so. 02. and 03 are finished. and in boxes ready to be mailed tomorrow. phew. i am still new to this whole quilting thing. but i am loving it. well, most of it. i am definitely discovering and learning lots of new things. applying them to the next set of quilts that i am working on. 04. and 05.
this is quilt 02. and is being sent to yuzuki-chan. a little baby in osaka. i love the purple. which is a bit odd because that is probably my least favorite colour. i love the binding on this quilt. i don't love the front of it so much. the layout was not the greatest. but i love some of the fabric i chose.
this is quilt 03. and is off to my nephew. judah. i hope he hasn't outgrown it by the time he gets it. dang it. i love this quilt. the colours. and the fabrics. (the grey background is a linen/cotton blend. the others are made up of some japanese ones, a little lotta jansdotter and that lovely lara cameron yellow birch design.)
i don't love that the third column doesn't line up with the others properly. and it annoys me that i didn't fix it. i've learned my lesson.
i love the curved random lines.(inspired by this gal and this one, too.) they were quite fun to sew. and helped me step out of my linear comfort zone. i am now officially addicted to this quilting method.
i love the concrete walls in our apartment. it makes it so easy to photograph things. i just get out the packing tape. and tape away.
i love the binding. and that i chose to use the solid grey fabric. but the darker side. and i love that i added a little bit of lotta to the bottom left hand corner.
and i really, really, really love the back of the quilt. my gosh. this fabric is the perfect weight. and colours. and the lines show up so well on this side. i hope judah (with the help of his mom or dad) flips it over sometimes. and uses the front as the back. and the back as the front.
today was my last day at the kindergarten. now i get a month break. which is always nice. the new school year starts in april. the university i teach part-time at owns the kindergarten. and honestly. i would rather teach the little ones. any day.
i always have a japanese teacher with me. helping me out. with translation. and big class kid control. but in the two afternoon classes i have two teachers in each class. one who has taught with me for the last four years. they are both extra special. and super helpful. and make my job much easier. i wanted to give them a little something. to say thank you. so i made them each a little pinch pouch last night. i was so happy with how they turned out. i think i need to make some more.
so. it's that time of year again. the holiday season. the giving of gifts. last year's pledge was to mostly make or buy handmade gifts. and it worked. i was so busy that i bought most of them off etsy. oh, i love etsy. well. this year i have been making. and making. like these two eco bags. perfect for grocery shopping. our city has just started charging for bags at the grocery store. so i thought these would be perfect. they are made out of my favorite echino print. and finished off with a cute hair elastic. with fabric from mikodesign. just as lovely.
i feel like i have been sewing. a lot. in the last few weeks. and this makes me happy. so happy. but more on that later.
a gift for a little friend. who will be turning one soon. my first piece of children's clothing. and i am in love.
and something for her mother. who will be turning thirty-one. soon. a bag. with more of that bias tape from before.
and a simple apron. for a friend who cooked up an italian feast last night. h-kun and i seem to be regulars at their house. and this was my small way of saying thank you.
so. i met my first blog friend. in real life. on wednesday afternoon. and it was great. so great. so much better than i could have ever expected. i felt like we were old friends. just picking up where we left off last time we saw each other. it was so comfortable. and so enjoyable.
her name is ruut. and we've been emailing for months. she and her husband. and little guy. were here from denmark visiting friends. and they happened to spend a night in my city. lucky me. lucky me. we spent monday afternoon and evening together. a little fabric shopping. because that is what you do in japan. lots of chatting. and h-kun joined us all for dinner. the time went by too quickly.
oh, how i wish we lived closer. so we could do it again. real soon. i love this world of blogging. and the like-minded creative gals that i get to meet. online. and now in real life. crazy. i guess it is my turn to go to denmark. and i am okay with that. more than okay.
of course. there were gifts exchanged. please do not be jealous of the pile. yes, pile. of marimekko fabric she gave me. (ruut is originally from finland.) or any of the other goodies in the bag. oh my gosh. so much scandinavian goodness. and i sewed her a bag. some lotta on the outside. and some japanese on the inside. and since we have similar taste. we both bought the same pouch in the bottom photo. they're like our friendship pouches. in the non-corny kind of way.