Thursday, February 16, 2017

My first design

Introducing "Plum Blossom."

I did it!  I used illustrator and made a repeating pattern!

It looks amateur, and colors probably needs tweaking, but I had fun.  And it feels good when I made it work.  More sketching and illustrating for me, and I will develop and mature and find my own voice. That's what I tell myself, and that's what Bonnie kept repeating and encouraging us in her classes too.

Just keep swimming!!!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Learning New Things...

Hi there,

Since I started quilting 4 years ago, I was introduced to and inspired by a whole new world of fabrics and patterns and designers and artists.  I watched all the painting, quilting, sewing videos on youtube and on Creativebug.  I admired the beautiful things that the designers made and secretly dreamed to become one.  I brainstormed with my husband on how to go about learning illustrator and design, and I decided that I have too many things on my plate right now so I will revisit later.  Well, my dear husband surprised me with an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil for Christmas!  So when Bonnie Christine of Going Home to Roost posted her Skillshare workshops on Instagram, I signed up.

Bonnie's instructions are super clear, and perfect for me as a brand new beginner.  I'm starting from zero, so I go back to Bonnie's videos multiple times.  I know that my first go won't be fabulous, but I'm focusing on getting practices and enjoying the creating process.

My moodboard is called Nostalgia.  It's about my birthplace Tainan, Taiwan.  It was home for the first 12 years of my life.  Even though I've been living in the US ever since, I still get homesick from time to time.  Tainan was the oldest city and the original capital of Taiwan; it has lots of historical buildings all around town.  Most of the photos were taken during our trips there several years ago. You can take a look at my pinterest board here.

Here is my pencil sketch of the Plum Blossom. Plum Blossom is the national flower of Taiwan. It represents endurance and perseverance during hardship because the flower blooms after the bitter winter. 

And here's my sketch on Adobe Draw App.  The coolest thing happens when you hide the pencil sketch layer and only the digital layer stays, it's like the drawing puts on a layer of pretty clothing. I really like the curves that the brushes adds to the simple motif.  I love the combo of colors too.

The next assignment is to put it in illustrator and make it into a repeating pattern. Wish me luck!


More #100Days100Blocks


# 47-55


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Returning to blog land... #100Blocks continue

It's been 5 months since I was here...

Although I wasn't blogging, I was on instagram regularly though and I was busy!  I did all my 100 blocks, couple of swaps and some Christmas handmade gifts!  Come follow me @raincitysews for more frequent updates! Blog will be more of a summary of what I did for my creative journey.

Here are some collages of my 100blocks. Will post the rest in the next post too.




#100Days100Blocks Sew-Along (No. 1-10)

(photo used with permission from @gnomeangel)

Hi there,

This is what I'm doing for 100 days. This is a Instagram sew-along hosted by Angie @gnomeangel. We are sewing through Tula Pink's book "100 Modern Quilt Blocks."  One block a day for 100 days, and we will sew through the book!  I've flipped through this book so many times, but never plunge in. I've also seen and drooled over a beautifully finished Tula Pink 100 Blocks quilt by a friend at my church quilt group. So this seem like a good reason to get into it, sewing with a group of people always helps boosting me with motivation. And I can use my precious Tula Pink fabrics in it! Of course, great prizes through the sew-along is another BIG incentive.  hehehe...

(This sew-along's starting date was Aug. 17, 2016)

So here are my first 10 blocks.

No. 1

No. 2


No. 4

No. 5

No. 6

No. 7

No. 8

No. 9

No. 10

The Splendid Sampler #22 & 23

Worked on 2 Splendid blocks these past 2 weeks.  Slowly making progress.

#22 Goose on the Loose

#23 Hand in Hand

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Playful Super Totes + Hexie Pillow

Hi there,

I've been busy sewing. I caught the #100Days100blocks train and am busy sewing blocks which I will show on the next post.

I also tried to make some more items for my shop - 2 Super Totes done!  This pattern by Anna of Noodlehead is very versatile, I've made a few of super totes already!  I used the Playful linen cotton from Cotton and Steel for the exterior and paired it with the grey gingham. I used flex-foam for the interfacing which makes the structure strong (the bag can stand on its on, if it's balanced...) and it cushions the items you put inside. I printed the pattern at 90% and did a zippered inside pocket.

At 90%, there is still plenty of room for stuff!

Next, I tried my hand at a hexie pillow. I've made these hexies long time ago but never put them together in a project. I'm glad that they are finally being used. I used a technique that skips sewing the hexies down first.  But making the hexies line up for quilting is really tricky, as you can spy some uneven line and unmatched points.  I think next time I will mark the background fabric first, then place my hexies.

At least it's all ready for the guest room! And my daughter said "It's pretty!" 

Puts a smile on my face~