Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring patchwork and so on!










It feels so unreal that I stepped away almost a month! I've had been busy for all the musical drives and extra hours at work, but all is settle till the end of the May. Spring break was fabulous; road trips were so needed! Just getting fresh air and seeing different part of this county was a blessing break for me! Of course, everything was still in different shade of browns and more brown! My imperfect vision said, there are some "greens" on the tree tops on that I-35 South direction; believe me, I really see a bit of tiny green waved to me...! Oh, maybe just an imagination! The weather was unbeatable; in the 70's! Then all last week it went back to gloomy, rainy, and in cold 30's again. Oh! I was just down and with a spring cold! It felt that fully charged battery went so-long again! It is hard to get back, but I am slowly making my way back!

So Hello, my friends!

I could only said that Spring is a hard season for me! It feels like riding in a roller coaster with all the sunshine weather in a day then all the sudden back to the cold and dark ally! Oh, maybe enough talk about this weather! I am a little cranky about this weather lately! Please, excuse me for this, not so me!

It feels great that I finally decided on a new patchwork tote for myself! It would be a tote for all must to take while waiting in the musical lessons; such as books to read, all the sewing tools, extra chocolate cookies and patchwork pieces.  I simply couldn't decided if I should hand-quilted this tote the other day! It is a slower process, but the outcome is one-of-a-kind! I must say I knew I would go for hand-quilting, but needed a little extra encouragement from friends! So, my IG friends really supported me on the hand-quilting! This time, I added a lightweight muslin in the back, so that is three layers cloth for hand-quilting! It is hard on the fingers, but I use a leather thimble to help me to get through the thick seams. After years of hand-quilting experiences, I have gotten comfortable with hand-quilting heavier materials. My new favorite hand-quilting needle is Clover #12. It is the shortest needle for hand-quilting, but it does a magic job!  It really held the stitch nicely especially with thick cloths.   If you are interesting in hand-quilting here is the {About Hand-quilting tutorial} that I have post.

Each time, when I see the back of the hand-quilting stitches on the white cloth my heart always skip a beat of two! Yes, someday, I want to hand-quilt a whole cloth quilt! I actually have been searching the patterns, but just can't find the one that speaks to me! Something really traditional and lots feathers for sure! I like to find some original patterns from the 50's. Oh, would be nice if they are printed on the cloth! Yes, printed!

There are a few projects have been bring back on the table again! My small goal is finish them before start anything new, but it is a hard one to keep; but I am trying! S' birthday quilt is not ready to show and tell, so does my half-sandwhich quilt. It needs more fabrics to be cut! My another small goal is get up to the speed again, but it is a hard one to get going; but I'd say I am keeping my chin up and hope soon this self-talk would go away soon!

I have not forget that promised you all with a cloth organizing post! I did take a lot of photos, but I am not satisfy with any of them! It would be so Blah if I do show you! So, I plan on retake photos and get them all nice and edit! I hope soon to show and tell! I promise it would be a good one because after taken the first round photos, I have no idea I have so many fabrics!
                                                                                                                   Yes, we quilters all say that! 

xxc

7 comments:

  1. So great to hear from you, Chase! You not alone - this very long arrival of spring has all of us frustrated! We're still getting snow flurries!! We are all just done with the cold! I love your hand quilting and can't wait to see the finished tote. I have only hand quilted a small, wall quilt many years ago - I admire your patience!! Spring will get here eventually and will lift our spirits. Til then, please blog as often as you can! You have very loyal fans.

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    1. Happy Spring, Beth! Oh! It's been nice over here! I will send my sunshine over! :)

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  2. aaw, glad you back to writing again.. always nice to read your blog. Your hand stiches always impress me, Chase .. beautiful, so neat.. can't wait to see what you going to make, little pouch perhaps ? or needle books ? I keep guessing ..

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    1. It will be a tote and hope it is big enough to carry all the items! :)

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  3. Glad you are back with us again. Your stitching looks so perfect.

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  4. This is going to be just beautiful Chase! It is still quite cold and snowy here...ugh...I want it to be SPRING so badly...but it is coming!!! My snowdrops and crocus are up! It always amazes me that they can push their little heads up right through the snow!!! and I saw my first robin yesterday!!! Do you use a herra marker to mark your quilt tops?? Just wondering! I saw the indent...I just bought one, and I am excited to try it out!! Thank you for posting...I always look forward to seeing you...XO

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    1. Yes! I used Hera Maker from Clover! It is a great tool for quilting. It gives nice line marking and doesn't damage the cloth! Thank you! I

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