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!

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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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!

 

 

 

Had Enough of These Colors?!

I have another finish!!

I love the end of a project and this one is no exception! I think I finally used up all of these fabrics (except for the pieces left over from the backing…sigh!). I love these colors and I don’t think I’ll get tired of them, but have you had enough!? LOL

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This quilt started not that long ago with this post. I was stash busting before our move to Hawaii but this stuff seemed to dwindle so.very.slowly! Here are some of the quilts made with these fabrics…I don’t know how some of these newbies kept sneaking into my stash?!? 😉

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Paper pieced scrappy stars

“Freefalling” is waiting to be quilted!

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Beachy quilt from scraps!

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Gifted to a friend in OK-2015

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Connie’s Zen Quilt and…

 

 

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the pieced Back

Can you tell I like teal, purple, aqua, lime green, seafoam green, and…well, you get the idea! I think it might be time for a bit of a change…naaaahhh! 🙂

Aloha!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Nice Finishes!

It feels so good to  be getting back to quilting! It has taken a few days to put the house back in order after the new flooring installations, wood and tile, and our guests leaving. Here is my sewing space all ready for me to get busy!

My cutting table now has casters, too which raised it a bit more and makes it so much easier to move when I need to work on big projects! Love it!!

In between projects I really do try to keep it this neat!! 😉

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Summer is nearly over…but we still have plenty of sunshine and beach days left! We are looking forward to visitors next month…two grandies will be here!! 🙂

I made these tops before the retreat last month…it feels great to have them finished as well!

Modern Squares is my own design using up scraps and “Remix” polka dot fabric by Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman on the back and binding. I used “City Windows” quilting design by Apricot Moon. It measures 35″ square.

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Green Hibiscus Falling Charm using “Scratch Modern E2E” quilting design by Karen Farnsworth. It measures 41″ x 49″.

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Orange Fizz was made from an orphan block and I bordered it Round Robin style. I used “Scallops and Pearls” from Quilters Niche in the two outer borders, a P2P pattern called “Circles 3” from Judith Kraker for the two inner borders and “Feathers and Pearls” for the star block. It measures 36″ square.

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I will have two king size quilts to work on next as well as finish this final scrappy one! You know how I love swirls!! There is a tiny preview of this one after I finished the quilting in the photo of the sewing space back up top!

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I hope you have had some successful finishes this summer, too! I’d love to hear about them!

Aloha!

 

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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Hawaiian Fabric

We have lived in Hawaii for just over a year…ya know, that’s PLENTY of time for at least one of my new quilting friends to share that Hilo Hattie’s sells fabric. But I only found out last month!

For those who don’t know, Hilo Hattie’s has been around a long time. We visited the store on Oahu back in 1986. The shop sells clothing, primarily muumuu’s and Aloha shirts that match. They also sell some t-shirts and kid clothes and souvenirs.

When a generous quilter made these quilt tops, she shared where she purchased the tropical squares…yep, Hilo Hatties! I posted how I quilted this donation quilt and others here.

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Little did I know, at the end of production, they cut up excess fabric and sell it like this…

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These packs of 7-inch squares are very inexpensive.  There are approximately 90 squares per pack! Wow!!

Sounds like a quilter’s best Hawaiian dream, right?! What’s the catch? Well, they don’t always have them and the selection is limited. You can’t open the pack to see what all is inside, either.

None the less, my friend Deb and I ventured in yesterday and the store had just received a shipment! We snagged a few packs and I am starting with this set…

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This group was included in the pink pack in the upper left of the previous photo. The Kona Snow strips work beautifully with it! Another Falling Charm quilt, here we go!!

I quilted this beautiful batik quilt for Deb and I’ll post a better photo when she gets the binding on. She loved it! The sea shell pattern worked beautifully!

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I finished up two baby quilt tops to practice…I really am trying to use up the last of this collection of scraps! I just used random sizes of square-ish pieces that I framed in Kona White and threw in a few random opposite white squares framed in color. No pattern – I just kinda made it up as I went then squared it up enough make the rows even. I want to try out a Modern quilting design on the squares.

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I had one orphan block from this quilt project, so I framed it again and again…

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…and I plan to practice some border applications on this one. Both of these are about 36 inches square.

June has been crazy busy and July looks to be the same. Next week is the Jenny Doan and Indulge Retreat!! I can’t wait to meet her! Wait until I show you the fabrics for the quilts she is going to teach! Can you say “tropical brights”!?

Then we will have company coming to visit!! Two different couples will be here in July! I can’t wait to see our friends…it’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we’ve seen them.

Oh, and new wood flooring to be installed and garage door to be replaced. Mr. G will be clearing more of the rim view and  planting more things. I hope you’ll check back to see what else we have on the list!!

Aloha!

 

 

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