Saturday, April 13, 2013


Today I had a class with five lovely and talented women.  I taught them how to make origami kimonos out of strips of fabric.  They all made some wonderful kimonos out of a variety of fabrics - one was even a sombrero pattern, that came out looking oriental when it was done.  You'd never know it was sombreros at all.  We had a couple of hours of lots of fun, and enjoyable comaraderie as fellow quilters and it was amazing to watch these little strips of fabric transform under their hands into adorable little kimonos.

Here are some pictures of the kimonos they made, some with finished or almost finished quilts to put them on:

Not the best pictures I've ever taken, but I was limited to using my phone today.  See that yellow fabric?  It had sombreros on it... you'd never know, looking at the kimono!

Aren't these the cutest things ever????

I had SO much fun this morning with these ladies!!!  What a great way to spend a Saturday morning!!

On a side note: Two of the ladies in the class were professional teachers in their fields and said I did a great job demonstrating and teaching the technique, and being patient with them when they had questions.  That made my day, too, as I have been having sleepless nights with bad dreams leading up to the class for a few days now.  Can you say performance anxiety????  I have it in spades, and was sure something was going to go disastrously wrong.  It didn't!  Hooray!!!


  1. It's so nice to get compliments like that! I understand that pre-performance anxiety. It was like that for me last month when I did a presentation at a professional history conference as a grad student.

    And those kimonos! They really are the cutest things. Is that a pattern or book?

  2. These are so cute! Did you use a pattern, or have you created a pattern for these? It obviously makes a beautiful wall hanging, a perfect complement to Susan Claire's "That Japanese Doll Quilt". I wish I had been in your class...
    ~Diana from Canada