Last Quilt For The Year

Here is another vintage quilt top.  Someone someplace in time, painstakingly pieced these lovely umbrella ladies.  They had even drawn flowers, leaves, and butterflies on the top.  After I had quilted it, I spent some time embroidering them. I love the way it turned out! A recurring theme… I love ladies, Sunbonnet Sue, and house blocks. And Hiro looks so handsome in his holiday sweater 🙂  Happy Holidays!


“Artsy” Quilt

I have a preference for utilitarian quilts, so this is as close as I will probably ever get to being “artsy” with a quilt.  In my pursuit to making decorative floral pillows, I cut out so many flowers and leaves that I decided to make a whole quilt.  I framed them as if they were still life paintings.  I even embroidered my signature on the lower corner 🙂

The Quilty Silo Barn Along

Well, I managed to finish Lori Holt’s Quilty Silo Barn Along.  I started this quilt four years ago.  You can tell I used different muslin for the background.  But, these things really don’t bother me, so it’s all good 🙂 .  Now, on to the next project…

The Quilty Barn Along

When I started quilting about four years ago, Lori Holt of A Bee In My Bonnet was having a quilty barn along.  I had so much fun doing each block, and barn.  It was a good introduction to quilting.  I finished the top, but never managed to quilt it, until now. I love how it turned out.  There is another row, but it’s hidden behind my couch.  And, she also did a quilty silo barn along.  I will be finishing that up hopefully before the year is out 🙂

Project Wildlife

Aside from being a full time student, dear daughter volunteers at the San Diego Humane Society.  Project Wildlife was offering a Paint Your Favorite Animal class, so dear daughter and I decided to participate.  It was a 3 hour class, and we were to specify our animal of choice, or send them a photo. I chose a flamingo, and dear daughter chose a falcon – I think.  Here is my finished painting.  The instructor encouraged us to take photos of our progress.  Always a fun day to drive down to SD and visit with dear daughter 🙂

And here we are, posing with our work 🙂

Sashiko Workshop

Our local quilt guild, the Citrus Belt Quilters, recently hosted Nancy Ota, an amazing quilter/designer/teacher.  One of Nancy’s talents is in the art of Japanese Sashiko.  My friends and I were fortunate to participate in her workshop. Since I am of Japanese descent, it was all the more interesting.  Now I really want to make a Sashiko quilt! Or a jacket, or a purse… 🙂 I posed in front of Nancy’s beautiful work, and my friend Terrie is holding up a kimono from her trunk show that I purchased for dear daughter to use as a robe 🙂


I’ve been under the weather lately, and thus have been missing my hikes.  So, I’m sharing some of my favorite local hikes 🙂 The abundance of rain this season has given us a beautiful and bountiful display of wildflowers.

Mt. Rubidoux:

Oakmont Oakridge Trail:

Diamond Valley Lake:

Vernal Pools at Santa Rosa Plateau:

Crafton Hills:

Wildwood Canyon:

Scott Canyon:

Whitewater Preserve Rainbow Rock Canyon:

And we even hiked in the rain! while visiting dear older son in Washington State; Poo Poo Point Trail:



Birthday Pillows

For the last three years, I made quilts for my mom and my sisters for their birthdays.  This year, I changed it up a bit, and made them all floral pillows.  My friends were making them, and I just love the look.  I had made some for myself, and as you can see, they are not just decorative pillows.  Someone who shouldn’t be on the couch is using them as camouflage 🙂

A Doggie Quilt

When we go out of town, I have a friend who takes care of our dogs.  She is a super dog lover, and takes such good care of our dogs that I wanted to make her a quilt.  I saw this on Pinterest, and thought it would be perfect for her.  In lieu of batting, I sandwiched flannel, and backed it with fleece.  I love the feel of this combination.  And here in So Cal, a lighter quilt can be used year round. It isn’t her B-day, but I liked the dogs on the bag, and the quilt fit just right 🙂


Frida Kahlo Tile

Experimenting with painting on tile. I just doodled Frida Kahlo and painted her on tile, which I found to be very awkward.  It’s very different from painting on canvas. And, you never know how it will turn out until it’s been fired. Despite it all, I think she came out kinda cute 🙂


Community Service Quilt

I found these cute teddy bear blocks at our Guild shop.  They were in various stages of completion.  I took the five most completed blocks, finished them and made a baby quilt for community service.  I love working on baby quilts! – so cute and small 🙂



Zentangle Weekly Challenge# 305 Marasu & Molygon

More like “Yearly Challenge” for me! 😉

I’m having an artsy painting kind of day today, and decided to check in with the Diva to see what tangling everyone was up to.  Duo tangle? Yes! When I saw Marasu & Molygon, I immediately thought of something organic, and keeping it simple – A snail and a chrysanthemum!

Zentangling is so much like quilting; free motion and repeating patterns 🙂