Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas, everyone!
I hope you are all having great holidays!

My creation

Some of the gifts that have arrived ;)
I miss spending time with Joe's families on Christmas.
And I miss my family on New Year's day.
This Christmas is going to be quite slow.
I guess I'll make some nice dinner and Joe and I
will probably play some UNO. We'll have some fun ;)

Joe measuring fabric

Last night I finally succeeded in having Joe sew!
Joe got me this sewing machine as my birthday gift in 2006.
He was never ever interested in sewing, but we decided
to sew together and made coasters for his friend - last minute sewing!

Joe happy with his coaster

The only "manly" fabric I have is traditional Japanese fabric,
so if you are a guy and are to receive any handmade gift
from me at any point in the future, I can almost guarantee that
your gift will be made with Japanese fabric.


A set of two coasters. I'm looking forward to giving.

Lastly for today, I want to show you my progress on the quilt.

taihei quilt

taihei quilt

The boy's name is Taihei. The name comes from a Japanese word
for the Pacific ocean that connects Japan and America.
His mom is Japanese and dad is American. What a cool name, huh?

Individual blocks...

taihei quilt

If you could give me suggestions on what kind of
fabric I should use to make binding for this quilt,
I would be really appreciative!!

Happy Holidays!

Warm Wishes,



  1. beautiful could sew pieces of the fabrics you used in the quilt ( join them bias not straight it will look better in the end) it will stand out nice against the white sashing and be an organic part of the your blog,
    x mas greetings from Italy, Roberta

  2. If you don't go with a pieced binding, I really like the red/aqua plaid you have in some of the blocks. Cut it on the bias. Or a stripe on the bias in those colors would be perfect as well. I love it!! It's a treasure! Good Job!

  3. Wow! I am so jealous, the quilt is going to be beautiful!

  4. I had the same idea as Roberta, a scrappy binding of the reds and blues. I like the coasters, too.

  5. Since each of the blocks are framed in your black and white polka dot, it might be nice to bind the quilt in the same fabric.

  6. Your blog is good enough to eat! I would try to find a red/aqua/white striped fabric for the binding. But black with white spots would work too!

  7. 2 suggestions:
    (1) scrappy binding of red + blue patterns that you have used


    (2) binding with the polka dots patterns

    great website & cool you!

  8. Merry Christmas from Guam. That is a beautiful quilt, btw.

  9. Your "Tahaini" quilt is awesome!! Can you tell me how you're doing the letters? "Free-hand" ? Pattern? Which one? Book? Which one? What a really clever idea!!

    Happy New Year!
    Debbie Myers

  10. Sorry, I meant to write "Taihei"..

    Debbie Myers

  11. Lovely sewing! Well done Joe too!

    The quilt for Taihei is going to be lovely. His name could well be in Maori = ( New zealand 's native peoples language. it is often very like Japanese and other Pacific languages.)

    We had a very quiet Christmas just like you.

    Season's Greetings!

  12. This is such a beautiful quilt. I think a red binding would be nice... love your blog and the fabrics you always choose. Also, thanks again for the fabric basket tutorial--I made another!

  13. You know what, I think this quilt is so beautiful and you done a awesome job of choosing fabrics. So I'm sure what ever you choose for the binding will be just as perfect.

  14. The quilt is just awesome - and sew (!!) personal.

    I think binding in the brown polka dot fabric would look fab

  15. Lovely quilt - gets my itch to learn to quilt start up again! Your post also makes me want to figure out a way to get my husband to sew with me - hmmm? How to do it?! :)

    Hope you had a merry Christmas!

  16. Have you thought of using mattress ticking?

  17. Thanks so much everyone!

    I've never thought about using it. But adding it might make a great quilt..! Thanks for a nice idea!!


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