Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 12

It's time to go find this magazine at the local quilt shop or book store!

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol.12

They have designers' blog tour this week (it's already started...)
Vol12 blog tour this week socialmedia Quiltmakers 100 Blocks Blog Tour: Day 1

I haven't got my copy yet, but my block should be in this issue!  Please look for this block, "My Favorite Things".

I hope you like it...

Happy quilting!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Catching Up - Quilting Season

Wow, time flies!  It's already the end of October 2015!
Many things happen when I blink my eyes.  And I am struggling between what I want to do and what I should do or have to do.  Have you experienced the lack of energy?  Sometimes I don't feel like doing even what I love to do.

What do you do to motivate yourself?
I found my new (old) love in music.  I always liked  classical music, especially piano sound.  This time, it started with piano sounds again, but it dragged me into J-Pop and K-Pop.  The music gives me energy to keep me going, and it comforts me with romantic lyrics.  Sometimes you can feel the season with the songs.  It amazes me that some songs (I don't say all of them) the melody and lyrics combine together and create the harmony and its own world/scene.  I'm not good at creating the beautiful sentences (as you can see here), but I appreciate them very much.

People are born with senses.  Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Touching, Tasting.  Beyond these five senses, we have feelings, and we can create things.  I am thankful that I can enjoy art & music with these senses.

The month of September, my quilting season starts every year.  I started with Quilting in the garden (in Livermore, CA).  Beautiful outdoor show at the large nursery.  The colorful quilts and the flowers really amused my eyes.
In mid October, we have the biggest quilt show in the area, Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF).  My friend, Kanako's quilt was displayed there.  It is made with PamKitty fabrics.  Isn't this so colorful and cheerful?  Love it!  (photo cropped to hide her identity)
The quilts that caught my eyes this year was the modern category.  I thought I would never be interested in Modern Quilts.  But WRONG!  It is quite interesting!  It is my goal to learn the modern quilt and twist in my own way.  These are the quilts I liked.

A week later, I departed to Houston for the International Quilt Market.  I helped Lecien/COSMO embroidery thread booth.  You can see the booth I helped to set up in the background of this photo.  Ruth Chandler did book-signing at our booth.
 We were able to sneak-view the quilt festival quilts in Houston.  This year is MODA's 40th anniversary and they have displayed many quilts that shows MODA's history.  This show has the highest quality, best of the best quilts from all over the world.  My favorite out of all the wonderful quilts is this one.
Someday, I want to design and make something like this.
My love of quilt-making still continues...

Happy quilting!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

And the winner is...

I came back from Spring Quilt Market in Minneapolis and read the reminder from the editor of Quiltmaker's magazine.  Oh NO!  I said I will pick the winner on Mother's Day!!! I'm so sorry for the delay.

Well, the winner is... (drumroll)

Blogger Happy Cottage Quilter said...
Your block is fantastic! I would make the butterfly in yellow :-)
Friday, May 08, 2015 5:30:00 AM

Please contact me with your name and shipping address, and the publisher will send you this issue.

Thank you all for the very nice comments.  I'm surprised that many of you like PURPLE and BLUE!!!  If any of you made this block, please share the picture with me.  I will list on my blog with your permission.  It will be fun to see the different butterfly blocks.

Happy quilting!

Friday, May 8, 2015

QM's 100 Blocks Vol. 11

Good morning!  Let's celebrate together! 
My original block is selected for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine vol. 11!
You can visit Quiltmaker's blog site for Designer's blog tour.  There are so many beautiful designes in this issue.

Today is my turn to share my block design from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 11!
"Lovely Butterfly" block #1071 on page 48.  Please visit Quiltmaker's blog to see other designer's designs.
It is very cheerful block and looks like the butterfly is flying.
The technique to make this block is quite simple.  They are all square and rectangles.  NO triangles!!!  I used the stitch and flip technique so anyone can make this block.  It will be perfect for the little girl.

Here is a couple of example of the quilt design using this block.

Quiltmaker magazine is graciously offering the magazine give away.  Please leave a comment saying what color of buttyfly you would like to make!  I will pick a winner on Sunday, May 10 (Mother's Day) at 10 pm PDT.

I hope you will have fun making this block!
Happy quilting.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Spring Boutique

Looking for the last minutes gift for you mother?

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Where the month of April go?

Its spring. Wait! It's been 80's lately, almost feels like summer! After my son's hockey season ended at the end of March, time flew away. I can only remember what happened by looking at my photos. That sounds kind of scary.
Here is some of my moments. 

My roses in the backyard are blooming beautifully. I try to go out at least once a day and talk to my plants. Then I stretch my body before I start either working or sewing. Hmmm~, I'd rather be sewing everyday. 
The name of this rose is Queen of Sweden. 

Then I have a cup of English tea. Inspiring from that, I quickly made this tea cozy. Made with all rectangle pieces. 

Well, I need something to go with my tea. I found three ripe bananas laying on my kitchen counter. Perfect!  I set out a couple of bowls and ingredients and baked banana bread. Yum yum. I wish my daughter was here to enjoy this with me. Guys in my family won't touch this yummy banana bread.

I will come back after I enjoy a cup of tea with banana bread. There's more to share with you.