Monday, February 25, 2013

My First Entry in QU Quilt Show

QU quilt show is our local annual quilt show held on the first weekend of June. This show is the largest one in my area, and Northern Virginia Quilters Unlimited hosts the show. This year, it will be the 40th anniversary.

I am a member of QU for a long time, and have been asked by the quilting ladies if I show my quilts at the show every year, but my answer was always "no." I always had quilts that I can put in the show though. It did not mean I am not interested in the show, in fact I enjoy the show almost every year.

I think I worry about the quilt cannot be listed online until the quilt come home after the show ending, and did not want to wait until then.

I received a reminder from our leader, Donna, that the registration of the show can be done online, and at her group meeting today is the last chance for measuring and photographing the quilts. I thought in the bed last night, "Hummm, I think I am going to put 2 quilts in the show this year."

These are the ones, so they were removed from my shop temporarily.





I love these kind of "girly" quilts though, it takes a looooooong time to be sold in my shop. I do not think the population of girly things lovers is few, so something is wrong on my quilt.

Anyway, I am a bit excited to think of my quilts hung in the show this year :)

Have a nice week!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Sake Coasters for my friend

The sake coasters for my best friend are done :)





Since she also likes cats, the backing is cat fabric :D
This was my first time to hear the words "I want it!!" from her soon after she saw the pic, I am honored to send them to her. She lately enjoys Japanese Sake, many kinds - it's just like wine -, so the fabric really caught her I believe.

I realized that binding process takes more time than piecing and quilting for this kind of small project! I was wondering the coasters like this are often sold at around $20 and feeling the price is too high. BUT, I now agree, it is time consuming.

I am now preparing for making some sets of Japanese place mats since they are out of stock. It's fun :D :D

Sounds we in VA are going to have miserable weather this afternoon and tomorrow. I'm glad I don't have a class. Homework? YES, though.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Coasters!


Since small pieces of cotton batting were piling up,



I thought I would make costers and picked some Japanese fabrics for them.







This is backing for them that someone left on the give-away table.



Japanese Sake bottles!
I think I bought this around 7 years ago when I went back to Japan.

One of my best friends living in Japan saw this earlier, and asked me for reserve :) So 1 set will be sent to her :)

When I make coasters or place mats, I usually sew fabric pieces onto batting.



Just like doing paper piecing, use batting instead of paper.



I anyway do quilting overall later, but if you are not a big fan of quilting process, this is a good way to be free from quilting especially when some fabric pieces are used to make a block such as the log-cabin pattern.

If working on a piece one by one bothers you,



You can do 2 piecies or more at once, and cut them into 2 pieces after sewing and quilting.

The back looks like this.



Separated pieces.



Long pieces of fabric and long batting, backing, sew at once....



And, cut the piece into 4.



It's so easy, and favorite fabric combinations were dancing on my mind.... This is the most fun time!
So, I've made a lot - not only the ones seen in this picture.



Binding is still needed, but would be finished soon :)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Trash to Treasure


On the actual Valentine's day, R gave me this.







I did not even think of hesitation to shoot out from my mouth that "I don't like this! UGLY!!" in front of him for my first sight. I felt very, very sorry for him to get a reaction from me with such an evil words, after I said that.

It's because! I thought he picked it up at somewhere because it was so ugly, to me it is so ugly, I am so sorry for those who might like this..., BUT he actually bought this at Wal-mart paying $1.97!!!!!!

I KNOW he does not like to spend money for something "stupid" or "junks." And I KNOW THIS is the "stupid" thing based on OUR definition of "stupid."

The problem is that I did not know that fact and I was almost throwing it away on the next garbage day. Luckily, we went to Wal-mart together before the garbage day, and I discovered the same ugly "LOVE" thing there!

Can you imagine a punch I got when I actually discovered it at Wal-mart?

So, I asked him, "....... Did you buy that ugly thing here....?" and, he said, "....ye....sss....?"

So, I asked him again, "Did you REALLY paid $1.97 plus taxes to get this ugly thing?!," he said "yeah..."

So, I said "WOW........."

Can you image how embarrassed I was when I heard it?!

I apologized him so many times and appreciated him for being out of his way to get this ugly (sorry, but it is still ugly) thing for me. I know he won't go to Wal-mart without reasons. It means he just went to Wal-mart to look for something for me, since he did not get any reply from me what I want, I do not know what I want because I do have enough things for my daily life, he must have looked around something special and compromised with the ugly thing. I think he first looked food and daily goods for me because I get excited for those. I like something practical. I prefer food than flowers....

So, it now became one of my treasure and is hanging down on the banister.

Thank you so much :D :D :D :D :D

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!


Since tomorrow is the Valentine's day, LOVE is everywhere!
Toastmasters' speech topic at the meeting is LOVE, hubby dubby, kissy, flowery; many bloggers are posting quilts made for their valentines; and, my English professor asked us to write a poem tittled "Love and its power" as an assignment!

So, here is my very first poem written in English! - ha ha!

Sonny wondering what I am doing.

“Love and Its Power”

Sonny – Orange fur, adorable meow,
purr too much around 4pm every day.

You know how pretty you are,
you lay on the ground, on the bed, anywhere you want,
wriggle your back down,
showing your soft white stomach,
but focusing your eyes on me,
and MEOW!

I am the one who always compromise to satisfy
your needs of attention (and food).

Don't you care how I am feeling for my problem?
I don't mean I want you to think about it together
(because I know you cannot, and)
because I usually forget what I was thinking about
after your MEOW!

And, I love to smile with your PURRRRRRRRRRR.......


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I do not know what my actual valentine's day, tomorrow, will be like yet. R asked me if I want to do something special. Accordding his plan, go to Jo-ann --> go to our favorite restaurant --> buy wine --> DVD? He says he does not have any particular things that he wants to do, and actually me as well. So, maybe we would stay home and do nothing special; we anyway like to stay at this cozy home. Also, I have classes tomorrow, and he might be doing tutoring.

We already went to several stores to look for cards together, and picked up some from the card shelf, show each other what we picked, and put them back to the shelf, and picked up our most favorite one together, bought the one for us. So, it already made tomorrow special :)

Well, hope you have a wonderful one, too! :D :D :D

Friday, February 01, 2013

School days


This semester is much better (less busy) than the last semester, SO FAR. So, I have time to do something with quilting!

I've been enjoying communicating with Japanese quilters through Twitter lately! Since I started to make quilts after moving in the USA, I do not know what quilting world in Japan like. I did not know what a quilt is until moving in here. And, I thought they are still doing all work by hand, but I have learned many are interested in machine quilting! So, I'm enjoying taking video to show them how I quilt since they said there are not many machine quilting classes over there, and tuition is so expensive. I am a self-taught quilter. I thought I can help them, then :)

This semester, I'm taking 2 English classes, literature and composition, the second part of psychology, and "acting for the camera." What I learn from them are somehow linked to my daily life, not like math or bio. It requires creativity. And, watching the professors is interesting as well as taking their classes. One is an actor, another is a journalist, movie director, and.... how can I describe about the PSY professor?? He is mellow like a general grandpa, but his reputation in the college is "a naughty boy" according to my history professor and her secretary.

Speaking of history professor, I miss her a lot. I think I really enjoyed learning history, any kind. I do not have to take history classes anymore for my degree, but it sounded interesting when she talked about an excellent professor who teaches only the civil war. Thanks to learning American history, I learned about Japan as well.

"Acting for the camera"! I consulted with my faculty adviser, and she agreed it would be a good class for me to take in order to gain confidence to speak in front of people. The general purpose of this class is to learn how to act for the camera, all of my other classmates desire to have a job in entertainment industry. It is interesting to learn how movies are made, about role of directors, actors, cameramen, photographers, and editors. I had a few opportunities of a little acting so far, and I will have to be in a camera acting in the next class.... the script was already handed, I need to analyze who the person is, where the person is, what was the situation the person in before the scene that I act. Creative work, isn't it?

Anyway, today is my youngest nephew's birthday!


According to my sister-in-law, he will quit from being a girl after his birthday. Ha-ha. I appreciate her for keeping them happy.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Mine will be so, as usual :D