Wednesday, August 26, 2020

I See Dragonflies~

I've always have a thing about dragonfly patterns, so when I saw this one, I just couldn't resist. Dragonflies always remind me of summer, which makes this a perfect summer project. I'm glad I finished it just before summer ends~ 

Pattern: Olympus Sashiko patterns
Thread: Olympus Sashiko variegated cotton floss 
Fabric: Natural Linen 
Size: 12" x 12" 
Beginning Date: 06-15-2020 
Completion Date: 08-24-2020

I used a variegated thread on this pattern, and I love how it turned out~ It just give this pattern a bit more playful feeling, bringing it alive.

Since I have a little break from work, I finally can start on my airplane quilt for my nephew. This quilt have been in my head for a while. I have some idea of what I want it to look like, and now I can finally put it into action. Here is the color scheme I am thinking, may not use all of the fabrics but I like to keep my options open.

Then I made templates for my airplane block, and even made a test block. The colors are great, but for some reason, the edges doesn't all line up..... plus the block is half an inch bigger, which in this case, is a good thing, so I can trim down the uneven edges.

So I guess more cutting and sewing and experimenting for me!!!  How fun!!!

Monday, July 13, 2020

A Butterfly~

A few weeks ago, I saw this material pack online and fell in love with its beautiful design!! I immediately signed up for the class to make this clasp purse. This is my first time trying to make one. You would think such a tiny thing would be a easy project, but oh boy!!! There are so many details involved!!! I'm so glad I signed up for the class instead of trying to make it at home by myself. It would have been a disaster!!! With a little bit help from my instructor, here is my tiny butterfly purse~ Can you tell the butterfly is actually 3-dimensional?

Pattern: Designed by Sophia Yu
Completion Date: 07-07-2020

I have to say I struggled a little bit when putting it together, and it was not as perfect as the one my instructor made, but I still think it is very lovely~ Would I try to make another clasp purse? Um... Maybe not anytime soon.... Or until something catches my eye again!!!  ;-)

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Trying Something New!

I have been trying out stitching Sashiko patterns recently, starting from the most traditional, easiest patterns to the more temporary, more complicated ones. They came in kits which are pretty handy!! Great for beginners!!!

These patterns seems pretty simple, but actually it was quite difficult to make them perfect. Especially the one at the upper right corner, it was a big challenge to make the crosses and squares line up perfectly. But in the end, if not looking too closely, they are not so bad~

Pattern: Olympus Sashiko patterns
Thread: Olympus Sashiko cotton floss 
Fabric: Natural Linen 
Size: 4" x 4" 
Beginning Date: 03-10-2020 
Completion Date: 06-12-2020

I made these stitches into coasters with different backing fabrics for each pair, I think they turned out pretty nice!!

I really like the looks of these Sashiko patterns. I think there will be more to come in the future~~~   

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Hanging in There!!

Hello my crafty friends, I hope everyone is doing well in these difficult times. This pandemic all over the world has really affected our daily lives, and I truly hope it will be over soon. Although this coronavirus has just been hitting hard in Europe and America, we have been facing it since late January in Asia. Being so close to China, we have been prepared and fighting to keep this disease from spreading in Taiwan. I have to say our government is doing a pretty good job. We have kept a very low rate of infected people in Taiwan for almost two months. Even now with the numbers growing more rapidly because of the worldwide spread, almost 80% of the cases are travelers who are coming back home. We still go about our daily lives, just with more cautious. Seeing all the chaos in the world, I am really grateful I am in Taiwan right now. Very proud of our country!!!!

Because of the disease, masks are very precious right now. Thanks for the quick response of our government, we are still able to get 3 surgical masks every week. To protect myself and others, many people like me use masks when in public transportation and confide small spaces (like the elevator). So to extend the use life of the mask, face mask cloth pockets become very popular here. Just wash the cloth pockets everyday and you can reuse the surgical mask 2 to 3 times. Plus, these colorful cloth pockets looks way prettier and happier than the surgical masks, won't you say?!

These are cloth pockets that you can put your surgical mask in so you can reuse the mask for several times.

I also tried a 3D mask pattern. 

I just saw this face mask tutorial from the Fat Quarter Shop website. They look darn cute!!! There are all kinds of mask patterns out there right now, some you can put filters in, just Google it!! Now is the time to put are crafty hands in good use!!! 

We are all in this together!!! Stay safe!!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Finally Finished!!!

After almost two and a half years, I have finally put in the last stitches of the Joyful World!!!! I did the whole piece over 1 and adjusted the boarder to keep the finished piece petite, I love how it turned out!!!

Pattern: Snowflower Diaries “Joyful World SAL” 
Thread: DMC 
cotton floss 
Fabric: 28ct Natural Linen 
Size: 13” x 7.75” 
Done in two over One 
Beginning Date: 09-03-2017 
Completion Date: 03-01-2020

Here is December, love the deer in the snow!! This design is so December!!! And here are some highlights from this piece.

This was such a joyful piece to stitch, thank you Snowflower Diaries for designing these cutest patterns and offer it for free!!! One chapter closed. What should I do next?

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Almost There!!!

Hello my dear friends, it has been a while! Sorry for my absence, between projects due and family affairs, it seems that every December and January are the busiest time for me!! Now that Chinese New Year holiday is over, things are starting to get back in order.  

Despite this hectic period, I managed to finish two blocks of my Joyful Would!!! Meet October and November!!!

Now just one more block to go!!!! Can't wait to finish this project!!!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

September Block and a Little More~

It took me a while, but another block finished!!! I really like these owls!!! I think they are pretty cool~ Three more blocks to go!!!!

I also made this baby quilt for a friend of mine~  I used this self binding baby blanket tutorial for this one. It was such a quick and easy fun project.

To give it a little extra, I added a cotton ribbon along the seam. This made the corners a bit tricky, luckily it turned out ok. 

Love the contrasting fabrics~ Hope the little one will like it, too~

That's it for now, thanks for visiting~