Wednesday, October 21, 2009

PIQF loot

i think i was pretty restrained this year!

this is from the Stitchin' Post of Sisters OR fame. they have a really great sales section :-) the top FQs were only $1 each! i got a nice group of Kaffe fabrics and some other miscellaneous ones. and because i felt guilty only shopping from the $1 pile, i bought a pack of KF FQs at full price (very unusual for me!) but these colors are so pretty i got over the full price part.

these KFs were reasonably priced at $2 each. they're from Cotton & Chocolate--a very cute booth that was featuring English paper piecing. i bought some 3/4" hexagons! not sure when that will happen but i can always hope and plan for the future.

these are from the Creation Station which is one of my favorite vendors 'cos they have great prices--they only sell pre-cuts --either 1 yd or 1/2 yd packages -- for either $6/yd or $3 for 1/2 yd. last year it was $5/yd--i guess they had to raise their prices. but they have a large booth in the middle of the vendor area and i always find cute stuff.

the vendors seem to be mostly brick & mortar stores from california. the problem is that internet stores (which i almost exclusively shop from now--i may bring twins to a once-a-year quilt show but i'm not going to bring them to a quilt store to go shopping!) have a faster moving inventory so i'm used to newer fabrics and also used to buying whole lines now in the form of FQ bundles or the other pre-cuts. there was one store that was selling a line of fabric at full price that Hancocks-Paducah has already discounted and presumably sold out of a few months ago (i know 'cos i bought several yards of it :-) so it was hard to find fabric that i was really excited about. i guess that's why i ended up getting a lot of KFs this time around--they're timeless and very collectible!

celebrity sightings: i got to meet Verna Mosquera who had a great pumpkin-headed figure in her booth. she was very sweet and gracious, and didn't mind me snagging a couple of pieces of chocolate for the twins even though i didn't buy anything. also said Hi to Joanna Figueroa who rushed back from Houston for this show--she's a local gal. she always has a beautiful booth! i've seen her at PIQF for the last couple of years but finally screwed up the courage to say hello. it's like seeing a celebrity! i'm such a quilt geek.

sigh...even though this year was a little less exciting--in terms of the exhibition and the shopping--it was still wonderful. 12 more months to go 'til next year's Quilt Fest!

PIQF, Pt 2

i made a much simpler quilt like this years ago--i think it was called yin yang--but it has half the curves inside the circle. i'm actually not a big fan of black/red/white palette but i like it here 'cos the white is more cream which softens the effect. (here's proof that i brought the kids)

i didn't take a picture of the whole quilt--i just like how she used curvy houses as sashing.

it's the borders that are outstanding (to me) in this quilt

the circles are wool fiber somehow twisted around into circles. ZM thought they were actually part of the fabric and i argued that it was superimposed on top--turns out there's a very fine tulle on top of the circles which probably protects the fiber and also flattens it out. it was a really pretty effect. i would like to say i'll attempt it one day but i doubt it :-)

maybe not politically correct but this gollywog quilt was cute.

and max had to take a picture of the train! (to keep the twins' interest, i would let them use my camera to take pix of the quilts. lots of animals, cars & trains!)

i like scissors! even if these were printed on the fabric :-)

paul liked the stain glass effect of this one.

this was a simple rail pattern with these 3 dimensional flowers--very pretty.

oh, and i forgot to take a picture, but this quilt was hanging in the exhibit right near the entrance. the name of the quilter caught my eye 'cos there is a mom in our preschool class with the same name. and when i saw the name of the baby...yup! it's our preschool friend. the twins were thrilled to see "baby Brian"! and i felt like i knew a celebrity :-)

pictures of PIQF loot tomorrow!

Pacific International Quilt Festival, Pt 1

I'm so lucky to have PIQF in my backyard (so to speak) every year--at the Santa Clara Convention Center, 10 minutes away. it's a Mancuso show and is held every October. just so happens that all my kids are born in October (granted there's a set of twins in there) so i haven't gone every year but i try to attend when i can.

i still remember bringing rolls of film with me and taking the pictures to costco to develop (i'm sure i have a couple of photo albums around for inspiration)! so much better now with digital cameras!

lots of safari themed quilts this year--which was great 'cos i took the twins on the first day and i could point the animals out when their interest started to flag (which was after 5 minutes :-) it was cute--i told them i was taking them to a "quilt show" which got them really excited until they got there and kept asking "where's the show"--i think they thought there would be singing & dancing quilts instead of quilts just boringly hanging on the walls. they did really well considering they're only 3 (almost 4 but it sounds more impressive this way) and max only touched one quilt and he was only trying to lift the curtain :-)

there were lots of "art quilts" this year which isn't my favorite--somehow i feel that painting on a quilt is "cheating" :-) i know i'm in the minority here. i prefer traditional piecing (with non-traditional fabrics) and there weren't a lot of those this year. but still--lots of eye-candy and inspiration.

i went with quilting friend ZM--it's so much fun to talk shop with someone who has quilting knowledge. (2 years ago when we went, some people thought we were docents 'cos we were talking so technically :-) now when i make a quilt for a friend, s/he always say, "how long did it take you to make this? i don't have the patience to do that." so it's funny how when we see these outstanding quilts, we say the same things, "how long did it take that quilter to make this? i wouldn't have the patience!" it's all relative.

here are some favorites (with more pix tomorrow).

i like this quilt of squares and circles--i can see myself doing something like this but with a different (brighter) palette.

this was such a great idea! if you can't read the description--the quilter cut out a piece of every single fabric she bought in 2008 and made the following quilt! i liked what she said, that "the exercise showed me that using fabric right away means that i get to enjoy it longer."

you can tell this is a Piece of Cake design right away! the applique fabrics are actually not that bright when you look closer but the red background really makes them pop.

this quilt has everything i like--lots of bright saturated colors and lots of white--and also circles!

more circles.

S for Sophie.

not crazy about the palette but would like to make something similar one day. maybe with Kaffe Fassett fabrics?

this diamond quilt is really cool. from faraway (2nd picture below) it's just a simple diamond quilt but close up, the lines are all wavy. can't quite figure out the construction technique. i know you can stack squares on top of each other and cut out wavy lines to piece together, but diamonds blow my mind.

love the fabrics too!more tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Baby Shower!

so here's the baby quilt i made for my BFF CKB (does that make sense?) hmmm...i should've taken a close-up of the border fabric--it's totally cute--bunnies in traditional Japanese kimonos--dressed up for Girls Day.

the sad part about this quilt is that i have no color sense. i actually picked out the pinwheel colors using another fabric that i had planned to use for the border. It was another Japanese theme fabric--with little boys and girls on green background--that i had purchased when CKB announced she was engaged--i'm very optimistic :-) but after i finished piecing the inside and placed the original border fabric with it--it was completely wrong. i realize now that the white was too stark and the original green fabric didn't have any whites in it--a soft pink as the background fabric would've been better. oh well. CKB will just have to have another child (preferably a girl)!

CKB chose a safari theme for the nursery so we decided to go with that for the shower theme. my girlfriend VLJ, who hosted the event, has tons of toys at her house (3 kids) so went whole hog on the safari animals. here's the runner for the table:

and instead of fancy schmancy china plates; she used her school lunch trays:

you may have guessed that we are Asian Americans :-) every month or so, my high school girlfriends & i have a potluck lunch that lasts all day. we all went to the same high school (except one girlfriend who "married into" our group :-) which means i've known these women for more than half my life! (yeah, we're old) i'm so blessed to have these women in my life!

more animals in the jungle:

the cake is from Schubert's in San Francisco. absolutely delicious.

the baby is due Thanksgiving weekend. we're all praying for a safe & speedy delivery!