I have to admit that making this purse was really a tough work. I didn't want to follow the pattern from my patchwork school instead, I designed and match my own favourite colors. It was tough in the beginning, I didn't have any ideas what to match at all, so it took me quite to get started. As the sakizome fabrics I used were very thick, I broke one needle while sewing up the bias strap. I pierced my fingers many times while sewing up the zipper too (ouch !). You can imagine how hard I worked on this purse. But every hard work was just worth it. I felt so proud and glad to see the result. My course mates all loved my ideas, some even ask me for the pattern
This is supposed to be my beginner level project but I didn't managed to complete it until after almost a year later, I started to remember I still owe my instructor something.
This project is supposed to have 25 pieces of love applique but I decided to cut down to a few pieces. I finished sewing up the pieces into a bigger piece today. Right now I am locating the suitable fabric for the border. I guess I should be able to complete this project by end of the week (hopefully)... (11/11/2008, 3:00pm) It's time to design Maggie's bag now.
4/12/08, I finally completed my work, so happy, I can enjoy a few days break from now on.
I am still working on the border and the applique charaters today. While working on this project, I also work on my intermediate project at the same time. Right now I have the last piece of block pattern to complete, then I am half way to completing my course already. YES!
4/12/08, 10:30 am, I finally completed my project. I can take few days break from now on :D, hehe...
I received the papyrus paiting from an Egyptian friend, Omaima, yesterday. I was surprised and very pleased to have received such a precious gift. The painting was produced using ancient Egyptian way. The material was make of plant fiber with dark legenic cells for the horizontal and vertical line.
This piece of art is actually a token of appreciation from Omaima. She appreciated me comforting her during the tough time, when her husband was stroke by heart attack and was sent back to Egypt for operation. It's really a great news to hear that her husband didn't need to go through very serious operation because his condition was quite stable. All the friends in patchwork school felt so happy to hear that. Thank GOD !
I made this purse last year. The process of stitching this purse was really very hard to stitch. I remember adjusting the zip many times that I needed to re-do it a few times. Besides that, due to the very thick fabric layers, my fingers were injured quite seriously that I needed to stop making projects for almost a month. Ever since then, I keep reminding myself to take good care of my fingers all the time.
Below is the inner view of my purse. I am just to happy to have complete my purse :>.
I decided to choose color blend more towards red brown this time. I think I must have wrongly prepare the pattern this time, the size of the hexagon is actually smaller than the actual project pattern. I only got to realise it yesterday. Otherwise I would have finished patching by yesterday :<. I am more than half way through now. I should be able to complete it today. :> (6/11/08)
I was back in KL in October for my brother in law's wedding. Got to take down some photos of shopping malls in KL. I have to admit that the lifestyle in Kuala Lumpur is really fantastic. If not for safety is the greatest concern, I believe Malaysia is the best place to live in. The photos above was taken in Sunway Pyramid. At the center of this shopping mall is a big ice skating ring.
Having our lunch at one of the Italian restaurants. Seafood spaghetti.
I haven't been writing blog for sometimes. Blogger was having some problem for the past few weeks.
I made this bag before going back to Malaysia. I remember I was still sewing the bag while in Kuala Lumpur(my hometown is in East Malaysia). Rather than rushing to simply complete this project, I prefer to sew it to perfection. This is a gift for my sister. After seeing past projects, she must have gained some confident about my work, that's why she kept asking me in very polite manner if i could make a very simple bag for her. She finally got it.
Like a little school girl, she quickly walk around my little hometown showing off her bag to her friends. At first she was quite disappointed because her friends didn't know how to appreciate patchwork bags and they don't even know the value of handmade item. My sister never show her bag again to her friends after that. But few days later, she became noisy again because a few friends from very rich family background spotted her bag. They love this bag so much and envy that my sister was able to have one so easily. One of the friends even asked me to make a pouch for her and she was willing to pay a good price for it. I was not willing to accept the order in the beginning but my sister kept advising me to take this opportunity. It may be a little career for me who knows.
Right now I am sourcing for the suitable design and pattern. Am thinking of making Sunbonnet Sue this time but not confirmed yet.