New found love or is it?

I have been wanting to do a blog post but I was too caught up with my new found love, yarn manipulation.  What is that?  It is none other than crochet and knitting.  I have been crocheting and knitting up a storm this past month.  First up, I did finish the Bavarian Scarf and I have gifted it to a dear colleague on her birthday.  She will need it when she goes on her trip to South Korea at the end of the year.  Goal #3 of my Q3 FAL goals is accomplished.  See my Q3 goals here.  

IMG_20170813_074501[1]

IMG_20170813_074531[1]

The happy recipient of the scarf.

IMG_20170830_085629[1]

Since I started crocheting, I thought to myself, why not get a set of crochet needles?  Well, I got a set of new Clover Amour crochet needles.  They came in a case but I wanted a personalised handmade case.  With the help of Youtube video by Donna Wolfe, I crocheted the case below.

IMG_20170913_080301[1]

See all my crochet hooks?  I had also bought Tulip crochet hooks in sizes that were not available in the Clover Amour set.  The case was supposed to hold 10 crochet hooks. However, as the case was crocheted rather loosely, I was able to hook more crochet hooks in between the pockets.  This case is perfect to store all my hooks!

IMG_20170913_080206[1]

My urge to crochet is so great that I crocheted a goldfish.  Pattern is from Ravelry by Kate Wood.  This goldfish looks like the real thing.  I am gifting this to my MIL who has 5 live goldfishes at her home.

IMG_20170903_224434[1]

As if crocheting is not enough, I venture into knitting as well.  The last time I knitted was some 20 years ago.  I chanced upon Susan B Anderson’s book, ‘Spud and Chloe at the Farm’,  in the school library.  The barn animals in the book are soooo cute.  I could not resist the ‘Little Lamb’ pattern so I knitted one.  I had wanted to knit a black sheep but black on the sheep’s face looks kind of shocking for little children so I ended up using grey yarn instead.   It turned out much better than I expected.  By the way, the ‘Little Lamb’ is not the sheep featured on the front cover of the book.  The white sheep on the front cover is ‘Spud’.

IMG_20170910_145437[1].jpg

Side view of the Little Lamb.

 

IMG_20170910_144702[1]

Little Lamb with a red scarf.  LOL.

IMG_20170910_224612[1].jpg

I’d better work harder on the rest of my Q3 FAL goals.  Not very productive in terms of meeting my Q3 goals.

I am linking up with Let’s Bee Social

Advertisements

2017 Q3 Goals

We have crossed mid year and now we are in Q3 of 2017.  Now is time to list my goals for Q3

Goal #1 – Wristlet zipper purse

Sue Kim’s pattern.  I did not manage to complete this wristlet in Q2.  The pattern is from her book “Bags the Modern Classic”.  I intend to use the following 2 fabric for the pouch. I have also printed the template for the pattern.

IMG_20170406_213134[1]

Goal #2 – Colourful patchwork tote bag by Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield

These charm squares that I purchased from Connecting Threads a few years ago are perfect for the colourful patchwork tote bag by Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield.  I took her Craftsy class where she taught how to sew this bag.

IMG_20170404_230525[1]

Goal #3 – Bavarian crochet scarf

This scarf was a result from my Bavarian Crochet class.  I am half way crocheting this scarf.  Just need to crochet another few more rows and it is done.

IMG_20170626_153057_HDR[1]

Goal #4 – My Funny Valentine Wall hanging

This applique wall hanging was a project from Sarah Fielke’s Craftsy class.  I hope to finish the applique and do some simple quilting to complete the wall hanging.

IMG_20170701_235044_HDR[1]

Goal #5 – Sun Bonnet Sue coin purse

The applique for this Sun Bonnet Sue is done.  The design is from Akemi Shibata’s book, Quilted Bags and Gifts.  Just need to do embroidery of the background and I will be able to sew it into a coin purse.

IMG_20170701_235142[1]

Goal #6 – Peared Up’ wall hanging

This kit was purchased a few years ago.  I must use it to make a wall hanging.

IMG_20170408_081646[1]

Goal #7 – ‘Blooming Basket’ table runner

Another kit by Connecting Threads which I had purchased a few years ago.   My goal is to complete this table runner this year.

IMG_20170408_081735[1]

Goal #8 – Mystery quilt by Meadow Mist

The quilt top of the 2016 mystery quilt by Meadow Mist is done. Now to quilt it.

IMG_20170401_075435[1].jpg

Goal #9  – Kindred Pinwheel quilt

I would like to make a quilt for a colleague’s daughter  using a pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Company – Kindred Pinwheel pattern.   You can view the tutorial for this quilt here.  Her favourite colours are lavender, lilac and purple colour.  So I have chosen this fabric as the main fabric for the quilt.

IMG_20170405_222422[1]

Goal #10 –  Hunter Star Quilt for myself

Hunter Star pattern has been in my to-do list for a long time.  I reserved the following 2 pieces of fabric from my stash for this quilt.

IMG_20170406_212747[1]

Goal#11 – Double wedding Quilt

A Double Wedding Ring Quilt using the Quick Curve Ruler.  I have just the fabric for this, Hometown Girl Jelly roll by Pat Sloan.

IMG_20170408_085107[1].jpg

Goal #12 – Bind Stained Glass Peacock wall hanging

This was supposed to be a trial for my Tiffany Stained Glass Peacock wall hanging.  There was some slippage in the hoop when I machine embroidered the Peacock so I did not use it in the main wallhanging.  You can see that the black outline is off.  Rather than leave it as a WIP, I might as well sew on a binding to make it into a mini wall hanging.

IMG_20170707_073649[1].jpg

Goal #13 – Crochet a hat and scarf

When I was in Spotlight, I bought these balls of yarn hoping to crochet a matching set of hat and scarf, pattern name is Snowball Hat and Scarf.  You can see the pattern here.  It is the dark grey set with light grey patches in the scarf and hat.

IMG_20170707_072202[1].jpg

Goal #14 – Baby quilt top

This darling quilt top is made from a quilt panel.  What is left is to quilt and bind it.

IMG_20170706_203831[1].jpg

I am linking up with 2017 FAL Q3 and Let’s Bee Social

2016 Aurifil Block of the Month Quilt

I must be losing my grey matter.  I forgot to set my OMG goal for June.  This is the second time I forgot to set my OMG goal.  The good thing about not setting monthly goals is that I do not feel pressured to complete a project within the month.  The bad thing is that I lose focus and  started on a few projects at one go.  I took a Craftsy class by Sarah Fielke “Big Techniques Small Scraps” where she taught needle-turn applique and a few other techniques.  The needle-turn applique project from her class was a fun applique wall hanging.  I have dabbled in needle-turn applique in the past but did not enjoy it because I found it tedious and difficult.  Sarah’s technique of applique is simpler than those I have seen before so I decided to give needle-turn applique another go.  This is the work in progress (see pic below).  I may change out the fabric of the centre flower.  Still deciding…

IMG_20170701_235044_HDR[1]

I learnt quite a few techniques and I enjoyed the class.

IMG_20170701_235636[1].jpg

This book came in the mail a few weeks ago.  Saw a Sunbonnet Sue coin pouch inside the book.  So irresistible… and so timely.  The book came after I had taken Sarah’s class.  I can make use of the applique technique that I have just learnt in her class for this pouch! And the resulting work in progress is as follows:

IMG_20170701_235142[1].jpg

Two applique projects at one go.   Then I chanced upon an Annie’s Class on Bavarian crochet.  Now I have not crocheted for more than 30 years.  The introduction to the class is soooo… tempting.  What am I to do but to purchase the online class.  The very next day I visited Spotlight Singapore and what a coincidence (or is it?) that Spotlight was having a 40% off for all yarns.  As happy as a lark, I bought myself a few balls of wool and a crochet needle.  My scarf in progress …

IMG_20170626_153057_HDR[1].jpg

The 2016 Aurifil Block of the Month quilt is bound and washed.  When I was sewing up the blocks, I used my scraps of blues that I had at that time.  The quilting took much longer than my previous quilts.  I wanted to try denser quilting and I wanted a ‘bluer’ quilt so I used blue Signature cotton quilting thread.  Well the blue thread did make the quilt look bluer but it also ‘highlight’ my oops.  However, my children think it looks great. They were not able to spot my mistakes.  LOL.  I am just glad that the quilt is completed. This quilt is going to my husband’s niece in Australia.  This is my 5th finish for Q2 of 2017 Finish A-long and it is Goal #9,  See my goals for Q2 FAL here.

IMG_20170616_154057[1]

A closer look of the front

IMG_20170616_154050[1]

Let’s take a look at the back of the quilt.

IMG_20170616_154154[1]

I am linking up with Q2 FAL, Sewcanshe and Can i have a Whoop Whoop.

 

Another project completed for Q2 2017 Finish-A-long

I missed setting a goal for May OMG.  I was so busy organising an event for my school that I completely forgot about it.  However I managed to complete another project for 2017 Finish-A-long , the Patchwork Tote Bag.    This is Goal #4, my 4th finish for Q2 2017 FAL.  This project is made with all my scraps.  The lining is from a batik fabric that I had wanted to trash.  The colours bled so badly that I felt that I could not use the fabric in any projects. Now it is put to good use.  I feel so pleased with myself.

You can get the tutorial for the bag from quiltingboard here.  The construction of the bag is the same as the Schlep bag.  If you google schlep bag, you will see that the bag looks different when you use different size blocks with different fabric.

IMG_20170520_080718[1]

Look carefully at the bag and you will realise that mine looks different from the tutorial and the schlep bag.  I changed it up cos I wanted a bag with zipper.  With the zipper on, I had to sew the handles differently from that shown in the tutorial.  I made the handles using a tutorial by Sewcanshe.

Let’s take a look from the side.

IMG_20170520_080640[1].jpg

Once the bag was completed, I change out my bag immediately.  No fear.  It was easy to transfer items from my Moon Bag to this bag cos I use the Handy Purse Organiser.

See the Handy Purse Organiser in the bag.

IMG_20170520_080525[1]

You can see my Q2 FAL goals here.  I am linking up with Let’s Bee Social and Mid Week Makers and Q2 FAL Finishes

April OMG Finish

I was very eager to complete my April OMG project.  I have a few handbags but I hardly interchange among them.  I was afraid that I would forget to transfer my staff pass, office/home keys when I change to a different handbag.  But I am not afraid anymore.  LOL.  My April OMG project is a handy purse organiser.  What does a purse organiser do?  You use it to carry all the stuff you normally carry in your handbag.  It is small and handy.  You can lift it out of one bag and place it into another bag.  In this way, you can easily change your handbags :).  The tutorial for the purse organiser is by Caroline at Sewcanshe.  You can get the free pattern here.

See the work-in-progress

purseorganiser1

purseorganiser2

The Finished product

purseorganiser3.jpg

The inside of the purse organiser.  Can you see the inside zipper pocket?

purseorganiser4.jpg

The purse organiser with the basket tote bag behind it.  The pattern for the basket tote bag is also by Caroline of Sewcanshe.  You can get the free pattern here.

purseorganiser & basket tote bag.jpg

The purse organiser fits neatly inside the basket tote bag. See the pics below

purseorganiser & basket tote bag1

purseorganiser & basket tote bag2

Next week I am going to use my Moonbag.  If you remember, I sewed this bag as one of my OMG last year.  With my new purse organiser, I can switch bag in an instant. Yay.

Moonbag1

Moonbag

Linking up with Can I get a Whoop Whoop, Show off Saturday and One Monthly Goal

 

 

Mini Rings Table Runner

I cannot resist specialty rulers!  I asked a friend who was on a business trip to the US to help carry back the Mini Quick Curve Ruler as well as the Mini Rings quilt pattern (the mini version of the Metro Rings pattern).  I  have no regrets buying the ruler.   It was fun sewing up the Mini Ring table runner and it came together pretty fast.

See the rings cut up below

IMG_20170404_225923[1]

See the pieced top

IMG_20170411_220610[1].jpg

Now let’s see the quilted table runner

Minirings1

A closer shot to see the quilting

Minirings2

Let’s have another look in natural light.

Minirings4

This is my 3rd finish for Q2 2017 Finish Along.  This was listed as Goal #7 in my list of goals for Q2.  You can see my Q2 goals here

I am linking up with Show Off Saturday and Can I get a Whoop Whoop and Q2 FAL Finishes

Gathered Zipper Pouch

The long weekend that had just gone by gave me the time to complete Goal #2 for Q2 Finish Along.  This is not a new pattern for me.  I had sewn a pouch using the same pattern last year.  This Sue Kim’s pattern has 3 sizes.  The first pouch I sewed was Small. For this second pouch, I used the same fabric but I sewed the Medium size.  Instead of using normal interfacing as specified in the pattern, I used cotton batting.  See the off-white cotton batting just beneath the lining of the bag.

IMG_20170415_110429[1]

The cotton batting gives the pouch more structure.  When I sewed the first pouch, I used normal interfacing and the pouch felt floppy.  This second pouch looks and feels much better. 🙂  See pic below.

IMG_20170415_112729[1]

I am linking up with Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilt and

Show off Saturday at Sewcanshe

and Q2 FAL Finishes.  You can see my Q2 goals here.