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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.
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.read more
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 ...read more
Sandra 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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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 sewread more
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 ...
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
Linking to Happy Quilting Melissa
Celine read more
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 ...
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 ...
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.
This morning ...read more
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 ...read more
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.
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!
Speaking of sashiko… Have you ...read more
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 ...