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When the door closed on her Japan Airline flight from LA to Kansaii on January 13, 2019, Cheryl Brady quickly suspected she wasn’t in Kansas anymore. Thirteen hours later she arrived to meet 20 quilters from six countries who would be her fellow adventurers for two weeks.

Practically everything was foreign, but Cheryl did recognize boro, patchwork, big stitching, sashiko, shibori and indigo. She knew from several Instagram quilters she follows that these techniques were being practiced in the USA. Through hands-on visits in Kyoto, Nagoya and Tokyo, culminating in a day visit to the Tokyo International Quilt show, she witnessed the beauty of these techniques.

Join Cheryl as she highlights her travels and observations about the state of modern quilting in Japan compared to the USA. She will showcase two of her favorite Japanese quilters and share selected photos, souvenirs and quilts she made upon her return. Rest assured, this presentation will not be your typical Grandpa’s travelogue.

About Cheryl:
Cheryl’s mother and grandmother were skilled sewists; they and 4-H leaders were her first teachers. As a working mom, Cheryl’s sewing was limited to Halloween costumes and Snoopy outfits. However, as her consulting work waned, she looked for more creative outlets and returned to interests in sewing and textiles. Her first meeting at the KCMQG in 2012 featured Weeks Ringle. When she circulated her quilts for up-close examination, Cheryl knew she had to know more.

Trips to Seattle last summer to learn about Yukata cottons and to Japan are her latest projects. She currently chairs the KCMQG’s Grant Committee, which she enjoys because it supports the continuing learning of our members. 2019 is her final year of a three-year term on the MQG Board of Directors. She co-chairs Mission Sewing at Village Church.