December OMG completed

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!

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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.

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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

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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?

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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

 

August OMG Finish and Q3 FAL Finish

August has been a productive month in the quilting sense.  First to report, I accomplished my August OMG with 2 draw string bags.  The first was made using a tutorial from From My Carolina Home .  Carole’s draw string bag requires a plastic thingy, the type that is used when we do rug hooking.  I was not able to get this plastic thingy but I managed to purchase corrugated plastic sheet from a stationery shop.  I had thought of using paper cardboard but that would mean that I will not be able to wash my draw string bag.  The picture below shows my corrugated plastic sheet minus the 3 inches circle I cut out using scissors.  The 3 inches circle is meant to be the base of the bag.

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I am rather pleased with the resulting bag.

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I used a batik fabric with Christmas theme for the lining.  I fell in love with the fabric when I first saw it.  Brought it home and started washing it (I prewash all my fabric).  To my horror, the colours bled and they bled so badly that the fabric was smudged.  I had contemplated trashing the fabric but now I found a good use for it.  Hehee..

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The rounded base really gives it shape.  My only complaint is that it is slightly small for my needs.  I had cut the circle using Creative Grid Circle Savvy ruler and the maximum diameter that can be cut from this ruler is 15 inches.

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After allowing for seam allowance, I am down to about 14 1/2 inches of diameter.  I have to think of another way to draw  and cut a bigger circle, approximately 18 – 20 inches in diameter.  Any suggestions?

I also made another draw string bag using the pattern written by Jeni from In Colour Order.  This draw string bag is much bigger and definitely allows me to put my stuff like handphone and wallet into the bag.  My only regret when I made this bag is that I did not use an interfacing for the exterior fabric.  I did fused an interfacing for the first bag and that gave it body.  Without the interfacing, this bag looks a little ‘flat’.  However I did have a ‘bottom’ for the bag using the corrugated plastic I bought.  See the 2 bags sitting side by side.

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Next up is the Cambodian quilt top.  It was a tough decision on whether to rip it out or not but in end I did and now we have 2 quilts.  This is my second finish for Q3 FAL.  One of the quilt measures 38 x 38 inches, just nice for a baby quilt.

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and the other a small table topper measuring approximately 23 inches by 17 inches.

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This past week, I was invited by a colleague to his home for lunch.  Last minute, I decided to sew up a gift, a table runner based on a pattern I found on Craftsy by Vendulka.  She has some very pretty table runner patterns for sale.

I have lots of scraps, bonus triangles from previous projects, and I have been thinking of ways to use them.  I sewed these up to form HSTs and with these I constructed the centre of the table runner.  I then cut up strips of fabric from my fat quarters and whatever leftover fabric from previous projects.  See my progress as I auditioned my fabric and added the strips of fabric…

Audition of fabric-runner

 

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After adding the last chevron round,

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And finally the finished table runner on the console in the host home.

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I have to say this is one of my fastest project so I should give myself a pat on the back.  LOL.  Most importantly the colleague and his wife love this.

I am linking up with Red Letter Quilt OMG, Let’s be Social and Mid Week Madness @ Quiltfabrication

Update:  I am linking up with 2016 Finish A-Long Q3 Finishes.  The quilt top from Cambodia, by Emmaus Women Centre was ripped out and sewn into 2 smaller quilts, the baby quilt and the table topper.  This was my goal for Q3

1/4 inch seam marker by Fons and Porter

I bought the 1/4″ seam marker by Fons and Porter in a recent purchase from Amazon.  I have read a number of reviews on it and I really wanted to give it a try as I have been busy sewing half-square triangles (HSTs).

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I need at least 252 HSTs for Charlotte’s Baskets.  You can read about Charlotte’s Baskets here.  The HSTs for Charlotte’s Baskets are scrappy and they measured 2″ x 2″ before sewing to form the block.  This is great as I am able to use up my small pieces of scraps.  I used to sew the HSTs by cutting squares measuring 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″.  Placing 2 squares together, right sides facing, I draw a diagonal line from the top right-hand corner of the top square to the bottom right-hand corner with a pencil.

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Then on both sides of the drawn line, I sew a straight seam 1/4″ from the drawn line.  I am able to move the needle of my machine and when I align the edge of the presser foot against the drawn line, the needle will stitch out a seam 1/4″ from the drawn line.

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However, I have problem keeping the presser foot align with the drawn line and as a result my seams are usually not straight.  Using the Fons and Porter 1/4″ seam marker, I mark the seam I am going to sew with a pencil.

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Then I sew on the lines I draw.

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I find that I am able to follow the drawn lines and this will give me straight seams.  I cut my squares slightly larger than what is necessary to make the HSTs.  e.g. I cut 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares which after sewing, cutting on the diagonal and trimming will result in two  2″ HSTs unfinished.  The finished HSTs (sewn into the block) measure 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″.  Cutting larger squares is just in case the 1/4″ seam marked on the squares is not a scant 1/4″ and after cutting the squares apart on the diagonal result in HSTs that are slightly smaller than the required 2″ x 2″ (unfinished).

Anything to improve my piecing, I’m glad to have purchased the 1/4″ seam marker. 🙂

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