The Second Crib Quilt Asia Tour 2016 -Hong Kong-

It was a thrill for us to give workshops in Hong Kong for the first time.

The organizer, Tailor and Alteration Needlework Club, was originally established as a tailor shop, by a lady called Susan, in 1993.

Now Susan's son and her sister's daughter are taking over the business and shifting it into a hand craft store.
The one in charge of our workshop was Sherry with an adorable six month old baby, Nana.

We gave one day workshops at their store from the 28th to the 30th of October.
Each workshop was full and we mainly worked on punch needle and applique.
The students were all experienced and enthusiastic to learn new techniques and absorb fresh ideas.

Esther was our interpreter. Actually she is not a quilter, but was very quick to understand what Masako was trying to say!

One student brought a book to be autographed.

We had never seen the Chinese version of the new book "Quilts for Living"!

Group photos. They all look pretty happy!

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

We prepared secret gifts for three persons each day.
The way of choosing the lucky three was Rock Paper Scissors.

Everybody got so excited! 

What people say about Hong Kong cuisine was absolutely correct.

There must be no need to explain how good they are by looking at photos above.
Everything tasted excellent and made us want to go back very soon. So addictive!

One of the famous sites in Hong Kong is the night view along the ocean.

From the left to the right, Esther, Sherry, Nana, Masako, Sherry's mother and me in the house panel apron.
Thank you very much, Sherry, for a wonderful time!



Susannah Hunter

I have been a huge fan of Susannah Hunter for a long time.
It must have been more than 10 years since I saw one of her bags at a boutique, H.P. France, in Tokyo.

The highlight of my stay in London was to visit her shop!

I didn't expect that Susannah would be in the shop. So special!

I could not find a bag which I already had checked on her website and secretly decided to buy.
I asked if it was sold out and her staff member, Rachel, told me that they could make it especially for me! We were 8 ladies in total and personally ordered six bags!!

Then something miraculous happened. They offered to show us their basement studio.
It was such a wonderful opportunity to see behind the scenes where gorgeous works are produced! 

There were many pieces in progress. 

It was right before lunch and I asked them if there was a nice restaurant in the neighborhood. Susannah recommended an Italian restaurant next door.
The owner of the restaurant and she have become close and she immediately reserved a table for us!

I found it very surprising that some designs of her collections came from a menu of the restaurant. Isn't it lovely?!

They promised that the six bags would be delivered in one month ...
Then exactly one month later, we received them with a note from her! So sweet!

Could I be any happier??