November 7, 2019 – Janet MacKinnon
Janet has been a long time member of the Vancouver Quilters’ Guild. She has been sewing garments since about the age of 13, starting on a treadle and ever so happy to finally have access to an electric machine a few years later. Her mom and grandma were always sewing and quilting. She grew up sleeping under many scrap quilts made from old clothing. Attending a quilt show at St. Mary’s Anglican Church in about 1998 sparked an interest in quilting. Her interests are varied, and range from hand appliqué, to paper piecing, to new techniques, to workshops, to traditional and modern quilts.
In January of 2019 I had the opportunity to travel to Japan. Our main goals were to see Tokyo, and go to the Winter Festival in Sapporo.
Of course, I had to go on line to find my way to the Tokyo fabric stores. I found “the place”, Nippori Fabric Town. I also happened to notice that the Tokyo International Quilt Show would be happening the week before we were to leave for Japan. I had no choice, I had to change my plans and go see it. I will tell you about it and show a few pictures, plus I have a couple of surprises!