Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Parks and blocks.

The weather was so perfect this weekend, so the b.f., the puppy and I all went for a walk in this cute little park we just discovered. The park is in the middle of a shopping center. I never really knew this cute little slice of land was just right there. 

matchstick gazebo

Walking around this park I couldn't help but think of quilt blocks!

inside the gazebo

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

East Bay Modern Quilt Guild

The monthly meeting of the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild was on Tuesday the 24th. What a hot day for a quilt meeting! I hadn't been for a few months, but was happy I could finally make it this month! One thing on the agenda was making the pillowcases for charity.

pink pillowcase I made
detail of the pink pillowcase
pillowcases made by other quilters
more pillowcases
final group of pillowcases

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hot dog(s) and meetings.

Looks like we are finally getting some of the heat that the East Coast has been dealing with all summer! I try to take my dog Mason to the dog park at least once a day and to beat the heat we have to go pretty early this week. He ends getting pretty hot no matter how early we go!

Tonight is the monthly meeting of the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild (visit us on facebook!). I have missed the last few meetings but am so excited I am going make it tonight! Check back tomorrow for details!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Fixes and pillows.

So it's looking like my camera lens is the problem. Sad. I guess if you bump the lens in anyway the gears or springs or some technical thing gets ruined. I must have hit the lens on something at some point. (big sigh). 

The good news is that I can still manually focus my camera, bad news is if I want a new lens (which I will eventually have to do) the money will have to come from my new sewing machine funds. For today though my awesome sister took pics of my pillowcase with her Iphone! (thanks KP!)

finished pillowcase
I love the parasol fabric!

This pillowcase was soooo easy to make! Check it out here.

Pillowcases and pictures.

Sadly something is wrong with my camera and I cannot take pictures!! Arrgh! I am going to take it to a camera shop this afternoon to have it looked at. Hopefully it is something minor, I love my Nikon D40 and I want to take pictures!! I guess you will all have to wait, sorry! I will try to take pictures of them before I donate them!

Pillowcases for a Cause

Check back later today for pictures of my handmade pillowcases. I am getting them ready for the monthly meeting this Tuesday the 24th, of the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild (find us on Facebook!). The pillowcases are for a great cause.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Oh blocks!

Welcome to the continuation of my improvised pinwheel quilt. I think I have to come up with a new name for it since it's not really pinwheels anymore!

Remember this?
Once I have my squares or rectangles (let's be honest, this is not a precise quilt!) I then add this really pretty cream colored cotton to the sides.
I cut 2" x length of fabric strips of this cotton and sew it to each side.

This is how the blocks will look when finished.

I love how this is turning out. Not following a pattern has allowed me a lot of room for creativity. In some ways though it is a relief to see it coming together. I think I may actually get a few quilts out of these blocks!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Oooh, Quilt Challenge!

Exciting quilting challenge news over at the Modern Quilt Guild! Starting in September 2010 (only a few weeks away, how fast this year went!) quilting challenges will be announced and great prizes will be given away! Check it out!


I am not a quilt pattern using kind of girl, so sometimes this gets me into some sticky quilting situations. Most recent quilt is a prime example! As you may remember I brought out this pinwheel quilt from the ufo pile.

I finished sewing the triangles together to make about 50 pinwheels. I brought a few pinwheels to Joann's the other day, looking for some neutral fabric to bring this quilt together.

Thankfully my sister came with me and told me how crazy I was to think I could somehow put sashing in between each pinwheel. She also reminded me how much work not using a pattern can create when quilting!  She helped me come up with a great solution though! Squaring off the pinwheels, total light bulb moment! Here are the basics of what I did to turn the six sided pinwheel into a rectangle.

finished pinwheel

fold in half

mark each cutting point

cut along dotted line

both sides have been cut off

I cut up each of the pinwheels in this way. Not all of the finished blocks are the same size, but that is the fun part of improvising!

Check back tomorrow to see these squares and rectangles made into quilt blocks!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


New crochet buddy is finished, the Quadapus (named by the b.f.). I tend to work on the crochet for a day or two then put it away for a few weeks. My wrist does not like working on crochet so I have to take breaks so that is why the Quadapus took so long to make. Now that he is done though I love him so much I am already half-way done with his look alike!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Browsing fabric sites

When I can't sleep or want to avoid stuff I need to get done, I look at fabric sites. So last night was one of those nights where sleep was impossible! But I just found this fabric designer, Kayo Horaguchi, kayomaru.com, who does this crazy fabric. My favorite is the Kayo Haroguchi Cheetah and Giraffe Double Gauze Cotton which I found over at pinkchalkfabrics.com.
Being relatively new to blogging I am not sure how to include pictures from other websites. I know, crazy how far behind I am, but once my b.f. teaches me how, posts like this will be more dynamic!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Good things.

Somehow I stumbled upon this background for my blog. The other one was too bright and didn't quite go. I love this background, think I found a winner!

I had a really fun day today! I babysat my sister and sister-in-law's 4 month old puppy, Bohdi.

Look at his giant paws! He went to the dog park with Mason and I this morning. As soon as we got home he ate his lunch super fast and passed out!

After I gave Bohdi back to my sister, I ran some errands. For about a week now I have been sewing with the wrong size needle. I was using both a 11/75 and a 16/100 because I was too stubborn to just go to Joann's and get a pack of the 14/90's that I needed. So off to Joann's I went today to get my needles. I even had a 40% off coupon!!!

Really close to the Joann's is this little cafe called Quickly's. They have all of these different bubble tea's which I have totally been craving. I love the little tapioca balls in the bottom of the cup!!! Yummmm.

I have kind of, almost, given up Starbucks and have been on the hunt for a new place for yummy cold drinks. Well, I am now in love with Quickly's, oh so yummy! I got the coffee bubble tea but they had a gazillion flavors! I also was so ecstatic to see that they had the plastic pressed on top that you have to poke with your giant straw, really it's the small things that make me the happiest! I haven't had this style of bubble tea since I lived in Washington state and would go up to Uwajimaya's in Seattle!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pinwheel Quilt

Out comes the Pinwheel Quilt! I first blogged about this quilt on March 8, 2010. I was going to work on the flying geese quilt but found the Pinwheel quilt first in my craft closet. Sadly, this w.i.p. has been in the u.f.o. pile since March. I am excited to give it another go and see if I can finish it this time around. Now for some pictures!

A pile of triangles waiting to be turned into pinwheels.

Here is a better perspective, seems like a mini mountain of fabric! I totally have my moments when I am making a quilt where I feel a little overwhelmed by all the piecing that I still need to get through!

A few finished pinwheels. Well, not finished all the way. I think I am going to add corners to them so they are squared up and there is some space between each pinwheel (that is a different blog post for a different day though!).

Being completely revealing here is the back of one of the pinwheels! Aaaghhhh! Don't judge too harshly! I was just about to write a few excuses for why it's so wonky but I won't! This is what the back looks like, so now you know I really am showing you my process!

Stack of Pinwheel blocks waiting to be ironed.