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…

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

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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:

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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 …

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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.

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A closer look of the front

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

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

 

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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.

Aurifil 2016 April Designer of the Month

When we do something worthwhile, it makes us feel good.  When a gift is thrown in, it is like icing on the cake.  I participated in Sew Simple Saturday link party by Jan of Sew and Sow Farm last week and I won a $50 gift certificate sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop. Thank you so much Jan and the Fat Quarter Shop for this gift.  I appreciate it.  I hope I help to raise awareness about the Little Dresses for Africa project.

My current favourite colour is blue.  I have been sewing things with blue in it.  My April OMG, the Moon Bag, has blue, my May OMG, Storm at Sea, has blue and my blocks for the Aurifil Designer of the Month are all in blue.

Kate Spain is the designer for April’s block.  I thought I would not have time to sew April’s block but I managed to squeeze in some time.  Here is the block.

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You will see familiar fabric as I try to use up my scraps.

I also managed to catch up with January’s and February’s blocks.  See all my blocks together.

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I agree with Pat Sloan wholeheartedly.  Once we get 4 blocks done, the fun begins.  There are a number of layouts that we can play with.  I can’t wait to piece the other remaining 8 blocks.  LOL.

I am linking up with Pat Sloan Aurifil Designer of the Month

Can I get a Whoop Whoop

 

Aurifil 2016 Designer of the Month-March

I have not blogged for a couple of months.  Many reasons: busy with work, trying to spend more time sewing, quilting, tatting and doing so many other things, etc.   Well I am back.  I figure I will continue to post to my blog even though it may not be very frequent.  Hey. This blog is supposed to document my quilting and crafting journey.

What have I been up to?  Lots.  I have been following Christa Watson’s blog and found out that she is one of the designers for  Aurifil Designer of the month 2016.  I love the improv block that she designed for March.  So I decided to join in the fun and sew up a similar block.

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What a great way to use some of my blue scraps.  I even use my scraps to sew the flying geese.

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I have yet to make January’s and February’s block….  Linking up with

Aurifil 2016 Designer of the Month 

WIP on Wednesday

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