I then happened across an earlier post:
about Sri Threads and again full of beautiful photographs.
Then this morning I was reading Julie Fukuda's great blog and found she has been lauded in the Japan Times. What a star, I do hope I get to meet up with Julie when I'm in Japan (if she can find time).
And so a happy time was spent in wonderful cyberspace.
I did finish my Japanese Circles and Squares quilt during FNSI and so here it is:
Susan Briscoe's workshop she taught us how to add applique circles to the squares pattern. I found that, with the fabrics I'd used, the circles didn't show very well and so decided to sashiko a circles design instead. The pattern of interlocking circles is called Seven Treasures, Shippō 七宝 This was just stitched on the quilt top after I found using the sashiko as a quilting stitch was unsuccessful. I thought I would then machine quilt "in the ditch" but this would have cut through the hand stitching (I should have worked the sashiko and machine quilting in reverse order!) and so I decided to tie the quilt. Anyway, I am happy with the finished quilt and it is a perfect size (I didn't add a border to Susan's original design) to sit over my lap and keep me toasty without swamping me.
I hope you had a good FNSI (chocolate honeycomb flapjack was my treat of choice for the evening).