Monday, November 24, 2014

And the WINNER is...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 10.
I was so nice to read all the comments from you.  Those words give me the energy to create new designs.  I promise to share the new design with you near future.  So please come visit my blog again soon.

Here is the winner for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol.10 and the surprise gift from me.  The same fabric that I used to make the original block!

Blogger Just Quilt It said...
This is a lovely block! Thank you for sharing!
Saturday, November 22, 2014 3:00:00 PM
Please send me email with your name and shipping address.  I will send this prize to you.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

-Keiko

Thursday, November 20, 2014

QM's 100 Blocks Vol. 10!

I forgot to mention about the giveaway!  Please leave a comment for chance to win a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 10 and a surprise gift from me!  I will announce the winner on Monday, November 24th.
Have a wonderful weekend!
-Keiko
 URL: http://www.quiltmaker.com/100blocks.html 
My block is in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 10!
 http://www.quiltmaker.com/blogs/quiltypleasures/
Quiltmakers offering the Blog Tour this week and lots of giverways.  Click the image above and visit their website for more fun.

 
This is my block "Midnight Sky" for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Vol. 10.

Star block is alway one of my favorite blocks.  
I used dark background as night sky and light color for star point.
Checkerboard is for expressing twinkling star.

I think it will be fun to use different colors for this block, so I played with my EQ7.  First one looks like Sunflower.
 The second one is so crazy!
 The third one is kind of like early evening sky when the color of the sky changes with sunset.
 The fourth one is chic.  Then I thought it will be beautiful if I used the Japanese taupe fabric for this block.

Enjoy my YouTube video debut!
Special thank you to Quiltmakers magazine for this incredible opportunity.

Rose

This is from my back yard.
I love roses!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks

Have you heard?  Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks volume 10 is coming soon!  Yes, that's right!  They are celebrating their special issue with 1000 total blocks!
And the big news is that my block is in it!  And on the cover, too!  Can you guess which one is mine?  Midnight Sky is my block (#966) and the block instruction will be in page 51.  I'm so excited about this.  My daughter told me that I should frame this magazine.  There will be a designer blog tour starting November 17.  I will be talking about my block more at the blog tour.  You can now view the video ads at my pinterest site.

See you soon!
-K

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

It's different this year, our kids grown up and also we are in the new neighborhood, we are not going out for trick or treating. So I bought bunch of candies at last minutes, but only a couple of group had come...  What are we going to do with these candies???
We finally got rain, but on the Halloween day, not so good.  Although, I'm happy with rain.  Feel so refreshing!  We needed so badly.  My pumpkin collection look kind of exotic with rain drops.
The air feels chilly on my cheek tonight and I felt like I want to bake.  Of course, pumpkin related goodies.  How about pumpkin cake w/o butter?

Love Fall!
-K

Quilt Market Fall 2014

I came back from Quilt Market Houston on Monday, and still recovering from the trip.  But I wanted to share how wonderful this trip was!

First, I was very happy to see my friends from all over the world.  Manufacturers, fabric designers, pattern designers, publishers, shop owners, we meet once or twice a year at this international quilt market.

Second, finding the new products, new designs, and fresh ideas.  My first market experience was overwhelming with too much information, but I think I'm getting better to process who I met and what I found.  Here is some photos of the beautiful designer booth.



 Third, I was able to preview the quilts for International Quilt Festival!  A few years ago, there was a red and white quilt exhibition in New York, and I really wanted to see these beautiful collections of red and white quilts, but NY is so far away, I couldn't go...  But this exhibit in Houston looked just like the one in NY. Made me so happy:-)
 And at last, two of my Japanese friends won awards.  Their quilts are so beautiful, actually they are truly artwork.
This is "Fuji and Sakura" made by Masako-san from Japan.  -Won 1st place in Naturescapes division.
This one is "Tempest" made by Kumiko-san from Houston.  -Won 3rd place in Miniture Quilts division.  This quilt is about 8 inche square.  Yes, really!

My next year's new year's resolution will be learn to make a beautiful quilt and enter one of the judged show!  Winning the ribbon some day is my dream, but I have to believe that the dream can come true!

Happy quilting!
-K

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pint Size Pocketbook

I'm so excited to announce that my project is up in Quilts and More magazine in Fall 2014 issue!  It is available now, well, it hit the stands on 8/12/2014, so I hope it is still available.

I always had this type of wallet as I was growing up in Japan, except it was always thin and only few things were able to fit in.  I wanted to make it rounder shape, so after making so many protocols, this cute purse was born.  You can keep your makeup stuff, medicine, store coupons, snacks, sewing kit, keys, ideas are endless!

The balls come in many different colors.
BK-1275S, BK-1275AG with balls
Frame: #S-Silver color, #AG-Antique gold color
16mm Acrylic gem balls: 10 colors, Paper string, Made in Japan
4-3/4"(W) X 3-3/8"(H) X 3/8"(T), 12 cm(W) X 8.5 cm(H) X 0.9 cm(T)
#0
#2
#6
#15
#16
#17
Ivory Coral Amber Jade Inca
rose
Amethyst
(Purple)
#21
#18
#26
#102
Enlarged image
Tortoise
shell
Blue Black Red

Do you want to make them NOW?  The kits are available at Prairie Queens Quilt Shop as you can find the information in the magazine.  They also sell just frames.  You can contact them via email or phone call to place an order.

If you are the shop owner and interested to buy wholesale, please contact Emma Creation.  They would be happy to assist you.

I hope everyone enjoy making one, or two, or three, or more!

Happy Sewing!
Keiko