Archive for 2018


four february giveaways!

four february giveaways!

This month’s giveaway features lovely sewing supplies provided by Quilting Foxes—three fat quarters of Japanese fabric, an owl noren panel, and a skein of sashiko thread. There are four giveaways, each valued at $55. Two of the fat quarters are printed with traditional motifs—ocean waves and colorful dragonflies. The third fat quarter is a stripe […] read more +


navigating narita

navigating narita

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  When you travel to Japan, your likely entry point will be Narita (NRT)—an international airport almost 50 miles from Tokyo. After your long flight, here are some tips for getting through the airport and on your way. In-Flight Tips Do not even think about taking any fresh food into Japan. […] read more +


the new blue & white

the new blue & white

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  What’s new at Blue & White, Amy Katoh’s beloved shop in Tokyo? Its location is the biggest change. For over 35 years, Blue & White was tucked into a small storefront on Azabu Juban in Minato City. As of last April, the 2.0 version of Blue & White opened one building […] read more +


2018 tokyo quilt festival—details

2018 tokyo quilt festival—details

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  As a postscript to my reports about this year’s Tokyo Quilt Festival, I’m sharing macro shots of some of the amazing quilts. Of course, the overall composition of each quilt deserves attention. But every seam and every stitch make up the whole. By focusing on minute details, we see how […] read more +


2018 tokyo quilt festival—special exhibits

2018 tokyo quilt festival—special exhibits

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP  Every year Tokyo Quilt Festival wows with its special exhibits. This year is no exception! in praise of molas—fumiko nakayama Fumiko Nakayama’s lifetime commitment to molas—the art form of the Guna people in Panama—takes reverse applique´ to celestial heights. This featured artist exhibit includes the complete works of Sensei Nakayama […] read more +


2018 tokyo quilt festival—quilt exhibits

2018 tokyo quilt festival—quilt exhibits

By Patricia Belyea TOKYO JP Three days after a traffic-stopping snowstorm hit the most populated city in the world, the Tokyo Quilt Festival opened its doors. Here are oodles of photos from Opening Day so you can vicariously tour the show floor. NOTE: This is only a thimbleful of the quilts exhibited! Most of the […] read more +


four january giveaways!

four january giveaways!

This month’s giveaway features Kai 8″ Professional Tailoring Shears. There are four January giveaways—each valued at $60 per pair. Kai Pro Shears are the sharpest scissors you will ever own. On my quilting pal Joe Cunningham’s recommendation, I bought myself a pair and can attest that they’re amazing. Made with high carbon Molybdenum Vanadium stainless steel, Kai […] read more +


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