Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Spring outfit!

Oh, I can't tell you how sweet this little spring outfit is in person! Now, I wish an adult size for myself. I even lined the dress and hand-stitch the neckline, sleeves lines. Maggie is designed by {Alicia Paulson}. I've followed her blog for many years; her mimi and I have the same birthday, only I am so much older than mimi! When Alicia has {Maggie} available in her store, I had to have one. At the time, I lived in N.D. as you might remember Maggie {as a sewing kit} traveled with me from place to place/countries then finally I made her in 2013 winter. She is very special to me! Maybe because Maggie is  the very first softie I made. 

I've always wanted to make a little patchwork dress for her and you know when you have two days off from work. That's the best time to do so! I started the patchwork piecing late yesterday afternoon and continued this morning. I skyped with Fifi and asked her about the sleeves option. She recommend with one piece cloth.  The dress is lined with Oxford cloth, which is super soft and lovely to work with.  Since the sleeves ends are so small to fit to the sewing machine. I hand-stitched them and also the neckline.   Guys! It is super adorable! I want one now! 

There's a set of blue and green patchwork ready for hand-quilting. Yes! I am making a spring patchwork coat for Maggie!  Oh, I really can't wait to get that going tonight! 

If you have not heard. Elnora and her friends have been hosting the #scrappylobcabinQAL over Instagram. There are already so many lovely photos and lovely quilts put together! It really take no time to make one! I have my stripes cut into 1.25", so I could have smallish blocks.  This is such a nice side project for me while I am working on the birthday quilt. 

Until then I will be working on the spring coat and little bit more chat next time! Something that I have been wanting to write for so long! 


update: I just wanted to wave to the fellow new readers from Taiwan! Hello! 台灣的朋友你們好! 我是台灣,台南人! :) 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Slowly Simplify

Hello! Hello! heLLo! hEllo! Happy New Year, Friends!

There will never a "best" time to return to this space! It took me awhile to publish this post. Last few days, I have been typed a few lines then I clicked delete.. then repeat... repeat.  It might be post that will disappoint you, but I think it is time to do so.

Around here-
We are still organizing around here! Good news is that all the boxes have been unopened and organized! We ended up recycled many papers and little projects collected over the years! I ordered boxes and sorted by the year. There's a new folder called Dear Mom! It is the folder that collected all the letters from S and you bet, all the letter started with Dear MOM! We laughed together as we read all the letters together! Oh, you probably have not idea how many troubles S had when she was a little one!

Good time-
I quiet so proud of myself as I went through all the boxes in the sewing studio; organized all the trims ( total of 3 boxes}, pins (total of 8 boxes), patterns (two repeated), separated craft supplies and sewing supplies! We moved most all the craft supplies downstair, so it would be easier to access to. The New Year time was busy; cooking, reading, watercoloring, lettering, chatting, and laughing! S and I both agreed and miss our "work room" space that we have had for years! A space where we used to craft, chat, snack, laugh, or just being slight together. We decided to find a bigger table and recreate the "work room" space in our dinning room this summer! Well, we are thinking about this {table} or this {table}. If any of you have it. I'd love to learn how you like or dislike it.

Fabric talk-
Talking about fabric! The stash is pretty messy now as I have started working on S' 11th birthday quilt; they are everywhere! The plan is reorganize the stash after finish the quilt, but I know it will always  stay clutter as I pull them out! It is always nice to discover a print that I've been saved for years and finally able to cut a piece out ( I always worry that I would run out, do you?). Oh, I think it is time to buy prints rather than the full fabric line! I always have hard time to cut through the full bundle of fabrics. Do you?

Winter days-
Between now and then we have done some winter drives to visit our friends that lived out in the countryside. We've discovered some nice neighborhoods and historical houses during our drives. Have you noticed the daylight is getting longer these days? The PEFECT sunset time is 5:05 5:12p.m. Last two three Fridays, on our way to music lesson I purposely drive slowly, so we could watch the sun sets on the horizon line! I have to say the best sunset time of the year is closed to the end of January. It is warm and fuzzy and quiet lovely actually!

Back at it-
The kitchen oven and stove are often on this winter season! I have been back to the bread making business! Six months after moved in our new home, I found the oven is nice and trust worthy on the temperature setting now.  We made a batch of cheese bread sticks and used the leftovers batter for simple braiding bread.  I devoured a whole braid bread while waiting the soup that night! Butter, is the key ingredient!

Birthday Quilt-
The process of the birthday quilt is So so so so Slow! The squares are cut into 2.5"x2.5". According to the calculator I only need 2304 pieces of 2.5"x2.5" and 64 sets of 36 patchwork.  After all the math and the actual process, I came up with a new plan for the backing. Of course, I have already ordered all the backing fabric during the holiday time. The backing will be quiet fancy unlike the last one; simple! I can't wait to show you the complete quilt when I have it ready! This is probably the most difficult quilt to put together so far as we are going through lots changes around here. I keep cheer myself up and hope I could have the quilt top ready on time!  Oh, the longer daylight will help as well!

January always seems so slow and long! However, this year has been going faster for us! After all the holiday rushes we always look forward a slower month to recap and just slow down! This year we started to journal on our planners, making simple notes on the daily events. A word to describe the day or a simple drawing to free up the lines on the pages!  We have missed receiving hand-writing letters in the mailbox.  A serious hand-writing letters is going on! We've mailed out many snail mails  since New Year and more to write and post! Oh, we hope to surprise some of our friends and families this year!

Winter Pause- 
This winter pause has been wonderful! So many accomplishments around here, not just organizing all the belongs. I also completed a few custom quilts and little bit of this and that sewings! S has been preparing her music festival that's coming up very soon! We've been listening the Concertro No.2 over and over together! Then we played some Jazz music then back to Conertro No. 2 again. There are times are hard to keep the little hands going as there are more music measure to polish up and room to grow. It is harder now as the music pieces are longer and challenger! It seems like after all that challenge stages everything will fall together again! I often see S gains great confidences and mature from all the experiences and struggles. We've talked about a little celebration after all the musical month that's coming up and yes, the birthday celebration as well! She has already received a birthday package and waiting nicely for the big day to arrive!

This is the first post in 2015 and the last post for quarter inch mark life style sharing post! It has been in my mind for quite a while about sharing this journey of ours with you. I truly {thank you} come here and followed us throughout the years. Taking your time to read about S and I's journey and cheering us up in many manners. As you know, each blogger shares their post within their comfort zone and I am not an exception. It is hard to make this decision, but it is time!  I hope you don't mind to let S stay behind this space. Our journey will carry on, but will keep in private for now on! I'll continue blogging and sharing all the sewing fun, patchworking, fabric loves, and of course tutorials with you! I will be using a lot more I, me, mine, my and less we, us, and ours. I hope you don't mind this decision! I surely will miss having S around here at the blog, but I think she would appreciate so much having the privacy!

Maybe you didn't get a chance to recheck on the {last post}. I have updated the half triangle quilt information awhile back. This is the update:  Many of you have asked about the {half triangle quilt}. As I mentioned in the post that the pattern is found from Patchwork Tsushin, a Japanese quilting magazine that I subscribed last year. The pattern was found in the June, 2014 issue. page 63. Due to the legal copy-right issue. I cannot share the pattern in this space ( Sorry, but it is illegal take someone's work and claimed as mine). I did work on my own measurement for the quilt blocks.  Thank you for understanding~

Have a great weekending


Monday, December 29, 2014

Wintery Pause!

Today it a long post day for me and maybe you! I made two delicious hot coco cups and top with creamy whipped cream then tip top with the special chocolate sprinkles from a dear friend. Actually they are all gone now and the tea kettle is on and there's a plate full of holiday cookies for us.

This time of the year I get homesick lots! Like every other year, I missed dad's birthday celebration  and will miss mom's birthday then the Lunar New Year. The technology has been life saver these days; chatting with Fifi for hours, watching Lucky naps, talking to mom and listening to her little bits of this and that .

When I was little, I remember every winter days mom would cook a huge pot of soup and our family would gather in the kitchen table. We all asked the same questions, what kind of soup for today? Mom always said, It is good for you! We all have the soup before rice and side dishes. The soup likely is some kind of herb soup; bitter and the color is black.  Now I made some for S; bitter and black. I tell her the same thing mom told me, It is good for you!

When we were still lived in N.D. The winter was long and bitter cold. The second year was particular hard for me with schooling, teaching, and mothering. I wished that mom could walk through the "space" to our home; cook for us and just be with us! Homesick is hard! That year, a package arrived after Thanksgiving. It was a surprised package from Monica. I have had not idea who sent the package and guessed with S in the living room for a good 10 minutes. I keep thinking it might be a wrong package because I didn't order the fabric! Then I went ahead and opened the package. Within the package was a beautiful layer cake fabric and a kindly note. Words are still hard to describe the gratitude I have till this day.  The layer cake has been saved for years for the right quilt design!

When I saw Patchwork Tsushin magazine's quilt design. I knew it is the pattern for it! I was quiet nervous cutting down to the charm pack size. I switched to a new blade and slowly cutting. I hope a queen size for this quilt, so I went through the stash and pulled out some fabrics. Still not quiet enough for a queen size quilt at this point, but I am enjoying this patchworking here; extra slow!
More fabrics have been pulled out and await to be iron out and cut. Hope before this winter season ended, I could have it ready!

As the end of the year approaches so soon, I have slowly gather S' 11th birthday quilt fabrics. I hope to surprise her on her birthday this year, which is coming so soon! I am not confident as I used to, but will give it a try! It is all about stars and dreams! I was thinking tiny 1.5"x1.5" finished at 1"x1", but it will probably be the 12th birthday quilt instead.  I always look forward making S' birthday quilt more than any other quilts. It always makes me feel great that I can sew and consider myself a quilter; I could sew for families and help friends sew their memories together. It is a great gift that I have and hope I continue for years to come!

For many years, I used to be an organized person! Then after so many moves and travels, I let go many of that organization skills! It is quiet scary that I realized I have a few items that are triple. They were placed in the different boxes and buried under other items. Last night, I made a commitment to myself to take a wintery pause and hope to get things in orders again! It will be nice that we could look up the labels on the boxes and find the paperwork that we needed or it would be nice that I can pull out S' school pictures when she was asking if she can take a look.  It would be so nice I could go through all the supply boxes and put them in the proper place. I know, there's a lot of serious organizing prepartion around here!

I continue enjoy my part-time job! I met people from different part of the world and share lots stories and feel better each day! There's time that I still feel quiet in between, but it comes and goes! I like to think it is part of the life challenge and will make me a stronger person after all! I still take one step a day and take pause when I need! There are still confidents and such need to catch up and feel great about myself again! I will be taking a long wintery pause from here. I hope not too long, but I don't want to worry you.  I think the pattern can wait a little longer to publish. I hope you can wait for a better and fulfilled me to return to this space again. Yes, that {bands of colors quilt along} will be happening sometimes, my goal is when I can talk clear and feel confident to host the group again!

Meanwhile, you can picture me surrounding with file boxes, picture albums, and acknowledge award cards S collected over the years. Of course, cutting fabric, making chain piecing, piecing the quilt tops, and such! Lots "good for you herb soup" and homemade cooking!

Until then I am taking the pause from here..


Update:  Many of you have asked about the {half triangle quilt}. As I mentioned in the post that the pattern is found from Patchwork Tsushin, a Japanese quilting magazine that I subscribed last year. The pattern was found in the June, 2014 issue. page 63. Due to the legal copy-right issue. I cannot share the pattern in this space ( Sorry, but it is illegal take someone's work and claimed as mine). I did work on my own measurement for the quilt blocks.  Thank you for understanding~