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October 17, 2016
Sashiko quilts and edge to edge quilting from Koolkat Quilting

The sashiko quilt below is being quilted with the leaf meander edge to edge machine quilting pattern. By choosing a thread colour to match the background fabric, the pattern has negligible effect on the sashiko stitching.   The king size quilt below is being quilted with the bush berries edge to edge pattern in a beige thread and comes from Lee at Geham.

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September 23, 2016
Sew Preeti Fabrics and Questions from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

A few days ago I was reading Preeti's blog (which I love) and discovered that I'd won a pretty fat quarter bundle. 

Okay, so you can't see the print but trust me, I won. On Monday the box arrived! Oh my! These are pretty and modern and luscious! I was working pretty long hours so I didn't have time to take pictures or play. 

I did, though, set the fabrics on the kitchen counters so that I could pet them anytime I walked by.

Today I managed a few minutes to find some coordinating fabrics. I ...

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September 2, 2016
Hiroshima 広島 – Home of Tulip Needles from The Ardent Thread

Riding the Shinkansen from Kyoto to Hiroshima I had plenty of time to relax notice the smaller details which usually go by the wayside.

For example, the formality with which every member of the train crew interacts with passengers. As a crew member exits a car, he or she will pause and bow to the passengers before crossing the threshold. Staff in department stores do this too as they exit the hall, which really surprised me. It’s so culturally ingrained that no one acknowledges it or seems to care.

Fancy a snack, drink, or souvenir? Ice cream? Pencil case ...

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August 19, 2016 – Interview with Keiko Futatsuya from The Ardent Thread

I first stumbled onto Keiko Futatsuya’s work two years ago while searching for botanically-dyed sashiko thread. She was working with Hida Sashiko at the time, but has since moved on to produce her own work as an independent artist and designer.

The quality of her work is amazing, and has developed over time to reflect her passion and joy in handwork. Keiko’s boundless energy knocked me off my feet when I visited her earlier this year. She is in constant motion, darting from idea to to idea, rarely sitting still. While we sat in her tiny kitchen one ...

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August 17, 2016
Make a Clam Shell Sashiko Quilt from Craft Gossip

DIY Sashiko Baby BlanketSandra Deer of Atilio made this whole cloth quilt as a welcome gift to her newborn baby. The Sashiko stitching, a Japanese embroidery technique, is the defining element. I especially love the organic feel the clam shell pattern brings to the design.

Click the link below to see how she made it. Bonus: You get to see a photo of her sweet boy.

DIY: Sashiko Quilt, by Sandra

Click the link below if you need further instructions for how to create the Sashiko stitch.

Sashiko Tutorial, by Purl Soho



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July 22, 2016
Protected: – Interview with Keiko Futatsuya from The Ardent Thread

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July 21, 2016
explore your machine stitches from easypatchwork

Hi Everyone! I know it has been a very long time since I wrote a blog post; I am just having too much fun sewing. : ) Really, I don't want to post just about whatever I've made, but I also want to help you on your journey sewing and quilting through my own experiences. Today, I would like to encourage you to explore your machine stitches. If you know me, then you know that I DO NOT like to sew

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July 19, 2016
Blocks time - guest blogger for Building Blocks Tuesday from Espritpatch

Welcome back, today, I have once again the honor to be guest blogger for Jen at Quilter in the Closet for her Building Blocks Tuesday. 

Welcome if you are new here and coming from Jen's blog. Jen started the linky party while I was in a swap with her, a while ago and I have been trying to link up with her as often as possible.

 I love the idea of a block linky party because I am not industrious and able to produce a quilt every other week! And also this year I have been particularly busy making ...

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July 11, 2016
Progress on the new projects from Espritpatch

This is my week 3 stitching in the Sashiko sampler with a lovely Persimon flower stitch

and I have been the lucky winner of the week 2 giveaway!

I have also made the flying geese blocks for the Summer Solstice Quilt-Along
And as incredible (for me) as it sounds, I have made a start on the teachers' gifts!
as well as taking apart the laptop bag completely! Now I need to use some interfacing, put the lining back in and deal with the straps

Linking to Happy Quilting Melissa

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July 2, 2016
Sashiko from Espritpatch

I started a new project, I know another one and I really don't need another one but.... I love it and even though I started late, I am already caught up for now!

Sara at Brighton Fashion and Textile School is organising a Sashiko Sampler stitch along this summer and after I saw pictures of the first week block popping in my Instagram feed, I decided to join up too. When we went to Japan years ago I bought some sashiko kits and sadly I never made them so maybe that will give me the incentive I needed, who ...

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July 1, 2016
Quick updates for July 2016 from The Ardent Thread

I’ll be back to travel posting very soon, just wanted to catch up with the latest news here at Kimonomomo:

Kimonomomo Open House
Come see our newest treasures from Japan!
When: July 9th 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: 1515 Everett St., Alameda, CA.


AQS iQuilt Class Sale
Come try my Sashiko Basics class! Download the class now and watch it anytime at your leisure. This is a terrific sale price.
Promotional Disclosure: *Sale valid 06/30/19/16 through 07/05/16 at 11:59 p.m. (CT). Limited time only. Subject to change without notice. Not ...

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June 7, 2016
May 2016 Progress & News from madebychrissied

May has been a funny month, I feel like I haven't achieved but as I'm typing this progress report I'm really surprised by how much I have actually done, I'm in conversations regarding Christmas in July Blog Hops and, as my daughter Flicky is home from Uni for the Summer, I've done numerous clothing repairs for her.  My biggest progress was in finally starting a twice-monthly newsletter - more of that in a bit.

Here is a rundown of what I have worked on in April and you can click any image to go through to ...

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June 5, 2016
How I Repaired - Torn Jeans from madebychrissied

Second repair for Flicky - torn jeans where she's pulled on the belt loop to get into them!

My solution involves scraps of Liberty lawn and while I was repairing the hole I added some matching Liberty to the pocket.

I've glued the edges to hold the scrap fabric in place while I sew it into the jeans.  There's no point sewing the torn jeans back together, they'll tear again immediately first time Flicky pulls them up again.  Instead I've secured the scrap fabric to the denim surrounding the tear using running stitches and a Presencia ...

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May 27, 2016
Exploring Japan - Kyoto's Handmade Needle Man from madebychrissied

Most sewists researching for a trip to Japan come across stories of Kyoto's Handmade Needle Man.  Almost legendary, his location is reportedly hard to locate with only a few lucky souls finding success at the end of their journey.

Confusingly known by several names Fukui Misuyabari/hari also known as Sanjohonke Misuyabari/Misuyahari (bari/hari is Japanese for needle ) is a specialty needle store dating back to 1651, the Edo era over more than 17 generations.  The Emperor gave the family, who worked in his court, the Misuya name and their needles were given as gifts throughout Japan

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May 26, 2016
Have another cup of tea. from The Ardent Thread

At home I drink gallons of tea, or coffee if it’s a particularly rough day. In Japan it’s been no different. Hotel rooms and friends’ homes are stocked with green tea, consumed at any and all hours of the day. Comfort in a cup.

US Forces completely flattened Nagoya in WWII. Now it is a modern industrial city with wide streets and tall buildings, but very little charm aside from a few hidden gems tucked away. And yes, I did spend an afternoon in the local Tokyu Hands (Annex) shop on the left. Wouldn’t you?

This morning ...

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May 16, 2016
Sun, Sea & Sashiko from madebychrissied

Well not quite sea, but it was a salt water pool at The Four Seasons in Austin, Texas during my travels at the end of April.  Best of all posting the above pic to Instagram gained me several hearts and this fab cupcake and note complimenting my stitching when I returned to my room.

I love Sashiko - I'm totally obsessed with it these days when I'm travelling.

I've only been doing it since last July when my great friend Emily gave me some Sashiko supplies that had belonged to her recently passed twin sister Barbara, it means ...

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May 10, 2016
Getting Ready to Fly from The Ardent Thread

So many things are going on at once it’s hard to keep up.

My daughter is pregnant, which is exciting. She and her fiance are moving in with us because we happen to live in the part of the US with the highest cost of living, and they don’t have a lot of other options. It’s all good, though. We have a big enough house, and I’ll get to spend time with my first grandchild (shortly after I turn 44!) which is pretty cool.

She’s also learning sashiko.


My son is home, back from his ...

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April 2016 Progress & News from madebychrissied

On the surface progress is slow again this month, I've been doing a lot of talking with fabric companies, working on a big plan for something I'll be able to share in the future (fingers crossed) and doing so much travelling I have no idea where I am or what time zone I'm in.

Let's do a quick run through of what I have shared in April and you can click any image to go through to the post and read more:

a couple more tips this month - to help you create linings;

I could finally ...

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April 22, 2016
What would you like to know about Sashiko in Japan? from The Ardent Thread

In preparation for my trip, I’m writing a list of questions to ask various sashiko artists and designers. What would you like to know? Two stops along my journey will be to interview Keiko Futatsuya of Sashi.Co and the Sashiko Design Team at Olympus.

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If you have specific questions you’d like to ask about their work or sashiko in general, send me an email or post your question here on this post. I’ll do my best to ask it for you! olympus_36

Speaking of sashiko… Have you ...

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April 20, 2016
Summer Quilt Road Trip from The Ardent Thread

A month from now I’ll be in Japan, but I’m already planning my summer road trip to AQS Quilt Week in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I usually fly out and ship my booth separately, but this year I’m going to try something different. I’m going to drive the 2,291 miles of I-80 from Alameda, CA to Grand Rapids, MI. Along the way I’ll pass through these cities:

  • Reno, NV
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Denver, CO
  • Chicago, IL
  • Also Nebraska and Iowa, but I don’t know those states well so help me out here. Where ...

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