Thursday, July 24, 2014

Japanese Taupe Fabric

Instead of hand quilting this baby quilt that I started awhile back, I find myself watching quilting videos on YouTube. Do you do that as well? I recently discovered this fantastic video about quilting with Japanese taupe fabric by National Quilters Circle. It's the best introduction to taupe fabrics that I have ever come across. It may be time to go through my small stash of Japanese taupe fabrics. Until then, I will keep working on this baby quilt. I am so thankful for this great hobby because I am just never bored!

I still have a more of these diamonds to hand quilt.

Here is a closeup of my Sunbonnet Sue sewing bag made with Japanese taupe fabrics.

Friday, July 18, 2014

L.O.V.E. | Marimekko.

I am in love with Marimekko fabrics! Marimekko is a Finnish company known for their bright, simple, and modern prints. If you have a Marimekko store nearby, then you should definitely pay them a visit.

 Rows and rows of beautiful fabrics! It took me forever to make my selections.

I picked out some fabrics with smaller patterns so I can make potholders out of them. The flower prints are called "Unikko." There is a story on Unikko.

 I had an assembly line. 

 Love my finished pile of potholders!

 Sporting my new potholder in the kitchen.

 OK. I made more than a few, but they came together so fast!

I made these potholders following my tutorial. I modified the dimensions so they measure 8.5" when finished. What am I going to do with the rest of these potholders you ask? Well, I have a special plan for them :) 

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend doing what you enjoy!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Hand Quilting

If you are a reader of my blog, then you probably know I love American Jane quilts and fabrics. I decided to use my most favorite kit to make a baby quilt for a very special baby coming soon. This quilt top came together so fast. The ABC panel in the center is super cute.

 I am hand quilting this one. 

I have several other projects that I am working on, including a pretty paper piecing one. I will have to show you photos of it next time!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Tortoise and the Hare

Life is outstanding when I have a few minutes to do some hand quilting, a baby tucked into bed fast asleep, and brownies baking in the oven! These moments are hard to come around these days, but I am not complaining :) 

This is a pattern from "Critter Caboodle" by Linda Hohag that I purchased from PIQF last year. This book has so many little creatures for applique. It's almost done and it's created for someone special!

This diamond pattern is just straight lines; they are so easy. 

Hope you all have a wondering Father's Day weekend!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Zakka Handmade - Part Two

While I was in Taiwan, I also took a doll making class. This may look familiar to many of you as I have tried to make one on my own in 2012. I learned so much from my class; it was worth every penny. The instructor showed me how to properly stuff dolls, how to create facial expression the right way, how to do the hair and how to join all body parts. I didn't have a lot of time but he tried to teach me as much as he could!

 OK, she is quite cute. Isn't she?! 

 Side view. 

I braided her hair! 

I carried this doll by hand all the way back on the plane back to the US!