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Sunday, December 27, 2009

My work in 2009 are on the magazine at the book stores!

My interview on Quick Quilts Magazine Winter issue Page 6 and 7.Introducing my Spring Fever Group fabrics on the bag by Kristine Poor,
Quick Quilts Magazine Page 54 and 55.Introducing my Sparkling Paris group on Quilters Newsletter DEC/JAN/No.413 Page 42.True-up introduced my fabrics twice in 2009.
I appreciate all your support.
I have many new ideas for 2010. I'm already excited to do all!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Yes! Santa came!

We went to see Cirque Du Soleil Wintuk at Madison Square Garden on DEC 22nd.
It wasn't a nice day for us on 22nd.
I had a disappointed message in my email.
My son had a disappointment at his basketball game.
We were so bad mood on the way to go to the show, besides we were late to leave and hungry!
However we were lucky to eat a delicious dinner in the city before the show!

Believe or not! It had a miracle at The Madison Square Garden.
Snow, snow snow.... our favorite snow!
Our bad happens were not important anymore after we got miracle snow.
Th bad day became the best day.
I took this picture by my phone.
Do you believe in miracles? Yes, we do!
We had a great Christmas! We have very strong feeling to have our great year in 2010.

P.S. After Christmas Sale! 50% off Christmas tree cards and free shipping until January 4th 2010! at Hoodie in the box.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Peeking Santa!

Our tree came to our house on December 6th, our first snow day in NJ, then the tree stayed at our garage for a week.I put it up and dressed it nicely, just like every year on last Sunday night.I sew Santa was peeking.
He is telling me a wonderful Christmas story.
I know Secret Santa is coming!Same to you!
Hurry up to get our Christmas sale, 4 more aprons left!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Christmas Sale from Hoodie in the box.

Accessories, Christmas Card Set of 8 and Ready-made Christmas Besides Half Apron are
Free Shipping until 23rd.

Ready-made Christmas Besides Half Apron - 48.00.
Hoodie is going to sew your Christmas Aprons!
Squar base 22x22, Belt, Two Pockets - They are ready to go!
Not include buttons. You use your leftover buttons and enjoy 8 styles. It is fun project. One of the style, a Hand bag needs a handle. So a handle is include - $3.15.
Of Course, The instruction book/Pattern - $9.50 is include.
Plus, four color of Christmas Tree Greeting cards - $11.00 is include.
This apron is using 4 different fabrics - you can't buy this combination at the store and it is cost more than 18.00.
It is limited quantity. Red (pictures below) or Green version (all color positions are reversed)
Order by 18th, then you can have it before Christmas!
Besides, Christmas Tree Card / Set of 8 is 20% off $22.00 to $17.60 until DEC 23rd!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

This is America, Football and Turkey!

Happy Thanksgiving!
I found this vintage postcard. It is a great picture, isn't it.
Go to my Japanese Blog - Kimamaya-notes was posted a different vintage postcard. Check it out.

It is big holiday for American. Family weekend!
Football and Turkey! This is American way.
My way ...... My son's Ice Hockey Tournament and Turkey.

I'm going to make my Japanese Chicken and we are going to our American Family's.

Hoodie's Chicken (Japanese fried chicken)Ingredients
1 lb Boneless thigh
3 tablespoons Japanese soy sauce
2 tablespoons sake (Japanese rice wine)
2 cloves garlic,chopped
Grind ginger (same amount of garlic)
4 tablespoons cornstarch
Vegetable oil (for deep frying)
Extra --- Scallion, Sesame seed


Cut chicken into bite-size, get rid of fat part and marinate in a mixture of soy sauce, sake, ginger and garlic for at least 1 hour. (more hours is always better)

Addition: If you like scallion. cut scallion little piece and marinate with with them.

Addition: I usually put sesame seed and mix with them before putting on cornstarch.

Roll pieces in cornstarch or put cornstarch into the bowl. Don't put too much cornstarch on pieces of chicken!

Heat oil to 350 degrees F in a deep pan.

Fry chicken in small batches for about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.

Drain on absorbent paper.

Put them in Oven 350 degrees for 30 min. ( It makes less fat)

Serve hot.

Enjoy your meal!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Music in Autumn!

Thank you for coming our show in Tokyo.
I got many reports from many friends every day.
It was a nice experience for us.
I was sad because I couldn't be there. However I felt I was with them.
It was my challenge to me using only my fabric collection. Actually it was difficult and gave me hard time.
I used some solid color wool fabrics and denims from my jeans, but I didn't use any other fabrics.
All my groups are blended well. I got more ideas. I will make more and they will be on sale @ in the box 2010 in US, @ Tail Tree in Japan.

Home page on Hoodie's Collection's site.Autumn, music We have many concerts in Autumn in Japan.
I'm sure here in US as well.
I prefer to listen Jazz in this season, Autumn.

So these designs are going to zazzal products. Binders, Cards, Mousepads, Mugs, and shoes, more.
Don't you think these designs should be on fabrics, too?

By the way, I went to see "This is it!" at the theatre with my son, finally.
I heard teenagers don't want to go to movies with their parents, is this true?

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Show is Started on 9th!

Taeko Doll
Katsumi Punch-needle Work
Hoodie's Collection

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I found Medetai Group on Snippets and Blabbery.

Accidentally, I found these pictures from Snippets and Blabbery
Very nice!
She made a quilt from Medetai Group. Great!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Tint me Hint!

The description of Tint me Hint is the workshop in my mind.
Black side and Red side.
Darker side and Lighter side.
Positive side and Negative side.
My images are grown irregularly.
Completely opposite sides are contacting and against each other.
Eventually both thoughts are mixing them inside of me.
Tint me Hint
Size 36" x 35"/ Using my original Fabrics.
Fabric Group / Morning Call, Medetai, Spring Fever, Sparkling Paris,
Hoodie's Christmas, Cutie Pie
Cotton Fabrics, Wool fabrics, buttons and bamboos for the frame.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Still cool! "Morning Call" group.

I call "Rooster Parade" Color/Cream
We will manufacture my skirt apron which won't be reversible.
This is test sewing.
Sale in 2010.I Call "Ring Dots" from Morning Call group. I personally like this design and fun to use with any designs. I will make more colorways of this design to go to all my groups for 2010.

I found this picture at Google Images. (This blog is open to invited readers only.)
Baby's booties March 6, 2009 The Pattern By Amy Butler.
It is too cute!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Town Art show before my Tokyo show!

Oops, again!
I forgot our Town Art Auction. It is held around the Quilt Market.
The Quilt Market was earlier than usual, so I confused the date of this auction, besides I have Tokyo show and my son's Ic Hockey Tournament.

Here is comments
of this Auction in this year by Paul who organizes this great event.
Just a note. For many of you this has been 5 years running, you have been amazing, giving your work year after year as you have! If not the children of Leonia I would not bother you, I know that this is a big request. The beneficiaries and ultimately us all win from this unique art exhibition with the free trips back to the MOMA in NYC and this year I noticed a huge truck delivering clay and supplies for the new ceramic kiln. All this never before at ACS prior to the art events, our kids are the true winners. You should all be proud of your part in this one night event. I was sort of burnt out doing it and told my wife I should cool out this go around, especially asking artist to give work again. She explained how important it was and joined in helping the past two years and inspired me to do so as well.
*ACS - Anna C. Scott Elemental School in Leonia.

Paul called and reminded me about this show is held on 22nd and 20th is last day of drop-off artwork 4 days ago.
Let see, do I have artwork?

All That Jazz

I decided this work for 2009. I usually donate a couple of artwork, but I don't have enough time to think which one is good for the show in this year.
I made these musicians for my fabric line but we won't print so far. It became half mono-tone style, but I might try they will be in colors sometime.
I'm making this artwork for a postcard and some other products on zazzle / at the Hoodie's Patch soon.

I started to donate my artwork since their first show. My son was 5th grade, last year of ACS. Besides I was a good friend with his Art teacher. So I thought I should do something to the school and her before he graduate. Click here / They were my first donation.
He is a High School student, Freshman in this year and he is taller than me.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Needleworks "The Job of Fabrics x 3" in Tokyo!

You are invited to our art show!
My Gallery Show with two my best friends in Tokyo is coming soon.
Date : November 9th - 15th.
Katsumi Takeoka from Osaka (Punch-needle Artist),
Taeko Nakano from Tokyo (Doll Artist)
Hoodie from NY (Fabric Artist)

We have known each other for 1/4 century and kept our friendship.
We create different type of art, we have different job careers, we are living different area in our different life.
We are still creating own artwork in own our way but all of us are using fabrics in our recent work.
It passed 16 years since we had the show together in Kanazawa.
We decided to get together again. It's our party time!

"Needleworks" 布の仕事x3(The job of fabrics x 3)
at Amulet Art Gallery in KandaJinbo-cho, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo.

This is the building for our show.
Second floor - Gallery
When I visited there in last summer (August) to check my space at the gallery.
They used the space for the market at the time.
There were displayed with many cute hand-made goods.
When we will have our show, we won't use this big table.
Both big side of walls will be my friends', my wall will be by the window.This wall will be mine!First Floor - Shop and Cafe
Half of their space, middle to the end at 1st floor is their regular shop.
Another half, front space is their cafe.
They sell items that are all hand-made goods by artist or antiques.
All of them were so special.I found cutting fabrics at the end of their store.
I couldn't see my fabrics at once but I found mine "Morning Call Group"
I called this design "Sweet Garden" #5292 Apple
Cotton Fabric Store "Early's Print" is selling my fabrics.
They called this design "Fruits"
Thank you! Ms. Tsuchiya.
#5292 Apple from Morning Call Group for Blank Quilting
It is sold out at Early's Print siteCafe at their 1st floor.
In this picture - My friend who is a Doll Artist/Taeko Nakano
and my son/Ice Hockey Player and Film maker for skateboarders,
High school student/Freshman
It was a very hot day, we needed to drink delicious Japanese Ice Coffee.

I couldn't be at our show 16 years ago. I moved to US already in 1993.
I won't be in Tokyo for this show either because of my son's school and sports and my work.

The challenge piece "Cuckoo Candy Plot", my cuties and aprons are going to Tokyo.
I'm going to make my second quilt for this show.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Great meeting at the Quilt Market!

I like to be at the Quilt Market because I could meet allot of people who I never expected to meet.
I love to meet my friends who I could meet at the show twice a year.
We always do nice hugs and kisses to each other.
Nice meeting all of you!

I met many new people at this market again.
I'm looking forward to keep a nice relationship with them.Sarah and me.
Sarah's booth "Fabric shop network" was across from our Blank Quilting booth.
She said, "We have a mutual friend who is Stacy!"
Stacy mentioned that her friend was going to the Market.
Sarah said, she couldn't find me at the last market, then she thought Hoodie might not exist.
We finally met and We waved to our friend Stacy in the picture.

Piece in the Hoop.
I love the name "Piece in the Hoop" when I saw the cover even though the book was not published yet.
Lorisa L. Bland came over to our booth and introduced her book.
Look at her book.
There is my Rooster Parade/Cream and my Egg Dots/Brown fabrics.
It is exciting to see my fabrics on the cover page of the book.
Not only that!
She was carrying a bag using same Rooster fabric.
Inside of the bag - Egg Dots/Tomato.

The bag was perfect size and looks practical.

Then she took an another one of her products from her bag and said "I just made it before the market."
A business card case.
It is cute, isn't it!
Her book is coming in January 2010.
To order or contact: Jamie Gehring
(800)666-0963 x11481

I can't wait to get her book.

This publisher is carrying nice books.

To learn more, visit

I met Kathy from Fat Quarter Factory, I posted her article on August 8th when I was in Japan.
It was very nice meeting her in person.
She is a very sweet person and her husband is as well.
They could come to see my "Show and Tell" at the Blank Quilting Booth.
She understood my concept of my "Besides Aprons"
She wants to challenge them and show them to her customers, just like I demonstrated .
Keep in touch Kathy!

Thank you for coming to my "Show and Tell"
to Christine from f+w media, Lisa from Quick Quilt Magazine, Kathy from Fat Quarter Factory, my Japanese customers, Mr. Nakajima, and Kinkame. Inc. and more but I don't know the names, sorry.

Thank you for your purchase of my patterns to Samantha from Australia and Sandra Welch from Hometown Crafts & Gift.

Thank you to Indygo Junction for using my fabrics in your products. They are great looking.
I should brought my camera when we visited your booth.

Thank you to Pamela from Creative Sewlutions for cheering for me when they announced my name for the challenge by Simplicity. Pamela spoke to me in Japanese! We were a good company at the market.

Thank you to Kathy Miller for inviting me to the Michael Miller's 10 year anniversary party and bringing back our friendship. It has been for two years since I left. I had many memories (more than 10 years) with her. It was great meeting all of you guys!

Many thanks to all the customers who ordered my fabrics!

Hoodie's Quilt at International Quilt Market in Houston.

I got a special prize.
It is an honorable mention for the most creative use of the machines
for "Small Wall Quilt Challenge 2009" by Simplicity.
I posted abut it on SEP 30th.
My name was announced at the market. I couldn't believe it!
One of my friend said, "It should be a treasure in your family."
I told my son to do it.
However it is going to Tokyo Gallery Show.
I'm going to make my second quilt for the coming Tokyo Show.
I got more confidence!
Thank you very much! Dear Mimi, Michele and Bridget!

Here is a beautiful Cutie Pie Quilt by Ginnie Isaacson at the Blank Quilting Booth.
She is a California Sales Rep as well.
The quilt was very cute, fun and warm feeling at our booth.
Thank you, Ginnie!

Here are two excellent quilts by Julie Popa / Sunflower Hill Designs.
We met last Spring at the Quilt market. One of our sales rep, Dolores Joshua found Julie.
I went to see her her booth. I loved her work immediately.
Then I asked her to make a quilt from my fabrics.

Are they gorgeous?
She mostly used the "Morning Call" Group.
Morning Call Group is very stable fun group and never get tired of them. We planned to hang the quilts when we got her master pieces.
We couldn't hang them but they were still attractive on the table.
I used this table as my station by my mannequins at the corner. It was a perfect station.
The garden was our theme for the show, Julie's flowers and my flowers were matching nicely.
She made a runner as well. I will show the picture next time. It seems like I forgot to take a picture of it.
Thank you, Julie! They were lovely and I love them.
She is going to make these patterns. I will let you know when they will be available.

My friend, Marinda Stewart got 1st place for "Small Wall Quilt Challenge 2009" by Simplicity.
She always made wonderful quilts using my fabrics when I worked at Michael Miller.
She is the most talented quilter I know.
I always admired her quilts with her talent.
I was honored being in the challenge with her. Congratulations, Marinda!