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four december giveaways!

four december giveaways!

By Patricia Belyea

It’s time to celebrate! This month Okan Arts is giving away a copy of KIMONO Vanishing Tradition: Japanese Textiles of the 20th Century and a gorgeous tenga obi. There are four giveaways, each valued at $100.

KIMONO Vanishing Tradition, written by Cheryl Imperatore and Paul MacLardy, is published by Schiffer. This hefty book (almost four pounds!) provides an overview of traditional garments as well as wearable art inspired by contemporary artists. Over 525 color photos show textile designs that range from sublime to brilliant.

Cheryl and Paul are co-founders of Arise, Inc., a major importer of kimono to North America. The authors describe each type of garment, how the item was used in Japanese life, and how it would be priced in a gallery today. An excellent resource for both collectors and lovers of Japanese textiles.

Accompanying the book is a formal, half-width tenga obi, supplied by Okan Arts. From 5.5 to 6 inches wide and approximately 11 feet long, this textile treasure can be appreciated just the way it is. Or, the obi can be transformed into a holiday table runner or a gala clutch (or ten gala clutches!).
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. The winners are Karen Z of Kent WA, Lea F of Mayhill NM, Mary W of West Roxbury MA, and Nan J of Kirkland WA.

To participate in the December giveaway, answer this question in the Comment Box below: How does your quilting passion intersect with your holiday celebrations?

HOW THIS GIVEAWAY WORKS: The December 2018 giveaway drawing will be held at midnight Pacific Time on December 31, 2018. Okan Arts Giveaways are open to US residents (sorry to our Canadian and international friends), 18 and older, void where prohibited. One entry per person. Four lucky winners will be chosen with a random number drawing. Each will win a copy of KIMONO Vanishing Tradition and a tenga obi. Each winner must respond within one week of notification or her/his giveaway will be forfeited. A list of Okan Arts giveaway winners can be obtained at any time from Okan Arts. Thanks for participating!

To visit the Schiffer Publishing website +click here

To visit the Okan Arts website +click here
(Obi are only available in the Okan Arts Shop in Seattle, not online.)

Thank you Schiffer Publishing for the donation of KIMONO Vanishing Tradition. Please note that Okan Arts received no compensation for this giveaway.

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216 comments to “four december giveaways!”

  1. Dee says:

    I’ve been making the Modern Christmas Tree quilt by the talented and generous Amy Smart!
    Thank you.

  2. Penny Torkington says:

    This looks like a beautiful book. There will be 4 very happy and lucky winners of this lovely gift. I can not wait to go to Japan in May. I am getting very excited.

  3. Pat T. says:

    While visiting my young grandson on his birthday this year, I shared with him my plan/desire to make a quilt with him… (We are a family of makers!) … and, he designed “his quilt”!
    Back home, I gathered together what we’ll need for his plan… and when I’m again visiting this holiday, we will create his quilt together! (We have worked together making other things… I’m hoping this quilt of his is the start of a new family tradition, and a quilt made with his brother will happen next year!!)

  4. Janet Wright says:

    I do very little “holiday” quilting. However–I did get out my lovely Yukatas today–sorted–petted–admired and started to dream about yakuza projects. still working on the plans for the ” Geisha faces”. I wish I could afford your May workshop in La Conner

  5. mvjan says:

    This year I’m making quilted microwave-able bowls for Christmas. I’m also meeting a friend to pick out holiday fabric for a lap quilt for next year’s holiday season.

  6. joan brown says:

    In 1997 I found the art of quilting in a class of Susann Stanton in Orange County California. I started with the traditional patterns and found Kitty Pippen and the world of Japanese art. I followed her lead collecting all her books. I was lucky enough to meet her in a workshop and purchased one of her toppers at auction. It is one of my prize possessions.

    From that time forward I followed the Asian trail. I have a very large collection of Asian fabric and have used many Asian patterns for quilt tops and wall hangings.
    Love the eastern style fabric and designs/patterns. Have entwine the east with the joy of the traditional holidays always including a touch of my favorite Asian fabric.
    I enjoy Okan Arts web site, keep up the good work.
    Thank you

    Several of my works were shown in the Kona Bay magazine when it was being published.

  7. Ann M Saunderson says:

    The two are both spiritual opportunities. Creativity/quilting – Holiday/Christmas – both are occasions of deep satisfaction, creativity and are life giving.

  8. Karen Zink says:

    Quilting and sewing has always been a passion and giving it away is half of the joy. I have made quilts for family and my children over the years and especially for milestones. Last year, I was fortunate to get all my late aunt’s clothing to make an uncle a quilt for his 90th birthday using her clothing. The reaction was overwhelming and worth every minute spent creating a special memory quilt.

    Being of Japanese descent, I do use many Asian fabrics in my quilts. They have been somewhat of my trademark and I am proud to share my heritage.

  9. Jackie Bloom says:

    I love to give handmade items to friends and family. I make quilts and this year quilted potholders and a few quilted ornaments. Handmade items may not be perfect but they are unique and filled with love!!! This book on kimonos looks amazing Japanese textiles are so beautiful

  10. Alice Ronne says:

    I’ve been using my Japanese prints for making small gifts for the holidays. Just for special friends to let them know that they are special to my world. Also try to incorporate the importance of my Japanese culture at this time of year by making traditional foods and mochi!

  11. Cheryl Simokat says:

    Quilted gifts are the best!

  12. Pam VanAustin says:

    I’m a quilting novice, so quilted Christmas placemats are my current project. The book looks beautiful! Thank you for the opportunity!

  13. Robin Shilman says:

    I usually make quilted table runners, wall quilts or holiday decorations. It is so rewarding to give them as gifts.

  14. Ardis Bucy says:

    Quilting goes with Christmas. I have table runners, stockings, quilts, wall hangings and coasters all over the house. I never have enough!

  15. mary mandernach says:

    I like to make seasonal quilts and wall hangings. Last year I made pumpkin place mats for all the family. Working on Christmas.

  16. Eileen Hallock says:

    As a student if Kimono would love to win a copy of this book.

  17. Juliana Cerra says:

    Each year I make a holiday theme quilt for a family member from my stash (mostly) and table runners as gifts for friends.

  18. Deb Woolley says:

    Christmas in all its various forms is a quilters warm spot. From the stockings made for every family member, to the crazy quilt tree skirt, the decorative pillows, table runners and myriad of gifts for friends and family, it is obvious that needle and thread stitches our Christmas memories together. Kimono is such a beautiful art form and I love to read and study about the various methods of designing this once humble garment.

  19. Peggy Calvert says:

    First Friday Artists meet once a month. We share whatever we are working on, talk about exhibit opportunities, bemoan the difficulties we face while creating, and offer support, supplies and friendship. In December we celebrate, having drawn names and created a customized gift for that friend/artist. Mini-art quilts, pillows, pin cushions, fabric sculptures and more are exchanged with appreciation, fun and love.

  20. Barbara Kampas says:

    I am currently quilting a Christmas tree skirt as a house warming/Christmas present for my daughter and her husband. A pleasure to make and a joy to give, knowing it will become part of their Christmas traditions.

  21. Janie McCombs says:

    I tend to give more handmade items on the holidays.

  22. Pat Bell says:

    The hanging of my Christmas quilts is a part of our holiday tradition. I love giving quilts for Christmas gifts.

  23. Tanya says:

    Quilted from the heart gifts go hand-in-hand with Christmas gift giving.

  24. Patricia Molinari says:

    Giving a quilt to someone is one of the best joys of the Christmas season and every year seeing the Christmas tree skirt under the tree which my Mom made many years ago. It’s just beautiful.

  25. Janet Schayer says:

    I get pure joy from making gifts for friends and family at Christmas. I’m doing artful potholders and coiled trivets. My quilt group consisting of 6 members made a quilted block for each of us. We are incorporating the blocks into a quilt which we will reveal at our holiday get-together.

  26. Donna Adams Conklin says:

    I love kimono, I have a collection of 18 vintage ones . I have no idea of the eras or details of each. I just know I loved the designs and techniques. A book like this would help me identify at least some of them. Next trip to PNW I’m heading to La Connor. I raised my kids for a while in Bothell, Arlington and Poulsbo. Beautiful areas.

  27. Sylvia says:

    I have made two litergicaladvent banners using classic quilt blocks as inspiration. They hang in the entrance of my church. Photos available upon request.

  28. Brooke Atherton says:

    I stitch while my husband bakes cookies for our children and grandchildren–they have everything they need in life except my mother-in-law’s cookie recipe.

  29. Janet Starr says:

    I have made several Christmas theme projects and have them displayed all over the house- quilt on the sofa, tree skirt, table runners, coverlets onbeds – ⭐️

  30. Lottie Smith says:

    Each year, I bring out traditionally pieced & quilted Christmas table linens to use on our table which always spur memories of holidays past. I, also, make a point to donate quilts I’ve produced during the year to a hospital; baby quilts go to the nursery, and large ones will be offered to terminally ill patients and/or their families.

  31. Evette Barry says:

    Wow, Patricia – what a wonderful give-away!
    For me Christmas and quilting seem to be stitched together. Besides displaying my treasures Christmas Klaus art quilt (among others), there is always my desire (need) to create quilted gifts for my most special people.
    Another art quilt finish today and those last minute quilted gifts will begin. Then I can cut for my very first ‘East Meets West’ Hatchi Manifesto quilt!

    Merry Christmas.

  32. Barbara Minton says:

    My quilting helps me with the stress of the Christmas season. Also, I actually manage to make a few presents to give to family.

  33. Chris Milo says:

    My love for quilting is reflected in our Christmas decor from the quilted tree skirt depicting Santa and his reindeer to the Japanese furoshiki used as a wall hanging showing Santa flying over Mt. Fuji.

  34. marlene barkley says:

    Christmas is a time to remember our family and friends, and a time to restore our family traditions. Just as the Japanese respect their past, so may we by doing the same

  35. Gaye Elder says:

    I love embroidery and do both sashiko and kogin stitching on Christmas presents for friends, and my collection of Japanese fabrics, both new and vintage, are a rich resource for my art quilts.

  36. JoAnne Pasqua says:

    Quilting is a relaxing form of art that you can give to others with a personal touch for each individual. It creates a memory for the recipient.

  37. Ann Darling says:

    My latest creation from a Japanese kimono hangs on the studio hook … amazing works of art from which to make other “works of art”! Such a volume belongs on my shelf!!!

  38. Lynn Kuehn says:

    The different fiber art projects I have made for the holidays add color and a little “softness” to my rooms. The tenga obi would add a new dimension .

  39. Runwita says:

    The intersection I’m experiencing is at the delicate crossing of the quest and celebration of the treasure revealed, Searching for the perfect quilting gift for the perfect quilting friends. The perfect treasures that can reflect the innate talents, learned skills, and attention to detail that can reflect their passions for the creative art form of quilting.

  40. Trudi Rammelkamp says:

    After I’ve finished my holiday sewing, I take my machine to the quilt shop for servicing. It’s nice to start the new year with a clean machine and I’m not tempted to sit down to sew when I could be doing a lot of things that need to be done. This doesn’t mean I stop cutting things out every now and then

  41. Hester Tinti says:

    Through the years I’ve made quilts, table runners, and wall hangings with Christmas themes. I have a wall hanging in blue Japanese fabrics with silver and white additions that is my version of the Star of Bethlehem, That goes on the wall each year. The deep reds and greens in table runners and placemats add to the traditional greens and holly .

  42. Sue O’Donnell says:

    The holidays always inspire me to create. Sometimes it’s a quilted gift or perhaps an ornament. The patterns of kimono show up quite often in my work.

  43. T. Chung says:

    Every day is a holiday with quilting!

  44. Katrine Eagling says:

    I’m always glad when the holidays are over. They get in my way of creating and sewing!

  45. Jamie S says:

    I made a quilted Christmas table runner that I’ve used for a few years now. In a perfect world, I would have lots of time (and better organizational skills), and everyone on my list would receive a completed quilt. Thanks.

  46. Paula Prominski says:

    I have several friends that share my enthusiasm for quilting. I will be attending parties to celebrate the holidays with 3 different groups of quilters. Although we come from many different backgrounds we find joy in our common love for quilts.

  47. Jeannie says:

    Christmas has always been about making since my first wonky knitted dishcloths to pair with the wonky woven hot pads. This year is making felted ball ornaments with my Great Nephews and teaching them to “embroider”. They are 3 & 6, so it has been fun to watch their creativity bloom.

  48. Janet in New Hampshire says:

    Handmade items are a must for Christmas gifts!

  49. Betty Vincent says:

    I have two kimonos that would love a obi and the book which is beautiful. I also some fabric to make up something for Christmas. Quilting is very inspiring and a book would help inspire new ideas

  50. Chris Chambers says:

    Making quilted totes for presents this year. Thank you for the giveaway. Happy Holidays to you all!

  51. Jackie says:

    I have not yet integrated my quilting into my family Christmas. As I have only been quilting for a few years and since my family began our Christmas traditions 51 years ago, we are a little stuck. However most of our ornaments are either German or Japanese as we lived in both countries when our family was younger.

  52. Pat Davies says:

    I have so many ideas for Christmas quilting and every year I say I will make the gifts all year so I am not rushed in December… Somehow or other that never happens and its a Mad rush to sew in between Xmas luncheons, parties and all that! Its really quite crazy… sometimes I succeed and sometimes I don’t! Happy Holidays!!! Lol!

  53. Debby Dodds says:

    How does your quilting passion intersect with your holiday celebrations? Decorating for the seasons includes bringing out quilts and textiles that enhance the colors and sensibility of every season. Using quilts in the decor simply enhances the feelings of texture, depth and color …. and gives us the opportunity to refresh. I love the memories that are part of each piece.

  54. Nan y Hower says:

    Quilting and Christmas are hand in hand from the gifts I make for my family to the tree decorations and wall hangings I keep for my self. I work on Christmas all year.

  55. Jean Condon says:

    I was going to say gift giving and then realized I have 2 Christmas themed wall quilts I hang, 2 sofa throw quilts and one Christmas themed bed sized quilt, so maybe decorating is a more appropriate response.

  56. Diane says:

    I love to quilt items for the holidays, but, I’m also a very practical person. I have made pot holders this year and it has been very enjoyable. I’ve always wanted to make mini quilts, so this is the perfect outlet.

  57. Kat Chapman says:

    I’m excited to have a little time to myself during the Winter break and spread out my sewing!

  58. ali from alabama says:

    My passion for quilting collides with giftgiving! Not sure all my gifts are received well but I do enjoy creating and giving them!

  59. Pat says:

    I often make small quilted gifts for the holidays.

  60. sandi Vadset says:

    I like all my quilting to do with Holidays!!!! love the table runners so I can change out the seasons! Also like small art quilts to hang on the wall.

  61. sandi Vadset says:

    I hit the button twice…. Sorry

  62. Susan Nixon says:

    Wow, what a beautiful gift, book and tenga obi! Thank you for the chances to win. My quilting intersects everything else in my life! I quilt gifts, donate quilted items, make wall hangings and other things to decorate my house, embroider things, make ornaments … there’s no end to the crossroads of my quilting and Christmas!

  63. Moira says:

    My quilting forms the basis of many of the gifts that I give over the holidays. To me there isn’t a bettter way to express my love for someone than to make something that is unique and tailored just to them.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  64. mzjohansen says:

    Oh! My gosh! What an amazing opportunity! What a glorious book! Lately, my interests (aside from ongoing large quilt projects) have centered around hand-work and experimenting with texture in hand embroidery. We don’t decorate much for the holidays, but I am close to completing a hand worked, embroidered, holiday tree project. Who was it that said “…no day is complete without needle and thread…”??! Wishing you and Victoria a joy-filled holiday and 2019!

  65. Mimi says:

    I love to make small quilted gifts for the holidays. It might be mini quilt ornaments, wine bags or a child size throw. People really appreciate them!

  66. Trudy says:

    This year I gave myself a ‘quilty’ gift: a class with Patricia on inserted curves. Wonderful Christmas gift if I must say so myself.

  67. Julia Bernstein says:

    Learning more of the heritage after seeing kimonos at the museums would be fabulous.

  68. Julia Bernstein says:

    After visiiting Japan, would loe to learn more of the quilt heritage.

  69. Karen Hillier says:

    I try to make all my Christmas giftsso my sewing and quilting abilities really help! Love the giveaway and your shop!

  70. Ellen Young says:

    I enjoy displaying the special Christmas quilted pieces that I have made over the years, especially the appliqued Grinch house wall hanging.

  71. Sylvia says:

    Used to go to TAKASHMAYA in Tokoyo in the 60’s to buy bargain yukata roles for about 1,00 yen, (about $3.00) in the basement. Sadly, when there a few yers go, no roles for sale now, anywhere.

  72. Kathie L says:

    I love to bring out my vintage red/green/and white quilts I have from my mum and grandmother to help me celebrate the season.

  73. Barbaraben says:

    if I ‘m not sewing Christmas gifts, I always plan to have some time piecing a project as this becomes my quiet getaway from the hectic holidays.

  74. Donna Pearce says:

    I spend many months before Christmas making ornaments then in December make them into finished pieces for my friends and family.

  75. Barbara Blunt says:

    Technically, I have a passion for your textiles more than quilting but I think the effect is the same as for many quilters – the holidays bring on MAD AMBITION!!

  76. Elizabeth Cooperrider says:

    I am trying to give every loved one a quilt for Christmas—or at least a rain check for a quilt. I love Japanese fabrics and Japanese art and crafts.

  77. Shirley Whitcomb says:

    I have a long list of grandchildren, great and great- great grandchildren (50) and each Christmas several get hand made quilts. My goal is to get one for each but the numbers keep growing.

  78. Judith McCabe says:

    The holiday season is a time to bring out those special textiles that may be to delicate for year round use. There are framed pieces as well as those that are used as a table runner or in other areas of the home. From ornaments to decorations, I love to use both paper and fabric quilting as part of our celebration.

  79. Celia Boland says:

    I contemplate gifting most of my quilts as I sew them, so it is natural that I mix my regular quilting with the Holidays. I love to think of the person I am making the quilt for as I piece and quilt. It is like sewing love into every piece. Whether it is combining the interests of the parents to be into a baby quilt or naming a new “circle” quilt Marrakesh Market because my sister in law just sent me a photo from her travels, I try to make each piece fit the recipient.

  80. Michelle D says:

    Pulling out any Holiday quilt, that is tucked away for the rest of the year, brings great memories and joy for me.

  81. Mary Holshouser says:

    This is a fabulous giveaway. I’ve always
    admired the kimono – the beautiful
    designs and colors. Being able to
    page through a book full of them
    would give me great pleasure.
    thanks for the chance.

    • Mary Holshouser says:

      I make greeting cards so I incorporate
      quilt designs into my cards. they
      provide a great background for
      the addition of other pieces – such
      as a Christmas tree or presents.

  82. Paula M Morgan says:

    Love unpacking previous years table runners, this year I made a Christmas quilt, and my granddaughters are coloring fabric to make their other Grandmother a Christmas table runner. If nothing else they will remember this grandma had a “thing” for fabric, (and whales!),

  83. Jerry Turner says:

    My holiday season is filled with potlucks. Each year I make several hot pads and give them to the hosts. This tradition has come to be known as the Happy Hot Pad Days gift.

  84. Nancy says:

    The first sign of Christmas in our home is when my Christmas Quilt appears on the family room wall!

  85. Trudi Sommerfield says:

    I love to make quilted “objects” for gifts – bed quilts, wall quilts, practical items like microwave bowl potholders, etc. So holiday time is the perfect time to give quilted gifts to some of my favorite people.

  86. Michiyo says:

    I have many Obi’s and never thought to turn them into a holiday gift, I am always looking for new and creative ideas.

  87. Terry Cullan says:

    I like to make Christmas wall hangings, stockings things like that.

  88. Lea Ferring says:

    I love Christmas themed quilts. My goal is to have one in each room of my house. If i would just finish 3 more quilts it would be goal accomplished!

  89. Victoria Stone says:

    My creative time is very limited during the holidays however I try to go to my studio for a bit of time 3 times a week. Looking forward to the quiet renewal times of the new year!

  90. Jo Tosh says:

    I love the Japanese fabrics and use them for table runners and mug rugs for gifts at Christmas time. They are so elegant looking and everyone loves getting them. I think the obi’s would be a beautiful addition to any of these projects. Thank you for the chance to win some and the wonderful book.

  91. Judy Murrett says:

    Christmas always brings out the quilter in me. Last year was for two tree skirts for my newly married children. This year has me sewing quilted bags for nieces and other dear friends.

  92. Pam Pontious says:

    I love to use Christmas themed runners and table covers, especially quilted ones. They feel so homey. The book looks fabulous. Thank you for the wonderful giveaways this month.

  93. Patricia Welsh says:

    Love your creative style. Please keep them coming. Fun to use for our two GGranddaughters special projects.
    What a treat to win one of the books or fabric..

  94. Carol Graeber says:

    What a wonderful book. For lucky people will have it to inspire them through the years. I’ve been cooking since 1972. My latest became a viewers choice, best piecing and first placed at our guild show in June. It consisted of more than 5700 half-inch hexagons. The piece was all hand pieced, appliquéd and quilted. I have an antique Obi I purchased years ago. I consider it one of my precious fines. Hope I win this great treasure you are giving away. Christmas is a special time to share my talents with my family by making them a gift every year to celebrate the season.

  95. Michele Wise says:

    Christmas season gets in the way of making things. I love to revisit the quilts I hang for the holidays. Some of them I have not seen for awhile as the pile can get big. I love everything Japan does with their quilts and other quilted items. Thanks for the giveaway.

  96. spierssusan says:

    What an amazing giveaway! Love, love the Japanese fabrics & makes! Thank you, Susan

  97. Diane Richter says:

    One of the first quilts I made was a Christmas themed wall quilt for my parents. Sadly, they are no longer with me, but I hang the quilt each Christmas, and remember the happy celebrations I had with them.

  98. Sarah says:

    This year I’ve made snowman banners for each of my children. So fun!

  99. Margaret Hartley says:

    The quilt made from my grandmother’s Dresden Plate squares

  100. Charlene Cuhaciyan says:

    OMG! These obi’s are beautiful. I couldn’t help but wonder how I could use them on a quilt…appliqué? Stunning.

  101. CHARLOTTE KEY says:

    I usually have to get all the sewing projects and gifts done early so that I can get my house cleaned for visiting family.

  102. Alex Norman says:

    It’s not usually limited to quilts, but I love gifting handsewn gifts to friends and family members for the holidays!

  103. Suzanne Pritchard says:

    Quilts decorate our home each year at Christmas and I enjoy what each one adds to the decor and the holiday feel of our home.

  104. Drew Betz says:

    I love to bring out my solstice and holiday quilts to decorate and honor the season. I have a favorite table quilt that comes out only during the Winter Holidays. It makes it more special.

  105. Pam Durant says:

    Short on cash, I usually give something Quilty to friends. One year my sister took me aside to chide me that the gift I’d given her daughter didn’t meet the $25 dollar minimum. I had to shake my head. Yes the heating pad was only $15, but it was covered with a deep dish looking pizza Quilty that I had paid for special fabric, a pattern, driven to another town and paid to take a class to learn how to do it. There’s always those that “get” it and those who don’t. Thanks for this offer.

  106. Rosemary says:

    Unfortunately, my quilting life has been on hiatus since my 19 month old granddaughter was born. While I have made a quilt for her, I am now making the sixth sleep sack for her because she kicks off her covers at night, waking up her parents. I have saved some vintage Japanese fabric to make a jacket for her when her sizes don’t change every month. She loves the clothes I make for her, so that’s what I’m involved in right now.

  107. Penny Dominici says:

    I get to pull out my table runners during the holidays. Every year I make some quilted gift for friends and keep one for myself as well. Then once a year, I put them out and think of all the family and friends I shared my quilty treasures with.

  108. Lilly Logan says:

    This year my hardest quilting challenge was for my daughter-in-Love. I’m a Modern quilter, her vision for a tree skirt was a train and cars filled with animals and presents all the way around the outer edge. Lots of negative space along with very precise train. I learned so much about her, as each train car came to life with her input 2,000 miles away. She has a new found appreciation for solids. Did I light her fabric candle with this joint venture? I’ll find out when we go to visit next week.

    • Sonia Brathwaite says:

      I enjoy making small gifts such as placemats, wall hangings, and bags to give as gifts over the holidays. My family and friends love receiving a handmade gift.

  109. Janice Zahnzinger says:

    I dont do much during holiday season. I put away till after. I still watch websites to keep learning.

  110. Amy Menges says:

    I quilt simple garments, like kimono jackets. These become Christmas gifts for family and friends. Sharing of ourselves is the best gift, and I’m glad sewing gives me an opportunity to do just that.

  111. Judith says:

    Red and green quilts, table toppers, mug rugs are scattered through out the house over the holidays. Now they are also being scattered through out my children’s homes!

  112. Rebecca Grant says:

    I give quilts to family at Christmas, I ask for quilt related gifts for myself and I decorate with Christmas themed quilts.

  113. Gale W.S. says:

    I enjoy hanging my Christmas quilts every year and have a variety of other handmade decorations including many counted-thread pieces.

  114. Rafaelita Chavez says:

    I plan to give my two sons aChristmas themed quilt . I am currently making our guild mystery quilt in Jenny Byers red and green “vintage” fabrics from my stash

  115. As each quilt I possess was a gift, six generations of quilters in my family are connected by the threads contained within them. That is how my quilting is inspired by holiday traditions.

  116. Deborah Donaldson says:

    I am in the process of making quilted Christmas wall hangings, tree skirts and placemats for my daughters…purple colors for my oldest, red and black and silver for my youngest and silver and blue and white for my hanai granddaughter…

  117. Marilynn Dondero-Rich says:

    Tuesday was the Evergreen Quilter’s Christmas party that I planned and hosted. We had 36 in attendance and a great time was had by all. . To see pictures you can visit our website We have 3 parties a year as well as meet weekly. Patricia, hope you do not mind my post!? We have a quilt show next year in Ferndale up by Bellingham.

  118. Terrie says:

    Looks to be a lovely book I’d love to win! I use my Asian fabrics to make mug rugs, small quilts and table runners for my sisters and sister-in-laws for year round occasions. None of them are quilters but do appreciate all the handmade gifts I designed and stitch for them. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  119. Marcy Polsky says:

    My quilting passion affords me the quiet time and respite from the busy family and friend gatherings, baking, and cooking that I embrace. It is calming, soothing, like taking a warm bath with candles aglow. I often light scented candles in my studio. My studio is my daughter’s bedroom and I know that she would be proud that I use her space as a craft center. She died almost 10 years ago at age 22 from Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She was an art major at San Francisco State University.

  120. Cindy Brouillard says:

    At Xmas time I dig out all my red and green quilts to display around the house. In the kitchen I have all my red and green Mas potholders on display. They come from a potholder exchange at our quild’s Xmas party. My tree in the kitchen has many small quilted ornaments.

  121. LaVaughn Bye says:

    The members of (one of) my quilt groups gathers here on the Thursday before Christmas. We stitch a bit, show off what we’ve done in the past month, then have a soup supper before wrapping last-minute gifts, some of them quilts!

  122. Karen Shanower says:

    Christmas weather and warm quilts with foot warmers partner at my house.

  123. Teri says:

    I love to make quilts and quilted gifts and decorations at Christmas especially for family and friends.

  124. Nancy erickson says:

    This looks like a beautiful book. I’ve always loved Japenese art and facinated by the beauty of every unique kimono. I would love to quilt with some Japanese kimono fabric.

  125. Christi says:

    I make lots of Christmas quilts and runner.

  126. Christi says:

    I make lots of Christmas quilts and runners.

  127. Lois Stewart says:

    I love making gifts and items for bazaars. My love of quilting shows on my tree skirt. But my main custom is my Jim Shore nativity. For over 15 years this has been the focus of my decorations along with several of his Angel’s. For those not familiar with him, on several of his collections, there are quilts on the clothing on his figures.

  128. Shannon Fradette says:

    I never get around to sewing for holiday gifts. I’m generally several seasons behind in my gifting because I longarm quilt for others. I enjoy seeing all of the wonderful quilts others are making though!

  129. Marsha Smith says:

    I’m doing a little hand sewing. So relaxing during this busy season. Lovely praises in this giveaway.

  130. marty says:

    quilting can be furthered in small bits of time during a busy season. It fits right in.

  131. Barbara Diaczynsky says:

    I like Japanes fabric

    • Rhonda H says:

      My quilting and sewing time give me a respite from the excitement of the season. It’s my Quiet time to reflect and think about all the possibilities of the new year.

  132. Janet Hasselblad says:

    I’ve been making quilts and pillowcases for my friends and family. Just for fun I’ve made a few that are holiday themed, but usually I gravitate towards the giftee’s personal favorite colors. The obi and book look beautiful!

  133. Kathy S says:

    My fabric leftovers, even small scraps, are ideal for collaging cards for the holidays.

  134. Kristin Freeman says:

    What beautiful books..would love to be one of the four fortunate winners

  135. Carol Young says:

    I am fortunate to have relatives in Japan thus I received a lovely box of fabrics for Christmas.

  136. Ruth Cole says:

    What a prized possession this would make. Asian fabrics and are fascinate me. Thank you for the opportunity to win this wonderful book. Ruth C

  137. Carol Young says:

    I have a lovely package of Japanese fabrics from relatives in Japan for Christmas.

  138. CAROLINE ROHRER says:

    Beautiful book. I would share it to my daughter who studied in Japan while in college & high school.

  139. sally robinson says:

    I’m celebrating by making kantha stitched hand towels for gifts. I wanted to experience the work that goes into something totally hand stitched in that tradition & knowing I was going to give it away felt good.

  140. Julie T says:

    This year I made pillowcases for my grandchildren. Usually the way quilting intersects with CHristmas, is that I have more time to sew, and buy fabric on sale for future quilts. I love kimonos! Thank you and Merry Christmas.

  141. Kelli Hinatsu says:

    I’ve made quilted themed Christmas stockings for each of my children and now am making them for my children-in-laws. I can’t wait to make them for grandchildren someday!

  142. dustyhuxford says:

    Quilting for the holidays is all about gifts for friends and family. The Kimono book is lovely. Thanks for sharing this as I will add this book to my list for purchasing. Having lived in Japan this book would bring good memories back from our time there. Thank you for sharing. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  143. Nancy Dulaney says:

    Makes it hard for me to decide what I am giving and what is for me!

  144. teri says:

    Quilted placemats are a wonderful way to try a new technique. They make great Christmas gifts.

  145. suzanne guthrie says:

    The intersection of quilting and holiday occurs with the word tradition, as several of my holiday decorations are quilt blocks. there are several family members who have taken up textile-related activities, the resultant conversations and sharing results in a new dose of inspiration for the year ahead.

  146. Kathy A says:

    I do tend to make a lot of my gifts. This year I made quilts and pillowcases for my grandsons’ new bunkbeds, 20 quilted ornaments for the giving tree at the community theatre and machine embroidered tree ornaments for the grands and hostess gifts. Lots and lots of sewing going on around here. I would love to have one of the books. My grandmother’s kimono is hanging in our foyer and several obis grace the tables in the dining room.

  147. Barbara Anne Gans says:

    Most all of my gifts are hand made. I work and plan year round to find the appropriate patterns and fabrics for each person on my gift list.

  148. kathryn Glowen says:

    I’m a fiber artist and I have used many discarded kimono fabrics from others left over
    pieces. The beautiful work inside the kimono is almost as beautiful as the outside I like to take the little squares put to reinforce some areas and use them in collages and other art. Nothing is ever wasted. I love this website it is so educational, thanks Kathy

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  150. Rosemary Newman says:

    I bring out all of my mom’s red and white quilts for the holidays.

  151. Ann Hudson says:

    I always make small quilted gifts for friends. This year I made several small quilted zip bags made from vintage kimono scraps and added some embroidery with silk threads. The book would be a lovely read for the new year! Thank you for the opportunity to win it. Seasons greetings to you & family, and a blessed new year!

  152. Carol Kuse says:

    Like anything else in life. Sometimes they mesh quite well starting the first of the new year, and sometimes they wouldn’t be caught dead in the same house with each other. But it’s always neat to see which year we are living in now.

  153. Janet says:

    I have made several Christmas quilts for my beds & wall hangings, Halloween wall hangings, as well as fall quilts for my beds. Still working on quilts for other seasons, other holidays.

  154. Barbara Hancock says:

    Christmas would not be Christmas without the quilted items my mother left for us and those I have made through the years. I have table runners, pillows, wall quilts and bed quilts displayed throughout the house. Each piece brings memories of the person who made it and the love to retell the stories of how it was made for or selected for each recipient. Quilting goes with all of life’s events and holidays.

  155. Sue Kersey says:

    Wow, I would love the Kimono book, it just looks wonderful!! This would be the best Christmas gift ever.

  156. LOLLY SCHIFFMAN says:

    My Christmas quilting indulgence will be a little late this season. In January I will visit Japan for three weeks. The Tokyo quilt festival and powder skiing on Hokkaido. Quilting and skiing, does it get much better than that?

  157. Cheryl Brown says:

    I make a quilt for one family member each year for Christmas. Time to start a new round.

  158. diane says:

    i make all sorts of gifts for the holidays for those fine folks who have helped me throughout the year and are very deserving of my special talent.

  159. Jan Delorey-Lytle says:

    Beautiful book and stunning fabrics.

  160. Mary Willis says:

    My quilting and Christmas intersect with at least one or two quilts made as gifts for family, and other sewn gifts. I love the season.

  161. Mary Rowin says:

    Holiday celebrations and quilting intersect when I have stitched a gift for someone. A hand made gift is truly a Christmas treasure!

  162. Bunnie Jordan says:

    Quilts are the major element in my Christmas holiday decorations, from ornaments on the tree to table runner and wallhanging (just finishing the binding now) in the dining area. In addition there are quilted pillows on the couch and antique red and green quilts on a ladder and sometimes, even a gift or two. No matter the holiday the decor here is textile/quilt oriented.
    PS. Loved visiting Arise when they were in Takoma Park

  163. Carolyn Wolf says:

    My quilting passion does not understand the limits of the time/space continuum, and therefore my holiday “create” list is always way longer than my good intentions can possibly accomplish! It’s fun to try though…

  164. Lily Kamikihara says:

    This year I started making table runners to celebrate the different holidays. I am also sewing small gifts for my friends.

  165. Grace Cannon says:

    Even the smallest quilted piece is a Christmas gift that will be treasured for years.

  166. Sarah Sheckells says:

    Sewing at this time of the year is pretty special; the fabrics, the holiday decorations you can create to make memories, seeing the excitement in the recipients faces when they see what you made for them. I love having those handmade items to decorate with and inspire others!

  167. Karen Smith says:

    I made pieced holiday themed pillow covers as gifts for friends this year.

  168. Kathy Pitts says:

    I make Christmas themed gifts, and also give quilts as gifts to my family.

    • Gabrielle Ryan says:

      I make gifts such as tree skirts for my adult children and decorate with the Christmas quilts I have made over the years.

  169. Julie S. says:

    In December my bed is covered with two red, green and white holiday quilts. I hang Victorian quilted and embroidered Christmas stockings up for Santa to fill. I make gift bags from holiday fabric and sometimes add hand made tags or ornaments. Fabric plays a big part in the holiday festivities, making everything merrier!

  170. Teresa Ruch says:

    I am using pieces of kimino fabrics that I have collect to make pieced scarves for my family and friends. I love Japanese fabric designs. Next is boro

  171. carol Denning says:

    we hang the stockings my sister stitched 20 years ago and I try to put in a handmade object each year….sometimes a hemmed napkin or a simple ribbon tied pouch is what gets “counted”. Thanks for the chance to win!

  172. Vivian Roop says:

    Our quilt group gathers for a lunch and gift exchange. We can never get enough of each others holiday quilts and ideas we share. More than just these articles we share, its our past years together and remembering all the quilting stories that bring us together.

  173. Susan Lynn says:

    My passion right now is quilting so everyone I know get something made from me!

  174. Laura F. says:

    I quilt Christmas stockings and table runners to give away every year.

  175. Catherine Erlanger says:

    Christmas and my love of quilting intersected this year in a great way for my three great grandsons (brothers, ages 5 to 16 mos.). At our guild’s fall Quilt Show I found a “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” quilt & a “Three Bears” wall hanging to purchase. Packed separately, each quilt is folded around a child’s board book — “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” & “The Three Little Bears”. Also in the box to FL is a special bear for each.

  176. Lydia Reading says:

    the many little christmas ornaments, felt poinsettia pins for each of my lovely female family members, a cherished christmas tablecloth given to my by my mother from Bermuda overlaying the family table, the carefully hooked christmas rug given to me by my 93 year old mother-in-law that delights her every year she sees it brought out….my family members know my quilting passion and feed it with their happy gifts and mine to them too.

  177. Jean Bailey says:

    I made a large Nativity Banner for my church, collaborating with a friend. We started designing it in June and finished quilting it in December. We will hang it in the sanctuary on Saturday Dec 15 for the Christmas Cantata on Sunday. It was such a joy to collaborate and to contemplate Christ’s birth while working on this piece.

  178. Tesi Vaara says:

    I plan on being in the studio on Christmas Day!

  179. Ruth Smith says:

    I am currently making a queen size quilt for my husband for our anniversary/Christmas holiday, equilateral triangles in solids. This was started at a retreat with my quilt guild here in Santa Cruz,CA (where you’ll be visiting soon!), and I’m hoping to have it pieced and quilted in two weeks! Thanks for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!

  180. Susan Kelley says:

    The book looks most interesting. The Obi ‘s I have seen have been beautiful.

  181. Karen price says:

    I decorate with my Christmas quilts and some people get quilted presents.

  182. Kris Koponen says:

    Our family arrived home from Japan just a short 4 weeks ago. A life time dream to experience our familes heritage, and take in all the magic of Japan!
    Seeing all the BEAUTIFUL kimonos in museums, and on Kyoto streets made my love of kimonos and Japanese textiles soared to new heights!
    Even though it is so close to the holidays, since our return, I still wanted to share a little of our journey, my love of Japanese fabrics and also something I made myself with family and friends. So I decided to piece together small scraps of Yukata prints in unusual patterns to make hashi (chopstick) covers for the hashis I brought home from Japan. I hope during the holidays they all enjoy a good meal with their hashi’s and ponder the magic of family, friends and of Japan!

  183. Janet McDonald says:

    My 29-year-old son wants to make a Violet Craft wolf quilt. I taught him foundation piecing when visiting him for Thanksgiving. When he is “home” for Christmas he will get started on the real thing.

  184. Barbara Colvin says:

    I don’t have any quilted objects that relate to the winter holidays, but my passion for fabric is definitely present. Simple table toppers and tablecloths made from holiday themed fabrics. Embroidery embellished fabric ornaments and door hangers, too. I have several saved patterns for quilts, wall hangings, and pillow slips that I hope to add to my Christmas decor–someday.

  185. Kathleen Flanagan says:

    Every Christmas we pick a name among our family and get one gift. Mine is always a quilt!

  186. Nan Jorgensen says:

    Each day of my life is enriched by the textiles, piecing, quilting, and creativity of the cultures and peoples of our world. The holidays encourage me to use what I have learned, seen, experienced, and has ‘filled me up’ during the year. Output can be a pieced pillowcase and throw for a great nephew’s naps, a quilted vest for myself for parties, quilt appliqued sweatshirts for my 100 year old Dad, or maybe all three+ !!

  187. Deb Spangler says:

    I love all the Christmas gifts that are handmade with love.

  188. Pam Cope says:

    I love making handmade gifts for Christmas, and decorations with all my Christmas quilts.

  189. David Owen Hastings says:

    The holidays always kick-start my creative brain: what can I make for lots of people I love, that will be fairly quick and easy? This year, I’m making quilted eyeglasses cases, using a quilt-as-you-go method and a snap-purse closure, made from ordinary metal measuring tape. They are turning out great, and are a fun way to use all those precious kimono fabrics I’ve collected.

  190. Ellen Miller says:

    It’s fun to sew surprise gifts for other people; quilting a small detail adds an extra bit to my gifts.

  191. David Kish says:

    Placing a beautiful pieced & quilted table runner on my table for all my holiday guests to enjoy.

  192. Wendy says:

    I have been making Christmas gifts: microwave bowls, Hot mitts, and Christmas door hangers. When these are finished, I’ll sew more stip pieced blocks for a Christmas quilt that I started last year.

  193. Alison A Cutler says:

    I usually end up making at least one quilt as a gift. This year I made quilted Christmas stockings for all my adult children and grandchildren!

  194. Judith Lawrance says:

    Nothing ecpresses love any better than a beautiful , warm, snuggly quilt especially made for a person one cares for makes a more perfect Christmas gift!!!

  195. Pamela V says:

    Still very much a beginner… I’m hoping to use some of the holiday time to put together a Boro-inspired quilt using Blair Stocker’s book and recent stitch-along. I have some kimono pieces that will be incorporated into the top. Thanks so much for this giveaway.

  196. Susan A says:

    I try to take a small break from. Quilting during the holidays… but I always have a sashiko or other embroidery project ready for any empty afternoons

  197. Mary Ann Nailos says:

    I have several gift giving occasions with friends. I choose to give handmade quilted gifts instead of store bought to share my passion and show them how much they mean to me.
    Mary An

  198. Cindy Chock says:

    For me, the holidays mean handmade gifts. This year I am inspired by the yukata and kimono fabrics to make handbags. My yukata stash is growing and next year I will embark on a quilt.

  199. Alice Dyer says:

    Quilting is such a large part of my holiday celebration ranging from a tree decorated with ornaments from my 3 trips to Japan, to embroidered ornaments such as snowflakes that I put in each of my Christmas cards; to quilts <both large and small, as gifts for family members.
    Love my Japanese ornaments….. enjoy tea and cookies with memories of Japan.

  200. Judith McGinty says:

    Social and family expectations to participate in holiday activities (decorating, baking, socializing), interfere with my quilting time! Bah humbug?

  201. Marty says:

    Each year I design and make a new quilted ornament. I am so excited to see them each year when I hang them on my tree. They bring back memories and make me happy.

  202. Victoria Skidmore says:

    Christmas gifts for me are more cherished if they’re handmade so I work all year to create a beautiful heirloom gift for each of my 5 children and 7 grandchildren so far. This year it’s 4 quilts (2 of which are Japanese designs cause I love the beauty of anything Japanese, as do those who are receiving them), 2 knitted afghans, 3 cross stitched pieces, 1 quilted pillow, and two baby sweaters with Santa hats.
    Goodness, can’t believe that all happened this year!
    All this intersects at Christmas time in the giving of my gifts of love to those I love. Christmas is about love.

  203. Elaine M says:

    I just finished a Christmas table runner for my friend. We had lunch on Thursday and I gave it to her. We had a lovely lunch at TASTE at SAM. She will be able to use it to decorate this year! The kimono book looks spectacular!

  204. Del Thomas says:

    Christmas quilts and Christmas like quilts decorate the walls. Treasured handmade fiber ornaments decorate a tree.

  205. Theresa Blocker says:

    Keeping the family tradition going strong. Quilting at Christmas time with my daughters. After all, everyone in the family needs a quilt!

  206. Sarah says:

    As usual, I’m trying to make a few Christmas gifts for loved ones but for some reason the clock is ticking faster this year and I’m not getting as much finished. I really like the idea of using an obi as a table runner, lovely way to see the piece without having to cut it up.

  207. Mary DeRay says:

    I use leftover yukata, sashiko, and other beutiful Christmas fabrics to make simple table mats and bell pulls to give away at Christmas time. I give these to unsuspecting contacts ….waitresses, nursing home residents, acquaintances at church, friends, some new, some I havn’t seen in ages. To see their surprise and warm smiles is a gift to myself! Oh, a few go to Japan House at Univ. Of IL for their holiday bazaar…. ( Try to keep a few in my car )

  208. lee says:

    I attempt to put a little stitching or quilting into most of my holiday gifts! Even if it is only a bookmark to gift w/ a book. What a lovely book this looks like and thank you for a chance to win! Wishing all a happy Holiday season!

  209. Carol Williams says:

    I made the most beautiful Christmas Tree Skirt. I get to enjoy it every Christmas. It has become a family tradition to put around the tree and set the presents on it.

  210. Ann Ouellette says:

    The intersection looks different each year. Last year I made gifts for everyone. This year I had a big quilting project due on Dec. 9th, and have taken a break since then (although I did complete a major stash/supply organization studio looks so good!). And for Christmas I received your book which will provide inspiration for next year. Everything is part of the cycle!

  211. Michele Beasley Maloney says:

    I use the holidays to incentivize myself to finish works in progress! Finished my daughter’s high school graduation quilt in time for Christmas (*well, almost–still have to whip stitch the front of the binding).