Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pretty Rose

Do you remember the rose pot that my friend gave to me?  From this post. It started to bloom the pink flower.  So pretty!
 And my iris is gorgeous, too!  Photos taken by my favorite iPhone 5.
It will become an inspiration to design a quilt or two...

Happy Spring.

Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Vol.9

It's the last day of April, already!  I know I haven't write the blog for a while, but today I have an exciting news to tell you.

My original block was selected to be in Quiltmakers 100 Blocks magazine, Vol.9!!!
Visit their site for the blog tour of the designers who are featured in this issue.

I'm so excited!  And even better!  They sent me a coffee mug with this cover image on.  Visit Pam Kitty Morning's blog.  You will see the cup of coffee (as usual for her :-)) with huge badge (says My block is in...) and magazine.  I have a same one!!!  Thanks to Pam for encouraging me to enter for this magazine.  This issue of the Quiltmakers 100 Blocks will be available around May 6th.

Here is my block, "Checker-a-Peel".  My block is featured as #832 on page 41.  This photo doesn't look great because I took at night...  Bad photographer...  ---> me <--- nbsp="" p="">See the better one in the magazine.

Then, Here is a table runner I made using this block.  
Both made with Quilt Gate fabrics.  Lovely roses, don't you think?  Quilt Gate is Japanese fabric manufacturer and create very soft beautiful floral fabrics. Like these...

Happy Quilting!

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!

Monday, March 3, 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.

Piecing Directions -
Lauren + Jessi Jung -
Me and My Sister Designs -
Primitive Gatherings -
Vanessa Christenson -
Setting Directions -
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!

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!