August OMG and Aurifil Block for July

Aurifil July’s Block of the month is designed by Wendy Sheppard.  She is one of my favourite designer and free motion quilter.  I completed the block and here it is:

July Aurifil Block

All the 7 Aurifil blocks together look like this:

7 Aurifil blocks together

When I saw the post by Heidi of Red Letter Quilts about a tutorial by From My Carolina Home on how to make a sewing kit, I was inspired.  I have yet to prepare Christmas gifts and Christmas is just a few months away.  Drawing string bags are versatile and so suitable as gifts especially to the womenfolk.

My August quilty goal is to sew up at least one draw string bag.  There are so many patterns to sew from.  Beside the pattern from From My Carolina Home, I like the patterns from In Colour Order   I hope to be able to sew more than one so as to get gifts ready for Christmas.

I am linking up with OMG at Red Letter Quilts, Can I get a Whoop Whoop and Aurifil Designer of the month.

July’s OMG Finish and a finish for Q3 FAL

I finally decided on a pattern for the first baby quilt.  It is from the book ’29 Scrappy Quilts’ by Better Homes and Gardens.  After cutting up my fabric, I kind of regretted my decision and the reason was the blocks for that quilt were small, they finish at 4 x 4 inches.  To piece up the blocks I had to cut 1 1/2x 1 1/2 inches squares.  But what was I to do as I had cut up the fabric.  So I pressed ahead and sewed up the quilt top.  I am not good with sewing a consistent 1/4 inch seam so sewing a small square to another small square poses a problem.  I had to sew slowly and used a stiletto.  Still some of the seams were not ‘ideal’.  Anyway, here is my finished quilt top.

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I have to say I am rather pleased with it as the colours are so sweet and apt for a baby girl.

I have also finished quilting and binding The Rugged Cross.  This is my 1st finish for Q3 FAL.

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However, I am having difficulty with the Cambodian quilt cos the girls there have overlocked the seams (see pic below) and that makes them very bulky.

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I am now in the process of unpicking these seams.  I forsee difficulty in sewing them back together later cos the pieces of fabric were not cut accurately and their sizes differ.

Linking up with Red Letter Quilts’ OMG and Can I get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Q3 Finish-A-long Goals and June’s Aurifil Block

I did not complete all my Q2 goals.  3 out of 4 goals set for Q2 are still uncompleted.  But I am working on them.  For Q3, I am adding 3 more goals, so here is my list:

Goal 1 for Q3

Finish quilting The Rugged Cross.  It is currently loaded on the long arm frame.  It is almost done.

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Goal 2 for Q3

Quilt and bind the following table topper.

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Goal 3 for Q3

Complete the wallhanging below i.e. pieced it up, quilt it and bind it.  I am looking forward to hanging this up for Christmas this year.

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The above 3 goals were Q2 goals which I have rolled over to Q3.  Now for the new goals that I am adding.

Goal 4 for Q3

The Hearts Intertwine quilt top is still a WIP.  Definitely something for me to finish before the end of this year.

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Goal 5 for Q3

Another Storm at Sea WIP that I would like to call a finish, the table topper top I pieced last month.  I expect this table topper to be completed quickly as it is rather small.

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Goal 6 for Q3

Someone brought back a quilt top from Cambodia.  This quilt top was sewn by girls in Emmaus Women Centre in Cambodia.  This is the first time they are doing a quilt top so their choices of colours and materials have much to improve.  Well I am tasked to make the quilt top prettier.  I can unpick and sew together the parts that I want or simply quilt it with suitable motifs.  Can’t decide on what to do with it.  I am toying with various ideas and asking for suggestions as to how I can salvage the quilt top.  Feel free to let me know if you have any suggestions.

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If you look at the back, they overlocked the seams.  Is this is an acceptable practice for quilt making?  Moreover the seams flip to opposite sides at both ends.  Looks like there is quite a bit of work to do on the quilt top.

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On another note, I have sewn up June’s Aurifil block.  Can’t wait to have all 12 blocks together.

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I am linking up with FAL 2016 Q3 and

Aurifil Designer of the Month

Setting Goal for July’s OMG

I received a commission for 2 baby quilts!  Don’t get me wrong.  I am not switching careers.  The lease on the land on which our church building sits on is due soon.  The church is raising funds to help pay for the renewal of the land lease.  To help in the fund raising, I am taking orders to sew custom-made quilts.  To start the ball rolling, the wife of one of the pastors commissioned me to sew 2 baby quilts.

On weekdays, I have an average of 1 1/2 hours of sewing/quilting time in the night before I hit the bed.  Bless her kind soul, she gives me plenty of time to finish the 2 quilts (any time before Christmas).  LOL.

Well, my goal for July is to sew up one of the 2 baby quilt tops.  We went shopping for fabrics the other day and these were our catch.  I love these fabrics.  So sweet for baby girls.  We are still finalising the pattern for the quilt.  So there is no picture or drawing to show.

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I am linking up with Red letter Quilts OMG

 

Storm at Sea Tutorial and A Q2 FAL Finish

In my last post, I mentioned that I did not complete a single FAL goal that I set at the beginning of Q2.  At that time I was quilting the last bit of the border of the Charlotte’s Baskets quilt.  I knew I would not be able to finish it by 30 June but with the weekend, I just might get the whole quilt bound and washed.

Well I did it!!!  Hoohoo.  I finished quilting it, sew on the binding and even washed it this weekend!  I am so proud of myself to finish one very important goal for Q2.  This quilt has been in the WIP list for a year.  I am so glad it is finally FINISHED and I can now gift it to my daughter.  You can read about the beginnings of this quilt here.  LOL.  Better late than never.

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After washing, this is how it looks, all crinkly

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There are many tutorials on the Internet on how to construct a Storm at Sea quilt top. Below is a writeup on how I sew up my Hearts Intertwine (Storm at Sea) quilt top.  I like to sew a slightly bigger unit and trim down to size as I am not very accurate in my cutting and piecing.  That is why I like to use Deb Tucker’s rulers.  If you click at the names of the rulers below, it will bring you directly to her youtube videos where she explains very clearly how to use her rulers.  I am not affiliated to her, just a happy customer who enjoys using her rulers.  The pic below shows the layout of the Hearts Intertwine quilt top.

Hearts Intertwine

Please read through the instructions below carefully once through before starting on the quilt top.  I try my best to write accurate and clear instructions but please pardon me if there are inadvertent mistakes.  I would appreciate it very much if you would let me know of any mistakes that you discovered in the instructions.

Supplies

  1. Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler
  2. Deb Tucker’s Square 2 ruler
  3. approximately 2 yards of dark blue fabric (I used a mixture of blues from my scrap bin)
  4. approximately 1 1/4 yards of light fabric (I used whites, off-whites, cream and light blues from my scrap bin)
  5. approximately 3/4 yards of red fabric (this is one solid red fabric)

Blocks/units to construct:

You need to construct the following:

a) V block units

V block resize

Finish at 3 x 3 inches i.e. when sewn into the quilt top, they measure 3 x 3 inches.  Before sewing into the quilt, they measure 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.   I used Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler to construct these units.  I will not go into detail as to how to use her ruler to sew the V block as you can view her videos.  To construct the Hearts Intertwine quilt, you will need

32 red V block units

V block red

41 blue V block units

V block blue

b) Square in square units

Sq2 block

Finish at 3 x 3 inches.  I used Deb Tucker’s Square 2 ruler to construct these units.  Please refer to her video on how to cut and construct these units with her ruler.  You will need

9 blue square in square (you can obtain 2 triangles by cutting a 2 3/4 inches square once on the diagonal.  So you will need two 2 3/4 inches square to get 4 triangles for each square in square)

Sq in sq all blue

4 square in square with 2 red triangles as shown below

Sq in sq 2 reds

1 square in square with 2 red triangles sewn diagonally as shown below

Sq in sq 2 reds diagonal

6 square in square with 1 red triangle sewn to the light colour centre square.

Sq in sq 1 red

c) Large Square in Square units

6x6 Sq in sq resize

For the larger Square in square units that finish at 6 x 6 inches (shown above), I had to use EQ7 to help me with the measurements to cut the centre dark blue square, the  white triangles and blue triangles surrounding the square.

You will need

4 blue large square in square

Large square in square 4 blues

4 large square in square with 3 red triangles and 1 blue triangle

Large square in squre 3 reds

4 large square in square with 3 blue triangles and 1 red triangle

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Cutting fabric:

V Block units

1. From light coloured fabric, cut:

7 – 4 x 42″ (WOF) strips

As specified by Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler, to construct 3 x 3 inches V block, we need 4″ wide strips. From the strips of fabric, subcut to get the right and left wing triangles.  Each strip of fabric, cut WOF (width of fabric) will yield about 11-12 right wing triangles and 11-12 left wing triangles.  You will need 73 right wing triangles and 73 left wing triangles.

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2. From dark blue fabric cut:

2 1/2 – 4 x 42″ (WOF) strips

Subcut each strip of fabric as specified by Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler to yield the centre V triangle.  Each strip of fabric, cut WOF, will yield about 18 – 20 centre V triangles.  You will need 41 centre V triangles.

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3. Similar to step 2 above, from red fabric cut:

2 – 4 x 42″ (WOF) strips

Subcut each strip of fabric as specified by Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler to yield the centre V triangle.You will need 32 centre V triangles.

Construct the required number of V blocks with dark blue, red or dark blue and red fabric using Deb’s method then trim to size with her V Block ruler. Refer to “Blocks/Units to construct” above for the number of blocks to construct.

Square in Square units

4. From light coloured fabric cut:

2 – 2 3/4 x 42″ strips

Subcut into squares using Deb Tucker’s Square 2 ruler.  Align her ruler on the strip to cut the squares in the centre of the square in square.  One strip, cut WOF yields about 10 – 12 squares.  You need 20 centre squares for the 3 x 3 inches square in square unit.

Sq in sq all blue centre square

5. From dark blue fabric cut:

2 1/2 – 2 3/4 x 42″ strips

Subcut into 2 3/4 inches squares. Make one diagonal cut for every square so as to yield 2 dark blue triangles.  You need 64 triangles which means you need 32 dark blue squares, each cut diagonally once.

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6. Similar to step 5 above, from red fabric cut:

1 – 2 3/4 x 42″ strips

Subcut into 2 3/4 inches squares.  Make one diagonal cut for every square so as to yield 2 red triangles.  You need 16 triangles which means you need 8 red squares, each cut diagonally once.

Construct the required number of Square in Square blocks with dark blue or dark blue and red fabric using Deb’s method then trim to size with her Square 2 ruler. Refer to “Blocks/Units to construct” above for the number of blocks to construct.

Large Square in Square units

7.  From the dark blue fabric cut:

1 – 3 1/2 x 42″ strips

Subcut into squares measuring 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (that is the centre square of the 6 x 6 inches large square in square).  You need 12 squares.

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8. From the light fabric, cut:

1 1/2 – 4 1/2 x 42″strips

Subcut into squares 4 1/2 x 4 1/2  inches.  Then cut this square diagonally twice to yield 4 triangles.  These 4 triangles (labelled 1 to 4 in the pic below) will be sewn to the centre dark blue square.  You need 48 light triangles which means 12 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches squares.  These triangles are slightly oversized.

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9.  From the dark blue fabric, cut:

2 – 4 1/8 x 42″ strips

Subcut into squares measuring 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches.  Cut each of these squares diagonally once and that yields 2 dark blue triangles.  You need 32 dark blue triangles which means 15 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches squares.  These triangles are slightly oversized.

10.  Similar to step 9 above, from red fabric, cut:

1 – 4 1/8 x 42″ strip

Subcut into squares measuring 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches.  Cut each of these squares diagonally once and that yields 2 red triangles.  You need 16 red triangles which means eight 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches red squares which in turn will yield .  Similarly, these triangles are slightly oversized.

Sewing the units:

11.  Sew two of the light triangles (from step 8 above) to the opposite sides of the dark blue square.  Sew triangles 1 & 2 or 3 & 4 (see pic above) .  Press the seams towards the light triangles , away from the centre square.  Then sew the remaining two light triangles (if you had sewn triangles 1 & 2 previously now sew triangles 3 & 4) to the remaining two opposite sides of the dark square. Press the seams towards the light triangles again.  Line up a square ruler that measures at least 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches so that the 1/4 inch mark on the ruler touches the diamond points of the centre dark blue square as shown in the pic below.  This ensures that there is a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Then trim the two sides. Turn the square in square block 180 degrees and in a similar manner line up the ruler on the block then trim. Now I have a square in square measuring 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches.

Large square in square

12.  Sew two of these dark blue triangles (from step 9 above) to the opposite sides of the     4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches square in square unit (from step 11 above). Press the seams towards the dark blue triangles.  Then sew the remaining two dark blue triangles to the remaining two opposite sides of the square in square unit. Press the seams towards the dark blue triangles again.  Line up the ruler on the block as shown in the pic below, ensuring that there is a 1/4 inch seam allowance all around the centre square in square unit.  Then trim.  You will now have a 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches block unfinished.

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Construct the required number of  6 x 6 inches large Square in Square blocks with dark blue or dark blue and red fabric.  Refer to “Blocks/Units to construct” above for the number of blocks to construct.

13.  Sew the V block units, Square in Square units and 6 x 6 large Square in Square units together row by row.  Sew the units in Row 1 first followed by the units in Row 2, Row 3, etc as shown in the pic below.

Hearts Intertwine without borders, rows labelled

Odd rows i.e. Rows 1, 3, 5 & 7 comprise of V Block units and Square in Square units.

Even rows i.e. Rows 2, 4 & 6 comprise of V Block units and Large Square in Square units.

For even rows, you will need to sew 2 V Block units together like this:

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before joining it to a large Square in Square

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continue joining to V Blocks then to large Square in Squares to finish the row.

Cutting fabric and sewing on the Borders:

14. From the dark blue fabric cut the following :

  • 1 – 3 1/2  x 27 1/2″ strip
  • 1 – 3 1/2 x 24 1/2″ strip
  • 1 – 3 1/2 x 21 1/2″ strip
  • 6 – 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangles
  • 3 – 3 1/2 x 3 1/2″ squares

Top Border

15. Sew the 3 1/2 inches x 27 1/2″ strip of fabric to a V Block as shown below (the pic below shows the long strip of fabric made up of squares.  The length of all the squares add up to 27 1/2″.  Ignore the squares and just cut a strip 3 1/2 x 27 1/2″ to be sewn to a V Block unit)Border top 1.jpg

Then sew a 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle to the V Block end as shown below Border top 2

Next sew a V Block unit to the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle end as shown belowBorder top 3.jpg

Sew this border to the top of the pieced quilt top according to the layout diagram at the beginning of this post.

Bottom border

16.  Sew a V Block unit to a 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle as shown below (ignore the squares that make up the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle) Bottom border 1.jpg

17.  Repeat Step 16 three  more times and you have have 4 of the joined units shown in the pic in Step 16.  Join the 4 units together as follows

Bottom border 1  Bottom border 1  Bottom border 1  Bottom border 1

Then join a V Block unit to the end of the strip as followsBottom border 3

Sew this border to the bottom of the pieced quilt top according to the layout diagram at the beginning of this post.

Left-hand side border

18. Sew a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2″ square to a V Block unit then join to a 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle as shown below (ignore the squares that make up the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle)LHS Border 1.jpg

19. Sew a V Block unit to the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle end as shown belowLHS Border 2.jpg

20. Sew the 3 1/2 x 21 1/2″ strip to the V Block unit end as shown below (ignore the squares in the 21 1/2″ strip)LHS Border 3.jpg

Sew this border to the left-hand side of the pieced quilt top according to the layout diagram at the beginning of this post.

Right-hand side border

21.  Sew up the right-hand side border as follows using the 3 1/2 x 24 1/2″ stripRHS Border 1

Then attach it to the right-hand side of the pieced quilt top according to the layout diagram at the beginning of this post.

TaDa.  You have finished constructing the Hearts Intertwine quilt top.  LOL.  I hope the tutorial has been helpful to you.

I am linking up with A Quilter’s Table Q2 FAL

Sew Can She Show Off Saturday 

Persimon Dreams Scrap Quilt Challenge

Kathy’s Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching

 

 

 

A Finish for June’s OMG

I made it!  I had thought I would not meet my quilting goal for June.  School was out but I had to clear a backlog of work before I could go away with my family for some bonding time.  More about my trip in a later post.  I was rushing to complete my June’s OMG and Quarter 2’s Finish-Along 2016. Happy to say I finished my June’s OMG.

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This shall be my table topper for my dining table.  I just love scrappy quilts.  LOL. I managed to use up all my extra V block units and the small Square in square units left over from the Hearts Intertwine quilt top .  I am still left with 4 of the bigger Square in square units.

For my Q2 FAL, I did not manage to complete it.😦 I had four goals for Q2 but did not manage to finish any of the four.  Nevertheless I am happy because I am making progress in my quilting goals.  I am almost done with one of the four goals, so by Q3, it should be completed.  Have a sneak peek at my work in progress below.

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All these goal-setting is doing me a lot of good.  I tend to procrastinate and I usually end up accomplishing very little or none at all in my quilting projects.  By setting goals and timeline, I am forced to move and not stagnate.  It does not matter that I did not finish what I set out to do by the end of the quarter, what matters is that I have made progress.

I am linking up with  Red Letter Quilts OMG and Esther’s Quilt Blog WIPs on Wednesday

 

Lucky Winner, June’s OMG

I received Lara Bucella’s book,  Crafted Applique, on Friday.  Wow that was fast.  Thanks Lara for sending it by airmail.  I won the book when I left a comment on Christina Cameli’s blog , A Few Scraps.  I like Lara’s style of writing.  Very easy to read and understand.  Most importantly she introduces a different approach to doing applique.  I have not done much applique because I often associate it with hand sewing which I have no patience for.  Don’t get me wrong, I still hand sew binding when I finish up a quilt and I enjoy that part of hand sewing because that completes the quilt.  Lara’s method seems to make sewing applique easier and faster.  I will have to try it soon. LOL.

Since I am on the topic of winning, I would like to add that a few months ago, at a giveaway at ShopMartingale, I won Windy City Bags by Sarah Lawson.

These are fantastic books with fantastic projects.  I just need to find time to sew these projects.  So many projects, so little time. LOL

School is out for the month of June.  There was an exhibition at the institution that I am teaching in.  I took my younger children there to view the exhibits.  See the youngest boy playing with one of the exhibits.

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If you look closely at the pay phone, can you tell what it is made of?  To give you more clues, let me show you some more pictures.

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By now you should already have guessed it, all the items are built with Lego blocks.  The one that intrigue me most was this

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A Singer treadle machine!  They even have a pair of scissor (right-hand corner), chalks and a pair of spectacles (pic below)

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I wish I could take the Singer machine home!

I managed to sew May’s Aurifil block of the month.  Looking forward to see all the 12 blocks together and by then I will have another quilt!

Aufil May 2016 block

As June is the month of school holidays, I will go slow on my sewing so as to spend more time with my children.  While piecing my Hearts Intertwined quilt top for May, I made many extra V blocks, Square in squares.  So, my June OMG will be to sew up these orphaned units together to piece a Storm at Sea table topper/runner.  This year, I only want to create Finished Projects and not WIPs.   I really want to thank Heidi from Red Letter Quilts for organising OMG 2016, it really forces me to get my sewing/quilting projects completed rather than remain as WIPs.  As the saying goes, better finish than perfect.

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I am linking up with OMG at Red Letter QuiltsAurifil Block of the month at Pat Sloan’s, Can I get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict