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!


Traveling Quilters – Seven Sisters Show

This is a guest post by Pam Overton, our Guild President.

Last weekend the Traveling Quilters headed north to the Seven Sisters Quilt Show. If you haven’t been to that show, you should really mark your calendar to attend next year. It makes for a great weekend trip! We didn’t visit Hearst Castle this time, but have you ever been there for an evening tour? A must! From April through September (I think) they have docents there on the weekends that dress in period costume. You can chat with them but remember that they are always in character. The conversation will be centered around something going on in the 30’s! The lamps are lit, the garden walkways are lit. It’s just magical! Take the tour that will have you driving up the hill just before sunset!

Back to the show . . . .There were 50 vendors there and lots of wonderful quilts. Many of the vendors were from Northern California or Central California so we don’t see them at our local shows.

We stopped at a few shops along the way too! Quilters Studio in Newbury Park has a wonderful selection of fabric – Kaffe Fassett, Alexander Henry, batiks, and much more. Sadly the Treasure Hunt (a favorite of mine) is closing in June so we didn’t stop there. The The Creation Station in Buellton is also fun. Lots of “theme” fabrics and it’s just a fun place to shop. Dawn and Patrick are so clever in how they display merchandise. The notions, for example, are displayed on old ironing boards mounted to the walls! The Cotton Ball was great as always. Again, a wonderful selection of fabrics. We visited the Quilters Cupboard in Atascadero this time as well. Hadn’t been there in a number of years but it was as great as I remembered. Lots of “rooms” of fabric and nooks and crannies filled with fun things. We also stopped at Old Town Quilt Shop in Orcutt. Where’s that?? At the southern end of the Santa Maria valley. It’s just a few miles off the 101 and worth the stop. Again, lots of fabric and a great variety of it. Wonderful selection of batiks! They seem to stock something for everyone! Needless to say we shopped and shopped. Great fun!

The Central Coast Quilt Shop Tour is coming up in June . . .


Hoffman International Tour

Seeing the Pink Sand Beach Designs purses at the Holiday dinner made with the new Hoffman fabrics reminded me of how much I enjoyed touring the Hoffman factory a few years ago. Factory tours have always fascinated me because I get to see “behind the scenes” and learn how & why a product is created the way it is. I now understand how to identify the quality fabrics, and (Hoffman folks were right) it’s easy to spot the Hoffman on the shelf!

Thinking about the factory tour further reminds me that the Traveling Quilters has a Hoffman International Tour and Quilt Shop Hopping trip scheduled for September 2011. I bring this to the attention of anyone who has not had the privilege of touring their facility, and those who would like to go again! As the Traveling Quilters’ site mentions, you will see the design and manufacturing process up-close. The day trip also includes a visit to two Orange County quilt shops.

OK. I’ve talked myself into it. I’ll contact Sue and hope you will too!


Twitter and Quilt Gardens Tour

quilt gardens.jpgToday I created a Twitter account for the Guild and while looking for other quilters to “follow”, I came across the Quilt Gardens Tour in Indiana. For those who love color and quilt designs, isn’t this such a fun idea? For your arm-chair travel enjoyment, their Flickr photo gallery shows the beautiful gardens planted in well-known and original quilt designs. I know you will enjoy the photos. And if you’ve visited the gardens, what memories do you have to share?

Happy quilting!