Pineapples and hibiscus join the Hawaiian quilt party!

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This is the quilt version of lipstick

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My mom taught me a couple of things that have stuck with me over the years.  One is never leave the house without lipstick.  Another is that every quilt should have a label.  So it follows that no quilt should leave the house without a label.

I decided to embroider the label for my quilt.  I entered all the words on my sweet Destiny, but it looked so boring.  Plain and boring, two things I aspire to NOT be.

I think I solved that problem quite well by adding this design by Urban Threads.  Really jazzed up the label, don’t you think?

Be gentle, it’s my first: Mark Twain and all his little friends are ready to go public!

I am entering a quilt in the Kauai Quilt show!

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I’ve never entered a quilt in a show.  I’ve only been quilting for a couple of years, so I guess that’s not surprising.

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I call my quilt “How Did I Get Here?”  It’s like a pictorial representation of the places in the US where I have lived and learned.  How cute is little Mark Twain in the corner of Missouri?  I hope I haven’t seen the end of Mark Twain’s head on my quilts.  That one is going to take a lot of thought.

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I’m pretty sure that embroidering the state of Minnesota is the only opportunity I will have to make a gopher.  Unliess I decide to do a Caddyshack quilt some day.  What the heck would that look like?

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Hawaii is actually the first one I did of the states.  When I started this one, I didn’t have a plan for a quilt, and certainly not a thought of making a quilt for a show.  Everything just snowballed from here.  Or erupted from here.

The designs are all from the 50 States collection by Anita Goodesign.  I love using their designs; so detailed and perfect.  Each state took me a full day to embroider.  And I have half of a Missouri sitting around somewhere.

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These small state outlines are from Urban Threads, another awesome source for machine embroidery designs.

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I listed all the most important places in my life using the lettering in my Destiny.  It’s hard to tell in this photo, the thread is a variegated blue/white.

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I like my little appliqué cornerstones.  There are two Hawaii’s on the bottom.

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The gorgeous stars and stripes are from another Anita Goodesign set called Free Motion Frenzy.  Gotta love anything with the name Frenzy.

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I just had to use this red and white Hawaiian print on the back.  And look at that adorable blue and white check I found for the binding!

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I have to finish sewing the hanger thingie on the back, and I want to make a quilt label for it.  No pressure, it’s due tomorrow at 10am.

What do you think of my first show quilt?  I don’t have any expectations.  I am just thrilled to have put together something that means so much to me.  And I think it’s cute.

Lonely no more, the Hawaiian quilt block gets some new friends!

I was busy this weekend.

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Destiny was embroidering like a maniac!  The sections still need to be sewn together, but I managed to stitch out all four parts for each of the red and blue quilt blocks.  The vibrant colors are making me so happy!

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I continue to be amazed at the stitch quality of my Destiny.  It is so consistent and lovely.

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The designs in this Hawaiian Quilt pack by Anita Goodesign are amazing.  That company provides such consistent high-quality projects!  I’m going to need a big pile of blocks for a king-size quilt.

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Notice my solo pineapple square?  I ran out of embroidery thread  after this one.  Oops.  Well, that and I screwed up another two of them.  So we’ll call this one a work-in-progress.

I was working on organizational items in my studio between thread changes on my machine.  This week I will be moving my sewing studio upstairs to a much bigger space.  Unfortunately, this will involve a bunch of dudes with big muscles.  So that’s a wild card.  I’ll be spending my days prepping, unloading bookcases, carrying supplies, and generally wearing myself out without a lot of creativity to show for it.

My small space always looks like a bomb has exploded in it, so I’m looking forward to my bigger spot.  My issue is sure to be the one facing all of us with large fabric collections…storage.  I’ll keep you posted.

I’ve got a pair of Mark Twains, can you beat that?

I feel like I am playing that old card game Authors.

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It’s still February, right?  So this is my second Mark Twain this year.  So far.

I didn’t exactly set a goal for sewing that included multiple American humorists.  Funny how things work out.  But I’ve always had a soft spot for Mark Twain since we share a hometown, Hannibal, MO.  (Say hi to my mom if you’re in Hannibal.)  I posted a picture of my Twainy quilt in January.

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The quilt is heading off next month to the amazing Deonn for her quilty touch.

Just before my Destiny headed to the spa, I had an idea.  I started an embroidery project that I hope to make into a fun and very personal quilt.  I don’t want to share the project until I feel that it is properly cooked.  Suffice it to say that Mark Twain will be in the quilt.

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And maybe some stars.

So we have a mystery brewing here.  Mark Twain, stars, a gopher…

Bigger, better, faster, stronger. And monogrammed with a giant C.

When last we spoke, I was contemplating the shortcoming of my gorgeous Dawn to Dusk backpack.  Just one shortcoming.  It wasn’t big enough for my laptop.

I spent the weekend drafting a larger version.  Lots of pieces to this baby, and most of them needed to be resized.  I added to all three dimensions; length, width, and height.

One of the hardest things about making a new version is the fabric choice.  I have to admit, I am in love with that Philip Jacobs Japanese Chrysanthemum fabric I used for the first one.  The good news is that I scored a gorgeous Amy Butler fabric at one of my local enablers.

I seem to spend lots of my time lately disproving my own operational tactics.  I really don’t like to make the same thing twice.  But here I go again.

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I decided it needed something.  Like a gigantic monogram.  Lucky me, my first and last names start with the same letter.  Then I went to the Urban Threads website.  They have the coolest, most unusual embroidery designs I have found.  And they are having a sale right now on alphabets!  So I bought a massive letter.

I did not want the monogram to be glaringly obvious, which is kinda counterintuitive when you are adding a humongous letter to your project.  I picked brighter versions of the colors that are in the fabric, so that it could be seen but would not overwhelm the gorgeous textile.

BTW, I also had to watch the Superbowl this weekend.  Well, at least the ads and the halftime show.  Katy Perry was awesome, especially riding in on the giant metal tiger.  With guys in black bodysuits moving the legs.  Of the tiger, not Katy Perry.  And the little lost Budweiser dog…let’s just say, tears were shed.

Now go make something pretty!

See if you can guess which of the Seven Dwarfs I am thinking about.

Nothing screams out “what a classy joint!” like a covered tissue box.

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I think this is hilarious.  Valentine themed kleenex cover.  You know this is right up my alley.  I swear I am going to make a different theme for every season and holiday.

This random, and admittedly odd, obsession started in December when I went to an Anita Goodesign embroidery workshop.  One of the projects on the disk we got was a snowman.  A snowman tissue cover.  I knew it must be mine.

Then I longed for options.  I can’t possibly keep my tissues covered with a snowman year ’round!  As if the cosmos were answering, Anita Goodesign came out with a disk of seasonal kleenex covers.  Not kidding.  Err mer gawsh.  I hope you’re wearing your patient pants, because you don’t get to see the next one until after Valentine’s Day.

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While this little gem was merrily stitching away on my Destiny, I was multi-tasking.  I started cutting out and glue-basting the last round for my first rosette in the New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt-Along.  Katja, you little minx, are you excited to see what came out of my collection?

So remember, my crafty friends, if you are looking for a well dressed kleenex…I am your go-to gal.

Should you wear an embroidered shirt if you’re under 80?

I knew there had to be a way.

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Not your grandmother’s shirt, is it?  I found this awesome design on http://www.urbanthreads.com  Urban Threads has the coolest embroidery designs I’ve found on the web.  I am obsessed, and I’m even going to shove my wares onto my daughter and my niece.  Heh heh heh, they’re not expecting this, so don’t tell them.

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Obviously I need some practice on my selfie-taking.  And I should probably clean that mirror.  But my mom will be proud, because at least I put on lipstick before I took the picture.

BIG shout out to my new machine, a Babylock Destiny.  I’m in love, and I don’t care who knows it.  Some day I might get bored watching it do it’s magic.  But I’m guessing that will be in the distant future.

Stay crafty, my friends.

Say my name. And a sneaky preview.

Boats get names.  Fighter planes get names.  Children, pets, body parts get names.  In some places, houses get names.

It’s a lot of responsibility naming things.  And I love it.  My dad got a fishing boat years ago, and I wanted to name it Chicken of the Sea.  When we moved to Hawaii, I was tickled because they name their houses here.  In Hawaiian.  I consider that a challenge.

We were inspired by our 20 pound baby panther.  And an ornery feral cat that adopted us (we named her Monique, after a flamboyantly sassy former friend of Miss O.)  With the help of an adorable twelve-year-old girl, a student at a Hawaiian speaking school, we came up with a name for our house:  ka hale o na popoki makani.  The house of the windy cats.  This is why I like naming things.

Now we get to bring this into the crafty world.  Fire up the Destiny, time to personalize some golf shirts for the Mr.

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Do you think any of the fancy golfing guys will know that he his wearing a shirt with a shout out to farting cats?

While we’re on the topic of names, one of my friends unintentionally came up with a good one.  He commented on Facebook about a picture of my travel bag, “looks like repressed fantasies.”  OMG, may I present the Repressed Fantasies Travel Bag.

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I know you’ve already seen it, I just wanted to put it out there with it’s new name.

I’ve started a new project, inspired by the great reactions I got to the Repressed Fantasies Travel Bag.  Here’s a little sneaky peeky.

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Charley Harper and cardinals.

Stay crafty, my friends.