Monday, December 15, 2014

A new story has begun ...

I have been looking for a suitable project for this theme for since 3 years ago but so far no progression yet.  But I don't mind starting a project with this theme in a smaller manner ....  let me start with a shorter story version first ...




Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sunbonnet Sue Bucket Applique Handbag PDF pattern available now !


It is December now, rainy season in Malaysia.  Rainy day is always romantic and don’t know why tropical rain always give me such warmful feeling.  This bag project theme was derived from rainy season.


Finally, it is completed. 



 Below is the back side of the bag




 The interior, I love to use different fabrics for the interior of my bag, it really add more character and personnel touch to a handmade bag.  The interior has a big pocket to put handy goodies like my subway card or keys.


 I can also add a clip on leather handles to turn this bag into a shoulder bag too.  Now it's a tote bag !  ^v^







If you are interested to purchase this pattern, please feel free to email me at 
StoryQuilter@gmail.com

or visit my Etsy shop at the link below. 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/storyquilt
I hope you will like this work of mine too ^v^




Thursday, November 27, 2014

Tulips Pouch pattern in my Etsy now !

Following Japanese natural zakka style concept, my tulips pouch pattern is available in my Etsy now.  This pattern is very suitable for beginner and all levels.  Just follow the photos and instructions provided in my pattern, take it slowly to understand the concept of bag making, you will be surprised to see you can actually make this beautiful pouch, and it’s really unique gifts to your love ones (also for your kids).


I will also sell my handmade bags  and patterns, everything I made is one of a kind, made with passion and love  too ^v^.
 Please feel free to drop by and see other available patterns in my Etsy shop.















For me, I love nostalgic and natural style for my tulips pouch, you can choose your choice of fabrics to make this pouch, the characteristic will be very different.  So why don’t you take the challenge now ? 




Easy and light to carry along for leisure outings, this is why I love to use this my pouch so much.  



If you are interested to purchase this pattern, please feel free to email me at 
StoryQuilter@gmail.com

or visit my Etsy shop at the link below. 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/storyquilt

Almost done !

I have been finding solution for the handle of this project.  Am thinking a way to present it and can use in multiple way, besides that, the size and design of this handle have to be cute !

Searching through my fabric cabinets for the Japanese sakizome (taupe) right fabric pattern and color, finally this one helps !  phew !! 




Next is the shape of the handle.  To be frank, when designing a new bag pattern, one needs to put in lots of time from designing to completing a beautiful bag.  It is a big challenge, imagine you need to start from scratch, from a piece of paper, to making the pattern and to making the bag.  No wonder designers are paid pretty good price for their works.






 Of course for me over here, the most important thing is, you get something really unique and you don’t see a lot of people carrying almost the same bag as yours.  That makes you so proud, agree ?

I think I should be able to complete this project tomorrow.  Yahoo !!



   

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sunbonnet Sue Round basket bag pattern in my Etsy !

19/11/2014, started working from early in the morning 

Finally, I managed to pull myself back to the working mood again, my heart was still with Paris last week. 


Ok, I finally appliqué the other side of my new project.  It’s a cozy house with heartwarming trees.  I am not going to appliqué the front road or the field this time, I think I want to embroider a little details here.  Am still trying to think hard for the embroidery details I want to present the field.  Will see  !




20/11/2014, Shopping day !!!

I just want to stop from work, if not, i am afraid I may become anti-social lady soon, i am just too addicted to working.  My husband encouraged me to go shopping to relax myself, yeah, I guess he reminded me that I haven't been doing any shopping for so long. So am sneaking out for some shopping.

I love Kinokuniya bookstore, sometimes I can just stand there and reading the books for many hours.  There are just too many books to read !  Am adding up these 3 books for my library collection.  I think I have more books than clothes compared to other ladies.  Is it normal ?? 





21/11/2014, Done with my quilting !

Finally, all the quilting details are added to my project.  Hmmm... it's just so romantic !  Time to bind them together 
  < ---- excited, excited !!




Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Trip to Paris, Oct 2014

To me, Paris is a city of color and art with locals loving their nostalgic surroundings. The old vintage homes were re-used and re-design to such beautiful and romantic taste, the design concepts are still widely used in the modern world. It is also a city of love, it is so romantic during day and night.

When you first come to Paris, shopping shouldn't be your priority here because you will never know it better. Go to the flea market, talk to the people and walk around the entire Paris as much as you can, you will surely get to know this city better. 

Parisians are friendly and polite. Chat with them with polite tone, greet a little 'boujour' to the passersby, they will greet you warmly too. A 'merci beaucoup' to show your appreciation of their help. You will surely get very positive respond from them. 

Foods and patisserie desserts are really delicate made and delicious.  We just love to try as many things as possible.  Temptations seemed to every where in Paris.

We took many photos during this trip to Paris, here are some of them, at that moment.  ^v^

Overall, our first experience was really great and happy.  We hope to visit Paris again, of course !


I love all the flavors, what about you ? 




LOUVRE MUSEUM 



MONTMARTRE




My favorite all time breakfast




SEINE RIVER AND EIFFEL TOWER




au revoir , Eiffel Tower, we shall come again some day ^v^



Thursday, September 18, 2014

Story Quilt's classic vintage clutch purse and pattern

I noticed that a lot of Japanese ladies love to use pretty good size and cute clutch purse when they are having their leisure outings.  The size of the purse is normally big enough to put some cosmetic items such as lipstick and compact powder, money and personnel document, and maybe a smartphone too.  It’s light and easy to carry around.  I like the idea so much (especially when I have shoulder pain sometimes).


With simple twist in the fabrics and clutch frame used, I am able to change the style of the clutch purse to suit my occasion.  Since I have got nice rosy vintage fabric, I prefer to make a vintage clutch purse today.  Hmmm …. Size wise , I have a few 12.5cm clutch frame, let met start with that size of clutch purse.


With just 3 pieces of fabrics for FRONT and INNER sides, and fusible interface or iron on batting and 12.5cm clutch frame, I am able to start my clutch purse project already. This project is just perfect for friends with all level of sewing skills.  And for friends with beginner sewing skill, it is advisable for you to try out clutch purse project, you will surely learn a lot of technique here.

Here is the result of my work, if you are fast enough, you can complete this within the day.  Hope you like my work ^v^



It has a larger opening and good size to put quite a number of goodies 



It is also a way to decorate your dressing table too.  I love the idea of making bag not only for daily use but also, I want it to be a decorative item at home.




If you are interested in this handmade clutch purse or sewing pattern, please feel free to visit my Etsy shop at the link below.


If you are interested to purchase this pattern, please feel free to email me at 
StoryQuilter@gmail.com

or visit my Etsy shop at the link below. 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/storyquilt

It’s time for a break !     






  


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bonjour Paris !! Eiffel Tower Zakka Style Cushion Cover for beginner available in my Etsy

I have been taking these 2 fabrics in and out from my fabric closet many times and always put them back when I can't find any "solution" to the fabrics at all.  And quite luckily, I have got idea to "solve my problem" these few days, without much hesitation, I started to design and sew them within the same day.  

Since I have some request from FB friends to make something nice and easy for beginners from time to time.  I decided to make this cushion into my beginner level pattern. 

If you are new to sewing, it doesn't mean that you can’t make something as cute as those beautiful cushion displayed on the commercial windows.  Take my new Boujour Paris cushion cover pattern as an example, you will surely be amazed that you can actually make it easily.






The pattern is definitely a good learning exercise for you and most of all, you are going to get a nice and stylish cushion to brighten up your room.




If you are interested to purchase this pattern, please feel free to email me at 
StoryQuilter@gmail.com

or visit my Etsy shop at the link below. 



A little introduction to zakka, : Zakka is a fashion and design phenomenon originate from Japan.  Zakka refers to everything and anything that improves your home, life and appearance.  It can range from goodies collected from other countries, from modern colorful goodies to antiques, from kawaii (cute) to  vintage etc).

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sunbonnet Sue & Missing chicken handbag

A-ha !!   Found these photos in my hard disk.  This Sunbonnet Sue and missing chicken handbag was actually my old work back in 2011.  Back at that time, I difficulty accessing to blogspot from Shanghai, In the end, I no longer do any blogging.  So since I “meet” these project photos again, I want to share them in my blog.

I like this scene so much, it’s nolstagic and heart warming and I remember that was my second project in machine applique.  Take a look at the expression of little chicken there.  The angle of its eyes was really a hard one and I remembered sweating a little when sewing the eyes ^v^ hahah….. can’t help laughing just to think of that moment.  It was really a big “phew” after completion.

Apart from that the shape of the bag is pretty unique too.  It may look small in the eye but you will be surprise that it can actually put quite a number of goodies (one of my biggest criteria when making bag too).   My only regret here is I never thought of making pattern for this one that time … (~n~).  Any way, it’s just so great to see this bag again.





I always want to add more surprises to my bag projects, see the bag side of the bag, apart from a beautiful quilted pattern, I added a little pretty Lily of the valley applique.  I love this flower so much and went searching for the flower language.  It said Return of happiness, purity of heart, sweetness, tears of the Virgin Mary, you've made my life complete, humility, happiness, love's good fortune. The legend of the lily of the valley is that it sprang from Eve's tears when she was kicked out of the Garden of Eden. It is also believed that this flower protects gardens from evil spirits. Also known as the flower of May.”  What a perfect match of floral language for this bag. So it was added to my bag. 

What is the story of this bag, I will leave it for you to tell ^v^








Friday, August 15, 2014

About Anne Story Quilt original digital pattern file available in my Etsy now ^U^

Hello, everybody

Story Quilt About Anne cute tote bag digital pdf sewing pattern is available in my Etsy shop now.

The digital pattern is in photo illustrated step-by-step instructions.  I will guide you through almost every step, at the same time, I also use a more error proof way to help you through your sewing process. All you need to do is to understand every step and take it to your own pace.  Apart from making a beautiful bag for yourself or your love ones, you will surely enhance your quilted bag making skill from my pattern too.


If you wish to find out more about this pattern, please check out my Etsy shop or by clicking on the photo below.


If you are interested to purchase this pattern, please feel free to email me at 
StoryQuilter@gmail.com

or visit my Etsy shop at the link below. 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/storyquilt

Weekend is coming soon, so any special plan ?  Enjoy your weekend ^v^



Sunday, August 10, 2014

New Tote bag , About Anne, of green gable ? Maybe ^v^

The moment of truth has come !  Finally my bag project is completed.
It’s the story about little Anne , of green gable ? Maybe.  I remember this scene in this story book where Anne was sitting by the plain field waiting for the someone from the big houses to pick her up.  The view is pretty soft and pure.  I just love it and immediately started designing this handbag.

This is the result of my tips of making applique bag.  Please feel free to read my tips at the link below.  I hope my tips can help you make beautiful applique bags.  You will surely be so proud of your works for sure.



*** Note :  The pattern for this bag will be available in my Etsy shop soon.  Please feel free to visit my Etsy shop at the link below.





The handbag measurement :

Measurement of this bag
Height - 17.5 cm
Width (body)– 26 cm
Width (top zipper area) 11 cm
Width ( bottom) 12.5 cm 
handles  approximately 37 cm

Front / back of the bag




Closer look at my hand stitched applique




The other side of the bag with little Anne 
waiting patiently for someone to pick her up


The bag can also be a decorative item for your book rack too ^v^ ( I really love this idea)






Side of the handbag


I hope you like my work, have a good week ahead ^v^ 




**The bag is sold out immediately after it is launched **  ^v^  



Saturday, August 9, 2014

It's a story about a little girl, coming soon. A sneak preview

I got into a bit of delay for this project cause I needed to do lots of planning for my trip to Paris in October.
Come to finishing this project really makes me relief.  Now I can get full involvement in my Paris trip. 

This is just a sneak preview of my current project.  It’s a story about a little girl in our old familiar story book. Can you guess it right ?  ^v^