Crib Quilt Tour To Ireland And London 2

This was the highlight of the stay in Ireland and mattered most if it was good weather.
We left the hotel at 9 am to enjoy the view from the cliffs on Inishmore Island.

A seven minute flight by a small airplane, Cessna, brings you to the island.

It only fits 10 people! Big sounds and moves make you a little bit nervous, but it was so much fun and felt like an adventure.

The island consists of rocks. Every road is rocky, lumpy and rough. But there was nothing but just walking up to the top in order to see fantastic views!

On the way up we saw a herd of cows looking so comfortable sleeping or eating grass, which was a treat to the eyes. Look at the pretty yellow bird above. He was in a good mood and sang a beautiful song for us!

The wind blew strongly that day. But it looks calm and peaceful, doesn't it?

There you are! You are now on the highest point of the island!

It was so scary to approach the edge of the cliff because of the strong wind. I found it very surprising that there was no fence on the edge! I felt the powerful Atlantic Ocean was going to swallow me up. Although Masako looks pretty happy!

We had lobster for lunch at a restaurant on the island. It was really a nice taste. We highly recommend visiting the island!



Crib Quilt Tour To Ireland And London 1

Crib Quilt organizes an international tour every other year and it is exclusive to our students! Last time was the trip to Norway and Sweden 2014.

And this year ..... it was to Ireland and London!!!

First we arrived in Dublin in the evening of September 30th.
The following day, at the venue of our hotel, an Irish crochet workshop was held by Ms. Anne Greene and her friend.

She brought some of her works to share with us and they were breathtakingly intricate and gorgeous!

She mentioned that it took her six months to finish one work.

The key to improve your any handcraft skill is to see beautiful examples which will keep you motivated and inspired.
We tried one of those traditional Irish crochet motifs, which is Irish rose.

Oh, you see a huge difference between two examples. The one on the left is mine and the one on the right is Anne's.
It might have been better to pull the thread more tightly!

A group photo with Anne.

We had lunch together at a restaurant of the hotel and talked about what we do.  See the fantastic crochet cardigan!

In the afternoon we went to a  town called Kilkenny, by bus, to visit a famous porcelain shop, Nicolas Mosse.

How pretty they are! I felt like bringing all back home. But it was just a beginning of the trip and I ended up buying a set of nesting bowls.

The exterior of the shop is also very attractive. 

 Masako and I saw some of our students talking to a local gentleman and later found out that he was the owner, Nicolas Mosse!

On a bus on the way to Galway , we were lucky to see a big double rainbow!
It was so unlikely to happen in Japan that all of us tried to capture it with our cameras.



The 1st Crib Quilt South Asia Tour 2016 - Singapore and Malaysia - Penang, Malaysia

Right after the second workshop in Singapore finished, we hopped on a plane and arrived in Penang late at night.

The organizer, The Home Quilter, has been running their quilt shop for four years. Overnight they beautifully displayed the projects and works that we had brought.

The students were so enthusiastic!
At noon all of us, including the students, went to a restaurant for lunch which was only a few minutes drive from the store. 
While we were having lunch we noticed that there was nobody else but us because they wanted to go back and work on the project as early as possible!

Day 1 students at an Indian curry restaurant
Day 2 students at a vegetarian restaurant

For the first time you may see a picture where a man is wearing the AC16 panel apron.
It looks nice on him, doesn't it?
That's Mr. Kor, the shop owner Lynee's husband. She is on his left in the photo.
At the beginning it seemed he hesitated, but it turned out to be a wonderful photo!

Day 1 students, their works in progress in their hands!

Day 2 students, their works in progress in their hands!
We had a whole free day and Mr. Kor and Lynee took us to the Peranakan museum on Penang island. There was so much to see! 

This is the well-known site for tourists.

After looking around the center of the island, we went to a shopping mall to have dinner and tea. A cute boy, Ting, is their fourth child and Masako totally adored him.

Personally, I liked this dish called Bak kut teh very much.
Vegetables and pork are cooked in broth containing lots of herbs and spices. 
It tasted so good that we bought some ready to cook packages in order to enjoy this Malaysian atmosphere at home because the aroma is so distinctive and stimulates your appetite!

We had a great time, Mr.Kor and Lynee!



The 1st Crib Quilt South Asia Tour 2016 - Singapore and Malaysia - Singapore

Our first south Asia tour 2016 to Singapore and Malaysia began on the 17th of August.
We had been invited to give workshops at Sing Mui Heng which is a wholesale craft shop based in Singapore. And it was our first to go to Malaysia. 

As the first story, I would like to share with you photos of the workshop in Singapore.

As soon as we arrived at a hotel "Hotel Indigo", Masako's heart instantly smiled because she loves Peranakan style. Displays related to Peranakan could be found anywhere in the hotel!

Take a close look at the bottom of the sink. It's an antique sewing machine!

It is difficult for non local people to understand and define Peranakan. But as far as I know, the first immigrants from China, either to Singapore or Malaysia developed their original culture by marring native people. The culture flourished and is called "Peranakan".
The males who married native women were Baba and the females who married native men were Nyonnya.

Where we had breakfast and lunch during our stay was an incredibly charming cafe, Baba Chews, located the next to the hotel building.

On the first morning, it took Masako quite a long time to choose what she was going to eat!
We cannot eat large potions of food, so they are served in the perfect size for us!

One evening, we had dinner at Baba Chews with a couple, Zen and Wuxi (Sing Mui Heng people) . Every dish was terrific!

The workshops were held at venues in the hotel. 

Sing Mui Heng staff member on the left and Wuxi on the right, busy with preparations for the classes!

We gave two workshops for two days and each had 20 students!

Wearing American Country 16 panel aprons

Day 1 workshop students 

We had a male student on the 2nd day. He was so good at sewing and very quick to understand! Great sewer!

 Day 2 workshop students

Some students were familiar and it was our pleasure to see them again!
Thank you to all of the students and special thanks to Zen and Wuxi, the couple from Sing Mui Heng!



Quilt Country Vol. 49 By Les Editions De Saxe

les editions de saxe is a publisher who recently published Masako's book titled Maisons & Jardins en Quilt. They have several quarterly magazines, the latest of which,  "Quilt Country" has come out. Vol. 49 features Masako and some international quilt artists. 

Masako was interviewed about how she became a quilt artist and opened Crib Quilt.

Masako created the pouch below specially for the issue and the kit is now available on our website!

Here is a website of "Quilt Country" for those of who want to get further info.



New Book And Fabric Annoucement

We are so pleased to announce the release of Masako's new book "Quilts for Living" and fabric collection "American Country 16". 

Adding some familiar techniques such as applique, embroidery and punchneedle, Masako made creations with colors she may not have used before.The projects have different purposes and all would be useful in your daily life.  There are cushions and quilts, stationery, sewing tools, and bags for going out!  How happy it is to be surrounded by things you made yourself! 

Each project comes with full color directions for easy reference.

We are also thrilled to announce that this book will be translated into several other languages in the near future. 
The original Japanese version is available on our website.

American Country 16 features "House and Garden".

The main panel fabric 
31350-70   75x110cm 1200JPY/p

31351   1200JPY/m

31352    1200JPY/m

31353   1200JPY/m

31354   1500JPY/m
31355   1500JPY/m

Some of these fabrics are featured in the new book!  Please try your hand at them!



Big News from CRIB QUILT

We are happy to announce that Masako's new book, which features lots of different motifs in applique and embroidery, and her new fabric collection "American Country 16" will be released at the end of April!

Both will be available at our booth (Booth 21) at Spring Market 2016 (a retail show), which is being held in Tokyo Dome Prism Hall from April 26th to April 29th.  Some of her work in the book will be on display and she would be happy to autograph your copy!

Masako's book will be available at her publisher's booth at the 40th Japan Hobby Show 2016, which is being held in Tokyo Big Site East Hall from April 28th to April 30th.  She will be giving a workshop at their booth on April 28th.

Here is the workshop info!

April 28

Morning Class: 10:30-12:30
Afternoon Class: 14:30-16:30
Number of Students : 6 people per class
Price: 3000 Yen (tax included)
Place: Boutique-sha booth on Avenue Luxe 
Classes can be booked through Hobby Show Avenue Luxe.

Below is the cover of Masako's recent book, "Maisons & Jardins en Quilt" (les editions de saxe).  Its theme is "House and Garden".  The main design of the panel fabric comes from the quilt on the front of the book.