I'm probably the last person to learn what "kawaii" is. In case you don't know, it's a Japanese word that started in the 1970's that means "cute" or "adorable." It embraces a childish style that is very popular with young women. Kawaii images are ubiquitous in Japan. The most popular is Hello Kitty. To read more, click here. Does anyone know how to pronounce it? Does it rhyme with Hawaii?
To read about the bear above, click here. It will make you smile.
Look at these hilarious slipper-boots! They're from Funky Crochet Art in New South Wales, Australia. The price is $50. I think the yarn would cost more than that. She also has some pretty amazing hats.
I love stuff like this. It makes me want to make a quilt!
Judith wrote asking what makes this an Amish style quilt. She wanted to know: Is it that the maker is Amish, or the design? Here is my response: Since I'm not Amish, are my Amish style quilts really Amish? Many Amish quilters make quilts that are indistinguishable from popular mainstream quilts. Are those quilts Amish? I make delicious Italian lasagna, but I'm not Italian. This quilt was inspired by one in the book shown below: "Amish Crib Quilts from the Midwest, The Sara Miller Collection" by Smucker, Crews, and Welters (Good Books, 2003).
We know an Amish style quilt when we see one. They have the classic designs and colors that we recognize as an Amish quilt.
1.) "Amish quilts" were made in the early 1900's by Amish quilters.
2.) "Amish style quilts" were made more recently by non-Amish.
Here are 2 of my latest quilt top finishes: one shown above, and one shown below. These measure about 47" x 47." The backings are Kaffe Fassett prints. I'm listing them as "wall quilts/baby quilts." The fabrics are a mix of florals and geometrics, not juvenile prints, but I think they'd be pretty for a baby girl.
When my first son was born, my sister Lynne thought the baby sweaters in the stores were too babyish (duh!) so she knitted a navy and white striped sweater that she thought had a more masculine look. It did look sharp on the little guy too. Now he's 29, and 6'5" tall. I wonder if she's going to knit him a sweater for Christmas!
Yesterday I finished this scrap quilt (below). It reminds me of the World Quilt that we made earlier this year (see sidebar). It's got everything: retro, modern, florals, dots, novelty prints...even some cute dogs. The quilt measures 45" x 57." The strips were cut 1.25" wide. Binding was made from 5 different prints, in keeping with the "scrap" theme. There are 220 pieces total, in case you were wondering. :)
I know I'm showing you a lot of these Sea Urchin Pincushions, but I just finished this one and I'm so excited about it I had to show you. The fabric is "Dimples" by Gail Kessler (Ladyfingers Studio, Andover Fabrics) in olive/lime green. The beads are mostly greens, reds, and whites, but there are some other colors sprinkled here and there to make it interesting.
Have you visited the Sea Urchin Pincushion page yet? You could win one of these colorful decorations for your quilt studio (any color you want), or a package of nine pinsies. There will be one sea urchin and 10 packages of pinsies given away. A total of 11 prizes.
Here's what you do. Post one of these photos someplace on the Internet, or spread the word about sea urchin pincushions in some way. Include this link. Then leave a comment on this post. The winners will be chosen (at random) next Wednesday Nov. 21, Thanksgiving Eve.
The beaded pins are called pinsies. They make nice little pincushion decorations for you, or favors for your quilting buddies. Aren't they pretty in the sun?
If you are a new quilter, you might be interested to see what a "hanging sleeve" is. (Above) It goes on to the top edge of the quilt before the binding is added. The sleeve puffs out a little so that the quilt hangs nice and flat when the curtain rod (or dowel) is in there. Otherwise you'd see a bulge. I always show a photo like this so Etsy viewers can see how easy it is to hang a quilt on the wall.
This is my first finish since I got serious about finishing my quilt tops yesterday. So far, so good.
The African fabrics were collected on my trips to New York City's Garment District. The backing isn't African, but I think it's compatible. (Above) The white is Kona cotton. Details here.
This quilt is one of a series that was inspired by a quilt made in Zambia by a women's collective called "Lazy Lion," below. I haven't looked at this photo in a year. Now that I'm reminded of how pretty it looks, I may try again. But not until I finish more tops!
It's so exciting to make a new quilt top! You get an idea and start sewing. You watch it grow on the design wall. Then serendipity happens and you get something you didn't expect. Usually that's a good surprise. Yup, it's all fun and games until the top is finished.
The journey between that moment and having a finished quilt is more "uphill" for me. I'm trying to get serious about finishing a big pile of quilt tops now. I'm telling you this so I won't give in to the temptation to keep piecing tops. You're my "accountability group." Haha.
So, as The Little Train that Could said, "I think I can! I think I can!"
Here's my Election Day quilt top, displayed on a white design wall. (The binding will touch the little green triangles.) It measures 60" x 74." This quilt was made from Kona white and bits of all the light green/lime/chartreuse scraps in my stash. There are a few solids, but most are prints. This was inspired by the new "modern" quilts. It was going to be more simple, but I got carried away enjoying all the prints, and I love the look of all the little triangles.
Here are 2 scenes from the center of Litchfield, CT where I live. Just as the snowstorm was getting started, I made a quick trip to the post office (white building above). Then I turned around and got a photo of the Historical Society. This was the first snowfall, so I was really enjoying it. We got 6" of snow before it ended. Good quilting weather.