Saturday, June 11, 2016

Featuring Michiko Yonemaru..."Bouquet Blanc"

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 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.

I am honored to be one of Michiko's instructors and I guarantee that you will be seeing a lot more of her beautiful work.

Thank you Michiko for allowing me to share you with the world.  You have inspired all of us!

Hugs, Cindy :


Quilting Dee said...

Amazing work! Well done to Michiko and to her great tutor! Truely inspiring.

Karin said...

Beautiful quilting...can very much relate to the learning part. There are many unexpected issues when doing a Wholecloth. Michiko must be a true natural

Lynette said...

Watching your blog is always so inspiring. :) Thank you for continuing to share with us!

Karen said...

Michiko.....can I just say wow? I love this boutis pattern. I can relate to the hours upon hours spent on this piece. Being a boutis pattern I'm sure it must have been challenging since they are not designed for machine quilting but for the hand. Congratulations on your quilt. And congrats to Cindy....for recognizing the talent of a student and setting up the challenge. Sometimes all it takes is a gentle push from the right direction and a new love flourishes. What a wonderful feeling for both of you!

JanQ said...

Stunning - fantastic quilting

Laceflower said...

Wow, wow, wow, stunning work, thanks for sharing.