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It just keeps getting better...

April 1st, 2014

This has been a spectacular start to spring for us at Stitch Publications!  We have had our books called out in several prominent quilting magazines as editors picks.  Once again our book, Yoko Saito's Japanese Taupe Color Theory has been chosen as a "Favorite Find" for the unparalleled American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  We're thrilled!

    

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Look what came in the mail yesterday...

March 8th, 2014

There is an entire process to getting books published that I am pretty familiar with by now.  All of the steps in getting a book completed are fun, but there is nothing quite as exciting...maybe Christmas...as when the first books arrive hot off the press!  I opened my door yesterday to a delivery man who had the all-exciting box.  I ripped it open to find copies of the book that will be due out in 6 weeks or so.

Yoko Saito's Bags for Everyday Use will be available in mid-April.  It is a beautiful book with 21 different bags, pouches, totes and the like.  They range from very traditional to very modern.  I'm sure you all will enjoy it as much as you have our other books.


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It never gets old

January 21st, 2014

While I am in Japan this time, I needed to stop by Yoko Saito's quilt shop and school, Quilt Party, to pick up a number of her original quilts and items for a show that I will be on featuring Stitch Publications and the books that we have published so far (to be aired sometime this year).  Honestly, it never gets old looking at the things she has designed and made.  When I am touching them, I feel like I am getting access to the "not-for-public" archives, such as being to touch the original Declaration of Independence or Shakespeare's original works.

I feel like I should have body guards with me when I transport them with me.  (^_^)  I'll let you all know when the show will air, so you can see them for yourselves.

Meanwhile, I'll be bringing back fabric and notions for our sister retail site, Willow Lane Quilting Company, so those of you want to buy some of these things will have the ability to get them without traveling to Japan yourself.

Chat soon!...


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Chilly in Tokyo....

January 19th, 2014

Brrr....it's chilly in Tokyo this week.  While it rarely snows (or if it does, rarely sticks) in Tokyo, the air can be more than brisk this time of year.  I huddled in my (dare I say "cute") white parka outside the airport while waiting to head off to my hotel.  You know how our senses pick up on smells and colors and other things that remind us of certain things?  Well, I often associate the smell of the air when I get out of an airport with memories of countries I visit...Thailand, India and most of all...Japan.  It says, "you're home!"

I met up with colleagues from my software world and took them out for a bite of Japanese culture. 

You almost always wake up several hours early due to jetlag when you fly East and here I was checking email an hour ago when I get a message from Felicia Brenoe that her blog posting was up.  I met Felicia at Quilt Market in the Fall.  There is very little more gratifying than having fans of what you publish pop by and introduce themselves and she is on the cutting edge of quilt trends with her blog, Felicia's World.  She had reviewed our book, Yoko Saito's Japanese Taupe Color Theory.  Fun, Fun!  Check it out and all her other postings when you have time.

 

http://www.feliciasworld.com/great-news-for-yoko-saito-fans/


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Heading to Japan again...

January 15th, 2014

I'm heading to Japan in a few days.  Among other things, I'm planning to stop by the TOKYO International Great Quilt Festival 2014 that is held each year at the Tokyo Dome. Attendees are in the range of 300,000 over the 8 days that it is held.  While you see the odd American or Canadian wandering around, the majority are Japanese or others from Asia or Australia and New Zealand.

This year's theme is "Moomin".  "What is Moomin," you ask?  When I was meeting with Yoko Saito early in 2013, she told me that she had been asked to work on the quilts for the main theme for the Quilt Festival.  "That's great!", I exclaimed enthusiastically.  She went on to tell me that the theme was Moomin.  "Moomin, Moomin?"  I asked.  "Yes", she said.  "Huh....", I said.  "Interesting".

Moomin was created by Norwegian, Tove Jansson, in 1914.  They were illustrated novels that were made into cartoons in Japan beginning in 1969.  I grew up watching them.  Here is an image of Moomin.  Perhaps you understand why I was curious as to the theme...it's rather like saying the theme for the Quilt Festival in Houston will be....(wait for it)...Scooby Doo!

In any case, Saito san was madly working on them, appliqueing and quilting her fingers to the bone when I saw her in October.  Apparently there will be some 50 of these works of art.  I'll try to get pictures and post them after I get back.  In fact, she was so busy working on these for this Festival that she cut back on the number of publications she could do this past year.

It is always a fun, but exhausting day. The quilts on display are absolutely stunning as you can imagine.  But then starts the wandering around all the booths and shopping.  While I do pull out the wallet from time to time, I am mostly on the look out for interesting designers and authors.  Time to pull out the extra suitcase...


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