I'd like you to meet Tomi, our Japanese quilting friend...a dear delightful tiny lady.
Tomi has been coming out to Australia for about 7 years now, she loves to quilt, and would you believe Tomi is 86 years old....lives with her son and family in Japan.
This lovely photo of Tomi and I is to show you how tiny Tomi is...I'm JUST scraping five feet tall...
Each year Tomi comes to Australia in our summer, sometimes staying just a couple of months, at one time stayed on an extended visa for a whole year.
She stays with friends, Tomi loves to visit our fabric shops, one of our Patchwork girls picks her up, brings her to our meetings and takes her to quilt fabric shops to get her fix of fabric retail therapy.
Six years ago, Tomi set out to make 80 quilts to hold an exhibition in Japan to celebrate her 80th birthday, and this she did with 80 plus a few more to spare.
The exhibition was a great success, from it Tomi went on to teach quilting the ladies in her local area...the ladies there loved her quilts....I wish I had half of Tomi's energy!
We love her dearly and hope that she keeps coming back for many more years, Tomi is an inspiration to us all... ♥
A bit of show and tell....This gorgeous quilt is Lyn's...Lyn hasn't been quilting for very long, but isn't this quilt just beautiful..I think Lyn said it was the first quilt she has finished, it was done in a class...One of many beautiful quilts to come Lyn!