Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Monday Progress...


I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend with family. Don't you just love Easter? I certainly do. Going to Church and seeing everyone all dressed up in Easter colors. Easter reminds me that Spring is here. Well here in Hawaii, its warm all year long. All the tropical flowers and orchids are all blossoming. But for some reason, yesterday made me think of all the spring flowers blossoming right about now. I really miss the different flowers I had at our home in Seattle. Anyway, since I have to take it easy for awhile, it was funny seeing the men (husband, brother & father) preparing Easter dinner. They prepared baked bone-in ham, roasted potatoes, steamed asparagus and my DF made Spanish rice. I couldn't help but smile. An event I will always cherish! I didn't think of taking a picture. *grrr* Dinner was great.


Monday Progress:

2017 New Quilt Bloggers was a huge success for me! If you visited my post and commented, THANK YOU SO MUCH! I LOVE all the comments and suggestions. I am so happy I joined in. I needed the help to succeed in blogging. Whats so interesting is I got to meet a lot of bloggers!

I manage to work on 182-days Solstice challenge. For last week Pat Sloan posted block #17/25 Spring Fever. Here is my version of block.


Now for OMG (One Monthly Goal) update. I manage to finish all three quilts. But I am afraid I won't be able to complete finish quilting the three quilt tops. I tried moving my machine around to see if my wrist will handle. However it started to hurt a bit. The surgeon went through my right wrist instead of my groin. Maybe next month I will be can finish it.

In the meantime, my husband is doing the cutting for me. YAY! If I can only convince him to ALWAYS cut for me. I don't like to cut. I don't know of anyone who likes cutting. Are you one of those? 

Have a great week. Until next time...

Sunday, April 16, 2017

2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop




Hello and welcome to My Sew Called Life. My name is Liz and living in a rural town called Pahoa (Pa'-hoe-a') on the Big Island of Hawaii. 

I am taking part in the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Hop which is hosted this year by awesome bloggers (Host). They are Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl (www.quiltingjetgirl.com), Leanne @ she can quilt (shecanquilt.com) & Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts (cookingupquilts.com). Why I say they are "awesome" is because they are taking what spare time they have in helping us newbies to improve our blogging skills. I must say that in just a couple of weeks, I learned how to improve my blog appearance and how to make buttons, etc... They are super amazing! > I am so happy I am participating.  I want to learn more about quilting and meet other quilters.

The 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Hop is sorted into three Hives. Each hive had to come up with a group name and button. The group I am in, we all voted for a name of our group and we are called "Blooming Quilters". Many thanks to Laura @ (www.sliceofpiquilts.com) for creating a beautiful button for us. 



 https://quiltingjetgirl.com/2017/04/09/blooming-quilters-blog-hop-week-1-giveaway/
Buzz over to visit these three amazing hosts:  Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl (click on button) is our Host for Blooming Quilters!

The other hosts are: 


Beth from Cooking up quilts, host for Better Bloggers (Click on button and you will directed to Host website).




 http://www.cookingupquilts.com/week-1-2017-new-quilt-bloggers-giveaway/
 And  Leanne from She Can Quilt,  host for Let's Bee Quilt'n. (Click on button and you will directed to Host website).
 http://www.shecanquilt.ca/2017/04/week-1-2017-new-quilt-bloggers-blog-hop.html
Oh did I mention "Giveaways?". They have some wonderful giveaways each week! So do check it out!

This is the second week of 2017 New Quilt Bloggers blog hop. Several Blooming Quilters, Better Bloggers & Let's bee Quilt'n are schedule to post on a certain week.  This is the second week of Blog Hop and it is my turn along with Olusola, Anita & Cate from Blooming Quilters to post about ourselves, our favorite quilts, etc... So hop on over to visit us new bloggers. Before leaving, please leave a comment and let us know what you think of our blog name, any suggestions, tips, etc... 

Olusola from Alice Samuel's Quilt Co. - alicesamuelsquiltco.com

Anita from Domestic Felicity - http://quiltlovefordomesticfelicity.blogspot.com/

Cate from Chaos Theory Quilting - chaostheoryquilting.wordpress.com


Also, buzz on over to the other Blooming Quilters.


Amandy @Mommy’s Projects
Bobbi @Snowy Days Quilting
Fi @living cloth
Jennifer @Inquiring Quilter
Laura @Slice of Pi Quilts
Anita @Domestic Felicity ~
Cate @Chaos Theory Quilting
Liz @My Sew Called Life
Olusola @Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co.
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Kathleen @Kathleen McMusing
Sandy @Sandy Star Designs
Sarah @Designs by Sarah J
Tami @Thrift Shop Commando
Danette @Nettie Sews
Debbie @Quilt Knowlogy
Olivia @Pumpkin Hollow Quilting
Raylee @Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting




Love of Quilting:

I started quilting roughly 20 years ago. I had a full-time job as an Office Administrator until 2009 when the company had to lay me off! We were living in Seattle at the time. When I came home that day with my "pink" slip, I had a good cry. Then cleaned my house until 10:30pm that night. LOL 



The next morning, I realized my life had changed. To bring in some income, I would scope out the garage sales and Craigslist for sewing machines. I knew machines such as older Pfaff and Singer featherweight machines would do well. I would sell them on Ebay and I did so well that I was able to pay for utilities and groceries. I have never filed for unemployment claims in my entire career. It was an eye opener for me. I collected unemployment for 2 years and after submitting over 500 resumes to everyone and anything, I got three interviews and two companies said I was over qualified. I didn't understand that at first but realized, with my engineering and accounting degrees, it was hopeless and I finally had to accept the fact that I am done!



In 2014, we moved to the Big Island of Hawaii. Last year, my husband built me a sewing studio. My studio is 672sqft and love being in there. I will post pictures when I am totally done with organizing and cleaning. You will see how a fabric hoarder lives. Ha ha. So stay tune! (=



Here are some of my favorite quilts. This winter, I plan on starting a Quilt-A-Long summer quilt. I love samplers and traditional quilts. As you can see a few of them here.



 Irish Quilt. Its fading now after so many use.  I believe I finished this in 2008

Whimsical Summer - I designed this quilt using EQ6. I love sampler quilts.

I love orchids and the color purple. This Hawaiian queen size quilt is a dark purple. 
Hand appliquéd and hand quilted.

My Orchid flowers. Favorite flower.


This quilt is called "A tribute to Abraham Lincoln". From the book Civil War Love Letters by Rosemary Youngs. I just love this author! Each block had a story and the only fabrics I used more than once were the sashing, cornerstones and border. So you can guess I had A LOT of civil war reproduction fabrics. Ha ha

Here is the back of the quilt. I had Natalia www.piecenquilt.com. She did a beautiful job. This quilt was in a couple of shows.

When I am not sewing, quilting, I am always doing something with my kids. Meet my clan
  •  Gotta love Chickens! They are so friendly! They love going on the deck whenever I am around. These chickens are called either Barred Rock or Plymouth chickens.
  • Misty the oldest of the clan. Born August 15, 1999. I got her at just 8 weeks old. The others are deathly afraid of her.
  • Oscar. He is 12-1/2 yrs old mini dachsund. The sweetest boy ever! 
  • Cody. Don't know much about him other than, he jumped into my niece's car. She did not know what to do. Long story short, after two weeks, she flew him to me. He was born on Oahu.
  • "knucklehead" Kapena (Ka-pen-a') aka Kappy aka "I RULE". He is 1/2 pug, 1/2 shih tszu.
  • 4 yr. old Goliath! What a lovable soul! He super smart, and loves to talk with mommy and daddy. He weights 118 lbs. now. 
Last but not least...my DH Gary. I am very blessed to be married to this wonderful MAN. He is so supportive of what I do, a very patient loving man! 

Back in 2010, I wanted to blog and tell my stories of quilting, family, kids, etc... I hired Emily from Blogaholic.com to help me design my blog. She does awesome design work and such a fantastic person to work with! She does exactly what you want. She won't let you down. If you are looking to design your blog and don't know how to start, visit her site or send her an email. Anyway, I wanted this blog to be not just about quilting but of everything else in my life. 
That is why I chose the name "My Sew Called Life..." 
  • Tips on Quilting: If its not too late, Don't be a fabric hoarder like me!  It is overwhelming and depressing! Try to purchase fabrics only if you are going to use it right away or planning it for a particular project. DON'T buy because "it is so pretty or I have to have it!". When you accumulate a LOT of fabrics, you'll not only feel overwhelmed and depressed, but you will end up purchasing more containers, shelving units to store your stash and purchase fabrics that you already have. Trust me, being a fabric hoarder is not the way! 
  • Help Wanted: I have two accounts on Instagram. I am trying to figure out how to delete one of the accounts. Also I am trying to figure out the easy way to upload pictures to Pinterest and Instagram. I am having no success. If you have any suggestions or can direct me to watch or read a tutorial, I will be forever grateful!
  • About Me: Besides quilting, you can find me at our Church volunteering, reading and spending quality time with my dear hubby watching Chicago Fire, Chicago Meds, Chicago Justice or a British show on PBS. When I am in my studio, I love love TCM! I love watching or listening to old black & white movies. 
Sorry this post is long, but I couldn't stop typing. LOL  I hope you enjoyed my story. Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you will stop by again.

Please let me know your tips on quilting. I love learning new things. Also I could really use your help or input on Instagram and Pinterest.





Saturday, April 15, 2017

Long Scary Week...


I've been away this week on Oahu. As you know, I've been having some health issues lately. My breathing and chest pain been hard to deal with. I thought it was because I am going through Post menopausal. WRONG!

So Monday, April 3rd, I had an appointment to see a Cardiac Dr. He informed me that he is referring me to a Cardiac Surgeon at Queen's Medical Center on Oahu. I was so afraid when he stated that it would be 3 options. 1 - Angiogram, 2 - Stint or 3 - By-pass. Okay so I understood the that. Then on Thursday, I had an Echo Cardiac gram done. They couldn't tell me anything but what scared me is when she kept outlining areas on the monitor that were black. I tried to get some answers but no luck (worth a try). Then on Friday, I received a call from the Cardiac Surgeon office and stated that I am scheduled for Tuesday, April 11th. You can imagine what was going through my mind. I don't like the UNKNOWN!

My husband had to stay home because we could not find anyone to keep our dogs. I left a day early and stayed with my brother and his family! I have such an amazing family! They took off from work on short notice just so I don't have to be alone! Anyway, I stay over night in the hospital because my right artery (near heart) was blocked! So they had to install a stint. I was sort of shock! But I was so thankful it was only one artery. I knew then that I was feeling and breathing better. I was so surprise that they even gave me a printout of before and after pictures of my artery. Check it out. Note: I shaded my birthday...don't want everyone to know my age! HA


Before
After

They took care of me when I came home the next day. Made sure I didn't do a thing! 

I came home on Friday and my other brother escorted me home. I didn't have to ask, they talked and made the decision on their own. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have them in my life! I am so Blessed to have them! 

Doctor suggested I make a life change. My eating habits which I have already started but I do need to do more. The worse one is stress! I need to teach myself how to relax more. My husband and I had a long talk about life changes and we have started making some changes! 

This was my week! I am so thankful & grateful that it was not worse! I know now that I need to pay more attention to what my body is telling me! Until next week...




Sunday, April 9, 2017

182-Days Solstice Challenge...


Finished my block for 182-Days Solstice for the week. Block 16/25 Friendship Block and finished hand appliquéing the pedals and tear drops on block  14/25 Honey Bee block.

Friendship Block

Honey Bee Block - I add small yo-yos to give my block a little pizzazz. (=

I really do like how all the blocks are coming along together. We are half way through the challenge. 


Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! It is Palm Sunday tomorrow so off to Church I go. Then on Monday, I have a few appointments before I head to Oahu for another appointment. 

Take care all!




Saturday, April 8, 2017

The New Quilt Bloggers Hop Coming Soon!

This year I decided to join 2017 New Quilt Bloggers. I wanted to learn more on how to blog and also meet new talented quilters! We've been grouped into hives. Our hive is now called "Blooming Quilters". 

Each hive group are scheduled to post on a certain week. I am scheduled to post next week. So stay tune!

Now back to my OMG blocks to finish and three tops to quilt by the end of the month.

Have a great weekend!


Sunday, April 2, 2017

One Monthly Goal - April 2017

Three log cabin projects will be my April project for One Monthly Goal challenge. The pieces are all sewn together a few years ago. I wanted to come up with a pattern for these blocks and now I can put them together. I plan on getting them the top and then quilt them all by the end of the month.

Batik 

Christmas 

 Asian

So this is my project for April. Do you have a project you would like a complete but need a little push? Go over to One Monthly Goal and join us.



Saturday, April 1, 2017

182-Day Solstice...


Another Pat Sloan easy block. Block 15/25 is called "Precious Fabric". Now a "precious fabric" of mine but I wanted to use this particular fabric for this block. Picture is not all that great. I am taking photos with my phone and still learning how to take pictures with it.


I am still working on block 14/25 Honey Bee. The block is sewn together. However, the pedals and tear drops are hand appliqué.