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May 16, 2022
Another Chunky Wee Zippy Pouch from Alamosa Quilter

 I finished up my "kanwandiko" sample and have turned it into a Chunky Wee Zippy Pouch. Unfortunately, I am currently out of the patterns, but more have been ordered. It was more popular than I expected!

This is the last photo I took of my piece before turning it into a bag.

kanwandiko sample

Here it is finished. It measures about 5" by 5" by 5". This is the "storage cube" size from the pattern.

finished kanwandiko bag

For the inside I used a scrap of backing fabric from a previous quilt.

inside finished kanwandiko bag



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An EXCLUSIVE Quilting and Textile Art Studios Tour of Japan in 2023! from Quilting with Kimberly

A Personal Invitation

I would like to personally invite you to join me on an
EXCLUSIVE Quilting and Textile Art Studios Tour of Japan in 2023!

Now that borders have opened and travel has resumed around the world, who’s ready to plan the most exciting, fun and amazing trip in 2023? I’m absolutely thrilled to announce I will be personally leading a small, intimate group to Japan next year from May 9 – 19, 2023 on the trip of a lifetime! I’ve been working closely with Judy Barry of Opulent Quilt Journeys to plan a very special, textile ...

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May 13, 2022
Developing a New Class from Alamosa Quilter

 I made this notebook cover several months ago. I thought I had shared it with you but I can't find the post so I guess I forgot!

Stitched Notebook Cover front

Stitched Notebook Cover open

The notebook cover above is my first attempt. For it I used some Essex Linen Denim color, scraps and size 8 pearl cotton in four variegated colors. I just laid the scraps on the linen and left the edges raw. A running stitch holds everything in place. The scraps are not fused or appliqued to the linen, just sewn on with the running stitches. I like working with the pearl cotton but ...

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April 11, 2022
How do I do this? from The Ardent Thread

I’ve had four different nudges to get back into teaching over the past two weeks. Three are for shows/organizations I’ve worked with before, and one is from a friend who knows my work. I responded to the three with my usual “I’m working on it, will send info soon” response as I dodged the professional responsibility to be punctual, thoughtful, and organized.

It’s the last one that got to me. My friend Judy mentioned I might get in touch with SFSNAD and see if they’d have me. She teaches there and has heard students ...

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February 23, 2022
Please let me play from Quilting & Learning

I've been very busy quilting during the last few weeks. It's been such fun! However, I realised that with all of these busy projects, I'm missing the meditative calmness that slow stitching brings. So today I spent some time finishing up my "Please let me play" piece.

Adjusting the composition

In the Out of the Box Textile Artists Group, we've been learning about composition. I've read a lot about it, but it always feels more intuitive than just following rigid (or black and white) rules. I get the feeling that there's a lot of ...

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January 16, 2022
Wishes for 2022 from Quilting & Learning

After the holidays, it was good to start 2022 calmly and quietly. I did a little bit of free motion quilting (FMQ) which I will show you at the end of this post. Today I want to share with you a very fun project - another squirrel!

Stitching on a clean-up cloth

The first workshop of the year at TextileArtists.org was presented by Vanessa Marr. It's called Domestic Story Cloths. Vanessa stitches stories of women and domestic work on dusters. I was intrigued by the workshop and took a couple of days to think about the possibilities. 

please let ...

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October 27, 2021
Stitch Sew & Show ~ Week 42 ~ 24 Days from Life in the Scrapatch

 


Welcome to Week 24 of Stitch Sew & Show! 


I have decided to participate in another Free Stitch Along.

This one is a sashiko skill builder ... 


24 Days of Sashiko @ Sashiko.Lab

There are also free video tutorials for 

How To Prepare Sashiko Cloth ~ Video Lessons

I started learning sashiko last year. 



My First Sashiko ~ Click Here

I found this to be a very relaxing process. 


I learned enough to design this for a

Sashiko Cherry Blossom Pincushion ~ Click Here

I would like to learn more and advance my skills and make more even stitches

and make a small sampler for ...

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May 25, 2021
Boro Stitching - Needles & Threads from Joy of Quilting

Following on from my Boro Bag Post .  I want to talk a little today about Needles, Threads and Fabric for Boro Stitching.

Close up of my own Sashiko Boro Stitching


Basically to get the best results (and the most stress free Stitching experience) you need to use the best combination of needle and thread for the fabrics you are using.

Because, if you use a needle that is too small or big for you fabric and chosen thread your gonna hit problems, and at the very least your work is going to fight you. Basically not so much fun as frustration. So it pays to use the right ...

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May 22, 2021
Japanese Boro Bag from Joy of Quilting

 

Here is a link to the Japanese Boro Bag Tutorial I used to make my own Boro Bag below.

And read about Sashiko and Boro Work


This tutorial has lovely pics and some basic instructions. I'm just going to go into a little bit of detail on how I put this bag together for those of you who need a little more detail. So this post is not how to make the bag. The Japanese Boro Bag Tutorial link above does that. This post simply gives a little more detail of how I made the Boro Bag. So follow ...

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May 3, 2021
Week 5 of #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art) from Quilting & Learning

Last week was the end of the #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art). It was a great finish, even if I was less organised as the month went on. I want to thank Frédérique of Quilting Patchwork Appliqué for a wonderful challenge. I really learned a lot and am so happy to have participated. Here's a look at the last week's post.

V is for Village

This project, Amalfi Coast Happy Village was one of my first art quilts, although I didn't realise it at the time. It was made during a workshop with the owner of a local quilt shop ...

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April 25, 2021
Boro Inspired Stitching from Joy of Quilting

 Hello there my Stitching Friends. Today I want to share with you my latest Boro Inspired piece of work. 


I find this Traditional Japanese style of stitching wonderfully relaxing. It's based on need rather than decoration but still manages to produce a visually strong finished piece of work. 

I'm making my piece of Boro fabric into a Bag. But technically that's the wrong way around! Boro traditionally didn't start It's life as Boro. It slowly became Boro over years of daily use and mending.....

Boro is filled with lots of lovely Hand Stitching called Sashiko ...

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February 14, 2021
Catching up on posting projects from Quilting & Learning

 Hi, I hope that February finds you well. I thought that I would take the time to write about projects that were completed recently but not posted.

Finishing a Journal Cover 

In the last few months I finished a special journal cover for a dear friend. 

Finished Japanese Journal Cover - Front
Here is a view of the back.
Finished Japanese Journal Cover - Back

You may remember the original fabric that I free motion quilted (FMQ) last March (see Related links below).

The piece was meant for a larger journal but when I came to make it, I did measure three ...

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January 27, 2021
Daruma Yokota Sashiko Thread from The Ardent Thread

In the summer of 2019 I visited the Daruma Yokota thread dyeing factory in Kyoto, Japan. As our wholesale company, Orimono Imports, is a distributor for the brand and our retail shop, Kimonomomo has sold their thread for several years, I was hoping to learn more about the dyeing process and brainstorm some new ideas. In both regards, the visit was a resounding success.

Kyoto is typically hot and humid in summer, so much so that I always get blisters on my feet, no matter what kind of shoes or sandals I wear. With all the walking I do it ...

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December 29, 2020
Baby Lock Sashiko Machine Unboxing from Expect Moore

I’m super excited to share with you my latest toy! When I create my Christmas Wish List, I often put impractical items. To me, a wish list isn’t a shopping list for people wanting to find me a gift, it is a chance to dream about all the toys that I’d love to own someday. […]

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December 12, 2020
Sashiko stitching and visible mending from Quilting & Learning

I had another great learning weekend! At the top of my quilting bucket list is a trip to the International Quilt Festival in Houston. Yes, one day I will go there...in person. However, this year I was able to attend a few virtual workshops offered through the festival. 

Sashiko stitching 

I took 3 courses and today I want to tell you about Sashiko Essentials - A Modern Adaptation of Ancient Handwork. The master class was taught by Shannon & Jason Mullett-Bowlsby of Shibaguyz Designz.

Sashiko printed designs - two of five are now done

I've been interested in Sashiko stitching for ...

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November 25, 2020
Kimonomomo Library List Part 2 from The Ardent Thread

Sashiko and Boro reference books – hard to find/out of print editions worth seeking out

Three lovely books for visual and text reference. One in Japanese, and two in both English and Japanese. These are not how-to books, but beautiful resources for getting a feel for sashiko, kogin, and boro textiles in historical context.

Links provided were valid on Amazon at the time I wrote this, but as these books are out of print they may not be available or may be ridiculously expensive. I’ve provided ISBN numbers for the first two you can use to search for these ...

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November 12, 2020
Sashiko Rainbow Waves from The Ardent Thread

My approach to stitching the traditional Seigaiha Wave design with variegated sashiko thread

There are many variations of Seigaiha – the ubiquitous Japanese wave design that consists of overlapping arches. Turn it upside down and you have fish or dragon scales. Add an extra line or two and you have rainbows. It’s pretty versatile and adaptable. Don’t have printed ...

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August 4, 2020
Lots of Stuff Going On from Pinkadot Quilts


I'm a Cover Girl!

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July 18, 2020
Sashiko stitches by Machine? You betcha! from Quilting with Kimberly

UPDATE! If you missed the Facebook LIVE event today, you can watch the video by CLICKING HERE. 

Have you been following along on the Facebook Janome Sewing Machines and Janome Sewing Classroom pages? If not, you’re missing out on so many fabulous FREE classes and tutorials! Since early April, when stay at home orders were issued for most of the US, the talented Janome educators and I have been producing LIVE events to share tricks, tips and tons of techniques to help you learn to use your Janome machines and all the amazing features and presser feet which ...

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April 27, 2020
Rainy Monday ~ Slow Stitching Day from Life in the Scrapatch


My stitching is done on my 

This is for a blog hop project coming in May
so it will be awhile before my finished project appears on my blog.


Here is a sneak peek.

It is a cool and rainy day here in the northeast and I am
spending another day enjoying with my hand stitching  in my cozy home.


This is my project for today.

I already stitched the white tree design on navy
 and am making another pink cherry blossom 
and will be using the fabric on the left to complete the project.


I ...

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