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susan ball faeder: 100 days of amulets

susan ball faeder: 100 days of amulets

JAPANESE TEXTILE FRIENDS SERIES By guest blogger Susan Ball Faeder of Quilters’ Express To Japan LEWISBURG PA  The 100 Day Project concept originated in 2007—the idea of Michael Beirut, a graphics design teacher at the Yale School of Art, who charged his students to embrace a daily art-making practice. The only restriction was that the action […] +more


quest for kimono in kyoto

quest for kimono in kyoto

JAPANESE TEXTILE FRIENDS SERIES By guest blogger Nancy McDonough of Kyoto Kimono ENDICOTT NY  Ohaiyo gozaimasu! Greetings from Upstate New York. When I lived in Kyoto for three years in the mid-1990s, I fell in love with Japanese textiles. Upon my return to the US, I started selling vintage Japanese garments and fabric, as well […] +more


summer reveal

summer reveal

By Patricia Belyea LA CONNER WA  When I post about a summer workshop in La Conner, no one wants to see photos of the picturesque waterfront. Or the pink sunsets. Or the happy group meals. Or the pop-up shop brimming with vintage Japanese textiles. Or the excursion to the local quilt museum. Or the beautiful […] +more


obi transformed

obi transformed

By Patricia Belyea WAUCONDA WA  At last July’s workshop in La Conner, I asked if there were any Bag Ladies in the room. Those would be quilters who enjoy making bags. Of the three who stepped forward, I wondered if they would be interested in making a bag out of a vintage Japanese obi. They […] +more


is marie kondo good for quilts?

is marie kondo good for quilts?

By guest blogger Teresa Duryea Wong Marie Kondo is adorable. She sparkles. Marie is a tiny Japanese woman who wrote a tiny little book, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up, that sold really big — over 10 million copies. Now she has a new Netflix series where she helps people “tidy up.” Her adorableness makes […] +more


learning in la conner

learning in la conner

By Patricia Belyea SEATTLE WA  Earlier this month I taught an Improv + Curves Workshop in magical La Conner. Just one hour north of Seattle, this historic town overlooks the Swinomish Channel—with the snow-capped Cascade mountains in the distance. OKAN ARTS CURVES WORKSHOP The Workroom in La Conner Country Inn was our choice location. Our […] +more


spring quilt market round-up

spring quilt market round-up

by Patricia Belyea KANSAS CITY MO  My favorite part of Spring Quilt Market is learning what’s new and catching up with industry leaders. Here are some of the folks who participated in this year’s trade-only event: No one sleeps in Tula Pink’s brilliant booth for Free Spirit showing off her Monkey Wrench collection. “They’d better […] +more

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