Thursday, September 1, 2022

Get On Board ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฝ With Sewing

Yokoso! That means "Welcome" in Japanese!!! Welcome to my stop on the "Get On Board With Sewing" blog hop!!! September is National Sewing month and "tropical"/"surf" is our theme! 

Now, here's my tropical quilt!!! ⤵️ Read on for my story! Plus, read to the end of this post and leave a comment to be entered to win some fabulous quilty gifts!!!
Quilt Info:
Maker: Me!
Pattern: Sunrise in Paradise--CUTIE Collections by Elaine Church
Size: 54" x 74"
Batting: Quilters Dream 100% Cotton Request
Thread: Glide--Linen
Pantograph: Santa Rosa ⤵️ from 627Handworks
Interesting Info: While living in Japan as a missionary for 24 years, I taught English, cooking, Bible, and patchwork classes. If you've ever been to Hawaii, you know that Japanese love to vacation there as much as anyone! Occasionally, some of my students took vacations in Hawaii and brought back "omiyage"--souvenirs, and in my case, small cuts of Hawaiian fabrics. They were probably leftover bits from Hawaiian shirt fabrics, as they don't seem to be 100% cotton. But they are colorful and fun! I still had them in my collection and thought of putting these together as a quilt when I heard about this blog hop theme, tropical/surf!!!
The fabrics were of different sizes, with one group being about 5 3/4" x 7", so I cut all my fabrics 5 1/2" square, to get the largest block possible.
I used Sherpa for the backing! It's soft, cuddly and 60" wide! It calls for more open quilting, too. I used this wave design to go with the surf theme!!!
When using Sherpa on the back, I like to have a Sherpa self-binding! After quilting, simply trim batting even with the quilt top, cut the Sherpa 1 3/4" from the quilt top, turn over twice and stitch from the front. It's fast and it makes a super soft edge!!!
There are several types of palm trees in Japan. But, we live in Minnesota now and there are no live palm trees here! Still, we do have a Mediterranean Cruise Ship Restaurant nearby with some artificial palm trees!
The palm branches are lit up in the evening!!!

Check out all the "Get on Board with Sewing" blogs and projects!!!


Thursday, September 1

Anorina                Samelia’s Mum

Brenda                 Songbird Designs

Cheree                 The Morning Latte

Denise                  For the Love of Geese

 

Friday, September 2

Karen                    Karen’s Korner 

Nancy--Me!!!         Grace and Peace Quilting

Sharon & Susan   Ms P Designs USA

Nina-Marie            Creations – Quilts, Art, Whatever

    

Monday, September 5

Karrin                    Karrin’s Crazy World

Linda                     Texas Quilt Gal

Yvonne                  Quilting Jetgirl

Emily                     The Darling Dogwood                    

 

Tuesday, September 6

Gail                        Quilting Gail

Joy                         Days Filled with Joy

Melisa                    Pinker ‘n’ Punkin Quilting & Stitching

Carol                      Quilt Schmilt     

 

Wednesday, September 7

Melva                   Melva Loves Scraps

Tammy                 Tamarinis

Leah                     Quilted Delights

Patricia                 Faith, Trust & Breast Cancer


Come back in a week, on September 9th, for the big reveal of a super fun jelly roll quilt I test sewed recently!!! You'll love this pattern and it's just what you'll want to make for National Jelly Roll Day, coming up on September 17, 2022.

Now, leave a comment on my blog and you can enter to win the grand prize quilt package: a $25 gift certificate from Gardensong Fabrics, $25 gift certificate from Rebecca Page, Aurifil thread, a digital pattern from Melva – Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail, a book, Fabulously Fast Quilts donated by Patricia from the Faith, Trust & Breast Cancer Blog, three stash builder bundles generously donated by Island Batik, and a crib sized Quilter’s Dream Angel batting from Songbird Designs.

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Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy 

56 comments:

  1. Your quilt is fabulous Nancy and what is even more special is the memories that are attached to it through those fabulous tropical fabrics .So fun that they have made their way into a quilt.

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  2. What a fun bright quilt! Love that just a simple pattern makes all your fabrics shine!

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  3. Fun way to use those scraps of fabric!

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  4. I love those Hawaiian prints! And what a meaningful quilt they all made - will you keep it? The photo setting is magical. And I LOVE that Sherpa binding! I've never sewn with Sherpa, is the binding difficult to sew on the corners?

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    1. Yes, the corners of the Sherpa binding are the thickest part, and a bit tricky. The best way to handle it is with a stiletto--hold it together with the stiletto while stitching.

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  5. So colorful and fun, with memories of your time in Japan. ๐Ÿ˜Š Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Love your happy quilt. Thanks for sharing and now I know about the blog hop.

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  7. So sweet and cuddly I love the colors. Thank you for sharing

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  8. Oh your HI fabric brings back memories of our trip there 15 years ago. I brought back some fabric too! Your quilt is perfect for cold winters in MN.

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  9. Love the pops of bright tropical prints. I have used cuddle for backing but never tried bringing it the front for binding. I like the soft edge idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Nancy I love those prints!! Definetly tropical. Perfect quilting too!

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  11. What a fun way to use up those tropical prints - cotton or otherwise! I really like that design. It would work for any novelty prints! Pretty finish, Nancy!

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  12. This quilt is a pretty reminder of your Japanese students. I love it!

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  13. I love the variety of prints you used. Perfect! Thanks for hopping with me. :) Blessings, Melva

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  14. Wow, what a great quilt with a wonderful history. I love how you got to photograph it to highlight its beauty. And how cosy is sherpa!

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  15. This quilt is fabulous and fun! I wonder if it is the same kind of material as the one my son brought to me from Hawaii...vaguely canvas like but not that stiff? I love that you paired it with the sherpa! And you know, quilts are my favorite sewing activity although I dabble in many things and started sewing garments many moons ago!

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  16. Well the prior comment was mine...don't know why I have become anonymous all of a sudden!

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  17. What a very cool quilt! Love that you searched out the artificial palm trees for the photo shoot - that is dedication!!

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  18. What a fun quilt, Nancy! I love the Hawaiian prints and the sherpa backing looks soooo soft! My grands would love that backing on a quilt! Thanks so much for sharing and for joining us in the blog hop!

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  19. Sorry that was my post above. Forgot to change it from anonymous!!

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  20. Oh Nancy, what a perfect way to use up the omiage prints that your students brought back to you from Hawaii. I'm sure the quilt will bring you lots of fond memories and joy as you use it!

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  21. Beautiful quilt, and a lovely way to use up the omiage prints! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  22. Love the fabrics in your quilt which brought back memories of our 25th anniversary spent in Hawaii. Last Saturday was our 60th anniversary. After we retired we spent 4 summers in Taiwan helping churches reach out to their communities giving us opportunities for our own spiritual growth. Nancy A: SewingGranda@gmail.com

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  23. What a fun quilt, Nancy! It just invites cuddling. Great idea, taking it to the Mediterranean restaurant for a photo shoot too (I hope you stayed for the food - yum!). Did you have the Beach Boys on your playlist while you made this one?

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  24. I love how the Hawaiian fabrics pop against the white.....a lovely quilt!

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  25. What a beautiful quilt - you are so talented. I love the tropical colors!

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  26. That's a pretty quilt and so easy to piece too.

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  27. thanks for sharing you quilt. It is simple but so pretty and bright and fun.

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  28. The perfect way to use up those fabulous fabrics. Aloha.

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  29. What a great way to use up those beautiful tropical fabrics! You now have a beautiful quilt! :-)

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  30. What a fun collection of Hawaiian prints. You definitely chose a great project for the surf theme! Thanks for joining the Put Your Foot Down linky party.

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  31. I love those bright Hawaiian prints! I only wish I brought home more fabric when we visited!

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  32. Great quilt! Now I wish I hadn’t given away my Hawaiian fabrics. Thanks for the tips on binding with the Sherpa.

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  33. I love how bright and happy your quilt is. It's all about donation quilts for me. I donate a lot and keep my quilt guild busy sewing and donating plenty.

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  34. Great way to use those bright tropical prints, and now you have a wonderful keepsake of your time in Japan! :)

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  35. What a great idea for using special focus fabrics! Anne-Marie @ Stories from the Sewing Room

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  36. Your tropical delight makes me pine for the summer that's ending very very soon! Thanks for the opportunity to win fabulous quilt prizes.

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  37. That is a fabulous quilt!! and don't laugh - I have hawaiian charms too - now I have a new quilt idea on my list for them!! I love how this turned out - but I really love how you used sherpa!! what a fabulous idea!!!!

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  38. You can stay cozy under the sherpa while you dream of the the beaches! Beautiful quilt!

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  39. Your beautiful Sunrise in Paradise Quilt is just what I needed to see today! Both my mother and brother have passed away. I have been blessed with Hawaiian scraps from mom's sewing and Hawaiian shirts from my brother. They will make a lovely memory quilt using your quilt as my guideline. Thank you!

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  40. Nancy, love your Hawaiian quilt, those fabrics brings back memories from my honeymoon. The waves quilting was a neat idea! Your quilt is beautiful.

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  41. You hit the mark with your tropical fabrics. Interesting to read what people will bring home from holidays. I do like the bright colours in your fabrics and they bounce nicely against the white. Great design choice. (Karen, Sunburnt Quilts.)

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  42. I think your use of those small souvenir pieces is a unique, and wonderful idea. I'm sure there are many memories associated with the bits. Thanks for sharing it with us

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  43. Hi Nancy, love those fabrics! Thanks for sharing your story behind the quilt. The Sherpa looks so cuddly and I love how the waves really show up from the back. Hope you're having a great week!

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  44. Love the fabrics and they go so well with the theme! Hugs

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  45. What a fun quilt, and the quilting is perfect!

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  46. Love your quilt!! I think I will save some squares and make one!!

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  47. What a beautiful quilt and love your story! I was an MK, in Indonesia... we have a bit in common other than quilting :) xx

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  48. It's beautiful and of course I love the quilting-my favorite part of every quilt. My aunt and uncle were missionaries in Brazil for a long time and often spoke about the children during their time. Great photos too.

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  49. I love the story behind the fabric in your quilt. Thanks for sharing the story. Lovely quilt!

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  50. The colors in your quilt are so bright and lively! Great job!

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  51. Such a pretty way to feature some gorgeous fabrics! I have some of them in my scrap boxes too ;) Fun quilting pattern, waves are just perfect!
    Thank you for sharing ;)
    Oh, and by the way, as Ihave to answer your question, I love making quilts ;))

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  52. Nancy the quilt is super cute and I really enjoyed reading some of your story about your life and the where, why and how you came to possess those pretty fabrics.

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