Monday, January 26, 2015

TOKYO!!


HELLO FROM TOKYO!!!

I've had an amazing 10 days here in Tokyo! Where do I even begin??


I'll start backwards!!! The last three days I was teaching two hour workshops, three times a day at the JUKI booth, on the show floor! The entire booth was covered in my work.... Quite an honor! The stadium was packed each day! Look at the sea of people!!
My littlest visitor, above, was so sweet!!!!
 Kim and I selfi-ing, over the sea of people!
(I'm a little deer-in-the-headlights!)
 The Big Winners!! 
More images will follow, I only got on line, only computer the day before the end of our trip!!



The Theme for the show was Little House on the Prairie... They did an amazing set up including a log cabin, teepee, and covered wagon, all the props were made from fabric as well...

 The scope of the dome!

 I met Keiko Goke at the Show, and of course have many new fabrics! She is so lovely, I can't wait to show you all the fabrics I brought home!

The JUKI booth and my quilts could be seen clear across the floor!!  Sorry the images are not great, I had to snatch them from my FB page!  Slow connection for uploading...

 Early last week, I taught two 15 Minutes of Play Classes, and two Strings of Florid Blooms DWR classes.... I had an amazing classroom, where I could hang everything up. the room was FULL of color! The students did amazing work, many of whom brought their pieces back completed for me to see them... These are just from the class, unfinished...


Blowfish season! I do love sushi... I ate it everyday for 9 days straight... Including three days of Blowfish made many different ways... Above left, is.... prepare yourself...  Boiled Blowfish skin, with soup added, which then congeals and you eat the cubes cold...  Yep. And it was quite good. Fried Blowfish was most excellent! Raw blowfish, pretty good too, with scallions and ginger....
mmm, good fresh fish!!





Working at the Juki Booth, on my little station, with Video screens and microphone, really added to a surreal rock star moment... LOL, Enjoy the Video... We were having way to much fun with it all!

Thank you JUKI, and JHIA for having me to to Tokyo!!! It was an amazing trip, and It's so much fun to see the entire JUKI staff, holding up my Playful scrap handbags!!  haha!  

Arigatou Gozaimasu!!


Currently, we were meant to fly home today, but we are stuck here til Wednesday due to the snowstorm in NY...
I will see many of you Saturday in Vero Beach, Florida!!!  Please come!!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Stitch Craft Create



The Thrifty Craft Projects Blog Hop!


Craft bloggers are trying out their favourite thrifty craft projects from this issue  of Stitch Craft Create!– follow along for inspiration, advice, and the bloggers’ own money-saving craft ideas…

Make sure you’ve downloaded your free copy of the Stitch Craft Create January magazine – that way you can try out all the thrifty craft projects at the same time as the craft bloggers!

I'm a craft junkie.. I may make quilts, but I like Knowing how to make, fix, adapt anything I have too... So I'm always looking for other ideas to get me inspired to try something new!  Check out the new issue and see if anything inspires you!

The January magazine is also now available for everyone to download free (all your readers have to do is to add the magazine to their basket and use the discount code SCCFREE at checkout).


Hop over to see what he other bloggers have posted!


JANUARY:

Fri 2nd – SCC
Sat 3rd – Knits and Crosses
Mon 5th – Pieced Brain
Wed 7th – Crafting Not Cleaning
Fri 9th – SCC
Mon 12th – Imagine Gnats
Wed 14th – Diary of a Quilter
Fri 16th – Crafts from the Cwtch
Mon 19th – Dotty Doily
Wed 21st – Yarn Demon



My Daughter will be so into these bracelets!
A cool step up from Friendship bracelets!! Love them!


Having rewired my own vintage lamps, and updated many of them in my house, this totally caught my eye! Make a light from an old can... and how much fun can us quilters have by decorating the lamp shades?  They used decorative tapes in this project, but I've added ribbons and trims and fabric to my lamp shades and my daughter's lamps shades to match her decor.  So many fun ideas...







What will inspire you!
To download your free copy, simply add the January Magazine to your basket, and enter the code SCCFREE at checkout. That will change the price to £0! And before you download, here’s a sneak peak below, of what’s inside this issue.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sizzix Blog hop


WIN!!


a Rafflecopter giveaway CLICK to enter!


Be sure to visit the other Blog Hoppers to see what's on their walls!





Be sure to visit the other Blog Hoppers to see what's on their walls!

January 16th Jamie Fingal
January 16th Tracy Mooney
January 17th Elizabeth Timmons
January 17th Nicole Daksiewicz
January 18th Ebony Love
January 18th Holly Hughes
January 19th Marni Weaver
January 19th Leslie Jenison
January 20th Karin Jordan
January 20th Sue Bleiweiss
January 21st Jenny Doan
January 21st Victoria Findlay Wolfe


This is a new work in progress, the best part fo using my SIZZIX to cut out my Melon shapes, is, I can cut many out and play quickly with my design.  I had an idea that I thought would make a sweet small quilt, and now, I can tell you it a KING size quilt!  I'l have to give you more images in the next month, as it is not all sewn together yet!  

Just to clarify, My quilts in my new book are NOT using SIZZIX dies.  
I have my own regular DWR patterns included in the Book (Fold out at back of book)  for you to use, to make your own DWR quilts.  I suggest using template plastic to trace your template pieces.
Take on those curves!

But, if you have a Sizzix, I highly recommend playing around with this shape... they go together so quickly.

Sizzix dies are just another way I PLAY in my studio. I can cut quickly and perfectly...I can get my pieces up on the wall, move them around, cut more, and continue to play. I like working fast. These allow me to do that, and cut down on my cutting time...

This quilt is a color study...(How far can I push the palette using a limited number of solids) I used nearly all solids, although you can see a glittery gold pressed linen in there!  ...and you may or may not find a print in there eventually!  I have a hard time working in all solids!

I had thought it would be a small wall quilt when I started it but it kept growing and growing!
(Yes, it's now King size) big surprise, right?
 The final version will be shown sometime in the near future when I get it complete!



Be Sure to also visit Jenny Doan's Blog today! 
A Very fun event Jenny, Myself and Sizzix
 put together that will happen in October
 at the Missouri Star Quilt Co.!!!! 
A Sewing retreat!!!
Get all the details at her blog.
Here's a peak at the info!



Get excited for the Big Shot Quilting Retreat with Jenny Doan, Victoria Findlay Wolfe and Linda Nitzen from Sizzix at the Missouri Star Quilt Company Sewing Center in October!!  Check-in will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday which will give you time to take a tour of Misssouri Star Quilt Company's facilities, tour the town, browse the shops, sew or just relax until dinner in the evening.  Throughout the weekend we will have daily classes with Victoria, Jenny and Linda, tons of projects and some great surprises. 
PLUS --- Sizzix will demo some of their fabulous products and you'll get to try them out for yourselves.  Enjoy trunk shows by BOTH Jenny Doan and modern quilter Victoria Findlay Wolfe!
So, whether you've been dying to try out the Big Shot or are a seasoned Big Shot pro, this is the retreat for you!



Thank you to all the great bloggers who participated in the Blog hop! Great work, 
and loads of ideas were shared!

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ALSO! Part  2
 of my Sewing with Nancy episodes is on her website now:
http://wpt.org/SewingWithNancy/Video/double-wedding-ring-quilts-part-2

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fun fun Fun!

So much fabric flying over here in Tokyo!  One 15 Minutes class is complete, where we focused on Stars, Y seams, and looking at color, then yesterday was a Double Wedding Ring Class, of my quilt, Strings of Florid Blooms.  I had a lot of fun with these great ladies, their fabric selections are excellent!  And I must say, I have purchased more fabric then I would have expected, myself, as we have a quilt shop right across the hall from the classroom.


Some of the ladies from class yesterday.
Today, We, Kim and I, are off to check out some other parts of Tokyo, then we get to go into to see the JUKI booth at the Tokyo Dome, where the Tokyo International Great Quilt Show is held.  My quilts are being hung today, so I get to see it before the show starts! I'm so excited to see the show and get prepared for teaching at the show!

I hear that it will be MOBBED with people, about three times the amount of people who attend Houston International... So the excitement builds! Pictures to come!

More later!




Leslie Tucker Jenison

Be sure to see today's Bloggers on the Sizzix blog hop!!  Some really fun projects are appearing!!
Stop by tomorrow to My blog and Jenny Doan's Blog for some fun news!


Be sure to visit the other Blog Hoppers to see what's on their walls!
January 16th Jamie Fingal
January 16th Tracy Mooney
January 17th Elizabeth Timmons
January 17th Nicole Daksiewicz
January 18th Ebony Love
January 18th Holly Hughes
January 19th Marni Weaver
January 19th Leslie Jenison
January 20th Karin Jordan
January 20th Sue Bleiweiss
January 21st Jenny Doan
January 21st Victoria Findlay Wolfe

a Rafflecopter giveaway CLICK to enter!


Monday, January 19, 2015

Basics Quilts


Christmas Day meant, Bumble Beans BASICS quilts were distributed to the Women's Stadium Shelter in the Bronx!!






Sunday, January 18, 2015

Hazel's Diary

Hazel's Diary by Shelly Pagliai Prairiemoon Quilts
My Dear Friend Shelly at Prairiemoon quilts,
is the new BOM that will run in the Kansas City Newspaper! Started Saturday!

WAHOO!
If you follow along,hop over to her blog for the online version.


I just love this quilt... Simply stunning!!!

Congrats Shelly!!!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Hello Japan!

My Friend Kim and I arrived in Tokyo last night, easy peasy!  We are off to explore a few places today, before all the fun starts with classes tomorrow!

I'm not really looking for new fabrics, I seem to have quite enough of that, but I recvd a  list of things to search for from my daughter this morning... haha!
Fun Japanese candy, anything Harajuku cute, (that will look good with leggings...) etc. etc.
Such a teenager, right? hehe!

I will have fun shopping for her.
Jamie
Today though, I am most excited about getting out and enjoying some sunshine to get me adjusted to the time difference.

Be sure to visit the blog hoppers each day on the Sizzix blog hop! List below.
Tracy
Make sure you are entering the Giveaway AT THE LINK provided...  Entries are not taken on my blog... you must click the link to enter.


Elizabeth
nicole





Be sure to visit the other Blog Hoppers to see what's on their walls!
January 16th Jamie Fingal
January 16th Tracy Mooney
January 17th Elizabeth Timmons
January 17th Nicole Daksiewicz
January 18th Ebony Love
January 18th Holly Hughes
January 19th Marni Weaver
January 19th Leslie Jenison
January 20th Karin Jordan
January 20th Sue Bleiweiss
January 21st Jenny Doan
January 21st Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Just FYI: If you are looking for my new dies, Some of the dies are marked out of stock.. All will be back in stock soon. Items are in port, and waiting shipment... Please just keep checking the Sizzix website. Items sold out fast! And out of my control. Just passing on the info. Items can also be requested at your local quilt shop if you are looking for them, Ask your LQS to order them for you.
There is also a store locator on the website. link here. to check locally...

Also, A bit later I will have these items in stock myself and on my website... Currently, I need to be home long enough to get them added. LOL.... never enough time in the day.


Separately, All the pre-ordered books have been shipped! YAY!
 I was home one day after the books arrived,(home long enough to pack and ship out the orders!) and I shipped out over 250 books. If I made an error, as I am likely to have done on a couple, I will fix it as soon as I return from Japan. I am truly sorry in my rush to please. If I mistyped an address or two, I, of course will take care of it as soon as I am home. I am sorry for the delay.

 Please note any other orders, as listed on the website, placed after the 16th, will not be shipped until I return on Feb 2nd. I apologize for the delay. 
I am one woman, I can do only my best. Please forgive me.

If you are pleased with your book, please leave a book review on Amazon, goodreads, or bn.com. (when book released on amazon) I really appreciate it.  If you are not pleased, please let me know as well. Again, I try my best, and I am happy to have the feedback.

Off to Explore Tokyo. Wish me luck!
Hugs!
Sincerely,
Victoria

Friday, January 16, 2015

Off to Japan!




In case you happen to be in Tokyo on the 24th-25th or 26th... These days, You will know where to find me!

I'm off to Japan!

I'll take a lot of pictures!
I promise!!!

;-)

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But Today! Please follow along each day with the START of the SIZZIX BLOG HOP  to see ho many designers are using their SIZZIX in they work! Get ideas, and be inspired!
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Be sure to visit the other Blog Hoppers to see what's on their walls!

January 16th Jamie Fingal
January 16th Tracy Mooney
January 17th Elizabeth Timmons
January 17th Nicole Daksiewicz
January 18th Ebony Love
January 18th Holly Hughes
January 19th Marni Weaver
January 19th Leslie Jenison
January 20th Karin Jordan
January 20th Sue Bleiweiss
January 21st Jenny Doan
January 21st Victoria Findlay Wolfe