Monday, October 29, 2007

Monsters quilt 2007 -- half way

I have been working on 2007 version of the monsters quilt.
2007 is almost over, should I say it's for 2008??

Since this monsters caught people's eyes, I thought I would make many items in their design, but it is tooo boring for me to make the same thing again and again. How stupid I am, I already purchased too enough materials for the monsters project on the Black Friday last year, so I need to finish the materials at least. So, I decided to make one monsters quilt every year adding new members. All of monsters are my original. To design new monsters are fun, anyway :-D

Here is the monsters for this year!





I have just done applique part. I have to add borders and frame on them, and quilt it! Fabrics used for this quilt is flannel. Batting is cotton, twin size. I believe this quilt is really warm you up though, can you imagine how hard to quilt this heavy quilt???? I prefer not think of it :-( Especially flannel is easy to be stretched, and it is very hard to move the quilt sandwich around on my sewing machine for free motion without get it wrinkled. Woo, too much fun! ha-ha-ha :-D

I strongly hope this quilt will find a new home!

The new monsters for this year is, Boan and Jeb.
They are actually...., my bunnies. I took real name of my rabbit "Jeb", and Boan is my rabbit Sujie.

This is Jeb being turned over by my husband on his lap.



Jeb, taking nap in the cage. There is Sujie behind of him. He is Florida white, looks so fat. He enjoys to dance and jump with that fat body. Always mad at something making "boo, boo" sound, and often attacks me. I sometimes fight with him, and I get injured :-( as expected. He loves oats, OATS IS HIS EVERYTHING.



Sujie from front.



Sujie is New Zealand which is often used for testing, since their personality is calm. But her personality is NOT!! She is a queen of destroyers, she destroy ANYTHING, especially her favorite is to bite cords and carpet. My husband often has to fix their cage, telephone cords, TV cords, electric blanket, any cords! oh unbelievable. But she is a scary rabbit, she is afraid of human probably it's from her history with humans.

Anyway. The 2 of new monsters were born when Sujie and Jeb were running in the free space.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Half way Quilts.

Polka Dot Quilt -- half way

Simple Polka Dot quilt!
It's ready to quilt, already pinned with batting and backing. I am still thinking what kind of quilting line I should choose.
The Polka dot fabric came from Japan. This was sold as one set of 6 fat quarters coordinated by the store. I have just added white lattices and frames and didn't think about the design very much though, I like this simple quilt (not a quilt yet though...) with modern design fabric backing!

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Here is the picture of the backing.

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Since I have made one quilt for my friend -- I don't post it yet because I am afraid of she could see it here. I will post it after she receives it. -- I enjoy the pattern of Windmill! Although I was kind of avoiding to sew diagonal until now, the method I see everywhere worked very well! Once I could figure it out that "it work!", I made this quilt top after her quilt.

Japanese windmill quilt top

detail

corner

The fabric for frame is designed by Tracy Porter. I think she is exclusive for Jo-Ann fabric store, and I love her fabrics! So many times, it is designed by her when I picked up the fabric that I though it's pretty. I bought this fabric to make a rabbit quilt in Japanese style, and it is common for me to change a project plan, often.

STUDIO GLOBE.

I purchased one summer dress for my friend's child. Actually..., her birthday is end of May, so I think this item is a good gift for her. Although I know it is tooooo early to think of it, but when I saw this dress, all I thought was "Nice gift for her!", soooo I purchased!
Here is the description and pictures of the item.
Flowers on the ocean waves Summer dress

I received the item today from Japan! It was the best deal I ever had. I am so impressed the way of her business, and I thought I should re-think of my way of the business.

The package I received is this way!



The package was carefully covered with bubble wrap, and it is gift looking! I received small extra treasure as well. I believe this extra gift would makes people who loves "Japanese Kawaii Zakka" crazy!



And the Japanese stamps are pretty even!
This is my first time to advertise someones shop, it means I am really deeply impressed!

Here is her shop! The prices are very reasonable, and shipping seems actual cost which is well calculated.

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade
takae.etsy.com

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Lint.



This is lint after I washed 34 of Fat quarters.

I HATE to wash fat quarters since they tie up themselves with the lint! It's always hard to disassemble them after laundry. But this is what I have to do before I make a quilt.... awww...

Monday, October 22, 2007

Birthday party for my friend's baby.

I had a lot of fun with my friends at the birthday party for my friend's baby. The baby is almost 1 year old! Oh..., it makes me excited to think how bright life she is going to have. I sometimes feel I like to go back to my age around 25. Everything was bright when I was young, and I was not afraid of anything, which means I was unmatured even more than today though.

So many Japanese and their husbands got together as it was difficult for all of us to find a place to sit. I met 2 of new Japanese ladies! It's always fun to listen to other people's experiences, we chatted, chatted, chatted, and laughed, laughed, laughed. I didn't see them for a long time since the last February.

This is the gift I brought!



This is a photo frame or for something small. The lattices hold those. I made this out of the leftover from the Leaf fresh quilt.

I made a quilt for the baby when she was born last year. My friend (the mother) kept the quilt for a while saying "I don't want to get mess on it!" though, I noticed she uses the quilt at the party. I asked her how the quilt is. She said, "It's working greatly! The size is right, this become even softer and softer every time I wash!"

I was very honored and very happy to hear that :-D

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Leaf Fresh Quilt



This quilt have found a new home soon after it was created.

My friend offered me that she would like to purchase it at the meeting of quilt group for her daughter's anniversary. I anyway bring quilts that I made to the meeting to show and tell so that we can inspire each other. I am very honored of her offer, I hope her daughter will like it and keep it for a long time.

I love earth colors (blue, green, brown) as her daughter, especially light and muted colors. Since this quilt is one of my favorite, I am so happy about my friend (or her family) keep it, and about she thought she would like to have it even she pays for it.

I asked her that I would like to bring the quilt back to my home once, since it's already on the list of my Etsy shop. I didn't think it's sold so soon, but I can't say 100% it's not sold yet.

She again offered me to pick it up at my home if it's not sold yet, and she visited me with her husband. I felt too bad about it though...., my husband is kind of old style person (he is actually old) that he wants to have me around him when he is at home. -- Many wives would understand how I feel ? --

To my surprise! It turned out a very good day for my husband. My husband likes her husband and hoping to be a good friends with him. My husband seldom feel this way to other people. I hope they get along each other like best friends, so that I would be able to see my friend more often!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Friends.

I joined my quilt group bee after a long time. To see my friends there makes me very happy, even though it's sometimes hard for me to follow what they are talking about. They are so kind to me always, let me catch up with the conversations.

It was funny to know about the glue!
We were watching old group photo of elementary school students. One of my friend said "She is the glue." pointing one girl. I know what is glue, but didn't understand what she meant by "glue", other friends understood immediately what that mean. The first, I thought the girl could be a organizer who worked hard to bond the class, but it was totally different meaning! I have heard the glue is kind of tasty before. I don't want to try though.

One of my friend is moving to Ohio. I will miss her very much. She donated some Polka dot! fabrics and fabrics that is good for a baby quilt to me, and I was given really special thing!




It is sitting on my couch! :-) Pretty Japanese bunnies! It makes me smile every time I see it! Thank you so much!

The gift that one friend gave to the friend who moves Ohio was soooooo beautiful and special either! They are all artists!


One more thing that I was surprised.
I didn't know designers fabric is very common to be used.
We LOVE fabric! Fabric is very important things for us in the life. One friend asked other friend "Is this Marcus Brothers?" when she was showing her favorite fabric. That means Marcus Brothers is a known fabric designer.

I got some designers fabrics on e-bay lately, so I could know what is "Marcus Brothers" though, I was thinking not many quilters would use designers fabrics because it's expensive, and I don't see many designers fabric in a shop around here. (Probably there would be some fabric stores that carry designers fabric around here, and I think I just don't know it. My world is very small.)

The Marcus Brothers fabric I purchased is this :)



Polka dot! Once this caught my eyes, I couldn't forget to buy. Magical fabric!!



And Michael Miller. Another magical fabrics!! Of course Polka dot!!



Robert Kaufman!
Designers fabrics are so pretty, and the cotton quality is good. That's why they are expensive...



And frogs in a bottle.
I fell in love with this fabric at the first met, but I am not sure what I will use this fabric for...

Anyway, magical, magical, magical!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Snake.



I seldom see a snake in my yard, but today. I am not really like repitile, but we all are creature on the earth.

My husband told me this snake is called as "farmer's friend". It doesn't do something wrong, but bring something good for us, it is not poisoned.

I talked with my husband about this small snake for a while, and got in home, ... and forgot about the snake.
In this early evening, I found the snake died in front of my mail box when I went to check mails. It was crushed by something, my husband and I are guessing that probably it was stepped on by a post office car, because the snake was really at the edge of the road. I dug a hole in my yard for his/her grave, and varied it... so he/she can return the soil.

It makes me really sad, we never know what will be happen even a minute later.
The snake might be a friend of a farmer, but not a friend of a mail man.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

New Darning foot came!

I received new darning foot yesterday! So, I quilted, quilted, quilted...., 2 quilts that were ready to be quilted.
One is familiar for some people, which is crib quilt for girls, and other one is made by my first try ...., I don't remember the name of pattern..., the one similar to "trip around the world". I used the method of "Blanche and Helen Young".



This was hard contrary to my expectations! I mean, their method is great, but my skill was not enough for it :-(
Anyway, I think the quilt looks nice..., with my effort. What do you think??

Polka Dot Fabrics



I am lately crazy about polka dot fabrics..., since I joined one exchange blocks project of using polka dot fabrics with my quilting group. I was not interested in polka dot before, but I now feel like it's most prettier thing in the world.

You say "polka dot", but it's not only one kind of polka dot! So many kind of polka dot in the world!!
I have purchased some (...I should say "many") fabrics on ebay, this is the part of it.

I am thinking to make one polka dot sampler quilt with them... and I still have enough fabrics for other project.

I am wondering why quilters buy fabrics more and more, even we have enough fabrics for projects, still buying more and more. I have never know if I can spend all of the fabrics I ever bought, and store them for a long time...., and I may use it 10 years later..., but still buy more :-( Even I would use the fabric after a long time, I may be in trouble which means... I may have shortage of the fabric for a project, and it would not be sold at anywhere anymore because it's too old.

I think that to buy fabrics that I need for the project that I am working on is a great way of saving money... but I can not stop myself to buy fabrics... oh....

Sunday, October 07, 2007

House Painting

My husband and I have been working on house painting since the last fall.
I finished half lower part of all around of the house (sides, front, back) including garage last fall, and my husband started to paint upper part of the house this year, and I was painting shutters.



Finally! The front of the house was done! I have been wondering for years why my husband's job is sooooooooooo slow to move ahead. Our house needs a lot of treatment since it's so old. We paint it by hands, not by spray.

The shutters color was white, and it looked darken color because of tiny moss :-( How odd looking the house was. The new color looks better!



Beautiful paint, isn't it!? I had to paint each of shutters 4-5 times fighting mosquitoes. Thin paint makes beautiful surface with a lot of work.

Fall has arrived here this year too! It means I have to work harder and harder to rake old leaves. It's tough job!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

My free motion foot has gone (>_<)!



Oh my god.... My free motion foot died last night :-(
I have never thought about sewing machine foot can die, I thought it last until I will die once I got it.
I ordered the new foot immediately at the online store I have purchased before.

Southwest-sewing

I was treated very good by this store the last time, they answer my small stupid question immediately, and shipping was so fast, they sent me a suitable screw for my sewing machine for free to use their foot on my machine since I let them know I had a problem with it. I was very happy to do business with them.

I ordered 2 of the new feet, I hope my sewing machine (her name is Lady) would not die before the 2 of new feet die :-( I have been thinking to get the second sewing machine though...., I have not get enough informations about what sewing machine is best for me yet.

Anyway, I have stuck at the half way of making a quilt. This is no fun :-(

Granny Bag!

How to make a Granny bag, today!

I was requested to make this tutorial :) Granny bag (Gramma bag) is very popular in this country, and there are so many kinds of them.
I hope you guys enjoy my tutorial :-), and hope understand my descriptions.... and I am sorry for some of pictures are out of focus (>_<). You are going to make one Granny bag, which is 8" height x 11" width x 3" depth.
There are many kind of Granny bag, so there is no rules that you should make like this.



What you need is ;
* 2 pieces of 14" x 10" fabric for front
* Same size of fabric for lining
* Same size of medium weight interfacing
* 2 of 3" strips of WOF (width of fabric : 42"-44") for Handles




I think people usually use pattern, but I don't use it. I just cut it as I desire and depends on fabric size... I am too lazy, sorry...

So, fold the front fabric in half vertically, and cut the top of it like this... as you disire.



Open it up, your front fabrics should look like this.





And cut the lining and interfacing based on the front fabric that you have just cut.
Layer the interfacing on the front fabric, wrong sides together.



Now you are going to make tucks on the top of the bag.
Fold the front fabric in half vertically with interfacing together as interfacing up.
And sew the pointed point, it's about 1/2" in from the folded edge, sew about 2" from the top to bottom.



Open it up, and fold it again like this, and repeat sewing for 2 other places. You are going to make 3 tucks total.

And repeat for other fabric for front, and linings (total 4 pieces) too.



Flat each tucks and iron on them like this.





Put the front fabric right side together. And sew around of it like this. Repeat for the linig in the same way too.



OK.
Now you are going to make gore(depth) on the bottom of the bag.

Bring the vertical seam to the bottom seam like this and pin it. Please pay attention to put each side of sewed line them together propery. If these lines are misaligned, the shape of the bag would be warped.







Mark the line like this, and sew on the line. Repeat for other side, and lining too.



Now your bag should looks like this :-)





Turn right side out, and put the lining in the front fabric (+interfacing) wrong sides together. Pin the points.



Sew the around of edges of it, to secure all layered together. Be careful not to be poken by the pins!





OK. Now you are going to make handles!
You have 3" strips of WOF for handles, don't you?
Sew them together, because one strip doesn't have enough length for handles. And fold it in half, iron it.



Layer the handle on the top of the bag like this, and sew them together for piping.



Turn the handle fabric up to the front side like this, pin it, and sew on it.



Now your bag should look like this :-)



I think you have your own favorite handle length.
Let's put the fabric for handles around the top of the bag in person roughly to decide the length.




Cut the extra part of the fabric for handles, and sew them together. you should have one round fabric for handles.
Place it on the right/left side of the bag like this.

Oops! Please don't mind about the beer can near by the bag! Actually I love beer. It bring me in good mood, and I am almost in the heaven when I am in my sewing room with beer, sewing and drinking... how nice. And the bathroom is just in front of my sewing room! ha-ha-ha.



Find the half point of the handle fabric, and put it on the other side of the bag. Pin it along the edges like this.



This is how it looks like after you sewed the edges on the sides.



Turn the handle fabric up to the front side like this, pin it, and sew on it.




This is all pinned. Sew carefully making sure how the wrong side looks fine.



Done!



Did you enjoy to make the bag??