Thursday, October 29, 2015

Stitching Again~

It has been a while since I started a cross stitch project. My hands were itching, so I pulled out my fabrics and thread.  

I really enjoy the process of seeing the design coming alive on the fabric. It so felt good to be stitching again! 

Our county was giving out free plants a month ago. I brought home a Hibiscus without knowing what kind of flower it has. It had its first bloom this week, and it was an orange blossom with multi petals extending from the base of the bloom!!! What a pleasant surprise~  

These are my little happiness recently. What are yours?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Long time no see, my daring friends, summer has been very busy for me, and when I look up, fall has sneaked in!!! It took me a while, but I finally finished the applique of my Hawaiian quilt~~ It has been a struggle, I had to take apart some portions of it cause I just didn't like how it looks, still not 100% satisfied with it, but I am going to set it aside for now, and come back to it with a fresh eye later.

And then there is my crazy quilt sewing machine cover. I am working on hand quilting it right now. It is quite a challenge to hand quilt through so many layers, but with the help of a pair of trusty pliers, it is coming along just fine. 

Some other things I did during summer, a little gardening fun~ While I was eating dragon fruit one day, I looked at those millions of little seeds and just thought it might be fun to germinate them so I did, and to my amazement, they really did germinate!!! Their little leaves are so fresh and cute, and with time they start showing their cactus characters~ 

And then I thought, a little bit dressing up is needed!!! So a few leftover fabrics and cute mushrooms later, this is what I ended up with~~ Aren't they just adorable?! I will have to make more of these, they make perfect gifts, won't you say?

Speaking of fall weathers, in sub-tropical Taiwan, it means it's time for blooms again!! Because our summer is too hot for flowers to survive, winter is the best time for them to thrive. Now that the weather is cooling down again, I filled my balcony with lavenders and daisy. It is such a joy to see them greeting me every morning, while I enjoy my breakfast on the balcony~~

So that is my story lately. What have you been busying? By the way, if you haven't already noticed, Nancy over at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe has been hosting some awesome giveaways, be sure to join the fun if you haven't already!!!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A New Attempt!!!

I have to say I wasn't a big fan of Hawaiian quilts - that was before I started this one. Something traditional can totally transform into something different just by changing the fabric choice, and I am totally in love with it now~

This is a great way to learn applique, something I have not tried before. I was intimidated by it, and  looks so difficult!!! I have to say it still is a bit challenge to me, especially keeping it looking nice. My first few turns and points are not exactly pretty.....

It is a slow process, patience is required!!!!! But this is a start, hopefully when I am done with the whole thing, I would be better with it!!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Work in Progress...

Hello my dear friends, summer has arrived and it is soooo hot and humid here lately!!!! I'm sweating like non-stop and ice-cream is my new best friend right now!!!! The upside of this hot weather is that it is making the Golden Shower Tree is blooming like crazy, and it sure is a beautiful sight!

Nevertheless, the hot weather did not stop me from keeping busy with projects. I have been working on several projects right now, and one is a cover for my sewing machine to keep all the dust out when I am not using it. 

When I told my quilting mentor Sophia that I would like to make a sewing machine cover, I thought it would just be putting together three pieces and it would be simple and quick!! But being the creative  Sophia as she is, of course she designed something that is super awesome and that I could learn new techniques from!! 

So we are using the concept of a crazy quilt to make this cover!! I have to say this is super fun, starting from choosing the colors right down to sewing them piece by piece together!!! Right now I am done with the piecing part of the project, and have to hand quilt it before assembling them together~

Doesn't this bloom resembles the roses that were on my balcony?! The real ones were gone already, but this beauty will be blooming always on my sewing machine cover~ I love it already and can't wait for it to be finished!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Hooty Hoot Quilt for a Special Little Guy~

Hello everyone, I'm back with another finish!!!! Let me present the Hooty Hoot quilt~ This one is for my nephew Anthony!! This is a quilt kit I bought long ago for no particular reason, simply because I thought it was very cute~ So when I heard my sister is having a little boy, I thought this would be perfect for him!!

Pattern: "Hooty Goes Night Night" by Riley Blake Designs
Fabric: "Hooty Hoot" by Riley Blake Designs
Size: 48" x 50.5"
Beginning Date: 06-25-2014
Completion Date: 05-19-2015

I know, I know, it took me long enough to finish such a simple quilt!! I actually started it before the little guy was born, thinking I have plenty of time finishing it, then life happened and it was put away for a while, but now it is finally complete - perfect timing for Anthony's one-year-old birthday, I think~

Since I do not like leftovers, I used all the label prints from the panel and some scraps and incorporated into the backing. I really like how it turned out, I hope Anthony will like it, too~~   


By the way, have you noticed my quilt hanging technique?! Some 3M hooks and binder clips will do the trick!! I intend to find some curtain clips to replace the binder clips, but it will do for now. I personally think that 3M hooks are one of the greatest inventions, it really help us people who have concrete walls and could't easily put a nail in the wall but desires to hang stuffs. Plus it's removable!!!! Now I have a perfect place to showcase my quilts and rotate them as often as I please~

On another note, have any of you fellow bloggers discovered problems with Windows Live Writer? I have always blogged with that software but apparently Google has changed some security settings causing it to no longer support  Windows Live Writer.... I am now using the Blogger web editing/posting page to write this post, so far it is ok (much improvement then when it first came out). The only thing I am not too happy about is the limitation on image editing. This will require some getting use to... 

Until next time, have a happy weekend!!!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Swanky Little Bag~

Hello my dear friends, I’m back~~ Kept my promise not to stay away too long this time!! ^^

When Sophia said we were going to make a simple framed bag, I thought it would be “simple”. As it turns out, there was nothing simple about it!!! Don’t get me wrong, it is not too difficult to make, it’s just that there are so many little details in making it, and the end result turned out to be more then I have expected!!!

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Pattern: Designed by Sophia Yu
Size: 14cm x 10cm x 7cm
Beginning Date: 04-14-2015
Completion Date: 05-06-2015

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It’s big opening and wide pocket is perfect to hold all my stitching and sewing accessories. I LOVE the color combination, not to mention the subtle giraffe pattern in it!!

I find that these sewing classes are like an adventure, they are full of all sorts of surprises, and I can’t wait to see what’s in for my next class!!!

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Leaving with you an updated photo of my house, as you can see I finally got my stitchings up~ I think this is my favorite view of the house!! Hehe~~

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Confessions of a Bad Blogger…

Hello~~~~ Anyone still here?! I have been a very very bad blogger. It is at the end of April already and yet this is my first post in 2015. It’s just that I have not been able to do much sewing/stitching lately, so there is not much to show. The reason for this is we have been moving AGAIN!!! But this time we are moving in to our very own new home~~~ I hope this will be the last time for many years~

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The upside for this move is, my sewing machine finally has its permanent place, no more moving it around, taking it out and hiding it back to storage whenever someone is coming over to visit!!! Now I can use it anytime as I needed!! Hurray!!!

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Between all the moving madness, I managed to finish my bag project!!!! LOVE how it turned out!!!!

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Pattern: Une Artisane_A Quilter's Bag
by Sophia Yu 
Size: 42cm x 32cm x 15cm
Beginning Date: 10-08-2014
Completion Date: 04-19-2015

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Everything I need to know about bag making is pretty much all in this process, and then some more!!!

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It is so great to have a patient teacher, I really learned a lot during this process. And guess what?! There are more bags to come!!!

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Hope you all are enjoying this beautiful spring~ See you soon!!! (Hopefully…)

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