Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Quiet time


















Do you remember the first time you travel or even school field days? My very first school field trip happened in my first grade and the location was the big green grass inside the school. You might not know that schools in Taiwan has walls and gates around the school property and students access their way within school. I remembered weeks before first school filed trip, I would talked over and over at our dinner time. I asked mother and father if I can buy any treats and bring them to school. Of course, I always asked to be sit still and finish dinner. Likely the same conversation taken over and over next few nights, but I never get the answer if I can buy treats to school. I remembered, maybe was the night before that I asked father again, he smiled and handed me 50 dollars (which is around USD1.50). You might think with all that money what can I get. Actually back then I could buy lots treats and still have changes to send back to father. I remember I bough all my favorite kinds of treats that mother always said, NO! I got two chocolate bars, two small bags of chips, and maybe a bottle of drinks.

Then as I get older school field trip would taken a little further away from the city. The last school field trip was before the high school graduation. It was 4 hours away from my hometown and we got to spend two nights in the local village and had dinners with classmates. It felt quiet growing up at the time and yes, this time father sent 2000 dollars with me, which was about USD 95.  I think I spent USD 10 and bought all kinds of treats; yes, more chocolate bars and more soda pop cans and the rest of changes sent back to father when I returned from the trip.

Oh, believed me this was just the start of my travel journey. I never pictured myself travel so much when I was a kid! I always though I will stay in the house I grew up and lived in that same place till I am a hundred year old. But one thing that I didn't predict is that once you start something fun you never want to see it ends!  I think that description is closer to who I am and how I see life in my little perspective!

As of last week, I put a note for taking long break from the part-time job. I am in preparing of our trip to visit family oversea and needed the time to slow down. I didn't write a long list for what to accomplish or to achieve, but I knew that I like to get half sandwich quilt top done first then the birthday quilt. Oh, how did I not think about the time frame for making the quilt. The half sandwich quilt has total of 100 blocks and involved 800 half triangle squares and plus the trimming. Each day of last week, I was able to sew for 5 hours on blocks then another 2 hours pressing and trimming.  I am so very satisfied when I put all the assembled rows together and gave it a nice gentle press. Oh, it is a huge quilt! The backing will be a fun concept; lots wording for sure!

I hoped to get to S' birthday quilt, but I have trouble to walk away the #mysmallworldqal  {My small world Quilt Along}. You can read all the detail information at Kerry's blog aka {verykerryberry}
The most attractive reason for this quilt that I decided to follow along is the idea of small world that were shared!  After learning this quilt will be all the small piecing throughout I just can't resist! I plan to hand-quilting the entire quilt after the quilt top is completed! Most of all the pattern instructions are so well written. I like how this quilt is break down to sections and parts. It makes so much sense for someone like me; reading instruction step by step. I prepared my blocks by following each part's diagram. I didn't jump ahead and cutting all of them. To be so honest with you. I get confused with all the pieces I just cut! I didn't specifically pull any fabrics out for this quilt, but use some of my favorite prints. I combined some fussy cuts in the window prints and some random cuts. It is nice to make some mixed randomness to the quilt. I plan to apply same to other parts of this quilt as well. Well, it is ok to get clutter around the space once in awhile.

There are also few small accomplishments from the week. I finished two mini dumplings and they are so perfect for the trips and little things. I will be taking one for Fifi aka my sista, so she can put her little things in that. I finished so many patchwork piecing and started quilting them. They are in my backpack now, so maybe I can try to hand-quilt them this time while we are waiting for our flight.

This is actually an unexpected trip as I planned a road trip to West coast this summer, but with all the happening at home. It seems a top priority and important to see family. We'll do the road trip next time. There's always next time and I think the west coast friends will still be there when we come visit.

It has been really challenging two years after graduate school. I am not able to explain some of the disappointments that I have to myself, but I have learned and failed so much since then. Sometimes, I do feel all the people around me are judging me, but I think truly that I am the one put the judge filter in front of my own face. I think that finding self-compassion still on my top of list and getting out of the depression time is important as well. Meanwhile, I will continue create, sew, sell my works, and some patterns for the future. Finding my own voice is important and that new balance I try to keep up is slowly making process! I hope you all will still be here to keep me motivate and support me like you have always been!

The house is all pick up and the last load of laundry has finished this morning! Luggages are packed and the fridge is empty. Since I determined to travel light this time. The laptop will stay home, therefore I will not be able to blog at all this summer until we return. It is a piece heavy hardware to take with me, since I am getting older!  I will be posting  photos via Instagram and you can find me at quarterinchmark or you can check out the photos on the blog sidebar.

I have {The Daffodil Joy Quilt} finished and packed away. The post is scheduled ready for you next week and if time allows, I will get the another post up on the little patchwork tote that I finished for a little friend of mine that I will be meeting this summer.

Meanwhile, I hope you have a wonderful summer:
Soak up so much sunshine as you can!
Drink lots sun tea
Enjoy lots fresh summer veggies and fruits!


On the other hand....

I will be...
-Soak up way too much sun and get burn
-Drink lots bubble tea and get sick
-Enjoy lots summer veggies and fruits and probably ask father if I can stay till I'm a hundred year old
-Get lots Lucky kisses and want to bring him back
-Much cousins time and probably will get into some little troubles since we'll joke badly about our parents
- Best of all, I will be home! And you know "Home is where everyone belongs"!!

I need this, actually {we} all need this!

xxc

p.s As of now, we are probably have boarded our flight to Tokyo Japan. We'll be spend a few days there and yes, that involved fabric shopping, eating good rice, traveling with a child and best of all meeting our special friends!

p.s.s. The {shop} is open and only available for the PDF file patterns as I will not be able to ship your orders while I am away!



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Random: May!




Did you celebrated May basket day? I remember we used to celebrated it when I lived in the small town of Iowa. In that paper basket, there were homemade popcorns, M&M candies, and a piece of homemade sugar cookie and best of all is a little message written on the paper! May used to be a month that seems never swing by fast enough. It always feels so far away when I lived in ND. I was always in layers of clothes by the end of semester and still in layers of clothes at the beginning of the June. Now, here in central south-ish Iowa; windows have been opened, ceiling fans have been spinning, shorts are out and wool blankets are tucked away. Birds are quiet busy talking these days! But all is good!

I can't wait for Sunday to come. I have been adding things to the to-do list. It will be some kind of gardening related projects that I have been fancy to try. Maybe a few planters on the side of the house then plan some tulips for next year. I still give high hopes of some herb pots if I can get any, but don't trust me on this one. I am not a good green thumb, indeed a worse one! Maybe some of you can send your tips on my way! I really need some helps!

After hours of trimming, I finished all the blocks, but you know the true is that I should have waited! I should have waited till I purchase a squared ruler before I started, but it is late! The trimming job isn't too bad, but not perfect! I have been busy pinning them back together and stitch up. The first block looks fine, but really could be better!  On that to-do list also involved a trip to craft store and purchase a squared ruler. I never though I needed one until I started a few projects lately. I think it will help me out with better trimming on the sides. Oh, Yes I get a little bit impatient sometimes!

I have been spinning myself around as well! I am always on the freeway these days! Drive for lots rehearsals and recitals! Oh, I bring all my patchwork pieces with me then sat quietly hand-quilt them. Then I read a few pages of the books that I brought along with, likely quilting books! I am into some vintage patterns lately. Oh, really they are quiet delight to read through. Then I made few more stitches! I bet I would need new prescription for my new glasses this summer!


xxc

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Random: Not sew satisfied



I've been friended with miss Seam Ripper for many hours. Lots ripped off threads are everywhere; upstair, downstair, in the staircase, on studio table and the on the kitchen floor. I will pretend I don't see them until later this week.

I am not quiet satisfied with the outcome of the half-sandwhich quilt blocks for a few weeks. The seams are off on many blocks and it was not quiet right! You know, it is alike to an itch in the back and just kinda need to get it! There are total 40 assembled blocks were ripped apart yesterday afternoon and this morning. That means, lots gentle pressing, accurate trimming and picking tiny threads await for me, but I am sure I will be more satisfy when I have it all assemble together again. Then more blocks to make before it's ready! I plan on making a queen size quilt, so we can all share this quilt together!

Oh! Did you know, I really want to pinch myself after I ripped the seams off? Some of the joined seams are loosing up. Making an extra reenforcement is so important from the past lessons that I've learned!

I will be patching all the seams back and getting they all right this time!


More soon!

xxc

Monday, April 27, 2015

Random: My sewing day


A bit of fabric cutting, pressing, sewing, and of course movie time! How's your sewing day? I can't wait to share the "Daffodil Joy Quit" with you!

xxc

Friday, April 24, 2015

Handmade: Patchwork Pennii Needle-books & Pinnii cushions















You've just landed in {mini Patchwork world}! My name is Chase, I'd be your tour guide for the day!

These Patchwork {Pennii Needle Bookes & Pinnii cushions} are definitely show my recent works obsessions! I am have been working with hues in varies tones and combined with some accent colors.  It is interesting to see the effect after making so many of them! I've enjoyed some of the fabric collections that released in this Spring and enjoyed combine these prints with some of my collected prints. They make a bit of vintage, but fresh look! 

The hand-quilting definitely added a great personal effect on the works. After all the small stitches, the cotton batting has been soften and the stitches added more handmade texture on them. I particularly love the {Spring Song set}, which reminded of a song that has been singing over and over here! 

I am pleased and happy with these {patchwork pennii needle-book & pinnii cushion sets}. They make great sewing tool set during traveling and in your sewing studio. For the inside page, I used 100% wool blended felt page for all sort of needles. It is leaves great room to insert needles even the basting needles. The snap fasten is made with 100% linen and professional installed with metal snap that will give a nice closure. I just love the four leaf clover designer on the snap! It is a nice finish on fasten part. 

There are four sets of {Spring 2015 collection} has been listed up in the {shop} this morning and you'll be able to see the inside finished page look like and more details in the {shop page}

{Thank you so much} for all your {visits} yesterday! It is so hard to describe my feeling about my works are flying out today to your hands! It is really a special moment to learn that you are here for me and my works! I have hard time to write much lately because I keep myself quiet and just work hard! It really helps me to narrow down the long list that I have been struggled myself. A few weeks back I was tagged on Instagram for 20 facts about me and one of fact I shared is I am not a dreamer and believer in hard working.  The there's should be number 21 fact follower after this one: I used to dream big, but failed hard! I learned One step a day now and every little bit of effort counts! 

I can't wait to show you the next patchwork collection that I have been working on! It will be here before I know it! Today, I will be spending rest of the day press seam allowance open and cut more patchwork pieces. Then hope I'll be able to run to the fabric shop to get 1/4" linen piece, so I could finish {City Gym Short}. Oh, it is raining again! I shall turn on the tea kettle and brew a pot of hot tea  now, it is a little chilly! 


xxc 



Thursday, April 23, 2015

Handmade: Patchwork {Love} Zippered Pouches









This is a small limited edition of {Patchwork Love zippered pouches}. It is surely one of my favorite patchwork collection that I handmade for the {shop}. I strived for the fun patchwork concepts! For this limited edition, I tried and incorporated the diamond patchwork piecing with 100% linen! The outcome is perfectly matched well! Elegant and sweet! 

Patchwork piecing and hand-quilting is the signature of most of my works. I have hard time to put all the finishing patchwork pieces onto the machine then assemble up. The hand-quilting process provides extra care of attention to detail; an evident of handmade, which is imperfect in many way! But it really make each of my work as it is! Never can find a second work piece the same! I always pleased when each limited edition closed to the photograph stage; the handmade and the patchwork pieces that I have created is about ready to go out to the world {and nervous at the same time}.

This is a perfect size for traveling and everyday purpose zippered pouch! Lots of time, you'll see me carry mine with SD chips, USB, a few dollar bills, coins and special notes from a sweet person {whom you should have guessed}! 

There are total of five {patchwork love zippered pouches} in this limed edition and I will not produce the same style pouches in the future! I have another three diamond patchwork style pouches will soon to announce. They are onto the final assembling stage, since I have finished the quilting not long ago.

It will be a perfect Mother's Day gift to moms or yourself! Each handmade work from the shop is package with a handmade sewn archival glassine bag then a special handmade {thank you} tag is attached with {quarter inch mark} sticker. If you need to ship this gift to a special someone. I will enclosed a special note for you! All you need to do is leave me a note at "note to seller" box. I'd be happy to make this gift before Mother's Day, within US territory. For international buyers, I can't guarantee the gift will be on time for the Mother's Day, as the international shipping time takes 7-12 days, sometimes it could be longer due to the custom process. However, it is never early or late for gifts from someone!  {I think I am getting a special card this year}!

So, what I have been up to lately? I am getting so closed to finish up the {Daffodil Joy Quilt} then I think I have made my mind on the binding print! Also, I have been working more mini patchwork piecing for the shop and myself! I have more kin-cha-ku coming up, with a bit of fun twist. If you like to make one, pattern can be found {here}. I have been particularly into working with similar hues lately, which will soon to be introduced in next upcoming patchwork limited edition {tomorrow}. 

Thank you for all your support through the shop and here at the blog! You all have been special to me and keep me create and not giving up what I love to do! This  journey has been great with all of you accompanied me!

xxc