Saturday, March 31, 2012

ode to mc escher

This is like an MC Escher pattern where every part of the art locks together. Love the background color of indigo, dyed to the value of blue-jean denim.

Friday, March 30, 2012

get ready for stashfest!

StashFest starts tomorrow in La Conner! Two days to buy unique fabrics, StashFest Experiences with quilting and textile superstars, books, and goodies at the Flea Market. Door prizes every hour.

I'll be there with 450 bolts of yukata cotton. I hope you can make it! Visit to learn more.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

covert blossoms

These morning glories look glorious with their glowing pink centers—not like weeds that are going to choke out everything in your garden.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

nautical zebra

Here's a delightful yukata bolt with crazy stripes and a blue-on-blue palette.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

ethnic stripes

Diagonals, arty patterns and a very subtle palette make this an intriguing striped yukata bolt.

Monday, March 26, 2012

sumo checkerboard

Sumo wrestlers only wear yukatas in public places. If you are in the right neighborhood, you will see a huge sumo wrestler walking around in a breezy summer kimono.

Woven cotton obi tie in the back and traditional Japanese "flip flops" are worn on the feet. A national costume for major athletes!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

riotous gourds

Here’s a lively collection of Japanese gourds—mauve-grey on an teal-indigo background.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

springtime primroses

The background color of this bolt is a blue with a slight nod towards teal. The over-sized primroses are charming with their pink and tangerine centers.

Friday, March 23, 2012

1 0 1 0 1 0

This is a precisely engineered big boy yukata bolt with a clean pattern of circles and squares.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

glow girls

These flowers radiate with rich colors and white halos on a teal blue background.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

new age blossoms

Batik-style, this bold and vibrant floral motif flows along the length of the indigo bolt.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

quirky colors

Here's a bolt with a cinnamon background and chartreuse flowers with charcoal stems and leaves.

Monday, March 19, 2012

lily bouquet

This indigo bolt is simply gorgeous with its white floral pattern accented with hits of yellow, orange and green.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

dating drama

Get on your little black dress, add your silver jewelry and bright red lipstick. Voila, you get this yukata pattern for a young beautiful woman who is luring Her Man.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

burgundy sakura

A study in contrasts: a deep red background with pale pink flowers, squares with curved forms. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

folksy florals

The charming mottled blue background is complemented by fresh pink, yellow and violet flowers.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

dance of the flowers

This subtle design barely touches the fabric—fine strokes of cranberry and black loosely define the flowers while hits of yellow add a little punch.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

racetrack sportiness

The patches of op-art checkerboard in this bolt remind me of flags at the car races.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

eggplant medley

Here's an all-over print using two shade of indigo plus white—of petite eggplants.

Monday, March 12, 2012

balloon flowers

These flowers look puffed up—like a cotton ball. I love the abstracted red centers.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

chop chop

This composition is very graphic with its flat flowers and golden linework on a sea blue background.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

in honor of judy holiday

What I always enjoy about Judy Holiday in vintage movies are her unexpected shifts of mood. Although Judy often plays a lightweight, her IQ places her above the 99.999 percentile! This bolt is a surprise—a refreshing delight. (We lost Judy to breast cancer at the age of 43.)

Friday, March 9, 2012

boys will be boys

These staunchly geometric indigo and white patterns are made for the man of the house. Or quilters who love such crisp patterns!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

flowing flowers

Indigo irises float on water that cascades across this hand-dyed yukata bolt finished with a crackle motif.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

delicious stripes

Two-toned indigo stripes are graphic and fun. This bolt will stay in my stash until I’ve used as much of it as I want. Selfish me.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

fireflies in fall

What a wacky bolt—an orange sky with leaves defined by black linework. Then there’s peach-colored flowers with gray-green centers. On top of that there are white bursts of light like dancing fireflies. Somehow it does all go together!

Monday, March 5, 2012

quilters’s delights

Most quilters love small patterns—sometimes as a contrast to big ones—but most often because they want everything small. These patterns are hand-dyed with two shades of indigo.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

transcendent standard

Rhodie patterns on indigo backgrounds abound in Japan. This bolt has two compelling features—the glow on the blossoms and the floating petite yellow flowers.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

a fish story

This is a spectacular bolt with the active schools of fish swimming across a sauterne ocean.

Friday, March 2, 2012

the wonder of carmine

The high drama of black and red play out in the rose-themed yukata pattern.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

small doses

This slate blue bolt reveals a minimal pattern that’s elegantly colored with variegated pink and green—plus a hit of sexy red and a dab of yellow.