Category Archives: Japan

Free Pattern – Kimmidoll Yuna

This week’s Exclusive eQuilter Free Pattern features the latest version of the wildly popular Kimmidoll designs – the adorable Japanese kimono doll with coordinating Lotus Flowers and Dragonflies. This quilt design uses a clever Asian geometric design, setting dolls and … Continue reading

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Creative Nudge – Japanese Mola Master

We had SO much fun this weekend at our Bernina Sewapalooza. We had 51 people (50 ladies and one husband) and 34 machines packed into our new classroom. It was Awesome! Stay tuned for future workshops and creative retreats….to be … Continue reading

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Creative Nudge – Taupe – An Appreciation

During my recent trip to the Tokyo Quilt Festival, I noticed 2 big trends: 1. More Bright Colors (less Taupe & Indigo) 2. More Machine Quilting (less hand-stitching) These trends are just comparing to what I’ve seen over the last … Continue reading

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Creative Nudge – Tokyo Florals

Yes! I am back from the Tokyo Quilt Festival! Wow, things have really changed over the years that I’ve been traveling to photograph this show. In the beginning there was so much Indigo and Taupe, and it launched a trend … Continue reading

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Hello from Tokyo

Tonight I am writing you from Tokyo, before I fly home tomorrow. I’ve had a short trip here, to photograph the Quilt Festival at the Tokyo Dome. I have continued to visit this show every year, because the Japanese quilts … Continue reading

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Creative Nudge – Spanish Tiles & Kaleidoscopes

When you read this newsletter, I will have just landed at Narita Airport outside of Tokyo, and will probably be on the long bus ride into town. I am on my way to the Tokyo Quilt Festival, and yes, I … Continue reading

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Creative Nudge – Wisteria Maiden

Tonight I am writing to you from the Chicago area, where I am attending the BERNINA Ambassador Reunion. Every year this very special group of teachers and artists gather to network and play/learn on our favorite sewing machines. I always … Continue reading

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Free Pattern – Flights of Fancy

This delightful Asian-themed FREE QUILT PATTERN is based on the designs of one of our alltime favorite designers – Ro Gregg. Over the years Ro has put out a consistently beautiful body of work, and we love how this Jewelbox … Continue reading

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Free Pattern – Michiko Geisha Dance

This week’s Free Quilt Pattern features graceful Geishas in a swirl of cherry blossoms with orchids, parasols and cranes, floating on a river of springtime color. Brilliant waves, floral blossoms and wisteria columns add to the richness and detail of … Continue reading

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Creative Nudge – Houses and Neighborhoods

Larger trends in Home Dec, Graphic Design and Fashion often make their way to the quilt fabric designs in our industry, and also to the quilts themselves. This image collage features a House-themed detail from a Japanese quilt, as seen … Continue reading

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