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

 

 

April One Monthly Goal

I sewed a basket tote last month on impulse after viewing the tutorial at sewcanshe.  See my basket tote below.

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While at Caroline’s blog aka sewcanshe, I saw the purse organiser tutorial.  Just what I need to use in my basket tote bag.  I had to visit a number of fabric and haberdashery shops before I found a bright orange mesh fabric.

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Well it was not my first choice of colour but it was the only mesh fabric I could find so I will have to settle for that.  My OMG for April was to use the orange mesh fabric and fabric from my stash to make a Handy Purse Organiser.

I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts

 

March OMG Finish

Where has time gone?  I cannot believe that today is the last day of March!  Let’s take stock of my quilty progress.  I set out to piece the Mystery Quilt by Cheryl of Meadow Mist for March.  I completed the piecing fairly early in the month but I could not decide on the borders.  Let’s see the quilt top.

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All the fabric used in the above quilt top came from my stash.   Then I decided to ‘enlarge’ the quilt top.  To my dismay I realised I ran out of the green, red and dark blue fabric.  I had no choice but to go shopping (fantastic excuse to buy more fabric. LOL) at my favourite store, Sing Mui Heng (SMH).  I remembered I bought the green fabric from SMH not too long ago.  To my horror, they ran out of that particular shade of green.  They also ran out of the dark blue fabric!  My mind was working furiously on other possible colour combinations when I spied green in a corner of the shop where ends of bolts of fabric were packaged neatly in plastic bags.  That was my green fabric!  With my spoils (I also purchased solid red similar to the one I used in the centre of the quilt top) I went home to add a pieced border to the quilt top.  Tada..

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It was not my intention to make this into a Christmas quilt but it definitely looks like a Christmas quilt now.  The size is currently 72″ x 72″ which is still small as I am looking to make a queen size/king size quilt.  Who knows?  I may add more borders…

 

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilt OMG-March Finish Linkup and Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Setting March’s OMG

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.

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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.

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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 am also linking up with 2017 Finish Along

OMG February Goal & Aurifil 2017 February Block

I enjoyed making the Denim tote bag using June Tailor’s Charming Circles ruler.  This was the goal that I set for February. It was fun to make something of a smaller scale (compared to a king-sized quilt).  The denim fabric was from Bedok Methodist church.  There is a group of women from this church who meets every week to fellowship and sew together. The items they sew are put up for sale at the end of the year to raise funds for missionaries.  I joined their sewing circle once and had a great time but due to work commitment I am unable to join them now.  They had boxes of denim fabric donated by a jeans manufacturer and they did not know what to do with the fabric.  They gave me some to ‘use’.  Well the tote bag was a good project to use the fabric.  I followed the tutorial here.  Once the bag was done, I ‘returned’ it back to Bedok Methodist Church Sewing Circle. This is my contribution to their craft fair this year :).  Here are some pics that I managed to take.

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Don’t you just love the shabby chic look that fraying denim gives?

Just as I was deciding on which WIP to tackle next, I saw Pat Sloan’s post on her layout of the quilt made with blocks from 2016 Aurifil Block of the Month Designers .  If you remembered, I was faithfully sewing my 2016 Aurifil blocks until I started working feverishly on the commissioned pineapple quilt.  By then, I had sewn 7 blocks, i.e. the last block I sewed was July 2016.  Her post reminded me that I have 4 more blocks outstanding and it is time to finish it up.  Happily I sewed blocks for Aug, Sept, Oct and Nov.  Problem came when I started on Dec’s block.  It is a paper piecing block.  My paper piecing skills have a lot of room for improvement and I mean A LOT!  Dec’s block is very pretty but to construct it I needed to paper piece 6 parts then join them together.  I struggled with each part as I was not good at estimating the size of each piece of fabric required.  When I tried to join the 6 parts together, disaster struck, the parts did not meet.  In other words, I was not able to join the 6 parts together and still get 12 1/2″ square for the completed block.  I was so frustrated.  Don’t get me wrong.  There is nothing wrong with the pattern.  It is a very pretty block.  A bad workman blames his tools.  No.  Not me.  I will not blame anyone for my lack of skills.  I really need to work on paper piecing!

Then I saw Maureen Cracknell’s Dutch Treat block .  It was love at first sight!  That was it.  I would make her block instead and that would complete the 12 blocks I needed for Pat’s quilt layout pattern.

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I chuckled while reading Tish’s post at Tish’s Adventures on Wonderland on having a squirrel that distracted her from everything that she should be doing.   We shared the same weakness.  I was so sure that I was not going to be doing anything else except those quilty goals that I set for myself for this month.  Wrong!  I chanced upon Caroline’s Basket Tote bag at Sewcanshe and I was captivated.  Whatever resolve that I had to be disciplined and focused on what I set out to do completely disappeared when I saw that she is providing the pattern to the Basket Tote Bag free!  I had to drop everything and sew that bag.  I was meant to sew that bag.  My order from Amazon was delivered just not too long ago with packets of Soft and Stable and Bosal In-R-Form,  the ingredient for making good structure bags, and they were waiting patiently for me to use them for some worthwhile projects.  LOL.  I must say the Basket Tote is definitely a worthwhile project.  I am more than pleased with how it turned out.

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I fussy cut an Indonesian batik fabric that I purchased from Malaysia last year.  Like all quilters, I have a weakness for fabric.  When I saw this piece of fabric, I told myself I had to have it.  I had made up my mind that I was going to use it for a bag.  It is a very beautiful piece of fabric but I would not want to use it on a quilt as the colours bleed quite a lot.  I had pre-washed it and it bled everytime it was immersed in water.

Let’s take a look at the inside of the bag.

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I added 2 more pockets to the lining of the bag so I have 4 pockets in total.  Just what I need.  Caroline linked her bag tutorial to Perfect fabric purse handles at Blue Susan Makes and it was there that I learnt to sew my dream bag handles.  If I were to buy this type of handles, it would cost a hand grenade.  Now I can make them myself.  Yay.  Thank you Caroline and Susan who are so generous to share your knowledge and creativity with us!

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I am linking up with OMG at Elmstreet Quilts, Aurifil 2017 Feb block at Pat Sloan, Show Off Saturday at Sewcanshe, DrEAMi at mmm! quilts and Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts.

Q1 FAL Finish and February OMG Goal Setting

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.

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A close-up picture of the quilt.

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Let’s see how the quilt looks like using my king-size bed as a model.

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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.

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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

Also linking up with 2017 Finish Along

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