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Overview

Quilters’ Express to Japan is a multi-faceted retail and travel-related business established by Susan Ball Faeder, an American quilter whose love for Japanese art and culture spans nearly 45 years! Susan lived in Japan on two separate occasions through scholarships and study, and speaks Japanese fluently. She grew up sewing her own clothing, but joyously “converted” to quilting in 1983.

In 1988, Susan was asked by the most well-known quilter in Japan, Shizuko Kuroha, to come to Japan to speak to Japanese quilters about the American quilting scene—in Japanese—at the first all-Japan quilt show. What an opportunity! Susan was a part of that premiere national quilt event and witnessed first-hand how the Japanese embraced the American style of quiltmaking. At that time, the importing of American fabrics, quilting tools, books, and patterns was very limited, but the quilts exhibited by the top five Sensei and their students already revealed a unique vision and technological proficiency—and a great passion.

Upon returning from that trip, Susan gave a lecture to her American quilting friends showing slides of what she had seen in Japan. This created the foundation of her business: teaching and sharing with each of these two audiences about the others’ culture through quilting. She combined her love of quilting and her love of Japan to launch Quilters’ Express to Japan.

For the last 25+ years, Susan has been not only actively following the path of quiltmaking in Japan and researching the history of Japanese indigenous textiles, but also sharing this information through textile tours, workshops and lectures, a Japanese Fabric Club, and online shopping.

Quilters Express to Japan
Quilters Express to Japan
Quilters Express to Japan