I've been tagged! :)

Last week, I got an email that I've been tagged from Rachael @ Ii is for imagine gnats who just got voted for Top 25 Creative Mom Blogs 2012..Congratulations Rachael! :)

First..let me post the rules:
- You must post the rules
- Answer the 11 questions that the tagger posted for you & then create 11 questions to ask the 

  people you’ve tagged
- Tag 11 people and link them in your post
- Let them know you have tagged them

These are the questions and my answers:

1. What did you want to grow up to be when you were little? a teacher I guess because I liked to play being one and I could say that my dream has come true. :)

2. What was your first job? A tutor when I was in college

3. What is the best book you've finished lately? Recently, I have been skimming through lots of craft books for ideas..I might try to post reviews about some of them soon.

4. What is your favorite color? pink :) 

5. What are your thoughts on the color purple? Before I did not like purple that much because in Thailand...we say purple is the color for widows..weird..huh? but I start to like purple more and more now.

6. What do you dream of doing one day? Get to retire early and be a stay-at-home mom but don't know if that will ever happen

7. What is your favorite season? I love Spring..I remember when I was in the U.S., the winter was very long in Cleveland..and Spring was a sign of the new beginning for me.

8.  Tea or coffee? Prefer tea but can have both

9. What is your favorite food? I would say I like most Thai foods since they are flavorful.

10. What skill do you have that you are most proud of? Being optimistic and try to encourage my students and others around me to have positive attitude...and be proud of who they are (I don't know if that counts as a skill but that's my answer..;))

11. What skill would you like to learn? I would love to learn to paint.

So here are the list of friends who I would like to invite to play along (in no specific order):

Pam @ Threading My Way (Pam, I know that you have been tagged before..if you are too busy to play along, I totally understand :))
Sana @ Sana Saroti
Kelli @ Seriously I think it needs stiches
Rebecca @ Making Rebecca Lynne
Jeanette @ Stamp*Stitch*Create
January @ Sew Sew Go
Rikka @ Richochet and Away
Keren @ Sew La Vie
Bethany @ Happy Homemaker Me
Jill @ Creating My Way to Success
Daniel @ Blissful and Domestic
Kate @ Lilipopo

Your questions are:
1. Why do you craft?
2. If someone could make you a handmade gift for you, what would you like to receive?
3. What is your favorite color?
4. What is your favorite movie or T.V. program?
5. What is your current craft project?
6. If you are given a free ticket/ accommodation to go anywhere in the world, where would you like to go?
7. If you are given another 24 hours in a day, what would you like to do?
8. Do you watch T.V. or listen to music when you work on your hobby projects?
9. What is your favorite season?
10. What do you do first thing in the morning?
11. What's your favorite treat?

I can't wait to read the answers! 

Thank you very much for your visit. Sending you a Big HUG from Thailand :)


Pillow {Talk} Swap 7 Finished!

I recently posted about working on a pillow swap project. 
Just want to show you the finished pillow before it will be on its way to the new owner :)
My swap partner is into rainbow and jewel tones with white or grey as a neutral so this is what I came up with.
I used the alphabet print as the back and made it envelope style. The finished size is 18"x18".
I added a mini-hand presser (I found that it is so useful when I work on a patchwork project), a denim ribbon, and a tin box of pins. :) Now the package is ready to go to the other side of the world.
I had so much fun trying to come up with what my partner might like. I really hope that she will like it.

Thank you very much for your visit and see you soon! :)

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Tutorial: P.S. I Love You Bag

I put the 2 parts of the tutorial together here  so it's easier to browse through. :)

Part I : Making Outer Bag Body and Lining 

Part II: Constructing and Finishing the Bag

Thank you for your visit. :)




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Tutorial - P.S. I Love You Bag - Part II : Constructing and Finishing the Bag

Here is the second part of the "P.S. I Love You" bag tutorial

Seam allowance 0.5” (otherwise stated)

Constructing the bag:

1. Put the outer body shell inside the lining bag right side together, pin along the top – making sure that the side seams and the bottom of both the outer body and the lining are all matched up
2. On the front side, mark the positions – 3.5” and 5.5” from the center of the bag – to make pleat
 3. Fold from one marked line to another and pin – repeat this step on the other side, and also on the back then stitch across the top of the bag
Making the top band:
Cut 4 pieces of the fabrics (16”x5”) and 4 pieces of interfacing – to keep the band stay in shape (15”x4”)
Iron the interfacing onto the 2 pieces of fabrics according to the manufacturer guidelines

4. Place the fabrics right side together, match the raw edges and pinned along before stitching both sides and clipping the corners
5. Repeat step 4 with another 2 pieces of fabrics that will use as the lining of the band, add the magnetic snap on this pieces if you like

6. Place the band and the band lining together (right side of the band onto the wrong side of the band lining) and sew across the bottom raw edge
Turn the band right side out and iron press
7. Place the band (the side that did not stitch across) on the top edge of the bag, line up -- pin along as shown in picture, then stitch across the top of the bag
Then fold down the other side of the band and stitch across the top
For the handles, I used a read-made handles for this bag. But if you’d like to make one, here is a great tutorial to make the handles that would work for this bag. :)

Then, you are done..Congratulations! :)

Thank you very much for your visit. If you have any question, when you try this out, please feel free to ask any question or any suggestions or comments are welcomed.


Tutorial - P.S. I Love You Bag - Part I : Making Outer Bag Body and Lining

Here is the tutorial for the "P.S. I Love You" Bag as promised. :)

I decide to post the tutorial into several parts but will combine them in one post later.
The finished size is approximately 14.5" x 13"

Let's start with the outer bag body
Note: Seam allowance 0.5” (otherwise stated)

1. Cut 2 pcs. outer fabrics (here I used Linen as the main fabric on one side and little flower print on the other side) – 17.5” x 13”
For the linen outer fabric, follow the tutorial on how to do a heart shape reverse appliqué, then apply the interfacing (16.5” x 12”, cut 2 pieces) on to this piece and the flower print
2. Next place linen piece and the back outer fabric right side together and stitch across to attach these two pieces
3. Cut batting (16.5”x24”) then apply the adhesive spray or  baste the batting to the focus fabric piece before quilting – I only did the quilting on the flower print back and along the heart appliqué 
(Note: this step is optional - if you do not want to quilt, you can skip)

 4. Then top stitch along the sewn focus fabric pieces (linen and flower print) to secure this bottom edge
And fold this sewn outer piece in half, right side together before stitch along both sides to make a bag (Note– trim the excess batting on both sides)
5. If you would like to add a pocket on the back, cut the  a piece of fabric (8.5”x9.5”), then fold the bottom and side edges about 0.5” and iron press.
For the top edge, fold down about ¾ “ – iron press and then top stitch across as shown in the picture
 6. Next find the center of the bag and the pocket, mark and match the center then measure from the top of the bag down 4.5 “ before pinning the pocket piece and stitch across the bottom and along the side edges of the pocket.
7. To add a flat bottom, grab one of the bottom corners and match the side seem line with the bottom seam line, completely flatten the bag corner to form a triangle and pin to secure – measure and make a line that is 90 degrees to the side seam and is 3.15” long across the width of the triangle
Then stitch a sig-sag line about ¼” parallel to prevent fraying (this step is optional) and then trim off leaving about 1/4" seam allowance
8. Repeat step 7 on the other bottom corner, then turn the right side out – you will get the outer bag
Outer Body - Front
For lining:
9.  Cut 1 pc. of lining fabric – 17.5” x 25”
Then fold the piece in half, pin and stitch along both sides but leave one side with about 5” opening for turning. 
Next, repeat step 7 and 8 to make a flat bottom lining bag.
 I will update next steps very soon.

Well..if you have any question, please feel free to ask :)


The Liebster Blog Award

I am very grateful to have been the recipient of the Liebster Blog Award, passing on to me from January T @ Sew Sew Go and Jeanette @ Stamp*Stitch*Create on different occasions.

Thank you very much January and Jeanette for this recognition. It means a lot to me to know that someone like my blog and keep me motivated to continue on this journey. :)

January has inspired me with these beautiful quilt blocks...I love how she chose the colors for her work. Her new Tokyo Subway Quilt Block have already caught my eyes with different color schemes..can't wait to see the finished quilt.

Jeanette sure has an eye for beauty..I love her fabric combinations in her all her sewing projects. She's also made these adorable cards...please visit her blog to see them for yourself. :)

Here are the rules for the award:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award (done ^-^)
2. Link back to their blog (done ^-^)
3. Copy and paste the Liebster award to your profile (done ^-^)
4. Pick 5 blogs that you feel deserve to be in the spotlight (they must have under 200 followers)
5. Blog about it and leave a comment for your nominations to let them know that you have chosen their blog 

So these are the blogs I've chosen to pass this award on to...I will list them in no specific order.
Kelli @ Seriously..I think it needs stitches - I'm in love with her current swoon project. She makes me want to get this pattern which I will when I go to the U.S. at the end of this month (Thanks Kelli for giving me a good excuse to buy more patterns and fabrics ;)). She has a great sense of humor and when I read her blog I feel like I am hanging out with my girl friend. :) 

Rebecca @ Making Rebecca Lynne - Rebecca is very creative...her posts always gives me some food for thought. I've enjoyed seeing her making beautiful quilts for her new baby. :)

Sana @ Sana Saroti - Sana not only shares her passion in sewing on her blog..but I love reading about her country (Germany)...She has become one of many great blogging friends I've made in the blogosphere. :) 

Rikka @ Ricochet and Away - talking about creative..I definitely have to pass this award on to Rikka. Please check her blog out for wonderful ideas and tutorials showing how to make gorgeous bags and purses. I've enjoyed participating in many challenges Rikka and Keren have co-hosted.

Keren @ Sew la Vie - Keren shares her passion on sewing - bags, purses, clothes and also give great information about computer web applications..I've learned so much from her blog..Thanks Keren! :)

Since I have been awarded twice, I would like to add one more blog on the list
Erin @ Missy Mac Creations - I love Erin's work...the softies, applique, embroidery..you name it.. a good place for great inspiration. :)

That's all I have for today. I am still working on the P.S. I love you bag tutorial...will definitely post soon. I just have a report I need to finish for work and some thesis book I need to correct for my students..that's real life :(

Thank you very much for your visit!


Thursday Think Tank - Pillow Talk Swap & some pictures from the sewing exhibition

I have been working on the "Pillow Talk Swap" project...actually I just started and have to finish and mail the pillow cover by March 12th...hmm not much time left and so far these are all I have
so I really have to start cranking up those star blocks....11 more to go!
My swap partner likes the rainbow theme color..and from the clue I got..I chose to go with this start pattern and then I will either use white or grey sashing..I guess I will play it by ear at this point.

On another note, last Saturday, my girlfriend and I went to a sewing exhibition -- the theme was "Applique for Home". I took some pictures that would like to share with you. I apologize for some (not so clear) pictures. I took them using my cellphone.

And don't you think this wall clock is just adorable? :)

Thank you for your visit and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

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