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?!?πŸ˜‰

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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!πŸ™‚

Aloha!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Nice Finishes!

It feels so good toΒ  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!!πŸ˜‰

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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!!πŸ™‚

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!πŸ™‚

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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.😦

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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!Β  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!

A Lovely Quilt

My friend Deb made a lovely quilt for a friend and asked me to quilt it. It turned out so well! The pattern is “Quattro Lune” and can be found here.

I was able to quilt this right after our friends left for China and before our next guests arrive late Monday! (I am writing this ahead of time in case the power goes out!)

It is B-I-G! The largest quilt I have quilted on my new Statler! It measures 88 x 106 inches – queen size! The photo below shows it on our king size bed.

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I designed the concentric circles on the Statler. I was pretty proud of doing that!

The biggest circle was larger than the frame space on the Gammill. Fortunately, it didn’t need to be quilted to the top of the circle!

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She selected “Prisms” from Urban Elementz for the background design. The triangles worked really nicely with the other geometric shapes in the quilt.

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Deb also made a mini version measuring 18 x 25 inches, which was very nice to try out the circles before moving on to the large quilt!

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Next, I started quilting this on Saturday. It is a small baby quilt.Β  I picked out the backing fabric at Vicky’s Fabrics and it is SO soft! It reminds me of a comfy, well-worn chambray Aloha shirt. I think it will turn out lovely, too! It will be headed to the online store as soon as I sew on the binding! You can read this post to see how this one started!

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Thanks for stopping by and I’ll keep you posted on our summer hurricane season as well as the flooring project starting soon!

Aloha!

 

 

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The Lull Before the Storm

I sit here watching a steady rain falling on the bright green foliage in our front yard. We are awaiting land fall of Tropical Storm Darby. We are hoping it does nothing more than drop a lot of rain with not-so-strong winds. We are very thankful it didn’t remain at hurricane status!!

We have plenty of provisions and fingers crossed we don’t lose power.

The prediction of its path has changed a bit and now Kauai is set for a direct mark. We are the little round island shown as green just above the 8 AM Mon.

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Now we just wait.

Not only for a storm, but the arrival of our guests from Norman. Imant, Becca and their two small children are set to fly out Monday morning and, we hope, the storm will be well ahead of them so that they don’t have any delays.

Our other friends, Steven and Gwen, left mid-week and are now safely in China visiting their son. What a wonderful time we had with them during their stay! We celebrated 30+ years of friendship with good food and drinks, lots of laughs, and mostly sunshine during their stay.

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They were enchanted with the island and we showed them the highlights…Kalalou Lookout, the Waimea Canyon, Anini Beach, Poipu Beach…and we enjoyed eating out several times. Here was our sunset during dinner at the St. Regis in Princeville.

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Muddy hikes and a kayak tour up the Wailua River to Secret Falls. It was so much fun having them here to see just a tiny part of what Kauai has to offer!

With the arrival of our other friends, we will begin a major project to the house…new hardwood flooring!

All the carpet will be ripped out and this will go in its place. One bathroom will be getting a makeover as well. Won’t this be fun!?:/

I hope to get at least one more top quilted before the storm hits and/or the Gammill longarm gets moved. Wish me luck!πŸ˜‰

Have a great Sunday!

 

 

 

 

Recovering from a Retreat

Aloha to everyone! Thanks for stopping by! I hope your July 4th was spectacular!

I am recovering from a quilting retreat…wait…a FABULOUS quilting retreat! Three full days of sewing, laughter and memories, brunches and dinners of good food (anytime someone else cooks, it’s good, right?!), entertainment and best of all…a gracious teacher giving us her tips and tricks and personal stories. We were definitely indulged!

We started last Wednesday with a Meet ‘n Greet with Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Our hostesses were Susan and Rita of Indulge Retreats and the retreat was held at Kauai Beach Resort. Our goody bag was filled with wonderfully indulgent things like Godiva chocolate, sunscreen, sunglasses, a water bottle and beach towel!

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Day One – a mini tutorial for the Disappearing Hourglass pattern. Depending on the way the block is turned, you can choose from a couple of options.

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I chose the second option and with these fabrics…a productive first day! The “hourglass” blocks on the right are ready to be cut and sewn into stars!

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Here are a few photos of our space and attendees!

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Maile from Vicky’s Fabrics had a corner space for her pop up shop! She also gave quick tutorials for Sashiko and Furoshiki tying. So convenient for those who “needed” something for their project(s)!πŸ˜‰

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Day Two – Jenny’s mini tutorial for today is “Jump Rings”.

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And here is my production for this pattern! In a day, several of these can be made!

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Treats were left on our sewing machines every day! Chocolate is always good at retreats!

Jenny is always gracious for a photo op…I brought in a top I had recently made using her pattern “Falling Charms” and snapped a picture with her!

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She was always available for questions and even whistled and sang on occasion during her own sewing time!

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We also had a bit of entertainment…a blast from the past…our hostesses bringing back Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon performing as Carmac the Magnificent!

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Day Three – our tutorial for today is “Chopped Block”. I was not too fond of this particular pattern based on the photo in the book. Jenny assured me it was the fabric choice in the sample. She showed us the class sample and it was a definite improvement. Remember, fabrics can make or break a pattern.

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Here is a sampling of what I accomplished for that day…I had made more but I guess I forgot to take the picture to prove it!:/

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Here is what some of the other ladies accomplished. I wish I had taken more photos…some of the designs are going to end in fabulous finishes!

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We ended the day with a working trunk show by Jenny…as well as more photo ops and book signings. Jenny’s “entourage” is her husband…yep, that’s it. He held up the quilts, helped her recall how fabrics were supposed to be laid out when she got ahead of herself and took lots of photos for us! A big hug to him!

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Sadly, Day Four – a fast tutorial on “Tag Team”…and my pictures didn’t come out well. None the less, I managed to get a few blocks made before we had to pack up our things. You can see Maile’s quilt in her “shop” photo above.

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Our final brunch and lots of thank you’s for a great time! We ended in a large circle singing (or attempting!) to sing a Hawaiian song of blessing.

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Lastly, our group photos with the lovely back drop that is Kauai!

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The Hawaii Representatives!

 

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The Kauai representatives!

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Jenny’s dazzling smile is contagious!

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I like to think Jenny and Ron might frame this one!

Thank you Jenny, Ron and to the Indulge Retreat ladies, Susan and Rita, for a wonderful few days! I know I speak for the entire group…we hope you come back again some day!

Aloha and happy sewing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hawaiian Fabric

We have lived in Hawaii for just over a year…ya know, that’s PLENTY of time for at least one of my new quilting friends to share that Hilo Hattie’s sells fabric. But I only found out last month!

For those who don’t know, Hilo Hattie’s has been around a long time. We visited the store on Oahu back in 1986. The shop sells clothing, primarily muumuu’s and Aloha shirts that match. They also sell some t-shirts and kid clothes and souvenirs.

When a generous quilter made these quilt tops, she shared where she purchased the tropical squares…yep, Hilo Hatties! I posted how I quilted this donation quilt and others here.

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Little did I know, at the end of production, they cut up excess fabric and sell it like this…

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These packs of 7-inch squares are very inexpensive.Β  There are approximately 90 squares per pack! Wow!!

Sounds like a quilter’s best Hawaiian dream, right?! What’s the catch? Well, they don’t always have them and the selection is limited. You can’t open the pack to see what all is inside, either.

None the less, my friend Deb and I ventured in yesterday and the store had just received a shipment! We snagged a few packs and I am starting with this set…

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This group was included in the pink pack in the upper left of the previous photo. The Kona Snow strips work beautifully with it! Another Falling Charm quilt, here we go!!

I quilted this beautiful batik quilt for Deb and I’ll post a better photo when she gets the binding on. She loved it! The sea shell pattern worked beautifully!

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I finished up two baby quilt tops to practice…I really am trying to use up the last of this collection of scraps! I just used random sizes of square-ish pieces that I framed in Kona White and threw in a few random opposite white squares framed in color. No pattern – I just kinda made it up as I went then squared it up enough make the rows even. I want to try out a Modern quilting design on the squares.

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I had one orphan block from this quilt project, so I framed it again and again…

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…and I plan to practice some border applications on this one. Both of these are about 36 inches square.

June has been crazy busy and July looks to be the same. Next week is the Jenny Doan and Indulge Retreat!! I can’t wait to meet her! Wait until I show you the fabrics for the quilts she is going to teach! Can you say “tropical brights”!?

Then we will have company coming to visit!! Two different couples will be here in July! I can’t wait to see our friends…it’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we’ve seen them.

Oh, and new wood flooring to be installed and garage door to be replaced. Mr. G will be clearing more of the rim view andΒ  planting more things. I hope you’ll check back to see what else we have on the list!!

Aloha!

 

 

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