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…!!

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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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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!!!

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