Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Cupcakes

I want to wish all my friends Mele Kalilimaka.   Yesterday was a beautiful day for baking.  This was my view of Hualalai in the morning.  She was out in all her glory.  At the end of the blog I will show you a picture of the sunset.
 Quilt Passions had their Christmas party and I made chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache and peppermint buttercream frosting and put them on a serving tray lined with a peppermint candy sheet.  Very festive and delicious!  Here is the peppermint tray.
This is pretty easy to make.  Line up your peppermints, a little space between them, on a piece of parchment on a cookie sheet.  Bake them in a 325 degree oven for about 7 minutes.  Watch them really carefully.  As soon as they all blend together pull it out.  Cool slightly, carefully invert and remove the parchment.  Set it back on a cooling rack.  When it is completely cool set it in place.  If you wanted to shape it you could do that while it was still warm.
It would have looked prettier with only twelve cupcakes but I wanted to take as many as I could. 
Now for the sunset.

The streaky sky was interesting.  I was awake at 2:30AM and the sky was still streaky.  The streaks were in the west and went way high.  I would have thought they were northern lights if we weren't in Hawaii.  The streaks were still coming from the same place as they did at sunset and the moon was further north.  It was a lovely picture at night but my camera would not have taken a picture that you could see the unusual effect.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Winners of the Happy Birthday Blog Hop

It has been so interesting to read about the meaningful quilts from everyone.  Quilts really do tell a story and it is wonderful that so many of you have quilts to treasure.  Hopefully you all had time to visit all the blogs because there were some wonderful prizes being given away.  I decided to give away two fabric bundles since it is the season for giving!  Congratulations to all and have a great Christmas.  Mele Kalikimaka!

My winners are:  For the fabric bundle- Nanbon44
                          Fabric bundle #2 - Janesquilting
                          Hawaiian applique kit-Andrea
 Please email me your  mailing address.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Happy 5th Birthday - Quilter's Blog Hop Party

Welcome to all those that are participating in the Quilter's Blog Hop Party for Quilting Gallery's 5th Birthday.  A very big Happy Birthday to them!  It is always so much fun to hear from all of you as you pass through.  For this celebration there are over 170 Blogger's participating and everyone is giving away a present.  Join us by visiting as many blogs as you can.

For this Birthday celebration I will be giving away two prizes for those leaving comment between December 10-15 as explained below.  First is a collection of ten batiks that are generally 5" x 16".  These are new  fabrics that are from the fabrics that I have used to make my Hawaiian applique kits.

Second prize is a Hawaiian applique 18" pillow kit of your choice. One of the best things about my kits is that the applique is already cut out for you. The design choices are Hibiscus (shown as a finished pillow on the right), Bird of Paradise, Pineapple, Honu/Turtle, or Angels Trumpet.  You can see these designs on my website .  While on my website sign up for my newsletter for a chance to win a free pattern. 

In order to qualify for a prize leave a comment telling me about a quilt that has special meaning to you.  If you are interested in winning the Hawaiian kit please tell me what design you would like and what your two favorite colors are.  Two because I just might not have a fabric in your favorite color.  Have fun and Happy Holidays to all!

Please return to Quilter's Gallery to reach the other blogs. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Coffee Festival Lei 2012

Part of the annual Coffee Festival is lei making.  I took a few pictures of these gorgeous lei for you to enjoy.  It shows just how talented the lei makers are and the beauty of the foliage we have around us.
 The second one from the right is made out of coffee beans.  Isn't it pretty?

The bluish green are green jade plant.  They are really interesting to see hanging in the landscape.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Amy's Creative Side Blogger's Fall Quilt Festival 2012

Amy's Creative SideWelcome and thank you to Amy for having her fall 2012 Blogger's Quilt Festival There are always beautiful quilts and stories to see and hear about. 
The quilt that I want to share is called Hope Blooms.  This quilt was made for an online quilt magazine in 2009.  They had asked if there was anyone that wanted to design a breast cancer awareness quilt.  Since I had many friends that had been touched by breast cancer I quickly replied that I would be glad to design a quilt.  The flower has the pink ribbon of hope as part of its design.  This quilt was sent off to be photographed for the online magazine and I just got it back at the end of September. Just in time for October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  When I opened the packaged I was so happy to see the pretty pink colors in this quilt and thought to myself that I had forgotten how pretty it was.  Ironically, the next week one of my nieces was diagnosed with breast cancer.  It just goes to show that there is a reason for everything.  Last Friday it was at Kona Hospital for their celebration of Hope.  Please everyone remember your friends that have been touched with breast cancer and go and have your mammogram.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Orgainization before Piecing

This is how I orgainize myself before I start piecing.  I find that if I have it all laid out and labeled I can just breeze through the piecing.  These pieces are for the red block in my Rainbow at Sea quilt.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Rainbow at Sea

It is a lovely morning as the sun is just getting ready to rise over Hualalai, the rain may be going away for the morning at least.  Not that I will complain about the rain since we have had such a lack of it lately. 

Rainbow at Sea is a pattern using the storm at sea block, which is one of my favorite blocks.  I used it in The Protector and have also taught a class just on the block itself. Now I have written this pattern which features the colors of the rainbow with the storm at sea block.  It looks beautiful.  I give instructions using my TNM (Tear No More) paper piecing technique along with a traditional piecing method.  This is a great pattern to learn the TNM technique since it is a larger block with out a lot of spikey points and a beginner could tackle this and still enjoy it.
Have a great day!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Tropically Bamboo

Tropically Bamboo is my second pattern released in my Tropically series.  This and Tropically Hibiscus are both patterns that a beginner can do.  They are simple but have a lovely finished look to them that is slightly beyond the typical square setting.  Putting them together makes a nice wall hanging. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

And the Winners Are

The winners for the blog hop are Stray Stitches and Apple Blossom.  Hmmm interesting names.  Please contact me with your mailing addresses.  Congrats to you and thanks to all those that stopped and left a message. What a wonderful turnout with quilters from around the world participating.  Sew fun!!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Under the Sea-With Me-Humuhumu

Under the Sea-With Me-Humuhumu is my fifth in this series.  The beloved humuhumu-nukunuku-a-pua'a is the state fish of Hawaii.  This reef triggerfish has a very distinctive gold saddle and it can grow up to about 11 inches.  Nukunuku in Hawaiian means pig nose and this fish will even give off a pig like noise when it gets upset.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Day in the life of the night blooming cereus.

For the second time this summer the cereus bloomed. Last night there were ten glorious blooms that opened. The air smelled devine.  The first picture is 4pm.  The buds are nice and fat.
Annie, my best girl dog, and Carol came over to check out the blooms at 8:30pm.
 At 10pm the blooms are pretty open and still would open a little bit more.
 The morning after at 6am.  The pretty blooms are hanging down and sad looking.  But they were glorious while they lasted.  Now we have the memory until next summer when they will bloom again.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Celebrate Back to School Days-Quilter's Blog Hop Party

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Welcome to the Celebrate Back to School Days-Quilter's Blog Hop Party hosted by the Quilting GalleryAugust 26th through September 3rd.  This wonderful blog hop gives you a chance to visit many new and old blogging friends and see what they are up to going into this fall. 

I have two bundles of ten batik fabrics that are a minimum of 9 inches by 17 inches to give away to TWO lucky readers.  They are both a lovely group of batiks in a range of colors that are ready to give you inspiration for your next project.  For a chance to win a bundle please leave a comment.  For a second chance at winning go to my web site and join the mailing list.  The form is at the bottom of the home page.  OR you can like me on Facebook . The bundles are ready to be shipped to any where in the world.  I will annouce the winners on September 4th. 
Now head on back to the Quilting Gallery and visit all the other bloggers.  Thank you for stopping by.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Miss Ellie Soleil pattern is ready!!

The pattern for Miss Ellie Soleil in now up on my website for purchase.  This is a long pattern since there are more than one technique used in the pattern.  I used my method of machine applique and TNM (Tear No More) paperpiecing to make this quilt. This would be for a very confident beginner or intermediate quilter.  In January I will be teaching a two day class using this pattern at Quilt Passions in Kailua Kona, Big Island of Hawaii.  Come on over and join us for a fun time putting this delightful elephant together.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Quilt Inspiration blog

Today the nice people at Quilt Inspirations have posted an article on my quilts.  They do a wonderful job of exposing us all to a variety of quilters and different quilt arts.  You should check them out and put them on your favorites list.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tropically Hibiscus

Tropically Hibiscus is my newest quilt pattern release.  This small wall hanging is the first in a series of tropical flowers. The fabric on the flower just makes it glow.  The designs can be made separately or put together for a lovely quilt.  This is one of the patterns that can be chosen for my class at the Quilting on the Beach, 2013 retreat that Quilt Passions is holding in Kailua Kona, Big Island of Hawaii in February.  The schedule for the retreat is complete and I have it on my website for those that are interested, in my article section.  Check it out and think about joining us!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

New Pattern Release- Moorish Idol

Under the Sea-With Me-Moorish Idol is my newest pattern release.  It is the fourth in the Under the Sea Series.  Moorish Idols are like the underwater butterflies.  Very pretty and can be seen in the shallow waters around Hawaii and other tropical waters around the world.
All of the Under the Sea patterns can be combined into one quilt.  These are so much fun to creat and this background is absolutely perfect.  Gives one nice lines to follow for quilting also.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Any's Creative Side is having her spring Blogger's Quilt Festival.  It starts today, May 18th through June 1.  Please join us to look at all the beautiful quilts that will be shown and then come back and vote for your favorites starting May 26.

Amy's Creative Side
Living in Hawaii we have wonderful flowers to enjoy.  The colors are glorious to look at.  Hibiscus come in so many colors and shapes.  The following picture is a hibiscus growing in my garden and it is one of them that led to my quilt that I am sharing during this Bloggers' Quilt Festival.
Note that the center of this hibiscus is a darker shade then the outer petal.  I could have chosen to use a different fabric for the very center but I wanted this to be simple design with fewer pieces. I found a fabric that gave a good change in color and did a little fussy cutting.   For my stamen I used small yellow beads and five larger ones to somewhat duplicate was in the real flower.  I hope that you enjoy my fabric interpretation of this flower.  I did the applique on this small quilt using back baste applique which has become my favorite method of doing traditional applique.  If you look really closely you will see a dragonfly in the quilting in the background. 
Thank you for visiting.  Please go back to Amy's Creative Side and continue on viewing the beautiful quilts.

Friday, May 11, 2012

New Hawaiian Pillow designs

I have just released my newest Hawaiian Applique Pillow designs.  These are heliconia, ginger, torch ginger and orchid.  These will appeal to those who already have experience with applique since the ginger and orchid are more detailed.  I have all four in one pattern or the designs can be purchased individually. The design shown is the ginger.  I love the delicacy of this design.  The yellow and white ginger that this symbolizes are found growing wild on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Hawaiian Quilt Retreat, 2013

Quilt Passions in Kailua Kona, Big Island, Hawaii will be having their fourth quilting retreat February 2-9, 2013.  There will be a bus tour to Waimea for the Cherry Blossom festival and quilt show and a Big Island Shop Hop.  They will have teachers from the mainland along with some of the local teachers.  The classes will be held at the Marriott King Kamehameha Beach Hotel.  This is just a parking lot away from the shop and the hotel is right by the beach.  You can't do much better than that.  I will be teaching two classes during this event.  One will be my Hawaiian applique class and the other will be an applique project that will be your choice of Tropically Hibiscus or three of the Under the Sea-With Me patterns.  The technique will be back baste applique.  This will be a good project to learn how to applique multiple pieces together easily.  Check in at Quilt Passions  later for more details.  There will be flyer available in July.  Plan your vacation now for a wonderful quilting retreat!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Market find

Isn't this an interesting vegetable?  This is a Romanesco and it taste like a mild mixture of brocolli and cauliflower.  It would look really interesting in a salad or sauted with red peppers.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Visitor to my garden

This morning I had a Jackman Chameleon visiting in my garden.  This one is quite young.  His body is about 5" long and the tail again as long.  The plant is a Rose of Sharon. These do not bite and many people keep them as pets.  I picked him up and all he did is open his mouth.  I guess that was suppose to make him more threatening.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hawaiian Applique Pillow Kits

Fabric combos for Hawaiian applique 18" pillow kits have now been put up on the web site.  You can choose the fabrics you like and your choice of design, Hibiscus, Ulu (Breadfruit), Bird of Paradise, Angel's Trumpet, Pineapple or Hibiscus Honu (turtle).  I cut out the applique for you. 

There will be more fabric combinations but up as time goes by.  If there is something that you want just ask me, because I may have the fabrics that you want.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Hawaiian Pillows Ready to Send Out

I was commissioned to make seven pillows and they are now done and ready to send out.  What a good feeling to have them done.  Nice group of colors.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Blog Hop Winner

Congrats to KrisD!  She is the winner of this blog hop and wishes to have the Pineapple Hawaiian applique kit. A very appropriate choice since it is the symbol of welcome.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by during this blog hop put on by Quilting Gallery.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Quilter's Blog Hop Party for St. Patrick's Day

Aloha All- A big thank you to Michele from Quilter's Gallery for organizing another Blog Hop Party.  It is always so much fun to meet quilters from all around the world during these hops.  I like reading your comments on my blog and on the other blogs that are participating in the hop. 

I live out in the middle of the ocean on the Big Island of Hawaii.  So my give away is a Hawaiian Applique Kit for a pillow.  I will have the applique all cut out for you so can get a head start.  The designs that you can choose from are Pineapple, shown below, Hibiscus Honu (Turtle), Breadfruit, Bird of Paradise, Hibiscus and Angel's Trumpet.  If you want to see what the design looks like please visit my website and look under Hawaiian Applique Patterns.  While on my website if you see other patterns you like and sign up for my newsletter you will have a chance to get a free pattern of your choice.  I have a drawing every month for those new newsletter sign ups.  Leave a comment on my blog and tell me which kit you would like to win and a little bit about yourself if you would like.  We all like to hear about other quilting enthusiasts.  The hop runs through March 23rd and which time I will annouce the lucky winner.

Thank you for hopping.   Now return to Quilter's Gallery so that you can continue on.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year 2012

Happy New Year, Hau’oli Makahiki Hou from the Big Island of Hawaii and welcome to the year of the Dragon. We started the New Year off with a crystal clear sky just over flowing with stars. My New Year wish to you is that you have a peaceful and enriching year.

I have just released my too newest patterns, Pineapple Welcome and Monstera Morning and they are available on my website   These are also the two that I will be using at the Quilting On The Beach Retreat that is coming up in February here on the Big Island. 
January 2006 was when I released my Tropical Fish patterns, which were the first patterns I made to sell. That means I am starting my seven year in designing patterns. To celebrate I have put all of my patterns on sale for the month of January, this even includes the just released patterns. It has been very enjoyable during these years to see pictures of quilts that you have made using my patterns. When you take them and change them up just for you, I salute you, because I feel patterns are a starting point for you to create something that really reflects you! Your emails and phone calls are always welcome and appreciated, being encouragement, corrections or comments.