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12 Gifts of Christmas Blog Hop: Organizer Basket Tutorial GRUPEN WALLPAPER

I was flattered when Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts kindly asked me to be a part of 12 gifts of Christmas Blog Hop !  You've probably read about it over Jennifer's already by now, but we are bringing you 12 free tutorials on Christmas  gift makings! One tute per day through October 25th! Sounds fun, right?! Jennifer started it off with a fabulous double  sided pace mat tutorial yesterday and here I am hosting a second stop with a tutorial on how to make these easy-peasy organizer baskets! Not ready to think about Christmas yet? Me neither, but we know it will come before we know it! Jennifer picked this perfect timing to get this rolling so that we have plenty of time to whip up gifts! It's been over a year since I last posted a tutorial,  so I was a bit nervous writing this up, although it is probably the easiest project among all sewing tutes  I have ever written, hehe. Hopefully I took enough pictures so that the visual will help you through! If you have any questions

Great Inspiration and Giveaway! GRUPEN WALLPAPER

Kumiko Fujita's Patchwork Lesson Part 1 Kumiko Fujita's Patchwork Lesson Part 2 Ladies, check this out! In this video, Kumiko Fujita, a Japanese textile designer/quilter/an author of several amazing patchwork books (including Patchwork Patterns 318 that is out of print and is in HIGH demand) teaches you how to sew a little girl block by hand-piecing. It's very educational, easy to follow, and fun! If you don't have spare time now, maybe you can check out 3:35 - 4:55 on the second video because that's the cutest part! It's only in Japanese, but it's all about visual :) I know her most famous books are really difficult to find nowadays, but you can spot her new patchwork patterns quite often in Japanese magazines. The pattern she is using in the video is available in Patchwork Tsushin No.164 and this is a part of a series called "First of Infinity" - There will be 6 more consecutive issues of the mag with her new pattern. Also, in Quilt Japan Vol.14

Giveaway Winners! GRUPEN WALLPAPER

Thank you for all of you for coming to hang out on my blog and entering for my giveaways! As usual, I let a random number generator to pick winners' numbers. Congratulations to three of you - I will be contacting you very soon! By the way, I finally added this function into my Blogger html to number each comment using this tutorial . This helped me a lot spotting the numbers corresponding to winners almost instantly! Hope you have a lovely weekend! (a nicely long Memorial weekend if you are in the states!) I'll try to catch up with my sewing projects and hopefully some hiking and packing, and deciding a place to move in will be happening!


It's this time of the year again when Sew, Mama, Sew! kindly coordinates one day when sewing/quilting bloggers give away sewing-related items! It's a lot of fun and I am so happy that I am able to participate this time! I've got two sets of giveaway prizes, so I'll have two winners . Hooray! My first prize is a bundle of quirky Japanese fabrics. A fat quarter of this retro sewing print. I found this fabric three years ago when I visited a teeny tiny fabric shop near my home in Japan. It would be really nice if you could use this for your sewing machine cover project or something. A fat quarter of this retro kitchen print designed by a Japanese textile designer Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa. It's out of print and is pretty hard to find if not almost impossible. I just love it so much. A fat quarter of this super cute sweets and international caricatures print. I think it is an original print from one of the fabric stores I stopped by, because I have never seen this print

Blog Tour: Stripped Down Patchwork (Book Giveaway!) GRUPEN WALLPAPER

I'm excited to host a stop for a blog tour for Stripped Down Patchwork by Erin Gilday of Patchwork Underground today (Day #7!). I got to know Erin through her great projects in Stitch magazine which are always so unique and vintagy. Have you seen her biker wrap skirt in there? So cute! What I found later is that she is not only super creative but also fun and friendly, which you know if you are a reader of her blog for sure :) I love the way she combines solids with other fabrics in such a clever way with a vintage twist, so I was really glad to see all her 12 practical projects in her book use solids somewhere. Also, all these projects feature Seminole patchwork technique. (Not sure what it is? She has explained it very well here over Craftzine.) You are not the only one if you thought these projects would take forever to make - I thought so too until I read in the book how you can save lots of time using the patchwork technique. For example, This very complicated looking pa