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…)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Learning Something New & Merry Christmas!!

Time really flies!!! I can’t believe I totally skipped November and now we are at the end of December…. Thought I better check in before the year ends~

This was back in November, but I learned how to machine appliqué!!! It was not as difficult as I thought, as long as you find a suitable pattern, all you need to do is follow the edge. Of course I still slipped here and there and it was not perfect, but I think it is pretty good for a first try!!

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I also learned hot to do a insert zipper pocket. Had a lot of assistance completing this, though. I hope I will remember how to repeat this one in the future….

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Saw this tree at the train station the other day~ May all of you have a wonderful holiday season.

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Merry Christmas!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Taking on the Machine!!

Now that I am done with the front…

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It is time to take on the machine!!!! This is my first time machine quilting, although it is only straight lines, I find that sewing straight is not that easy, especially with all those curved lines playing with my mind~ Let’s just say my work is going to be very “organic”… ^^

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Happy weekend!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Learning Something New

I’ve never taken an official sewing class before. All the quilting and sewing tricks I know so far, is either from self-learning or learning from friends. By chance, I stumble over a bag making class, and I’m so happy that I’ve taken the opportunity!!!

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This bag took the idea of a log cabin quilt, and transforms it into a handy bag. Today, I learned how to let go. There’s no pattern, no rulers, just trust your gut and cut – and I love it!! This is soooo liberating~

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This  is only a start. There is more to come, and I can’t wait!!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

September?!

Is it already September?! Where did my summer go??? For some reason,this summer has been a very busy one, and I did not have much time to do any stitching or quilting, so a simple project like my baby quilt took forever to complete.

I finally managed to pull it out again the past few days as things starting to slow down, and noticed when I was sewing the pieces together using my sewing machine, threads starting to bunch up and was giving me a hard time. I said to myself I will take it in for service once I sew all the pieces together. But just as I was on my last stretch, my needle snapped!!! I took a good look at my machine, and noticed that the needle was touching the bottom of the hook race area….I doubled checked and was sure I did pushed my needle all the way up to the stop pin, so I have no idea why this is happening…. Well, I’ll have to put this project on hold again until I get the machine fixed!! I just hope it is nothing serious….

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Anyways, here is where I am at. The front is completed, and the back almost complete. Since the backing fabric is not wide enough for the whole quilt, I used the left over fabrics to piece it together. And may I say I really miss JoAnn Fabrics?! The local fabric store I went to here has very limited quilting fabrics and I had a hard time finding something that is suitable. I finally managed to settle on this one. I just wish I can find a good fabric store in my area.

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So a little bit about what I did during summer. We had a family trip and went to visit Alaska!!! It was cold and rainy but soooo much fun!! We went to see the bears, the glaciers and all kinds of fun stuff!!! Alaska is soooo beautiful – even in the rain.

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Hope you all had a wonderful summer~

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Starting Something New~

Today I finally opened a quilt kit I bought a few years ago. When I bought this kit, it was for no particular reason, simply because I loved the cute fabrics. But today, it will finally be put in good use. It will be made into a baby quilt, as a gift for a special little boy. Lets just hope I won’t screw this up!!! Fingers crossed!!!

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Isn’t this the cutest panel?! I think it is perfect for the little guy!!!

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So what are you guys working on lately? Are you surviving this summer weather? It is hot and humid here already nowadays, and we are not even in July yet!! I wonder how I will survive when real summer comes….

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