Apr 15, 2017

moons of Japan - in fabric


Fifteen months ago, I left Japan with a suitcase full of new cotton fabric. Lucky me! It's taken me all this time to finish this quilt - an idea that started forming in my head immediately.

All of the cotton fabric featured is from the collections of Keiko Goke - a designer of extraordinary color, shape, line... all the things! I wanted to make a quilt that would really showcase these fabrics all together in one canvas. Hopefully, this accomplishes that concept!


Keiko Goke (a quilter and fabric designer) is featured in my new book - due out in July! In the book, I also explain how all this gorgeous fabric is printed inside Japan.

I like to think of these floating circles as multi-colored moons.... thus I've titled this one:
"Multi-Colored Moons of Japan"  Japanese love moon watching, in fact they celebrate it with moon with festivals and events. Now I have my own Japanese moons to watch everyday! :)


The background is black Kona cotton, which I covered with quilting using variegated Aurifil cotton thread.

Mar 19, 2017

book review of my Japanese quilts book - a glowing one!


My 2015 book has been reviewed by Museum Anthropology Review.

It is an honor to be included in this online magazine - everything in it is peer reviewed and the reviewer for my book had provided a very thorough summary.

Here's the opening statement:

Japanese Contemporary Quilts and Quilters: The Story of an American Import. 
Teresa Duryea Wong. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2015. 144 pp.*

Reviewed by Amanda Grace Sikarskie

Teresa Duryea Wong’s Japanese Contemporary Quilts and Quilters: The Story of an American Import is a lavishly illustrated introduction to the art of Japanese quilts that will undoubtedly appeal to quilt scholars and novices alike.


Here's a link to the full review.

Feb 2, 2017

big news this week

This was a big, big week for me!

First, I was just notified last night that I have been selected to give a lecture at the Houston International Quilt Festival! This is such an honor and I am thrilled to be selected.

Second, my new book is listed in the Schiffer Publishing Spring catalog - which just came out. The book will be available in July.

Third.... I'm going to California. Well...  not till 2018!
I've been invited to give 3 lectures to 3 different quilt guilds - 2 in San Francisco, and 1 in Napa! I'll be spending 2 weeks there in all. Life doesn't get much better than that, does it?

Texas is also on my lecture list... and lots of awesome guilds have invited me to speak in 2017 and 2018.

All book tour lectures are listed on my website:  teresaduryeawong.com


Jan 24, 2017

writing, sewing, not so much blogging


This quote is truly precious. I feel like that some days. 

Book number two is in the editing phase! Possible book number three mulling around in my brain.

When you spend your days at the keyboard, or at the sewing machine - and I do both - important things like this little blog get neglected.

You already know - there are only so many hours in the day.

Not only that, I find myself more and more drawn to Instagram, and less and less to my blog, or other blogs for that matter. It feels odd somehow... like I've jumped ship to something more shiny. But IG has a lot of appeal... its creative, quick, all visual and very cool.

So, more IG. Less blogging. And more books - reading and writing them!