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Updated: Apr 21, 2023

Once again I need your help. I love this quilt I designed, inspired by the amazing work of Yoshiko Jinzengi. But I can't sort out a decent name.

Send in your suggestions for the name of this quilt. If I like yours the best, you win a $50 coupon for online shopping on my website!

Send your suggestion to me at You have until April 5, 2023 to be entered in this contest.

Send your name, email and your suggestion for the name of this quilt. I won't use your email for any purpose other than to advise you if you have won the contest.

Put on your creative hats and give me a hand please.

Here's a view of the complete quilt. I've finally written the pattern for this. It is simple to make but complicated to describe, so I've had a few helpers pattern-check it for me and it is ready to go once we have a name. It's a great scrappy quilt or charm square quilt. Nick Turcan from Mystery Stitch Designs quilted it for me.

The Clearance Sale That Keeps on Giving...

You can still join the happy women who have left my studio with bags of fabric deals. A room full of quality quilting fabrics at $7/M to $10/M is hard to beat. Think backings, think start of your new project, new table napkins... I'm adding new fabrics weekly, and there is lots of selection.

Here are the clearance prices:

  • Quilting cottons -- $10/M,

  • Batiks -- $7/M,

  • Kimono silks -- $6/M,

  • Woven cottons -- $10/M,

  • Half-M Dupioni silks -- $5.50,

  • Cotton-linens -- $10/M.

  • Linens -- $15/M,

  • 3M pre-cut pieces -- 40% off the lowest marked price,

  • Notions -- 50% off.

Minimum cut of sale fabrics is 1M.

Book a visit for you and up to 3 friends and come shop this big clearance sale!

Below is Sandy's pallette that we selected just this week. Sandy came in with the fabric on the right that she had purchased long ago and wanted to use. We found a great selection of supporting fabrics and sorted out a design to showcase it. And we had a wonderful time doing it.

Some quilts to inspire you... Two customers recently sent me photos of what they had done with an old pattern of mine, Zen Garden. The first is by Carol and the second by Avril... look how different they are because of the palette choices. But both are beautifully striking versions of the design. I really appreciate getting photos of customer versions of my patterns. They give me new ideas. Thanks Avril and Carol!

This photo is a quilt made by the sister of my sister-in-law! Cathie lives in Alberta and last summer she and her sisters tried some indigo dying at their summer cabin. These photos show the king size quilt Cathie put together with her hand-dyed indigos. There are many things about this quilt that please me, but perhaps the most pleasing is the balanced, asymetrical and semi-random nature of the piecing. As you well know, achieving this is not random at all... it takes a lot of careful play and attention. I appreciate Cathie letting me share this with all of you. Pick a bunch of your favourite fabrics and start designing!

Below are a couple of photos of a silk quilt I recently completed and sent to my sister in Ireland. I used Dupioni for the background and placed the pieces with different orientations of the warp and weft, creating slightly different values across the quilt as a result. The feature blocks used a bunch of kimono silks that had been gifted to me when I was in Japan by a woman who said the bolts had been "feeding dinner to her closet" and I should take them home and make something beautiful. Laura Gates quilted it for me.

That, my friends, is it for today. I’m hoping you are all well and I am sending my best wishes. I hope some of you will be by to shop the clearance room (actually I hope many of you will!). For those at a distance, text, email or call me if you want to shop from the clearance section. I'm happy to pick out fabrics for you.


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