A Memories Quilt

I was asked to modify my “Turtle Bay” wall-hanging into a baby quilt…so I did! It’s about 40″ square and it turned out great! 🙂

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Another Etsy customer contacted me to modify a baby quilt a bit further…into a memories quilt…using fabrics with special meanings that she would send to me. And instead of a turtle, could it have a whale’s tail since the recipient lives in California. OK. And since there would be a lot of water without much else going on, how about adding an octopus or something? OK. We decided on jellyfish instead. AND could I get it finished by the end of January? OK. No pressure! :0

Before I show you the finished quilt (which would now be a wall-hanging since some of the fabrics I received were either too old, fragile or otherwise delicate) I’m going to list what was sent to me…last Monday! We leave for Japan tomorrow…meaning I had less than six days to complete this project! Game ON!

  • One bridesmaid dress in blue silk…not a stain, rip or tear.
  • One old baby quilt…well loved, very thin, tied with yarn and with a sizeable chunk out of one corner.
  • One lovely blue woven scarf/shawl with fringe…perfect condition.
  • One western style, blue striped shirt…again, perfect condition.
  • One delicate linen place mat type doily…belonged to her grandmother. Sure, she says, “it’s ok to cut it up!” :0
  • One blue scrub top…you got it by now…perfectly washed and wearable.
  • One yard of snail fabric…LOTS of snails!
  • One WOF  x 5″ piece each of books on cream background, airplanes on gray background and modern pine trees (What?!)
  • One piece of a woven scarf, also embroidered by her grandmother, beige with greenery and metallic ribbon cross.
  • A piece of a special baby crib sheet with yellow bears…well loved and super stretchy
  • One cream colored silk belt
  • One novelty souvenir tea towel from New Zealand…she wanted the flip flops and a Pohutukawa flower on it somehow, plus the whale tale was a nice bonus

Each and every item had a special meaning or memory for this woman’s family. This would not be an ordinary quilt…it would be quirky, completely personal and unique…a wonderful baby gift!

Now, you get to see how all of these plus a few batiks I added, created this!

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Starting at the top, obviously the airplane fabric had to be in the sky. We don’t want to traumatize anyone gazing upon this quilt to think planes should be anywhere else! The well loved baby quilt was added to the sky – the ties could be clouds, right?! (Sorry, my closeup’s didn’t come out very well!)

The water…well, the whale tail on the tea towel was kinda small, so (he, she?) it needed a bigger whale’s tail to add interest. I added the darkest blue/black I had for the horizon line, next came the lovely blue woven scarf, then the silk dress and scrub top fabrics. The snail fabric represents rolling (you can see that, right?!)  They really needed to set on rocks but no time to hunt down that fabric from my stash. More water batik and an awesome bubble fabric I had which worked with the trees. Trees? In the water?! Well, now they look like jelly fish in the depths…see it?! More on the jellyfish in a minute.

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Foamy, swirly batik and the western striped shirt begin the shoreline break. Grandmother’s linen became waves crashing at the bottom (that was the hardest piece for me to incorporate AND cut up!) An off-white dotty fabric and pieces of the baby crib sheet and silk belt are the start of the sandy shore.

The jellyfish are part of Grandmother’s scarf and the blue woven scarf…the blue fringe was perfect for tentacles!! I added silk ties from the bridesmaid dress as well as the white ribbons used to hang up the sleeveless dress! Cool, right?!

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The book fabric is bits of sea glass…stretch your imagination…but not so far that you think it is plastic flotsam, ok?! 😉 Two sandy beige batiks finish up the bottom of the quilt and give us a place to lay the beach towel, kick off the flip flops and gather New Zealand’s red flowers. The “towel” is made from Grandmother’s embroidered scarf and the silk belt for the border.

I texted with this customer as the quilt progressed. There were changes as we went along but in the end, she was very happy with the result! I hope it is well received as a lot of thought and loving memories went into making it.

It is now boxed up, postage paid and ready to go in the mail! It will be flying east as we head west! I don’t usually take on a project with a deadline such as this, but I’m pleased with it as well. Tired…but pleased! 🙂

Besides, I’ll have PLENTY of time to rest on the way to Japan…tomorrow!! Off to finish packing!

I can’t wait to meet this little girl in person!! ❤

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Got Batiks?

Happy New Year! Can you believe we are already a week into it!? I have been busy quilting and preparing for our upcoming trip to Okinawa, Japan! I can’t wait to share it with you when we return!
Today, I am sharing the Aurifil blog about Island Batiks and their new Fall/Winter 2016 collection. I love these fabrics and thought with all the cold wintry weather occurring in almost every state this past weekend, you might need a fabric fix!
Enjoy!

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Welcome to our Fall/Winter edition of Island Batik Week!! We’re so excited to partner with this wonderful company once again to present a variety of new fabric lines along with the coordinating Aurifil thread collections. We’ll be featuring one designer every day and each post will offer a fabric + thread giveaway, so make sure to come back daily to learn more about our talented designers and to enter-to-win some gorgeous prizes!

To learn about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Fall/Winter 2016 releases, in-stores now, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog.

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Good-bye 2016!

It’s been a wild year, right?! As 2016 winds its way down, I want to thank each and every one of you who have taken some precious time from your own busyness to stop in for a while!

Here’s what I’ve been up to since my last post…ahem…in November!! smh

I made this Fidget Quilt for my mother-in-law…she isn’t quite ready for it, but sadly it won’t be long before she will be. She fell, hit her head and suffered a brain bleed in late October. She is recovering, physically, but at 81 years, will have round-the-clock care for the rest of her life.

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On a happier note, I have been quilting and finishing up some UFO’s. Here is the final production for 2016!

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This is the 2nd custom order of this pattern!

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A UFO from 2015 – my own design!

These are wall hangings that I plan to make in any size, and other colors are in the works, as custom orders. I made a similar one last summer that became a king size quilt with matching shams. Stay tuned!

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Kid quilts…custom orders as well as some coming soon to my online stores.

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As always, keep up with me here on the blog and on Facebook here! My goal was to have 500 followers by year end. I have 590!!! Whoohoo!!! My blog has now been visited over 13,000 times by folks in 30 countries! Wow! So amazing! 😎

We have a BIG trip planned for January to meet this grandie in person!!! This Gigi can hardly wait!! 🙂

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Here’s looking forward to a great 2017!

Let’s go!!!

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!?!? 🙂

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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 incorporating  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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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!! 🙂

 

 

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…which  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! 😉

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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! 🙂

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!

 

 

 

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