Sunday, July 29, 2012

UFOs


Since my room was rearranged, I have been also organizing my stuff, mostly fabrics, and discovering UFOs that I had already forgotton. The UFOs are usually 1) left over of quilt blocks, 2) fabrics that had been cut to make something, 3) projects that were left in the middle of process. I made 4~5 items from them, and am feeling good about they are not UFOs anymore :)

This is one of them (below). It will be a table runner, but originally it was going to be a small bag. I disassembled it and cut the piece, and made a table runner.


And these left overs of quilt blocks will be Mug Rugs (below).


The hand stitching blocks that I was working on, maybe, for more than a year, which was a project working on only at the quilting meetings were done the other day. So, I assembled them to make a baby quilt (below).






I used gauze fabrics imported from Japan for both the top and back. I will do hand quilt this (!). I am not sure if this will be for a sale or not because it will take a loooong time to finish it, and materials were costly, which means the quilt itself will be expensive when it's sold. I may just adore this on my lap then :)

By the way, I found a good way to use left overs of batting!


Cotton batting is useful until it really become small pieces, and I have small projects like coasters that the small pieces can be used for, but polyester batting.


This works to clean the hard wood floor! It catches dust and hair very well. I would like you to try this if you have a problem with a use of polyester batting left over :D

This weekend was SO peaceful, well it's usual though, I enjoyed sewing very much. I like my present room better; it's much more organized. Hope you had a good one as well :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Japanese Quilt Magazine


This latest issue of Japanese quilt magazine was in the package from Japan that one of my best friends sent me.


I learned some about Japanese indigo fabric from one article on the magazine. I didn't know each indigo color has an unique name (below).


And, all kinds of patterns of indigo fabrics (below).


Here are some of my favos of Japanese quilts from the magazine.






This bag is my super favorite! (below)


Hawaian quilts are very popular in Japan. (below)
A while ago, when I googled "quilts" on Japanese google, more than 80% of quilts came up on the research results were Hawaian.


And!
The best friend of mine does Amigurumi! She loves yarns and strings.


Look at the detail of the mouth of this frog. (below)


They have a house. (below)
They are now sitting beside of my computer :D with a pin cushion that other of my friend gave me.


In addition.
My latest favorite item found at a thrift shop.
Aluminum containers in 3 different sizes, which were 75 cents for a set of 3. I think these were used for cooking. Its price was also GOOD!


They are SO lovely to store craft things. It's also perfect for a yarn skein when knitting or chrochetting to prevent the yarn rolling all over, easy to carry as well. I'm so happy when I find something like this since it seldom happens :D :D

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pot Holders


While I was working on the pot holders for my friend (as a customer), for the pot holders exchange project offered by the quilting group, I made my pot holders as well. I think it's so easy to make them, just need a little piece of patchwork and double laywers of batting.









By the way!
A few days ago, I received one package from Japan!





Most of the contents are Japanese food, which I love!
"Tarako Spaghetti"!! (Tarako is a name of fish eggs)
I love, love, love, love, love Tarako!!
It's just good with everything!


Since I love spaghetti, my friend included new pasta sause for me (above). Salmon + sesame + soy sause = sounds delicious!

I sent a few pictures of me enjoying Tarako Spaghetti to my friend who is a sender of this package :D :D :D I'm so excited!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New Bird Drawstrings bags


I took a lot of pictures of them - made 15 birds total - for listing. I just listed one of them on my etsy shop, and will be listed more.






I like the new birds better than old ones. It has a wider gusset and entrance.
Hope many people would like them :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Calender - one month on two pages


There are so many websites that offer free calenders and templates though, I couldn't find what I liked. I checked Staples and other places that would carry some kinds of calenders, the one I liked was expensive, like $66.

So, I made it by myself.


I wanted :
* One month on two pages (letter size) because one month on one page is too small for me to write a little comment or one sentence journal each day.
* Starts from Sunday
* Simple and practical, no decoration is necessary
* A little extra space to note something on the bottom of calender or the side

But, it would take forever to make a calender from scratch, so I downloaded pdf files of one month on one page calender from free calender site. And, took screen shots, enlarged them, cut and paste on Illustrator in whatever size I wanted, added spaces for notes.

Here is the PDF files for those who might want to use my calender. Please discuss with your printer how to print them if you would like to print both sides.

July - December 2012 PDF file
January - December 2013 PDF file

Hope many people would download them so that I can feel like my time wasn't wasted much.
Thanks :)

Wedding celemonies and parties the last weekend


It took a while to sort, organize, and modifying the pictures I took. As usual, I took a lot. Also, videos. Most of them will be sent to the family, and I show some of them here, just some images.

The first day of the wedding was American style.








This grabbed most of my attention (below). It was GOOD.




Two cameramen were hired for this wedding.
He looked bored. I heard the next day that he was so tired because he had 2 weddings before this one.


I was so jealous the cameramen for getting the best spots to take all kinds of photos. There were so many scenes and things that I wanted to shoot... I love to see all kinds of human scenes shown by the people who get together at events. Especially, most of the case, wedding is happy, happy, aaaand happy :)

The second celemony was at the Indian temple.





The traditional and religious ceremony scared me a little. What the old women were thinking of the new young bride who became the part of their family?

It was very interesting weekend :)