Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Great Inspiration and Giveaway!


Kumiko Fujita's Patchwork Lesson Part 1


Kumiko Fujita's Patchwork Lesson Part 2


Ladies, check this out! In this video, Kumiko Fujita,
a Japanese textile designer/quilter/an author of several
amazing patchwork books (including Patchwork Patterns 318
that is out of print and is in HIGH demand) teaches you
how to sew a little girl block by hand-piecing.
It's very educational, easy to follow, and fun!
If you don't have spare time now, maybe you can check out
3:35 - 4:55 on the second video because that's the cutest part!
It's only in Japanese, but it's all about visual :)

I know her most famous books are really difficult to
find nowadays, but you can spot her new patchwork
patterns quite often in Japanese magazines. The pattern
she is using in the video is available in Patchwork
Tsushin No.164 and this is a part of a series called
"First of Infinity" - There will be 6 more consecutive
issues of the mag with her new pattern. Also, in
Quilt Japan Vol.141, there are more of her patterns to
check out :) Look at these cute blocks made by Doe
using the pattern! Super adorable!


Another super cute thing - The princess & the Pea
Finger Puppet Pattern by Carrie of Such Designs.

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A-dor-able!!! Carrie is such a talented, lovely
artist who I became a very good friend of. I love
all her patterns, but there is something about
this finger puppet pattern that is so irresistible!
Thank you Carrie for sending me an extra copy
of this pattern for me to share with one of my friends here!
If you want to win this pattern, please leave a
comment by September 8th, next Thursday! I'll
announce a random winner on the 9th of this month :)


Have a great rest of the week!


64 comments:

  1. What lovely videos, so carefully done and incredibly accurate sewing- I would've been so taken with this when I was little- I would've rushed straightaway to stitch it. Cute little finger puppets too- the bed is wonderful

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  2. Yes, pillows are amazing:) I want this:)
    Greatings:)

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  3. Thank you for the great video links! Beautiful!
    Ah, the giveaway. My daughter is now 20 but the fairy tale that goes with her is The Princess and the Pea. I even made a little cushion with a stitchery of TPATP to take with her for a half year stay in Mexico. Would just love to win the pattern (o:

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  4. Thanks for sharing those video's Ayumi, I could watch Kumiko Fujita sew all day!
    The finger puppets are adorable, if only I had a little girl to sew them for!

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  5. Love the Princess and the Pea pattern! Very charming!

    Watched both videos. what a great teacher. Such teeny stitches!

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  6. How cute, my girls would love them !!
    Greetings from the UK

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  7. I'm at work currently so will watch the videos later, but thank you so much for sharing them! The princess and the pea is just the cutest! I love the little stack of mattresses!

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  8. Excelent videos...and great patterns! Her work is admirable

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  9. Lovely, sweet and cute!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial too!

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  10. Thank you for the videos!
    I would love to win a pattern!!

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  11. I'll like to know how to sew them. =)

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  12. Just started following from the link on Kerry's blog. Love your creations and the video is fantastic - such tiny stitches!

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  13. great videos-i'll have to watch them in full later.
    and such a cute pattern too :)

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  14. Oh, I love all things princess and the pea!
    How beautiful! And such inspiring videos. Thank you!

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  15. Loved the videos! The Princess pattern is adorable and I'd love to win it!

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  16. Seu trabalho é maravilhoso!!!!!
    Parabéns!!!!!
    Beijo
    http://andreaarteva.blogspot.com
    Andréa

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  17. that was amazing. my wee girl and i watched them twice and will most likely watch them again. kumiko is breathtaking, i hope that look that gorgeous when i am all grey.

    thanks for sharing!!

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  18. oh I know a little girl that would love those puppets! Enter me please!

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  19. in case i haven't mentioned it before, you are the queen of cuteness :)

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  20. Oh, my! Those finger puppets are the cutest!

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  21. Wowwww Ayumi!!!!!1 pick me pick me!!! Love the Princess and the Pea pattern, and Kumiko's videos are sooo accurate!! Tks fr sharing this loveliness and fr the great giveaway! xoxo

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  22. SO cute!!! Tandjrichards(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. I really enjoyed watching the tutorial. I am going to design a wall hanging for my grandaughter and it gave me some ideas. The princess and the pea finger puppets are adorable! Thanks for sharing.

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  24. Thank you so much for sharing the videos! I could sit and watch them all day if I didn't have two little ones demanding things like food and playtime.

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  25. brilliant, beautiful =thanks!

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  26. I have five great nieces and we would have a blast making these lovelies!

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  27. Oh - one of my favorite stories! The mattress is such a great opportunity for using lots of fav fabrics - thank you to Carrie and to you, Ayumi!

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  28. The videos of Kumiko Fujita sewing are amazing. Her precision and whimsy are inspiring. She makes it look so easy that you want to hand piece something immediately.

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  29. i loved it tnx 4 sharing :-) very inspiring , ive actually never made something like it and it make me want to run and pull out my scraps

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  30. I'd sleep on that stack of mattresses! Totally cute!

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  31. I admit to using my hand as a "duck" for my toddler's entertainment. Puppets would be much better!

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  32. Very nice.
    Zuly Castillo U. - COSTA RICA

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  33. Love these cute little finger dolls ♥ hope i will win the pattern... :) thanks...(buttonloop@gmail.com)

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  34. Ayumi...thank you so very much...this was so clear I know that I can do it now. Between you and Lori I am sure to succeed one of these times...Renee

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  35. Cute finger puppets - would love the pattern.

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  36. I really enjoyed watching these two videos - fun to see her stitching and to practice my (very poor) conversational Japanese. :)

    My great-nieces would adore Princess and Pea puppets!

    :) Linda

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  37. Olá,Pink,boa noite,sou de Londrina-Pr,conheci seu site a algum tempo, e gosto demais dele,sempre que posso dou uma passada,me inspirou muito com os seus projetos, bjssss.obrigado

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  38. My daughter absolutely loves the princess and pea story. The puppets are so cute!

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  39. Love those finger puppets. Also the videos were great. Thanks.

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  40. I am in love with the finger puppets!! The Princess and the Pea is my 5 year old's favorite fairy tale. Sooooo cute!!!! brittanyajensen@gmail.com

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  41. I am dying over the cuteness of the finger puppets! How do people have patience and creativity like that??? So super duper cute.
    BTW, you said you can recognize your guest's patchwork...I can always recognize yours. You really have a style all your own. In a GREAT way.
    Hope you're enjoying Japan.

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  42. Nice post and I love especially the mattress of the finger puppets scene

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  43. My daughter is so into puppets right now! Thanks for the great opportunity!
    alklong at hotmail dot com

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  44. Hi! I just found your blog through "Roxy Creations" and I love it! This pattern is fantastic! The Princess and the Pea is my favorite fairytale - my mother used to compare me to her because I was so picky about bedding/ :) Thanks for the opportunity to win it, and more thanks for this great site!

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  45. These would be adorable for my little Alex. I would be so happy to win this pattern.
    marye680@gmail.com

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  46. Those little puppets are so sweet. I think the bed is my favorite part.
    I would make up a mini quilt resembling a book page with strategically placed Velcro dots (rough side) and then put Velcro dots (soft side) on the back of each puppet. This way they they could be stored on the wall and not lost under the toy box. (I had joyfully messy little ones once upon a time!)
    Hope you are having a great weekend.

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  47. I love the princess and the pea but that castle is to die for! Thank you for the giveaway! I hope I can get a copy of the patterns

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  48. Thanks for posting the tutorials Ayumi!

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  49. Mmmm, love the videos. I have been pretty excited to see so much sk and kf in the magazines lately.

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  50. Love it! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  51. My son is studying fairy tales at school at the moment and these would be perfect!!

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  52. This is a great one..nice article, thanks for share with us… I learn a lot with your words.. thank for the post.

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  53. Hi Ayumi! What great videos! Thank you for sharing them! I would love to win this pattern. It is very sweet! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  54. Absolutely adorable finger puppets!

    I'm finishing school to teach elementary and these finger puppets would be perfect for my supply tote!

    Also; thanks for the videos! They were incredibly inspiring!

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  55. I admire the way you express yourself through writing. Your post is such a refreshing one to read. This is such an interesting and informative article to share with others. Keep up the good work and more power. Thanks!

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  56. Thank you so much for sharing these videos! Very cool! I am so impressed that she hand sews each seam! Wow!

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  57. I've watched the videos twice now, I might just get up the nerve to make one myself and those are just the sweetest finger puppets, just perfect for Christmas giving. I am in absolute LOVE with your work and can't wait to see what you do next!

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  58. Oh!! so cute... and thanks for sharing the videos:}They are inspiring and visually easy to understand.

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  59. I am very impressed. thanks for sharing the videos! wonderful and inspiring! thank you!

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  60. A-MAZ-ING finger puppets!!
    I would love to win this pattern.
    First set for the DD.
    2nd for the nieces.
    3rd for all the little girls in mylife.
    4th for me to use in my storytelling !!!

    Thanks for the opportunity !

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  61. oh these are so cute! your blog is amazing!!!

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  62. Muito Bonito seu trabalho...Obrigado por compartilhar conosco....Sou sua fã , quero aprender muito com você!

    Sou do Brasil

    adriana kayser

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