Over the course of the last few weeks, Erin, Michelle and Pokey awarded me this:

Thank you ladies. I am supposed to share about seven things about myself…

#1 I dabble in floral arrangements when given the opportunity. Click here and here for more pictures.

#2 My two favorites: chocolates and cheeses.

#3 I can’t swim, nor can I ride a bike. For some reason, anything remotely athletic is not found in my genes.

#4 Next month will mark my 5th year in quilting – come back on Oct 4th to read about my quilting story.

#5 Shopping or the Library? Definitely the library for me. Leave me in a corner, and come back and pick me up when the library closes. That’s my idea of spending a quiet afternoon.

#6 I like to keep track of my life the old fashioned way – thus, the old day planner and not the computer or iphone. :)

#7 I am a dish-aholic. Most of you already know that, but in case you are new here…

I am passing the award to:

Vicki of Field Trips in Fiber

Margaret of Quick Queen of Quincy Quilting Blog

Jeanne of Old Fashioned Baby

Natima of Not Just Nat

As you visit these different blogs, I hope you are inspired by these ladies as they have me in my quilting/sewing journey! Have a fanta-bulous day!

Definition of a good mail day!

I had a lovely lovely mail day – the kind of mail day that makes me feel like it’s Christmas!! I received my goodies from Michele for winning a giveaway she was hosting last week. I also received “Embroidered in White” book from England!

mail day

Michele sent me a bar of homemade “chocolate” soap that looks yummy enough to eat. She probably knew that I would attempt to consume the chocolate soap bar and felt sorry for me. So, she included some real chocolate squares. She somehow had known that I savor a good cup of tea from time to time, and thus the tea she has also sent along… THANKS, Michele for being blessing to me. I hope you would visit Michele – she is a devoted Mom, and is known to have a impressive sewing talent! She whips things up without patterns – to me, that’s just so unbelievable!

mail day2

I will show you more about the book “Embroidered in White” once I have had a chance to go through it more thoroughly. From what I have seen so far, it is definitely a winner!

To top off the day, Natima awarded me this:


Natima is a quilter in Australia, and has quickly endeared herself to me. She said some really nice things about me on her blog which I am not quite sure I deserve. But I do appreciate her kindness. Natima and I share a Southeast Asia origin, and so I think there’s a special bond there.

It’s quite wonderful out there in blogland, isn’t it? I wish all my bloggy friends a lovely weekend. Now, tell me what do you consider to be a good mail day…?

Needlework: My “McMansions” Project – Part 9

Hello Everyone, I hope your day is going well for you.

I thought I would start out my post with a few awards from recent months. Thank you ladies, for the gracious awards:

Missy gave me:

dishaholic-award(Missy is a talented photographer who is also a fellow dishaholic and heirloom seamstress)

I am passing on this award to two ladies that have the most interesting dish finds:



My new friend Rhondi gave me:

letsbefriends(Rhondi loves quilting and has blue/white dishes – a lady after my own heart!)

I am passing on this award to two ladies that do amazing work:



Caron gave me:

dardos(I love following Caron’s progress of her Dear Jane quilt)

I am passing this award to two ladies that always have eye candies on their blog:



Before I go, here are pictures to show my snail-paced progress on the gameboard sampler.


gameboard28Thanks again for stopping by!

Temperature Gradient

While the outside is looking like this:


And then this:


It’s a bit challenging for me to get in gear for these:


The fabrics are from Wilmington Prints for a quilt appearing in “The Quilter” mid next-year. I think I am going to make me a cup of hot tea before I get started – that should warm me up to these summery fabrics!

Meanwhile, I hope you have gotten a great start to a new month! Till next time.


Missy had awarded me (Thanks, Missy!):


[From Missy’s post – the rules are not intellectual, spiritual, etc. Not really hard! All you have to do is pick up the closest book to you, turn to page 56, go to the 5th sentence and type it. Then pass the award along to 5 people!]

The book that is closest to me is: EQ5 Design Cookbook (what can I say? I am in my sewing room)

Page 56, 5th sentence: Click the Adjust Tool.

I am going to pass the award along to Ellen, Barbara, Kalianne, Michele, and Rosy!

Needlework: This shouldn’t take…

… seven years to complete, I hope! ;) I am still catching up with my cleaning around the house. But I have also been having some cross-stitching fun. I am appointing Vicki as my accountability partner for my cross-stitch projects. She has been great in prodding me along in my cross-stitching after my round of quilt deadlines (THANKS BUNCHES, Vicki). Vicki puts out the most fabulous Field Trips in Fibers on her blog — definitely a treat for crafters, needleworkers and quilters! It’s a great way to get inspired by the pretty things others make!


I also picked up a couple more cross-stitch patterns. Aside from the wedding sampler, the cross-stitch projects (big and small) I have done so far have been mainly for gifts. Silly me, I never took any pictures of those projects.


Thanks to Kathi for awarding me:


Kathi is definitely an encourager. I have been studying about encouragement in my quiet time, and Kathi definitely comes to mind as an encourager! Thanks, Kathi!

OFB Smocked Daygown Part 8: A bit of progress

I added the sleeves to my daygown. It was quite challenging for me to have to sew something as tiny as infant-sized sleeves. All I can say is, heirloom sewing is vastly different from quilting.

I am glad that the daygown is looking more like a daygown, and less like a… like a… like a…. muscle shirt! ;)

Now, I am supposed to stitch this tiny tiny lace by hand (about 1/4″ wide) to the collar before I can attach the collar to the daygown. I am usually not afraid of handwork, but I have to say this part does overwhelms me a bit. Nonetheless I am going to do it as soon as I get a breather from my quilting deadlines:

(Previous posts on my daygown saga: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7)

Missy, who is also into heirloom sewing, graciously awarded me (thanks, Missy!):

My vacuum “ate” my… , and other updates!

Would you ever have guessed….. the answer is “embroidery floss”! My vacuum ate my embroidery floss, causing a major delay in the progress of my French rouge cross-stitch. When that happened, I had a better understanding of the phrase “in the twinkling of an eye!”. I was running the vacuum around my stitching corner, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw my skein of embroidery floss – the next thing I knew, the floss was in the belly of the vacuum cleaner. It took me days to get another skein of floss at the store. Here is the progress over the weekend:

Meanwhile, I have started my new quilt projects that are to be featured in “The Quilter” early 2009. I am switching over to the “assembly line” method instead of rotary-cutting as I go. I hope this would speed things up:

Working on the spring fabrics reminded me that I need to wish my Aussie bloggy friends — a very HAPPY and BEAUTIFUL spring! For the rest of my bloggy friends, I hope you have a BEAUTIFUL day nonetheless! :)


I also received all of these from wonderful bloggy friends. What an honor – a heartfelt THANK YOU to these dear ladies!!!

1. From Cathi in Canada:

2. From Barbara H:

3. From Charlotte:

Easy Apple Crisp

Much to my delight, my sister-in-law brought me some home grown apples over the weekend. Can you spot my “leaning” Tower of Apples?

I have been making rounds of Apple Crisp with the apples. The recipe is as follows:

5 cups sliced, peeled apples
2 tbs sugar
1/2 cup regular rolled oats
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ginger
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)

For filling, place fruit in a baking dish, stir in sugar.

For topping, in a mixing bowl combine oats, brown sugar, flour, and nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts. Sprinkle mixture over filling.

Bake in 375 F for 30-35 minutes. It is that easy!

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, if desire.


Also, Arlette has graciously awarded me this (thanks, Arlette!!!):

Arlette is an amazing crafter — do hop on over to visit her — you will fall in love with her creations, I promise!!


I hope you have a very wonderful Wednesday, my bloggy friends! Do drop me a line and let me know of your visit.

Block Scraps and Award

Photo courtesy of "The Quilter"

I ended with a bunch of “block” scraps from the “Pieceful Garden” quilt:

I had invested time in constructing those blocks, and just didn’t feel right tossing them away! I was trying to come up with a bonus free pattern to offer with the “Pieceful Garden” kit, and thanks to my quilting mentor Barbara, it might just turn out to be the perfect little bonus project — stay tuned! :)


Many thanks to Holly of Holly’s Stitching and Stuff for the following award. Holly is an incredible needleworker – do visit her to see her beautiful stitchery:

Easy Blueberry Pie

Hello Everyone, Happy Tuesday to you!

I have been making blueberry pies recently as if they are going out-of-style. Of course, it would make sense to serve a piece of blueberry pie on something blue:


2 9-inch pie shells

3 1/2-4 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

1/2 cup flour

1/3 cup sugar (I did half brown sugar, and half regular sugar)

1 tablespoon milk

1/4 cup sugar

1. Mix blueberries with flour and 1/3 cup of sugar.

2. Pour mixture into pie dish lined with one 9″ pie shell.

3. Cover the pie dish with the other pie shell. Seal and crimp.

4. Brush the top of pie shell with milk.

5. Sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar (I actually only used about half of the amount).

6. Bake in oven at 425 F for 15 minutes.

7. Reduce heat to 350 F, and bake for another 20-25 minutes. I cover the pie edge with metal pie strips to prevent the edge from being burnt.

8. Bake for another 5-10 minutes at 375 F to lightly brown the top of the pie crust.


For a fancier Blueberry Recipe, hop on over to Kelli’s.


Ellen has sweetly awarded me:

Ellen has become one of my dearest bloggy friends. She has definitely lived up to her motto on her blog — to honor and encourage. Through her daily posts, it is evident that she honors God and those she loves, and has definitely encouraged me to do the same! Thanks, Ellen – for being a sweet blessing to me and many others!


… I have my own lively children, these Belleek “peasant children” of mine would do for now:

Well, they are really quite well-behaved. I have never heard them talk back to me. They seem perfectly content standing in the bookcase with nothing to do but just looking nice, without any complaints of summer boredom:

They always performed their duties beautifully for special occasions:

Including at my brother’s wedding – I did get a more “frontal” shot of my favorite floral arrangement of the entire wedding from my sister-in-law:

These kids aren’t too bad, are they? :) I promise more sightings of them in the near future!

Thanks to Kalianne for awarding me:

Now you see it…

(from last week),

Now you see it even better:

With some outline stitching:

I am never a big fan of outline stitching because it feels like I am working on an area I have already worked on. But following the design and actually doing as the design says makes a whole of difference in showing forth what’s being stitched. So, I will be doing outline stitches along with the normal cross-stitches just so that I won’t be left with miles and miles of outline stitches waited to be stitched when I am done with the cross-stitch part.

I hope you enjoy your week!


Thanks to antipersonnel for awarding me: