Mini Rings Table Runner

I cannot resist specialty rulers!  I asked a friend who was on a business trip to the US to help carry back the Mini Quick Curve Ruler as well as the Mini Rings quilt pattern (the mini version of the Metro Rings pattern).  I  have no regrets buying the ruler.   It was fun sewing up the Mini Ring table runner and it came together pretty fast.

See the rings cut up below

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See the pieced top

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Now let’s see the quilted table runner

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A closer shot to see the quilting

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Let’s have another look in natural light.

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This is my 3rd finish for Q2 2017 Finish Along.  This was listed as Goal #7 in my list of goals for Q2.  You can see my Q2 goals here

I am linking up with Show Off Saturday and Can I get a Whoop Whoop

Q2 FAL Goals

I have decided.  I will list all the projects that I intend to finish in 2017. If I manage to squeeze in any extra projects, that will be a bonus 🙂  Any projects not completed in Q2 will be rolled over to Q3 and then Q4.

Goal #1 – Linnea Ruffled bag

I started this in Q1.  The pattern for this bag came from Sue Kim’s book.  It was one of my goals for Q1 but I did not complete it in time for Q1 finish.  See the WIP

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Goal #2 – Gathered zipper pouch

Another of Sue Kim’s pattern.  I had sewn one last year as a birthday present for my sister-in-law.  I would like to sew another one for myself.

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Goal #3 – Wristlet zipper purse

Sue Kim’s pattern again.  It is from her book “Bags the Modern Classic”.  I bought 2 of her e-books last year and I intend to make full use of the pattern books.  I have paired up the following 2 fabric for the pouch.  See the template that I have printed out… all ready to go.

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Goal #4 – Patchwork tote bag using mini charm squares

I started this project towards the end of last year but I got ‘distracted’.

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Hopefully I can complete it this quarter.  According to the lady who wrote the tutorial, she finished it in 1 afternoon.  Can you see how ‘slow’ I am in sewing?  LOL  You can view the pattern cum tutorial here

Goal #5 – Colourful patchwork tote bag by Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield

I found Caroline’s blog by accident and I fell in love with her projects and tutorials. Hence I purchased a Craftsy Class by her on Colourful Patchwork Bags.  I don’t know why but this year I just have this urge to sew many bags and pouches.   I have a few packs of charm squares that I purchased from Connecting Threads a few years ago.   Caroline’s bag is the perfect project to use these.

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Goal #6 – Colourful patchwork pouch by Caroline

Caroline’s Craftsy class also teaches how to sew a zipper pouch using grid interfacing.  A friend helped me carry back from US some Pellon grid interfacing which I purchased specially for this project.  Can’t wait to sew the pouch using this method.

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Goal #7- Mini Ring Table Runner

When my friend came back from the States, he also helped carry back a mini quick curve ruler and the Mini Ring Pattern.  I have started on a table runner with the ruler and pattern.

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Goal #8 – Quilt for a colleague’s daughter

I have yet to decide on the pattern for this quilt but I do know the little girl loves lavender, lilac and purple colour.  So I have chosen a fabric for the quilt.

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Goal #9 – 2016 Aurifil Block of the month quilt for my husband’s niece

This quilt comprises of blocks from 2016 Aurifil Block of the month.     The pic below shows the quilt top without its borders.  It is now all pieced.  What is left is to quilt it.

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Goal #10 – Mystery quilt by Meadow Mist

In my last post I showed the first version of the mystery quilt.  Since then I have added a flying geese border and a 2-strip outer border.  Now to quilt it.

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Goal #11 – Hunter Star Quilt for myself

I reserved the following 2 pieces of fabric from my stash for this quilt.

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Goal #12- ‘Peared Up’ wall hanging

This kit was purchased a few years ago and kept in cold storage.  Now is the time to use it to make a wall hanging.

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Goal #13 – ‘Blooming Basket’ table runner

Another kit by Connecting Threads which I had purchased a few years ago.  Don’t know why I bought it and kept it for so long.  My wish is to complete table runner this year.

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Goal#14 – Double wedding Quilt

After I finish with Mini Ring table runner (Goal #7), I intend to work on a Double Wedding Ring quilt using the Metro Ring pattern and the original Quick Curve Ruler.  I hesitated to start on this quilt because I read that the squaring up of the blocks may pose some problems.  Hopefully after I had done the Mini Ring table runner, I will be wiser. LOL.  I have just the fabric for this quilt.  Hometown Girl Jelly roll by Pat Sloan.

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These are my very ambitious goals.  I am linking up with 2017 Q2 FAL

Can I get a Whoop Whoop

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

Bags as Birthday gifts and a bag for myself

I managed to sew 2 bags as birthday presents for my sister-in-law.  The gathered zipper bag is also my goal for December OMG.  So glad I managed to finish them.  To say the truth, I am rather pleased with the 2 bags.  I hope the recipient will like them as much as I do.

The Japanese Knot Bag or Grab Bag.

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I followed the tutorial from AllPeople Quilt.  I will definitely make more.  This bag is so cute.

The Gathered Zipper Pouch.

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I followed the tutorial here.  I will use fabric of a different colour the next time I sew this bag.

When I pattern tested for Jantine at UrbanStyleJantine, I sewed a tote for myself by modifying her pattern and using a tutorial by So Sew Easy .  The pictures below show the 2 sides of the tote.

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This bag was made from a quilt sandwich that I practised long arm quilting on.  I had planned to trash this quilt sandwich.  So glad I did not throw it away.  See the transformation.  LOL.

The yellow/purple rose on the tote bag was made with Quick point Scallop ruler.  This ruler has a variety of uses.  I had used this ruler to add scallops to the edge of the Baby Citrus quilt.   Nothing like a ruler with multiple uses.  🙂  Let’s take a look at the recessed zipper on the bag.  I think the gusset for the zipper should be longer for better coverage of the bag opening.  Well next time…

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I am linking up with Bag It at Elm Street Quilts and Let’s Bee Social.

 

Storm at Sea Tutorial and A Q2 FAL Finish

In my last post, I mentioned that I did not complete a single FAL goal that I set at the beginning of Q2.  At that time I was quilting the last bit of the border of the Charlotte’s Baskets quilt.  I knew I would not be able to finish it by 30 June but with the weekend, I just might get the whole quilt bound and washed.

Well I did it!!!  Hoohoo.  I finished quilting it, sew on the binding and even washed it this weekend!  I am so proud of myself to finish one very important goal for Q2.  This quilt has been in the WIP list for a year.  I am so glad it is finally FINISHED and I can now gift it to my daughter.  You can read about the beginnings of this quilt here.  LOL.  Better late than never.

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After washing, this is how it looks, all crinkly

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There are many tutorials on the Internet on how to construct a Storm at Sea quilt top. Below is a writeup on how I sew up my Hearts Intertwine (Storm at Sea) quilt top.  I like to sew a slightly bigger unit and trim down to size as I am not very accurate in my cutting and piecing.  That is why I like to use Deb Tucker’s rulers.  If you click at the names of the rulers below, it will bring you directly to her youtube videos where she explains very clearly how to use her rulers.  I am not affiliated to her, just a happy customer who enjoys using her rulers.  The pic below shows the layout of the Hearts Intertwine quilt top.

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Please read through the instructions below carefully once through before starting on the quilt top.  I try my best to write accurate and clear instructions but please pardon me if there are inadvertent mistakes.  I would appreciate it very much if you would let me know of any mistakes that you discovered in the instructions.

Supplies

  1. Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler
  2. Deb Tucker’s Square 2 ruler
  3. approximately 2 yards of dark blue fabric (I used a mixture of blues from my scrap bin)
  4. approximately 1 1/4 yards of light fabric (I used whites, off-whites, cream and light blues from my scrap bin)
  5. approximately 3/4 yards of red fabric (this is one solid red fabric)

Blocks/units to construct:

You need to construct the following:

a) V block units

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Finish at 3 x 3 inches i.e. when sewn into the quilt top, they measure 3 x 3 inches.  Before sewing into the quilt, they measure 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.   I used Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler to construct these units.  I will not go into detail as to how to use her ruler to sew the V block as you can view her videos.  To construct the Hearts Intertwine quilt, you will need

32 red V block units

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41 blue V block units

V block blue

b) Square in square units

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Finish at 3 x 3 inches.  I used Deb Tucker’s Square 2 ruler to construct these units.  Please refer to her video on how to cut and construct these units with her ruler.  You will need

9 blue square in square (you can obtain 2 triangles by cutting a 2 3/4 inches square once on the diagonal.  So you will need two 2 3/4 inches square to get 4 triangles for each square in square)

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4 square in square with 2 red triangles as shown below

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1 square in square with 2 red triangles sewn diagonally as shown below

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6 square in square with 1 red triangle sewn to the light colour centre square.

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c) Large Square in Square units

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For the larger Square in square units that finish at 6 x 6 inches (shown above), I had to use EQ7 to help me with the measurements to cut the centre dark blue square, the  white triangles and blue triangles surrounding the square.

You will need

4 blue large square in square

Large square in square 4 blues

4 large square in square with 3 red triangles and 1 blue triangle

Large square in squre 3 reds

4 large square in square with 3 blue triangles and 1 red triangle

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Cutting fabric:

V Block units

1. From light coloured fabric, cut:

7 – 4 x 42″ (WOF) strips

As specified by Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler, to construct 3 x 3 inches V block, we need 4″ wide strips. From the strips of fabric, subcut to get the right and left wing triangles.  Each strip of fabric, cut WOF (width of fabric) will yield about 11-12 right wing triangles and 11-12 left wing triangles.  You will need 73 right wing triangles and 73 left wing triangles.

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2. From dark blue fabric cut:

2 1/2 – 4 x 42″ (WOF) strips

Subcut each strip of fabric as specified by Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler to yield the centre V triangle.  Each strip of fabric, cut WOF, will yield about 18 – 20 centre V triangles.  You will need 41 centre V triangles.

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3. Similar to step 2 above, from red fabric cut:

2 – 4 x 42″ (WOF) strips

Subcut each strip of fabric as specified by Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler to yield the centre V triangle.You will need 32 centre V triangles.

Construct the required number of V blocks with dark blue, red or dark blue and red fabric using Deb’s method then trim to size with her V Block ruler. Refer to “Blocks/Units to construct” above for the number of blocks to construct.

Square in Square units

4. From light coloured fabric cut:

2 – 2 3/4 x 42″ strips

Subcut into squares using Deb Tucker’s Square 2 ruler.  Align her ruler on the strip to cut the squares in the centre of the square in square.  One strip, cut WOF yields about 10 – 12 squares.  You need 20 centre squares for the 3 x 3 inches square in square unit.

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5. From dark blue fabric cut:

2 1/2 – 2 3/4 x 42″ strips

Subcut into 2 3/4 inches squares. Make one diagonal cut for every square so as to yield 2 dark blue triangles.  You need 64 triangles which means you need 32 dark blue squares, each cut diagonally once.

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6. Similar to step 5 above, from red fabric cut:

1 – 2 3/4 x 42″ strips

Subcut into 2 3/4 inches squares.  Make one diagonal cut for every square so as to yield 2 red triangles.  You need 16 triangles which means you need 8 red squares, each cut diagonally once.

Construct the required number of Square in Square blocks with dark blue or dark blue and red fabric using Deb’s method then trim to size with her Square 2 ruler. Refer to “Blocks/Units to construct” above for the number of blocks to construct.

Large Square in Square units

7.  From the dark blue fabric cut:

1 – 3 1/2 x 42″ strips

Subcut into squares measuring 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (that is the centre square of the 6 x 6 inches large square in square).  You need 12 squares.

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8. From the light fabric, cut:

1 1/2 – 4 1/2 x 42″strips

Subcut into squares 4 1/2 x 4 1/2  inches.  Then cut this square diagonally twice to yield 4 triangles.  These 4 triangles (labelled 1 to 4 in the pic below) will be sewn to the centre dark blue square.  You need 48 light triangles which means 12 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches squares.  These triangles are slightly oversized.

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9.  From the dark blue fabric, cut:

2 – 4 1/8 x 42″ strips

Subcut into squares measuring 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches.  Cut each of these squares diagonally once and that yields 2 dark blue triangles.  You need 32 dark blue triangles which means 15 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches squares.  These triangles are slightly oversized.

10.  Similar to step 9 above, from red fabric, cut:

1 – 4 1/8 x 42″ strip

Subcut into squares measuring 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches.  Cut each of these squares diagonally once and that yields 2 red triangles.  You need 16 red triangles which means eight 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 inches red squares which in turn will yield .  Similarly, these triangles are slightly oversized.

Sewing the units:

11.  Sew two of the light triangles (from step 8 above) to the opposite sides of the dark blue square.  Sew triangles 1 & 2 or 3 & 4 (see pic above) .  Press the seams towards the light triangles , away from the centre square.  Then sew the remaining two light triangles (if you had sewn triangles 1 & 2 previously now sew triangles 3 & 4) to the remaining two opposite sides of the dark square. Press the seams towards the light triangles again.  Line up a square ruler that measures at least 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches so that the 1/4 inch mark on the ruler touches the diamond points of the centre dark blue square as shown in the pic below.  This ensures that there is a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Then trim the two sides. Turn the square in square block 180 degrees and in a similar manner line up the ruler on the block then trim. Now I have a square in square measuring 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches.

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12.  Sew two of these dark blue triangles (from step 9 above) to the opposite sides of the     4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches square in square unit (from step 11 above). Press the seams towards the dark blue triangles.  Then sew the remaining two dark blue triangles to the remaining two opposite sides of the square in square unit. Press the seams towards the dark blue triangles again.  Line up the ruler on the block as shown in the pic below, ensuring that there is a 1/4 inch seam allowance all around the centre square in square unit.  Then trim.  You will now have a 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches block unfinished.

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Construct the required number of  6 x 6 inches large Square in Square blocks with dark blue or dark blue and red fabric.  Refer to “Blocks/Units to construct” above for the number of blocks to construct.

13.  Sew the V block units, Square in Square units and 6 x 6 large Square in Square units together row by row.  Sew the units in Row 1 first followed by the units in Row 2, Row 3, etc as shown in the pic below.

Hearts Intertwine without borders, rows labelled

Odd rows i.e. Rows 1, 3, 5 & 7 comprise of V Block units and Square in Square units.

Even rows i.e. Rows 2, 4 & 6 comprise of V Block units and Large Square in Square units.

For even rows, you will need to sew 2 V Block units together like this:

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before joining it to a large Square in Square

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continue joining to V Blocks then to large Square in Squares to finish the row.

Cutting fabric and sewing on the Borders:

14. From the dark blue fabric cut the following :

  • 1 – 3 1/2  x 27 1/2″ strip
  • 1 – 3 1/2 x 24 1/2″ strip
  • 1 – 3 1/2 x 21 1/2″ strip
  • 6 – 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangles
  • 3 – 3 1/2 x 3 1/2″ squares

Top Border

15. Sew the 3 1/2 inches x 27 1/2″ strip of fabric to a V Block as shown below (the pic below shows the long strip of fabric made up of squares.  The length of all the squares add up to 27 1/2″.  Ignore the squares and just cut a strip 3 1/2 x 27 1/2″ to be sewn to a V Block unit)Border top 1.jpg

Then sew a 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle to the V Block end as shown below Border top 2

Next sew a V Block unit to the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle end as shown belowBorder top 3.jpg

Sew this border to the top of the pieced quilt top according to the layout diagram at the beginning of this post.

Bottom border

16.  Sew a V Block unit to a 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle as shown below (ignore the squares that make up the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle) Bottom border 1.jpg

17.  Repeat Step 16 three  more times and you have have 4 of the joined units shown in the pic in Step 16.  Join the 4 units together as follows

Bottom border 1  Bottom border 1  Bottom border 1  Bottom border 1

Then join a V Block unit to the end of the strip as followsBottom border 3

Sew this border to the bottom of the pieced quilt top according to the layout diagram at the beginning of this post.

Left-hand side border

18. Sew a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2″ square to a V Block unit then join to a 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle as shown below (ignore the squares that make up the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle)LHS Border 1.jpg

19. Sew a V Block unit to the 3 1/2 x 6 1/2″ rectangle end as shown belowLHS Border 2.jpg

20. Sew the 3 1/2 x 21 1/2″ strip to the V Block unit end as shown below (ignore the squares in the 21 1/2″ strip)LHS Border 3.jpg

Sew this border to the left-hand side of the pieced quilt top according to the layout diagram at the beginning of this post.

Right-hand side border

21.  Sew up the right-hand side border as follows using the 3 1/2 x 24 1/2″ stripRHS Border 1

Then attach it to the right-hand side of the pieced quilt top according to the layout diagram at the beginning of this post.

TaDa.  You have finished constructing the Hearts Intertwine quilt top.  LOL.  I hope the tutorial has been helpful to you.

I am linking up with A Quilter’s Table Q2 FAL

Sew Can She Show Off Saturday 

Persimon Dreams Scrap Quilt Challenge

Kathy’s Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching

 

 

 

Lucky Winner, June’s OMG

I received Lara Bucella’s book,  Crafted Applique, on Friday.  Wow that was fast.  Thanks Lara for sending it by airmail.  I won the book when I left a comment on Christina Cameli’s blog , A Few Scraps.  I like Lara’s style of writing.  Very easy to read and understand.  Most importantly she introduces a different approach to doing applique.  I have not done much applique because I often associate it with hand sewing which I have no patience for.  Don’t get me wrong, I still hand sew binding when I finish up a quilt and I enjoy that part of hand sewing because that completes the quilt.  Lara’s method seems to make sewing applique easier and faster.  I will have to try it soon. LOL.

Since I am on the topic of winning, I would like to add that a few months ago, at a giveaway at ShopMartingale, I won Windy City Bags by Sarah Lawson.

These are fantastic books with fantastic projects.  I just need to find time to sew these projects.  So many projects, so little time. LOL

School is out for the month of June.  There was an exhibition at the institution that I am teaching in.  I took my younger children there to view the exhibits.  See the youngest boy playing with one of the exhibits.

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If you look closely at the pay phone, can you tell what it is made of?  To give you more clues, let me show you some more pictures.

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By now you should already have guessed it, all the items are built with Lego blocks.  The one that intrigue me most was this

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A Singer treadle machine!  They even have a pair of scissor (right-hand corner), chalks and a pair of spectacles (pic below)

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I wish I could take the Singer machine home!

I managed to sew May’s Aurifil block of the month.  Looking forward to see all the 12 blocks together and by then I will have another quilt!

Aufil May 2016 block

As June is the month of school holidays, I will go slow on my sewing so as to spend more time with my children.  While piecing my Hearts Intertwined quilt top for May, I made many extra V blocks, Square in squares.  So, my June OMG will be to sew up these orphaned units together to piece a Storm at Sea table topper/runner.  This year, I only want to create Finished Projects and not WIPs.   I really want to thank Heidi from Red Letter Quilts for organising OMG 2016, it really forces me to get my sewing/quilting projects completed rather than remain as WIPs.  As the saying goes, better finish than perfect.

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I am linking up with OMG at Red Letter QuiltsAurifil Block of the month at Pat Sloan’s, Can I get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

 

Storm at Sea-May OMG finish

At the beginning of May, I set my goal to piece a Storm at Sea wallhanging top.  I am so glad I make it in time.  It is not big, only 45 inches x 39 inches and it is not difficult.  Just tedious.  I am having a fabric moratorium this year (at least trying very hard to have one, LOL)  so whatever I sew, I have to use my stash.  I was using my blue scraps to sew the blocks when it dawned on me that I should turn to Google, my internet teacher, to look for inspiration.  As I googled, I chanced upon Quilter’s Cache where I saw the Heart in the middle of the Storm at Sea pattern and I also saw Eugene’s block.  So I decided to combine design elements from both and I came up with this.

Storm at Sea wallhanging

Before arriving at this finished top, I had to audition different layouts and asked my husband and children for opinions.  Below is a few pictures of my auditioning photos.

A layout without borders.

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I was trying to see how it looks like with the stars at the borders, auditioning 2 shades of blue fabric.

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Storm at Sea has been in my bucket list for the longest time.  A good friend gave me a book, Calming the Storm, by Darlene Zimmerman and Joy Hoffman, published in 1996.

Calming the Storm bookcover

I fell in love with Storm at Sea because of this book.  The patterns inside make use of the blocks in Storm at Sea.  The book is definitely a source of inspiration but I did not follow the dimensions as given in the book.  I was using Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler and Square 2 ruler so I had to make block sizes that the rulers support.  I may just write a short tutorial in the future on how I construct my Storm at Sea using the dimensions I used, 3 inches finished V block, 3 inches finished Square in square the 6 inches finished Square in square for the bigger Square in square unit.  When we combine these basic units together, we get a Storm at Sea block as follows.

Storm at sea block

In the Storm at Sea block above, I sewed up the 2 V blocks on the left of the block so that it looks like a diamond rect.  The other 2 V blocks at the top right-hand side of the Storm at Sea block are not sewn together yet.  I hope you can see the before sewn and after sewn effect of the V blocks. Then we just replicate this Storm at Sea block for as many times as we want to create the quilt size we desire.

I love to sew but I hate doing the math.  As a result I ended up with a number of V block units and Square in square units unused.  I may just combine these orphaned blocks to sew up another quilt, maybe a table runner. LOL.

I am linking up with OMG at Red Letter Quilts , Main Crush Monday at Cooking up Quilts and Can I get a Whoop Whoop at Confession of a fabric addict