Photos from Tokyo Quilt Festival 2012

The flickr photostream of Be*mused includes over 380 photos from the 2012 Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival.

One beautiful example is Shining Town by Masako Katou. (It doesn’t look like Be*mused has licensed the photos for sharing, so all I can do is include the link.) This quilt is a spiral design of scrappy houses and trees, with small yellow flowers on the interior scalloped border, and an outer scrappy/modern piano key border. The primary color scheme is blues and greens. I wish I could display it! It’s amazing to think of the hours that Masako put into the quilt. (Here’s the full-sized version, so you can see the detail up close.)

I encourage you to view some of the photos, and hope that you enjoy the stunning work as much as I did. Thank you to Dottie for this link!


The Quilt Show is Coming!

I drove by the Torrance Cultural Arts Center on Sunday morning and was delighted to see the marquee announcing next weekend’s annual Quilt Show! There’s so much to see. We’d love to have you come and enjoy the show with us, including:

I want to mention the wonderful vendors who will be joining us. I’m always eager to see what new fabrics and patterns and notions they bring!

Betty’s Photos On Fabric
PO Box 930
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701

Cindy’s Fabric Shack

Crafts by Jean
14124 Desert Rose St
Hesperia, CA 92344

Cranberry Quiltworks
3810 Prospect Ave Unit A
Yorba Linda, California 92886

Dee’s Designs
Fontana, CA

Dragon Lady Quilts
PO Box 6305
Oceanside, CA 92052

Elkhorn Quilt Company
2244 N Hunt Circle
Mesa, AZ 85203

Fabulous Fabrics
11300 Maverick Drive
Weldon, CA 93283

Kalimba Soundz
1060 Winter Ct
Tracy, CA 95376

Luella’s Quilt Basket
1512 Aviation Blvd
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

1323 El Prado Ave
Torrance, CA 90501

O’rajess Creations
12830 6th St #66
Yucaipa, CA 92399

Pegboard Highway
Marina Del Rey, CA

Rusty Crow Quilt Shop
6949 Elfin Oaks Road
Elfin Forest, CA 92029

Sew EZ Quilting
3254 Reese Lane
Gardnerville, NV 89410

Sewing Arts Center
3330 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Sweet Comfort
PO Box 27898
Santa Ana, CA 92799

The Batty Lady
1831 Lexington Drive
Corona, CA 92880

The Fabric Quarter
Santa Barbara, CA

The Quilt Attic
106 Bridge St
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

The Quilt Cupboard
11891 Valley View
Garden Grove, CA 92845

We look forward to seeing you next weekend!


Bowers Museum Quilt Faire

I received the following information from the Bowers Museum about their upcoming event. First, some information on the quilt faire, and second, an opportunity for quilting vendors.

Quilt Faire:

The Bowers Museum is proud to showcase the art of quilting in its contemporary forms with our Quilt Faire weekend. Browse the colorful, detailed works of local quilters and take a piece of the beauty home with you! Also, please check out our Quilts special events held in conjunction with the faire.

Lecture: Saturday, November 13, 2010
Keepin’ ‘Em in Stitches: America’s Funniest Quilts
Julie Silber, quilt curator and historian, reveals the hilarious anecdotes behind some 19th and 20th century quilts.

Film: Sunday, November 14, 2010
Hearts & Hands: 19th Century Women and their Quilts
Highlights women’s greatest achievements in textiles during major historic events of the 1800s.

Saturday and Sunday
November 13 and 14, 2010
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
John M. Lee Court
Admission: Free; Does not include admission to the museum or special events
For more information please call 714-567-3677

Vendor Opportunity:

The Bowers Museum is proud to host a Quilt Faire on Saturday & Sunday, November 13 & 14, 2010 held in conjunction with our current exhibit, Quilts: Two Centuries of American Tradition and Technique.

We are currently looking for creative local quilters to serve as vendors for the faire. The weekend events will include quilt sales, demonstrations, hands-on projects, a lecture and film screening.

For more information, please click here to download the Bowers Museum Quilt Faire informational flyer.

To apply, please click here to download and fill out the application and return to the Bowers Museum Education Department at no later than September 10, 2010.

If you have any questions please call 714-567-3677 or email

We look forward to your participation in this wonderful event!

Thank you,

Nancy Warzer-Brady
Vice President of Education

Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706

A Colorful Festival in Long Beach – part 2

Have you ever looked at a quilt exhibit, had a sudden vision of something you wanted to make, and raced back to a vendor to purchase the necessary items? I’m sure that happened for some of us attending the Long Beach International Quilt Festival this past weekend.

This post is the second half of some show highlights (read part 1 here). The exhibits included a wide variety of quilts on display and for sale, as well as for our inspiration. Here are some of the quilts that I was able to capture. (The quilt name and artist are given for each quilt.)

“Beyond City Light” by Sally Atkinson

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“Down Olive Way” by Maureen L Ashlock

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“Early Indigo Coverlet with Trapunto” (quiltmaker unknown)

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“Forest Symphony” by Sandra E Lauterbach

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“Grape Hyacinth” by Margo Fiddes

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“Hibiscus in Dappled Light” by Marianne R Williamson

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“Indigo Ohio Stars” by Vicki Mangum

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“My Quilt Room” by Yasuko Ito and Oharibako

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“My Stash at 50 (aka Log Cabin with an Attitude)” by Karen Eckmeier

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“Orcas of the Pacific” by Kathleen Carter

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“Pineapple Daiquari” by Rellajeanne W Cook

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“Pineapple Leftovers” by Jo Garvin

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“Pineapple Scrap Salad” by Jean Ann Wright

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“Pursonal Passion” by Sandra E Lauterbach

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“Silk Stars” by Mary Mern

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“Spring Field” by Akiko Kawata

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“The White City” by Zvia Strahilevitz-Klein

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“Three Roses” by Charlotte Hickman

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“Trellis of Red Flowers” by Deborah Kemball

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Aren’t those beautiful? And there were so many more, all with incredible detail. I found it to be a calm and peaceful part of the day when looking at the quilts, studying the techniques, trying to figure out “how did they do that?” and marveling at the color and composition. My skills are not nearly that accomplished, but I do feel encouraged to try something new. Trusting that the show also sparked your creativity, what are you planning to try? Please do share with us here or on Facebook!

Dottie found out for us that the Festival will be returning to Long Beach for at least three more years. Until the next event, may you all find time to turn your dreams into tangible creations. Happy quilting!

A Colorful Festival in Long Beach – part 1

What would you consider the highlights of the Long Beach International Quilt Festival? Shopping? Friendship? New products? All of the above?? I had a great time on Saturday, and snapped a few photos to share. Here’s a glimpse into my impression of the event. Along with some quotes (in bold) that were overheard and brought a smile to my face.

I usually dread long lines, but then lines aren’t too long when time is spent chatting with friends.

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In no time at all the ocean waves carried a sea of shoppers to the exhibit floor. (I couldn’t resist!)

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“I saw what a difference it made for my daughter and granddaughter to receive that quilt in the hospital. So it inspired me to make as many charity quilts as I could.”


There are so many beautiful colors in the world, just waiting for us to create. And vendors always have them arranged for our easy access. Look at the wonderful selection:

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“My stash? I’ll have to live to 200 to use it up.”


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A number of different fabric types and styles were available, from Batik,

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and colorful florals.

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“Our husbands think we’re crazy. We just tell them, ok, let’s look at your hobbies!”


More gorgeous, inspiring color was seen in the embellishments:


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“This show is better than last year!”


Some of the patterns available were backpack and purse patterns


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and Cathedral Windows.


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A number of products seemed new to me! Some very ingenious ideas. A design wall that rolls-up for storage.


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Another that is collapsible and portable.


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A magnetic, invisible quilt holder.


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A project storage box to replace the pizza boxes.


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And acrylic clocks, clipboards, wall hangers, and cups that display your quilt blocks.


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Busy booths,



“Oh, now I’ve lost my Mother. I swear I’m going to put a GPS tracker on her.”


and classes,


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and vendor demos kept us busy.


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After a day of shopping, taking pictures, and talking with vendors and fellow quilters, it was time to return home with new purchases and inspiration.


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Tomorrow I’ll post pictures of the quilt exhibits. Antique, art and traditional, colorful. Until then, I’m eager to start my backpack. What’s the first project you’re going to work on?