Wristlet Pouch – Finish Along 2017 and Bag It

This was a relatively easy project to complete but I procrastinated.  However I still managed to finish the pouch in time for Bag It and also met my goal (Goal #6) for Q4 Finish-Along 2017.

The front of the pouch

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The back of the pouch

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The inside of the pouch

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I added a store bought label on the lining.  I have been toying with the idea of purchasing customised labels, labels with my blog name, The Biasedge.  It is definitely easier to label my projects.  Well one of these days I might just go ahead and order some.

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I used bright red zipper as accent as the whole pouch looks kind of dull.  The pattern called for 10″ zipper but I happened to have a 8″ one so to lengthen the zipper I added a fabric tab at the end of the zipper.  If you look closely at the picture above where the zipper pull is, you will see that there is an extension of the zipper made of dark blue fabric after the zipper pull.  I feel that this makes the installation of the zipper neater.  I have also added interfacing to the strap thus making it stiffer.  If you are making a stiffer strap, do remember to change your sewing machine needle to a bigger size (I use size 18) or else the needle might break as it has to go through many layers.

Coincidentally, Mary of The Daily Sew shared views similar to mine regarding stiffening of the strap and adding fabric tab at the end of the zipper.  She did a pattern review of this wristlet pouch 2 years ago.

I am linking up with Bag It  and Let’s Bee Social

Linking up with 2017FAL Q4.  My Goals for 2017 FAL Q4

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Q4 Finish Along Goals

I have decided on my goals for Q4.  Some of these goals are uncompleted projects from earlier quarters.  I shall continue to list them here.

Goal #1 – Sock bunny

I fell in love with Susan B. Anderson’s patterns for knitted toys so I purchased her Opal Sock Bunny pattern and started on it.  Do bear in mind that I am still quite a newbie in knitting.  The last time I knitted was some 20 years ago and that was only doing knit and purl.  I used magic loop method which I learnt from Youtube.  My progress so far.

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Goal #2 – Make another Sock Bunny like Goal #!

After I finished the bunny in Goal #1, I want to make another sock bunny but in a different colourway.  I have the yarn ready for this second sock bunny.

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Goal #3 – Pieced and Quilt a quilt using Spinning pattern

I bought the Spinning pattern from Cooking Up Quilts but did not have the chance to use it.  Now is the time to use it for a quilt that is to be gifted to my husband’s nephew.  Ben is getting married in January next year.  What better gift for the bride and bridegroom than a quilt?  These fabric are all washed and ready to be cut into yummy strips.

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Goal #4 – Quilt and bind a pieced quilt top

The quilt top is not pressed yet.  It will soon be and loaded onto the long arm.

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Goal #5 – Corner to Corner crochet a Advent calendar

This Advent calendar pattern is by Repeat Crafter Me.  I fell in love with the pattern when I set my eyes on it.  Christmas is just around the corner.   This Advent calendar is so appropriate for the season to remember Christ.  My yarn from Amazon is waiting patiently to be put to good use.

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Goal #6 – Wristlet

This should be a quick project but I am taking a long time to embark on it even though I have decided on the fabric.  Maybe I should speed up to link up with Elm Street Quilts Bag It.

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Goal #7 – My Funny Valentine

To finish the applique and then quilt it.

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Goal #8 – Sunbonnet Sue purse

Another WIP waiting to be completed into a small coin purse.

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Goal #9 – Colourful Patchwork Tote Bag

To complete this into a usable tote bag.  I am still debating on whether to sew it up with a zipper or not.  See my pellon gridded interfacing with the Essex linen fabric below.  This pattern is by Caroline of SewCanShe.  I took her Craftsy class.

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Goal #10 – Table runner quilt kit

This kit was purchased a few years back.  Time to work on it.

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Goal #11 – Wall hanging kit

Another kit purchased a few years back.  I must be disciplined to finished it up.  When I saw it then, I was so motivated but after I received the kit, I kind of lose my eagerness.

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Goal #12 – Quilt and bind the King size quilt top

Quilt top was completed when I participated in Meadow Mist mystery quilt last year.  What is left is to quilt it and bind.

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I am listing these goals down hoping to complete a few in this last quarter of 2017.  Wish me luck.

Linking up with 2017 Finish-a-long

and My Quilt Infatuation

 

 

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.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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The Finished product

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

Linnea Ruffled Bag

Update: I am reposting this.  I’d just realised that my original post went missing.  Case of the missing blog post.

The bag is completed.  Not a difficult bag to construct.  Pattern of bag comes from Sue Kim’s book “Boutique Bags, Classic Style for Modern Living“.  Instead of using normal interfacing for the lining of the bag, I used cotton batting.  This gives the bag a little bit of structure.

Goal #1 for Q2 FAL 2017 is achieved.  I always feel good when I accomplish a goal. LOL.

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How about another pic?  This time with my daughter modeling the bag for me.

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You can see my Q2 Goals here.  I am linking up with Q2 FAL Finishes