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Blog Update!

Hi Everyone!
It’s been almost a year since my last blog update, and there are many new things that have happened since then. Life has been very busy with the kids. In a few weeks, I’ll be making some revisions to my blog and adding in more posts. ūüôā

I now offer a embroidery service, so if you need custom embroidery done, let me know and I can help you! I’ve also been working on getting an inventory of accessories together while working on new quilts. Here’s a glimpse of what will appear in my next round of posts:

Flash Drive Cases

Zipper Pouches

Quilt Projects

Including Quilt Blocks

Check out my Instagram page at MauiGirl80876 for other photos!

That’s it for now. See ya next time!

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Kamehanaokala – The Warmth of the Sun

This colorful little quilt is on its way to the Midwest:

My cousin Amber and her husband Jay are expecting their first child in about a week, and we are very excited for them!  To celebrate their little bundle of joy, I thought I would make a Hawaiian print quilt for their little one.

Amber and Jay were here on Maui last summer, along with Amber’s brother Brian, his wife Anna, Uncle Ben, and Aunt MaryLyn. ¬†One of the things Herman, Trey and I did with them was watch the sunrise atop Mount Haleakala. ¬†If you’re ever on Maui, one of the things you need to do is experience a Haleakala Sunrise. ¬†It takes approximately an hour and a half to drive up to the summit (about 10,000 feet above sea level), so you’ll need to plan ahead of time to arrive there before the sun peeps out, and also to secure a good spot for viewing.

The colors at daybreak, once the sun starts rising above the clouds, are amazing! ¬†Imagine for a moment… When you arrive at the summit, you’re surrounded in complete darkness, with the exception of stars and the moon out. ¬†Slowly, an explosion of color of different shades of pink, red, orange, and yellow begin to emerge along with a bright blue sky. ¬†These are the colors that I used as inspiration for this quilt. ¬†I wanted to capture the essence and warmth of the sun (also referred to as ‘Kamehanaokala’ in¬†‚ÄėŇćlelo Hawai’i) using different prints and designs.

I also wanted to choose fabrics that featured places in Hawaii, so you’ll see squares that say Hanauma Bay, North Shore, or Lahaina. ¬†The backing also has a strip of fabric with different place names in Hawaii.

I think it’ll also make a good “Eye-Spy” quilt when baby gets older. ¬†Here are a couple of things to find on the quilt:

1.  Find the square with the word Lahaina.

2.  How many squares have surfboards on them?

3.  Can you find the honu (turtle)?

4.  Three lions.

5. ¬†Where is the “Donut house”?

I really enjoyed creating this quilt for Amber, Jay, and their baby; from choosing the fabrics to actually quilting it on my sewing machine. ¬†I’m hoping that it brings them a little bit of sunshine and warmth from Hawaii, all throughout the year!


Pink Chevron Quilt

If someone mentioned chevrons to me a couple months ago, my first thought would have been this:

Although I’m not a traffic engineer, my day job involves public infrastructure which includes roadways and traffic signs. ¬†FYI..this particular sign indicates a sharp turn in the road.

You can kinda guess where my train of thought was regarding chevrons, so when I saw a Pinterest post from a friend of mine regarding her chevron wall, I initially thought it was kinda odd that a traffic sign was being used as inspiration for home decor.  Then realized that it was a brilliant idea! Chevrons serve as inspiration for fabrics, rugs, home design, cards, scrapbooking, shoes and quilts!

Of course…QUILTS! ¬†I just had to get to work on a chevron quilt when I first saw them on Pinterest, and started this project a few months before Lauren was born.

I’ve been meaning to do a blog on Lauren’s Chevron Quilt for some time now, but could never get the right picture to post. The quilt doesn’t seem to show up nicely in indoor photos, so I brought it outside. ¬†I must say, this quilt looks a lot better in real life than on this blog. ¬†Hmmm…not sure what I’m doing wrong with my pictures. ¬†I either need a better camera (than my iPhone 4S) or I should take some photography classes.

I used the pink prints from Robert Kaufman’s “Pick a Bunch”¬†¬†layer cake that I bought from Missouri Star Quilt Company, and a pink and grey print that I picked up from Walmart along with a white Kona solid for the zig-zag pattern. ¬†The flower border also comes from the “Pick a Bunch” collection, that I bought separately at Sew Special on Maui. ¬†The binding was a purple Kona fabric.

Here’s a close-up shot of the quilt…

I also got to play with my free-motion quilting foot, but only used it on the border. ¬†The more I practice, the better I’ll get….but yay! ¬†I love being able to do free-motion quilting!

If you’re a beginner quilter, like me, you may want to consider a chevron quilt for one of your first projects. ¬†A chevron quilt is a great beginner’s project because it involves squares and triangles, and piecing them into a predictable pattern. Here’s a link to a great tutorial from The Crafty Traveler, entitled Chevron Quilt.

Enjoy! =)

quilting, Sewing

A Celebration of Quilts – 3rd Annual Quilt Show on Maui

In my last post, I mentioned that the anesthesiologist on call during my C-Section had told me about a quilt show happening in town. I had to find out where it was taking place, so I looked it up on Google and discovered that it was being held at the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku!

Herman, the kids (who napped the entire time we were there), and I headed over to the museum yesterday and saw all of these beautiful quilts!

I’m glad that it was nice and sunny day. The weather was perfect for having the quilts displayed out in the garden!

There was a great mix of quilts of different colors, prints, and patterns.

There were a number of Hawaiian quilts, including this mini silversword quilt. There were also a few historical quilts displayed inside the museum. One was dated back to 1870. I love the look of Hawaiian quilts and appreciate the time and effort spent in hand-quilting the work. I’ll need to try it someday!

This particular quilt (pictured above) caught my eye. I love all of the different pink prints used in it!

Must thank the Maui Historical Society, the Bailey House Museum, and the members of the Maui Quilt Guild for this beautiful showing of quilts!

DIY, parenting, Pregnancy, quilting, Sewing, toddlers

Echo Quilt Progress, Heart Pillows for Mastectomy Patients, Final Weeks of Trimester 3

Before I begin my report on my progress, I have to extend a big “mahalo” or thank you to my husband for getting me a new sewing machine. He bought it for me a few weeks ago, but I never got a chance to thank him on my blog. Thank you sweetie!

Buying a new machine was completely his idea. In fact, I think it was meant more for him. =) Here it is…a Brother SE-400.

It’s a much quieter machine than my Singer, and it has all of the fun stuff to make sewing more efficient (automatic threader, thread cutter, drop in bobbin). I was ok with my old Singer machine, but my husband thought it would be a good idea to get a sewing machine that also did some embroidery. I have yet to try the embroidery functions (he’s already tried it out and loves it!), but what I love is that this machine allows me to do free motion quilting! This leads to the next topic…

Echo Quilt Progress

I’ve been making slow progress on my Echo print quilt, but I finally took some time yesterday to piece the backing together, add the batting, and run it through my machine using my new quilting foot (yay!). Here’s what I have so far:

This was the first “large” quilt that I have ever put together, measuring about 76″x76″. Since January, I’ve made two small baby quilts (patchwork and a rag quilt), each at about 36″x36″, a super easy “quilt as you go” quilt for my son, and a yellow/black quilt that he uses when he takes a nap in the afternoon.

One thing different about this quilt from the others that I’ve completed is that I used a free motion quilting foot for the first time and attempted to “stipple” this quilt. Each quilt that I’ve made so far have been all “stitch in the ditch” quilts. If you’re like me, and completely new to free motion quilting, my advice to you is to practice, practice, and practice…and also to learn the different quilting functions on your machine. I practiced a lot using leftover scraps of batting and broadcloth, but my biggest mistake was not knowing which quilting functions worked best for the stitching that I was aiming for.

I had completed the outside (white) border with what I thought was the stippling stitch, when the “light bulb” went off in my head, prompting me to try a different stitch. I think you can see the stitching in the next photo which shows the back of the quilt.

There were a great many number of errors, but the optimistic side of me believes that this was a great learning experience! I thought of giving this quilt to my parents or to my brother and his family, but I’ve gotten so attached to it that I might keep it for myself. I know…pretty selfish, but it’s just that this was the first “big” quilt that I put together. Besides, I had so many mistakes on it…maybe it’s best to keep it for myself for now. =) I promise to post pictures of the completed quilt with the binding. I hope to get that done in the next few days!

Heart Pillows (For Mastectomy Patients)

I had some other projects that I had been working on since my last blog, but I think the most important ones were the pillows that I made for someone dear to me who will be undergoing a mastectomy in a few days. I’ll blog more about my thoughts on breast cancer and how it has affected my family and circle of friends in an upcoming blog post, but I did want to share what these pillows looked like and how they bring comfort to patients who have undergone a mastectomy.

My mother had a mastectomy in 1999, and during her recovery, she received a small, rectangular shaped pillow from the volunteers at the American Cancer Society (ACS). She was encouraged to use the pillow under her arm so that it could relieve any pressure on the stitches from the surgery. Recovering from a mastectomy can be a very painful experience. From what I understand from my mother, the pillow made a difference in helping ease her pain and making her recovery a little more comfortable.

I think it’s so wonderful that there are volunteers at ACS who took the time to create these pillows for patients recovering from a mastectomy or a lumpectomy. When I found out that a “special” person in my life would be undergoing a mastectomy, I decided to create a pillow that would help ease some of her pain.

I searched the web to find a unique pillow pattern and came across a website called Heart Pillow Project. The instructions are simple and so easy, and the stories shared on the website are wonderful. I’m inspired to make more of these for other patients!

One variation that I made with these pillows is that I added ribbons at the top and tied them together so that the pillow would hang on the patient’s shoulder. I also added a little tag that reads “Made with Love”, just to give it a personal touch.

If you’d like to join me in making these pillows and giving them away to patients or to your local hospital or American Cancer Society office, let me know by sending me a comment or an e-mail. Also, post pictures of your completed work on my Flickr group, Heart Pillow Project 808.

I think this is a great way to make a difference in someone’s life. It lets a patient know that they’re not alone in their recovery, and that someone is thinking of them.

Final Weeks of Trimester 3

I’m about to enter the last stretch of my pregnancy (38 1/2 weeks and counting) and about to “go” any day now! This last phase of pregnancy involves a lot more back aches and difficulty getting up from bed or from a chair. Argh….But I’m so excited to be able to meet my little girl! She’s been very active in these past few weeks, sometimes putting on a show for her dad, her grandparents and for her cousins. My nieces and nephew think it’s so weird when my belly jumps and rolls. Trey’s also been a little more aware of the things that will belong to his little sister and pointing them out to us; her car seat, clothes, diapers, the crib that once belonged to him…=) What’s helped is this book called “The Baby Sister” by Tomie DePaola.

Tomie is one of my favorite children’s book authors, and he’s starting to become one of Trey’s favorite authors as well! Every night, before going to bed, Trey will ask me to read this story to him. After reading the story, I’ll put his hand on my tummy, and we’ll talk about him having a baby sister. It’s been a great way to get him ready for bed and for the big change coming up in our lives!

That’s it for now! Maternity leave starts this week, and I’ll be using this time to get odds and ends squared away and to get some rest. Yay!

DIY, quilting, Sewing, toddlers, Uncategorized

A New Diaper Bag! (With Link to Tutorial)

These past few weeks, I’ve been admiring a number of Vera Bradley tote bags at a store in our local mall. ¬†Each time my husband and I would pass by the storefront, I’d often stop and tell him how much I like the vibrant colors and patterns, and the design of the bags. ¬†They’re beautiful! ¬†But I just couldn’t see myself buying one knowing that I could probably make it myself. ¬†And so began my next challenge…a new diaper bag!

I made a diaper bag a few weeks ago using a tutorial from Moda Bakeshop. It had blues and greens in it, perfect for my son! ¬†This time however, I decided to use fabrics in pink and yellow, and to use a tutorial from Andrea’s Originals. ¬†It’s a more “boxier” style than my first diaper bag, but what I like about it are the pockets and that it’s much bigger. ¬†I modified the size a bit to make a wider bag. ¬†My finished bag measures 16″x12″x5″.

I started with these fabrics from Robert Kaufman’s “Free to Grow” collection by Nancy Mimms.

I already had the yellow fabric in my stash, but needed the others for the front and back pockets and the handles. ¬†These fabrics were from Sew Special, one of our local fabric stores on Maui. ¬†The girls there were great in helping me find what I needed! ¬†What I don’t have pictured here is a hot pink gingham print that I used for my lining.

When I pieced the bag together, I decided to sew all the panels first, rather than sew them on to the bottom of the bag.

After sewing the panels, I pinned the bottom section to the panels and sewed around all four sides, starting with the long sides first and finishing off with the shorter sides.

A couple nights ago, I showed my husband my new diaper bag and asked him what he thought.  He asked where I had bought it from.  I found that to be the most perfect compliment!

The cost of the materials added with the time I spent on this bag probably amounted to the same as the cost of those Vera Bradley bags that I saw at the mall, but it was worth the effort and time.  It was sure worth knowing that it was something that I could make for myself!

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New Fabrics!

Robert Kaufmann Fabric!!!

This collection is Robert Kaufmann’s, Pick A Bunch collection, by Nancy Mimms. I believe the yellow print is also from Robert Kaufmann, but in a different collection.

I ordered a layer cake and a jelly roll from Missouri Star Quilt Company a few weeks ago, and it arrived within days! They’re so awesome! The yellow print was from Sew Special, a fabric store here on Maui.

The collection features different prints in shades of blue, green, red, yellow, mauve, and purple.




I wasn’t sure what I would do with the fabric when I bought it. Call me an impulse buyer, but I loved what I saw and knew I could make something out of it. I love bright colors and retro prints. This collection was too cute to pass up. I’ll more than likely create another quilt, but my first objective is to create another diaper bag using the yellow print (in the first picture at the very top) as a the main part of the bag.

Here’s a canvas fabric that I bought over the weekend at Fabric Mart in Kahului….


Cute huh? Not sure what I’ll want to do with this, but I loved the colors and the design! If you’re ever on Maui, check out Fabric Mart on Dairy Road in Kahului. They have a large collection of Hawaiian and Asian prints at great prices.

That’s it for now! I think I’ll get started on my second diaper bag in a little while…Till next time…=)