Saturday, February 19, 2011

Bakerella book signing

When Bakerella aka Angie the author of the Cake Pops was here  last October 2010, I was in Indonesia visiting my mother, so I missed the book signing. I was so upset and I thought I would never have a chance to meet her in person again. Fortunately, last week she posted in her blog saying that she would be coming to San Francisco again for another book signing... Yay...I would not miss her this time.
I was hoping the weather would be nice with no rain, however, the rain came and it was cold and windy. We went to the Chronicle Book Store at Union Street. It was a nice, cute, and small book store. The line wasn't too long when we were there, and I stayed a only quick moment in line.
My daughter, Hannah came with me and she brought her a gift, a friendship bracelet that she made the night before.

Angie was very sweet and she answered all my questions about the cake pops. She also gave tips about selling them to fundraisers. What a fun day. Here are the pictures from the book signing.

A cute pose of Hannah and Angie.

Angie with the bracelet from Hannah

And this is my book

Friday, February 18, 2011

More progress

I was so happy that finally I made the progress. After I followed the tutorial from Crazy Mom Quilt on how to baste the quilt, here is the result.

 I'm not sure if I will do the quilt with the machine since I'm not familiar with it. I decided to do it by hand until I felt comfortable to do it with the machine. I would like to thank Annabella and Claudia who is encouraged me to keep trying...Thank you ladies!.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Here is my unfinished quilt!

As I promised before, I have finally finished my top quilt. I'm not quiet completely finished yet, I still have to finish putting it together. I'm still not sure on how to do the machine quilt and put the batting. I looked around and kept browsing until I finally found these two blogs  called  Sew Inspired and Crazy Mom Quilt. They both have basic tutorials that teach how to baste the quilt for beginners like me. I will try to follow their tutorial, and I will show you again how it looks.
Here is the picture of Dresden Plate from that I learn from the Missouri Star Quilt.

And the second picture is just a square pattern. The fabric is Kate Spain Fandango. I bought these charm packs from ebay, and they are great for a beginner to practice matching the squares together.

I have ordered more fabric from ebay from the Kate Spain collection for the back of the quilt. As soon as I receive the fabric, I will follow the instructions of Crazy Mom Quilt on how to baste the quilt.

Do you know Bakerella ? She will come again to San Francisco for another book signing.I missed the first book signing because I went to Indonesia to visit my mother. I'm so glad that she has decided to come back and have another book signing.. If you are in San Francisco on February 19, don't miss it. She will be in San Francisco  at the Chronicle Books Store at Union Street .

Friday, February 11, 2011

My new toy

My husband bought me a sewing machine about 10 years ago, right after I had my daughter. When he bought it, it included a course on how to use the sewing machine. However, every time I came to the store with the baby in the basinet, I didn't have a chance to learn anything because my daughter always cried. So, I decided to take the course later.. after my baby was a little bit older and guess what!, until now, the sewing machine has still been inside the box. So, I decided to do something with it... First, find manual and try to figure out how to use the sewing machine. Lucky for me, I made it worked, but I still to had to go through the manual for other applications
I'm so glad that it finally worked because I want to do so many things with this machine. I have been looking for a place to learn quilting around San Francisco especially for beginners. I need someone who can guide me from start to finish. However, I had no luck, so I googled it and found a lots of blogs that can help you learn how to quilt. I had to keep searching until I found the answer, and most of the results were very useful.
This is the picture of my sewing machine.

my new toy and the manual

 If you have the same machine and want to share with me on how to use it, please feel free to email me
You can learn from youtube as well. A woman named Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company gave a free tutorial that was very useful and very clear. I'm so glad that I found her.
My first quilt is the Dresden Plate Quilt, I will show you when it's ready. Right now, It's still in progress..I will post the pictures tomorrow.

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