A few things I'm working on

After the busyness of the holidays we've settled into a very rainy, wet January. I've been puttering around with a few miscellaneous projects. I even had a freebie day off work due to a powerful storm that took out the power at the office.

Jujitsunagi (Linked "10 Variation)

Manji (Buddhist Symbol)
Manji (Buddhist Symbol)

Diagonal Cross
Diagonal Cross

Mitsu Ume - Three Plum Blossoms
Mitsu Ume (Three Plum Blossoms)

Blocks are from Susan Briscoe's Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix & Match. I'm working with traditional Japanese fabrics (indigos and brick reds), sent to me by a friend in Okinawa, and scraps of Japanese prints leftover from my Bento Box quilt.

I just finished the applique block which was the most labor intensive of the bunch. I used freezer paper for the templates, plastic template for the flower centers, and Perle cotton for the embroidery. The flower centers proved very challenging for me and look quite crude. I'm obviously not very skilled working with such small pieces. I'd love to hear from anyone who may have suggestions/tips on how to achieve nice smooth shapes.

I finally cut into the fabrics I've been collected for a new bed quilt for Elizabeth. She requested a quilt in teals, blues and greens. We decided on a string quilt using my handy-dandy strip ruler from Cozy Quilts. Instructions to make the Daniella block are included with the ruler. I will post a tutorial soon.

String quilt WIP

The turquoise solid was purchased at Mendel's which is a wonderfully funky store located in the the City's Haight-Asbury district. They have what is probably the most comprehensive collection of Alexander Henry fabrics to be found anywhere under one roof, and a good collection of vinyl's and fake fur (should one have a pressing need!).


A New Year

Starting off the New Year with a look back at some of my sewing and quilting projects from '09:

A Year of Quilting & Sewing

I realized when I created the mosaic that most of my bed-sized quilts are WIP's - one is in the process of being ahnd quilted, the others are completed tops only. What should be an immediate goal for the new year but instead I've been having fun sewing old-fashioned type blocks, inspired by the book my husband gave me for Christmas, 5,500 Quilt Block Designs by Maggie Malone.

Chosen design for my Shrinking Quilters' quilting bee:

chosen design

Practice block:

Practice block

And the final using Jessica's fabrics:

finished block for Shrinking Quilters virtual quilting bee

And from Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix andMatch by Susan Briscoe (a library book I'd dearly love to own):


I cut into some lovely Japanese cottons sent to me from a friend in Japan - the indigo and red print. It's a very loose woven, light-weight fabric that tends to stretch a bit. Next time, I'll definitely starch my fabrics before cutting. I hope to put together a Japanese-style samlper with these fabrics plus some scraps of Japanese prints letftover from a Bento Box quit I made a a few years ago.

So check back for more on this.