Thursday, January 29, 2009

The First Lady Wears Kona Bay

As I sit at my desk looking at the Newsday website. I’m looking at the photo. Could it be? I think…yes. Yes, yes. It is!

Michelle Obama, the First Lady, is wearing a Kona Bay fabric design from the Emperor’s Collection at the National Prayer Service. Wow! 

The featured fabric from our Emperor’s Collection, EMPE-23 Black, is available at many local quilt stores and online. Quilt shops should also know we still have some available for order. By the way, the First Lady looked stunning. Check out this and the latest from Kona Bay Fabrics at

Monday, January 26, 2009

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2009

Although I wasn’t able to attend the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2009, I’ve heard good reports. The show ran from Friday, January 16 to Saturday, January 24.

Held at the Tokyo Dome, the show is always a sight to see. It is huge and perhaps one of the largest gathering of quilters anywhere! It’s billed as a —Fabric, Needles and Thread Exhibition—an understatement to say the least. Along with the many rows of filled to the brim booths for craft loving attendees, a quilt display of extraordinary proportions is available for viewing.

Anxious to see quilts since I could not be there, I found a wonderful collection posted by a quilter living in Tokyo, Japan who was able to attend. She has 178 photos posted on flickr for your viewing pleasure. Thank you movinghands’ for providing this wonderful tour.
The show captures the essence of quilters’ enthusiasm and creativity. The quilts represent the works of renowned quilters from around the world. You can read more about the exhibits and who was involved by clicking here.

This is historically a popular well attended show. If you’re thinking about attending in 2010, plan early. Maybe I’ll see you there! In the meantime, check out some of the new favorites at

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Kona Bay Releases 12 Art Treasures from Japan Collection

Kona Bay Fabrics is about to release to its quilt shops the images and information concerning its next monthly collection.

This new group is entitled 12 Art Treasures from Japan consisting of one beautiful design each month. Every month for twelve months Kona Bay Fabrics will have a stunning new design for quilters to work with.

Look for the 12 designs to be posted on Kona Bay's website very soon. Our web address is

Kona Bay strongly encourages individuals to purchase fabric from their local independent quilt shop as we believe these shop owners are the heart and soul of the industry and Kona Bay does not sell to chain stores.

Please contact your local quilt shop to encourage them to enroll in the Kona Bay 12 Art Treasures from Japan monthly program.