Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Happy Chinese New Year and WIP's

This year is the year of the Rooster. It is always fun to go to a Chinese restaurant and get to read the paper place setting that has zodiac sign descriptions on it while waiting for our food.  Here is the one for Roosters.

The Rooster
1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017......

Roosters tend to be straight-shooters who appreciate the same practicality in others. They're highly efficient in their work and trustworthy in their friendships. Roosters are classic self-starters who, unsurprisingly, also happen to be very punctual.

Here is another one I found online, but forgot to write where I found it, "Observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented"

Here's another one from Wikipedia, "The Roosters are said to possess endurance and application, with slow accumulation of energy, meticulous at planning but tending to hold fixed opinions. They also are said to be hard-working, modest, industrious, loyal, philosophical, patient, good-hearted and morally upright, but can also be self-righteous, egotistical, vain, judgmental, narrow-minded or petty."

These quotes are meant for entertainment only!!

We had our celebrations at my in-law's house.  There was so much good food and we had a great time seeing cousins and relatives that we don't get to see often.

I did some sewing last week and made some progress on my son's new quilt.  It needs 120 blocks and I'm half way there.  I put them on the design wall to play with.  Here is the layout that both he and I liked.

Continued to cut more squares and will work on it again tomorrow.  

I also played with Monochromatic design and curved piecing.  At the Valley MQG, we are working on a monochromatic theme Opportunity quilt and I would like to submit this block to be part of it.  Scott, the President, has a really cool design idea.  I'll show the picture of my block as it progresses.

The new challenge from Valley MQG for February is using black and white fabric to make something.  I've been making EPP hexagons for sometimes now.  Last week I used some of them for this wall hanging quilt.  I put batting and backing fabric on and used a walking foot to quilt as I sewed the stems and applique the hexagons on.  Next is quilting the background and binding.

It is good to be busy and I really enjoyed making all these projects.

Have a great day and sew on!

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Happy New Year

Allow Yourself
Catherine Pulsifer

Allow yourself to dream
And when you do dream big

Allow yourself to learn
And when you do learn all you can

Allow yourself to laugh
And when you do share your laughter

Allow yourself to set goals
And when you do reward yourself as you move forward

Allow yourself to be determined
And when you do you will find you will succeed

Allow yourself to believe in yourself
And when you do you will find self confidence

Allow yourself to lend a helping hand
And when you do a hand will help you

Allow yourself relaxation
And when you do you will find new ideas

Allow yourself love
And when you do you will find love in return

Allow yourself to be happy
And when you do you will influence others around you

Allow yourself to be positive
And when you do life will get easier

A few days ago, my yoga teacher read this poem to us while we were resting at the end of the class.  I liked it so much that I contacted Catherine Pulsifer and asked for her permission to share it with you.  Check out her site for more inspirational words.

Have a great day.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Best of 2016

When I first heard that Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs was hosting a Best of 2016 Linky Party, I wasn't going to participate because I didn't think I had much to talk about this year.  But I couldn't resist joining in the fun so here I am.  It seems we were just doing this not too long ago.  Can't believe that a year has gone by already.  Thank you Cheryl for hosting this linky party again.

Life in 2016 has been great and I'm looking forward to an even better 2017.  This year I learned not only about being a giver but a receiver.  It's hard to receive help sometimes because we may think we can do it all ourselves.  Being on the receiving end is not a sign of weakness but a testimony that guardian angels are real among ordinary people.  I've always valued my family and friends but after what happened to me this year, they are much more precious to me.  I've gained some new friends who I've met and whom I haven't yet met.  

I haven't yet met Julie Cefalu @ thecraftyquilter.com, Stephanie Palmer @ latenightquilter.com, Amy Smart @ diaryofaquilter.com and Julie Stocker @ pinkdoxies.com , but they were so gracious and generous in spending their time to review my book and helped me to promote it.  Their willingness to help out a new blogger/quilter touched my heart more than anything.  Thank you ladies.  I hope that one day I'll have an honor to meet you.

Best finished gift - Finished an UFO.


During my recovery, I didn't feel like doing any thing but the doctor said to ease back to my normal activities.  I tried to get back to sewing and reading but couldn't.  I would shy away from anything that required concentration.  For 5 months I didn't sew even one stitch and then slowly and gradually, I started to sew again.  I started this quilt for a dear friend's first baby before my health issue in January.  It was finished in late July and delivered to her in August.  

Truthful confession - So many projects, so little energy

This post showed a few of my projects for 2016 and the one I am most proud of is 'Square Dance'.  I learned to quilt with a walking foot and did the quilting myself.  Working on this quilt taught me about patience.  No matter how often the thread broke, you just have to recheck your machine and re-thread that needle!!  And a very important lesson, don't do thing at the last minute.  Loosing sleep is not a good thing.  :)

Even though it's a reject (from a competition), I love everything about this quilt.

This post also showed the new blocks I made for Kat @ Covered in Love.

I love participating in this project.  She always has fun block designs for us to make. Check out her blog to learn more about her project.  It's amazing!

Before ending I would like to mention about my tutorial post called Handbag Tutorial.  Even though I posted this in December of 2015, it still gets views even recently.  This post has over 750 page views.  It's the highest number I've got to date.  I plan to do more tutorial posts in the future.  The quilting community is amazing and I'm glad to be part of it.  I'll continue to strive and to find my voice. 

Happy New Year
Embrace and celebrate Life