I have been ill since the Year of the Rooster. Before Chinese New Year, I was busy rushing to quilt the commissioned pineapple quilt. Meeting deadlines at work and staying up late at night to quilt weakened my immunity. I caught the flu bug and ran a fever for the first few days of the Chinese New Year. Urgh! I cannot remember when was the last time I fell so sick before.
The good thing was I managed to finish the binding for the quilt before I fell sick. The quilt measures 105″ x 93, about the size of a king-sized quilt. This is the biggest quilt I have quilted so far. Oh my, this quilt is heavy. I think it must be the cotton batting adding to the weight.
My husband and daughter kindly helped to hold the quilt up while I took the picture.
A close-up picture of the quilt.
Let’s see how the quilt looks like using my king-size bed as a model.
This is my first finish for 2017 Q1 FAL. See my goals here
Ok now onto my February goal. I have decided to do something simple using June Tailor’s Charming Circle ruler. I bought this ruler with the intention to sew a denim tote bag. Well I have started. See my WIP.
Now for some good news. I won a prize for my 2016 Q4 FAL finish! Thank you Fluffy Sheep Quilting for sponsoring the prize. In December, during the Sew Mama Sew giveaway, I won a pattern by Sandra (yes another Sandra) of mmm!quilts. These are all my Christmas presents. LOL.
I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts
Also linking up with Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Since the beginning of 2017, life has been crazy. On the work front, there are so many deadlines due in January. On the family side, we experienced the loss of an aunt. One part of me is glad that she has gone to Heaven to be with Christ, where there is no pain nor suffering, but another part feels a sense of loss. Perhaps I should have done more for her when she was alive, perhaps … I was feeling rather down that I did not set any quilty goal for January’s One-Monthly-Goal. These thoughts are not doing me any good. I must get rid of all these negative stuff and focus my energy on creative things. So here I am setting my goals for 2017 Q1 FAL.
I have finished the piecing of the scrappy pineapple quilt top. Now to channel my energy to quilt it. This is my No. 1 goal for Q1. This quilt top is about the size of a king sized quilt. The great thing about this quilt is that 95% (not exact Math) of the fabric used was from scraps and my stash, including the beige fabric in the sashings and the fabric for outer borders (not in the pic below). In the picture below, I had not attached the borders yet. I had only purchased a dark blue cotton+ steel fabric for the thinner inner border (also not in the pic). I am unable to show a pic with all the borders as the quilt top has just been loaded onto the long arm frame. I really want to hand over the completed quilt to the gentleman who is donating to our church as soon as possible. Praying hard that I will be focused when quilting it.
After sewing the zipper gathered pouch, I purchased Sue Kim’s book, Boutique Bags, in order to sew more pouches and bags. My second goal for Q1 is to sew at least 2 of her bags in the book.
I promised my husband’s niece that I will sew her a quilt this year. My third goal for Q1 is to pieced a quilt top for her. I found out that her favourite colour is blue. Also my favourite colour ( at the moment). The only thing I have not decided is whether to do a scrappy blue quilt or a blue colour coordinated one. I’ll have to decide … Later…
I saw a Hunter’s Star quilt recently. See pic here and I have this urge to sew a quilt for myself. Hey, I have not sewn any quilt for our bed yet. Those I have sewn were gifted away.
I would like to sew another tote bag. Similar to this one. But not exactly the same.
Well that is my list for Q1. I’ll be very happy if I get to finish half of the goals.
Oh before I go, I thought I will leave you with a pic of my completed tatted doily. I said that doily was completed in my last post but the pic shown then was not 100% completed. That should not be the case. I should have shown the finished product. So here it is
Linking up with FAL Q1 2017, Scraptastic Tuesday and Can I get a Whoop Whoop
Over the Christmas weekend, we met up with our extended family members in Malaysia. I must say we had a good time catching up with one another. Besides great company, we had good food too. There was so much to eat.
When I travel, I will usually bring with me some craft work that can be hand sewn. I have been away from tatting for quite some time so I decided to bring my tatting WIP along during this trip. It was a good idea as I was rather productive with the tatting project. I am about to complete my doily which I started at the beginning of this year. Wheeee! Another project completed for 2016. See the outermost ring in reddish brown? Just need to complete that ring and the doily is completed!
My December OMG was to sew a pouch as birthday present for my sister-in-law. See my blog post about my Dec OMG here. I sewed 2 pouches instead of 1. The birthday gal loved the presents. Phew. I was worried that she might not like the colours. Here are the 2 pouches.
I also managed to sew a table runner as house warming present for my husband’s niece. See picture below. Do you find it familiar? I had sewn a similar table runner, here. It is based on the pattern here
Oliven, the designer of the chevron table runner, used a 10” square for the centre of the runner. I used bonus triangles left over from my previous projects. The bonus triangles sewn up produced a 10 1/2″ centre square. Because my centre square is larger than what the pattern specified, I cut my strips of cloth (for sewing the chevrons) 11 1/2″ long instead of 10 1/2″as specified in the pattern. On hindsight, I should have cut my strips 12″ to 12 1/2″ long instead. That would have given me more buffer when I trim the table runner.
Remember my tote bag?
Another niece who came back from London for our family get together, fell in love with it! So I transferred my stuff to a recyclable bag and gave her my bag. It feels great to have someone who appreciates your handmade creations. LOL.
That’s it folks. This is my last post for 2016. I hope 2017 will be better than 2016 especially with regards to health. Here’s wishing you a Happy New Year.
I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilt and Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation and Can I get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
I managed to sew 2 bags as birthday presents for my sister-in-law. The gathered zipper bag is also my goal for December OMG. So glad I managed to finish them. To say the truth, I am rather pleased with the 2 bags. I hope the recipient will like them as much as I do.
The Japanese Knot Bag or Grab Bag.
I followed the tutorial from AllPeople Quilt. I will definitely make more. This bag is so cute.
The Gathered Zipper Pouch.
I followed the tutorial here. I will use fabric of a different colour the next time I sew this bag.
When I pattern tested for Jantine at UrbanStyleJantine, I sewed a tote for myself by modifying her pattern and using a tutorial by So Sew Easy . The pictures below show the 2 sides of the tote.
This bag was made from a quilt sandwich that I practised long arm quilting on. I had planned to trash this quilt sandwich. So glad I did not throw it away. See the transformation. LOL.
The yellow/purple rose on the tote bag was made with Quick point Scallop ruler. This ruler has a variety of uses. I had used this ruler to add scallops to the edge of the Baby Citrus quilt. Nothing like a ruler with multiple uses. 🙂 Let’s take a look at the recessed zipper on the bag. I think the gusset for the zipper should be longer for better coverage of the bag opening. Well next time…
I am linking up with Bag It at Elm Street Quilts and Let’s Bee Social.
😦 I did not make it for November’s OMG. I was supposed to sew 20 pineapple blocks but I only did 10 blocks by the end of November. See my blocks below.
What is my excuse for not meeting November’s goal? I was busy pattern testing a bag pattern by Urbanstyle Jantine. LOL. If you remember, I was sewing up 35 log cabin blocks for this bag. Let me give you a sneak peek on my pattern testing.
I pieced up all 35 blocks and quilted it. I will write more about this bag in another post when Jantine is ready to release her pattern.
Well it is a new month. New beginning. We have plans to meet up our extended family during the Christmas weekend to celebrate Christmas and my sister-in-law’s birthday. What do you give to a lady who has almost everything? After some deliberation, I decided to sew a gathered zipper pouch for her. This will be my OMG for December. I am hoping to sew it in time to make it for the Bag It event too. I intend to follow the pattern by Sue Kim. The tutorial for the pouch can be found here.
For the pineapple quilt top, I am still short of 12 blocks. I do hope to piece this pineapple quilt top by end December. Beside this, I also wish to make a table runner for a housewarming gift. Oh dear, so many goals and so little time. Don’t forget, I have yet to complete my Q4 Finish-Along goals…. See picture below. I am in the midst of ‘nemeshing’ one of the 2 Cambodian quilt tops. I bought a few books by Bethanne Nemesh where she teaches ‘nemeshing’, her unique quilting style. Finishing these 2 tops is one of my goals for Q4. Once done, they will be sold to raise funds for the Emmaus Women’s Centre in Cambodia.
Ok. Take a deep breath. Take one step at a time. Now back to quilting.
I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts and Lets Be Social
My friend, Lee Meng, bought the Christmas panel a few years ago. This year she decided to sew it up by attaching 2 borders to it. She gave me the honour to quilt it for her after she pieced the borders. I finished the quilting about a week ago. I enjoyed myself quilting it. I was able to put to practice what I learnt at Bethanne Nemesh’s iquilt class.
Lee Meng came to collect the quilt after I had washed it. She was so happy with it that she ‘paid’ generously for my quilting service. ‘Paid’ because the money is to be contributed to my church’s lease renewal fund. I am so happy that I am able to do something for church.
Let’s take a look at the finished quilt.
The look of the quilt from the back. You can see the quilting better from the back.
A close up shot of the quilt.
This is my 4th finish for Q4 FAL. Here is the list of my Q4 goals. Linking up with 2016 Q4 FAL finishes
I am linking up with Can I get a Whoop Whoop
I know this post is last minute but I had a hard time deciding my November OMG. Finally I decided on piecing another 20 pineapple blocks. I had done 22 blocks in September. These blocks are to go into a quilt that requires at least 49 blocks. I am not so hopeful that I can complete these 20 blocks in November but I will try. The quilt is commissioned by a gentleman worshiping in a sister church. He is willing to contribute to our church’s lease renewal fund for this pineapple quilt that I am sewing. I am flattered but at the same time stressed. Not sure if the quilt will be to his liking. Here is a picture of the blocks that I had done for September. Hopefully at the end of November I can show another 20 blocks added in. LOL. I am linking up with November OMG at Elm Street Quilts