Monthly Archives: March 2015

Amazing ‘kasuri’ quilts by Shigeko Asada

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Close up of sashiko stitching by Shikego Asada.

‘Yes, you are allowed to touch them, and yes, you are allowed to photograph them’, said the Red Cross ladies.

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‘Memories of Childhood’ by Shikedo Asada.

How gobsmacked were the hundreds of visitors at the exhibition to be able to handle the worn and battered indigo ‘kasuri’ quilts. Usually ‘Quilt Angels’ in white gloves  monitor the movement of the public to prevent any ‘touching’. There were no ‘Please do not touch’ signs at this event – it was heartwarming to be encouraged to feel this tactile art form. After all, that’s what a quilt is made for – to wrap around you, to hold, to comfort and keep warm!

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‘Playing with indigo dyed cloth’ by Shigeko Asada.

Lovingly made entirely by hand and embellished with sashiko stitching, it was indeed  wonderful to experience this unique exhibition, as the quilts were only in Australia for three days.

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‘Stencil dyeing’, a patchwork ankle-length kimono by Shigeko Asada.

Millrose Cottage hosted the exhibition of 29 works by Japanese quilter Shigeko Asada on March 20th – 22nd, in Ballan, Victoria.

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A close up of sashimi stitching by Shigeko Asada.

Although this small collection of photos is not the same as seeing all the quilts in person, they do give an insight into this remarkable woman’s lifetime passion for recycling traditional indigo cloth into works of art.

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detail of ‘Warrior banners’ by Shigeko Asada.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this small glimpse of ‘eye-candy’ Japanese sashiko quilting!

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‘The Heart Sutra’ by Shigeko Asada.

Does sashiko quilting appeals to you?


‘Crooked Path’

So. what did you sew for ‘(Inter)National Quilt Day’? My fabrics for the 2015 pattern – Crooked Path – have been cut, sorted, sewn together and layered with wadding and backing.

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Next comes the quilting and I thought I’d try the new ‘Westalee’ ruler foot and templates for domestic machine quilting. It took time to get the shank required for my Mum’s old Bernina – an 801 – that I just love using. The ‘Westalee’ foot requires either a low or high shank according to what type of machine you are going to use. Information about this is on their website.

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The foot is quite large and thick so that it sits snuggly inside the ruler shape. For my first go I am choosing the ‘Spin-e-Fex’ #4, 3 1/2″ ruler, which comes in the Sampler Template Set 1.

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I’ll let you know how I go!


‘Alpine Meadows’

It’s ‘Table Runner’ time again! This month the PP’s are creating a runner with a block frequently used to make trees or mountains.

This time, Sue has chosen a modern blue print that positively pops …


Marcia has picked a berry red … with some good-natured reverse sewing that kept us in stitches!

Marcia's feature block

Pam chose a focus of sunny yellow … just in time for her move to a warmer place beside a river …

Pam's hot stuff!

Dianne also had a red theme …with alternating direction of the background stripe …

Dianne's sedate contrast

Heather’s vibrant colours ripple and zing …


and I chose some stash fabric that has a ‘ Christmassy’ look…


Now to put the blocks together and quilt it. Anyone know the various titles of this block?

Thanks for taking the time to read this post


PP: The ‘Village’

What’s happening in the ‘Village’ this month?  Julie is powering on adding homesteads to her ‘Australiana’ theme. She has cleverly sewn a line across the lower edge of the panel, to show where the bottom of the appliqué is meant to sit, for later on where it joins the sashing strip.

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Angela has decided to see how it goes by reducing the pattern to 75%, and try a ‘spooky’ theme. The ‘houses’ are going to be hand appliquéd using her own templates.

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As for me, I’ve decided toy stick with the original background, add the trees on the horizon, and then have another think about the houses.

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This is going to be a slow quilt to make. There are over 30 houses to appliqué, and if one house is completed each month – that makes it a three year project! So,  let’s see how far I get between now and next month…..