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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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September 22, 2014
Design Wall Monday–Oriental Applique Motifs from Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner

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Remember, I mentioned that I wasn’t sure I liked my work in progress on the pattern, Fat Quarter Fizz, applied to Oriental Traditions (fabric range by Robert Kaufman).  Some of the fabrics I really like in this range and some not so much.  I got some really helpful suggestions in the comments on my last post – thanks so much everybody for all your help and encouragement!

_DSF5772Robin suggested not being bound by the pattern and changing it up a bit.  My mum took one look at it and suggested swapping some of the cream squares out for red and ...

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September 20, 2014
Tie a ribbon round the sashiko from koolkat's quilting blog


Here's another sashiko quilt from our good friends Sue and Colleen of Indigo Niche (www.indigoniche.com).  We are quilting this dark navy quilt with a matching thread that does not affect the sashiko.  KoolKat Quilting used the ribbon candy e2e machine quilting pattern designed by Todd Brown of Legacy Quilting.  Indigo Niche has a stall near ours at the Toowoomba Quilt Exhibition at the Salo centre in Rome Street which opens today at 9am.

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Tie a ribbon round the sashiko from Koolkat Quilting


Here's another sashiko quilt from our good friends Sue and Colleen of Indigo Niche (www.indigoniche.com).  We are quilting this dark navy quilt with a matching thread that does not affect the sashiko.  KoolKat Quilting used the ribbon candy e2e machine quilting pattern designed by Todd Brown of Legacy Quilting.  Indigo Niche has a stall near ours at the Toowoomba Quilt Exhibition at the Salo centre in Rome Street which opens today at 9am.

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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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April 22, 2014
Sashiko Bag Hand quilted from Quilting Stories


Sashiko Bag

Christine M., a friend and member of our
quilting group kindly offered me a piece of 
indigo fabric brought from Japan.
I embroided it with Sashiko stitches.

Sashiko Bag
Sashiko

For the border and the inside, 
I added a piece of fabric I had in my stash.

Sashiko Bag
Sashiko

Another knitting bag!

Sashiko Bag
Sashiko

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April 13, 2014
All-over or e2e quilting on sashiko quilt from koolkat's quilting blog

This is Cheryl from Withcott's sashiko quilt being quilted in a clams e2e or all-over machine quilting pattern at KoolKat Quilting. By choosing a thread colour (charcoal) that blends with the background colour, the thread is almost invisible and impact on the sashiko is negligible.  This makes the machine quilting cost for this quilt cost-effective, and a similar approach can also be taken with applique or candlewick quilts.  


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All-over or e2e quilting on sashiko quilt from Koolkat Quilting

This is Cheryl from Withcott's sashiko quilt being quilted in a clams e2e or all-over machine quilting pattern at KoolKat Quilting. By choosing a thread colour (charcoal) that blends with the background colour, the thread is almost invisible and impact on the sashiko is negligible.  This makes the machine quilting cost for this quilt cost-effective, and a similar approach can also be taken with applique or candlewick quilts.  


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March 24, 2014
Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew March Link Party and Giveaway from Celtic Thistle Stitches

Welcome to the third of our monthly Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Parties.


Last month's winner of the Bustle and Sew Handstitched Christmas eBook was Mara who has already highlighted a few projects to try for her Christmas crafting :)

Paula and I have a great giveway lined up for you this month too, and with St Patrick's Day a highlight of this month, it is very apt that this month's giveaway sponsor is the lovely Cindy from

Cindy, who lives in the beautiful city of Galway in the West of Ireland, has donated these ...

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February 18, 2014
A fall and some "Slow Sewing" from Janet Ann Creations

On Valentine's Day I was out playing with this cutie pie,
Bella


running around the yard - through the snow
when before I knew it …
found myself face first in the snow!
and in pain!
Of course Bella thought I was playing 
so she jumped on me!
OUCH!

Spent the last 3 days on the sofa with a pulled hamstring !!
Now I know why they lug the football players off the field with hamstring issues!
You just can not move.

Thank goodness the Olympics are on! 
and I've been able to do a little
"Slow Sewing" 
Love that they ...

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February 5, 2014
A Class Quilt from Quilting Solutions

Today's quilt is the result of a class taken by my daughter and myself many years ago.  Everyone in the class made the same quilt, but used different fabrics.  The main thing we learned was how to use freezer paper for appliqué.  We learned to secure the turned edges of the pieces to be appliquéd and then blind stitch them to the background.  The paper was then removed by making a slit in the background fabric.  I am not going to share the method we were taught in its entirety because it was very confusing and I generally don ...

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January 29, 2014
An Interview with Susan Sato of Easy Piecing from Terificreations's Weblog

Susan Sato photo
I met Susan Sato of Easy Piecing a few years ago, we catch up with each other in a variety of places. . .quilt shows, guild meetings. Susan carries some neat things in her booth, like dupioni silk (the good colors bright and fun like hot pink!) and some cool thread.  I’ve heard great things about her Sashiko Classes. I love that Susan keeps handwork alive and kicking in the quilting community.
TC: Hi Susan! Thanks so much for taking the time for an interview. Can you tell me a little bit about Easy Piecing?
Susan: Easy Piecing was created ...

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January 19, 2014
delightful haberdashers from Charm About You

I enjoy shopping online; the ease, the ability to order from the comfort of my sofa and the hours I can spend browsing beautiful fabrics and haberdashery. I like finding interesting and independent shops. Most importantly I like quality products and great service, which you will always find with my sponsors. I will also share other shops (not sponsored) that I like and would recommend. 

Recently I found the haberdashery while searching for some Sashiko thread. It is a shop full of beautiful products from Japan, including beautiful Nani Iro fabrics and other haberdashery from the Netherlands and Australia. They ...

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January 15, 2014
Monday's group from Quilting Stories


Small quilt
Ginette's quilt

What a great pleasure every monday to meet my dearest friends!
We all share the same passion for quilting. Each one has her own
project and this way we always enjoy to admire the progress of all 
those different and wonderful works.


Women sewing
Marie-Jo and Michele
Coffee time with a piece of cake.

Women sewing
Martine, Ginette, Agnes and Marie-Jo
Sewing... and chatting.

Sewing
Martine
Concentration!

Martine
Martine


Agnes
Agnes
Thoughtful!

Sewing
Sashiko
Martine has started a sashiko quilt.
Japanese influence.

Sewing
Sashiko

Sashiko
Sashiko

Small blocks
Agnes' work
Lovely pouch sewed by Agnes, who is preparing
her blocks for a baby quilt.

Small blocks
Agnes' work

Michele's work ...

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December 28, 2013
Unwrapped from On The Go Quilting

My daughter has unwrapped her Christmas gifts so now I can share with you the things I made her for Christmas.  Today I want to share the Origami Cranes.  They were so much fun to make!

Sara has several titles in her job at Dartmouth College.  She’s the Manager of the Design Studio at the Performing Arts Center where she does a phenomenal job of juggling all the varied projects that cross her desk.  She has several designers that work under her and she has interns that she nurtures and encourages as they begin their graphic design careers.  Sometimes ...

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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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November 18, 2013
Inchie Quilt from Janet Ann Creations

Spent the week working on a cute little project
an "Inchie Quilt"

They are way too cute little quilt sandwiches
that can be made into all sorts of things!

Using the method featured in
"Inchie quilts" by Nadine Ruggles
and adding my own personal flare
I came up with this 16" Mini Quilt


  It features five "Inchie Quilts"
nestled into the center of folded flowers,
set into a nine patch
with Sashiko and beading,
and surrounded by a piped binding


The directions call for using 40 wt Rayon thread
of course I didn't have any
so went ahead and ...

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October 10, 2013
Sashiko and Keyfobs from The Quilted Magnolia

With hubby off work this week I haven’t been able to do much quilting or sewing after work.  I have been dabbling here and there in various things though.

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I’ve been wanting to try my hand at sashiko for a while. My first attempt wasn’t that good since the chalk markings I spent a good amount of time putting on fabric rubbed right off… so I decided to take the easy route and purchase pre-printed sashiko fabric panels that have the stitch markings on them. MUCH better! I also ordered thread and sashiko needles. Sashiko in ...

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