Green Curtain Idea…

Hmm, I wonder if I can implement a Green Curtain in front of my room window…

Source: via Joel on Pinterest

Quilt 03: Sakura Dusty Bone Quilt Concept

I finally drew up a plan for a quilt I had been thinking about for a while now using the Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Dusty 5″ Charm Pack Fabric Squares that I got from the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild Meeting back in February.

Sakura Dusty Bone Quilt Concept

At the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild March meeting, Kristen showed her quilt (that I really loved) using the charm pack. I wanted to sew something similar… Later at the same meeting Sharona talked about an organization called Quilts4Japan that was collecting quilts for the people affected by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant breakdown. That sparked an idea.

My plan is to make a quilt that alludes to the flag of Japan and donate the quilt to Quilts4Japan. I’ll separate the red/reddish squares from the charm pack and sew them (similar to Kristen’s design) with a dark cream background. I’ll use these to form the “red” circle. I’ll then use the remaining squares and sew them with a lighter cream color to create the “white” background.

For the actual quilting (stitching), I was thinking of a large sakura or cherry blossom (which always reminds me of Japan) design. I’ll also quilt wavy lines emanating from the center circle. You can see this as the dotted white lines in the photo above.

Isn’t that too big for your bed?

So, I showed my Mom a portion of the quilt top I’ve sewn together and she says, “Isn’t that too big for your bed?… because, if it is, it’ll fit perfectly on mine.“… hahahaha

Alicia Merrett…

I just happened to stumble upon the contemporary art quilter Alicia Merrett on YouTube and watched her tutorials about sewing curvy lines. I use to think that they were hard to sew (i.e. making the edges match)… but after watching her, it actually doesn’t look so complicated. I want to try it myself and I think I’ll use this techniques for the Rossie’s Kelp/Brunkrissla Remix Quilt (Quilt 02) that I’ve been thinking about doing.

I also did a search on Google and found her website,, which show some beautiful contemporary quilts. I especially like her Mapping Earth and Mapping Earth 2 Quilts on the Mapping and Recording gallery page.

Here are the three video I watched:
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Getting Ready for Lola Celay’s Burial…

So today is the day. It is Lola Celay’s burial day. We are getting ready now and getting ready to go to the mortuary.

Last night, we had the viewing and rosary at the mortuary. It was mixed feelings. It was sad to see Lola in the coffin, but it was very nice to see all the people, both relatives and friends, come to pay their respects to Lola Celay.

My relatives told me that I was saying the eulogy and at first I didn’t want to say it, because I didn’t have time to prepare and I didn’t know what to say… but once the time came at the end of the rosary to give the eulogy, it felt good to share how I saw Lola Celay and tell everyone how thankful I was to her.

After the rosary, my Aunt’s cooked tons of food for everyone. Pancit, Dinuguan, Kare Kare, more Pancit, Menudo and other tradition Filipino foods that Lola loves. It was hectic trying to fit everyone into that small section with the food, but it was so nice to see everyone enjoying the food, meeting each other after a long time apart and talking about Lola. Lola’s viewing really brought together so many people.

Marcela Caparas Encarnacion – Viewing and Funeral

Lola (97th Birthday)

Marcela Caparas Encarnacion
January 31, 1912 – July 9, 2011

Viewing and Rosary
Viewing: Wednesday, July 13, 3pm to 9pm
Viewing: Thursday, July 14, 11am to 9pm
Rosary: Thursday, July 14, 7pm
Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary
466 North Winchester Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Funeral Mass
Friday, July 15, 10am
St. Justin Catholic Church
2655 Homestead Road
Santa Clara, CA 95051

Goodbye Lola Celay…

Lola (97th Birthday)

Marcela Caparas Encarnacion
January 31, 1912 – July 9, 2011

Lola Celay, we love you… may you rest in peace…


This evening when me and Nanay were at the laundromat, we got a call from Auntie. She told us that Lola Celay is in the hospital and the doctors only gave her about 24 hours to live. Of course Nanay was shaken and we rushed home to eat dinner and head over to Santa Clara to visit Lola.

When we got there Lola was on the bed, she was asleep and Uncle says that she doesn’t respond anymore although she did respond a bit when Uncle asked her if she wanted to eat. They said she had a routine checkup today, but when the test results came in, the doctors said she had a heart attack on Friday and that her body is shutting down. Auntie said that when they were getting her ready to go to the hospital, she hardly could walk anymore like before and her legs were swollen and heavy.

It’s so sad to see Lola having a hard time breathing and I admire Uncle and Auntie for taking care of her since she was diagnosed with Dementia.

Lola is no longer on any medications and although they rehydrated her with I.V., she’s no longer eating. Uncle says that once her body starts shutting down, the doctors will give her Morphine to help with her pain, but that’s pretty much it.

We love you Lola and may God bless you!