Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Another Block Done!!

This month is all about catching up with my stitching before things get busy again!! Finished the August block!! I have to say the designer really captured the animals so well!!! Love this Border Collie!!! The lazy daisy flowers are a nice touch as well, but they did cause me a lot of headache. Trying to fit them all in was a big challenge!!!


So I am finally on to my last row!!!!! I love how it is coming together!! 


PS: This piece really need a good wash..... :-)

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Late Again!!

Hello my friends, how was your summer? Mine was busy and awesome!! Lot's of traveling, lot's of fun, but not so much time stitching, hence the delay of my July stitch. Nevertheless, it is done!!!! 


Seven blocks done, five more to go!!


On my trip in July, we went to the beautiful east cost of  Taiwan. It only takes a 30 minute drive from the mountains to the sea. We hiked along the magnificent Taroko Gorge, then head to the sea for some sunshine.


This beach is made of pebbles!! Walking on it bare foot is very "interesting".....  


Things are calming down now heading into September, and I should have more time to stitch. Hopefully I can catch up with my blocks soon!!! Thanks for visiting~ 

Friday, July 12, 2019

Made with Love~

I finally put in the last needle of my Whirl quilt last night. I am soooooo excited!!!! This quilt is officially done!!!! And it turned out so much better than I expected!!!

Pattern: "Whirlby Mary McGuire
Size: 75" x 88"
Beginning Date: 08-31-2017
Completion Date: 07-12-2019

This quilt is made for my first niece. Some of the fabrics used were bought 7 years ago before she was born! But between my big move back to Taiwan and work, this project kept been pushed back. And then suddenly the little baby is entering elementary school!!! I thought to myself better get it started or the next time when I realized she is off to college!!! It still took me almost 2 years to complete it, but at last it is done~


When I started out buying fabrics for this quilt 7 years ago, I had in mind a baby quilt. But since my niece is a little girl now I wanted to make this quilt larger, so I added on wide borders on each side. Coincidentally, the blocks I made for this quilt is just the right sizes for the corners, and there is just enough leftover pieces to make for blocks, so I guess it is just meant to be.


I have to admit when I first finished the center piecing I was a little bit concerned because there seems to bit too much going on and the colors seems a bit muddled. So when I went shopping for the border fabrics, I got a little help from my quilt instructor Sophia and I love how it turned out. The narrow pink border defined the center piece and the white border calm the whole piece down. How amazing what borders can do!!!!  


I also learned how to machine quilt on this project. Although it is just straight lines, using a curved pattern makes it more interesting. As much as I like hand quilting, this really saved me a lot of time, allowing me to finish it before work starts to kick in again. 


I was very lucky to find this beautiful backing fabric as well. It almost can be a show piece itself.


So this is what I have been working on these past few weeks!!! This quilt may not be what I have anticipated in the beginning, but it sure gave me many unexpected surprises along the way. I hope my niece will like it, too.


Until next time. Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Quick Update!!

Has it been that long since my last post?! Time flies!! Although it is not quite June yet, my Joyful World June block is done!!! Love the bear and the tiny bees~~ 


Spring is such a pleasant time of the year~ Roses on my balcony are blooming beautifully!! I really love the pinkish coral color, so pretty~ 


That is it for now~~~ Hope it won't be this long for my next post!!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

One More Down!

A quick update on my Joyful World series~~ May block is done!! Love the scene of these kittens playing in the garden. So cute!!!


So here is my progress on this series so far. Almost half way done!! At this rate, I think I will be able to finish the whole think this year..... fingers crossed.


Friday, January 25, 2019

Back Again!!

This Joyful World series is truly joyful!! April is no exception. I couldn't stop stitching it once I started!! Although it is still cold out, this spring scene put a smile on my face~   


One row down, two more to go!!!!


As I have some extra free time on my hand, I pulled my Whirl quilt out again. All the piecing parts are now one quilt top!!


Since I plan on using this as a blanket, I am thinking adding on a wider border to make it larger. I know I want a red border, but am also exploring more options! I think a trip to the fabric shop is in order!! 




Thanks for visiting~~ Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A New Year!!!

Happy New Year everyone!!!! 

It has been a hectic few month with work and all the holidays. As a result, progress on my stitching has been slow, but I finally put in the final stitches on March last night. Another cute design!!! This series just never stop to amaze me~


A quarter of stitching is done!!! More to go!!!! Can't wait to start April~


Until next time~