Thursday, March 6, 2014

One Happy Day

Recently, I have stressful days with my teen-age son.  His grade, attitudes, events at schoo, off-school, troubles with friends, etc.  In between these busy days, I found my joy.

I was on my way to grocery shopping and saw the beautiful rainbow in front of me.  I usually always focus on the road when I'm driving on the highway.  That day, I just looked up little bit higher and Voila! I was able to see the lucky rainbow even for a short time.  It disappeared three minutes later.  This little event made me so happy and the rest of the day became much easier to spend.


Then, when I got home, I received the package from England.  YES!  Those are the Tilda fabrics that I ordered about a week ago.  They are more beautiful than I ever imagined.  Maybe I should have got more!  I spent next 30 minutes or so to think what to make with these pretty fabrics.


I stepped out to my back yard and checked how my plants are doing.  It finally rained here so it feels very refreshing.  Flowers are blooming and new green leaves are sprouting.  The roses from the cutting my friend gave me, are doing very well with lots of new leaves.  The ones with no leaves (just stems) seems like they decided to live!  I see some tiny sprouts.  How exciting to see the nature grow!


I don't know the name of this tree, but they are in full bloom right now.  Although
I worry that my apple tree doesn't have anything going on yet.  Do you remember this apple tree had lots of pretty pink flowers last year?  I hope I get to see them again this year.


I'm having fun with Lori Holt's "Quilty Fun" book.  I picked some of the blocks from this book and made a table runner.  Of course apples are the main focus on this runner.  I used EQ7 to re-arrange the blocks and featured Pam Kitty Picnic fabric.  This cheerful collection from Lakehouse is the perfect match for this design!

I hope you have plenty of happy days!
Happy Quilting!
-Keiko

Monday, March 3, 2014

MODA SPELL IT WITH FABRIC Blog Hop 2014

MODA is offering the alphabet block patterns through their designers.  It is such a fun way of hopping the blogs, and finding each letters and their stories.  Even I was too busy to follow all of them every day, the posts were always there and I was able to go back and find them!  So here is the list for you if you didn't know about this.

FEBRUARY 17...
FEBRUARY 18...
Piecing Directions - http://modafabrics.blogspot.com/
FEBRUARY 19...
FEBRUARY 20...
Lauren + Jessi Jung - http://laurenandjessiblog.com/
FEBRUARY 21...
Me and My Sister Designs - http://meandmysisterdesigns.com/blog/
FEBRUARY 24...
Primitive Gatherings - http://lisabongean.wordpress.com/
FEBRUARY 25... 
FEBRUARY 26...
Vanessa Christenson - http://www.vanessachristenson.com/
FEBRUARY 27... 
FEBRUARY 28...
Setting Directions - http://modafabrics.blogspot.com/
Winners Announced on ALL Designer Blogs listed above
 This quilt is made by Sandy Klop of America Jane.  It is totally AJ and looks fun, isn't it?
 Here is Mr. Moda holding the quilt made from specialty blocks of each designer.  Some are pieced, appliqued, embroidered over the block.  They offer not only A to Z letters, but also 0 to 9 numbers and some extra punctuations.  Each letter blocks finishes at 8" x 10" size, but I think I'm going to try to make it a little smaller.  It might take a while for me to figure it out, but it will be fun!  Do you want to join me?
Happy quilting!
-Keiko  

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Keep Looking Up...

Keep looking up.  Always think positive.  Set your goal and keep walking towards it.  Believe yourself.

Can you grow roses from cutting?

My friend taught me how to grow roses from cuting.  Leaving just a few leaves without flowers, dip the fresh cut edge into rooting hormone powder.  Then plant the cutting in potting mix, and water.  We planted 4 stems.  One seams like it is going to succeed.  I hope it will.  This rose is called "Queen of Sweden".  Beautiful on picture.

My friend also gave me the pot filled with already rooted roses.  These are doing very well.  I know it will take some time, but I'm so impatient.  I want to see them bloom now.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Quilter's New Year's Resolution

I was reading other people's new year's resolution and found this one written by Kathy Matthews.
  1. Love your fabric, what you have and what you buy.
  2. Get rid of anything you don't love or that makes your sewing room reproachful.  Donate that fabric you don't love!  Jettison those UFO's, if you valued it you would have finished it.
  3. Bring grapes or veggies to the next quilt retreat.
  4. Drink tons of water when you sew.
  5. Get up and walk around to break up your sewing time, it will feel good.
  6. Love what you sew and eliminate "Quilt Envy"from your life.
  7. Work on something that makes you happy.
  8. Sew what you want, no more obligation sewing.  If people pester you to make them something and they will "pay" you give them an outrageous price.  (Start at 75.00 and go up, way up.)   They will leave you alone and you can sew what you want!
  9. Accept all sewing compliments, say thank you and do not point out mistakes.
  10. Compliment other quilters.
  11. Take a picture of your quilts or projects and share them with people who will celebrate the moment with you.
  12. Sew and quilt how you want, not how someone else does it.
  13. Breathe and smile as you quilt.  Play happy music or have a movie on.  Relish your special talent.
  14. Take a class or ask advice from another quilter and give yourself time and patience to really learn the new skill.
  15. Disregard everything above, add your own resolutions!
  16. Sew happy!
I don't think I can do all of them but I will try.  I think I can do #1 and #2 easily (I hope...).  Then definately #7!  I should do #11 also.  This is forgotton in the busy life.  We should all keep record of what we make and share with friends.  Well, #15 is difficult for me.  I couldn't think of my resolution, that's why I was searching for other people's to get some ideas.

This is my sewing room shelves filled with my favorite fabrics. (photo taken and touched by my son) These are the fabrics that I love so I should be making a couple of quilts from these this year.  In a meanwhile, I should go through the plastic bins filled with fabrics and get rid of what I don't love any more.  Is there any?  This will be very difficult task for me.  Most challenging resolution!

What is your New Year's Resolution?

Sew Happy!
Keiko

Friday, January 3, 2014

A Happy New Year!

 Beautiful sunset in San Jose, CA.
New Year's Day Sunset at Santa Cruz Beach.

We usually celebrate with the New Year's Day Sunrise, but we woke up late and it was cloudy in the morning.  So I decided to share the sunset pictures with you.

I wish your new year will be as beautiful as these sunset.  And stay healthy!

-Keiko

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fun Weekend

I went to outdoor quilt show.  This is one of the quilt show I really enjoy every year.  this year I walked around with Pam aka PKM and her friend Deb.  The weather was perfect autumn day, and three of us really had a wonderful day.


This year's featured quilter was my dear friend, Sandy Klop aka American Jane.  She had 200 beautiful quilts of her own displayed at the show.  Wow, Sandy, you are so talented!  Here are some of my favorites from her collection.  You want to see more pictures of the quilts?  Visit Pam's blog here.





Every year, I feel like this is the beginning of the quilting season.  Summer ended, and kids are back to school.  Feeling the cool outdoor air under the huge oak tree, my eyes are deeply enchanted by beautiful quilts and colorful flowers at Alden Lane Nursery.  I'm motivated once again to create something new!



After my son's hockey practice on Sunday, my husband and I have quickly decided to go to the beach to see the sunset.  Wow, what a way of concluding the fun weekend!  I was exposed to plentiful of Autumn colors!
Happy quilting!
-K