Sunday, June 4, 2017

Swift May

may 31, 2017

Last Day of May? I haven't had time to sit down today to write the post before June arrives and now, before intercom buzz I am sitting down with a big glass of water.  I don't have much finish patchwork, but lots work in progress {most of them are waiting for supplies/parts to arrive}. I've also playing a new sewing toy lately, but I'll save it for next post or so. The #cornfieldquilt is coming along really well. I tried to make two blocks a day, but it didn't happen throughout the weeks. It seems like I could only committed to make 4 a week now and sometimes 2, rather than 7 ( and that was the goal). I am hoping to make time and get 16 small blocks into one large patchwork soon! That would really help me to visually to see the quilt top scale and how the arrangement turns out! This will be a heavy quilt, can you tell with all the seams?

Over the long and rainy weekend, I made a rhubarb cheese cake, the best! It was such a trouble finding rhubarb around the grocery stores here. It was always the easiest ingredient for me to get while lived in Midwest. My friends grow rhubarbs in the their yards and I could always ask them if I could pick some and take home!  Oh, it is not the same around the city! I had travelled far away to find them and some grocery store didn't know about it? I found them at the Union square's farmer's market and got a good two pounds of them to take home. I used one pound for the cake and freeze the another pound. I would like to get another two pounds next time when I travel to the city. Rhubarb strawberry crumble just sounds so delicious at the moment, serves in warm with a scoop or two ice cream, yum!

I made a {Travel Outbound Bag} for my sister's upcoming birthday. The pocket print (Heather Ross fabric) was a gift sent from a kindly friend in early April and I had to made the bag right away. I think my sister will love it! It is really her colors and she'll be able to put pouches that made for her, her big planner book and mini iPad and little notes that she likes to wrote on recycled papers.  She will be able travel back to her room with one bag and not hundreds of items in her arms. I plan to stuff  few little gifts inside the bag, so she can find surprises within each pocket.

This week has been spring cleaning week around here. The workroom has been tidy up a little already and also made a list of supplies that needs to replenish soon. I've also been busy getting the apartment tidy as Julie and Peter will be here for a short visit. As there isn't a guest room for our friends, S is kindly offer her room for them and she will be staying in the workroom where the floor is just big enough for a twin size mattress. I just need to keep my eye out and not letting more sewing pins drop on the floor; keep her safe.  I made two pillow cases for them, new clean vintage sheets and just needed get quilts out for them to use while they are here. They've just text, they'll across the G. Washington Bridge... 

...............they are here... 
(post never hit the publish button) that day.. 

June 4th, 2017

 Lower East Side Tenement Museum 

 National September 11 Memorial & Museum 

 Roosevelt Tramway

 Central Part

 Time Square

 Citi Filed 

The time was fabulous together! We visited a few places together and got on the Roosevelt Tramway where we were above the East River and moving towards to Upper East side. We walked a few Avenues over to the Central Park and stopped for New York Style Bagel, yum!

On the Friday night, we made it to our very first ball game ever! It was a lot fun and new experience. Best to that was the free t-shirt Friday, so we each got a little souvenir to bring home. The night was rather chilly, but watching the ballgame from the upper bleacher with big crowd of people really warm up the soul and the cheering for the team made everything just twice fun and laugh!

Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd;
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, 
I don't care if I never get back.
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don't win, it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game.

The time together always went fast and quick!  I had wished they could stay a few extra days, but they had plan on visiting relatives in New England area and more road-tripping for them. Saying goodbye is always hard,since we never know when we'd see each other again. But when we meet again, there is never a distance between the deep root friendships, cheers!

Scrolling down to the last bit of the post photo, you've probably have already guessed! Julie bought these feedsack fabrics in a Missouri Antique shop, for me! These are just really lovely colors in person and needed a gentle cycle of wash soon! I know that I'll getting back to use feedsack fabrics soon! Another appliqué bouquet or little patchwork making?

Julie and I always have so much to catch up about our plans and ideas about things ahead of us. Talks of parenting, talks of trips, talks of food and gardens and much more. Showing her the workroom and now she has good idea what the workroom space is like. She was amazed how small the place is and fitted all things in one room and of course she loves going through the stashes and seeing projects that she hasn't seen since last year. Julie was so happy to see the Farmer's Wife quilt top  as she would get a photo from me weekly on the progress of the blocks last year.

It is hard just type few words out for this special visit that they made to see us, not just friends, but family to us.  I am truly thankful for our Iowa family where here to check us out!

Our weekend also involved a trip to Bookcon in Javits Center. It was such a treat for S from Lisa who kindly sent the tickets to us. We were able to see what new books coming in the Fall and sitting in the panels with authors and getting to know their process of writing books and how they ship characters together... thank you, Lisa

Shop talk-
Thank you for checking out {Forest Hill Embroidery Pattern+ knit bag sewing}. It is a really great pattern to write and I really enjoy getting it out for you. Also thanks to you whom took time to send me Thank you messages and emails about {squares in square template pattern}. Oh, there's close to 800 of downloads, enjoy making them. I'll be making mini version of them here!

It has been a full and accomplished week around here! This time, I am having a little leftover coffee while write the post. Getting it ready and hit the publish button this time!  I'll need to head out soon and get a few wing nut to secure  the carriage bolts, so the sewing machine is not moving dramatically as it got speed up. It has been a minor issue lately and trouble some on some projects.

more soon!




  1. aah, now you must be a Yankees fans :) is always nice to see pictures around you, I wish we can have road trip to NY - I never been there, but this time my daughter want to visit Wyoming .. maybe I can save for next year to see big apple. Hope you are feeling better and enjoy the nice weather in NY :)

  2. What a treat!! Two posts in one! Love the nice to visit friends/family!


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