Wednesday, September 26, 2018


 This is a 75 x 75 bed quilt made with a roll of 40 Kona cotton blue 2.5 strips and blue and white scraps that I have been saving for a long time.  I found the roll of strips at Calico Cat quilt shop in Kaimuki. The strips were sewn end to end starting from the Darks to the lights. The scraps were cut into 4.5 x 8.  They were sorted by lights to dark.  10 lights at the top down to 10 rows with a total of 100 scraps with the darks on the bottom. 
The dark strips were paired with the lightest scraps.  The lightest strips were paired with the darkest scraps.  The block is a simple pattern with the strips sewn on both sides.  Then the blocks were placed verticle to horizontal.  I have seen this pattern in older quilts and it is a very pleasing.  Some quilts have put borders around the blocks, but this one has no border.  I did have to buy 1 yard of the light blue fabric to complete the last blocks.  I think I bought enough to make the binding.  Since this was made for Hawaii, I did not put in a batting.  The backing fabric is a japanese blue with white dots.  The quilting was done stitch in a ditch with dark blue aurifil thread.  Most of the scraps were cut from a pack of fat quarters of Indigo.  There are also some kasuri, woven ikat, batik and boro scraps.  This was given to my Dad.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Woven 28

 This is a picture of woven 28.  It is made with Kaffe Fassett shot cottons from strips of 2.5 inches in 28 different colors.  I think the size was about 56 x 56.
 The interplay of colors are wonderful.  The back is from kimono fabric.  It was a blue and white summer yukata fabric.  I bought the kimono from the Moilili Bon dance last year for $15.  There were old spots that were little brown dots here and there.  I undid the hand sewn stitches and washed the fabric in oxyclean.  There was just enough to make a nice backing.  The cotton fabric is so nice and soft.  The batting is a 80 % cotton poly bled.

I think my Mom gave this quilt to her friend Sumiko.  She is a new grandmother.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Cotton and Steele

This quilt was made with leftover scraps of Cotton and Steele that I purchased from the PIQF show in 2017.  The scraps were sewn into strips to make blocks of 10.5 inches.  
 They were then alternated horizontal or vertical.  I think the dimensions were 60 x 70.  The fabrics were very colorful and playful.  Although there were some halloween fabric that had cute skulls and ghosts.
The quilting was done from the back with Aurifil 50 wt thread.  I followed the outline of the flowers with free motion quilting.
This is the Kaffe Fassett fabric that I used for the back.  It makes such a pretty bright back.  This was given to my Aunty Helen on my Moms side, who is 90 years old.  She needed a twin size quilt for her bed. I had given her a queen size quilt earlier, but she said it was too big.  This was given to her daughter Charlene who just recently retired.

Monday, February 19, 2018


This is my latest quilt.  It was made from four panels of the Hoffman watercolor fabric.  I did not count the total number of swatches, but they were 1 inch by 2 inch pieces of the watercolor palette.  The size was enough to make either a thimble or half a hexagon.  Two panels were used to make the hexagons and two panels were used in the thimbles.

I tried to keep the thimbles sorted.  I added one row of Hoffman fabric and three rows of scrap thimbles.  It was hard to find the right colors in the scraps.

I did not plan the border very well.  The top and bottom border were originally one piece.  I had to stretch the hexagons out by separating the two hexagons to have enough for the top and bottom border.  The white fabric came from scraps of white on white and the leftovers from the Hoffman panels.

This was made over a two year time.  I would start it and then put it away.  The hexagons were hand pieced.  The thimbles were machine pieced.  The quilting is stitch in a ditch.

Saturday, December 23, 2017


 This is a triangle quilt using scraps that I have saved from bindings and scraps.  It was so satisfying to use them.  I started with an equilateral triangle and then added the scraps to two sides of the triangle.

 This is a closeup of the quilting.  I used my walking foot to quilt it diagonally.  As you can see it is not so perfect.

This was given to Jessie for her Christmas present.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Polyester is not so bad

 This is a picture of the lanai daybed that I reupholstered using polyester fabric that was stored for at least 50 years.  The colors are still vibrant and the material looks and feels brand new.  The blue plaid and yellow pillows really brighten up this area. 
 The blue throw is actually a remnant piece of wool that I just edged and included because it matched so well with the polyester. 

 The fabrics came from this pile of polyester fabrics that have been stored since the time Mom worked at Danneman's when we lived in Delaware from 1970 to 1974.  Danneman's was a fabric store in the Blue Hen Mall.  Mom told me the story of how she decided to go to work when the kids (me) started high school and she had the free time.  She had taken business classes after high school and Dannemans was the first store that she went to apply for a job.  I asked if she got an employee discount because I noticed some fabrics had an extra discount taken off.  She said that there was no such thing as employee discounts and she usually bought fabrics when the remnants were on sale.

This is a bag the fabric was stored in.  At first I was just going to throw all the polyester fabric away.  But since making these pillows, I am going to put it back in the closet and see if there are other projects that I can use these.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Third Degree

 This is a lap size 37 x 44 picture quilt that I made for Glenn and Debbie.  The pictures were taken during their grandsons Tae Kwondo 3rd degree black belt demonstration.  I took the photos on my Samsung phone and photo edited them to crop and center the 9 best shots.  The photos were printed onto Office Depot transfer paper.  Then ironed onto muslin fabric.  The border fabrics are all fossil fern 4 inch, 2 inch and 2x4 inch squares sewn together.
 The quilting pattern is called a jigsaw puzzle piece pattern.  I could not iron the fabric well between the photos.  Because of this there were a  few places where the fabric puckered up.  I machine quilted around the photos and around each fossil fern fabric.  I thought about outline stitching around the figures, but decided not to.  I have noticed from past projects that where there is a seam in photo transfers, that is where there is a separation if the quilt is washed or after a few years of use.  It is better to use a product like Quilted Treasures which prints on fabric, Bubble Jet set which prepares fabric to be printed on, or Spoonflower which will print your custom made fabric.
This is my favorite shot.  It shows Coreys hand on 3 cement blocks that he had to break with his hand.  Ouch.  Yes it hurts. But he did it.  Now we have to call him Master Corey.