I showed off some of my favorite quilts from Road to California 2020 show. Now let's get to the fun stuff: Shopping! Disclaimer: If you click on these links, I don't make any money. But you might lose money, because this merchandise is (often) thrilling!

If there's one attribute that unites Road to California quilts - whether the top is pieced, appliqued, embroidered, fused, stapled, and/or mutilated - it's this: dazzling, immaculate, professional-grade quilting - the stuff that holds the three layers together.

That's why, every year, I walk out of juried show. and into ...

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January 6, 2020
A Japanese Origami Quilt from Blossom Heart Quilts

Hands up who else gifted handmade this Christmas?? This Christmas saw 3 quilts find new homes, including the quilt that inspired the Origami quilt pattern in the first place – the Japanese Origami quilt.

This quilt (and the resulting quilt pattern) was inspired by the Japanese fabrics that my mother-in-law purchased in Japan earlier this year. I was stuck on how to make the most of the prints, when my husband mentioned that they look a bit like origami paper, and maybe I could do something like that to show off the prints at their best… and inspiration struck!

Japanese fabric for a quilt

Origami paper ...

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