My first quilt is finished, finally! :) The secret weapon for my challenge - a new sewing machine with a even-feed foot. I got to trade in my one-year-old Husqvarna, which was a good machine but not adapted for quilting, for a Pfaff Select 3.0, a more powerful and closer to a industrial machine, which did all the quilting through all layers without a hitch. If you don’t have the patience to hand-quilt, like me, a great machines is a must and so worth the investment. I’m so happy and proud of my new quilt, now I’m ready to take on more quilting and sewing challenges! :)
When I saw this lovely cardigan made with my Camden knit cardi pattern on ravelry, I couldn’t help but feeling like a proud parent! :) It looks so cozy yet chic and classy, and it fits really well on Carrie, who did a wonderful job turning this little fall cardi into a beautiful winter knit, love specially the extra length and the leather buttons really add that little something extra.
This is the reason why I love what I do, not only do I get to share my inspirations, but seeing them grow into something uniquely beautiful in others hands is tremendously satisfying :)
My winter gear: Maroon bouclé wool coat + bottle green carry-all + black leather ankle-boots. All that I need is pair of black pants, a knit scarf and fair isle mittens! :)
After staying at the quirky and colorful Phranakorn Nornlen hotel in Bangkok, I’ve been wanting to recreate the whimsical retro feel in my own apartment. With the fabrics that I bought in Chinatown of Bkk, some fabrics that a great friend sent to me from Hk, plus some from my fabric stash, I finally got to put them all together into one piece - my first quilt ever!
It was so much fun planing, cutting and arranging the blocks, sewing was not so bad either - until I got to the quilting part that is. I was going with the easiest option - quilting diagonally to form diamonds, but pushing all 3 layers through the machine was much more difficult than I thought, my arms were already sore after a few straight lines. And the backing layer shifted quite a bit after I quilted half of it, think I might be using a wrong foot… Now I don’t know if i should continue or rip up everything and redo the machine quilting… Back to google machine quilting!
Flea market finds: nothing more fun than go digging for treasures on a rainy November day! :)
Sweet china tea set, in case i get a fine company :)
Straw hat + silk scarf, one can always dream of sunny summer :)
Floral + girly - another summer dream :)
Boho chic - canvas bag with embroidery and bead embellishment, an alternative for my preppy outfits.
Something special - for someone special :)
I got an idea of making a ‘diamond’ inside a ribbing pattern, but couldn’t find anything exactly as I wanted in my pattern library. So I took an Irish cable pattern and adopted it. It may look simple, but it took me a while to figure out how to twist the stitches to form the diamond, and to fit all the stitches within the ribbing. But I did it, yah! :)
My fall accessories: oxfords, sneakers, cashmere scarf and leather tote.