Sunday, 26 July 2015

To the moon and back

We are in Idaho Fall for a couple of days and went to Craters of the Moon where Apollo astronauts trained.Our Far West road trip2 Our Far West road trip1

… then driving across flat flat land in Potatoes Country, Idaho Our Far West road trip I just love those landscapes and I try to imagine what it must have been to arrive there for the first pioneers.

A stop at Arco – Atomic City

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

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That’s the sound of bisons on the Yellow Stone prairies.  It’s the first time I’ve seen bisons in the wild.  They are soooo impressive.  I can’t find words for this, I just LOVE bisons.

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Get ready for picture-overload in the coming days!

Friday, 17 July 2015

Tale of the lost mystery quilt

Once upon a time (and I think I should start all my quilting posts like that)…. back, way back in 2010… My friends from my British group started a Mystery Quilt and they kindly sent me the instructions month after month.

I remember shopping for fabrics at Quilts and Friends with my Mum.  I think I picked mainly Japanese made cottons (by now you know how I feel about anything Japanese…).  I always find it difficult to pick fabrics for mystery projects.  The values don’t mean enough for me.  Don’t you find that sometimes a medium value fabric can go either dark or light depending where it is placed?

Well, I worked on it for a while, made some progress, as you can see here.  I finished the top… then nothing… I really really don’t like the process of making the sandwich before quilting, and I get paralysed when it comes to deciding on the quilting pattern.  Oh, and I get so overwhelmed when it come to choosing the right batting, the best backing…  So the top ended up in one of my baskets. Then we moved once, twice and the basket with the top, the wadding and the backing disappeared.  A real mystery, I looked and looked again and again…

Then 3 months ago, we moved again.  As I was starting to unpack my sewing room, there is was – the basket with the mystery quilt, the batting and the backing… waiting for me.

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Now to make this story short, my friend Debra (Made of Honor Quilts and on Instagram) offered to quilt it for me. And I am very grateful she did.  She has been super fast to return it to me (faster than me sewing the binding)…  And she did a very nice job. I particularly like the little pebbles on the dark fabric and the leaves running on the border.  There are some large flowers in the centre and some petals echoing the  flowers’ pattern running toward the borders.

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Don’t you love a finished quilt?!… and a crafty post for once :)

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Me Made May in June

I know, May is long gone, and everybody on the blogosphere has done there ‘what I learnt follow up’.  I haven’t, so here it is.

So what did I learn?

  • First, I do not have enough MeMade garments to last a month.  Actually, I don’t have enough garments (MeMade or not) to have a month of outfits without repeats.  I mainly have T-shirts and jeans in my closet.  Morning, you’ll probably seen me in my workout gear, and in the afternoon I will probably have with an apron around me to avoid too much lint on my cloths from cutting fabric and sewing.

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  • Secondly, I keep my cloths for ages, years and years.  I knitted the lavender top back in 2009 (bottom left).  The dress (top left) was sewed when we first arrived in Singapore, where I had fallen in love with Batik. The bottom right top was also sewed in Singapore in 2010. And finally, the lace cardi was also knitted back in 2010.  It looks like I had a lot more time when we were in Singapore.
  • Thirdly, do you think I’m a ‘blue’ kind of person?
  • Fourthly, when I like a pattern, I have a tendency to sew it again and again.  Three Sorbettos were made this last May (and there are probably more to come).  The first one, made with voile, is my preferred one.  I’m not too happy how the fabric of the blue one is already fading.  There are tiny lemon on the binding of the yellow one.  Anyway, they are all getting wore a lot – it’s hot here!

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  • Finely, not everything I sew is a success.  OK, this is not something I have recently learn.  But what I realised is that if I had spend some time and money on a project, I had to find a way to make the garment works.  I made myself a ‘parachute’ skirt.  The pattern, from Purl Bee, looked lovely, but probably more appropriate for young girls.  On me it looked like a circus tente.  I removed 10” in the front and the back and it looks much better now as long as I wear it with a tight T.  And there was the vintage dress I made for Alice’s graduation last year.  I love the fullness of the skirt, but the top was ill-fitted.  I couldn’t face re-fitting it, so –snip- I cut it and it it now a skirt, a very swirly skirt.  I also made a clown trouser, but you won’t see this one, it went very wrong and I won’t spend any time making it better, there’s no hope, I might save the zipper though.

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Friday, 26 June 2015

It was all about the food

Promise, just one more post on our Japanese trip! :)  And this one is actually more related to what I want this blog to be about: quilting, knitting, cooking and anything crafty…

Juliette and I went to a cooking class with Yoshimi from Tokyo Kitchen.  We prepared tempura, a couple of side dishes, miso soup… and we loved it.  Yoshimi is very nice and bubbly and it was so much fun to cook and chat with her.

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Lunch with my good friend in the tiniest restaurant.  People queue very early to have a chance to eat at this place.  There are 4 choices of menu at lunch time, everything is prepared in front of you.  And that was sooo good.Tokyo with Juliette9

We finished our week with another cooking lesson with my friend and her kids.  First of all, it felt very special to share a day at my friend’s home.  I just love how she has organised her home around her kids – desks, books are the main fixtures, no TV, no computer but plenty of games.

Tokyo with Juliette17We spent most of the afternoon making gyoza from scratch, folding them in the shape of half moon (which is quite technical). We made ‘thousands’ of them and it them all :)

So that’s it no more Japanese post, and back to some crafty stuff next time.