Monday, 1 June 2009

Patchwork backpack made of old Jeans

This summer is not a craft summer for me, I spend a lot of time in my front and back yards.
Only after sunset, mosquitoes occupy the yards, I go back to my sewing room and do some craft.
I'm quite pleased with this scrappy look backpack, it was made of an old jean and some 11/2"squares.

inside look
applique the square stripe onto the jeans

make a flip cover

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Cupcake Apron

Yesterday, I spent the whole day on making this apron.

It's quite easy-made. I cut two pieces gingham,sewed together along the shoulder part, then added ruffles along the edges, added 3 pairs of stings on each side, tied the strings together, an apron was done.
I made a mistake when cutting the second piece, it was 3" short. I didn't have enough fabric left to cut another piece, so I added another piece and sewed a decorative piece to cover the seam.

A cupcake was made of cake, butter cream, and a cherry

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Spring in the front yard garden

This is a very busy spring. We finally manage to make a new front yard garden. Hunting for plants, stones and rocks, planting, replanting according to bloom seasons, heights, colors, I found it's quite similar to what I do for a quilting project: hunting for fabric, design blocks... This difference is gardening is really labor work, every night, I slept like a baby.

It's worth all the sweat. isn't it?

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Prepare for Summer

Summer's coming, and I'm ready to go.

Since we took out our tent from its original bag, it has never been packed into that small bag again. It stays in a big plastic bag until now.

It's quite roomy, with all those stuffed in, I think it can hold at least 2 more bath towels.

I've been planning to make an emergency kit bag for a long time. Although I thought about it carefully, I still made a few mistakes. This is the one I couldn't figure out a way to fix without redoing it. The zipper should be inserted between the two layers like sandwich.
I designed the inside part first, many pockets and elastic bands.

inside look, still some room for tweezers, Q-tips, etc.

Oh, the appliqued running ambulance, isn't it cute?

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

cross-stitch sachet

I haven't done any cross stitch for a while. Last week, I found a heart, an unfinished Valentine card. I stitched another piece and made a sachet. It was stuffed with dried lilac buds which were collected from my back yard last spring.

Opposite side, the same

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Heaven Or Hell

I heard a cross stitch joke:

A cross-stitcher was very naughty in this earthly life and didn't go to heaven. At the gates of Hades, she was met by the Devil. "Welcome," he said, smirking at her. "Let me show you around your eternal home."

The Devil led her to a large room that looked uncannily like a large needlework shop. The stitcher blinked her eyes, wondering if what she saw was an illusion. No, it was true. The most wonderful needlework shop she had ever seen was right before her. Still unbelieving, she asked, "Is this real?" "Of course," murmured the Evil One. "Reach out and touch it."

The stitcher was worried that she would be zapped by 1000 volts, but reached out anyway, unable to help herself. IT WAS REAL! "May I look around?" she asked excitedly, all the while thinking, This can't be Hell! This is too good! "Of course," said the Devil. "This is your eternal reward." The stitcher began to survey the particulars of her damnation. There was every chart ever published, including all the ones that were out of print in her lifetime and could never find. There was a full run of each needlework magazine, including all the old ones with the historical examples - and each issue was pristine. She continued to look with wonder. Every thread imaginable was there; silks, cottons, metallics, pearl cottons, over-dyeds, hand-dyeds, rayons and twisted-rayons (Yes, maybe I am in Hell, she thought when she saw those)

Her eyes lit up when she saw the piles and piles of fabrics. There were bolts and bolts of every colour and every type. An array of beautiful thimbles were hers for the choosing, as were scissors and clever needlework gadgets; all organized just as she would have done it on earth.

And there, beside her favorite earthly stitching chair, were all her unfinished projects!

Yes, she thought, you can take it with you. I have all the time I want now. I'm going to finish them at last.

The stitcher's fingers were just itching to get going! She turned to Beelzebub and said, "THIS IS HEAVEN ! ! ! "

"No," he rejoined. "This is Hell.

BUT, the funny thing is when I shared it with my stitcher friends, most of them said it was definitely heaven. They even started thinking what they could use as a needle, a hair for example, or cut of a piece of hard cover to make one, all kinds of crazy ideas.

As for me , I have to admit if it's not heaven, it definitely close. If there were all kinds of quilting fabric, it could be better.

Friday, 20 March 2009

Four seasons slippers

DIY is like weeds, when it starts, you can't stopping it from spreading.

My slipper-making career started from a single felt oak leaf I cut when watching TV. It looked nice, so I started looking for a place to put it. then I saw my old slippers: after decorating, they were going to be nice. But when I tried to glue them, a new idea came up: I could make some new ones.

I ended my slipper-making career by two more fluffy ones.

Friday, 27 February 2009

Fabric tulip Tutorial

Here comes the tutorial for the Fabric Tulips. Hope you'll like it

fabric: pedel-shaped : 3
leave- shaped 2
wire 20gauge 14"
flower tape 13"

Tools: Glue gun

Note: I drew white lines to show where to sew.


Step !: make the stem
A. Stretch the tape gently, after stretch, it becomes a little sticky,
B. Wrap the tape around the wire, starting 1/2" from one end, don't worry about the unwrapped part, it'll be hidden inside the bud.

C. Use pliers to make a loop at the unwrap end

Step 2: make the bud
A. take 2 pieces of the pedal-shaped fabric, right face together, sew one side only, leave 1/4" seam allowance

B. Sew the third piece and the piece made in step A together, right face together,

it should look like this

C. Turn inside out

Step 3: Make the leave
A. Sew the 2 peice of leave-shaped fabric together, leave the bottom open
B.Turn inside out
C. Sew along the edge

Step 4:Assemle the tulip
A. Fold the raw edge of the bud inside about 1/4", stitch it using running stitch, leave 2" thread at both ends.

B. Stuff fiberfill into the bud, and insert the stem into the bud with the loop end inside.

C. Tighten the thread end and use a needle to hide the end into the bud. If it's not tight enough, it's Ok, we can use glue to fix it later.

D. Heat the glue gun, put glue at the bottom of the leave and glue it on the stem

E. Put a little glue here to fasten the stem.

That's it. Enjoy!!!

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Tilited Windmill--- A short cut

Here is the short cut to make tilted windmill, no need to work with triangles. All the measures are good for 5" squares. If you want to see larger pictures, you'll have to click on the picture.

1, make a template like this

A. draw a 3 1/4" square on carton (or paper), you can cut it out now or later.

B. Find the center of the square by draw 2 diagonal lines, the center is where the two lines cross

c. draw a line parallel to borders, passing the center

D.use a protractor to draw a line 57 degree cross the line drew in step C, passing the center

E, draw a line perpendicular to the line drew in step D.

F. clean all lines except the last two lines, and of course the borders if you haven't cut the square off in the first place.
(G. Cut off the square if haven't done)

2 sew all the 5" squares you want to use together. I don't have any 5" square left, So I draw the assembling on a paper in order to show how to use the template.

3, use template

4, the block after cutting looks like this

5. 4 blocks make a windmill

That's it, Enjoy!

Monday, 23 February 2009

Tilted Windmill Tablecloth

Finally, it's done!!!

I've never thought it still took so long, since it was machine-quilted by my small home sewing machine. I wish I had a long-arm, it was hard to manipulate when the room was limited. Anyway it's done, I'm reasonably happy with myself and my sewing machine.

I learned something from this project. Not love yellow very much, I rarely use this color. I don't have much yellow fabric either. But looking at how this area is lightened by the yellow windmill, it goes very well with red, blue and green. I'll buy some yellow fabric next time definitely.

It looks retro, isn't it?

Red windmills are actually less than both green and blue ones, but when looking at the whole picture, it appears there are more red ones. Red is more dominant, says any basic color book. Now I remember it.

And I've been lazy, has anyone found it? I didn't quilt the border part. It's all right when looking at it, but in the photo, it's really showed, I guess it's because the angle I look at it is different from that I took photos. I should do some make-up quilting later.

Monday, 9 February 2009


Winter here is long, almost half the year, white and cold, at the same time, fun and beautiful. I can't tell how I feel about it. Sometimes I love it, but sometimes I hate it.

You wonder why people hate winter?
Yes! they were cars parking on road.

And you wonder why people love winter?

You wonder why people hate snow?
It was our driveway after a snow storm.

Our Kitchen door

And you wonder why people love snow? The last rose in my back yard, it was beautiful, isn't it?