Kauai fabrics and patterns

 I just came back from Kauai. It’s so beautiful there.

ke'e beach
I went to this fabric/quilting store there called Kapaia Stitchery. They had so much stuff to choose from and you could tell that the continual growth of so many flowers all over the island have definitely influenced the fabric designers there.

I wanted to get some local fabrics so, this is what I chose:


Bright colorful and fun.


The turtle print is exclusive to the shop.


my favorites

And these are my absolute favorites. I love them so much! I am not sure what these will be used for yet, but perhaps a quilt would be nice mixed with some white fabric, of course.


hawaiian patterns

At the last minute, I picked these two pattern books up at the airport. I’m sure they had them at the quilting store, but I just didn’t think of it then.


Happy Birthday, Mom!

Here is a look at the finished scarf. One of my mom’s favorite colors is purple, so I used some of the purple silk kimono pieces along with the gray wool from men’s suits. It’s a very simple pattern, but I think it turned out really well.

It was a little difficult to get a good picture, so here are a few.

purple scarf

purple scarf

purple scarf

Another little present

Here’s a sneak peek at a present I’m making. I’m sure that person doesn’t read this, so it’s probably fine.

purple scarf pieces 2

I’m making a scarf using old wool suits and silk kimono pieces, like the others I’ve made. I’ve pared down the variety of colors and patterns of the silk and wool pieces. And I’ve made the design more uniform.

purple scarf pieces ALL

I just love the way these gray and purple colors are coming together. It makes me want to go out and buy a gray coat so I can make one for myself.

Oh! And I have yet to hang up my bulletin board. It’s quite useful for this kind of project as it’s easily moved around the room.

Scallops? Yeah right.

Austen, it’s not going well. Remember how I said that your ice cave couch quilt would have lovely scalloped shapes instead of boring old lines quilted into it? Sorry, buddy. I’m afraid not.

scallops 1

Maybe I’m using this “Quilting made easy” template paper in the wrong fashion. Maybe it should only be used for edges. I don’t know, but it just didn’t work.

scallops machine

I mean, I was able to quilt a little bit… at a snail’s pace, but it was wonky and didn’t look very good. So, we are back to good old diamonds. I hope you can handle the news.

Back to School Pencil Pouch

Check out this cute little pencil pouch I made for Austen. Just in time for the new semester. This is the Japanese robot fabric (with green robots) that I only use on Austen items. Everybody else gets blue robots on a gray background.

This was my first time using a zipper. I think I understand how it could be done a little better next time.

Fall Look

label making

Fall seems closer than it should be. Last weekend I realized that I needed to get down to business. I need to make lots and lots of coffee sleeves and scarves for fall, but also so that I can stock pile some for winter when people are looking for stocking stuffers.

finished scarf

That got me thinking about how I actually sold my own scarf to someone last winter, so I’ll need to make a new one for myself. The scarves I sold were made out of fabric from used men’s suits and paired with silk kimono pieces. 

Professor Cozy? Is that you, old chap?

Professor Cozy was born out of the same suit pieces and some old button down work shirts.

As I started to work on some more coffee sleeves I decided to combine the suit pieces with some of my pretty new fabrics. I think the combination is great!

the future

I think I might steer the Doe and the Mouse in this direction for fall. I really like the way it’s going.

Nautical bag

Well, here it is. My concerns were alleviated when I saw the finished product. I’m really enjoying the red stripes. 

nautical bag outside


nautical bag inside

It really turned out to be quite big. Great for lots of beach towels. Plus it’s not too thick, so you can fold it up and carry it around in your purse if you want. And my boss liked it, so that’s great, too. Yay! Now my direct boss wants one, too.