Finishing 4th

Aloha and Happy Wednesday! Have you all recovered from the time change? Thankfully, here in Hawaii, we don’t have to do that! I’ve appreciated that for the two years we’ve been here. Moving back to the mainland will bring change enough but then we’ll “enjoy” that stupid time change again! 😦

Anyway, things are progressing towards our April 4 house closing. We still haven’t worked out all the logistics with shipping but we are getting closer. One thing we have learned is that crossing the ocean creates an “international” event. Moving over sea and land enters a whole new realm of logistics! More on that as it happens.

As I have done in the past, when a move is about to happen, I start sewing like crazy! Somehow packing finished items feels less weighty than moving boxes of stash fabric. Yesterday, I finished the fourth project from last summer’s retreat.

Jump Rings by MSQC which is in this edition of BLOCK magazine. The Hawaiian fabrics were selected and kitted for the retreat by Vicky’s Fabrics here in Kauai. This was my first time to work with poly-cotton fabric, which is commonly used in Aloha shirts and clothing. It was easy to work with and quilted beautifully as you’ll see.

Making snowballs to form the inner ring…

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Then I attached the matching sides all around to form the ring…forgot to take a photo of that part but you can see the result below. Next, the outer corners are nipped to make the final ring appear.

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Fast forward and the top is made and the quilting is in full swing…

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A close-up of the quilting design…

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And the end result…ready to trim and bind! I am going to call it “Haku Leis” for the head-pieces commonly worn by the bride and her attendants during weddings. Here is a link that explains that a bit more as well as the photo below shows. Aren’t they beautiful?!

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Here’s how it looks from the back! I think it is a great way to start Spring! (Apologies to those suffering from the winter storm Stella! My Stella sends her best wishes for a quick thaw!)  😉

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I have a customer’s top in-house to quilt next. If I work really fast, I can get the last two tops I have made quilted before Stella has to be disassembled to move.

Next week, we have these two coming to visit! I can hardly wait to see them again! This Gigi needs to make a baby doll quilt, quick!! 🙂

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Aloha!

Finishing 3rd

With another move ahead of us, I am going to finish up some UFO’s before we disassemble the Gammill and pack up the fabric stash.

The house is in good shape from repairs, cleaning, etc. for the appraiser and we enjoyed having friends over on Sunday for brunch. I had several bits of time this past week to get this UFO top complete. It is the 3rd of 4 projects from last summer’s retreat with Jenny Doan. These were the blocks I made at the retreat…the pattern is “Chopped Block” and can be found in the MSQC magazine BLOCK, Late Summer 2014 Vol. 1, issue 4. The fabrics are from jelly strips in the Desert Rose collection by Island Batik.

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With all the blocks made, here was the design laid out (hung up?!) on the design wall…

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The next step was to sew the blocks into rows…then sew the rows together.

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I used my super (cheap-o) row numbering pins to keep from losing my (mind) place…

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as I sewed the rows together…

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And now the last side of the outer border is sewn on…the end is close!!

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A little pressing and ta-da!!! One almost queen sized FINISHED quilt top!! Woohoo!! 🙂

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It measures approx. 81 x 90…a generous full size but add another row and it would easily fit this queen bed. The pattern stated it would finish 82 x 93″…well, close enough! Finishing the 3rd project is better than perfectly sized. Once it is quilted, bound, and washed…it will be so super soft and warm…and perfect for someone! 😉

It is so colorful and bright after a gray, rainy weekend! Now to get the backing fabric and batting so I can let the quilting magic happen! I hope your Monday was just as productive!

Have a great week!

Aloha!

 

 

Change at the Speed of Life

March is here and with it comes change. For most people, it just means a change in the season…are you slowly thawing out where you live? Are your favorite things starting to bud and bloom? For us, it means another adventure!

Recently, Bonnie Hunter posted this photo on her Quiltville Facebook page…

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Thanks, Bonnie! What a timely phrase! Change is scary but it’s also sometimes just the thing you need to do.

If you have followed this blog for a bit (or know us as friends and family do), you know we have moved a few times in our 36 years of marriage. For the most part, the reasons have been (mostly) economic conditions and/or chasing a dream. Our move to Hawaii in 2015 was a big dream…and guess what!? we sat in the front row and did it!!

But, things in life have a way of changing…not that we WANT them to change, sometimes they just do all by themselves. As much as we would like, we can’t control everything life throws at us.

Yet the things we CAN control do take action. So, most of our friends and family know that we are action-taking types and know when to make things happen.

Moving to Hawaii was a big risk…it would be a 50/50 chance. Should we take it on? We weighed all the pros and cons and took a deep breath, and did it. We knew there would be things we couldn’t control but it was worth a shot…this one chance to live our longtime dream. Reality can be harsh, however and we found we were on the second part of that 50/50 chance…the part that usually stops most folks in their tracks.

So, now what do we do? Where do we go? When do we leave? What’s the plan?

Well, then it’s time to start a new dream!

When we first considered moving to Hawaii back in 2014, Florida was our backup plan. Now its THE plan! And we’ve taken action! Watch out Florida…here we come!

Our beautiful Kauai home is already under contract and we are set to close on April 4! Most of February was spent making it ready to sell and fortunately for us, our buyer was renting across the street! They love our neighborhood and all the upgrades we have done to the house was greatly appreciated. Just this week, Mr. G sold his 1-year old Tacoma pickup in less than 24 hours!

After we close on the house in April and yet another tax season is out of the way, we will take some time to visit Maui and the Big Island…we might not be this close to them ever again…so we are taking advantage of that! Then, we’ll take some time in May to visit our parents as we make our way to Florida.

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We hope to be in the Ft. Myers/Bonita Springs area by June 1st.

Yes, Stella (the longarm quilting machine) will cross the Pacific, again, and I will continue the blog and quilting. I’ve read there are 120 quilt shops in Florida! And, of course, I can still quilt barefoot and get my toes sandy!! Woohoo!!

As Bilbo Baggins said, “I think I’m ready for another adventure!” Let’s go!!

Stay tuned!

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Barefoot Beach!

Kauai Quilt Show Winners

Here are photos of the top three favorites as voted on by visitors to our show!

First Place Viewers Choice by Toni W. – gorgeous batiks in tropical colors

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Second Place Viewers Choice by Carole W. – gorgeous bird of paradise

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Third Place Viewers Choice by Cheryl B. – stunning indigo and sashiko

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We had a great show! We sold several quilts! We received such nice compliments from our visitors!

I personally sold SIX items!!!

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Paradise Time

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Wall Hanging – Calm Waters-Dusk

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Wall Hanging – Calm Waters-Blue

And THREE wall hangings similar to this little turtle!!  🙂

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I’ll take a bit of a break this afternoon, but tomorrow I gotta get busy…!!

Aloha!

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Kauai Quilt Show 2017-Part 2

As promised, here are some pictures taken at random of the show! Enjoy!

This year, we have storefront windows for display! Sorry for the glare on the glass, but what a lovely presentation! Left to right – all are donations quilts for sale!

Get ready to be dazzled!! 🙂

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Pretty awesome, right?! My apologies to the artists whose quilts I missed. Some were sold before I could get a picture!

I hope you enjoy the pictures, but the quilts are so much more vibrant in person! Please visit as soon as you can! The show runs through February 22!

Aloha!

 

 

Kauai Quilt Show 2017

The Kauai Quilt Show 2017 will be from February 10-22 at the Kukui Grove Shopping Center, Lihue at the Kauai Society of Artists location. Thank you KSA for allowing us the use of your space.

Here are a few photos from this year’s setup…thanks to all the volunteers!

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We are in a new space this year so the layout was carefully planned.

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The poles are going up as quilts are being delivered!

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Quilts being checked in.

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Each quilt is labeled and numbered.

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Once labeled, they are ready to hang!

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Measuring, lighting is adjusted, hanging & rearranging quilts…busy, busy, busy!

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2 of 3 baskets of donation quilts tagged and ready for sale!

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Every quilt entered will be displayed…these are waiting for their spot.

I’ll post more pictures tomorrow of the final setup. It came together great and will be an awesome show! We have over 70 quilts and 20+ donation quilts. Various quilts are for sale and there will be Viewer’s Choice awards.

I hope you can attend! Admission is free!

Aloha!

 

 

Fabric Shop in Okinawa, Japan

Aloha! I’ve been under the weather since our trip to visit this cutie in Okinawa, Japan. It was a chilly, windy week and every one but Evelyn (who, thankfully, just had a runny nose from teething) got sick…allergy, head cold and/or upper respiratory junk is not fun when there is so much to see and do!

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Such a cute little “kimono” outfit!

Just in case you think we didn’t get there and back again…

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Getting our first stamps in our passports was quite exciting, it went very smoothly and with no delays! 🙂

With the weather and being sick, I still managed to find a fabric shop during our trip! I couldn’t find too much information on the shop but it has been in Okinawa for a good while. I found this article online but not much else.

I don’t know what the “66 cents” means…I didn’t see anything for that price or even ending in that price. This photo is of the front store and held the quilting cottons, notions and, interestingly, an olive oil shop above it!

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Courtney and I entered from the side entrance. To the right were these cabinets full of all types of thread. The price in Yen (371) converts to about $3.29 U.S in case you’re curious!

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To our left, were these bolts of fabrics. You can just see the stairs leading up to the olive oil shop. These novelty fabrics seem to be very popular.

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On the other side of the thread cabinets were these fabrics on rolls rather than folded onto bolts. I had recently learned there were traditional Okinawan fabrics and these in the lower right seemed to be the closest I found. Surprisingly, there were not very many to choose from.

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I can’t interpret the writing on this one…but I loved the texture!

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This is the second part which was behind and left of the front building. Note the drinks vending machine…they are EVERYWHERE in Okinawa. Residential, retail, parking lots, street corners…everywhere!

 

We actually started with this building first and found it had decorator fabrics, satins and silks and such for clothing making and a bit of quilting cottons (primarily fat quarters and remnants). This store had signs for no photography (so the pics from the shop above were taken on the sneak!)

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I did ask if I could photograph these fabric holders as I was paying for my purchase. He graciously said I could!

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I have never seen fabric bolt holders (is that what they are called?!) made of wooden frames and covered with paper! Have you?!

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Cool, right?! They appear to be old (judging by the discolored tape) but are they?

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I bought this fat quarter (to entertain Evelyn while we browsed) and this remnant. I think it will make a lovely wall hanging to remember our trip. I paid Yen 1804 or about $16.00. The remnant piece is 1-1/2 yds and the normal 43″ wide.

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After a fun day shopping, we went out for dinner. This photo was taken at Hamasushi – fast food sushi on a conveyor belt. What an adventure and pretty good food! That’s a tiny peek at the conveyor just over Courtney’s left shoulder. Grab a plate as it goes by or place an order for cooked and/or specials. They add up the plates when you are finished!

More photos to come…we have two cameras and two cell phones to retrieve photos from so stay tuned!

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