March is a busy month. The exams are on and after the exams there is grading to be done. I am not setting any ambitious goal this month. My goal this month is to piece up the mystery quilt top by Meadow Mist Designs. This is the first year that I participate in her mystery quilt and I enjoy it. For every set of instructions that Cheryl gave, there was at least 1 month to sew before the next set of instruction. That gave me plenty of time to sew and be distracted with other unplanned projects. LOL. I have sewn all the units and pieced the blocks. I just need to form the top. See the various blocks.
The quilt finishes at 60″ x 60″. I would like a bigger quilt. So I tried to audition the blocks to see if I can add blocks to the original pattern to enlarge it.
I am still undecided. Let me piece the quilt top first (that is my goal for March). If I manage to add borders, that will be bonus :).
In my last post I talked about the Basket Tote that I sewed on impulse. Even though it was on impulse, it fitted as a finish for one of my goals (Goal 5) for 2017 FAL Q1. See my 2017 FAL Q1 goals here.
I am linking up with Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts and OMG at Elm Street Quilts
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