Yoshiko Jinzenji* and Carolyn Friedlander* Walk Into a Bar and Meet Marcia Derse* and Maura Ambrose**
Several Chicago Modern Quilt Guild buddies and I went to Camp Stitchalot in November 2016. Carolyn Friedlander, quilter/fabric designer/architect taught a workshop in needle-turn applique. I brought along some of my favorite fabrics and found some plain open-weave fabric to work on. Actually I cut the fabric from a panel of Yoshiko Jinzenji fabric. I am proud of trying needle-turn applique, I'm glad I know what it is, and I also know I will not do it again. However, I do love these circles.
After finishing the applique I sewed these panels back into the fabric from which it was cut. Yoshiko Jinzenji is a Japanese quilter/fabric designer whose aesthetic resonates with me. The minimalism and whimsey? Yes, please. And then some more! Google her - she does fascinating work. I was lucky enough to take a workshop with here at QuiltCon 2015. Read about it here.
At this same QuiltCon I took a class from Maura Ambrose in sashiko techniques. And now it's the only kind of quilting I do. This wall-hanging needed something more, and the circular stitching is perfect, IMHO.
What to back this with? Another favorite fabric - one by Marcia Derse. This fabric has remained one of my all-time favorites.
With this new piece hanging above my sewing machine, I had to find a new home for "CandyLand." It's at the base of the studio stairs. What a cheery piece to see every time I come down the stairs. (and yes, the bottom of the stairs is storage for all kind of stuff...)