Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays from Hawaii

Happy Holidays to everyone. 

I know a lot of you have probably seen this before but thought I would put it out there for those who have not.
*'Twas the night before Christmas,
And the quilts were not made.
The threads were all tangled, the cookies delayed.
The stocking weren't hung, the pantry was bare.
The poor weary Quilter, was tearing her hair.
Stacks of fat quarters, tipped over in streams.
Visions of Log Cabins, had turned into dreams.
When what to her wondering eyes should appear,
But a bus full of quilters with all of their gear.
They went straight to work with just a few mutters,
Sorting and stitching and brandishing cutters.
The patterns emerged from all of the clutter,
Like magic the fabrics arranged in a flutter.
Log Cabins, Lone Stars, Flying Geese and Bear Tracks -
Each quilt was a beauty - even the backs.
Her house how it twinkled, her quilts how they glowed.
The cookies were baking, the stockings were sewed.
Their work was all done, so they folded their frames,
And packed up their needles, without giving their names.
They boarded the bus, and checked the next address.
More quilts to be made, another quilter in distress.
She heard one voice echo, as they drove out of sight,

Happy quilting to all and to all a good night!

*Author Unknown *

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Quilt Challenge for ALS

Please join me in donating quilts to Quilter's Dream "Hopes and Dreams".  I have a quilt already in the mail for them. Give the gift of a quilt to warm the life, the heart and the lap of an ALS patient, and help raise awareness and research money for ALS-Lou Gehrig's disease.  They are excepting quilts that are 35" x 44" or larger, lap or bed quilts of all sizes. 

This is the disease that my father passed away from in 1997.  We need more research to help those that live with ALS to have a better quality life because right now there still are no treatments for this disease.  This is the most common neurological disorder we have let us raise the awareness of ALS.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Quilter 's Cookbook

Quilter's Cookbook
My Great Aunt Rosie's Hot Fudge recipe is the one that I submitted to this cookbook.  Let me tell you it is some awesome stuff.  Hot on ice cream or eat it right out of the refrigerator with a spoon.  Click on the cookbook above to check out this cookbook by quilters with quick and delicious recipes to get you back to your stitching.

Friday, December 4, 2009

December is upon us

Happy December to everyone.  We have snow on the summit of Mauna Kea and the humpback whales are here, so winter has started in Hawaii.  I love to see the spouts from the whales that have come here to frolic for the winter months.  Later today there are forty foot waves forcast for the northern shores of some of the islands, an other show of winter.  We have been greeting returning quilt friends at the quilt store, those that spend a few months here every winter.  It is always so nice to see their faces again and their smiles as they see new merchandise and new quilts.

For those of you who are going to be coming to the Big Island this winter I have a class for Beginning Hawaiian Applique every Tuesday.  Other classes that I will be teaching are:
January 16  Beginning Hand Quilting
January 21 A twisted log cabin using the pattern Rainbow Rosettes by Viv Smith. 
I will post my other classes as they get firmed up.

Happy stitching to all.  Barbara

Friday, November 13, 2009

Ovarian Cancer

November 11th was a beautiful day and a very clear starlit night but it also became a sad day as the world lost a courageous person.  Penny Van Beek who asked me to make a quilt for Minnesota Ovarian Cancer a few years ago has passed away.  The quilt Blooming Hope that is shown in an earlier post is the quilt that we came up with for their raffle.  Recently, as I was working on a new pattern I needed a name for it.  My patchwork quilt Penny Cove was also named after her as a way to send hugs across the ocean.  My cousin Arlette Carlson also was battling this cancer at the same time as Penny and she also lost her life recently.  This cancer is often found too late to treat successful but with research we are slowly making progress.  May we all continue to support research to help in the treatments so that the suffering that goes on with this disease can be lessened.

Under the Sea_With Me-Parrotfish

Here he is in all his glory.  A gorgeous parrotfish down among the coral.  The second quilt in my Under the Sea series. The parrotfish is a relative of the colorful wrasses that are also tropical fish.  Where do the beautiful coral sand beaches come from?  Well part of it comes from the parrotfish who scrapes off the algae on the coral and also some of them munch up the coral and what they excrete becomes sand!!! Now aren't you glad that you have learned that?  I completely fused and machine appliqued this little wall hanging but it certainly can be done with hand applique for those that choose.  If you want to purchase this pattern please visit my web site.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Next Under the Sea-With Me

Here is a peak at my next Under the Sea-With Me.  Does anyone know what kind of a fish this is?  Leave a comment and one of you will get a free pattern when it is finished.  This has been so much fun to work on and the fish is absolutely gorgeous!!!!  I brought out the stash to go through while picking out the fabrics that would come close to the colors of this fish in the ocean.  Stay tuned and keep on stitching.  Barbara

Friday, October 23, 2009

Quilt Repair

My newest pattern is Penny Cove.  As I stated in the blog before there were some misplaced fabrics in my lap/wall hanging size quilt.  I saved the quilt by appliqueing the proper pieces on top of the offenders.  Then I turned the quilt over and with a marker went over my quilting lines.  I unsewed the quilting lines and requilted them.  Unless someone really got close and personal with it I don't think anyone will notice.  See if you can find the changes.  The fabrics are both in the green family but one is lighter and brighter.  Sorry the pictures look like they have different colors.

The offender is on the left and the actual quilt that is now on  the pattern cover is on the right.  On both sides of the quilt there were two squares in the outer two rows that were changed.  The other ones changed are in the third and fourth row from the top and in the middle. 

It is so easy to change pieces around as we move them  to our sewing machines.  Many times I put a pin on the tops of the finished blocks so that I know which end is up.  Didn't do it here and it lost me a few days.  Live and learn, and I hope that my error will help you.

Happy note:  The humpback whales are back on vacation.  They come down to the Hawaiian Islands for the winter to play, have babies and mate. I have been told they do not eat while here because they are having so much fun in the sun.  When they head back to Alaska in the spring there will be plenty of time for eating.

Keep on stitching.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Check twice, sew once!!!

Check twice, sew once is a great practice.  But somewhere in sewing up what is suppose to be the cover quilt for my newest pattern the blocks got moved around.  When was this error discovered you ask?  Well, while I was quilting I noticed that I had two four patches on opposite sides that had the lighter green fabric where the darker green was suppose to be.  Okay, I say that doesn't bother me too much because it is still balanced and I go on quilting.  The sleeve and binding go on and I put it down on the floor to look at it and low and behold I see that I have some more pieces out of place.  Now this is just too much for pattern cover.  What I did was changed up four twelve inch blocks.  I must not have liked how some of the large triangles looked next to each other and moved the blocks not looking at the greens.  Now, I have to ponder how to save this quilt and make it pattern cover worthy.  Stay tuned.  Making mistakes like this I think improves my instructions.  At least I hope so, because I feel I have already made the mistake and if I had done it the way I will write the pattern it would not have happened.  Sure, like I always follow a pattern exactly. LOL

Friday, October 9, 2009

Blooming Hope for ovarian cancer

I am taking part in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you enjoy looking through many of the quilts that are included in all the blogs.

This quilt is Blooming Hope and I made it as a raffle quilt for the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance.  Having a cousin and a friend who both were courageously fighting this disease there was a lot hope and hugs put into the quilt.  There are five doves pieced into the quilt, four that are very neutral and blend into the quilt representing those that have passed on and the colorful one in the sky is the survivor. With research we hope that there will be more of the colorful doves in the future.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Machine quilting

I have been busily machine quilting lately.  This has never been my favorite task and I would be so tense that it was never fun.  Anything that I could think of to do to get myself away from it was what I did.  Finally I am beginning to loosen up and I am not telling myself you are ruining a perfectly fine quilt all the time as I am quilting along.  It has always been a very noisey project!!!   I love the quiet calming effect of hand quilting but some projects just do not need hand quilting.  The project I have going now is for my new pattern that will be called Penny Cove.  It is named after my friend Penny Van Beek who is battling ovarian cancer.  Naming my quilts after people is my way of sending out hugs and good vibrations from a far.  I am not brave enough to quilt the queen size version and it will be taken to a long arm quilter once I find the perfect backing fabric.  The pattern will probably come out with just the wall hanging size pictured on the cover.  Now back to the machine and may it be a quiet day today.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Paradise Stitched

Paradise Stitched by Sylvia Pippen has just been released and it is delicious. Sylvia also lives on the Big Island. She has a wonderful way with applique and sashiko and her flowers are so real you would think that they were just picked. The pictures alone are worth the price. If you are interested you can purchase her book on my web site.  There will be a book signing at Quilt Passions in Kailua Kona on Saturday, October 24th, 10AM to 12.  So if you are in the area please join us.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Quilt

October is Breast Cancer Awareness.  This disease has touched many of you just like it has touched my family and friends.  Last spring I designed a quilt to bring awareness and hope to this disease.  It is called Hope Blooms.  For the month of October I am giving $1.00 off to everyone who buys this pattern and then you can add your hope to the race for a cure.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Liquid Thread for Applique

I am always looking for a new method to do fusing and machine applique.  Since I really love to hand applique part of this machine process is attitude adjustment.  I do believe that there is a place for both and do use both methods in my quilts that I make for patterns.  Recently I have been experimenting with Liquid Thread for my fusing process.  Have any of you tried it?  I would love to hear your comments on ease of use and if you think this is a method to persue.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

FabShop Hop

The September FabShop Hop has started.  For those who have never participated here is your chance to visit many very fine quilt web site and also have the chance to win prizes.  There are always some great prizes waiting for you after the hop is done.  I hope that you can join us.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Newest Pattern Release

My newest pattern release, Under The Sea With Me-Yellow Tang. Right now I am planning on having this be a series of four small wall hangings. What the time table will be for all four to be done, is a mystery to me. Keep checking back for more updates!!

My First Post

Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii. We have five volcanos on the island and Kilauea has been active for over 25 years. It is an awesome sight at night. As the island grows it seems the energy from it feeds the artistic spirits of those that live here.
I hope that I can give you inspiration from my images of the island and also from my quilts. The colors and smells, the flora and fauna on the island are so inspirational. So join me for my journey and I hope that you will be inspired also.