Friday, April 17, 2009

Caw boy quilt.

My Japanese friend who went back to Japan from Utah a year ago, requested me to make a quilt for her boy in American style using fabrics you cannot buy in Japan. I was thinking to make it in baby style... but since she seems to miss the USA, and I had some cow boy patterned fabric, I decided to make it in American style.

The basic colors are blue and red.
Cow boy fabrics colors are .... dark....

I loved the fabric for backing - Roy Rogers -, I bought this fabric a few years ago at Jo-ann. I didn't know what I would use it for when I bought it, but I was attracted by it very much. And I am so happy that my favorite went to my friend's baby :) I didn't even know the name "Roy Rogers" as I was surprised at my husband so exciting when he saw this fabric. It was very popular TV program when he was a child, his dream at that time was to become a cow boy. He told me that he used to practice to shoot a gun every day using a wooden toy gun.

I brought the quilt to my quilting group to see member's reaction, and it is sure the program was very popular! I thought this quilt would be very Americana!

My friend in Japan already received this quilt, and she said she loved it in e-mail.... but I am not sure if she really loved it. I guess, I would make another quilt for her boy in baby or a boy style in near future.

Speaking of cow boy fabric.
Here is another cow boy fabric I have.

Many cow boys faces...

Why this guy is only bottom of body????

And this guy looks like a ghost....

It is very interesting to see different culture.


Saturday, April 11, 2009


Mangetsu means full moon in Japanese.

I have made these coasters imaging full moon, since this wonderful lady Mai - SIESTA (etsy shop) - mairuru (blog) - has been inspiring me. I am a big fan of her. Her works just make me smile, and warm my heart up.
She doesn't use sewing machine to produce her works. All sewn by her miracle hands!
I usually (I would sadly say "seldom"...) don't sew by hand, it really impressed me!
And you can see how often she adds her works in her shop! Is she sewing, sewing, sewing all day long? I cannot believe she keeps to create those cute things every day!! As for me, for a reason that I don't often add a item in my shop...., I would be able to say that I am busy for quilting jobs thanks to my quilter friends give me, and I have 8 rabbits to take care of, and.... house chores...? I know they are all excuses! X-(

Anyway, here are the coasters!

So..., I thought I would do a little hand sewing, and.... what I have done is these... Are you asking me where is the part of hand work?? Can you see the stitches with golden thread around the moon? .............. yes, that's it.

I have been thinking to make some hand sewing works that I can do in Playgroup and Worker Bee (both are a name of quilting group I belong to). We get together every Mondays, and the 2nd Thursday, and some Fridays. I used to work on a grand mother's garden quilt (here is the old post about it), and though this happens very often..., it is left for a long time as you see. The more the quilt top grow, the more I need space to work with. I don't like to occupy large table space for it in the group :(

Anyway, I thought I would fix the holes of my husband's socks (hand work!) in the group next week, but it's no fun. Thinking of what I can do there. I usually do crocheting or just do nothing and chatting with other ladies.

By the way, Yesterday!!
I have got my new baby!!

I am still playing with it, enjoying many features that I didn't have on my old sewing machine.
It really sews fast, I could get one twin size quilting work done during only last night. Need to find a way to get along with this big baby. It is too great for me, and a little problems :(