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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Martial Crafts


What's that old truism? If you had a roomfull of monkeys typing for eternity, one of them would eventually create Hamlet? That's how it feels sometimes watching crafts roll out. Enter Kathleen Azeez, author of "Action Karate Quilts", a self-published book that is THE DEFINITIVE manual on karate quilts:

The original karate pattern quilt, called “American Martial Arts Quilt”, was a gift I made for my son, when he earned his senior black belt using a flag motif to symbolize the name of the school. The quilt depicts the diversity of the school''s members of all ages, genders, and ethnic backgrounds. The belt colors progress from the beginning, which is white, to the end, which is black, with three additional master stars. That quilt won an Honorable Mention Award from the National Arts Program (NAP) in 2004 for Cape May County, New Jersey. My daughter also earned her junior black belt, which is the equivalent to her brother''s senior black belt without the training with weapons.
An idea as good as that becomes a life-changing obsession. It's no exaggeration to say that Kathy Azeez is the Martha Stewart of the Action Karate Quilt world. Order the book today, and bask in her glow. HI-YAAAAA!

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