Quilt Country Vol. 49 By Les Editions De Saxe

les editions de saxe is a publisher who recently published Masako's book titled Maisons & Jardins en Quilt. They have several quarterly magazines, the latest of which,  "Quilt Country" has come out. Vol. 49 features Masako and some international quilt artists. 

Masako was interviewed about how she became a quilt artist and opened Crib Quilt.

Masako created the pouch below specially for the issue and the kit is now available on our website!

Here is a website of "Quilt Country" for those of who want to get further info.



New Book And Fabric Annoucement

We are so pleased to announce the release of Masako's new book "Quilts for Living" and fabric collection "American Country 16". 

Adding some familiar techniques such as applique, embroidery and punchneedle, Masako made creations with colors she may not have used before.The projects have different purposes and all would be useful in your daily life.  There are cushions and quilts, stationery, sewing tools, and bags for going out!  How happy it is to be surrounded by things you made yourself! 

Each project comes with full color directions for easy reference.

We are also thrilled to announce that this book will be translated into several other languages in the near future. 
The original Japanese version is available on our website.

American Country 16 features "House and Garden".

The main panel fabric 
31350-70   75x110cm 1200JPY/p

31351   1200JPY/m

31352    1200JPY/m

31353   1200JPY/m

31354   1500JPY/m
31355   1500JPY/m

Some of these fabrics are featured in the new book!  Please try your hand at them!



Big News from CRIB QUILT

We are happy to announce that Masako's new book, which features lots of different motifs in applique and embroidery, and her new fabric collection "American Country 16" will be released at the end of April!

Both will be available at our booth (Booth 21) at Spring Market 2016 (a retail show), which is being held in Tokyo Dome Prism Hall from April 26th to April 29th.  Some of her work in the book will be on display and she would be happy to autograph your copy!

Masako's book will be available at her publisher's booth at the 40th Japan Hobby Show 2016, which is being held in Tokyo Big Site East Hall from April 28th to April 30th.  She will be giving a workshop at their booth on April 28th.

Here is the workshop info!

April 28

Morning Class: 10:30-12:30
Afternoon Class: 14:30-16:30
Number of Students : 6 people per class
Price: 3000 Yen (tax included)
Place: Boutique-sha booth on Avenue Luxe 
Classes can be booked through Hobby Show Avenue Luxe.

Below is the cover of Masako's recent book, "Maisons & Jardins en Quilt" (les editions de saxe).  Its theme is "House and Garden".  The main design of the panel fabric comes from the quilt on the front of the book.




Masako's New Book "MAISONS & JARDINS EN QUILT" Has Come Out

We are thrilled to announce that Masako's new book, entitled "MAISONS & JARDINS  EN QUILT",  has been published by a french Publishing company, les editions de saxe.

There are beautiful country style creations such as bags, pouches and cushions with various techniques like punch needle, applique and paper piecing. House and garden have  always been Masako's favorite and inspiring motifs.
By clicking here, you can browse her book. 

This is the first one in the history of Masako's books that has been originally published in a  language other than Japanese. 
We will visit a handcraft show held in Paris, "L'aiguille en fete", in the beginning of February and exhibit the creations from the book at les editions de saxe booth for the launch.



Bingata ~ A traditional dye method flourished in the south of Japan, Okinawa ~

Are you familiar with "Bingata"?
Bingata is a mixed technique of dyeing and stenciling developed in Okinawa which is an island located down south in Japan. They have had their own culture flourish for centuries by being affected by various southern Asian countries.

Masako has been in love with this dye method and finally could meet one of the craftsmen at her studio/shop on Sesoko island.

Benikichi. That's the name of the shop.

She was painting when we entered the shop. It will become a parasol which Masako was dying to buy, but unfortunately she didn't carry any stock of then.

She was moving around the studio.

They are creations for sale. It was so difficult to choose which to buy, as all looked so beautiful and special. 

This is what I chose! A pieced coaster and pincushion! 
I don't know why , but somehow it reminds me of Scandinavian design. 

Masako, the artist and me.

Here is a link of her website.

If you wish to learn more about Bingata, please visit this website which teaches you the history and its details. (click here)

I'd like to share some photos of the beautiful beach on Okinawa.

I was wearing a sweater as the weather was chillier than it was supposed to be.
But we had lots of sunshine and enjoyed terrific ocean views.



Our New Autumn Products Are Now Available

Our new autumn products feature "Halloween" and "Christmas".
All are simple and easy to make, so you can complete them in time for those special seasonal events!

15A-1 Pumpkin Quilt   29x35cm         3000 yen 
The witch and the pumpkin are done by applique using wool felt.
Use wool felt to applique them, which is much easier than usual applique!

15A-2 Halloween Ornaments        8cm in diameter          1800 yen
They look nice on the wall!

15A-3 Halloween Embroidery Ornaments      7cm and 3.5cm in diameter    1300 yen
They have a difference look from the wool felt one above.
Tiny beads around each circle accentuate your work.  

15A-4 Santa Ornaments      43x15cm          2700 yen
The Santa is actually three-dimensional!
He is wearing a coat and hat.

15A-5a  Pre-cut Christmas Fabric Set (red)      1600 yen
A set includes 6 pieces of pre-cut fabric measuring 30x36cm and a mini acorn accessory.
It comes with directions for making the mini quilt below (30x33cm)!

15A-5b  Pre-cut Christmas Fabric Set (blue)     1600yen
This set also includes 6 pieces of fabric measuring 30x36cm and rick-rack.
The fabric was designed by the famous quilt artist, Lynette Anderson.
How lovely it looks!
It comes with directions for making the mini quilt below (33x29cm)!

If you wish to order from us, please check our shopping method page by clicking here! 



My trip to Brisbane, Australia 3 -Nature-

This is going to be my last report about my trip.

First of all, let me show you where I was in the gigantic land of Australia.

Brisbane is located between Cains in the north and Sydney in south.

On the weekend Lynette and Vince took me to Great Sandy National Park.

Noosa river meanders through towns to Lake Cooroibah.
Mangrove trees grow in the saline river.

To get to the beach you need to cross this river.
The boat ride is only a few minutes.

It felt strange to be on the boat in a car crossing the river!

A few minutes drive brought us to the beautiful beach!

Driving on the beach was a new and special experience for me.

Even after a 30 minute drive, the unbroken beach view continued.

Turing left off the beach there was a completely different world waiting for us.

It was rainforest.

You see how big those trees are relative to the size of our car.

And now I understand why only 4WD cars are allowed to enter this area. The roads are very rough and uneven. I said to Lynette, "It feels like a real "Indiana Jones" to me!"

We had lunch in the shade of the trees, overlooking the beach. How beautiful it is!

The lovely couple, Lynette and Vince.
Thank you both, I had an amazing time!