Sunday, February 24, 2013

Star Wars Cupcakes and the Scenic Route

 Star Wars cupcakes! They were so cute. They were for someone's birthday party.
 This was the scenery on the way back to school from our field trip. There was an accident on the H-1 freeway, so our bus driver took us back to school using the scenic route. It was a beautiful day. Enjoy!

One of the students helped me get this nice shot of Rabbit Island or Manana Island and Kaohi Kaipu in Hawaiian. Kaohi Kaipu is the flat island next to Manana Island.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Pot Holders, Coasters and More

 My mom was cleaning up and she found this. This was from when I was in Kindergarten. I smelled pretty bad so I just took a picture of it and tossed it. Did you make one of these in Kindergarten? They got a large piece of butcher paper and made you lie down on it. You got traced, then you had to color yourself in. haha. I don't know if they still do this in Kindergarten.
 These are string pot holders and coasters. I made for my mom's birthday. I actually went overboard on the coasters and made double the amount. It was a good thing too, because I used them in a Christmas grab bag at the 2012 Bernina Club Christmas party. The woman who got it really liked it. She told me that she has to keep track of them so that they don't walk away.
 As in a earlier post here, I wrote about my worms. Well, I have a large black rubbermaid container with my worms in it. It is raised off the floor of the garage and the lid has air holes. One day, there was a small frog in it, like the one we found in the house. As I was moving the paper to feed the worms the frog jumped out at me! After that I decided to get the worms a new home. We went to Koolau Farmers and found this green worm bin. We tried to clean out the black bin, but it so large that we couldn't get all the worms out. Hopefully we can get to it this summer, otherwise I will have two worm bins! I don't know if I can maintain two of them.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

QAYG and Candle Holders

I am exploring different ways to quilt my quilts on my domestic sewing machine. There are different Quilt as you go methods, so I signed up for a class at Bernina to learn how to make quilts using this method. The Bernina Club teacher made the samples and teaches the class.

The first two photos are samples of Quilt As You Go (QAYG) projects for the QAYG class I took. Did you know that there was a ruler I had to buy to make this? Apparently, this ruler can be used to make all the other patterns too. 

I decided to make the pattern in the second picture. I tried to make this during the class without the ruler, but I ended up purchasing the ruler, because it made making it so much easier and faster.

These are the fabrics I am using to make the quilt. I got done sewing strips on two blocks during class and that's as far as it's gotten. I haven't touched it since...I need more time. Hopefully, during the summer or spring break...
 These are thermal fingers...I must get some of these. They are great to use when ironing. Grace (the Bernina Club teacher), showed these to us when she showed us how to make these candle holders. 

The four flaps in the middle open up and you set your candle in there. She showed us two different ways to make them. This is the front...



Back...I don't know that I'll ever make one of these, but you never least I have the pattern. They might make a good Christmas gift. She said they fit the electronic candles from COSTCO.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Show and Tell

 One of my former students came to visit me one day to show me this bag. This was her final project in my class. At the time the project was due, she wasn't finished with it. She crocheted the whole thing. It is also fully lined! She says it is very heavy and only uses it sparingly. I am so proud of her for finishing it. It turned out very nice!

The next two photos are of quilt as you go (QAYG) quilts I saw on display. I'm working on one which I will show you later. It is far from finished. I will finish of these days when I have the time.

The first one is very colorful and the next one was a black and white one.

I took the next one because I thought it was a little unusual. It is not your usual Hawaiian Quilt. Instead of using all solids, the maker used a print for her design with different colored solids for her background. These are usually just made of two solid colored fabrics. I thought it turned out really nice!

 This is a picture of what I won in the latest quilt shop hop. I was so thrilled that I won something! I am using the fat quarters in Bonnie Hunter's lastest mystery quilt, Easy Street. Maybe a Jelly Roll Race Quilt is in my future?

I also saw these at the show where I saw the quilts. These are  little bags made out of wrappers! What a lot of work, but aren't they cute?

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Pig Hunters and Cherry Pie

 I'm not sure, but I think you can only see this in Hawaii. We were behind this on our way in to school one morning. I don't know how well you can see this, but they had a pig on each side and the dogs were in the middle. Can you tell we live in the country? lol.

The next two pictures are from Bernina Club. The teacher did a demo on how to make this pot holder. The pictures are of the front and back of the pot holder. The back looks like a pie plate. Isn't it cute? I think I need to buy more fabric with food on it. ;)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Cindy Walter

 I know this is a really blurry picture, but this is Cindy Walter, a quilter who painted her fabric she used to make the quilt she is holding up. She came to speak at our Bernina Club meeting last year. She wrote a book called Fabric Painting. After she came to our meeting she was on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Timms. 

For those of you who are not familiar with The Quilt Show, it is an online Quilting video show, like a tv series, except that they feature quilters and their techniques. I used to subscribe to it, but I don't have enough time to watch all the shows. Maybe I'll purchase the shows later on DVD, but I still don't know if I'll have the time to watch them. sigh.

The next photo is of more fruits at the farmer's market. It is Sour Sop and they were huge! I saw an even bigger one the next week. You can kind of see how big is is in comparison to the person's watch and arm. I don't know how many pounds it weighed, but it was pretty big.

The next picture is of some bamboo shoots.
They were pretty big too. I hope they were tender. I know the smaller ones are very tender.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Owl Quilt

 This card was so cute I had to photograph it. It reminds me that God is in control.

The next picture is of a quilt I made for my nephew Oliver. The backing is minkee and it has owls on it. I found the owl pattern in a magazine for a plushie and used it as an applique pattern. 

I don't know if I did this correctly, but I think I used too much steam-a-seam because it was pretty stiff. Then when I sewed it on to the quilt top, my needle was getting sticky. yikes! Well, I ended up giving this to Oliver for Christmas. I hope he likes it. Minkee is so soft!

I was trying to load more pictures, but blogger was putting them in upside-down. I'll try again later.