Sunday, January 25, 2015

Alphabet Quilt Fabric set

It had been more than a year since a fabric set of my Japanese alphabet (Hiragana) quilt went out of stock, and finally I made 6 of them during this weekend. I received some inquiries from my customers about it last year, but they were not strongly interested in purchasing it soon, and it is "really" time consuming to cut 50 assorted blocks, it took more than a year to list it in my etsy shop again. The beginning of this year, I had 2 ladies who determined to purchase. So, here they are.

I usually make many of them when I make. This time, only 6…,

but, I cut a lot of extra blocks for making a process easier the next time of making the set.
The blocks on your right side in the box are for Korean alphabet quilts, and for Japanese alphabet quilts on your left.

Dark color fabrics for alphabets.

It is always hard to find light orange fabrics and dark rusty (between red and orange) fabrics. I did online shopping for fabrics for the set this weekend since I found some sales. I hope the fabrics colors are what I expected. Usually, I receive some in my order that the colors are very different from what I thought, and end up taking them to "free for a good home" table at my quilting bee, or use them for charity quilts.

Well, I need to make room for the new fabrics that would be delivered this week.


So, we are expecting a snow storm tomorrow. I am ready for staying at home, especially I am very ready for not going to an evening class tomorrow & a morning class Tuesday morning! Assignments for the classes are done, but it is always nice to stay at home. I LOVE a day that I can stay home all day long being in pajama and do whatever I have to do.

Hope you have a nice week!

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

New Year Days.

I am really feeling that I am in a break being away from school things! (- but actually I am now at the college library…)

I am enjoying cooking everyday, as R and my new landlady appreciate any of my cooking so far, and sewing projects. I appreciate their comments "After finishing 4 year university, go to a cooking school (to make my cooking professional - I hope not 'to at least cook something edible')." ha-ha-ha.

We finished 2014 with Toshikoshi Soba which is Japanese tradition to have soba between an old year and a new year, so start to eat before 12am on Dec 31 and finish eating after 12am on Jan 1 wishing a long prosper for a new year.

We had a different version of Ozoni on the New Year Day with Japanese Sake,

and cleaned my long years stashes cutting into 2.5" strips to make charity quilts!

So far, the stripes are categorized into 3 sections - Perky Girl, Flower Girl, and Boy. I have much more to go, of course.

Then, we had an unexpected power failure that lasted around 2 hours while I was cooking cream stew. So, I took advantage of it and did appliqué in candle lights.

Then, I received a package from Japan sent by one of my best friends. Full of Japanese food!

So, we had Zenzai, Japanese sweet.

Also, cleaned up my stuff - craft items, books, fabrics, too small clothing, shoes, etc -, took to "free for good home" at my quilting bee and donated to Good Will. Total around 15 boxes. I feel good!

And, since my birthday is coming, Nancy brought a cake to the quilting bee. I appreciate birthday gifts from my quilter friends and a big birthday song from the members!

After a long time, I made 2 drawstrings bags for my etsy shop. New Items!

I cannot stop loving small circles.

And, made Snoopy cushions recycling my old clothes which was never worn, but was kept for 25 years.

I still need to reshape my belongings. My sewing projects left for a long time including ones that haven't started yet were organized and waiting to be finished.

Since I did not have much time for myself for a long time, I strongly feel that I need it before the next move.

I also would love to add new items for my etsy shop! Although there have not been new additions for a long time, I still have transactions and interactions with my customers. The numbers of admires and positive feedbacks are growing little by little. I appreciate their attentions to my shop.

Getting excited!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Moving Forward

Dec 31, 2014.

I completed moving out of the place today where I lived for 5 years.

My initial plan was to move out for transferring to a 4 year institution, but the transferring plan was postponed from Spring to Fall, and since I initiated discussing with my landlady about me (and R) moving out, it prompted her to have a future plan for her life.

R and I started to look for a new place to live locally, and one of my quilter friend kindly offered us to live together for the next 6 months until we leave this area.

I remember the days of the first year of my living where I moved out today just like it happened yesterday. I did not have a friendship with my landlady before, but when I moved in, she was very helpful as well as my quilter friends. She respected my way of life, gave me things that I may need, took me shopping when I needed, became a witness for my divorce, and kept low rent for me and never raised it.

It is kind of scary for me to leave her support, because I do not have the guarded place to go back since I decided to leave, but I think I need to move forward. I now have R to support me in many ways until I finish the 4 year university.

Thinking back to 5 years ago…, who including me thought I would be willing to go to a 4 year university? So many things happened during the 5 years, and my challenges will be continued.

Wish you a Happy New Year! :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Honors in Action Academy 2014 in Lynchburg, VA

Everyday is so exciting, but I do not have time to sew for myself.
One day is gone so quick, but I feel like a week is really long, and while I am thinking a matter happened a month ago, but actually was a week ago. It is a strange feeling.

So, it is hard for me to believe that it has been 2.5 months since the last post. I feel "that long ago?" and "not that long" at the same time.

Classes I am taking this semester are not that bad, but things with Phi Theta Kappa have been keeping me busy. I think I am facing a lot of challenges through PTK - conducting a meeting, discussing things with members, orientation, advertising our events, and volunteering, etc.

It anyway increased opportunities of speaking in front of people. Thanks to that, I often receive a comments from my quilting ladies and friends that "your speaking got much better!" and I realize people understands what I say better than before.

I had a different experience in the last weekend. 4 members from my PTK chapter participated in "Honors in Action Academy" conference, Nov 6 - 9, in Lychburg VA.

PTK has a research project called "Honors in Action" which requires both researches (reading), action (Interviewing, visiting somewhere, surveying, etc), and implement (do something with what we have learned from the researches and action in the campus). There is a contest for this project also.

The conference was for the project, meeting and making connections with PTK members from other Community Colleges in Virginia and West Virginia, exchanging ideas about the project with them, and also listening to some lectures and group seminars after.

It was a really different from my normal days, and wonderful. I had a lot of stimuli, excitement, deep thinking, and FUN! The expenses were paid by my college, there was no loss but only benefits. Nice.

On the first day, we left school at 1pm, and arrived at Lynchburg before 5pm. Fellowship event, for icebreaker, was in the evening, and a little orientation at night. I enjoyed ping pong and dancing.

Next morning, we visited Poplar Forest built by Thomas Jefferson. I wished R to be with me since he loves history - and math - he actually loves any subjects.

The city of Lynchburg.

A restaurant we had lunch after visiting Poplar Forest. I loved the quilts hanging from the duct. Food taste good also.

We had most of the activities at Randolf college.

At the 3rd night, Mystery Dinner Theater. It was fun. We were told to wear a little formal, but actually recommended to have a costume on.

On the last day, I was so tired because of those unfamiliar situations and forced myself to speak all the time. But it was a really great experience, and I would love to have another one in future.

Without challenges, life cannot be better.
I am now happy though, I can be happier :)