Nov 28, 2015

meet Yoshiko Jinzenji, a master of minimalism, on my guest blog post at Okan Arts

The Author Teresa Duryea Wong and the Artist Yoshiko Jinzenji at her home in Kyoto, Japan, Sept. 2015.
Check out Okan Arts blog featuring a guest post about my recent visit with Yoshiko Jinzenji at her home in Kyoto. I loved meeting her again and seeing her beautiful home filled with her life's quilts.

Yoshiko Jinzenji is one of the many artists featured in my new book: "Japanese Contemporary Quilts and Quilters."

Readers at the Okan Arts blog will also have a chance to win a copy of my new book. One winner will be drawn on Dec. 15, 2015.

The Author Teresa Duryea Wong and the Artist Yoshiko Jinzenji at her home in Kyoto, Japan, Sept. 2015.

Signed copies of "Japanese Contemporary Quilts and Quilters" are available on my website.

Nov 21, 2015

giving thanks with quilts

Since I've spent the past few years making quilts to hang on the wall, I often forgo the simple pleasure of making a quilt to use.

So I am determined to use all this beautiful fabric that I bought so many years ago.

God knows I certainly have enough fabric to make a hundred quilts!

Here's my plan. I've started making simple, timeless, pieced quilts and I am determined to give them away to people I love. I am determined to show some love with quilts. 

How am I doing? 
Three quilts so far out of the stash and into new hands. 
Three quilts making others happy. Three quilts that'll get a lot of love!

The stash! 

This red/blue quilt in the first picture in this post was given to my Aunt Polly and Uncle Paul. They're retired military family and I had a lovely stash of muted red and blue fabric and some matching patriotic prints. All brand new fabrics, sitting there waiting for me for years.

This quilt in the picture above was made from some of my Moda stash that I used to make a large lap quilt for my niece Mindy. This photo was taken at MD Anderson Cancer Center where Mindy has started treatment. I hope this cozy cotton quilt helps make those days slightly more tolerable. Hang in there Mindy!

More of my Moda stash went to yet another warm and cozy quilt that I gave to my Aunt Peggy. She is recovering from some health issues. Also, turns out the quilt matches the warm colors in her home, so I think this quilt will be loved.

From the looks of my new shelves... there is still plenty of fabric sitting there waiting to be used! Stay tuned... and since this is the time of year to give thanks, I'm actually very grateful that I have all this beautiful fabric now because it is the perfect opportunity to make quilts to share.