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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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April 12, 2016
Take a walk in the garden from The Ardent Thread

Coffee break time! Here’s the view from the Kimonomomo studio today.

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April 7, 2016
April News: New Sashiko Challenge, Japan Trip, and Shows from The Ardent Thread

Yes, I missed another deadline. I had promised to show you the Spring Sashiko Challenge on April 1 and it’s now April 7 and I’ve finally put it together (see below). We had a quilt show on April 2-3 which slowed me down a bit, plus it’s been very busy in the shop lately (thank you!) and I’ve been scurrying to keep up with orders and emails. So… yeah. Deadlines.

Another looming deadline: My Indiegogo campaign is coming to an end on April 15 and I’m nowhere near my goal, which is okay, actually. Things ...

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March 25, 2016
An interview....with me! from Wendy's Quilts and More

A few weeks ago Charlotte Scott asked if she could interview me for her pod cast series.

Charlotte is a New Zealand quilter and textile artist who lives on a boat and runs an art gallery! She has a blog called The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady.  Charlotte had seen photos of my la passacaglia quilt, and thought the story behind it would be interesting to document.

Here are some links to the interview.
Charlotte's blog post with the interview
a link to Podbean where all Charlotte's interviews are stored.

Don't worry if you've never listened ...

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March 23, 2016
2016 Winter Sashiko Challenge Winners! from The Ardent Thread

I know, this was scheduled for last week, but between a quilt show and a family emergency things got away from me. It didn’t help that the first two entries were so good we had a difficult time deciding which would place first.

The Spring Sashiko Challenge will be available April 1. Thomas and I have selected fabrics and thread colors for the kits and we’ll be putting them together for purchase in the Kimonomomo Etsy shop very soon. You can also participate in the Indiegogo Sashiko Challenge available here.

So here they are, the first ever Kimonomomo ...

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March 7, 2016
Kimonomomo is going to Japan! from The Ardent Thread

Yes, I’ve been before, but this time it’s different. This time I will be conducting interviews, learning new skills, and sharing it all with you. However, before I set foot in the airport, there are a few things I need to take care of…

  1. Scheduling interviews. I’m working on this now with help from artists, kimono and textile enthusiasts, and friends.
  2. Planning travel. I have a starting point (Tokyo) and an end point (Fukuoka) and several stops in between. It’s a lot to organize.
  3. Funding. This is where you can help, and I do need help ...

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March 4, 2016
The End Is Near from The Snarky Quilter

At least that’s my hope for Torii Traces, which has taken entirely too long. Without a deadline, I keep tweaking my design as new ideas occur to me. After I sewed together the top band and the main section I … Continue reading

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February 24, 2016
Winter Sashiko Challenge Update from The Ardent Thread

How are your Winter Sashiko Challenge projects going? I’ve sent out a lot of kits but have seen only one completed so far. Mine isn’t finished either… I need to get back to it! We’ve extended the deadline from Feb. 29 to March 14 to give everyone more time to put a bit of polish on their projects.


Email your completed project photos to kimonomomo (at) by March 14 and we will announce the winners shortly after that, then announce the Spring Sashiko Challenge!

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January 7, 2016
Kimonomomo Winter Sashiko Challenge 2016 from The Ardent Thread

It’s time for a challenge and I’m excited! Check out the video here:

Magical prizes! Shopping credit at Kimonomomo ~~~ so you can have even more sashiko goodness.

  • 1st place – $40 credit
  • 2nd place – $20 credit
  • 3rd place – $10 credit

Here’s how you can be a part of it:

  • Order your kit – includes fabric, thread, and two sashiko needles. Color choice is random.
  • Play with your materials – add beads, ribbons, more fabric, anything you like. One caveat is that the supplied materials must be used. Don’t like the colors? That’s part of the challenge! Learn to ...

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January 4, 2016
New and wonderful sashiko fabrics for 2016 from The Ardent Thread

Orders from Houston Quilt Market are starting to arrive! New fabrics, sashiko kits, and a few kits I’m designing right now will be gracing the Kimonomomo Etsy shop over the next few days and weeks.

For fans of little pre-printed, wash-out hanafukin (hand towels) there are a few new designs to get your New Year started. I’m rather fond of the Rabbit Moon ones, myself, but you might prefer Chrysanthemum or Ume Mon. Available in white or navy blue, I will be stocking more designs in the coming months. These are different from the ever-popular Olympus kits, with ...

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