Showing posts with label Vintage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Vintage. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Mini Cross Quilt + Pinnie


September 30th was my fabulous friend Kerry's birthday!
I whipped up a mini quilt and a matching pinnie for her
earlier last month so that my gift for her would get there
on time. I surprised myself by finishing them up way before
the deadline - a week before her birthday. Unusual of me :D
She gave me such a pretty pillow
for my birthday/house warming gift. (which I'll show
you how wonderfully it looks in my craft space once I am
done setting it up!) It is the cutest and most meaningful
pillow I have ever owned! I knew I would not be able to make
anything comparable, but I still wanted to send her
handmade love :)


Choosing fabrics for this quilt could not have
been more enjoyable, because each and every fabric
used here is what I know Kerry likes! Kumiko Fujita,
Suzuko Koseki, Denyse Schmidt, Lori Holt, cooking,
sewing, typography, vintage fabric, and linen - so ya,
we share the love for lots of fabric designs! And
you know it makes quite a big difference when
you are making something with the fabric not
only you but the recipient covet!


At the time I was making this, I didn't have a quilting
spay on hand, so the quilting didn't come out as flat
and nice as I had envisioned, but I like the fact it has more
"handmade feel" to it because of my not-so-great quilting.


Kerry has inspired me to use alphabet stamps for sewing
craft. If you are a big fan of everything she makes
like me, I bet you too have wondered about stamps
(if you have yet bought them :) I still need practice
to get better impression!


Here is a matching pinnie!
Sewing teeny tiny pieces is another thing we both love :)


The back side is her initial 'K' pieced.

I had been meaning to blog about these on her birthday,
but I was busy whipping up tissue box covers for my
friends this past weekend. I'll be back to show you one
of the tissue box covers I made and hopefully other things too.
In the meantime, don't forget to check out Kerry's
great freezer paper/paper piecing tutorial and to
enter her birthday giveaway!

Thank you for letting me share my creations :)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Blocks for me in the Ringo Pie bee

This is one of the songs I will be listening while
piecing together blocks everyone has made
for my month in the Ringo Pie Bee. (Remember the theme
was anything to do with delivering letters and packages?)
In this bee, we are allowed to use our own stashes and
come up with whatever blocks that fit monthly themes.

My block ~ Ringo Pie Bee

It is quite challenging because we design original block patterns
monthly (not required, but most of us like to do), and we all
feel a quit bit of pressure since everyone in this bee is super
talented. But I consider myself a super lucky girl to be in this
bee. I love how accomplished I feel every time I finish my
block, how inspired I am by everyone's awesome blocks, and how
kind, encouraging, and friendly everyone is in this bee.

And now that I have seen these blocks folks have made
for me, which are all super amazing,
I am loving this bee even more!!

Ok, let me share with you those completed blocks
by everyone so far. The Beatle's "Please, Mister Postman"
(above) would be a great song to listen to
while you ogle these blocks!

Ringo Pie--May

A stack of packages by Corey of Little Miss Shabby.

Liberty of London letterbox for Ayumi

Liberty letterbox by Lynne of Lily's Quilt.

Ringo Pie May Block for Ayumi

Colored pencils by Kerry of verykerryberry.

Ringo Pie - May

Vintage envelop etc by Lucinda of Septemberbird.

Washi tape and some wonky pencils

Washi tape and wonky pencils by Amber of One Shabby Chick.


Airmail by Amber of One Shabby Chick.

for Ayumi

Carrier Pigeon by Marit of Quilt it.


Mailbox by Anna of Noodlehead

Ringo Pie - Ayumi's Postal Block

Airmail and plane by Amy of Badskirt.

And three more to come!(Can't wait to see them!!)

I know I know I know I know!!!!

penguin excited

These blocks are crazily amazing, right?!
My quilt is going to seriously ROCK!!
In fact, maybe I will enter this quilt at
Tokyo Quilt Festival if I do a great job at
making them into a quilt. hehe, a girl can dream, right?

Thank you for letting me share my excitement
over these blocks with you, and thank you so much for
all of you who made a block for me or are going to make me one.
I love them all and I do know I will love those that are coming.

Hope you all are having a fabulous weekend :)

P.S. my fabulous friend Kerry is having
a 'My Secret Obsession' party where we all
share our secret obsessions on our blogs!
Go ahead and join the fun! My thinking cap
is on. I'll come back with my obsessions, hehe.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Envelops and Mailbox Block for Ringo Pie

My block ~ Ringo Pie Bee

Remember I told you that May is my month in Ringo Pie bee?
Seriously, you have no idea how excited I am about
receiving everyone's blocks - 11 members besides me; therefore,
11 envelops/packages to come. Ever since I picked my theme which
is "Delivering letters and packages," I knew I was going to
paper-piece 11 envelops. My initial plan was to embroider
everyone's initial on each envelop, but I wasn't sure if
I could pick the best envelop for everyone, so I decided not to.
Or in other words, I just got tired of working on this. lol

I used photoshop to design a simple envelop pattern,
and then picked 11 different solids that seemed to work
well together. Well, that may just have sounded an easy
step, but choosing 11 solids was one of the hardest part of
this project. Most of my craft projects are improvised;
I barely ever go fabric-shopping with any particular projects
in mind, but I couldn't be happy with my solids collection,
so I had a few trips to fabric stores to get just the right
solid. Yellow was the trickiest color. I ended up with
Kona corn yellow - what a lovely color it is!!

Choosing print cotton to match solids was easy and fun.
My favorite envelop might be the orange one with a
boy and girl. Isn't the vintage print super adorable?
Thank you so much erica for sharing me this beautiful fabric!

Another tricky part was this mail box, because it has curves!!
Yikes! In the past I've always avoided paper-piecing anything
that has curves for Ringo Pie bee blocks, because I suck at curves.
But I took this opportunity to step outside my comfort zone to grow up.
And I am very happy I did, because it wasn't as difficult as
I expected and It was such a pleasure to know that I am
capable of tackling curves! well, not perfect like everyone
else's in Ringo Pie, but I think I will get better.
A positive attitude is indeed necessary when I sew.
Without it, I would be too overwhelmed to do anything.

Yes, this sewing blogland intimidates me too.
It has been sort of nice to read what people have
said recently about sewing blogland being intimidating.
I thought I was the only one who is terribly intimidated
and worried too much about presenting myself/my projects,
but clearly I am not alone. (a big sigh of relief.)

It's been hard for me too. I could have a
loooong post about my fears to blog/sew, but
I try to be optimistic. When I am too overwhelmed,
I get fresh air, go hiking, hang out with a hubby/friends
for some laugh, and eat really yummy stuff
until I am ready to have some fun again with sewing/blogging.

I am just grateful that there is anybody out there
who is willing to spare some time to stop by my blog,
read what I have to say, and leave me nice comments/emails
that constantly encourage me to keep
doing what I've been doing.

Thank you SO much for allowing me to share my
projects here. Have a fabulous day!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I've been crafty

Spring Block for Lucinda ~ Ringo Pie Bee ~

Here is the Spring block I made for Lucinda for Ringo Pie Bee.
(Sorry the resolution of the picture isn't very good - hopefully
I'll get to take a better picture once the sun comes out.)
I spent days sketching some ideas for this month, trying to
come up with a design that has lots of neutral colors which she
asked for, but after much thought, I was determined that I
really want colorful flowers in it and I ended up compensating
with a background in a neutral color. Keeping my fingers crossed
that this turned out ok and it will look good with everyone
else's Spring blocks for her.

pincushion - sewing theme

This is the fourth pincushion I made for a custom order.
The recipient asked for a sewing theme, so I had fun
picking out sewing themed fabrics from my stash and
whipped up this guy. I am happy with the outcome so
is the recipient, woohoo!

Diaper Pouch

Here is a diaper pouch I made for a little boy I babysit.
Ever since Anna posted this awesome tutorial, I knew
I would make it for him. I can't believe how long I waited
to make though especially now that I know it is such a fun,
quick, and addictive project! And I just LOVE this shape!
His diapers used to be in a plastic bag from a grocery store.
I think it is a quite improvement. Why didn't I make it sooner?!


I'm so happy I finally found a great use for this
cute fabric covered button that I received as a part
of a swap a few years ago. Too cute, right?

playing with fabric scraps

And lastly, this is a scrap-buster project that
I was working on. I am not sure what this will be.
A potholder for my friend was my plan, but I am
thinking it's a bit too busy for her. hmm..
Any suggestions?

Have a fabulous Sunday!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Still on a pincushion mission


I have to warn you.. this post is once again going to
be about log cabin pincushions that I've been making
like crazy these days.. so if you are sick of looking
at my pincushions by now, it might be better off to
skip this post. If you still have patience to read
my tedious story about each of three new pincushions,
I thank you in advance for taking the time to do so :)


This is probably one of my favorite pincushions
I have made so far. So the story goes like this..
the blue bird (in the middle) is hungry and looking
for some veggies to munch on. But as you can see,
there is another bird flying in to grab the veggies
on the right top corner. I felt bad, so I decided
to leave him with two carrots on the left bottom.
Let's hope he'll find the carrots before
the other guy comes to get them.


I really really like this one too. I'm so happy
that I made it because this is my first project
ever that I used this many purple/lavender fabrics
for. I always thought I am not the biggest fan
of the color range, but I started liking them.
If the purple/lavender fabric is either modern
or vintage, I can enjoy it very much, which
I have learned pretty recently.


This mousy has a date tonight and he is planning
to take his girlfriend to a nice restaurant where
they can enjoy really nice red wine and hopefully
a bird or two out the window. He is not so sure if
he can satisfy her well, so he can't really
guarantee the quality of the date, but maybe qulity.


This turned out to be fun too, I think.
Remember the story about Mister Donut fabric?
The word "Mister" came from the fabric.
"Donut" part of the fabric couldn't really
fit in, so I included..


a real donut, well, not that real but
more fun than a word right? There is a truck
at the top that carried the donut. The gnome
is a bit confused though.. not sure why he
is included in the Mister Donut pincushion..
so to make him feel a little better, I added
the penguin and the cute owl.

Thank you to those of you who snatched my
pincushions - I will be adding more in my
shop in a few days :)

Have a great day/afternoon :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Mary Mug Rug

mary mug rug

is a very kind, sweet, generous, and creative
lady I very much look up to. She has sent me
lots of packages full of yummy goodies including
truly precious vintage fabrics, her handmade
items, and her lavender which smells the BEST!

Knowing how skilled of a seamstress she is,
I feel embarrassed to make anything for her,
(because I know surely that she can make the
same thing just a trillion times better!)
but to me, there is no better way than creating
something personal to show appreciation from my heart.
I'm sure many of you can agree with me :)

I made this with her name in patchwork
not knowing what it was going to be. I thought
she might like to use it as a mug rug, so I
used insul bright batting but I also thought
she might be kind to decide to hang it, so
I added a few small loops on the back.

I really enjoyed making it and couldn't wait
to get this to her! Soon, I will have a post
on many handmade gifts I have received from
several blog friends over the span of a few
months and you'll see lots of Mary's
beautiful creations there.. :)

Pin Cushion

My most recent gift from Mary included
lots of lovely vintage fabrics/feedsacks.
All three pincushions I showed you in my
precious post as well as additional three
I am showing you today include at least
one fabric scrap that was from Mary :)


For example, this pink fabric with a ferris wheel
is one of my favorite! Isn't it so cute?!
I think this fabric made the pincushion
very cheerful. What is it about the vintage
fabrics (especially feedsacks from the 30's)
that are just unbelievably adorable?!


I picked this fabric for the back side.
Oh by the way, I've noticed that I've been
choosing lots of fabrics that I bought on my
last trip to Japan two years ago for my projects
recently. You know why.. I think it's because I am
going to Japan next month ! :D Hooray!!
I think I am subconsciously trying to use up the fabric
I bought there on my last trip so that I can give
myself a reason to buy more this time :) My entire
family thought I was going crazy by buying so much
fabric last time. (Last time I went to Nippori Textile
Town, I bought so much fabric that I gave myself
a bruce on my right arm where I was hanging
bags full of fabrics! lol!) Sure I was going a bit
crazy but don't mind the same experience again :D


I really like this one especially the naughty
look of the bird on the red tape. It's like
he is planning to eat up the pincushion or
something. lol.


Isn't the pot lovely? This is also the fabric
Mary shared with me. I think it is one of
my favorite fabric now. So adorable!


Yup, this is also one of the fabrics I
snatched in Japan two years ago!

cherry pincushion

This one turned out to be so American, color-wise!
One thing I like about this pincushion is..


This girl in the corner wondering where
she left her cherries and strawberries
that she needs for her cooking. The upside
down kettle there is fun too!


This fabric is just perfect for a pincushion.

The last two pincushions are available
in my shop now :)

Thank you for reading such a long post!
Hope your week started off good :)