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



  1. Hi Chase! Good to see you again, and the bread looks lovely! I do understand if you want to make some changes, as a need for more privacy for other family members. I am gratwful though that you will continue to share your creative journey, and the gorgeous things you sew.thanks from Gunilla in a snowy white Sweden

  2. Chase, I have enjoyed these many glimpses of S growing up and will miss those, but you are a fantastic mother and you of course will put her needs first. I'm so glad you will continue blogging. Your work is unique and charming and inspires me. Happy New Year to both of you from Audrey in Tennessee!

  3. Wonderful to see you back. I've been struggling with the privacy thing for my kids lately too and recently decided to post less about them. I started out blogging to share our life with my parents far away, but they are a little closer now and it seems less appropriate to put these dear ones out there. Thanks for sharing all that you do and I look forward to reading what you share.

  4. Glad you are back--and look forward to more sewing, quilting etc. I love all of your projects. I think leaving Stella out is a good idea--too many perverts out there. Some other blogs focus too much on their children, too many photos, too much personal information. Good decision. Bring on the sewing.

  5. So happy to see you are back! I ,too, am looking forward to the sewing, crafting, and creative posts. This post was just as lovely as I would have expected....thank-you! I am glad to see that you decorate with the small flower pots of spring bulbs...I do that too! Welcome back and this post wasn't at all of your best posts yet!
    p.s. I am really glad to hear you are making this blog more about yourself and your creative side...a really good decision in my humble opinion.

  6. i discovered your blog sometime in december, and just when i got into the habit of checking 1/4"mark..... there is was...gone!!! glad you had a great Christmas and New Year!!
    good to see you back at bloggerville... and i'm looking forward to seeing and enjoying your creations again.

    about the privacy of stella, you shouldn't apologize for that. privacy is just that, private and we're all entitled to it.

    Happy New Year!!! and i look forward to 'seeing' you on a regular basis.

  7. Your photographs are so charming and make your blog a pleasure to see and read! Blogs can evolve!

  8. Dear Chase, Happy New Year! :) I am really happy to see you again! And btw: I have no problem with your decision!!! I will always happy to see your craft room full of colors :)
    Have a nice time! Jola

  9. Chase,

    Thanks for another inspiring post. I think it is a good decision to give Stella her privacy. I look forward to hearing about your creative journey!

  10. Welcome back! Glad to hear you had a restful, productive and enjoyable break. I too had trouble cutting into my favourite fabrics or the fabric bundles but I have learnt that there will always be new favourite fabrics that come along. I now cut them up and enjoy them more in a quilt. We truly understand keeping Miss S private. You are a good Mum and her welfare and safe being is the most important thing you can give her after giving her all the love that you do.

  11. I am SO happy to see you here again Chase! Your pictures are SO cheerful...and lovely! I LOVE how beautifully organized your sewing space is!! Looks like you are off to a wonderfully productive start to the new year! In this new age of SO much information, I feel we only connect with people who are likeminded...and inspire us! After all...Out of the THOUSANDS of blogs out there..your little space here has always been a draw to me....I completely understand your decision to provide little Stella with more privacy! My Zach is now 11, and he really doesn't like me sharing his pictures too much! He feels a bit embarrassed by having his Mom talk so much about him! We are proud Mama's but adolescents need to grow in their own direction and interests:) As long as you are here, I will always be happy to visit! Happy New Year my dear friend..XXXOOO

  12. love .. love your story :) love love love your pictures .. so inspiring . hope you guys always fine


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