It's been a while, so I'm making my mom a new quilt.
Big bear's paws in shades of white on a creamy yellow woven background. The centers of each "paw" were bee blocks from my month in the 15 Minutes Play bee from 2011(!). This quilt was started shortly after but shelved when I got tired of trimming the triangles, or maybe because bigger projects like finishing grad school, starting to teach again, and then writing a book just ate up all of my time.
They say time flies once you have kids, and I didn't believe it at first, but now.. woah. I'm glad I asked the bee participants to date their blocks, and I'm even more glad that they finally made it into a finished quilt top, albeit 3+ years later.
I wonder how my mom feels. Today is her birthday and while today I can't imagine being her age, I'm sure it will be here before I know it. Mom, I'm sorry we're not together today, but we'll be there for a visit very very soon. Fingers crossed that this is quilted and bound by then. Happy Birthday!!!
If you've had a blog for over 8 years, then you may remember that wonderful time around 2010 of quilt blogging.. when there was such a positive energy floating around, just as the modern quilt guild movement got started (notice I didn't capitalize the guild, back then it was just a really good idea). Many bloggers who experienced that time have lamented over the years that blogging has changed, the community is gone, it's just not the same... and it's true. I'm sure blog posts have been written on it, this doesn't need to be another one. I do miss that era. But I also miss my own early days of blogging, back in 2006, when I was reading a whole bunch of really awesome craft and home blogs and I wanted to write! I wanted to say something and see if anybody out there would read it. And they did...
But in the beginning, it was mostly for me. To track my projects. To sort out my thoughts on trends and process. To record my journey. That's what I want t…
**ETA-- Check out my completed Travel Quilt #3 here**
I don't know about you, but I check my blogger stats a couple times a day. It's nice to see how readers find me, who has linked to me, and where they are. In the last week though, there's been a gap, a hole. I usually have at least a couple hits a week from readers in Japan, this week-- none. Of course with such tragedy, I can't expect them to take time out (and use valuable electricity) to check in on my little ol' blog here, but still, the absence makes me worry about them even more. I was thinking about how I can go back to posting more about quilts but still satisfy my need to talk about Japan..
Victoria took this great photo of me at her retreat last weekend and I've wanted to write a post about it, and then it clicked, "Oh Yeah~" let's go back to the quilt that started me off on my EPP obsession..
Here we go. Travel Quilt #1, aka "Ayane's Star"
See, I was going to J…
What's not to love? Even though I fell in love with EPP through 60 degree diamonds, once I started to hex seriously, I found that they're so soothing. When basted to templates, they are perfectly contained little morsels of my favorite fabrics, portable, pleasing, playful..
Today is my day on the 12 Hexies Blog Hop and I've got a little tutorial for how to make a pin cushion with just 8 hexagons. Though this is my tutorial, I can't take credit for coming up with the shape/pattern of the pin cushion. I actually saw it on flickr ages ago, and in the comments of that pic, the poster referenced another blog post that she was inspired by. Really folks, it's 8 hexies joined together.. there are only so many ways to do it. But they go together so nicely and you can turn them into a really substantial pin cushion, so let's have a go at it--
First cut and baste your hexies. I'm using 3 5/8" squares on 1 1/2" paper hexagon …