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Issue No. 29


Asian Fabric

Vol 7 Issue 5

contents

quilts 16 Kokoro Ge-touxei Quilt

A bed covering fit for nobility and you

26 Shinpuru Pillows

departments

32 Simple & Elegant Tote You'll want more than one

4 Publisher’s Note 5 How to Use the Magazine

42 Teiburu Nuno & Topper

9 Shop Directory

The Hana-bashi collection is coming to stores soon

12 What I Did With My Kona Bay

56 Uerukamu Bana- & Kaki Banner

A festive New Year project

features 6 Kona Bay Gifts 8 Korakuen Collection & Quilt A free 52" x 60" free

bonus pattern

Where to shop for Kona Bay

28 Falling Leaves & Floral Legacy 40 Hana-bashi Collection 55 Sanctuary Collection 64 Year of the Snake

Great projects from our readers

29 Book Review

Furoshiki Fabric Wraps

49 Travel

Zhouzhuang, China

65 Food

Throw a Chinese New Year Party—Ideas and a menu

72 General Instructions Special thanks to:

Used exclusively and recommended by Asian Fabric™ Zhouzhuang, China • pg 49

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publisher’s note

Good bye 2012 –Welcome Year of the Snake! 2012 was an eventful year for both Kona Bay Fabrics and Asian Fabric magazine. I’d like to share a few highlights. ASIAN FABRIC magazine went from a paid printed publication to a free online magazine format and the transition was a huge success. Judging by the count of readers we’re able to extract from the online data, thousands upon thousands have embraced this change and are enjoying it. Thank you for being one of them. Exploring new paths, Kona Bay Fabrics published its first ever project book showcasing our the spectacular SHADOWLAND COLLECTION—a joint project with our good friend Jason Yenter of In The Beginning Fabrics fame. My fortune telling skills are limited when it comes to making predictions but I do see a SHADOWLAND II in everyone’s future. Kona Bay Fabrics, which has been producing beautiful Asian fabrics since 1991, was ecstatic to see the return of Nobu Fujiyama designs which rocked the quilting world in years past with breath-taking designs in gorgeous colors. His latest fabric sensation for Kona Bay is the gorgeous HANA BASHI (flower bridge) collection which will be out in March. View it at www.konabay.com. You can also take a peek at Hana Bashi on page 40. For the first time ever, Kona Bay has made exciting additions to our sister company website–Kona Bay Gifts—which you’ll appreciate. You can now purchase many of the individual patterns that have been featured in Asian Fabric magazine. They are both affordable and downloadable immediately. Please take a moment to visit http://www.konabaygifts.com—to view the patterns and browse many other wonderful gift items we’ve chosen especially for you. 2013 is the Year of the Snake, learn what it means on page 64, plus find out how to throw a party worthy of the upcoming Chinese New Year. Check out the fantastic bed quilt pattern on page 16 by Georgie Gerl. It features Kona Bay’s Korakuen Collection which has just arrived in local quilt shops. In addition to her other delightful projects, we are joined by guest quilter Linda Tigner. I predict her simple and elegant tote on page 32 will become a favorite goto-gift in 2013. Thanks so much for everyone’s support during 2012! We hope you and your family are blessed with an abundant and joy filled 2013!! Mahalo and Aloha from Da Textile Samurai

Douglas (Textile Samurai) Eagleson Publisher • douglas@konabay.com

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shop directory: where to find kona bay The premiere shops across the country for exceptional service and a superb selection of Kona Bay Fabrics.

maryland arizona 35th Ave Sew & Vac Fabric World 3500 W. Northern Ave Phoenix, AZ 85051 602.841.5427 4939 W. Ray Road, STE 27 Chandler, AZ 85225 480.961.7363 Two convenient locations with 25,000 bolts combined, including a large selection of Asian fabrics. Notions, books, threads and all quilting supplies. Kits available from this issue. Hours: M-F 9-6; Sat 9-5; Sun 10-4.  www.35thavesewandvac.com

florida Boutique 4 Quilters, Inc. 2945 W New Haven Ave West Melbourne, FL 32904 321.768.2060 A shop with a Scandinavian ambiance. Large selection of Asian, Kaffe Fasset, Batiks and Silk fabrics. Hand dyed fabrics and Fiber Art by local artists. A place where Fiber Artists and Traditional Quilters gather. Come visit Florida’s most creative quilt shop! Hours: Mon & Tue 9:30am5pm; Wed 9:30am-7pm; Thur & Fri 9:30am-5pm; Sat 9:30am-4pm.  www.boutique4quilters.com

Patches Quilting & Sewing 308 S Main St Mount Airy, MD 21771 301.831.0366 A delight for your eyes with over 4,000 bolts of fabric. Our large selection of Asian prints, Batiks, and Black and Whites will aid you in any project. Don’t forget to check out our books, notions and classes.  www.patchesquilting.com Seminole Sampler 71 Mellor Ave Catonsville, MD 21228 866.407.2363 Dedicated quilt shop specializing in Asian, Batik and contemporary fabrics. Excellent service to meet all your quilting needs. Classes for all levels. Extensive selection of books, patterns and notions.  www.seminolesampler.com

michigan The Stitchery 1129 E Grand River Ave Howell, MI 48843 517.548.1731 The Stitchery carries many Kona Bay Fabrics. Full service quilt shop with over 5,000 bolts of fabric and supplies. Authorized Janome dealer, featuring the Memory Craft 11,000 Embroidery Machine. Conveniently located between Detroit and Lansing. Open Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat. 9-4.  www.thestitcheryonline.com 2012 Asian Fabric 9


minnesota Blue Bamboo 12865 Industrial Park Blvd Plymouth, MN 55441 800.323.1105 Gorgeous array of Asian fabrics which feature the best of Kona Bay in both fabric and kits. Choose from wall hangings, quilt and runner kits. Check our website for current fabrics and sign up for our newsletter. See over 5000 bolts of fabric which include Asian, flannels, brights, holiday and batiks.  www.mybluebamboo.com

missouri The Quilted Fox 10403 Clayton Road St. Louis, M0 63131 314-993-1181 toll free 877.993.1181 Huge selection of Asian fabrics both in-store and online. We also carry internationally oriented fabrics. Many kits available. Open Mon and Wed 10 am–5 pm; Tues and Thurs 10 am–6:30 pm; Fri and Sat 10 am–4:30 pm, and Sun Noon–4:00 pm.  www.quiltedfox.com

nevada The Quilted Dragon 2890 Yucca Terrace Ave Pahrump, NV 89048 775.751.9033 Just one hour NW of Las Vegas, we specialize in Oriental, Batik, and Wide Backing fabrics, Sashiko supplies and notions all at discount prices everyday. We stock over 1,700 book titles and 600 patterns at all times. Open MTW 9–3 and second Sat 9–3.  www.quilteddragon.com

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new york Discount Sewing & Jackie Lynn’s Fabric Center 475 E. Ridge Rd Rochester, NY 14621 585.544.4110 Exquisite selection of Asian quilting fabrics. Sales and Service Center for Brother, Janome, HandiQuilter, Elna and Tin Lizzie machines. Open Mon-Sat 10-5, Tues & Thurs 10-8.  www.discountsewingcenter.com

ohio Gramma Fannies Quilt Barn P. O. Box 270 Berlin, OH 44610 330.893.3243 Largest selection of Asian fabrics in Ohio’s Amish Country. You’ll enjoy our unique quilt shop located in an old barn as a part of Schrocks Amish farm. Locally made quilts plus 2500 bolts of beautiful fabrics specially designed for quilt shops. Just 1 mile east of Berlin, the heart of Amish Country, on State Route 39. Mon-Sat 10-5.  www.grammafanniesquilts.com

pennsylvania Sew Smart Fabrics 30 W Oakland Ave. Doylestown, PA 18901 215.345.7990 The best selection of Asian prints in Eastern Pennsylvania. We also carry silks, wools and other fabrics. Books, patterns, trends. Open everyday.  www.sewsmartfab.com


online shops

wyoming E.T. Quilts 80 S. Main Buffalo, WY 82834 307.684.9006 877.ETQUILTS (877.387.8458) Quality fabrics, including Wyoming’s largest collection of Asian prints, notions, kits, patterns, books and quilts. Salt City Candles, needlecraft supplies, and Boyd’s Bears also available. Check out our website and receive a free gift with your first on-line order. Open Mon–Sat 10–5.  www.etquilts.com

contact asianfabric@ mac.com n on for informatio Asian advertising in Fabric

eQuilter eQuilter.com is your online fabric store for quilting, sewing and fashion, with OVER 20,000 Fabrics IN STOCK! We specialize in Asian-Pacific and contemporary quilt fabrics. See our ad on page 2.  www.equilter.com SeaWatch Fabrics Mukilteo, WA • 866.407.2363 Extensive selection of Asian fabrics, Batiks and light Batiks. Unique patterns, “Wall Hanging of the Month” club, fat quarter bundles and Superior Threads. Free shipping on all orders over $25. Most orders shipped the same day.  www.seawatchfabrics.com Debsews Fabrics Wide selection of Asian fabrics • Tone-On-Tone fabrics • Fat quarter selections • Patterns & magazines • Special sale items. Debsews as been selling fabric to thousands of satisfied customers online since 1999 and we are very proud of our customer service. See our ad on page 24.  www.debsews2.com Shibori Dragon 253.582.7455 Specializing in Asian and Batik fabrics, Sashiko supplies, vintage silk kimonos– largest selection in the Pacific NW. Unique beads, buttons, needleart threads and embellishments.  www.shiboridragon.com

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What I Did with my Kona Bay fabric  projects from our readers 

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Jann Gumbiner Irvine, CA

For my first Asian inspired quilt, I followed Kitty Pippen’s advice and kept it simple. In her book, Quilting with Japanese Fabrics, she suggests selecting one fabric for your primary theme. I fell in love with this elegant black and gold crane fabric. Kitty, then, suggests cutting a few large blocks from your motif. This idea really appeals to me because I don’t have to cut up the elegant printed textile. I am also attracted to the symbolism of Asian art—in this case, the crane. I stuck with this theme and used Kitty’s crane pattern for embroidery. Combining quilting with embroidery was very enjoyable. Finally, I drew the diagonal lines on the fabric and stitched them by machine. This simple wall quilt was cut, measured and designed for a specific wall in my home. I first started sewing in 7th grade (1963) on my grandmother’s Singer when they still taught sewing in school. Ever since then, I have had a life long love affair with textiles. When I was a poor student, I made my own clothes. After many years of working and raising children, I returned to sewing In 2000. I was 2012 Asian Fabric 13


looking for fabric to make clothes but the sewing stores had all turned to quilting. I had no choice but to switch to quilting. My life long love affair with textiles has now exploded into the wonderful colors and patterns of contemporary quilting cottons. My dream is to visit Kona Bay and see how the textiles are designed and made. I am attaching two photos with my sons, David and Daniel Ezroj. We were on vacation in Grenada, West Indies, last year. I also found a photo of a machine similar to my first one. This project was simple, fast, fun and rewarding. Thank you Kona Bay for the lovely fabric and Kitty Pippen for you advice and patterns.

This quilt is called “Asian Pieces”. It’s a 30” x 36” wall Peggy McGeary hanging made from lovely pieces that I couldn’t bring Hoboken, NJ

myself to throw away. The pattern came from a book by Judy Turner & Margaret Rolfe, “Successful Scrap Quilts”. I changed it slightly to fit my needs.   That’s just one nice thing about scrap quilts. I started sewing at the age of 9 in the 4-H & in middle school when sewing was a required subject. For years I made my own clothes & home deco items. In 2000 I started strip piecing quilts and learned finishing techniques from books. (To date I have never taken a class.) During the last 12 years I have made several types of quilts but what I enjoy the most is making scrap quilts and abstract landscapes. In 2006 I opened an online quilting fabric store. It was then I met the Kona Bay people who supplied me with the most wonderful fabrics. Along with several local shows, my work has been shown

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in The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ.; The Hoboken Historical Museum, Hoboken, NJ. and The National Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY. Another big highlight was having one of my string pieced quilts juried into the International Quilt Festival, Houston, 2002. I am active in three quilt guilds, Empire Quilters, NYC; Quilters of Color Network of NY, NYC; and The Jersey City Quilters, Jersey City, NJ. I invite you to go to my web site www.MileSquareFabricStudio.com to see my gallery of work.

I am a textile artist Marijke van Welzen from the Netherlands, I Netherlands

make art2wear. For my latest project I used my panel of Kona Bay fabric in a coat called Snowfall. Under the label art2wear,I make wearable art and accessories with a story to tell. I mainly use fabric collage. Using many tiny pieces of fabric and colourful machine threads I ‘paint’ my designs. Appliqué, stencils, stamps, beads, ribbons, lace and anything else I think I can use, finish the piece. Please visit my blog to see more of my work www.art2wearblog.blogspot.com

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Kokoro Ge-touxei Quilt

Swathe in this quilt upon entering the realm of sleep and discover the spirit gateway to your heart’s desires. Designer: Georgie Gerl


Kokoro Ge-touxei Quilt Cutting Chart & Material List Kokoro Ge-touxei Quilt (Kokoro means spirit− Ge-touxei means gateway)

&(2” x !))” material list Fabric G HANA-02 Taupe Circle−s yard Backing &a yards Batting **” x !)*” Read Cutting Tip prior to cutting fabrics. Cut strips as indicated in chart then cut smaller pieces listed from these strips. First Cuts

Fabric Name, Placement & Yardage

Fabric A KORA-07 Greige Background

# yards

Fabric Name, Placement & Yardage Fabric B KORA-07 Gold Top Section & Accents

w yard

First Cuts ! @ ! !

! ! $2” x $@” @ ! $” x $@” @2” x $@” $ %” x $@”

Fabric C !* ^)” x $@” KORA-02 Multi Side Column & Center Panel

!q yards

*This is directional fabric, first cut listed runs parallel to the selvage. Extra fabric may be needed if “Fussy Cutting” a particular motif areas. Fabric D KORA-02 Black Accent Panels *See Fabric C note

2 yard

Next Cuts

!*

(” x $@”

!*

%” x $@”

%” x !#” @2” x !#” $2” squares $” x @(” @2” x &”

@ @ ! $ $ @

%&” x *2” #*2” x #2” !!2” x &” (” x #2” *2” x @” $2” x @”

$ $ @ @ $

(” x #2” *2” x @” &2” x *2” %” x !!2” %” x #”

Extra fabric may be needed for “Fussy Cut” pieces; amount varies depending on motif selection and fabric repeat. Featuring fabrics from the Korakuen, Hana Bashi, and Razzle Dazzle Collections.

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!$2” x $@” ! ! @ !!2” x $@” !)” x $@” @ @ *” x $@” @ ! @

! $ @ @

Fabric Name, Placement & Yardage

Next Cuts

First Cuts

! Fabric E @ KORA-04 Red Bottom Base & Accents !

!$2” x !^” @” x !^” ^2” x #2” !)” x #^” *” x !$” *” x !@2” &” square #2” x &2” Next Cuts

!!2” x $@” ! *2” x $@” #2” x $@” $

!!2” x #@” #2” squares

!8 yards

Fabric F RAZZ-05 Black Border

#a yards

!

@@” x $@”

( #

@w” x $@” @2” x $@” @ $ @ @” x $@” ! @ @ ! @ @ !@ @ ! !@ $ $

@(

! ! !

@@” square &” square ^” x $” @2” x @&2” @2” x (” @” x #*2” @” x #@” @” x #)2” @” x @%2” @” x !^” @” x !#” @” x !!2” @” x *2” @” x &2” @” x &” @” x %” @” x #2” @” x @12”


Let’s Begin

Making the Quilt

Before you begin read all instructions. This quilt is easy to make with its simple piecing techniques but does take time to construct. Refer to General Instructions (pages 72–73) for detail technique instructions. Use an Accurate Seam Allowances and Assembly Line Method and a 4”-wide seam allowance to sew this project. Press seams in direction of arrows as indicated in each diagram.

1. Sew one @” x #2” Fabric F piece to one #2” Fabric E square as shown. Press. Sew this unit between two @” x %” Fabric F pieces. Press. Make two.

Cutting the Fabric

1. Referring to project Cutting Chart, cut First Cuts strips as indicated in chart then cut smaller pieces listed under Next Cuts from these strips. Note: Fabric C and D are directional fabrics. First cut listed runs parallel to the selvage edge. Extra fabric may be needed if selecting a particular motif area for strips. 2. Sew !!2” x $@” Fabric A strips end-to-end to make one continuous !!2” -wide Fabric A strip. Press. From this strip cut two !!2” x ^#” strips.

3. Sew $2” x $@” Fabric B strips end-to-end to make one continuous $2”-wide Fabric B strip. Press. From this strip cut one $2” x ^&” strip. 4. Sew @” x $@” Fabric F strips end-to-end to make one continuous @”-wide Fabric F strip. Press. From this strip cut three 2” x 79” strips and four @” x &#2” strips.

#2”

@”

@”

@”

%”

#2” Make 2

2. Sew one ^2” x #2” Fabric A piece to one unit from step 1 as shown. Press. Make two. ^2”

#2”

Make 2

3. Referring to bottom section of diagram below, sew one %” x !#” Fabric B piece between two @” x %” Fabric F pieces. Press seams toward Fabric F. Sew one @” x !^” Fabric F strip between one @” x !^” Fabric A strip and unit from this step as shown. Press. !^”

@” @” %”

5. Sew *2” x $@” Fabric E strips end-to-end to make one continuous *2”-wide Fabric E strip. Press. From this strip cut one *2” x &^” strip.

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4. Arrange and sew together two *” x !$” Fabric A pieces, two units from step 2, two *” x !@2” Fabric A pieces and unit from step 3 as shown. Press. !$”

!@2”

!@2”

!$”

*”

5. Sew one @2” x !#” Fabric B strip between two @2” x @&2” Fabric F strips as shown. Press. Sew this unit to one $2” x ^&” Fabric B strip. Press. @&2”

!#”

@&2”

@2”

^&” $2”

6. Referring to Half-Square Triangles technique on page 72, draw a diagonal line on one &” Fabric A square. Place marked square and one &” Fabric F square right sides together. Sew a scant 4” away from drawn line on both sides, cut on drawn line, and press. Trim squares to ^2” squares to make two half-square triangle units.

Fabric A &” square Fabric F &” square Drawn Line Stitching Line

7. Referring to Simple Triangles technique on page 72, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of one $2” Fabric B square. This will be your sewing line. Place marked square on one unit from step 6 as shown. Stitch on drawn line, trim 4” away from stitch lines and press. Make two.

Fabric B $2” square Unit from step 6 Stitching Line

Make @ Half Square Triangles Square to ^2”

Make 2

8. Sew unit from step 5 between two units from step 7, checking orientation of units prior to sewing. Press. Sew this unit to one @” x &(” Fabric F strip. Press. This is the top section of the quilt. &(”

@”

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9. Sew one @2” x &” Fabric B strip to one @” x @2” Fabric F piece as shown. Press. Sew this unit between two @” x *2” Fabric F strips. Press. Make four. @”

@2”

@”

&”

12. Sew one unit from step 9 between two *2” x @” Fabric D strips as shown. Press. Make two. Sew one @2 x (” Fabric F strip between two (” x #2” Fabric D strips. Press. Make two. @”

@2”

#2”

@”

*2”

*2”

#2”

(”

@” Make 4

Make 2

Make 4

10. Sew one unit from step 9 between two *2” x @” Fabric C strips as shown. Press. Make two. Sew one @2” x (” Fabric F strip between two (” x #2” Fabric C strips. Press. Make two. @”

@”

#2”

@2”

#2”

*2”

Make 2

Make 2

13. Arrange and sew together two units from step 12, one of each variation, one &2” x *2” Fabric D piece, and one @” x *2” Fabric F strip as shown. Press. Make two. *2”

(”

Make 2

11. Sew two units from step 10, one of each variation together as shown. Press. Sew this unit to one %&” x *2” Fabric C strip. Press. Sew unit between two @” x &#2” Fabric F strips as shown. Press. Make two and label Unit 1.

&2”

Unit 1

@”

*2”

@”

@” Make 2

&#2”

Make 2 %&”

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14. Sew one @” x @%2” Fabric F strip to one unit from step 13 as shown. Press. Sew this unit to one !)” x #^” Fabric A piece. Press. Make two, one of each variation. @”

@”

17. Sew one @” x #)2” Fabric F strip to one $2” x @” Fabric C piece as shown. Press. Make two. Sew one $” x @(” Fabric B strip to one ^” x $” Fabric F piece. Press. Referring to diagram (left side) in step 18 to sew one B/F unit from this step between two F/C units from this step. Press seams toward center. #)2”

$2”

@”

Make 2 @(”

@%2”

@%2”

^” $”

!)”

18. Sew one !!2” x &” Fabric C piece between unit from step 17 and one @” x &” Fabric F strip as shown.

!)”

!!2”

#^”

#^”

&”

15. Sew one #2” Fabric E square to one @” x #2” Fabric F piece. Press seam toward Fabric F. Sew this unit between two @” x %” Fabric F pieces. Press. Sew unit between two %” x #” Fabric D pieces as shown. Press. Make two. @”

@”

#”

#2”

@”

%”

%”

&2”

%”

Make 2

Make 2

16. Arrange and sew together one unit from step 15, one %” x !!2” Fabric D piece, one @” x !!2” Fabric F strip and one !!2” x ^#” Fabric A strip as shown. Press. Make two and label Unit 2.

Unit 2 !!2”

%”

^#”

@”

@”

20. Sew one @” x #*2” Fabric F strip to one #*2” x #2” Fabric C strip. Press seams toward Fabric F. Make two. Sew one unit from this step to one unit from step 19 as shown. Press. Make two, checking orientation of units prior to sewing.

@”

Make 2

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19. Sew one #2” x &2” Fabric A piece to one @” x &2” Fabric F strip as shown. Press. Make two. Sew one unit from this step to one @” x %” Fabric F piece. Press. Make two, one of each variation.

#”

%”

Make 2

@”

Make 2 (one of each variation)


21. Sew one @” x #@” Fabric F strip to one !!2” x #@” Fabric E piece. Press seam toward Fabric F. Sew this unit between two @” x !#” Fabric F strips as shown. Press. @”

@”

!#”

22. Referring to diagram below to sew Unit 3. Sew unit from step 18 between units from step 20. Press. Sew this unit to !$2” x !^” Fabric A piece. Press. Sew this larger unit between units from step 14 as shown. Press. Sew unit from step 21 to bottom of pieced panel. Press and label this Unit 3. Unit 3

23. Referring to layouts on pages 17–18, arrange and sew Units 1, 2, and 3 together. Press. This completes the middle section.

24. Sew one *2” x &^” Fabric E strip between two @” x *2” Fabric F strips. Press seams toward Fabric F. Sew this unit between two @” x &(” Fabric F strips. Press. This completes the bottom section. 25. Refer to layouts on pages 17–18 to arrange and sew top, middle, and bottom quilt sections together. Press.

Adding the Appliqué

Refer to Appliqué Technique on pages 72– 73 to select your prefer method and Appliqué Tips for Other Techniques on page 25. We describe a hand appliqué technique below.

1. One of the circles in this quilt is “Fussy Cut” from motif fabric. Refer to page 25 to make two circle templates, one of each size. Select the desired motif area to be featured in the circle. Using the !&” circle pattern and fabric removable marker, trace around circle template on the right side of Fabric G piece. Cut approximately 4” from marked line to allow for seam allowance. The trace line will be your sewing line.

!^”

!$2”

2. Referring to Hand Appliqué technique page 73 and using a blind stitch, center and sew motif circle to @@” Fabric F square. Tip: Finger press along drawn stitch line prior to sewing circle to Fabric F this will make turning the seam under with the tip of the needle easier. Using the point of needle, turn under 4”-2” along fold of appliqué at a time and hold in place with thumb while stitching. Continue turning under small sections and stitch in place.

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3. Referring to steps 1-2 and using @)” circle template, center and trace circle pattern on right side of unit from step 2. Referring to layouts (page 1718) sew appliqué unit to quilt top.

Finishing the Quilt

1. Cut backing fabric piece into three equal pieces. Sew pieces together to make one **” x !@)” approximate backing piece. Press and trim to backing to measure **” x !)*”.

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2. Press backing and quilt top trimming all excess threads. Refer to General Instructions (pages 72–73) for Finishing the Quilt. Layer and baste backing, batting, and quilt top together. Hand or machine quilt as desired. Refer to Binding the Quilt and bind as desired.

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Circle Appliqué Tips for Other Techniques Machine Circles Appliqué (pages 72–73) Excess fusible web can be removed from the center of circle if desired by cutting a” -2” to the inside of circle marked line and 2” outside marked line. Note: Test fabrics before doing this technique. Some fabric when fused to background will show the web ring from the front.

20” Circle Template

17” Circle Template

Making Kokoro Ge-touxei Circle Patterns Trace desire size circle section eight times aligning placement lines to make a whole circle pattern.

Hand Appliqué Circles Freezer Paper Method 1. Trace the desired finished circle size on the non-slick paper side of freezer paper and cut on drawn line. 2. Place the slick side of freezer paper on the right side of the fabric and press. Trim fabric a scant 4” or 4” from paper edge for seam allowance.

Trace Line Placement Line

3. Remove paper from pattern and place paper side of freezer paper on wrong side of fabric leaving the slick side showing on top. 4. Using a small iron or iron tip, fold fabric along edge to wrong side and press in place. 5. Place circle on quilt, using a blind stitch sew circle to fabric. 6. Carefully from the wrong side cut away some of the backing fabric leaving a seam allowance. Remove freezer paper. Two Layer Circles 1. Trace circle to wrong side of circle fabric. 2. Layer backing and marked circle right sides together. Using sewing machine, sew on marked line going around entire circle. 3. Trim circle 4” from sewn line. Carefully pull fabric layers apart, clip backing fabric cutting an opening in center of fabric. Turn circle right side out and press. Machine or hand sew circle to quilt.


Shinpuru Pillows Cutting Chart & Material List

Shinpuru Pillows

Shinpuru Pillows

18” square

The meaning of shinpuru is “simple,” a great description for these pillows.

See Simple and Elegant Tote for appliqué pattern, pages 37–38

material list Batting @)” x @)” Appliqué Flowers & Lightweight Lining @)” x @)” Fusible Web (Optional) 4” yard Pillow Form !*” x !*” Ten s" and One !" Buttons (Optional)

Let’s Begin Refer to General Instructions (pages 72–73) for detailed appliqué technique instructions. Use a 4”wide seam allowance to sew this project. Press seams in direction of arrows.

Making the Pillow

1. Sew one #2” x !*2” Fabric B strip between one @” x !*2” and one !$” x 1 !*2” FabricDiagram A pieces as shown. Press. @”

#2”

!$”

!*2”

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Pillow Tip Box layout

Fabric Name, Placement & Yardage

First Cuts

Fabric A KORA-01 Black Front & Backing

! @ !

!$” x !*2” !@” x !*2” (Backing) @” x !*2”

Fabric B KORA-07 Gold Accent Border

!

#2” x !*2”

! yard

8 yard

2. If adding flower appliqué to pillow, refer to Simple & Elegant Tote (pages 34–38), steps 2–4 to trace, cut, fuse and stitch flower to pillow top. Add button after step 3. 3. Layer batting between pillow top and lining piece. Hand or machine quilt as desired. Trim batting and lining even with pillow top.

4. On one long edge of !@” x !*2” Fabric A backing piece fold under 4” to the wrong side and press. Turn under an additional 4” and press. Stitch along folded edge. Repeat for other backing piece.


Diagram 1 @”

#2”

!$”

5. Place quilted pillow top and two backing pieces right sides together matching raw edges !*2” hem and overlapping backing pieces (finished edges toward center). Using a 4”-wide seam sew around all edges, clip corners and turn right side out. Press. Insert pillow form. Pillow Tip Box layout

Additional Pillow Project

Pillow Tip Add additional pillows by simply quilting !*2” motif fabric square then sew two 1 ! @” x !*2” backing pieces to quilted fabric following Shinpuru Pillow instruction steps 2–4.

Making a Pillow Form Measure pillow top prior to quilting and cut two pieces of fabric to this measurement. Using 4”-wide seam sew around all edges leaving a $” opening for turning. Stuff pillow to desired fullness with polyester fiberfill. Hand stitch opening closed.

Pillow showcase fabric from the Korakuen collection: KORA-01 Blue and KORA-07 White. Refer to Teiburu Topper (pages 47–48) steps 1-3 to make center section of topper only; do not add the borders. The center piece measures !^2” square. Sew two !2” x !^2” and two !2” x !*2”outside borders to unit. Press. Follow steps 2-4, Shinpuru instructions to finish pillow.

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book review

A book by the Pixeladies by Vicki Dar

Furoshiki Fabric Wraps This delightful book promotes the use fabric, furoshiki, for wrapping gifts, everyday goods and most anything you can think of. The price of Furoshiki Fabric Wraps will be recouped in dollars saved and compliments in no time at all. 2012 Asian Fabric 29


The Pixeladies, Deb Cashatt and Kris Sasaki, who bring us Furoshiki Fabric Wraps, are quilt artists, teachers and pattern designers. They own Pixeladies—a fiber arts and custom fabric printing studio—they started in 2003. Furoshiki date back to early Japan when nobility ruled. They are simple yet beautiful fabric squares and rectangles in a variety of sizes. Originally, they were used for wrapping clothing for storage and transporting. As time went on, they were used to carry much more. Using fabric wraps was once popular in many areas around the world. With the introduction of mass paper

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production and even more so, with the invention of plastic, the time honored and earth-friendly practice of transporting goods in fabric dwindled. Today, as many of us strive to reuse, recycle and reinvent the way we use our household goods, Furoshiki Fabric Wraps is a musthave addition to our library. The 18 different wraps Deb and Kris teach us should suffice in helping you wrap most everything in your home with the exception of the refrigerator. Try one wrap and you’ll soon be looking for opportunities to try new ones. In the beginning, furoshiki were made of cotton and silk. Today the most common material is rayon or a blend. The best choice of fabric depends on the weight of the item being wrapped and the esthetic you wish to project. The Pixeladies will steer you in the right direction. Commercially made furoshiki are available but, you need look no further than your stash to try one of the wraps in the book. Furoshiki Fabric Wraps even devotes an entire chapter to designing your own furoshiki. Choosing your fabric and edge finishes are also addressed. Five different basic shapes are covered— bag, box, flat, bottle and basket. Lovely photographs are provided to give you a quick sense of the possibilities. It doesn’t stop there, though. Step by step diagrams illustrate easy to understand instructions making you a

wrap expert within minutes. At the end of Furoshiki Fabric Wraps, just when you didn’t think it could get any better, you discover five pages with a total of twenty perforated recipe type cards each featuring instructions and diagrams. When you use one of the fabric wraps on a gift, you can include the corresponding card so they have the instructions to try it themselves. With the holidays upon us, Fursohiki Fabric Wraps will elevate your gift giving experience to a whole new level. The book retails for $21.95 and is published by C&T Publishing. Look for it in local stores or find it online. Visit www.ctpub.com to see more titles you might enjoy. 2012 Asian Fabric 31


Simple & Elegant Tote 32 Asian Fabric 2012


These stylish totes make a wonderful gift for friends and family. Designer: Laurie Tigner

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Simple & Elegant Tote Cutting Chart & Material List Simple & Elegant Tote

material list

Cutting Instructions Cut fabric as indicated in chart, the tote and lining uses the same fabric (Fabric A in chart) if contrasting fabric is desired s yard will be needed for each. From heavy duty interfacing, cut one !&2“ x ##“ and two !4“ x !*“ pieces.

Making the Tote

Use 4“-wide seam throughout this project. Fabric requirements and instructions are for making one tote. The instructions given are for Quick Fused Appliqué Method for other methods refer to General Instructions (pages 72-73) for Appliqué Technique. Note: It is recommended to use removable stabilizer on the wrong side of the fabric when machine appliquéing. This will give stability to the piece, even stitching, and prevent puckering of fabric.

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Appliqué Flowers Fat Quarter or 4 yard Pellon Heavy Duty Interfacing (20” wide) ! yard Pellon Wonder Under Fusible Web 3 yard Buttons one !” and ten s” Fabric Name, Placement & Yardage for 1 Bag

First Cuts

Fabric A Bag & Lining

! !

!*” x #)2” !&4” x #@w” (lining)

Fabric B Accent & Straps

! ! ! 1

#2” x !*” @” x $@” !2” x $@”

!8 yards

3 yard

1. Sew one #2“ x !*“ Fabric B strip to one !*“ x #)2“ Fabric A piece as shown. Press. #2”

#)2”

!*”

2. Trace all petal Patterns on pages 37–38 on paper side of fusible web leaving 2” space between pieces. Cut approximately 4” away from trace line.


3. With fusible web paper-side up, fuse to wrong side of fabric scraps following manufacturer’s instructions. Cut on traced line. Using a fabric removable marker, transfer stamen stitch lines and button placement line to right side of petal.

4. Refer to photo below to arrange and fuse appliqués to unit from step 1 as shown. Note the distance from the accent border edge and top raw edge of tote. Placement distance varies arrange and fuse petals as desired. Finish all appliqué edges with machine satin stitch or decorative stitching as desired. Stitch all stamen lines by machine or hand. Sew s” buttons to end of each stamen and 1” button in center of flower. @2”

!4”

7. Leaving tube with right side inside, roll it so the left edge of dark strip will be the left front corner of the tote.

8. Roll tube another !a“ and place a pin. This pin marks the side center of tote. Press tote flat, making creases on both edges. !a”

#”

9. Pin and sew bottom edge, making sure accent strip is on the left.

10. Open up bag, keeping right side of fabric inside, matching press lines with seam lines and pin. To make a box bottom, mark a line !2“ from bottom point edge as shown. Stitch on drawn line, do not trim triangle section. Repeat for other side. Photos show finish corner after tote is turn right side out. Side seam or crease

@”

!2” !”

Top edge of bag doesn’t show measurement from raw edge to petal tip

5. Lightly glue-baste or pin the interfacing to the wrong side of tote. Press again and trim unit to measure !&2“ x ##“ making sure Fabric B still measures #4”–wide. 6. Fold tote unit in half right sides together. Using 4“-wide seam allowance, sew short sides (!&2“) together.

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11. To make the straps, sew lengthwise one @” x $@” and one !2” x $@” Fabric B strips. Press. Sew other long side to form a tube. Press.

12. Turn tube right side out and carefully press so the narrow strip is centered in the wider strip. This is the backside of the strip, giving a nice clean edge to front of strap. Seam

Back Strip

Seam

Front Strip

13. Cut strap to measure two 17” lengths. Insert !4” x !*” heavy duty interfacing inside each strap. Trim excess interfacing. Top stitch strap 4” away from each side seam.

14. Place front side of strap against tote and matching edge of strap to inside edge of accent strip (A in diagram) and baste in place. For other end of strap (B in Diagram) measure 8” from mark A. Baste in place. D

C A

E

B

15. Referring to step 14 diagram, measure 6” from point C towards back of bag. Place a pin this is point D. This will be the spot where inside edge of one end of back strap. Pin in place. Measure 8” from mark for other end, make minor adjustment as needed to match front strap. Baste in place.

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16. To make lining, fold fabric right sides together. Sew short sides. Press. Sew bottom of unit leaving 4” opening for turning. Refer to step 10 to make box corners. Trim 4” from triangle stitch line. 17. Insert tote into lining, right sides together, adjust so bottoms of tote and lining unit nesting close together and straps between layers. 18. Carefully pin top edge aligning seam lines with straps down inside between lining and tote. Using 4”-wide seam allowance, sew around the entire top edge.

19. Turn tote right side out through the lining opening. Push lining into the tote and press top edge flat. Topstitch top edge. 20. Sew lining opening close by hand or machine. Optional: If desired a @d” x !@d” stiff plastic can be cut for bottom of bag to add stiffness and support.


Simple & Elegant Tote Appliqué Patterns This project uses the quick-fused machine appliqué method. If using a hand appliqué method reverse image and add 4"-wide seam allowance. Trace Line Placement Line Stitching Line

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Simple & Elegant Tote Appliqué Patterns This project uses the quick-fused machine appliqué method. If using a hand appliqué method reverse image and add 4"-wide seam allowance.

Trace Line Placement Line Stitching Line

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Fortunately for us, Laurie began sewing as child. She believes it was her early sewing experiences that helped budding creativity blossom into a lifetime of creative expression. In college, Laurie majored in art. It allowed her to continue exploring her innate talent through a variety of art forms. Painting, sculpting and working with hand-thrown pottery, all intertwined. While she sampled the world of art, sewing was never abandoned. She added related mediums—tatting, crocheting, needlepoint and making bobbin lace were added into the creative mix. Laurie followed the natural progression and taught art for a couple of years. Right-brain thinking people are supposed to be creative. They are also known for their intuitive ability, thoughtfulness and skill at reading emotions. Laurie yearned to experience more and take life a step further. She returned to school to earn a nursing degree. Life has a way of coming full circle, though. After 28 years of nursing, which Laurie considers a blessing and which included nine years of service in the U.S. Air Force, she decided to return to what she always loved the most. Laurie wondered which path to take to get there. Then it happened…attending a local quilt show, she was captivated by the gorgeous colored fabrics that were used to create such beauty. She said to herself, “A new medium for my art!” She attended a class by Roxene Powell titled Quilting For The Clueless. She learned simple terminology and how to use the basic tools such as a rotary cutter and cutting mat. Roxene was such an inspiration and her love of quilting was so evident. Laurie’s precious husband suggested she start by purchasing a long-arm machine. It was the beginning of the great things to come. Having purchased her long-arm machine, it quickly became clear that the design and flow of freehand machine quilting had become Laurie’s new brushstrokes, satisfying her need for creative expression. Less than a year later, she began Laurie Tigner Designs. Since then, she expanded into designing her own patterns, though she still continues to quilt for others as time allows. The future is bright at Laurie Tigner Designs. Laurie has had her designs published in several international magazines and we expect to see much more of Laurie in quilting and sewing circles around the globe. Visit www.laurietignerdesigns.com to Laurie’s talent in action.

contributor

Laurie laurie tigner

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Teiburu Nuno (Table Cloth) & Topper This easy-to -ma ke table cloth fits a 28” to 40” table. Designer: Georgie Gerl


Teiburu Nano Cutting Chart & Material List Teiburu Nano (Table Cloth) • 52” square

Featuring Hana-Bashi Nobu Fujiyama Collection

material list Fabric A w-! yard* Backing #4 yards Lightweight Batting or Flannel %*” x %*”

Let’s Begin Before you begin read all instructions. Referring to project Cutting Chart, cut First Cuts strips as indicated in chart then cut smaller pieces listed under Next Cuts from these strips. Refer to General Instructions (pages 72–73) for detail technique instructions. Use an Accurate Seam Allowances and Assembly Line Method and a 4”-wide seam allowance to sew this project. Press seams in direction of arrows as indicated in each diagram.

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*HANA-01 Cream

“Fussy Cut” @#2“ Fabric A square Amount needed will vary depending on fabric selection.

Fabric Name, Placement & Yardage

First Cuts

Next Cuts

Fabric B HANA-05 Red Accent Border

! *

%” x $@” !2” x $@”

$ @ @ $ *

%” squares !2” x @%2” !2” x @#2” !2” x !^2” !2” x $”

Fabric C HANA-05 Taupe Geisha Frame

#

$” x $@”

*

$” x !@2”

Fabric D HANA-06 Black Dark Accent Border

! !@

$” x $@” !2” x $@”

* @ @ *

$” squares !2” x #$2” !2” x #@2” !2” x *2”

Fabric E HANA-06 White Border Background

(

$” x $@”

$ * *

$” x !^2” $” x *” $” x %”

s yard

2 yard

w yard

!8 yards


Making the Tablecloth

1. Sew one !2” x $” Fabric B piece between two $” x !@2” Fabric C pieces as shown. Press. Make four. !@2”

!2”

!@2”

$”

*2”

Make 4

2. Sew one unit from step 1 between two $” Fabric D squares as shown. Press. Make two. $”

6. Sew one !2” x $@” Fabric B strip between two $” x $@” Fabric E strips lengthwise to make a strip set. Press seam toward Fabric E. Make two. Cut strip set into eight *2”-wide segments as shown.

$”

$”

Make 2

3. Sew one @#2” Fabric A square between two !2” x @#2” Fabric B strips. Press seams toward Fabric B. Sew this unit between two !2” x @%2” Fabric B strips. Press.

4. Sew one unit from step 3 between two units from step 1. Press seam toward step 1 unit. Sew this unit between two units from step 2 as shown. Press.

Make 2 Cut 8 segments

7. Sew one !2” x $” Fabric B piece between two $” x *” Fabric E strips. Press. Make four. *”

!2”

*”

$” Make 4

8. Sew one !2” x !^2” Fabric B strip between one $” x !^2” Fabric E strips and one unit from step 7 as shown. Press. Make four. !^2”

$” !2”

Make 4

5. Sew unit from step 4 between two !2” x #@2” Fabric D strips. Press seams toward Fabric D. Sew this unit between two !2” x #$2” Fabric D strips. Press. 2012 Asian Fabric 45


9. Sew one $“ Fabric D square to one $” x %” Fabric E piece as shown. Press. Sew one $” x %” Fabric E piece to one %” Fabric B square. Press. Sew one of each unit together as shown. Press. Make four.

$”

$”

%” $”

%” %”

Make 4

10. Arrange and sew together two units from step 6, two !2” x *2” Fabric D strips, and one unit from step 8 as shown. Press. Make four.

!2”

!2”

*2”

Make 4

11. Sew unit from step 5 between two units from step 10. Press seams toward center. Sew together one unit from step 10 between two units from step 9 as shown. Press. Make two. Sew these units to sides of unit. Press.

Make 2

12. Sew !2” x $@” Fabric D strips end-to-end to make one continuous !2”-wide Fabric D strip. Press. Measure quilt from side to side. Cut two !2”-wide strips to this measurement. Sew to top, and bottom of quilt. Press seams toward border. 13. Measure quilt through center from top to bottom, including borders just added. Cut two !2”-wide Fabric D strips to that measurement. Sew to sides of quilt and press.

Finishing the Tablecloth

1. Cut backing fabric piece into two equal pieces. Sew pieces together to make one %*” x *)” approximate backing piece. Press and trim to backing to measure %*” x %*”.

2. Layer and center quilt top and backing right sides together on batting piece (wrong side of backing on batting). Using 14”-wide seam, stitch around all edges, leaving a 6” opening on one side for turning. Trim batting close to stitching and backing even with quilt edges, clip corners and turn right side out. Press. Hand-stitch opening closed. Quilt as desired. Note: Tablecloth can be made without batting, just the front and backing. Follow this step without the batting, and stitch in the ditch in selected areas to hold backing in place.

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Teiburu (Table) Topper Teiburu Topper Cutting Chart & Material List

Decorate the center of your dining room table or adorn smaller tables with this fast-to-make project. Designer: Georgie Gerl

Teiburu Topper • 28” square Let’s Begin

Featuring Hana-Bashi Nobu Fujiyama Collection

material list

Fabric A (Backing) 1! yard Batting #@” x #@” Fabric Name, Placement & Yardage

First Cuts

Fabric B HANA-05 Red Accent Border

! &

Fabric C HANA-04 Taupe Geisha Frame

#

%” x $@” !2” x $@”

s yard

$2” x $@”

Next Cuts @ @ $ @ @

%” squares !2” x @*2” !2” x @^2” !2” x !^2” !2” x *2”

@ @

$2” x @^2” $2” x !^2”

2 yard

Before you begin read all instructions. Referring to project Cutting Chart, cut First Cuts strips as indicated in chart then cut smaller pieces listed under Next Cuts from these strips. Refer to General Instructions (pages 72–73) for detail technique instructions. Use an Accurate Seam Allowances and Assembly Line Method and a 4”-wide seam allowance to sew this project. Press seams in direction of arrows as indicated in each diagram. To make this piece reversible use a large motif fabric piece for the backing.

Making the Topper

1. Sew one !2” x *2” Fabric B strip between two $” x *2” Fabric E strips. Press. Make two. *2”

Fabric D HANA-06 Black Dark Accent Border Scrap

@

Fabric E HANA-06 White Border Background

@

$”

$” squares

!2” $” $” x $@”

$ $

$” x *2” $” x %”

Make 2

3 yard

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2. Sew one $“ Fabric D square to one $” x %” Fabric E piece as shown. Press. Sew one $” x %” Fabric E piece to one %” Fabric B square. Press. Sew one of each unit together as shown. Press. Make two. $”

$”

%”

4. Arrange and sew together two $2” x @^2” Fabric C strips, two !2” x @^2” Fabric B strips, and unit from step 3. Press. @^2”

$2”

%”

!2”

%”

$”

Make 2

3. Referring to center section of diagram below sew units from step 1 and 2 together as shown. Press seams in opposite direction from row to row. (If making pillow, page 27, stop at this point.) Arrange and sew together two $2” x !^2”, Fabric C strips, two !2” x !^2” Fabric B strips, and unit from this step. Press. $2”

!2”

!2”

$2”

!^2”

!2” $2”

5. Sew unit from step 4 between two !2” x @^2” Fabric B strips. Press seams toward Fabric B. Sew this unit between two !2” x @*2” Fabric B strips. Press.

Finishing the Topper

Layer and center quilt top and backing right sides together on batting piece (wrong side of backing on batting). Using 4”-wide seam, stitch around all edges, leaving a 6” opening on one side for turning. Trim batting close to stitching and backing even with quilt edges. Clip corners and turn right side out. Press. Hand-stitch opening closed.

Napukin (Napkin) Tip Add some decorative napkins to accent your table setting or use to wrap a gift, giving the recipient two gifts instead of one. • Cut two !^2” contrasting fabric squares.

• Place squares right side together, using 4”-wide seam sew around all edges leaving a 4” opening for turning. • Clip corners, turn right side out, hand-stitch opening close, and press.

• Refer to Origami book or search on the web to find an interesting shape. Fold napkin per instructions and place on a dinner or salad plate.

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A captivating water village

hina’s landscape is dotted with

1086, a Qianfu Temple was built on the site,

ancient water towns. These charming

and the city was renamed in honor of the

villages are surrounded by water. Lakes

temple. The city’s location was strategic.

and rivers dominate the terrain and

It was at the center of a system of canals

the people who live here use the water

that turned it into a thriving market town.

as roadways. In this respect, these

Goods like arts and crafts, food and silk

communities are reminiscent of Venice.

were regularly traded here. Many of the

In fact, the most famous and oft-visited

buildings and bridges that are found in

water town, Zhouzhuang, has been

Zhouzhuang today have been in existence

referred to as the “Venice of the East.”

for almost 1,000 years. It is this amazing

Zhouzhuang’s history begins in 771 BCE. At

streak of unbroken habitation that helps

that time, it was known as Yaocheng. In

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Today, tourists enter the site through

hemmed in by lakes and most residents

the majestic gates of the Old Town. For a

navigated on the canals around the city.

modest fee, they may ramble for hours,

Because of the unique geographical

taking photographs and viewing historic

environment, the city boasts a number of

structures. Perhaps the most fascinating

bridges. There are fourteen, to be exact and

sights to be seen here are the canals

they are nearly as fascinating an attraction

and water lane ways. The people who

as the canals themselves. The most well

settled here were engaged with their

known, of these ancient structures, is the

watery surroundings on a daily basis.

Twin Bridges. In fact, the Twin Bridges are

Indeed, they had little choice. The town is

widely recognized as the symbol of the city.


Construction on the bridges began at some

intimate look at how wealthy Chinese

point in the late 16th or early 17th centuries.

citizens lived centuries ago.

The two connected bridges, known as

The homes are both equipped with

Shide and Yongan, are each distinctively

outer waiting rooms where common

styled. Shide faces an east-west direction

daily business would be conducted. Highly

and features a rounded arch. Yongan

honored guests and close family members

reaches from north to south and is

would be ushered into inner chambers

dominated by a square arch. The bridges

that were not designed for public eyes.

are a favorite subject for photographers

In both homes, visitors are able to see

and artists from around the world. Many

authentic, ancient furnishings that make

art teachers from the local region bring

the rooms look much as they did when

their students here to paint the bridges

they were occupied by the original owners.

in each of the four seasons. It truly is an

Back out on the laneways, perhaps the

idyllic landscape with its trees, clear water

best way to get oriented is by taking a

and quaint traditional boats gliding by.

guided cruise along the canals. Many of

An older bridge that is only slightly less

the small boats stop at various busy points

well known is called Fu’an Bridge. It was

throughout the city, and on crowded

constructed during the Yuan Dynasty, in

days, this can be the easiest way to get

about 1355. Fu’an is also named the Bridge

around the streets. A cruise on the canals

of Peace and Prosperity. Among its notable

also gives visitors a unique perspective

features are its four towers and its role in

on the city’s picturesque bridges.

connecting two very busy shopping and

Zhouzhuang’s Culture Street is the perfect

trading areas.

thoroughfare for exploring the many

The bridge’s four towers are not only an

handicrafts that the local artisans create.

architectural wonder, they host traditional

The most famous of the city’s crafts is

restaurants and tea rooms, each of which

bamboo weaving. Hundreds of years

boast large windows suitable for taking

ago, weavers developed a new method

in the remarkable view. Shops have also

involving thin strips of bamboo. Those

taken up residence in the towers and these

techniques are still practiced today, and

are excellent places to pick up some local

many visitors take home baskets and wall

handicrafts.

plaques made from bamboo. The weave

Ancient Zhouzhuang was a wealthy

is so strong and reliable that artisans

trading center. Many of its homes from

craft barrels, couches, chairs and other

that era reflect this prosperity. Two

household goods from it. The larger

mansions are open for public viewing.

pieces may be difficult to ship home, but

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A network of canals, charming bridges and ancient buildings make this city one of the best destinations in China.


keepsakes of this charming town.

eateries in town, those in the know

Artisans in the area are known for

suggest trying one of these local delicacies.

more than bamboo weaving. Some are

By far, the favorite local dish is Wansan

woodcarvers and their exquisite creations

pork. To prepare this dish, a pig’s leg

have been distributed all over the world.

is roasted in brown sauce over a slow

Wine is another popular and celebrated

fire. The description may not sound

local commodity. The Yuanfengshun

particularly appetizing but result is a

Wine Workshop underwent a massive

remarkably tender cut of meat that

reconstruction early in the 21st century.

practically slides off the bone.

The workshop is open to the public. Visitors may come inside to view ancient wine making techniques and sample the results. Although Wansan rice wine is the product they are best known for, the winery also crafts beer and liquors. Throughout the city, visitors have opportunities to see the production of various ancient crafts first hand. Blacksmiths and cloth weavers prominently display their work and their wares. There are also countless embroidery studios and even a traditional Chinese pharmacy that is piled to the ceiling with mysterious remedies. Visiting Zhouzhuang is like taking a delightful step back in time. Though the native population is relatively small place, Zhouzhuang is an enormously popular place to visit. On holidays and weekends, especially, it can be challenging to walk the streets because there are so many visitors. On days like these, taking a break inside a tea room or restaurant is a particularly welcome relief. Whether visitors choose to return to one of Fu’an Bridge’s towers for a meal or decide upon one of the other charming


The local diet is also rich in produce and aquatic based foods. Tongzi cucumber and an aquatic plant known as chuncal are considered favorites. Chuncal is used to make a delicious soup that isn’t found in many other places in China. People in Zhouzhuang also dine on shrimp and fish caught in the local waterways. It is a delicious and filling diet that is healthy as well. Next to the canals and the bridges, dining in this city is definitely a highlight. Many who have visited here believe it is best to spend the night. In fact, many travelers insist that it is wise to arrive on the site in the evening when the crowds have thinned out. This gives tourists a chance to see the old town by moonlight without the distraction of thousands of other people. Choosing t h i s ap p r oach al so m ean s bei n g able to be first on the site in the morning, providing the opportunity for getting an inside look at Zhouzhuang without competing with others. A network of canals, charming bridges and ancient buildings make this city one of the best destinations in China. With plenty of quality local handicrafts and more than 1,000 years of history to explore, it seems clear that people will be coming to Zhouzhuang for many years to come.

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Uerukamu Bana- & Kaki Banner

Displaying this banner in the foyer will welcome guests, expressing the sentiment that they’ve brought a shining light to your home upon their arrival. Designer: Georgie Gerl

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Uerukamu BanaCutting Chart & Material List Uerukamu Bana(Welcome Banner)

14½” x 19½“

Let’s Begin Before you begin read all instructions. Referring to project Cutting Chart, cut First Cuts strips as indicated in chart then cut smaller pieces listed under Next Cuts from these strips. Refer to General Instructions (pages 72–73) for detail technique instructions. Use an Accurate Seam Allowances and Assembly Line Method and a 4”-wide seam allowance to sew this project. Press seams in direction of arrows as indicated in each diagram.

Making the Quilt

1. Sew one !2” Fabric B square between two !4” x !2” Fabric A pieces as shown. Press. Make four. !4” !2” !4”

!2”

Make 4

material list Appliqué Lantern 9” square Kanji Background-5” square Lantern Accents-Scraps Backing 2 yard Batting !*” x @#” Fabric Name, Placement & Yardage Fabric A KORA-05 Cream Background

First Cuts !

!!” x $@”

@

!” x $@”

!

!2” x $@”

@

!” x $@”

@

!2” x $@”

Next Cuts ! *

!!” x !^” !4” x !2”

$ *

!2” x $” !2” squares

$ $

!2” x *2” !2” x %”

2 yard

Fabric B RAZZ-05 Gold Border

6 yard

Fabric C FLUT-04 Red Outside Border

6 yard

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Lightweight Fusible Web Stabilizer Assorted Beads Embroidery Floss or Perle Cotton


2. Sew one 1!” x $@” Fabric B strip to one !” x $@”Fabric A strip lengthwise to make a strip set. Press seam toward Fabric B. Make two. Cut strip set into four &” -wide segments and four $2” -wide segments as shown.

6. Sew one !2” x $” Fabric B piece between two !2” x %” Fabric C pieces as shown. Press. Make two. %”

%”

!2”

&”

$2”

$”

Make @

7. Sew one !2” x $” Fabric B piece between two !2” x *2” Fabric C pieces as shown. Press. Make two.

Make 2 strip sets Cut four &” segments Cut four $2” segments

*2”

$”

*2”

!2”

3. Sew one unit from step 1 between two $2” -wide segments from step 2 as shown. Press. Make two. Make @

4. Sew two !2” Fabric B squares, two &” -wide segments from step 2, and one unit from step 1 as shown. Press. Make two. !2”

Make @

8. Sew unit from step 5 between two units from step 6. Press seams toward step 6 units. Sew this unit between two units from step 7 as shown. Press.

!2”

!2”

Make @

5. Sew one !!” x !^” Fabric A piece between two units from step 3. Press seams toward Fabric A. Sew this unit between two units from step 4 as shown. Press.

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Adding the Appliqué The instructions given are for Quick Fused Appliqué Method, use removable stabilizer on the wrong side of the fabric when machine appliquéing. This will give stability to the piece, even stitching, and prevent puckering of fabric. For hand appliquéing add 4”-wide seam allowance. Note: Welcome Kanji symbol can be added to circle using either a hand embroidery stitch or quick fused appliqué method. If stitching by hand it is recommend sewing the Kanji first to appliqué background prior to adding circle to lantern. 1. Trace all Uerukamu Bana- patterns on paper side of lightweight fusible web leaving 2” space between pieces. Cut approximately 4” away from trace line.

2. With fusible web paper-side up, fuse to wrong side of fabric scraps following manufacturer’s instructions. Cut on traced line.

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3. Referring to layout (pages 56–58), arrange and fuse appliqués to quilt as shown. Tip: For easy placement of lantern on quilt use an appliqué-pressing sheet to make appliqué units. Finish all appliqué edges with machine satin stitch or decorative stitching as desired.

Finishing the Quilt

1. Referring to layouts (pages 56–58) and using a removable fabric marker draw stitch guide to top of lantern (page 61) and placement lines for strings of beading. These will be added after quilting is complete.

2. Layer and center banner and backing right sides together on batting piece (wrong side of backing on batting). Using 14”-wide seam, stitch around all edges, leaving a 5” opening on one side for turning. Trim batting close to stitching and backing even with quilt edges. Clip corners, turn, and press. Hand stitched opening closed. 3. Quilt unit as desired.

4. Using a stem stitch and 6-strands of embroidery floss stitch chain design on top of lantern. Strings of beads can be added to bottom of lantern in a couple methods the number of beads varies depending on personal preference. Method 1: Using a stem stitch, stitch lines to represent string of beads. Sew individual beads to quilt along stitch lines as desired. With this method all elements are secured in place. Method 2: Sew beads onto a beading thread using a variety of beads and sizes. Attach each string of beads to base of lantern. With this method strings of beads are only attached at base allowing the bead strings to hang freely. Other options, use buttons instead of beads or sew a tassel instead of string of beads to base of lantern.


Uerukamu Bana- Kanji Templates Embroidery Kanji Pattern

Embroidery Stitches

Stitch Guide for top of lantern

Stem Stitch

Satin Stitch

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Kaki Banner (Flower Vase) Another way to greet your guests is with the flowers displayed on this banner.

Kaki Banner Cutting Chart & Material List Kaki Banner (Flower Vase)

14½” x 19½“

Let’s Begin Before you begin read all instructions. Referring to project Cutting Chart, cut First Cuts strips as indicated in chart then cut smaller pieces listed under Next Cuts from these strips. Refer to General Instructions (pages 72–73) for detail technique instructions. Use an Accurate Seam Allowances and Assembly Line Method and a 4”-wide seam allowance to sew this project. Press seams in direction of arrows as indicated in each diagram.

Making the Quilt

Refer to Uerukamu Bana- quilt instructions steps 1-8, pages 58–59 to make quilt top.

Adding the Appliqué

The instructions given are for Quick Fused Appliqué Method, use removable stabilizer on the wrong side of the fabric when machine appliquéing. This will give stability to the piece, even stitching, and prevent puckering of fabric. For hand appliquéing reverse patterns and add 4”-wide seam allowance. Note: This quilt uses the Uerukamu Bana- templates but rotated in opposite directions.

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Appliqué Vase- 9” square Flower/Leaves AppliquėAssorted Scraps Vase Accents-Assorted Scraps Backing 2 yard Batting !*” x @#”

material list Lightweight Fusible Web Stabilizer (Optional) Beads or Buttons (Optional) Embroidery Floss or Perle Cotton

Fabric Name, Placement & Yardage Fabric A KORA-05 Cream Background

2 yard

Fabric B RAZZ-05 Gold Border

First Cuts !

!!” x $@”

@

!” x $@”

!

!2” x $@”

@

!” x $@”

@

!2” x $@”

6 yard

Fabric C KORA-06 Red Outside Border

6 yard

Next Cuts ! *

!!” x !^” !4” x !2”

$ *

!2” x $” !2” squares

$ $

!2” x *2” !2” x %”


1. Trace Uerukamu Bana- lantern pattern (page 61) and Kaki flower and leaf patterns below on paper side of lightweight fusible web leaving 2” space between pieces. Cut approximately 4” away from trace line. Note: Number of flowers and leaves will vary depending on person preference. 2. With fusible web paper-side up, fuse to wrong side of fabric scraps following manufacturer’s instructions. Cut on traced line.

3. Referring to layouts (pages 56, 60 & 62) and using a removable fabric marker draw lines for flower stems. Stems can be sewn to quilt top using either a machine tight zig-zag stitch or by hand using a stem stitch and embroidery floss.

4. Referring to layouts (pages 56, 60 & 62), arrange and fuse appliqués to quilt as shown. Tip: For easy placement of vase with flowers on quilt, use an appliqué-pressing sheet to make appliqué units. Finish all appliqué edges with machine satin stitch or decorative stitching as desired.

Finishing the Quilt

1. Layer and center banner and backing right sides together on batting piece (wrong side of backing on batting). Using 14”-wide seam, stitch around all edges, leaving a 5” opening on one side for turning. Trim batting close to stitching and backing even with quilt edges. Clip corners, turn, and press. Hand stitched opening closed. 2. Quilt unit as desired.

3. Beads or buttons can be added to flowers if desired.

Kaki Banner Appliqué Templates see pages 56, 60 and 62 for two possible layout options

Tip: Determine your arrangements and trace appropriate number of pieces for each element. For additional layout options trace pieces as shown and others reversed. If using a hand appliqué method add 4"-wide seam allowance.

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2013 Year of the Snake

On February 10, 2013 the Chinese Year of the Snake begins. The Year of the Snake is one of twelve animals a representing the Chinese zodiac. Legends told for thousands of years suggest that the Buddha invited all the animals in existence to visit his kingdom. The twelve that came, were honored with a year which followed the same order in which they arrived. Much like the western world’s celebration of the new year, the Chinese New Year signifies a new beginning. As a holiday celebration, it goes unrivaled in Asian culture. The People Those born in the following years are said to bear the characteristics of the zodiac snake: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1989, 2001, 2013 Snake people are known for their charm, intelligence and intuition. Life is likely to bring them success if they are able to manage their stress. With a strong materialistic desire for the finest of everything, snake people are creative and diligent in achieving their goals. Snakes are usually great thinkers and

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problem solvers. They thrive in a calm, quiet environment and are happy with a small social circle, though. When looking for a partner, snake people are most compatible with the Ox and Rooster of the Chinese zodiac. Snakes are said to bring luck to their households. Celebrity snakes: Queen Elizabeth 1, Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Grace Kelly and Oprah Winfrey What the Year Will Bring The snake, like the dragon that precedes it in the Chinese Zodiac, exhibits a powerful presence and influence in Chinese mythology and culture. As the snake would shed his skin, 2013 may be used as a time of transformation and renewal. Use this time for contemplation. Start each day with positive thoughts. Snakes thrive when they feel safe. Create a comfortable and protected environment. Approach encounters with care and allow yourself time to withdraw from the hustle and bustle as would the snake. Slow and steady progress can be made in 2013.


Chinese New Year Party C

hinese New Year, much like it’s western counterpart, celebrates the beginning of a new year. It is considered, by most, the most important Chinese holiday. A gathering with food and festivities is the norm in China. We suggest you join in. The Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar, which is based on the phases of the moon, instead of the solar calendar year and typically falls somewhere between January 21 and February 20. In 2013, it falls on Sunday, February 10.

Unlike the western New Year’s Day, the Chinese New Year celebration may go on for anywhere from two weeks to a month. Holiday traditions and the long-standing symbolism are many and not to be taken lightly. A key activity that may not seem celebratory to many is a very thorough house cleaning. The task is to be completed before the first day of the new year and is said to clear your house and life of bad luck from the year just completed. It also prepares.

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In addition, the house is decorated to invite good fortune, wealth and longevity. The color red, which corresponds with the fire element, can be found everywhere during Chinese New Year. It symbolizes good fortune, joy and happiness. And last but not least—there is food. Food plays an important role in the everyday Chinese culture so it is not surprising it is at the center of many Chinese New Year celebrations. We’ve put together an easy to prepare menu so you can host your own Chinese New Year feast. Following Christmas and the extra spending that often accompanies it, look around your house for decorations. Here, we’ve provided an example of gathered items transformed into a lovely and holiday appropriate centerpiece.

For fun, share the symbolism behind the menu: Apple Wisdom and peach Carrots Good luck Chicken Prosperity, family togetherness and joy Egg Fertility and renewal Lettuce Prosperity Noodles Long life Onion Cleverness Orange Wealth, good fortune and gold Pomegranate Many offspring Rice Fertility, luck, wealth Happiness and good fortune Shrimp Water Chestnut Unity

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Sesame Peanut Noodles

preparation Bring a pot of water to a boil. Do the needed chopping while waiting on the water.

ingredients 8 oz thin wheat or spaghetti noodles

Cook noodles until they are tender but firm. Drain and return noodles to the pot, mix in 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and 1 tablespoon of the peanuts.

4 Tbsp sesame oil

Heat the peanut oil and the remaining sesame oil in a wok or large pan over medium-low heat. Add ginger and garlic. Stir for 30 seconds. Add onions and stir for 60 seconds. Lastly, add bell peppers and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until vegetables are cooked but firm.

2 Tbsp ginger, finely chopped

Mix in soy sauce, honey, lime/lemon juice and chili-garlic sauce. Stir in peanut butter and add water a little at a time until a smooth consistency is achieved.

8 Tbsp honey

Reduce heat to low. Add noodles to the sauce. Mix and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with the remaining chopped peanuts. Serve either warm or at room temperature.

6 Tbsp water

4 Tbsp chopped peanuts 4 Tbsp peanut oil 3 garlic cloves, minced ½ onion, thinly sliced ½ red bell pepper, thinly sliced 8 Tbsp soy sauce 2 Tbsp lime or lemon juice 3-4 tsp chili-garlic sauce 4 Tbsp peanut butter Salt and pepper to taste

Serves 6

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Shrimp Fried Rice ingredients 8 oz small uncooked shrimp, shelled and deveined ¼ tsp salt freshly ground black pepper ½ tsp cornstarch 2 Tbs cooking oil (divided) 3 eggs, beaten in a small bowl 2 stalks scallion or green onion, sliced 4 cups previously cooked leftover rice, grains separated well ¾ cup frozen carrots and peas, defrosted 1-2 Tbsp soy sauce 1 tsp sesame oil

t i p

Chinese Lettuce Cups

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Always use day old (or more) cooked rice for the best fried rice results


preparation In a bowl, toss the shrimp with the salt, pepper and cornstarch. Let the shrimp marinate for 10 minutes at room temperature. Heat a wok or large sauté pan on high heat. When the pan is hot enough for a bead of water to instantly sizzle and evaporate, add 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil and swirl to coat pan. Immediately add the shrimp, quickly spreading out around the pan so that they are not overlapping. Let the shrimp fry, untouched for 30 seconds. Flip over and let the other side fry for 30 seconds, or until about 80% cooked through. Remove the shrimp from the pan onto a plate. Set the pan aside. Leave any remaining oil in the pan. Turn the heat to medium and let the pan heat up again. Pour in the eggs, stirring to break up and scramble the eggs. When eggs are almost cooked but still moist, move them to the same plate as the shrimp. Wipe the pan with a paper towel. Turn heat to high and add 1 tablespoon of cooking oil, swirling to coat. When the oil is very hot, add the green onions and stir-fry 10 seconds. Add in the rice and stir well to mix in the green onions throughout. Spread the rice evenly about the pan. Let it cook, unmoved until you hear sizzling. Watch it closely so it doesn’t burn. Turn the rice and cook the other side. When the rice is heated well through, add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce distributing it around the pan and toss. Add the vegetables, eggs, shrimp and sesame oil, tossing to mix the rice evenly with all of the ingredients. Heat through. Taste and add additional of soy sauce if needed. Serves 4

ingredients

preparation

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, ground or minced 2 bunches green onions, finely chopped 2 cans water chestnuts, finely chopped OR

Tear or cut the lettuce into palm sized cups. Use only crisp pieces.

4 small stocks of celery, finely chopped 1 bunch cilantro, chopped (leaves only) 8 large white mushrooms, chopped small ½ cup hoisin sauce 1 Tbsp hot sauce sauce (optional) 4 Tbsp soy sauce, low sodium 2 Tbsp cooking oil Iceberg lettuce or butter lettuce Red peppers, sliced thin

Mix chicken, green onions, water chestnuts/ celery, cilantro and mushrooms in a large bowl. Heat a large pan over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of oil. Add the chicken mixture and fry until the chicken is just cooked through. Add the hoisin, hot and soy sauce and stir to combine. Fry for another 2 minutes and remove from the heat. Serve the chicken mixture in lettuce cups and garnish with red pepper. 2012 Asian Fabric 69


Egg Custard Tart ingredients pastry 2 cups all purpose flour 1/3

cup lard

1/3

cup butter

4 tablespoons hot water, or as needed

custard filling 2 eggs, room temperature 1½ cups whole milk 4 ounces sugar (castor or superfine if possible) yellow food coloring (optional)

preparation Preheat the oven to 325° and grease tart pans (you may use the bottom half of muffin pans). Use a sifter to sift the flour into a large bowl. Cut the lard and butter into the flour with a pastry knife or the tips of your fingers, until the mixture has the appearance of coarse breadcrumbs. Knead the mixture adding the hot water little by little. Roll the dough into a large ball, cover with wax paper and refrigerate while preparing the custard filling. Lightly beat the eggs, taking care not to produce any air bubbles. Stir in the milk and the sugar. Add the yellow food color if using. On a large, lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until it is very thin (about 1/8-inch thick). Cut the dough in half before rolling out if needed. Use a pastry cutter to cut out 18 circles that are 3-inches in diameter. Fit the circles into the tart shells. Pour the filling into the shells. Bake until the custard is cooked and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean—about 35 minutes. Cool and enjoy.

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Chinese Marbled Eggs ingredients 8 eggs 2 tea bags of black tea ½ cup soy sauce 1 Tbsp light brown sugar 2 pieces star anise 1 cinnamon stick 1 tsp cracked black peppercorn (optional) 2 to 3 strips dried mandarin peel (optional)

preparation Place the eggs in a pot and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat to simmer for 10 minutes. You are hard boiling the eggs. Once cooked, remove the eggs with a strainer and run under cold water until they are cool enough to handle. With the back of a butter knife, tap the eggs lightly to crack them evenly all around. Make sure you keep the shell intact on the egg. The more cracks you make, the more dark veins on your finished egg. Place the cracked eggs back into the pot. Add the tea bags, soy sauce, brown sugar, star anise, cinnamon, black peppercorns, and orange peel. Add water to cover the mix by 1 inch. Bring the liquid to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer. Allow the eggs to gently simmer for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, cover the pot and let the eggs sit for at least 1 hour. The longer they sit (up to several hours) the more intense the flavor and color will be. Drain the eggs. Either peel and serve the eggs immediately or store them in the fridge for up to 4 days in a tightly covered container.

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general instructions

How-to Help You! Before You Begin We recommend washing and pressing your fabric prior to cutting it into strips and pieces. To help prevent fabric from fraying in the washer, clip corners at a 45 degree angle removing a small triangle piece.

Achieving a Perfect Block Accurate Seam Allowance Use 4”-wide seam allowance for all projects in this magazine unless otherwise stated. If seam allowances differ as little as z” assembling blocks will be difficult, especially when incorporating several block designs in a quilt. To check your seam allowances follow these steps.

Half Square Triangles

without breaking threads, continue this process to stitch additional units. Cut sections apart, press and continue with next step.

Fussy Cut This process is the selection and cutting of a particular motif pattern which is featured in a cut piece. Remember to center design and always allow for seam allowance.

Simple Triangles This is an easy way to make triangles from squares.

Step 1 Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of fabric square that will become the triangle. This will be your stitch line.

Step 1 Cut three 12” x 6” pieces of fabric from assorted scraps. Sew pieces together to make one 32” x 6” piece. Press.

Step 2 Center strip should measure 1” x 6”. If piece measures differently check to see if seams have been pressed flat. If the piece still differs cut new strips and adjust seam allowance until you achieve the perfect stitch.

Pressing Press using steam or dry heat setting. Always use an “up and down” motion since a side-to-side motion can distort the block or unit.

Assembly Line Method Use this method when making multiple pieces or blocks.

Step 2 Place marked square on fabric piece shown in construction step matching raw edges. Sew on drawn line and trim 4” away from stitching.

Fabric A- 2 2" x 2 2" Fabric B- 2 2" x 6 2"

Step 3 Press seams as indicated in construction diagram. Measure sewn piece to check accuracy.

Tip: There is a waste factor with this technique but you can stitch an additional 2” away from stitch line. Cut piece between stitching saving the smaller version for some future project. Diagram 3

Step 1

Position pieces right sides together, stitch unit.

Step 2 Align and sew the next unit

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This technique differs from the Simple Triangle method; you will be making two triangles at one time.

Step 1 Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of one fabric square. Place marked square and one corresponding square right sides together. Sew a scant 4” away from drawn line on both sides, cut on drawn line, and press.

Fabric F- 2 2" x 2 2" Fabric D- 2 2" x 2 2"

Square to 2” Make 2

Step 2 Measure unit and trim as indicated in construction diagram.

Applique Technique Quick Fused Method This method joins fabric to each other with the use of fusible web. There are many types on the market and you will need to refer to manufacturer’s instruction for specific requirements. If quilt does not require laundering you can use heavy-weight fusible web and follow steps 1-4. If your quilt will require laundering use lightweight fusible web and follow all steps. Remember that appliqués when pressed to background fabric will be a reverse image from patterns provided.

Step 1 Trace all appliqué pieces on the paper side of lightweight fusible web leaving 2” space between pieces. Cut approximately 4” away from traced line.

Step 2 With fusible web paper side up, fuse to the wrong side of fabric scraps following manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 3 Cut on draw line. Remove future project

paper backing, a thin film of adhesive will remain on fabric.


General Instructions

Step 4 Referring to project photo, position and fuse all pieces of one appliqué design at a time onto background.

Tip: An Appliqué Pressing Sheet is very helpful when there are many elements to a design. Place your pattern (reverse image from pattern provided) under the pressing sheet as a guide. Arrange pieces on sheet and press following manufacturer’s instructions. Allow piece to cool, remove appliqué unit and arrange on background to fuse unit in place. If the piece is not cooled, the fusible web could remain on the sheet instead of the fabric.

Step 5 If using a machine, cut a piece of stabilizer larger than appliqué area and pin to wrong side of fabric. Stabilizer is used to achieve an even stitch. Using a satin stitch, blanket stitch or other decorative stitching to secure appliqué in place. Start stitching from the background to the foreground. Option: use a hand embroidery stitch instead.

Hand Appliqué If project specifies quick-fuse you will need to reverse all patterns and add 4”- wide seam allowance. The steps that follow will add the seam allowance after pattern is traced onto fabric.

Step 1 Make a template of all pattern pieces and indicate where pieces overlap. Place template on right side of selected fabric.

Step 2 Trace around template using a removable fabric marker. This will be your turn under guide. Cut out shapes approximately 4” beyond traced line. Step 3 When layering and positioning pieces always work from the background to the foreground.

Step 4 Enter from the wrong side of applique shape bringing the needle up on the traced line. Using the tip of the

needle turn under a small portion of the fabric along trace line and secure with thumb. Using a blind stitch, stitch along folded edge to join piece to background. Stitch is hidden under fabric.

Blind Stitch

Finishing the Quilt

Option 1 Step 1 Position binding away from corner leaving 8” free of stitches and aligning raw edges with the edge of the quilt. Sew using a 4”-wide seam.

Step 2 Stop sewing 4” from quilt top edge and backstitch. Clip threads and turn quilt. Fold binding up at a 45 degree angle to create the mitered corner as shown. Diagram 1

Backing fabric and batting should be 4”-8” larger than the quilt top. Press backing and quilt top trimming all excess threads from quilt prior to basting.

Step 1 Lay backing right side down, batting and quilt top (right side up) on top.

Step 2 Backing and batting need to

Step 3 Fold the binding back down aligning top fold with edge of quilt and matching raw edges. Start stitching 4” Diagram 2 for all corners. from quilt edge. Repeat

be taut prior to basting quilt. Start in the center and work out toward edges. You can hand stitch, pin or use a specialty tool to baste quilt together.

Step 3 Check batting instruction for quilting requirements. Hand or machine quilt as desired. Remove basting.

Binding the Quilt Two options are given for binding the quilt. For both options trim batting and backing 4” beyond raw edge of quilt, this will give fullness to the binding. Sew binding stripes end-to-end to make one continuous strip. Fold and press binding strips in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. To reduce bulk when joining strips, cut ends at 450 angle and sew together as shown.

Step 4 Determine length needed for binding strip ends, trim and sew ends together. Stitch binding to quilt. Fold binding to back of quilt, a diagonal fold will form at the corners. Hand-stitch binding to back of quilt.

Option 2 Step 1 Measure quilt through center from side to side. Cut two binding strips to this measurement. Sew to top and bottom of quilt matching raw edges with edge of quilt. Press binding away from quilt top.

Step 2 Measure quilt through center from top to bottom including the binding just added. Cut two strips to this measurement and sew to sides of quilt. Press.

Step 3 Fold top and bottom strips to the back and pin in place. Repeat for sides. Hand-stitch binding to quilt. 2012 ASIAN FABRIC 73


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