Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The last post of the year

OMG, It's already December 31st! I've been working on several quilt projects and here is one of my latest.
Kathie from Inspired By Antique Quilts send me a Christmas gift.
It's her plaid quilt kit!!! Oh, I was so happy to see this package. :-)

I know some quilter are making this quilt with a sewing machine but my speciality is hand piecing, right? So I decided to hand piece this quilt.


It's a very small quilt and it didn't take me long to finish the top.

Last but not least
Thank to all my thread friends who visit my blog and share their sweet taughts with me throughout the year. I'm very pleasure to know you and appreciate your kindness.

Wish you a joyous holiday
season and a New Year of
peace and happiness.

Hugs+Love,
Lea

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas is here!

A Very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Love,
Lea
Cross stitch chart by Stacy Nash

Saturday, December 20, 2008

My latest "to do"

Wow, time flying lighting fast!!!
My last blog update was Dec 9th. What have I done??????

Well, here is my current project. This is Jo Morton's Little women club pattern.
I changed the color scheme and I'm anticipated the final outcome of this quilt. :-)
In the meantime, I have another "MUST DO" projects from my dearest husband.


He want me to sew those patches. That's a lot of patches and it's already December 20th.
Honey I have a lot things to do!My Honey bunch has been asking me to do these patches almost everyday. Saying things like " Ah.... Baby, will you sew these on my hat? Did you do my hat? " or "I might go fishing this weekend and will you sew these patches? And so on.

Well, I guess he will get this hat as a Christmas present! *LOL*

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Dashing through the snow

Every time I visit another person's blog and see a beautiful snow theme, it simply takes my breath away.

I miss SNOW!!!!!!!!!!! sigh..... Maybe I'm spoiled by the weather here in sunny southern California, but I miss the winters in Japan with the snow cap mountains and envy people in places that have snow on the ground right now!

Anyway,
I was dreaming about snow while I was making this quilt. I finished the quilt top yesterday and I'll be done with the quilting soon.

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方々のブログで雪の風景を見るたびに雪が恋しくなります。
シカゴ出身の主人は雪を見るのはもう懲り懲り、って言うんだけれど私は冬が好きなので雪が降らないここ南カリフォルニアの冬はちょっとつまらないって思うんですよねぇ。。。
と、こういうと雪深いところに住んでらっしゃる方は「なんとも贅沢な。。。」と思われるかもしれませんが。

冬のシーンを扱ったキルトのトップが完成しました。
次はしつけとキルティングです。このボーダーの周りにあるフレーズはアメリカの有名な詩から来てるものです。

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Twinkling star


I finished the top to this doll quilt today.
I saw this little quilt in one of my antique quilt book years ago and always adore it.


I also found this little quilt in Jo Morton's book and finally I decided to make my own. :-)

Well....The top is done and I need to do the basting and quilting!
Get busy! *S*


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ドールキルトのトップが完成しました。
このキルト、アンティークの本とかキルトの本にも載っている結構有名なキルトが元になっています。Jo Mortonさんの本にも載ってました。
ずっと前から作りたいと思っていたのですが。。。なかなか手がつけれなくって。
ようやく制作に取り掛かった次第です。
さ、あとはしつけとキルティングだ~、頑張ろう~

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

What's in your lunch box?

This is a picture of my lunch box that has four patches. I was looking at Lucy's blog the other day and got inspiration to use some of my leftover fabrics.
I started cutting some of my odds & ends pieces. Then I hand pieced them together and bumped then in my lunch box.

My lunch box is slightly different than any other lunch box. It's so tiny! Here is a scale ruler with my lunch box, can't you tell how tiny it is??





Another small project I'm working are these star blocks. I love these stars. They are 3"square, cute & lovely.







Here is my "Winter" project. If you remember, I'm a season quilter! Got to make the seasonal quilt;) This is my version of "Grandma's house we go" by Cheri Saffiote-Payne.












O.K. Now for my my latest purchase from my favorite store called The Fat Quarters.
My quilting buddy Lisa took me to Fat Quarters the other day and Boy! I had a wonderful time, Didn't I? *S*
I bought a lot of Jo Morton's fabrics and one of her book which I've been picking up & putting back every time I'm in the store. Got it this time*LOL*


I also grabbed the newest issue of Quilt Mania. I love this magazine. They features a lot of nice things.
This issue has some articles about Jan Patek, Debbie Lofgren , Lakeview Primitives , Handmaiden Designs .
It's already sound so good, Huh? *S*




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ランチボックスに4パッチのブロックを入れてみました。
このアイデア、ルーシーさんのブログを見て「おぉ、これはいい!」と思って始めてみました。ほんと、たくさんあるんですよ、布の端切れが。。。ゴミ袋にいっぱい。(爆)
これね、一見普通のランチボックスですが、実はミニチュアなの。 大きさを比較するためにインチの定規とシンブルを並べてみました。分かるかな? 手のひらにすっぽり入っちゃうサイズです。
他のプロジェクトは、というと、最近はまってるこのスターのブロック。3”四方です。これも手のひらサイズ。ちまちまとハンドピーシングでやってます。
あともう一つのプロジェクトは、”冬”ものキルト。ほら、私ってば季節ものキルターだからね(笑)この冬も一枚は作っておかないと。。。。(笑)
最後に、先日キルター友達のリサに連れられていつものキルトショップに行ってきたのでそこで散財(爆)したものたち。
今回もJo Mortonさんの布を中心に買ってます。あと、彼女の本、これは毎回ショップで見るたびに買うかどうしょうか迷ってたもの。とうとう買っちゃった。(笑)
それと一緒にQuilt Maniaの最新号も買いました。今回も素敵なキルトがいっぱい載ってます。
この表紙のキルトはJan Patekさんのもの。これね、前からずっと欲しかったパターンで、前にこのパターンを買おうかどうしょうか(またしても。笑)悩んでいたのですが、待っててよかった。こうやって雑誌に載ると、他の方たちのパターンもついてくるのでお得感が。。。(笑)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Stitching and Thought

Pardon my laziness.
I appreciate all the sweet comment.
I haven't been in blogland at all lately. Well, it just seems like lately I don't have enough time to update my blog or to visit my blog friend. This really bugs me, So I've been thinking maybe I better closing my blog..... I haven't really decided Yet....

In the meantime, To my dearest husband, Thank you for supporting me with what I'm doing and for encouraging me to keep going.
To Marice, Thank you for guiding me in the right direction. :-)


Now to the good stuff,
I found this neat idea in a Japanese stitch magazine.
It require a STARBUCKS "create your tumbler" cup and I bought this tumble one a while back.
I've been wanted to make this tumbler for so long but I simply didn't have enough time.

Well, Finally I made it and I love the result!
I used one of Stacy Nash's Christmas chart for this pattern.





I inserted my cross stitch in tumble. These pictures show the front and back side.


I'm ready for my Christmas eggnog or hot chocolate! Yum!

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ブログ、ず~っとサボってました。。。。
なんだか色々と忙しくって、なかなかUPする時間が持てなかったので、もうブログをやめようかとも思ったのですが。。。。
とりあえずは、細々と続けていく事にしました。

このサボり期間中に作ったのが、これ。
数年前に日本の雑誌に載ってたものです。これ、ずっと作りたかったんだけど、なかなか重い腰が上がらず。。。(笑)
今回、クロスステッチ熱が燃え上がってる時に「今だ!」と作ってみました。結構お気に入り。(笑)