Nancy Ota lives in San Clemente, California and has been quilting, teaching and designing patterns for over 20 years.


1.  A trunk show that takes you through her long quilting journey of many styles.  She can’t seem to stay with one, she wants to do it all. She will bring about 30 quilts, bags and garments. Her quilts and garments have been in many international shows in the US and even Japan.

2.  The second trunk show is concentrated on Japanese textiles and how many of those fabrics are made.  Her collection is mainly Japanese vintage cottons. She is a proud recycler.


1.  Sashiko is my most popular workshop and never fails to fill with 20-25 participants. Maybe because it doesn’t require a sewing machine. This is a hand embroidery technique that can be used in quilts and garments.
2.  The new wall hanging pattern featuring the 12 Zodiac Animals can be taught as an applique and sashiko class.
3.  Classes with her Screen Play Bags and hand quilting are available.
4.  English piecing of silk fabrics (neckties) is popular class.

Trunk Show Quilt Journey with Nancy Ota

 Nancy will share over 30 quilts as she takes you through her quilt journey.  She will bring wall hangings, garments and bags that 

she has made since becoming a quilter in 1988.  Many have been published in books and magazines and have been finalists and won 

ribbons in major shows in Paducah, Houston, Santa Clara, Ontario and Japan.  In April, 2006 her wall hanging "Infinity" won Best Wall Hanging from the American Quilters Society and is now owned by the Museum of

American Quilters Society in Paducah, Kentucky.  She will bring with her a near duplicate of that quilt.  She enjoys sewing commercial cottons, hand dyed cottons, and silks from neckties and kimono.


She likes to give credit to the many wonderful artist/teachers she has received inspiration and instruction.  Nancy will talk about the different

techniques she uses to create her work.


Purses have also been a major interest, and after many requests began designing and selling patterns.  The Japanese embroidery technique of sashiko has also piqued her interest and now she has several wall 

hanging designs using sashiko.


Sewing, whether by machine or hand has been her creative outlet since childhood. Her mother shared her joy of sewing, knitting, crochet and 

embroidery.  She began quilting by making gifts for family members, and took her first class in 1988 at the Adult Education class taught by Suzanne Stanton in San Juan Capistrano.  Due to Suzanne's enthusiasm 

and expertise, quilting became an addiction.  Nancy feels that the many activities offered by her quilt guild, taking workshops and viewing quilts at shows and in publications keep her mind spinning and fingers stitching.


A supportive husband and two grown kids continue to encourage her addiction to quilting and help her learn computer and photography skills. As a retired dental hygienist she now devotes more time to present trunk shows, teach, participate in the local quilt guild, 

and create patterns for quilters.  She feels great pleasure in seeing her patterns used creatively.

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