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Great Inspiration and Giveaway! GRUPEN WALLPAPER

Kumiko Fujita's Patchwork Lesson Part 1 Kumiko Fujita's Patchwork Lesson Part 2 Ladies, check this out! In this video, Kumiko Fujita, a Japanese textile designer/quilter/an author of several amazing patchwork books (including Patchwork Patterns 318 that is out of print and is in HIGH demand) teaches you how to sew a little girl block by hand-piecing. It's very educational, easy to follow, and fun! If you don't have spare time now, maybe you can check out 3:35 - 4:55 on the second video because that's the cutest part! It's only in Japanese, but it's all about visual :) I know her most famous books are really difficult to find nowadays, but you can spot her new patchwork patterns quite often in Japanese magazines. The pattern she is using in the video is available in Patchwork Tsushin No.164 and this is a part of a series called "First of Infinity" - There will be 6 more consecutive issues of the mag with her new pattern. Also, in Quilt Japan Vol.14

Block for the Partnership Quilt GRUPEN WALLPAPER

Hi there! I wanted to post this little quick before my friend comes over for lunch today (yay)! Here is my block for the Partnership Quilt at the Tokyo International Quilt Festival. Remember I talked about it here ? Maybe most of you have forgotten about it since it's been a while. Totally understandable. I even almost forgot about it too, but finally pushed myself to get working on it yesterday because the deadline is literally around the corner (August 31st)! I am so happy I have it done now so I can pop it in the mail today! This turned out a bit simpler than I had planned, but I am really happy that I squeezed in one of my favorite prints by Suzuko Koseki. Have you looked at the blocks everyone has made for the Partnership Quilt here ? They are all incredible! I can't wait to look for them at the festival in January. Have a lovely week everyone!

Pieced Cakes and Grocery Sacks GRUPEN WALLPAPER

I joined a new virtual quilting bee called Patchwork 318: The Bee . In this bee, we (six of us) create one block a month using patterns in the Japanese book "318 Patchwork Patterns" by Kumiko Fujita. (It is unfortunately out of print.) This is my month and I asked everyone to pick whatever block she likes from the book that is related to a Sweets shop. Kerry kicked off this month with this super cute Sweet shop , and Leila made a yum yum green tea ice cream cone . Charise is working on an ice cream truck with one of my favorite fabrics ever! Knowing Tamiko and Amisha , I know they will make ridiculously cute sweet blocks as well! If you know me enough, you know I am already going nuts picturing my small quilt made of six yummy sweet blocks! I am already saving a nice spot for it in my living room. I made three cake blocks - one of them will be chosen based on consistency with blocks from everyone. This is the first one I made. My favorite part of it is the chickens helpi


So you all know this cutest fabric line, Sew Cherry by a super talented textile designer Lori Holt by now, right? When I first saw this line, which I believe was in the pictures of Lori's booth at the Quilt Market a few months ago, I almost passed out. I thought, "Gee why do I have to find out about such pretty American fabric coming out when I am about to move out of the States?!" Lori was so super nice to surprise me with a package full of her fabric, patterns, and other goodies which arrived just a few days before my flight to Japan. You know I went insane absolutely! I can think of so many things to make with these fabrics, but for now I want to focus on small projects using them just so that I get to enjoy seeing the lovely stash in my fabric shelf for quite some time. I made these cases this morning to.. organize inside a drawer in my tiny kitchen. But while shooting some pictures for this post, I started feeling that maybe these should be used like this for the di

Notebook Block for Lynne GRUPEN WALLPAPER

So sorry for being silent for such a long time again! I figured I should have something new to share with you, so I waited to blog until I am finished with this block. I very much enjoyed lovely comments from you guys on my previous post - thank you so much!! Lynne asked for Design Classics for her theme for the Ringo Pie bee. Since her inspiration mosaic was British Design Classics stamps , everyone started making blocks that speak "British!" (Look here over Lynne's blog ! - they are all amazing!) My take was on Orla Kiely , a popular brand designer in UK. Embarrassed to say this, but I didn't know about this brand until Kerry named it to help me get some ideas for Lynne's block despite the fact it's really popular in both the US and Japan also! (I'm not so brand-fashion savvy!) When I looked at her website and saw the leaf design, I immediately recognized that I have seen her products everywhere and also thought of Lynne a lot, so I browsed the site fo