Tuesday, September 28, 2010

a bolt for everyone

Left: Our daughter Victoria with her Raggedy Ann hair on the first day of college this week.

This psychedelic pattern is most unusual for a vintage yukata cotton. Maybe it’s not perfect for a traditional project but there’s some fearless quilter who’ll know exactly what to do with it. ARRIVED.

Monday, September 27, 2010

blue, please

Here are three types of yukata cottons I import: colorful and bold, traditional indigo pattern, and indigo geometric. As indigo dyes to 42 different tints, there’s a wide range of blues produced.

I expect these bolts to arrive in late November.

Monday, September 20, 2010

graphic + neutral 2

The Japanese keep surprising me with their designs. These two vintage yukata cottons are traditionally dyed yet completely non-traditional in their patterns.

These bolts will arrive with six others in time for Thanksgiving.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

prepping for my first trunk show

For the last three weeks, I’ve been getting ready for next weekend’s event. The final count: 165 bolts.

Vintage Japanese Yukata Cotton Trunk Show

QuiltWorks NW
121 107th Ave NE, Bellevue WA

Sat, Sept 25 10 to 6
Sun, Sept 26 12 to 5

More event info is posted on Creating The Hive.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

graphic + neutral

These vintage yukata cottons are pretty drab. Perfect yukata fabric for a Japanese man walking to the public bath.

ETA in Seattle: mid-November.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Rarely do I see two bolts of the same vintage yukata cotton—let alone the same pattern in a different color way. As an identical twin, I understand how two things can be exactly alike and also very different.
These fabrics should arrive in Seattle in mid-November.

Monday, September 13, 2010

just arrived

Fifteen bolts of vintage Japanese cotton arrived today. The antique bolts are not round—instead they’re flat and fat, folded upon themselves many times. These blue and white geometrics are traditionally used for men’s yukatas.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

more color!

As I prep for my Trunk Show later this month, I think that the only yukata cottons quilters will want are the indigo and white patterns. Au contraire. Stacie Baumeister, the owner of QuiltWorks Northwest, believes that her customers will love lots of color. (I will let you know how it goes after the sale at the end of the September.)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

yukata wraps

I’m in Ottawa this weekend celebrating my father’s 87th birthday. My present for my dad is me! For others, I have small gifts. With no wrapping paper handy, I used some vintage yukata cotton and ribbons.