Monday, April 20, 2009



It's going to be a super quick post, but I had to update my blog
today, because.... YES!!! It's Pink Penguin's 1st Blogiversary!!!

I am seriously happy about the decision I made a year ago.
I love people who come to my blog and love making friends with them.
I love how I have a place to share my craft and love how
you guys make me feel like I am somehow doing something
good for society by just blogging-doing just what I want to do.

Words can't describe how much I love everything that has occurred
to me ever since I started this blog, and I am not exaggerating at all!

So your question might be like "...giveaway?"
And the answer is YES!! Yes, but not right at this moment.
I have several ideas of giveaway items but it's gonna be
in May when I can actually do a giveaway for the celebration.
But I promise it's gonna be fun, so please check back later!

Thank you Thank you Thank you sooooo much for your support
and encouragement. You all rock!!!


Saturday, April 18, 2009

Quilt Festival

Hi all! Hope you all had a great Easter and are having
a great weekend! Thanks so much for your comments/e-mails.
I seriously can't thank enough for how much brightness
you guys bring to my life. I am so appreciative of this
fabulous technology-Internet. Without it my life would've
been much more boring. I don't deny I am an Internet addict.

penguin quilt completed

I bet many of you know by now about the online quilt
hosted by Amy @ Park City Girl.
I thought my Penguin Quilt might want to participate in it.
For those who have never seen the pictures taken during the
progress of this project, I'd like to show some today.


This is how I started. I made 9 blocks using this cute
penguin tenugui fabric I found at one of souvenir shops in
this hotspring in Tokyo. The navy fabric is also
from Japan. I was so excited to do something with these.

quilt in progress
Then I added another border for each. I loved the fact
that pretty much any fabric looked good for the border,
so I decided to pick 9 different fabric to make each
block identical, unique, and fun to look at.

Penguin Quilt in progress

Then I added another border - different fabric for each.
But I kinda felt like there is something missing to
stand out each block, so I added...

Penguin Quilt

Another border before connecting all of them with sashing
in between. I think that helped each block stand out from others.

penguin quilt

This is what I worked on a day before Christmas Eve: Binding.
I almost chose pink fabric for binding, but I thought using
the same navy fabric might match better.

penguin quilt in progress

This penguin quilt, my first quilt is definitely not
the best project I've worked on. I didn't know using
100% linen as sashing was this much difficult. I didn't
know there was a choice to use quilting adhesive spray.
I didn't know not machine quilting all the way would
make this quilt so wrinkly. There are many things I think
I could've done better, and I know there are more things
you guys professional seamstresses can tell me how I could've
improved the quilt, but I am simply...

penguin quilt in progress

in love with it. It was the biggest project ever for me,
but I somehow managed to complete it and now it is on the
couch making me smile every time I look at it. Whenever my
projects come out nicely, I feel like letting others own them,
but not this one. This penguin quilt will be with me forever.
I love it so much. Such a meaningful quilt to me.


Stashes. It was random, but I thought these stashes are
so beautiful that I had to take some pictures this morning.


The same stashes from the other side.
Joe, please treat my lovely fabric gently.

fabric basket & a matching patchwork bag

These are my latest projects that I finished this morning.
A springy fabric basket and a matching patchwork bag.

fabric basket & a matching patchwork bag

The other sides. I really like how they turned out.
I made these for custom orders. I like them so much
that I even feel like making the same ones for myself.

patchwork bag

I always love this shot of a patchwork bag.

Thanks so much for spending your time to
stop by here. Have a great weekend!!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Making Things..


Here comes my latest fabric basket. I am in love with
how it turned out! It's Spring! Go and enjoy seeing
Spring flowers out there! They are so beautiful!

fabric basket

The opposite side. Fun Fun.

Hello Kitty Drawstring Bag

Hello Kitty drawstring bag. My mom has recently sent
me some Japanese fabrics including some prints of
Hello Kitty. As soon as I saw this particular fabric,
I knew I had to make something for my friend who loves
Hello Kitty and whose birthday is just a few days away,
so I made this drawstring bag super quickly for her.
It's now on its way in the mail to her.

scrappy drawstring bag

Some of you may remember the project I was working
on to use up scrappy fabric. I completed a
drawstring bag from the scraps this morning.

scrappy drawstring bag

Surprisingly it took much much longer than I expected to
finish. I was pretty picky about fabric choices and barely
resisted going to grab fabric other than scrappy fabric.

scrappy drawstring bag

But I am glad that the bag turned out to be fun,
as I was hoping it to be.

scrappy bag

scrappy bag

scrappy drawstring bag

Woo Hoo! These scraps are now happy.
They are not in a ziplop jammed, winkled, and
hidden anymore but are a part of a fun bag!!

drawstring bag

This is the reversed side. I used this lovely
vintage fabric I snatched recently.
Isn't the rooster adorable?

The fabric basket and the scrappy drawstring bag
are in my shop now. Let me know in the note to seller
that you read my blog for a little gift ;)

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Thanks for looking!!