What the?!

Excuse me!? What happened to October? How can it already be the first week of November!?

Since I last wrote, a lot has happened…as I am sure the same is true for you! This seems to always happen, right? One minute you are just recovering from a new roof and then family arrives and goes home (*sniff*) and now it’s already time for the holidays?! Like I said, “What the?!”

Time flies when your hands are busy. So here is a fast recap to catch up…

Grandies came for a wonderful visit and they loved the beach!!

On their Facebook page, I saw this photo of the bedspread I custom quilted for Pu’uwai Design in Koloa…in it’s new home! How gorgeous is this setting!?!?๐Ÿ™‚

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My cousin was so happy with her custom quilt made with tropical weight batting (super thin cotton). She took inspiration from her favorite artist, Steve Mei for incorporatingย  a soothing waterscape across Kona White. I even made matching king size pillow shams! A first for me! Lovely!

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I quilted more donation quilts!

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I quilted a few customer quilts! (Three of these were flannel and super soft!!)

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I even got one I “made a long time ago” quilted! Check off one UFO! WhooHoo!!

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It is completely done…labeled, too! It looks so nice in the guest bedroom!

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I sold a lap quilt and a wall hanging!

I am almost finished with a commissioned quilt. I’ll post about that when it is complete and received by the customer – a high school friend in Texas.

I have worked on other things as well but I am running out of space for photos on the blog. I’m not sure how I will fix that but will address it on another day. In the meantime, I will continue to post almost daily on Instagram and Facebook.

Our quilt show in Kauai will be in February, so I have to work on my entries for that. They are pieced and ready to be quilted with the exception of one. I’m feeling pretty good about that!!! But…they have to be finished in January so it’s too soon to celebrate!

Check out my Facebook Page here for other photos as I get more things quilted and projects in progress. *Like* my page, please, and keep up with my quilting projects!

I am up to 389 but hope to have 500 followers by the end of the year. It’s right around the corner so don’t delay!! Stop by soon!

And since Christmas is quickly approaching (as well as cooler temps!) check out my Etsy shop for some gifts. Or message me if you don’t see something you’d like…give the gift of something handmade and one-of-a-kind…made in Kauai!!

Aloha!

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New Items in the Store

I have been busy finishing up some baby quilts…3 to be exact! I wasn’t sure how far the fabric would go, but I managed to get 3 baby quilt tops from the two fabrics used in the middle. I added the off white and border fabric and the coordinating backing fabric.

I used the same pattern I used for the pink baby quilt in this post.

They are all for sale in my shop. It’s another cloudy morning so these photos are a bit dark.

I have two of this design…the fabric I used for the binding matches the border fabric and I quilted it with a circles and swirls design called “Ginger Snap

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Squares on Point Circles

I have one of this design…the fabric I used for the binding matches the turquoise fabric and is quilted with a flower design.

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Squares on Point Flowers

I also quilted these two donation tops.

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Disappearing 9-Patch

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Bordered Disappearing 9-Patch

Here are the backs showing off quite nicely!

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I have a couple of things to get finished (fingers crossed!) before the Grandies get here on Monday!!

Papa and GiGi can hardly wait for these two noisy, busy boys to get here!! Brogan is almost four and Beckett just turned one!

I have a gathered a nice collection of things to spoil them with…not to mention the beach!!๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Show Me Some Teal!

I signed up for a mini quilt swap benefiting ovarian cancer research. I found the swap through a conversation on Facebook with the woman who started it – Beth of Eva Paige Quilt Designs. She directed me to the Facebook group she created. You can find it here.

This year, she had participants from all 50 U.S. states and Canada and raised more than $4,000! I was the only participant from Hawaii! (I’ll have to do a better job of recruiting for next year!)

She sent each participant an 8″ square of this fabric, from Moda’s Basic Mixology collection, which had to be used in some form or fashion in the mini quilt or mug rug. That’s about it for the rules…make something of your own design, about the size of a mug rug or mini quilt.

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My swap partner this year is Joan C. from Massachusetts. Here were my fabric choices – I used a group from Sandy Gervais’ “Flirt” collection, the inner border is part of “Desert Bloom” by Sherri & Chelsi of a Quilting Life (which my daughter sent to me from Japan!), both from Moda, and a teal fabric in my stash for the border.

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Joan has received her mini so now I can share it! It measures 17″ square. I used the MSQC “Wacky Web” (also called the Periwinkle) template and triangle papers for each section.

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Joan happens to be an ovarian cancer survivor so this was really a special mini quilt to make!

Please consider participating in next year’s swap or any other opportunity to make a quilt for a good cause. I made this in just a few hours over Labor Day weekend…it was truly very little effort and a lot of fun on my part, and I hope it feels like a huge hug for Joan…whom I have never met, nor knew until this event.

Aloha!

P.S. I was having technical issues but now have the picture of the mini quilt that Joan sent me along with cute batik necklaces she makes and info on her hometown! Thanks, Joan!!

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The Big Projects are DONE!

I know it’s been a while, but we have had some big projects in August keeping us busy, busy, busy! There just wasn’t enough energy left to tell you about it all until now. I will give you the highlights…cuz I know you are busy, busy, busy too!

When last I blogged, the wood flooring was finished. Yes, I am still loving my little space!

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Midway through the install, we discovered a leak in the garage…thankfully, it was just in the garage! Mr. G sent out requests for bids.

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This is an old photo…but the best one I could find with both the roof and the garage door…whichย  we finally replaced in between the new flooring and new roof.

Here is the after…!! A more reflective color for the roof, an all-metal, hurricane proof garage door and, almost best of all, an automatic garage door opener!! Yep, for one year and four months, Mr. G had to open and close the old door! It is SO nice when the rain is coming down as we drive up and just push that sweet, little button! It’s the little things that make a happy Mr. G!!!

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Side note: the banana fell over a couple of days ago under its own weight and aided by its leaning stature. I hope all those bananas ripen soon! One is hiding behind the other but there are two baby banana plants next to it.

All of this was going on with rain still falling and Hurricanes Lester and Madeleine looming closer to our Hawaiian islands. We are happy neither storm made our projects miss a beat!

I also completed two large quilting projects. This was for a decorator on the south side of the island. I hope to get a picture of it on the client’s bed…she says the room is “stunning”! This is the largest quilt I have worked to date…109″ x 109″, California King!

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I was so happy to make this final square…there are 288 of these!

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And a peek at the binding…I found a perfect batik and the client agreed!

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This custom king size quilt is still a secret, so I won’t give too much information on it just yet! I have been asked to make matching pillow shams, so I will post all of it when it has been revealed by my customer.

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It is on my bed in this photo…oh, and just look at that gorgeous floor!๐Ÿ˜‰

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This is a very light quilt, the client wants to use it almost year round and wanted very little batting. I used Quilters Dream Natural Cotton in Request to keep it as thin as possible. She loves it!๐Ÿ™‚

August was quite a month for us! I hope you all had a wonderful end to your summer.

In a couple of weeks, our son and his family will arrive! I can hardly wait to see our two grandsons! In the meantime, I have some more quilting to do and that will make the time fly as fast as the summer we just had!

I just hope we are DONE with the major home DIY projects for a good while! Fingers crossed!

Aloha!

 

 

 

Had Enough of These Colors?!

I have another finish!!

I love the end of a project and this one is no exception! I think I finally used up all of these fabrics (except for the pieces left over from the backing…sigh!). I love these colors and I don’t think I’ll get tired of them, but have you had enough!? LOL

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This quilt started not that long ago with this post. I was stash busting before our move to Hawaii but this stuff seemed to dwindle so.very.slowly! Here are some of the quilts made with these fabrics…I don’t know how some of these newbies kept sneaking into my stash?!?๐Ÿ˜‰

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Paper pieced scrappy stars

“Freefalling” is waiting to be quilted!

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Beachy quilt from scraps!

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Gifted to a friend in OK-2015

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Connie’s Zen Quilt and…

 

 

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the pieced Back

Can you tell I like teal, purple, aqua, lime green, seafoam green, and…well, you get the idea! I think it might be time for a bit of a change…naaaahhh!๐Ÿ™‚

Aloha!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Nice Finishes!

It feels so good toย  be getting back to quilting! It has taken a few days to put the house back in order after the new flooring installations, wood and tile, and our guests leaving. Here is my sewing space all ready for me to get busy!

My cutting table now has casters, too which raised it a bit more and makes it so much easier to move when I need to work on big projects! Love it!!

In between projects I really do try to keep it this neat!!๐Ÿ˜‰

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Summer is nearly over…but we still have plenty of sunshine and beach days left! We are looking forward to visitors next month…two grandies will be here!!๐Ÿ™‚

I made these tops before the retreat last month…it feels great to have them finished as well!

Modern Squares is my own design using up scraps and “Remix” polka dot fabric by Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman on the back and binding. I used “City Windows” quilting design by Apricot Moon. It measures 35″ square.

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Green Hibiscus Falling Charm using “Scratch Modern E2E” quilting design by Karen Farnsworth. It measures 41″ x 49″.

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Orange Fizz was made from an orphan block and I bordered it Round Robin style. I used “Scallops and Pearls” from Quilters Niche in the two outer borders, a P2P pattern called “Circles 3” from Judith Kraker for the two inner borders and “Feathers and Pearls” for the star block. It measures 36″ square.

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I will have two king size quilts to work on next as well as finish this final scrappy one! You know how I love swirls!! There is a tiny preview of this one after I finished the quilting in the photo of the sewing space back up top!

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I hope you have had some successful finishes this summer, too! I’d love to hear about them!

Aloha!

 

Floors Are Done!

After 12 days of varying stages of demolition and furniture moving, it is done! Here are a few pictures of it in all its dusty, gritty glory! Mahalo to our friends, Imant and Becca Vermelis, who helped us!

Here we go! After the furniture comes out, old carpet and padding gets removed.

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The staples and wooden strips have to be removed, too…every.single.one.

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After a good vacuuming with the shop vac, moisture barrier goes next and the first row is started. We’re off and running!

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Well, not actually running, but it goes pretty quickly after such good prep work and really good measuring!

DSC05949As soon as enough wood is in place, the stacked pile can be relocated to continue the living room. Mr. G also moved the wood that had been stacked in the office. Mr. G hopes to never have to move this much wood flooring ever again!๐Ÿ™‚

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Most of the living room furniture and dining table and chairs are relocated to the front room. No quilting for a while.๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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After day 2, the living room/dining room combo is finished and the last of the wood has been relocated from the office (3rd bedroom). It looks so nice, right?!

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Ruby seems pleased with the progress so far!

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Then we have to move the Gammill and sewing room stuff. I’m so glad I ordered casters for Stella…she moved without any problems!

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By end of day 3, the front room was almost finished with a good start down the hallway.

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Next was the master bedroom (photo failed) and a bit more in the hallway. We just kept shifting furniture to the next room. Guest bedroom is now in the office! The air mattress came in pretty handy and we were so tired it was a welcome relief the couple of nights we had to use it!

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Yet another furniture shift. Bedroom and office furniture moved into the front room.

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Good help is hard to find. Luckily, we had a couple of extra hands…for very brief moments. At five and barely three years old, they could only be depended upon in short shifts!ย  LOL

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The last flooring project was to replace this tile and repair the subfloor under the toilet. A leak, as well as a bad cutting job on the floor joist, had resulted in a less than stable, ahem…throne!

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New plywood subfloor and awesome sandy colored tiles installed so now we wait for the mortar to cure.

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Ta-da! Isn’t it just lovely?!

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We’ll have a few days now to enjoy our company without the pressure of getting a toilet back up and running, waiting for grout to setup, and heavy lifting or moving any furniture!

The roll-off dumpster awaits its pickup and then we can get everything back in its place. The cleaning is almost done. This is the smallest container we have ever used and we barely filled it half way! I hope we don’t need another one any time soon!

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So, how’s your summer going!? Can you believe school has already started back up on Kauai? Summer is slipping away quickly so I hope you can make the most of what’s left!

I think we can resume our regularly scheduled beach days again! Whoo hoo!!

Aloha!

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