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November 30, 2014
Block #7 of the Sashiko and Applique Sampler from Janet Ann Creations

Block #7
Moth Orchid

Here they are on the design wall!

What a pretty Bunch!
just two more appliqué blocks and I can
start putting them all together!

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November 20, 2014
Two more Sashiko and Appliqué blocks completed! from Janet Ann Creations



the Plumeria block was a challenge!
I did not like the way the pattern had me do the pieces
so I ripped it all out and designed my own
Plumeria flower … the challenge was
the petals overlapped
so my first flow center did not come out so hot
but with a little pressing and a few 
strategically place beads I think it will be ok!

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October 27, 2014
Design Wall Monday from Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner

Trying hard to clear the to do's to make way for Christmas sewing, I managed to get this scrappy quilt top together from my leftovers of this applique one on the right.

Yes, I know Halloween isn't over yet and I normally try not to mention Christmas until 1st November but it's a bit of a list this year and I could use one or two of Santa's Elves helping out!

The 4.5" squares have been up on the wall for a few weeks with no change so this weekend I got to stitching them ...

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October 18, 2014
Sashiko Mug Rug from Alderwood Quilts

I finished a little sashiko project that I started a long time ago.  It was just a little practice piece that I bordered and lightly quilted with a puffy batting. 

The solid fabric in the center that holds the needlework is called Essex.  It's 50% linen and 50% cotton.  The weave is a bit looser than flat cotton, so it's nice to work with.  The large sashiko needle and thick thread glide between the threads.  The border is Japanese Indigo fabric. 

I love my little mug rug.  Perfect for a drink and a little snack.

I carry Sashiko ...

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August 15, 2014
Simply Sashiko from Celtic Thistle Stitches

Recently, I was lucky enough to attend a Japanese Textiles talk and workshop conducted by the very charming Katie Chaplin of Japan Crafts. Katie gave us a fascinating talk on the origins of some Japanese textiles and introduced us all to a whole new world. Who knew that weavers of Japanese cloth had their own special saw tip fingernail manicures?

To illustrate her talk, Katie passed around examples of the different textile techniques mentioned, including the glorious kimono you can see above. Surprisingly, vintage textiles are not particularly sought after in modern-day Japan apparently, so can still be found at ...

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August 4, 2014
Summer is flying by …. but still time to do a few projects! from Janet Ann Creations

Time just flies by!
July was spent moving my daughter to grad school. 
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi 
offered her a nice grad assistant position!

The first few days were interesting … 
no furniture for the first few days! 
so we made the best of it and camped in 
her living room on blow up mattresses!!

Then all the Ikea furniture arrived - 
it only took two days to put together a 
bed, night stand, couch, TV stand and bureau!
this is what an Ikea couch looks like when it arrives!!

I did have lots of time between everything 
to get a ...

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May 4, 2014
Busy Quilty Week … Attended two Quilt Shows and Gave another Sashiko Lecture! from Janet Ann Creations

Yes it's Spring … the time when the Quilt Shows are just about every weekend!
For a quilter it's like having to decide which candy store to go into!

The week started out with a Quilt show in Rhode Island -
The Narragansett Bay Quilt Guild always puts on a fabulous show!

Here are a few of my favorites … in no particular order!

Just LOVE Turtles - so this quilt "Calypso" by Judy Chase 
really made me Smile!
Had to laugh … her inspiration was Jacques Cousteau!
I have such fond memories of watching his sea adventures
on his show … way back ...

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December 3, 2013
The Great Swiss Adventure Begins from Big Rig Quilting

Well, in just a few hours I board a plane in Buffalo, NY that will take me to Chicago, then switch planes and fly to Zurich.  I will arrive there tomorrow morning (Dec 4) and then head to Steckborn, Switzerland and the Bernina Headquarters.  Why - well as some of you know - I am going to be one of the testers on their new Longarm Machine.

While I won't be able to tell you details about the testing I will be able to share about my adventures in Switzerland. To help me out I thought I would take along my ...

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April 16, 2013
I Think I'm Turning Japanese from Major Thoughts

I really think so.

(Okay, it's an old song by the group The Vapors, but for me it's for realsies.)

I've had a love affair with all things Japanese since I visited there back in 2004. We were there because Joe had been made president of the local Rotary chapter that year and one of his "duties" was to attend the world conference. Duty? Hell yeah! The club picked up his tab so our only expense (besides meals and incidentals) was my plane ticket and a big boost to our hotel allowance. (I've got a "good ...

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I Did It. My Way. from Major Thoughts

We've already established that reading pattern directions is my kryptonite. Even when I was making dresses and blouses for Home Ec I needed help translating arrows and darts. The fact that my mother was a pretty accomplished "sewist" didn't help matters because she was left-handed and (to me) did everything upside down and backwards.

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I wanted a purse made from my treasured stash of Japanese fabrics.  I knew how I wanted it to look, and I knew I had all the hardware and fabric and fusible fleece to do it.  I even had ...

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February 5, 2012
All Kantha'd Out from madebymariah

Well, where did the last month go? I've been busy, busy busy creating all sorts of samples for my City & Guilds course.

This morning was spent creating the Kantha sample below (shame the pink thread for the flower head doesn't show in the 'photo) and finishing a Sashiko sample (not photographed). 

The other photos below are of the sample for the first of five design briefs. I thought I'd go with free form curved piecing as I'd usually shy away from curves. The finished piece will be a table runner, three times the sample piece (middle ...

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August 31, 2011
Baby Lock Tech 2011 from Three Crafty Quilters

Thank you, St. Louis!
We had a great time at Baby Lock Tech 2011!

Johanna and Shirley have returned from the 2011 Baby Lock Tech, the annual convention for all things Baby Lock and affiliated businesses.  It was a blast!  Being the newest dealers there, we think, we just soaked up the excitement and knowledge from everyone participating.  Saturday night kicked off the weekend  - themed Go for the Gold!  Being our first time there, we enjoyed the speakers telling us the history of this family owned and operated (3rd generation) company.  From the people we met, we could feel the ...

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February 26, 2010
Sashiko Exhibition in York and Plymouth from The Cotton Patch Blog

An stunning exhibition of Sashiko textiles is on display at Collins Gallery in Scotland. Later in 2010 it will be at Plymouth. The link to the website for further details is here.

Japanese Sashiko Textiles
27 February – 10 April (closed 2 -5 April inc)

Originated by York Museums Trust and researched by Michele Walker, this is the first major touring exhibition of Japanese Sashiko Textiles to be mounted in the UK and the Collins Gallery is the sole Scottish venue for this visually stunning and comprehensive collection.

Sashiko (sashi-to stitch and ko-small) is a technique similar to quilting characterised by ...

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