Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Have you heard?

This post  fabric provided by {Westwood acres liberty lawn club} 

Have you heard about the {Give me Liberty Club Inspiration Blog Hop} kick off today? Amanda from {Westwood Acres Fabric} is sharing her sewing tips with Liberty Tana Lawn fabric on her {blog} today.

Beginning of the February, I received an email invitation from Amanda to join the {Give me Liberty Club Inspiration Blog Hop}. Amanda has a few options on the fabric cuts, I decided went with small cuts, but more print options of Liberty Lawn fabric. I recevied a great range hand- picked 40 fat sixteenths from Amanda. You think what can you do with fat sixteenths { 9"x11"}? Oh! You are going to be surprised that you actually can do a lot with these small cut fabrics! It is perfect for patchworking and perfect for small projects {Another patchwork dress for Maggie?}

So you might wandered what is Liberty Tana Lawn fabric?
As I was browsing the web and found a very nice written post by {The Vintage Traveler}. Within this post, the author gave a in-depth overview of the history and Liberty Lawn.  I particular like the softness and the colors that Liberty Lawn uses. The liberty colors are unique and has nice color definition on each prints. The texture is so soft and perfect for hand-sewing. Not to mentioned that they have some lovely collection from the classic children stories and Hello Kitty prints. Here is the {clip} that you can watch how they produce their fabric in their factory.

Westwood Acres Fabric has a wonderful {Libery Tana Lawn Bundle Club}. It is a great way to start a small collection of Liberty Tana Lawn and a way to add some special cloth into stash!

With all the 40 prints that I received did you know what colors or prints I went with? It was a hard decision to start with. I have a tutorial all ready for you on this coming Friday. Meanwhile, please check out the other bloggers who participated in this Blog Hop

{Give me Liberty Club Inspration Blog Hop}

February 24th: Kick Off! A Crafty Fox 
February 25th: Astrid at Red, Red Completely Red
February 26th: Svetlana at Sotak Handmade
February 26th: Andy at A Bright Corner
February 27th: Chase at Quarter Inch Mark   <---- me!
March 1st: Emily at Simple Girl Simple Life
March 2nd: Ashley at Film In The Fridge
March 3rd: Lee at Freshly Pieced
March 4th: Audrie at Blue is Bleu
March 5th: Amanda at A Crafty Fox

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A coat with all the patchworking

A few days ago, I managed to finish Maggie's patchwork coat. Oh! It was a lot of thinking how to line the lining inside and lots hesitations! I ended up machine sew the neckline and the bottom of of the coat then hand-stitched the sleeves. Originally, I wanted to add the Peter pan collar, but the neckline turned out smaller than I could handle, then I decided to leave it as how the pattern described.  I just need to add a set of snaps on the coat opening to finish this patchwork coat!

I love how sometimes, I can work something small and still enjoy a bit of the sewing process. My sewing with quilts' mojo is very low, but still is there! I have't been able to spend hours just sew without interruptions lately. I still am working on the birthday quilt, slowly. But now it seems not in such a rush and hurry anymore! Each day is a little patchworking here and there! Oh, I think hope in May the quilt top will be done!

Oh! many of you ask for the organizing fabrics. I might be the wrong person for this, but I will write up a post to share how I organized mine around here! It is nothing fancy, but very old fashion way! Oh! I expected some laughs and good giggles from many of you!

Weekending is happening here and it is another gotta run weekending!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cloth Lover !

 {Kumiko Fujita:Rainbow text prints}

 {Lecien: basic dots}

 { Love Osaka}

 {Sugar Flower}

 {Personal 1st stash from 2006}

 {DS collections}

{Feedsack Fabrics}

Are you cloth lovers? I think 99.999999999999% who visit here, are!  I hope you'll like this post today. I have been wanting to challenge myself to write this post for a very long time! I hope at the end you can share your two cents with us!

I have stashes that have been sitting around for a very long time. When I finally have my own studio space last summer, I realized my stashes are very big! I will never compared to other people, but to myself! It has been growing and will continue to grow! I really don't want to fill the shifts, but the empty space is getting less month after month.

Recently years, I've getting into different idea about colors, patterns and designs on the cloth. Each year seem more simplify and clearly knowing what really I would repeat using the same print from project to project. So lately, I narrow down to a few thoughts on my notebook and I'd love to share with you!

Do you go with designer only? 
I do! I have almost all the Denyse Schmidt fabrics and continue to purchase her fabric line as she releases! I love the retro and classic colors that she uses. Of course, all the stories behind her each fabric lines is really attache to me. The charm and the colors always plays well with other fabrics as well. However, I rarely use them!  I am so afraid one day I will run out! So the true is I used to purchase a full yard bundle and plus a fat quarter bundle. The fat quarter bundle is to play with and the full yard bundle is to keep!I called myself the royal fan!

Do you get peer pressure when you buy fabric? 
Oh! I am not really  actully a peer pressure buyer! Although,  I don't really have friends to sew with or shop with, but I have many Instagram friends would show their stashes when they have acquired new stash  I always ask questions when they share their new stash. Maybe simple question like do you like the new line? how's the color? how's the cloth texture?  When I see the same fabrics flowing around everyone's photo. I start do a little research on the colors and the designs then I would go ahead purchase some prints.

What kind of fabric attract to you?
If you ask me a few years earlier, I'd say anything Denyse Schmidt. I probably didn't realized what fabric designs and colors that I am attached to until 3 years ago. I was getting fabric that think I must have at the time. I wasn't a picky buyer! Now, I am attracted to fabrics that have nice contrast in colors and simple designs. Since the earlier stashes that I purchased likely are in large prints. It is hard to do the fussy cuts, play with paper-piecing and hard to see the nice design of the fabric when the face got cut in half.

Do you buy a full line fabric anymore? 
Yes! But not always! It is hard to keep the fabric budget when try to buy the full line of fabric. If you have noticed that the fabric price has gone up so much in last few years. When I first started I paid $7.25 a yard and now it is $11.25 in retail store or you could find some online store for $10.50 or $10.75 a yard. But the true is, it will not stop me getting new fabrics! I look at getting new fabric as investment to my works. I always need new colors in the stashes and there will always be one of the colors that I have been looking for. I don't remember when was the last time purchased the full line of fabric, but have eyeing on few collections that recently released. I really like a few fabric shops out there that are selling fat eighth bundles, fat quarter bundles. I could get a taste of the fabric line before invested big money into something that might not work later. There's always more "want" than "need"!

Where do you buy fabric? 
99% of the stashes I have is purchased are from online shops. Yes! There are many oopys purchases! There are time when I received the fabric is not what I thought from the listing descriptions or the cut is funny! Sometime the half yard is cut in 17"wide rather than 18" wide or the fabric isn't being handle nicely! Likely I step away that shop. I've always wish I could live in a city that runs many great fabric shops. The  only time I could shop in an actual fabric store is when I travel during the summer! I always make a stop or two in the local fabric store and just get a fat quarter; sometimes, I could get a few prints if the store carries great collections. I do wish to build the stash in the shop rather than in the computer monitor.

Is it worth to collect feedsack? 
It is a very hard question to answer! I say Yes to cloth lovers who likes vintage look and uniqueness. Feedsack fabric is hard to come by these days. The price is very high if you purchase from some online shops! I have been very lucky, since I lived in many small towns and was able to discovered feedsack in the thrift stores from time to time!  I also have friends who are feedsack lover as well and they live around the world. They often kindly share their treasure with me and it helps to build the collection. Feedsack fabric do carry its own distinct colors and patterns that the reprint fabrics cannot mimic. They also have nice textures and the history that come with it.

Do you like the fabric world now?
Yes more than No! I like the how each designer come with their own personal collections and expended their concept into the next collections. I also like being able to have options!  Recent years, mix and match is very popular! I love to see everyone's mix and match in their quilts, bags, patchwork, clothes. I think that's where the personal creative start! The No part would be; Gosh! I can never catch up with so many great prints! Again there's always more "want than need". I try to be careful with all the new fabric shopping! It is easy to go on hundred of dollars if not careful planned!

What's your fabric shopping cart looks like?
I have a few shopping carts that fill with fabrics that I "want"! However, there are more window shopping than actually purchasing now. It is nice to be able to see all the want fabric together!This year, I try to be a picky shopper when purchase fabrics now! I have been going with more basic designs, small scale prints, and colors that I have almost none such as oranges, purples, browns, greens. I even have add a few charm packs to the shopping cart and thinking maybe I could start with a charm pack and to see the colors and texture in person before inquire the large bundle, so I won't feel bad if I purchased the full bundle and wasn't quiet the same.

Last, Do you like Japanese fabrics? 
Yes! I do! Some of the Japanese fabrics come with very rich colors. I can't stop tell you how much I love Suzuko Koseiki's collections. I love the finest fabric texture that she uses in her fabric.  If you have noticed that many American designers have used Japanese fabric printing company to print their fabric collections! Yes, the quality is great and I like how all the fiber woven has not flaws in them so far! It seems like some of the Japanese fabric price has marked higher than other fabrics. It is roughly $4-4.5 a fat quarter ( Also could seen some are priced at $5.00, but I have seen $3 a fat quarter 30's reproduction in the retail shop. However, I am not encouraging or discouraging on the fabric consuming. I really think it should work on best of your personal need! Sometimes, a little "want!

And you?


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Patchwork delight!

The patchwork delight title should be patchwork delight and with a oopsy! 

I know, lots tiny squares going on and more to come! These hand-quilting pieces are just nice to have around. I can make a few stitches between this and that. Yesterday, as a day off from work. I was able to spend a great afternoon with a cup of tea and enjoy the hand-quilting time. By 7p.m. I had all the 5 pieces done and it felt so great.  Since the assembling part will not take too long to finish up I though I'd have Miss Maggie's patchwork coat done in no time.

Then each patchwork piece got traced with the pattern used erase water marks on then I  sewn the baste line around the marking lines; quickly I cut off the patterns as it is getting close to the end.... Then there's a big SCREAMING! OH MY GOODNESS!! Little did I know I should know better!!!! The right side of the front coat needed to be reversed! I always done that! I always forget to reverse the pattern! Then I tried to fix the right side coat with the crazy idea of patch on more pieces.. it didn't work 't. So I will rework on the right panel of the patchwork coat with a bit self-talking!! It should be good if I start the patchworking tonight and work on the hand-quilting tomorrow. Maybe I will have a patchwork coat to show you next week?

fingers crossed!


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Spring outfit!

Oh, I can't tell you how sweet this little spring outfit is in person! Now, I wish an adult size for myself. I even lined the dress and hand-stitch the neckline, sleeves lines. Maggie is designed by {Alicia Paulson}. I've followed her blog for many years; her mimi and I have the same birthday, only I am so much older than mimi! When Alicia has {Maggie} available in her store, I had to have one. At the time, I lived in N.D. as you might remember Maggie {as a sewing kit} traveled with me from place to place/countries then finally I made her in 2013 winter. She is very special to me! Maybe because Maggie is  the very first softie I made. 

I've always wanted to make a little patchwork dress for her and you know when you have two days off from work. That's the best time to do so! I started the patchwork piecing late yesterday afternoon and continued this morning. I skyped with Fifi and asked her about the sleeves option. She recommend with one piece cloth.  The dress is lined with Oxford cloth, which is super soft and lovely to work with.  Since the sleeves ends are so small to fit to the sewing machine. I hand-stitched them and also the neckline.   Guys! It is super adorable! I want one now! 

There's a set of blue and green patchwork ready for hand-quilting. Yes! I am making a spring patchwork coat for Maggie!  Oh, I really can't wait to get that going tonight! 

If you have not heard. Elnora and her friends have been hosting the #scrappylobcabinQAL over Instagram. There are already so many lovely photos and lovely quilts put together! It really take no time to make one! I have my stripes cut into 1.25", so I could have smallish blocks.  This is such a nice side project for me while I am working on the birthday quilt. 

Until then I will be working on the spring coat and little bit more chat next time! Something that I have been wanting to write for so long! 


update: I just wanted to wave to the fellow new readers from Taiwan! Hello! 台灣的朋友你們好! 我是台灣,台南人! :) 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Slowly Simplify

Hello! Hello! heLLo! hEllo! Happy New Year, Friends!

There will never a "best" time to return to this space! It took me awhile to publish this post. Last few days, I have been typed a few lines then I clicked delete.. then repeat... repeat.  It might be post that will disappoint you, but I think it is time to do so.

Around here-
We are still organizing around here! Good news is that all the boxes have been unopened and organized! We ended up recycled many papers and little projects collected over the years! I ordered boxes and sorted by the year. There's a new folder called Dear Mom! It is the folder that collected all the letters from S and you bet, all the letter started with Dear MOM! We laughed together as we read all the letters together! Oh, you probably have not idea how many troubles S had when she was a little one!

Good time-
I quiet so proud of myself as I went through all the boxes in the sewing studio; organized all the trims ( total of 3 boxes}, pins (total of 8 boxes), patterns (two repeated), separated craft supplies and sewing supplies! We moved most all the craft supplies downstair, so it would be easier to access to. The New Year time was busy; cooking, reading, watercoloring, lettering, chatting, and laughing! S and I both agreed and miss our "work room" space that we have had for years! A space where we used to craft, chat, snack, laugh, or just being slight together. We decided to find a bigger table and recreate the "work room" space in our dinning room this summer! Well, we are thinking about this {table} or this {table}. If any of you have it. I'd love to learn how you like or dislike it.

Fabric talk-
Talking about fabric! The stash is pretty messy now as I have started working on S' 11th birthday quilt; they are everywhere! The plan is reorganize the stash after finish the quilt, but I know it will always  stay clutter as I pull them out! It is always nice to discover a print that I've been saved for years and finally able to cut a piece out ( I always worry that I would run out, do you?). Oh, I think it is time to buy prints rather than the full fabric line! I always have hard time to cut through the full bundle of fabrics. Do you?

Winter days-
Between now and then we have done some winter drives to visit our friends that lived out in the countryside. We've discovered some nice neighborhoods and historical houses during our drives. Have you noticed the daylight is getting longer these days? The PEFECT sunset time is 5:05 5:12p.m. Last two three Fridays, on our way to music lesson I purposely drive slowly, so we could watch the sun sets on the horizon line! I have to say the best sunset time of the year is closed to the end of January. It is warm and fuzzy and quiet lovely actually!

Back at it-
The kitchen oven and stove are often on this winter season! I have been back to the bread making business! Six months after moved in our new home, I found the oven is nice and trust worthy on the temperature setting now.  We made a batch of cheese bread sticks and used the leftovers batter for simple braiding bread.  I devoured a whole braid bread while waiting the soup that night! Butter, is the key ingredient!

Birthday Quilt-
The process of the birthday quilt is So so so so Slow! The squares are cut into 2.5"x2.5". According to the calculator I only need 2304 pieces of 2.5"x2.5" and 64 sets of 36 patchwork.  After all the math and the actual process, I came up with a new plan for the backing. Of course, I have already ordered all the backing fabric during the holiday time. The backing will be quiet fancy unlike the last one; simple! I can't wait to show you the complete quilt when I have it ready! This is probably the most difficult quilt to put together so far as we are going through lots changes around here. I keep cheer myself up and hope I could have the quilt top ready on time!  Oh, the longer daylight will help as well!

January always seems so slow and long! However, this year has been going faster for us! After all the holiday rushes we always look forward a slower month to recap and just slow down! This year we started to journal on our planners, making simple notes on the daily events. A word to describe the day or a simple drawing to free up the lines on the pages!  We have missed receiving hand-writing letters in the mailbox.  A serious hand-writing letters is going on! We've mailed out many snail mails  since New Year and more to write and post! Oh, we hope to surprise some of our friends and families this year!

Winter Pause- 
This winter pause has been wonderful! So many accomplishments around here, not just organizing all the belongs. I also completed a few custom quilts and little bit of this and that sewings! S has been preparing her music festival that's coming up very soon! We've been listening the Concertro No.2 over and over together! Then we played some Jazz music then back to Conertro No. 2 again. There are times are hard to keep the little hands going as there are more music measure to polish up and room to grow. It is harder now as the music pieces are longer and challenger! It seems like after all that challenge stages everything will fall together again! I often see S gains great confidences and mature from all the experiences and struggles. We've talked about a little celebration after all the musical month that's coming up and yes, the birthday celebration as well! She has already received a birthday package and waiting nicely for the big day to arrive!

This is the first post in 2015 and the last post for quarter inch mark life style sharing post! It has been in my mind for quite a while about sharing this journey of ours with you. I truly {thank you} come here and followed us throughout the years. Taking your time to read about S and I's journey and cheering us up in many manners. As you know, each blogger shares their post within their comfort zone and I am not an exception. It is hard to make this decision, but it is time!  I hope you don't mind to let S stay behind this space. Our journey will carry on, but will keep in private for now on! I'll continue blogging and sharing all the sewing fun, patchworking, fabric loves, and of course tutorials with you! I will be using a lot more I, me, mine, my and less we, us, and ours. I hope you don't mind this decision! I surely will miss having S around here at the blog, but I think she would appreciate so much having the privacy!

Maybe you didn't get a chance to recheck on the {last post}. I have updated the half triangle quilt information awhile back. This is the update:  Many of you have asked about the {half triangle quilt}. As I mentioned in the post that the pattern is found from Patchwork Tsushin, a Japanese quilting magazine that I subscribed last year. The pattern was found in the June, 2014 issue. page 63. Due to the legal copy-right issue. I cannot share the pattern in this space ( Sorry, but it is illegal take someone's work and claimed as mine). I did work on my own measurement for the quilt blocks.  Thank you for understanding~

Have a great weekending