Archive for the ‘yukata cottons’ Category


itty bitty dress

itty bitty dress

My youngest daughter Victoria made this sweet dress for a baby shower last weekend. The Itty Bitty Dress pattern by Rae is available for free online. The three fabrics Vik used are vintage yukata cottons from Okan Arts, of course. Beautifully made, the dress features French seams and homemade bias binding. read more +


japan aid

japan aid

This remarkable quilt, by Nancy Geaney of Dark Horse Farm Designs in Connecticut, was made for a raffle to benefit survivors of the March tsunami disaster. The darker pink fabric in the center area is vintage yukata cotton donated by Okan Arts. I love the lyrical quality of the dark lines—broken and fluid at the […] read more +


the perfect assistant

the perfect assistant

Two people promised to help me this weekend at my Trunk Show at QuiltWorks NW. One double-booked herself. The other left town. My clever first-born went on Facebook and posted the weekend job opportunity to her inner circle. Lucky me. I got to work with Bin, a college basketball star from Portland. Maybe Bin said […] read more +


janet’s yukata sampler

janet’s yukata sampler

Summer/Winter, 2011, 28″ x 28″ This sweet sample quilt is on its way to NYC for the yukata cotton display at City Quilter. Janet Saulsbury, a fellow Plymouth Piece Maker, created this with my yukata cottons. read more +


joseph’s quilt of many colors

joseph’s quilt of many colors

Peony Samurai, 2011, 63 x 52 inches GIFTED TO JOSEPH LANE This quilt was created for my generous brother-in-law Joseph who lives in Wellington, New Zealand. The fabrics are vintage Japanese yukata cottons. Working with silk batting, I machine stitched the quilt with orange DMC machine-embroidery thread. read more +


store sample

store sample

BABY BUDDHA SKIRT, 2011, Girl’s Size 7 I whipped up this fun skirt as a store sample for QuiltWorks NW. It’s made with four vintage Japanese yukata cottons. The inspiration was the indigo fabric with the delightful baby buddhas. From there I added a few other fabrics from my stash. The skirt pattern is Little […] read more +


for dear Faye

for dear Faye

Healing Garden, 2011, 52 x 55 inches GIFTED TO FAYE FENTIMAN How ironic that a Director of Communications would suffer from a brain aneurysm and lose her words. This floral lap quilt, made with yukata cottons, is for my friend Faye who is fighting every day to get her normal life back. read more +


growing a flower quilt

growing a flower quilt

Here’s a peek at my design wall as the pieces came together for the Healing Garden quilt. First I scissor cut the chosen fabrics. Then I sewed the squares together into random blocks. These became the central pieced area, surrounded by 14 inch yukata fabrics as wide borders. read more +


the best bag ever

the best bag ever

This exceptional tote bag was made for me by quilting friend Ellen Hough with vintage Japanese yukata cottons. I love the interaction of the indigo patterns and all the pockets. The blue striped fabric on the inside has little frogs! read more +


thank you, Seattle

thank you, Seattle

The weekend Trunk Show at Fabric Crush was a big success. TRUNK SHOW STATS -Number of shoppers: 51 shoppers purchased fabrics -Shopper profile: passionate fabric lovers, including many quilters -Average purchase per customer: 4 yards -Favorite fabrics: Seattle shoppers liked all the different yukata cottons—from traditional to big, bold and contemporary patterns -Came the furthest: […] read more +


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