Monday, October 29, 2007

Japanese Quilting in Southern California



Last weekend we drove down to LA for the wedding of an old and dear friend.

Correction, I should say that my husband drove us down and back. The truth is that I usually help out with the 7 hr drive, but this time he did the entire thing by himself. Gee, thanks honey!

Anyhow, on the way there, I read this totally cute new Japanese quilting book that I got. It included a little project with yo-yo's, and a bit of sashiko too. It was a little placemat thingy.

I decided to make a mini version of it, probably to make into a pin cushion or something small like that.

This book has some cathedral windows quilts in it too, that are using linen for the background fabrics. Really pretty.

On the way to the wedding, we stopped at BookOff, a used Japanese book shop, and looked for used quilting books. I found a few. Nothing super special, but prices were right, so I adopted a couple of thick books with block patterns. Worth it to stop in if you're in that neck of the woods.

7 comments:

Lynn said...

I went to my first book off on my trip to Japan earlier this year, I didn't know they had them here too!

Mama Urchin said...

I'm so jealous of the good Japanese book stores on the West coast.

The Calico Cat said...

Love the "extra" sttiching on the yo-yos. Do they serve a purpose? Or are they just decorative? - One of those little touches that never enter into my tiny brain...

Cheryl said...

Those are the sweetest yo yo's ever! That stitching adds a whole new element to them. Can't wait to see the finished project.

Natalie said...

Post quake check on my Bay area friends: Everyone OKay. My brother in Soquel said it felt long and strong... stay safe.

Natalie said...

dropped my question mark: Is everyone Okay?

Chara Michele said...

Can you believe that I do not own a single Japanese crafting book? We don't have any Japanese book stores around here, so I am a bit jealous:)