Monday, November 17, 2014

Seahorse World

My new Hawaiian applique pattern is done!!!  Seahorse World.  Four seahorses hanging around the ocean floor among the sea grasses and coral.  I love this square wall hanging that is small enough that you don't need a big wall for it.
 I made this 36" square but you can widen the border easily and it would look great.  Go for the width of the fabric that you choose for your applique.  I had a beautiful yard of hand dyed fabric that I wanted to use so that is why mine is 36" square.   It has been a while since I took time to do this much hand quilting and I forgot how much I really enjoy hand quilting.  It is so peaceful and relaxing!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Brightly Squared - latest quilt

I have just finished another quilt using my pattern Brightly Squared.  This is such a nice pattern to put together.  In this quilt I used one tropical fish fabric for all the bigger squares.  This quilt was to remind me of looking into an aquarium, maybe the white should have been another blue!!  Since I am having such fun playing around with this pattern this will not be the last time I show you a quilt where I used this pattern.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Beaded Butterfly

My pretty little butterfly.  I beaded this butterfly up and it is ready to sew on to a purse.  The design of the purse has not been decided the ideas are still in my head.  Just another way to use one of the butterflies in my Butterflies For Amy Two pattern.  This purse will go along with me for showing to my class on the Stitchin' Heaven cruise that I am teaching on in Sept.  I will be on a plane to Vancouver in three weeks!!
Now for the finished purse.  I didn't use a pattern, just started cutting and sewing.  It probably would have been a lot easier if I had used an actual purse pattern!  But it works.  I put a pocket on the back and a divided pocket inside.  There is also a zipper under the flap.  It is all ready to go on the cruise.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Butterfly Tote Bag

I just finished making myself a new tote bag.  Since I will be teaching Butterflies for Amy Two on the Hawaiian cruise in Sept.  I put a butterfly on the tote.  It is a really big tote which will be perfect for me to carry most of my class needs.  There are two small pockets on the sides, one deeper than the other and three pockets inside.  It should be perfect for my trip!  This is not a pattern.  I just improvised as I went along!  I wouldn't want someone to critique the construction!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Someone to Watch Over You

I love the honu of Hawaii, turtles to the rest of you.  The pattern that I am just releasing is very meaningful to me.  The first one that I made was for a new great nephew that was born in May. There were so many emotions that I had as I created the quilt for Pierce.  It symbolizes his brother Yates keeping watch over him.  Below is his quilt that is now hanging over his crib.
It is a very spiritual quilt and is one of my favorites.
The finished quilt, in the pattern, measures 20" x 28".  The pattern does not have the instructions for the borders but you can individualize it if you choose.  I love it when you take one of my patterns and make it your own.  Patterns are just a starting point.  Use your imagination and have fun!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July, 2014

Happy 4th of July to all of you in the USA.  It is a pretty morning here in Kailua Kona, Big Island Hawaii after a nice rain shower over night.  The cactus that produces yellow dragonfruit was full of blooms this morning just waiting for all the pollinators to visit.  These are my pictures for the white in red, white and blue. Note the raindrops still on the individual flower.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Winners in the AMB blog tour of the United States

The AMB blog tour of the United States was a big success.  It was so fun to see participants new and old that commented about the tour.  The winner of the Fat Quarter Bundle from AMB is Gab who said "I have enjoyed the blog tour because of all the interesting artists who have made terrific plates for their states.
I am a quilter and love seeing all the techniques used in making the plates."  The winner who will get a package from me containing a collection of AMB fabric pieces, and grown or made in Hawaii products is Michelle.  She said "I'm a quilter, and have loved the entire AMB blog tour. It was so neat seeing a "tour" of every state and seeing the creative license plates that everyone came up with. Your plate is especially lovely. I can't wait to see the finished quilt - it will be amazing."  Congratulations to both.  Let us all continue to make made in the USA important.  I will be offering soon some of my Hawaiian applique kits that will be totally made in the USA.  The quilt made from the blog tour license plate blocks will be in Houston at market and festival this fall.  Please look for it there.