It is truly my pleasure to share the beautiful work of one of my favorite students, Michiko Yonemaru.
Two years ago I taught an Open Thread Bar workshop for the ASG in San Jose, California. Michiko was not a member of this group but bravely signed up and showed up with her huge Bernina which was bigger than she was. You have to understand she was a beginning student...no prior experience...but determined to learn. No one in the classroom knew who she was but they sure did when class was over!
Michiko is one of the few students I have taught over many years who has a natural talent to quilt. It was already inside her. I gave her a few tips and then watched her take off. She has joined me for multiple workshops over the past two years and each time she excels at what she does.
She recently joined me for my retreat at the Mercy Center in Auburn and I provided her with a challenge. I gave her two yards of my treasured smooth Dupioni silk and a book of French boutis patterns and gave her two years to work on a piece of her choice. Oh my.
Michiko took this challenge VERY seriously and put hundreds of hours into the quilting. Yes, there were a few hiccups along the way but that's how we all learn.
Thank you Michiko for allowing me to share you with the world. You have inspired all of us!
Hugs, Cindy :