Friday, September 19, 2014

Tutorial: how to instal metal zipper

Often time, I get emails and comments on how I instal metal zipper? It is fairly simple and just take extra step to start. Once sewn a few metal zippers. You will have gain lots confident and will go quick in the process! I'd loved to share how I instal metal zipper. 

 - Prepare the exterior and interior pieces for the pouch and also the metal zipper.

 - You will need a zipper foot. Most of the sewing machine comes with a zipper foot. The zipper foot will need to instal onto your machine before you start.

 - One of the most important step on instal metal zipper is the measurements of your exterior and interior prints.

-  The zipper that I prepared is 8" long, but it comes another half inch on both end of the zipper, so that make the zipper actually 9" long.

-  For both exterior and interior pieces measurement. I always plan on the 9" long that matches the length of the zipper.

 - Open the zipper then set the zipper on one of exterior piece.
 - Where to start sewing? Start 1/4" before the zipper end and make sure back-stitch a few.

 - Baste the zipper with 1/8" seam on the edge of the zipper and exterior pieces { This is personal preference}. Often time, I attach the zipper with the exterior pieces before I sew on the interior pieces { lining}.
- If you are more experiences with instal zipper. This step can be eliminate.

 -Finish 1/4" before the zipper head. It seems like I've leave too much un-sew space here, but actually the zipper head comes with a volume and do need more space to adjust after you finish the pouch sewing. The extra 1/4" space is just perfect for it.

 - The zipper is attach to the exterior pieces now then attach lining to the zipper.

-Gental press zipper seams;front {Exterior pieces} and back{ interior pieces}.

 - Top stitch 1/8" seam away from the zipper seam. It secures the zipper instal and pouch-to-be.
 - Enlarge the sewing stitch length.

- Turn on the other side and check on the top-stitches you made. 

-Now, try to unzip the zipper. It will give you nice and smooth pull. The lining inside will not be caught, since the edge top stitch have made another nice enforcement. 

-Open the exterior and interior pieces. 

- Line the edges of zipper ends FIRST, or it will not match after you sew 

 -Pin around the pieces. I always give extra sewing pins around the zipper ends.

 -Change sewing foot back to normal sewing foot and set the 1/4" seam allowance. Start from you lining side. Back stitch a few then sew around the preimeter of the pouch.

-Make sure, leave a 3" open space on the lining side un-sew. This is the space where you will pull the pieces inside out.

 -Clip four corners of the pouch corners then pull the pieces out from the 3" un-sew space in the lining side, slow!  Work on the pouch corners and the zipper ends.

 -Finish the un-sew 3" space with ladder stitch or machine sewing.

  The zipper pouch is finished!!

 After finished the zippered pouch. I always smooth out the zipper ends with a few pull and adjustments to make sure it close nicely.

Another tip is go a little slow with the metal zipper. You will have better success with it!

This 8"x5" Patchwork style zippered pouch has added to my {Etsy Shop} .


Thursday, September 18, 2014

It continues to grow!

I bring {Quilting Stars mini} with me whenever I wait for S in the music lessons. It is going a little slower than I like.  The quilting spacing around the star is 1/4" apart and I do love how it is turning out so far! I plan on clean the Be-Gone Pen marking after finish the four stars, then mark straight lines {about 1/2"} for the space between each star.   The binding fabric has already been pick out and the wall space for this mini is ready for her! It will take few more music lessons for sure!

Tomorrow, I have a simple {{how to install metal zipper tutorial}} for you! There are few photos editing to follow up, so I could be clear as I share with you how I install metal zipper!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sew update!

My {sew tiny} pieces have transformed into zippered pouches. The wonky star pouches have been shipped last week. After my first attempt quilting on linen in the wider spacing {1" wide}, I wasn't satisfy with the outcome. So, I decided to leave these patchwork un-quilt.  The simplicity look of them really shine the wonky stars and the linen that I used was purchased in Japan last summer. It was 4 meters long from the prepackage. It has been so nice to work with; especially the texture is soft and allow to create natural look for the patchwork pieces.

The second {sew tiny} pouch is smaller. The front and back has eight different patchwork sewing blocks. The pouch finished in 5.5"x5.5" and lined with 100% Japanese cotton fabric! This zippered pouch has added to the my {Etsy Shop}. Sold 

These simple one piece cloth zippered pouches were made before our move for a craft show.  I was so surprised that customers prefer the patchwork style of pouches than the one piece cloth. These pouches were made in simple cut design then added the leather for the embellishment to give the pouch a bit more personality. I have a few didn't get to bring home with and have add to the {Studio Sale} with a 20% off in the {Etsy Shop}.



Sunday, September 14, 2014


It is not a secrete that we love the season of Fall! We've added extra quilts to each room two nights ago and thought we might still need comforters as the season will eventually enter winter. Each Fall, I seem spend more time in the kitchen then I would in the other seasons. Likely I make chicken broth from the scratch in the Fall before the winter arrives.

Whenever I fix root vegetables I always wash them nicely before peeling skins off, then I saved all the veggie skins or save veggies that's almost too old for salad; celery in particular since S is not a celery fan.  I would throw all the " unwanted" veggies in a big zippered bag and store in the freezer. When I see the bag is almost full I would  buy a fresh whole chicken for us and for the purpose of making chicken broth.

This is how I fix the chicken; Preheat oven at 450 degrees, meanwhile seasoning the chicken with black pepper and salt only { If you like extra flavoring you can add some butter on the chicken, two tablespoons is plenty}!  I always add a little white wine ( about 1/3 cup) in the baking pan and the alcohol eventually will cook off in the oven then put the chicken in the oven for 40 minutes. The chicken always turns out tender and juicy. I always debone the chicken before serving then you know, I save all the bones and throw them in a zippered bag. I would find a day that's cool enough then I cook "unwanted" veggies and debone chicken bones in the pot then start making chicken broth.  All you need is add a bit more salt and pepper. You might be surprised if you try next time!

This is how I cook the broth; I always start with the burner High then wait for the broth to boiling ( about 10 minutes). Once it starts boiling I let it go for another 10 minutes then turn the burner to low for simmering; that's about 40 minutes { I always sets the alarm, so I don't  forget}. After turn the burner off, I let the chicken broth cool off to room tempter. It would take about 2 hours or longer before I drain all the "ingredients" out from the broth.  Then I pour the chicken broth into half gallon jars then put them in the freezer. It sounds like a lot of work, but between time I would be sewing and getting S ready for the night/day. I have been very lucky to have great chicken broth for years and there's no trick for making good broth. I've always being told by my friends use every bit of the ingredients you got!

Oh, before I forget! S says "Hi". She is getting to the age of not wanting herself being in the public, so I am respecting that!  She spends her weekending in her room more now as she likes the private time to herself, drawing, listing to music and sometimes she runs from her room to find me and tells me all the exciting drawing ideas she has then I would drop everything that I was working on and just listen! The conversation doesn't go very long, but all is about fantasy creatures that she made up in her mind, very interesting to hear what they can do.

I made another Kin-Cha-Ku {pattern here} this week and shipped it! It is always fun for me to pick out prints for small projects. There are lots prints that I pull out lately have been the kind of prints I tell myself, "Save it for Lifetime". Oh, I must admit it feels nice to actually cut into them lately. It is nice to see how these prints correspond to each other!  I particularly like the sweet and retro color scheme for this kin-cha-ku. It has over 22 prints in it! :)

Lately, I have been seeing myself using more basic color prints. These basic prints give more focus on the blocks that I've been working on. The new attempt has been quiet successful, but I would like to give it a bit more experiments before I share with you!

Nothing special about the "design wall" that I created! I hook a cotton string on two fine metal nails. Since there's no wall space for me to add a nice design board.  This simple design space works out well for now.  It is nice to see the unfinished projects on the wall and that reminds me they still need a bit more attention!

With a little more sorting through our moving boxes, I found my name tag that made by S two years ago. It makes me smile to find little drawings she tucked in my sewing space over the years. I always appreciate them and for sure seeing the change that she is making over the years.

We are looking forward next weekending already! As we are going to make another pie, I think it is going be a Berry Pie!


Friday, September 12, 2014

A Berry Mini Quilt

This berry mini quilt has been shipped this morning and hope it will arrive to the receiver's mail box soon! It truly turns out to be a lovely mini quilt.  I intended to used berry prints and mixed with contrast value prints for this mini quilt. Each squares are cut in 1.5"x1.5", so it finished at 3.5"x3.5" for each nine-patch block. For the stashing fabric, I chose {Holly Holderman's Recipe for success white on white}. I love how it shows when the sun comes in the room.

For the binding, I went with the Gypsy girl by Lily Ashbury for Moda. There's no indication of the year that's made for this print, but you can find at {Superbuzzy}. I got all the color ways. The fabric is nice quilting weight and perfect for bias binding or any patchwork making. The mini quilt is {hand-quilted} and hand bound. The backing fabric is from Anna Griffin for Windham {It has been a few years, since I have it} and I hand written {quilt label} that included receiver's name, the year made and made by whom.

The other day, my IG friend has asked me why I keep my quilting label so little contrast from the background fabric and she asked me for the thought on that. My thought to that was making the label a settle look and leave label design as part of the background piece. I didn't want the label take over the quilt itself and it is nice to discover the gentle touch that have been made to the backing of the quilt. Now, I sign the quilt label {handmade by chase}. It is rather simple, no last name, no blog name, no location indicated.



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mini PatchworkQuilts/ Coasters!

A few weeks ago,  I started working in the studio alone while S gone to school. I always have pandora station on, so there is a background music and I still love the commercial time announcements from North Dakota! Indeed, after three years living there, we have dearly missed that north part of land in this county. Something still is special about the state and the city we lived! Maybe the fulfilled lifestyle and the small cozy home that we created!

So, when I mean, I want to make everything. I really mean things that I have been procrastinating over the years. While I was in graduate school, one of my research study was color effect and the simultaneously changes in colors by using textile materials. At the time, I brought three different color scheme bundles of Kona fabric. I have had enjoyed the research and "play" too hard with them for almost a semester! Then one day, my processor from the committee asked me, if I'd write an essay about the research project! I stepped back and have my eyes wild open and looked at her. I replied, probably NOT a long essay, but I'd love to make more pieces and give a presentation then that proposal didn't go through! After completed the research study along with a three pages long short essay, these fabrics have been set in the box.

Lately, I started to work with solid fabric colors again! The simple pleasure of the colors effect have give more depths in the pieces. Perhaps the simplicity of using solid color fabric squares have changed the usual patchwork style that I've working! The dynamic change in selection of fabric has really give some fresh new look and new approach! For the quilting, I used straight line quilting to give clean finish. These mini patchwork quilts/Coasters finished at 6.5"x6.5".

I say, the approach of these patchwork is alike mini quilts when I made them, but also can be utilized as patchwork style coasters. These mini patchwork quilts have been quilted in 100% cotton batting with solid color in the back and hand bounded! I made 4 sets of mini patchwork quilt/ coasters have been listed in my {Etsy shop}.