Tuesday, March 29, 2011

chysanthemums abstracted

Is the motif fireworks or flowers? This bolt is very unique with its modern pattern on a white background. ARRIVED. THIS FABRIC IS DAMAGED WITH BROWN MILDEW SPOTS THROUGHOUT AND WILL NOT BE SOLD.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

butterflies escher-style

This fabric reminds me of an M.C. Escher pattern—where objects lock into other objects (see left). The all-over design, indigo on white, is the type of fabric most quilters like to buy. ARRIVED. VERY COOL.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

horses, horses and horses

The Japanese samurai warriors were similar to European knights in that they rode horses and wore armor. Their horses and swords were symbols of their power.

This is the first bolt of vintage yukata cotton that I have seen with horses on it!


Friday, March 25, 2011

chysanthemum extravagenza

Growing chrysanthemums in Japan is like a national sport. When Michael and I visited Miwa’s home in Matsuyama, we saw her father’s chrysanthemum greenhouse. Almost four feet in height, his mums were being groomed for a regional flower contest. This bolt of vintage yukata cotton celebrates Japan’s love of its imperial bloom. ARRIVED. MACHINE PRINTED BUT LOVELY QUALITY.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

frolicking flowers

I always like the bolts with fresh white backgrounds. So do Trunk Show customers. ARRIVED. BRIGHT AND PRISTINE.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

disaster in japan

My heart is broken by the terror and pain that has been inflicted on my friends and associates in Japan. One horrific disaster after another is beyond belief.

I pray: God be with the Japanese. Bring them a glimpse of hope and security in the middle of this nightmare. Care for them and bring them to safety.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

for a heart of bold

This remarkable vintage yukata bolt reminds me of Hawaii and all things tropical. The use of black in the flowers is very unusual. ARRIVED. THIS BOLT IS BOLD!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

waltz of the flowers

Turn on the Tchaikovsky and enjoy this enchanting floral yukata bolt. ARRIVED. THE FLOWERS CREATED WITH STRIPES AND THE BLACK LEAVES ARE UNIQUE.

Monday, March 7, 2011

men’s collection

These bolts look like they were designed for the same fashion season, some fifty years ago. ARRIVED. THIS IS A COOL SET OF BOLTS. THE WIDTH IS ABOUT 3 INCHES MORE THAN NORMAL—17 INCHES.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

blue flora

These are the type of bolts that fabric lovers swoon over for table runners. ARRIVED. ABSOLUTELY LOVELY.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

variable patterns

I enjoy yukata bolts where the design keeps changing. Using this type of cotton in a quilt adds interest, such as in the Healing Garden quilt with its mustard-colored border. ARRIVED.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

itty bitty kitties

Who can resist hand-dyed bright pink yukata cotton with petite sage green kitties? This is a wonderful bolt of cotton for cat-loving quilters. ARRIVED. THIS BOLT IS BOLD AND FUN.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

painterly water scenes

Ukai, or comorant fishing, has been practiced in Japan for over 1300 years. River fishermen keep the birds on leashes as they dive for sweetfish. This unique yukata bolt tells the story of this traditional fishing method. ARRIVED. THE BIRDS HAVE TWO SHADES OF BLUE IN THE ART.