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…


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.


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


A close-up of the quilting design…


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?!

Haku lei 1


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!)  😉


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!! 🙂




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.


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


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


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


as I sewed the rows together…


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


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


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!




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.


The staples and wooden strips have to be removed, too…


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


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! 🙂


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


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?!


Ruby seems pleased with the progress so far!


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!


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


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!

DSC05959Guest bedroom progress…


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


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!  LOL


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!


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


Ta-da! Isn’t it just lovely?!


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!


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!!


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.


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! 😉

Have a great Sunday!





Happy Father’s Day!

Aloha and Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! It has been a crazy busy month of June (I can’t believe it’s already almost over!) and I have a lot of catching up to do on the blog!

I won’t bore you with the minutiae of our life but we seem to be so busy…all the time! Mr. G and I celebrated our birthdays two weeks ago with a lovely day at the Smith Family Tropical Gardens as we sampled wonderful food and drinks during Taste of Hawaii!!

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I finished the seascape I mentioned in my last blog post. It didn’t go quite like I thought it would. None the less, finished is better than perfect and I now have 2-for-the-price! Sweet!

DSC05842This finished 16 x 18 inches. It was to be m-u-c-h longer to fit on a wall in our hallway. I wasn’t happy with the blue showing through the yellow in the reflection nor the shape it was becoming. So, I whacked it off!

When I did that, I had a nice field of blue with a yellow band. I turned it sideways and it became “Banded Blues”!


It finished 10 x 16 inches and fits nicely between the two front windows!


Lesson learned? If a project isn’t working or just doesn’t feel right, keep going anyway! Sometimes it ends up pretty great!

I did some more practice on the Statler and finished a couple of donation quilt tops.


I really like this bubble design and it worked perfectly with the backing fabric!


This swirl design is a new one I purchased and it is wonderful! Both designs stitch out really fast since there aren’t any lines that are stitched twice.


Check back tomorrow when I post some pictures of two customer quilts I finished this month as well!

Have a great Sunday!


Get some cool A/C going!

Last summer was brutal! Yep, more than tropical hot in paradise…even the locals and long-time islanders confirmed it. We in Hawaii rely on the trade winds to keep us cool and they were no-shows last year. I griped about mentioned it here.

So, thankfully the guys from Kauai Air Conditioning showed up today to help us out before this summer gets going in high gear!

We had “heat events” last summer that shut down our computers. You know it’s bad when the room the computer is in is too hot for the delicate mystery circuits, wires and such inside those black boxes with green lights and they just shut down.

Now that I have the Statler, it is even more important that the heat not turn The Lady into an angry “I’m not going to work in these conditions” diva! 😉

These will help remove some of the humidity as well…another good idea around electronics, right?!


The other living area is getting some relief as well…


Hopefully, they will be running tomorrow!

I finished another charity quilt top and STILL can’t get those pesky borders right! 😦

This corner came out nearly spot on but the sides…we won’t talk about those, ok? I will quietly watch that tutorial one more time (or two or three!) I am close but not for my picky standards!

Perhaps I should pick an easier pattern? Well, I don’t KNOW it’s a hard one until I jump in with both clumsy feet! I am not giving up that easily! Stay tuned!


I enjoyed selecting the pinwheels and the inner border designs – I really like how they turned out! What do you think? I like the way the Omni thread in Purple Hyacinth blended nicely but gave it some pop on the orange fabric!


After struggling with this top, I needed a bit of a break so I did an edge to edge design on the scrap quilt shown above draped on the long-arm table. It is ready to be trimmed.

I plan on watching more tutorials today and working on some technical issues on the blog. Then I am going to have to tackle some bookkeeping…yea, I know…such a glamorous life.

Thank goodness for the upcoming cool air to keep me focused…but I want to get back to quilting something – soon!!

Have a great day!




A Visit from the Parents!

Is just seems like a few days ago was Mother’s Day and now we are already on the back end of May! 😦

We had a wonderful week with my parents here! We took them to most of the favorite tourist stops as well as a few of our own. Warning! Lots of pictures in this post! 🙂

I snapped this right after they arrived…first visit deserves leis!13102892_10205691096347739_6254736735454922087_n

My mom’s belated Mother’s Day floral arrangement was stunning! Thanks Safeway Floral Dept.!!


First up, we had a mini family reunion with my mom’s cousin (well, she is my cousin, too!) at one of our favorite restaurants. You can go back to this post to see how we met Debbie and Chuck for the first time!


We went to their home for more photos and to show my parents their lovely acreage!


We were entertained and fed very well at the Smith Family Luau. These were my favorite photos – my parents by one of the water features in the tropical gardens and Mr. G and me waiting for the food!

Next up was the west side of the island…Waimea Canyon and the Kalalou Lookout at Koke’e Park. The first stop was the Kauai Coffee Company!




Then the splendor that is Kauai!


Waimea Canyon waterfall


We only got a brief glance of the beach through the cloud cover.





A picnic in the clouds

A brief stop at Poipu and the Blow Hole…south side of Kauai


Natural blow hole


Trying to get a picture of the sea turtle

Off to the north side is next…


Pier at Hanalei


Waterfall in the distance


Taro fields-right


Taro fields-left

How about a riverboat ride to the Fern Grotto? You bet!


Our ride is by the umbrella…


complete with singing entertainment and a hula dancer!


This is NOT our golden retriever, Ruby!


The cave is large enough to not be easily captured in one photo…


and the sun was just right above to put a glare on almost every shot.


But the flora and fauna were outstanding!

Of course, a trip to the Kilauea Lighthouse is a must see!

This is view as we walked up to the lighthouse…A15A16A17


Our week went by quickly but not without a quiet beach day before their last day. Papa gave snorkeling a try…and liked it a lot! One more waterfall and a dinner by the ocean before they left.


Wailua Falls (the Fantasy Island waterfall!)



I am so glad they were able to come to Kauai and hope they took back some great memories! We jammed in a lot to see…but didn’t even make a dent in the list of other things to see and do. We’ll save those for another visit!

I hope you enjoyed the photos…we took a bunch as did the folks. These are just a few of the best ones. Some are still on Mr. G’s camera…who knows what gems are still to follow! But we did have a silly family photo taken…gotta get those every now and then, right?! 😉


No one even fell down!! Ha!

Sunburns were kept at a minimal…one slightly bald head got a bit pink and a v-neck blouse revealed a healthy glow to take home…they said their sunscreen was SPF 100…I guess it really works! 😉


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