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.

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

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

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

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as I sewed the rows together…

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

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

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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!

Aloha!

 

 

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!

 

 

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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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!

 

 

 

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.

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The staples and wooden strips have to be removed, too…every.single.one.

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

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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! 🙂

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

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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?!

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Ruby seems pleased with the progress so far!

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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!

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

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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!

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

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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

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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!

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

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Ta-da! Isn’t it just lovely?!

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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!

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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!!

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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