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 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.  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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How big is that quilt?

I am often asked “How do you know what size quilt to make?”

The most logical next question for me is “Where and/or how do you plan on using the quilt?”

For me, I go with the pattern directions. The pattern maker has already done the math! See my previous posts on “Let’s Write a Pattern.”

I keep cheat sheets on ideal quilt measurements. The one I can put my hands on have, however, doesn’t list “lap quilts” which are very common and, let’s face it, all laps are not the same! So I, of course, Googled it and found several charts and photos of lovely quilts (which only distracted me for 20 minutes, or so…ahem!!) Anyhow, I stumbled upon BCQuilter’s weblog which had answered this question and included some other sizes I hadn’t thought of. Does anyone still have a waterbed?! No problem…there is a quilt size for that, too!!

(Don’t you love those math loving folks who figure this stuff out for the rest of us?!) 🙂

Here is the link to her blog if you’d like to check it out!

PLACEMATS – 11″-12″ wide by 15″-18″ length or 29cm – 31cm by 38cm – 46cm

MINIATURE – less than 36″ square or 91 cm square

TABLE TOPPER or RUNNER – decorate your table with a table topper or a table runner. Depending on the size and shape of your table, you can determine the dimensions you require.

  • Square table topper: 36” X 36” or 91cm x 91 cm. Turn the quilt so the corners are pointing to the sides of the table. The table topper can be placed on any table.
  • Table Runner: 12″-18” x 40″-72” or 31cm-46cm x 102cm-183cm. Make a table runner to lay down the centre of a dining table. Lengthen the table runner for longer tables.

WALL HANGING – any size can qualify for a wall hanging. Be sure to measure the space you want to hang, to be sure it fits. Another thing to consider, the larger the quilt, the heavier it will be, requiring extra support.

BABY – between 36″ X 36″ and 52″ X 52″ or 91cm x 91cm and 132cm x 132cm. This size can depend on whether the quilt will be used in a crib.

CRIB – between 30″x 46″ and 36″ x 50″ or 76cm x 117cm and 91cm x 127cm. If you are making this sized quilt as a gift, see if you can get the measurements… each manufacturer has their own sizes… and crib mattresses are different sizes too.

COT – between 58″ x 90″ and 72″ x 108″ or 147cm x 229cm and 183cm x 274cm.

TODDLER – 46″ x 70″ or 117cm x 178cm for a quilt. A toddler bed most often uses a crib mattress, however not always, so it is best to measure first.

BUNK – between 66″ x 89″ and 74″ x 103″ or 168cm x 226cm and 188cm x 262cm .

WHEELCHAIR LAP QUILT – 36″ x 36″ to 38″ x 47″ or 91cm x 91cm to 97cm x 119cm – adding ties is sometimes a good idea, so they don’t slip off.

LAP – between 52″ – 68″ or 132cm x 173cm wide and the length can be from about 52″ – 78″ or 132cm x 198cm. Although a lap quilt can be any size. A quilt that a child will want to bring along could be as small as 36″x36″ or 91cm x 91cm. A lap quilt that is 42″x 60″ 107cm x 152cm is great for cuddling up on the couch with.

TWIN – between 64″ – 72″ or  163cm x 183cm wide and the length can be from about 86″ – 96″ or 218cm x 244cm.

FULL – between 70″ – 88″ or 178cm x 224cm wide and the length can be from about 88″ – 100″  or 224cm x 254cm.

QUEEN – between 88″ – 99″ or 224cm x 251cm wide and the length can be from about 94″ – 108″ or 239cm x 274cm.

QUEEN WATERBED – 76″ x 104″ or 193cm x 264cm.

KING – between 94″ – 108″ or 239cm x 274cm wide and the length can be from about the same, 94″ – 108″ or 239cm x 274cm.

CALIFORNIA KING – between 98″ x 100″ or 249cm x 254cm and 114″ x 117″ or 290cm x 297cm.

KING WATERBED – 88″ x 94″ or 224cm x 239cm.

Perhaps you would prefer to custom size a quilt for a specific bed. How to determine the size of quilt:

  • measure the mattress, length and width, and depth (most mattresses measure 8″-12″ or 20cm – 30cm, but the newer deeper ones can measure up to 20″ or 50 cm).
  • add to each measurement the amount of drop you’d like down the side of the bed (to the floor? to the bottom of the top mattress? to the bottom of the box spring?)
  • remember to add a pillow tuck (this may depend on the depth of the pillows, and how much of a pillow tuck), if you want a portion of the quilt to tuck under the pillows, and then carry on over top of the pillows.

Depending on the quilt pattern you are using… your borders could be the drop… for example, if you want a 12″ or 30cm  drop… add a 12″ or 30cm border to your quilt top. You may need to adjust your borders depending on your quilt design. A central medallion will need careful consideration.

Thank you, BCQuilter!! I really love that we have so many options!!

I finished this quilt yesterday! The pattern is available here for FREE from Moda and called “Sultry”. I have made at least 4 quilts using this pattern! The pattern directions says it will finish 65″ x 70″ or almost a twin size – it’s a bit short in the length. Because I don’t always follow directions well, nor do I sew perfectly, mine finished 66″ x 66″…close enough!

In this photo, the quilt is on a queen size bed…so I think it could be used as an extra bit of comfort on a twin bed quite nicely.

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“Island Splash”

But it is a perfect lap quilt! Here it is draped on a loveseat…perfect for snuggling while watching a movie or sharing a glass of wine!

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I hope these measurements help you…but as always, these are just guidelines.

Now, go make something beautiful!!

Aloha!

Kona Color of the Year in Kauai

If you love yellow…well, hello-o-o YELLOW! As a former bookkeeper, I have seen plenty of highlighter colors in my career! Yellow was the only option for many years. They usually start out super bright but, over time and use, become a soft pale lemon before you hear the sound of dry felt as it smudges across the page. For the record, I am not a fan of yellow. I know, I know…“but you live where the sun shines so much of the time, beachy girl!”

Yes, I like sunshine, but yellow just isn’t my favorite color. Now you want to talk turquoise and coral, then I am all in! However, yellow is an essential color in so many ways, right?!

Robert Kaufman fabrics’ color of the year for 2016 is Highlight! It may not be for you, you may not even like yellow or you can’t imagine how to use this nearly neon color. But, look at this trunk show now at Vicky’s Fabric Shop right here in Kauai! Click on her Facebook link to see them being hung in her shop!

If you remember this post, I mentioned the trunk show of the 30 Years, 30 Quilts from Robert Kaufman using Kona solids made two stops on our little island in the middle of a gigantic ocean with 10 different quilts. The third set of quilts was to be here as well but the Color of the Year collection came instead!

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“Trip the Light” by Heather Jones

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“Blake” by Carolyn Friedlander

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“Lemon Stars” by Darlene Zimmerman

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“Highlighter Rocks with Sunflowers & Lemons” by Valori Wells

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“Field Day’ by Robert Kaufman Co.

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“I Heart Gingham” by Elizabeth Hartman

So…are you inspired by any of these quilts? I like the stars quilt, of course, but I also like Heather Jones’ quilt. I may just have to get out an old yellow highlighter and think up something to make!

Are you ready to step out of your quilting comfort zone and try Highlight? I’d love to see what you create!

The quilts will be on display through March 30. I hope you have an opportunity to see them in person!

Have a blessed Sunday!

P.S.  I just returned from working my shift at the quilt show. I was “working” in the White Elephant Sale area so I had some time to browse through the donated magazines for sale. Look what I found!

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These are more traditional quilts and the yellow works great!

Modern or traditional…give Highlight a try!

Top Ten Tuesday { Quilt Labels, Display and Storage}

Good afternoon!! It’s been a busy morning…I have been cutting fabric for the next quilt since the electrician was here updating our circuit breaker box and some outlets. With the power safely off for him to work his magic, I was more than happy to cut and play with more fabric!

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With that said, the computers were offline, too…so I am just now posting today’s blog…Tuesday Tips! I really like the tips shared by Aurifil and this topic just came up with another quilting friend. I made a label on my new sewing machine, third attempt, and I am liking it. Practice makes, well, almost perfect!! Mr. G pointed out I should put my blog address on the label…more to tweak on this!

I saw a post by Bonnie Hunter explaining how she labels her quilts. Genius! So simple and effective! Here is her post.

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Putting a label on a quilt is important and helpful but a personal choice of the maker. Drop me a comment on your favorite way to label your creations or why you don’t. Either way…I hope your quilts are used and loved for a very long time!

Aloha!

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Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday!  Do you have beautiful quilts that have no labels?  Do you own lovely works of quilt art that remain folded up because you have no idea how to properly display them? Not sure how to fold a quilt without crease line?  This week is for you!  Learn how to make a label with all the information for your loved ones to know your quilt’s history. Learn how to make a quilt sleeve or tabs to display your beautiful quilts and check out some cool ways to store your ever growing collection!

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1. How to Hang a Quilt Tutorial by Amy from Amy A La Mode6656326915_af79a4f55b_z

2. What information to include on your quilt label by E. Wolfmeyer

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3. Quilt Storage Tips from Sherri McConnell for Craftsy

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4. Hang Your Quilt! (Hanging Sleeve Tutorial) by Jacquie from TallGrass Prairie Studio

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5. A Quick Quilt Label Method

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Handmade Gifts

Good morning from breezy, rainy Kauai! We were told December is the wettest month of the year and it seems to be happening! The waterfalls are gushing and everything is still green! No winter doldrums to be found with Christmas less than a week away!

I had two gift exchanges for quilting friends so I used these fabrics…

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Look familiar? Scraps from my friend’s quilt!

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Christmas fabrics but not in “traditional” colors!

…and made these from this YouTube video!

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Cute and fun!

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A bit elegant!

I even found gift bags that coordinated!

There is still a bit of time to whip up a few of these if you need a little something for a quilting or sewing friend! Or perhaps get a head start on next year! 😉

Do you have all your gifts selected, wrapped and ready to give?

Supposedly, yesterday was “Panic Saturday”…the last Saturday to shop before Christmas. I hope today is a calm Sunday for you…remember, the true gifts of Christmas are not store bought…

they are the priceless ones…like mine!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day!

Aloha!

Getting a few things done!

Wow! Did the last week just fly by, or what?! Good Monday to you all and thanks for checking in!

First up, some updates on previous projects! You can read where this one started here. Oh, and the Row by Row mentioned in that post? Well, the machine applique is done, too!! It’s ready to quilt!

But more importantly, my friend, Silvia, received her custom quilt and she loves it!! Here are some pictures of the first quilt made by me in Hawaii!!

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Finished size 91″ x 91″ for Silvia’s queen size bed!

Showing a bit of the quilting and the lime green quatrefoil backing!

Showing a bit of the quilting and the lime green quatrefoil backing! Wide-backs rock!!

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I also finished the top for new granddaughter as well as a pieced back (from the same fabrics I used in Silvia’s quilt!), but I’ll show that when it’s quilted! She will be here any day!!! Whoohoo!! It’s a good thing she won’t remember she didn’t get her quilt in time for her arrival! Bad, Gigi!

Here is the progress on the scrappy batik quilt I’m making with my friend, Pam. You can read how this started here.

We have given it a name but it’s a secret until it’s finished. For now, for speed in typing the blog (yea, right…I just get tired of spelling out “scrappy batik quilt top”), I’ll refer to it as the BPR! If you can guess what that stands for, I’ll give you a 1/2 yard of fabric in your choice of color! (My choice in fabric, but it will be good!) Oooh, a mini-contest!! Come on, give it a go!  🙂

As of today, 9 blocks and several units assembled!

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9 blocks units on my design floor…ha! No design wall yet!

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A bit of a close up to show all the pretty variety!

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Still a LOT more strips to use up but making progress with the units ready to assemble!

I started a part-time job this past week! I am working at Discount Fabric Warehouse in Lihue! This could be a serious problem (or a very good problem!) for someone like me without a stash!

It was quite the learning experience, since I haven’t worked retail since the early 1980’s nor stood on my feet all day in a very long time!

AND…drum roll…we got a shipping container of fabrics and sewing machines on my second day! I think it was merely a 20′ container, but it sure held a TON of fabric!! The pallets just kept being off-loaded!! You can see all the pictures on their Facebook page if you would simply LIKE them!!

Here I am with a load of fleece…I’m still not sure why their buyer thinks a shop in Hawaii NEEDS fleece?!?! Obviously, I don’t know everything, so I hope to learn why we have so much fleece! I’ll post more pictures of the shop and cool things I am discovering soon! DFW is a Viking and Baby Lock dealer as well!

I had no idea how much a roll of fleece weighed much less several bolts!!

I had no idea how much a roll of fleece weighed much less several bolts!!

Check out all those gorgeous Hawaiian prints on BOTH sides of the aisle!! They also have a lot of Jinny Beyer Palette, Kona Cotton solids, and other quilting cotton as well as notions, patterns and upholstery, dress making and organic fabrics.

I will be working a couple of days a week to start with so I am sure to have some things to share on that adventure! It may slow up some of my sewing projects, but surely not too much, right?! 😉

Have a great week!

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