Thursday, April 28, 2016

Handmade Patchwork, Last!

It was around this time eight years ago, I launched my {Etsy store} and back then it was called {Payge Lyra Handmade}, if any of you recalled and a blog under the same name was attached to that. Now, you can't relocated the shop and the blog anymore, since a change was made years back. 

I remember the first sold handmade item was a hand-emoridered dish towel and posted to England then followed more hand-emoridered dish towels then a big commissioned hand-emboridered dish towels arrived and yes, more dish-towels followed. I don't remember how many hand-embroidered dish towels made and sold, but remembered the first year was busy and fulfilled! 

Follow by that little handmade success, I started making some little pouches, kids friendly library totes, and baby quilts, odds and ends commissions. One of the challenge commission request was a toaster cozy that needed to be ready in two days! It sounded so simple, but yet it needed to  paper pattern draft out first then make a sample piece before went on the actual materials.  However, I have truly enjoy all these challenges and night owl days! 

I have never though that one day that I will stop making and selling my works, but I have been thinking about it for last year or so. This self-dilemma talks come and goes from day to day, but yet I continue and keep making what I love to do and keep posting them into the {shop}. This is something that I always feel great and proud about the works made by my own hands fly out to places. I remembered most return customer names and what they purchased. I read through your messages from buyer to seller box each time and appreciated all these encouragements and appreciation from day one the store launched! 

In last eight years, I moved our little family from place to place and so as well the shop with me. It always took great positive energy to build up the blog and shop after every move we made. Putting myself into the public without hesitations and be like a good sales is challenge in some ways! But, the true is that I have grown into an introvert person in past few years. I don't consider myself shy, but just sometimes, it is hard to say it all now! I don't remember how many times, erasing or deleting posts that just spent a few hours on; simply just thinking maybe too silly to share all that.  

Soon, we will be onward to our new journey again.  This time, we are moving cross half of this country, far away! This upcoming move leads me to be serious on all asepcts, could I still be able to put good efforts and positive energy into this small handmade business lately?! 
The answer to that is run down to me is no

After relocate to the new destination, there will be no space for the studio, most of the tools and fabrics will be in containers for a little while. I might not be making for a little while. Then that means, the commitment to making and selling is impossible. 

Last few months, the decision of last making and selling came to me quiet firm. So, I started just making for the shop, almost a way of my little gratuity of farewell handcrafting business that means much to myself.  The last batch of the {patchwork needle-books}, {moon pouches} then {patchwork zippered pouches} and the newest {patchwork style coin pouches} and soon to be reveal patchwork pieces, tomorrow. 

What's next? There is no next for me now! Somehow no plan is a good plan! It would be great for me to continue bring out great works to share around here and continue meeting great makers out there and share bits and bobs of fabric loves! 

It truely has been a great and the best eight years of running a small handmade patchwork business, but now I will take a long patchwork making pause from here! I will probably feeling lost of this achievement, but yet it is time to so do!  

{Thank you} to all the encouragements and supports over the last eight years! Oh, I hope you know what I mean, {Thank you}!!  

The last batch of zippered pouches are ready for you to preview now and they are ready in the shop. 
Tomorrow, I'll be making last post of patchwork pieces that I have been working then that would be all the patchworks from now. 

::Welcome to Spring 2016 Patchwork Pouches Preview::
I would love to give you a little preview on the newest patchwork zippered pouches. This time, I have made some coin pouches as they are perfect and great for spring and summer day to the local ice cream shop or farmer's markets, a coffee date with girl friends in the town/city. 

Patchwork Pouch {Penny}
As a Denyse Schmidt fan, this pouch is made with all DS fabrics, only! This pouch is like a little fabric gallery of DS prints. It is hand-quilted and added on a leather pull embellishment to add on classic look of the pouch and a little extra fancy. 

Patchwork Pouch {Miss Liv}
This pinks and blues pouch is the ever BEST selling color combos! This pouch used some of really spring and sweet colors. These is an extra cotton lace embellishment on the pouch body front and back to make zakka look. 

Patchwork Pouch {Miss Jul}
Another zakka style pouch. This pouch features the daffodil yellows and greens. I called these yellow prints doffdial joy yellows. These are the soft and elegant yellows that I have been collecting whenever I travelled oversea. This pouch also have added the cotton lace in the front and back as gentle embellishment on the pouch. 

Patchwork Pouch {Miss D}
Black is not the poplar theme or color, but I always like to add one unusual colors into previews. There is always someone who is looking for a certain style and colors. I though It would be a nice to add on an unusual color/theme into this collection.  

Patchwork coin pouch- {Megan} 

These patchwork coin pouches are made with the idea of a Spring and Summer quick trip/stop to the ice cream shop, quick meet up with friends in local cafe, or weekend Farmer's market. These coin pouch is perfect size for the quick trip out and about. All the zipper is metal zipper, so it is secure and easy pull.  rints

 Patchwork Coin Pouch- {Sophie}  

 Patchwork Coin pouch- {Lucy}  

 Patchwork Coin pouch- {Liz}

 Patchwork Coin Pouch- {Ann}  

Dumpling pouch- {Summer} is one of my favorite pouch pattern around the studio! I keep a few around the sewing basket. One is for storing sewing foot, one is for all the digital chips and cards.  These are just handle to have around

Patchwork Dumpling- {Karen} I always like working with contrasting sewing methods. The previous dumping pouch is machine quilted, but this one is hand-quilted.  What is the difference between two pouches? The hand-quilted pouch is always softer than the machine quilted and extra handmade touch to it.

To keep this a shorter post, you can find and view few more pouches in the shop listings. I hope you've enjoyed today's preview and stay turn for the next and last preview, which is coming up on
tomorrow, April 29th, 10:00a.m. CST

Hope these patchwork handmade piece might be one of the coming up mother's day gift to you love ones. If you like to send out this as a gift to a different address, please let me know in the buyer to seller's box.  All the handmade piece is places in none-toxie glassine paper that custom sewn to fit for each piece.

Tomorrow I shall return to for another full post of last bits and bobs patchwork handmade!




  1. Chase, I hope that all goes well with your move. I have to say that I'll miss seeing your patchwork projects. You are always such an inspiration to me!

    1. Thanks, Heidi! Thank you for checking in and always be encouraging!

  2. I sincerely hope you do not stray from Blogland for too long. You will be missed. Good luck on your next adventure.

    1. I'll keep posting here from time to time and keep sharing little bits and bobs! Thanks for checking in and I'll take the Good Luck you send over! cheers!

  3. All the best. Please keep us entertained through your Instagram instead. No need to say much but pretty photos is good enough to inspire us!

    1. Yes! For all that! I'll keep doing what I love and stay true to this compassion! Thanks for checking in!

  4. Chase, I truly hope you don't completely abandon blogging, making, and selling. I love your little patchwork pieces. You could have a hand project going during the move, like EPP or just hand quilting something. And good luck with with your move!

    1. Thank you for checking in. I plan on keep blogging, but the making for selling would be a long pause from here! You are so right! There are few projects will be along on this big new journey to keep me up. Until then, I will keep little project aside! cheers!

  5. Meh! It is what it is...if it is time to move on from crafting and blogging then good luck on your next pursuit. Life often times calls us to move in different ways...sometimes the fun is in just not knowing what is around the bend. Here's to wishing you all the best luck in the world. P

    1. Thanks for the good luck and thanks for checking in for us! :)

  6. Good luck with your new adventure Chase. I will miss seeing all your beautiful work. I hope you will still be able to do some handwork for your own pleasure.💟💟💟

  7. Good luck with your new adventure Chase. I will miss seeing all your beautiful work. I hope you will still be able to do some handwork for your own pleasure.💟💟💟

  8. Excited for you, Chase and wishing you lots of happiness and fun with the new adventures ahead. Will keep you and Stella in my thoughts and hope your move goes smoothly!

  9. Dear Chase, Its hard to me read that this going to be your last Etsy store activity, well I still hoping this won't be long and you still can do as you love to do the other hand I wishing you a good luck with your new journey, hope you won't get stress or overwhelm with the process of moving .. take one step at the time my dear.. and please keep in touch no matter where you go..

  10. I hope you will still be HERE!!!! I have followed you for so long Chase. I have a hard time keeping up with all my favorite makers due to work, and family commitments. You are such a beautiful person...A hard worker, a real artist, a strong Mother. I wish you ALL THE BEST in your future endeavors.

  11. Chase good luck with your move! I have truly enjoyed reading your blog.. I have loved seeing your beautiful projects. Enjoy


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