Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Love my Marine

My dearest husband will be deploying this week and I want to spend time together.
So I'm going to be away from blogland till next week.
See you next week!

Hugs & Love,
Lea

Monday, April 27, 2009

Hex


I was so enchanted when I saw Libby doing some hexagon blocks. But I have too many UFO to finish before I could start another big project, so I just held back my temptations for those hexagons , hopefully.*LOL*

Well, the other day when I was sewing on one of my quilt blocks, an idea crossed my mind.
"Hey, I can't start on a big hexagon quilt project, but I can do a miniature one!"

The result as you see in this picture.
Yes, I'm start making these mini hexagons. *LOL*




Friday, April 24, 2009

To the market



I found my "My Country Week" (pattern by Cheri Saffiote-Payne) UFO in my sewing room and started stitching on it the other day.
Here is the block that I just finished.

This Thursday market block reminds me of my local farmer's market. Oh, I love the Farmer's market, specially the one's Spring through Fall. They are full of all kind of fresh vegetables, fruits and lovely flowers.

Also sometime there are some very talented craters there too.

I bought this adorable vintage cloth appliqued apron at the Farmer's market for my daughter, Mindy .
She and I just fell in love with it and she now always wear it when she is playing with her toy kitchen. :-)







Well, back to some quilting topics. The picture above is Monday through Thursday blocks.
I still have Friday, Saturday and Sunday block to finish plus the borders and filler blocks to go.
Happy quilting, everyone!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Chicken little, update

I completed this little chicken quilt top the other day.
It's all hand piecing and applique but this quilt is small, so it didn't take long to finished.

Some of you asked me who's pattern is this.
It's Jan Patek's pattern in her book called "Country Days" It's one of my favorite books. :-)

Well, I need to go back to my sewing room and do the basting and quilting!

Monday, April 20, 2009

XXX stitch

Recently I made this cross stitch notebook cover for my quilter friend Jun.
I used Stacy Nash's design and some inspiration from her creation.
It will cover 4-1/2" X 3-1/2" palm size notebook.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Patriot mini quilt



Semper Fi for my dearest Marine. :-)

This is Jo Morton's pattern and I used the Marine Corps colors "Gold & Scarlet".
Also I did the Chevron quilting on this quilt.
Here is a close up picture. :-)


Thursday, April 16, 2009

chicken little

I start working on this chicks quilt couple days ago.
I already have too many big UFO but wanted to escape a little. :-)
It's a small quilt so I hope that I'll finish it in a heart beat!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Newest gadget


Here is my new gadget.
It called The aunt Becky's finger saver.
I found this tool at the Road to California quilt show.

I actually saw Jean Brown's demonstrate it right front of my eye. She show her audience how to use it which was so helpful. I used to just wear a thimble but never protected my other finger. I like to feel the needle when I'm quilting.
Gee, I was wrong. Since I start using the aunt Becky finger saver, I love the idea of SAVING my finger! *LOL*

It's a bit tricky when you first start using it but once you get used to it, your stitch will flow. :-)
This is the site for Ms. Jean Brown's marvelous performance with aunt Becky.


Monday, April 13, 2009

Bookworm

I am a bookworm. Yup, I LOVE BOOKS! Did I mention that to you before? I think I did.... :-)
My hubby has a headache every time he sees me buying books. ( fabrics TOO. *LOL*)
I went to Barns & Nobles today and bought these books. They have been on my wish list for a long time.
I love books about vintage aprons and linens. These are very pretty books.
I'm very satisfy! :-)


Also, I went to a Japanese bookstore to purchase this book.
It's a lunchbox recipe book. We Japanese love to make lunchboxes all the time. Specially if your kids are in preschool or kindergarten. Making a lunchbox is part of our morning routine.

My son will attend middle school this September and I suggested to him that he should take a Japanese style lunch box to school sometime. His class visited the middle school for a field trip and he told me that the cafeteria has wonderful food. But I told him that he won't be buying his lunch everyday. It's cost $5+ and that can be expense if he does it every-single-day!!!!
"That can cut into your money for your fabrics ;0) "
This is what my Hubby said.
Noooooooway! *LOL*

Friday, April 10, 2009

Life and thoughts


First off, I've been out of blog land for such a long time because I'm dealing with a very difficult time in my life.
My dearest Grandma is very ill and I went to Japan to see her.
She is a very spacial person in my life.
Well, her condition is fair and she's still in the hospital. Every day I pray she will recover from this.

On top of this my hubby will go to the Middle East on an operation.
He will leave pretty soon so we are trying to spend some quality time together.
It's a tough time right now for me, but I'm a Marine's wife, The toughest in the Corps. *S*
I'll keep my head up and keep going. :-)

Here is my recent projects.
I finished my UFO "Moonshine" quilt (above). This pattern is a primitive pieces by Lynda
and the quilt below is another UFO I finished named "Town & Country".