Thursday, October 8, 2015

Handmade quilt for Sasaki

Over the years, I have made many baby quilts for friends and some babies are growing into toddlers now. I always am smitten when I see their photos from time to time! It makes me feel special that the quilt became their favorite blankie to play hide and seek with.

While visiting Japan this summer, my friend Saki shared her big news. Saki is expecting a baby any day now! I wanted to make the baby a quilt while I was oversea, but with all the activities I have had I have to wait to make the quilt after return home in states! After all settling in the new schedules, I finally started this baby quilt and committed myself on finish it before September {I made it!}

I was thinking a really simple pattern and a fresh look for the quilt. Nine patch block is my all time favorite block pattern. It provides some fun and possibilities for the quilt layout! Within this baby quilt, there are 26 Minny Muu prints. Each print is really sweet and cute! I can't help not to tell you it is a really cute collection that I started to recollect again a year ago. I like how small of the each print's scale; small and sweet. It is great for any patchworking and not miss out some details in the cutting.

There are different tone of blues, greens, and yellows are being used in this quilt.  It is so cheerful! The rainbow over the clouds are my favorites and the ladybugs are quiet sweet! To bring out some of the soft/ pastel yellow, I used three off-white prints for the blocks and sashing. The major sashing print is from Doe collection and it comes with 108"; great size for the quilt backing {used this for S' birthday quilt backing.}

Like every baby quilt I hand-quilted, so it helped soften the batting. I didn't want to make so many quilting lines in this quilt, so it keeps the quilt loose a little and soft as well. I still like and love using the traditional basting method for hand-quilting quilts. It helps me to work through the entire quilt without taking pins off. For the binding, I used gingham in black and white to finish up the quilt.

The quilt label is written in konji character. It means mother and son safe! It feels so great to have this quilt made and posted! Soon, it will arrive the baby's home and possible the baby has arrived; as the due date was last weekend!


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Once in awhile...

Once in awhile, I get into something fun then don't stop very soon. Likely I keep going on and on until I get bored with it, but likely it rarely happens! It probably has been 5 years, since I bake bread at home. The oven we had in N.D. student housing was 30 degree higher than the actual setting; I purchased an oven thermos for it and that helped for awhile; the oven was very old, so it really quickly burn everything I put in even with a thermos.  After moved in our home, with the trust worthy new oven I really think it is time to make some bread again! I remember the smell of bread from the oven especially in the Fall season and bread sticks are the favorite here! It is really just regular flour mixing and spare butter on the dough and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

With all the cool air here, I am just so attempting  to make all the bread selections from the cookbook! The Danish Bread is my next wanted to make bread. It is closed to croissant, but in a loaf form; outside brush with some honey when the bread is cool off. It is really tasty with all the butter in the dough; lots folding and cooling then repeat! I am waiting for a day that's so cold to make it, so I could sip the tea as I roll the dough then run upstair and sew a little then get downstair to roll the dough again; repeat!

I can't wait to share with you all my accomplishments from the last post. I have cross-off many lists from my to-do list! It feels really really great! I also made a very big decision two weeks ago and the result has made me so relief and positive {paying off student loan is quiet awesome,right and I do feel so poor, but rich at the same time}.

My little celebration was spending time in the studio; feeling great and positive about next step and maybe a bit future! I went through patchwork block box and sorted them into piles then bring out what I could accomplish now and set others aside. All the scrappy log cabin blocks have put together as a mini quilt. Oh dear, I really love how it turns out! There's lots colors that so contrast together and quiet interesting as well!  The scrappy mini will be hand-quilt and will list the mini quilt in the {shop}!

I also have been busy gather #mysmallworldqal part 4 fabrics. The part 4 isn't too complex compared to last three parts, but there are still pinwheels need to be fancy on and the houses to build on. I keep the houses pretty simple in fabric choices, but got fancier with all the other elements. My biggest challenging is still choosing prints. I keep not repeating the same print twice/triple and have used so many long saved prints for this project. It makes me really nervous when I cut into some of the prints that I've been saved for ages; especially the fat quarters. I hope I am not the only one feeling so...

This Monday, Two of the love/care packages have sent to oversea. One package is contained a baby quilt {will share soon} for a dear friend and another package is for mom! It is not her birthday or holiday seasons. However, every year before/in October, I managed to send a little something for her; it has been either a handmade scarf, a mini pouch, or store bough gifts, etc. It is my apprication to her for giving birth and nourished me. Some years, when I got so so busy I wrote her cards in the mail and called her for Happy Birthday, even though its mine! She loves that and so do I! This year, I prepared a store bough gift for her and have just called her and let her know a package is on its way to her! I know, she will be expecting this package from now on and worried if the package got lost... But you know,  it will be a happy mail for her. That made me think of my happy mail; fabrics that came to me! We all need some love and care package once in awhile! I think that really brings some smiles to someone's day.

Hey you know, my accomplishments are not quiet finish; a good studio pick up means going through all the piles of fabric pulls and all the clutter! The studio is quiet clean and organized once again! I found not just one missing print, but three! I won't be asking S all the time, have you seen my prints? Did you take it? Where did I set it? All the frustration self talks? um.. that would be me for the particular print that I can't find. Then big relief sound.. oh, it is here, but I've looked?

The orange peel blocks are done! I made 12 of them and they are hand-appliqued on 100% linen. It is a little stretch, but I marked the guild lines to sew on. Oh, it is far to be perfect, since I hand drawn the templates onto freezer paper and hand cut them. Each peel's curves is a little off, so could I say it is quiet "organic" in the form. So many prints are really my favorites! A few prints are really gone from my stash, but it makes me smile that I could get them into this patchwork for a special friend. I'll be busy to get them all sewn together and hand-quilt it and will be reveal after its send and receive, may I?

My goodness, such a long post of you! I will be sharing the baby quilt soon and Of course S' birthday quilt is given and loved! All the photos are taken and need a bit bright up, since the lighting has been well lately.  Meanwhile, I will be busy for the month of October and getting as many handmade items ready to list in the {shop} soon! I am excited about some new works that I have been slowly put together and hope you'll enjoy them as well!

Thank you again for all the participations on the {Good Neighbors fabric post}. I will announce the winner the the {post} later in the week.


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Blog Hop: Good Neighbors Pincushion Party

{image from crazy mom quilts}

Welcome to the Good Neighbors Pincushion party, a blog hop for Amanda Jean Nyberg of {Crazy Mom Quilts}.  Did you know that Amanda's blog was the very first quilting blog I discovered way back to 2007?  I love reading her process of making quilts and so admire her using scraps to make quilts, pincushions, and bags. There are so many awesome ideas that she shares in her blog and tutorials on how to make quilts. Amanda shares great tips as well! I learned so much over the year from her! 

I am so honored to get invited to join this pincushion blog hop! It was a nervous racking to start with {I was visiting my family while the innovation arrived my inbox and was so afraid that I won't make it}! The charm pack was sitting in the mailbox when I returned. Oh, I played the fabric in colors and patterns for a few days before decided to go with the simple patchwork style. I want to show you how well these designs and color work together, so keep the simple patchwork style is what I was after.   I also love how well these colors represent in person! The fabric designs on each print is so charm and well though out! This fabric line is 100% in quilting weight and great for hand-quilting as well. 

So, I couldn't resist making just one when I started making. There are so many possibility for this fabric collection.  I added my signature hand-quilting to the pincushion and that added some hand touched texture to it! They really turned out so sweet! 

The fabric collection, {Good Neighbors} is excessively by {Connecting Thread} and I truly hope you enjoy this party! There are more pincushion party to visit...   { please scroll all the way down}

Amanda Jean 
Melissa Corry

Would you like to play with {Good Neighbors}? The Connecting thread is offering a charm pack for the blog-hop reader. Simply leave a comment in this post, U.S. & Canada only at this moment. The giveaway ends on October 1st. 2:00p.m. Central time

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The winner goes to Katherine who wrote--
Sweet patchwork pincushions, Chase! I love how the simple design lets those fabrics shine and your hand stitching is the perfect compliment and finishing touch. I can see why you couldn't resist making more than one (and I'm so glad you made multiples! :o)
Thanks so much for sharing!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Hello! It's autumn season...

{Asian Pears: gifts from my dear friend}

{w.i.p. : farmer's wife sample from 1920. 
Total of 66 blocks finish and just need another 30 plus to finish. 
I can do this right?}

{decision, decision, decision...} 

{adding up basic prints}

{Actually the bread, didn't rise up as it described from the book?
 still not sure what did I forget to add or miss, but tasted so good} 

 { Best bread, ever}

 {my small world quilt}

 {You've guessed right! Its DONE} 

With some cool air coming in last few weeks; the oven has been quiet busy for all the treats and bread making.  Don't let me trick you. It was the banana bread batter in that fancy cake molding I got it from Julie for my birthday one year and have used it once before then it has been stored away for years { It is a super heavy baking pan}. The mini banana breads are are all gone by now! For some reason, it tastes better than when it was baked off as a loaf?! I know that did sound crazy with all the same ingredients and temperature in the oven.  I must said it is perfect size for an afternoon snack and when cut around the ring, it was just a nice mouth bite size!

S' quilt is done! { Yes, you just hear my cheers???} The binding was attached on yesterday afternoon then hand-bound off last night! It was a perfect night for hand-binding. The air was cool and I was under the quilt all night. I have lots thinking moments while I was binding the quilt and big relieved after its all done! It was after 12 a.m. when I looked up the clock; it was late, but worth every single bit of effort to accomplished it! The other room was quiet by the time when I finished the quilt, so I quietly fold up the quilt and went downstair get a drink of water.  I'll be hand-writing a birthday letter, as I have done every single year and photograph the quilt then put in the room for the special birthday girl.

The quilting part is such a challenging, since it is a big big big big big BIG BIG quilt for a small sewing throat. It took two days for finish quilting part and used 7 fully winded bobbins. Total of 3 thread breaking down, and zero needle break up.

I feel like making my way catch up all the projects that I am behind and trying so hard to avoid starting any new ones, but I have to add one baby quilt. The fabrics have pull out and it will be a simple nine-patch quilt. I am thinking a roughly 35"x35" for the baby then will hand-quilt it. For some reason, I like to make baby quilt in around 50"x50", but it is actually too big to use!  But, I do love to see them dragging the quilt when they turn into toddler stage.

My also have join the Farmer's wife 1930 quilt along. Oh, yes! It is hosed by Kerry aka {verykerryberry}. You can read all it {here}. I have not start the block making as I am having a bit of dilemma with fabric choices here! I think something sweet and floral? or something pink and gray? um.. {just not sure}. I really would like to make this sampler quilt different from the 1920's and maybe this is making the fabric choices a bit challenging...

The week goes by so quick now! My sewing time is limited due to new changes of the new school year and lots drives on the freeway! It seems like finding that weekly pattern and organizing everything for myself is the key.

Oh and that freeway driving! I'd say a piece of cake now! { giggled}