2017 Q3 Goals

We have crossed mid year and now we are in Q3 of 2017.  Now is time to list my goals for Q3

Goal #1 – Wristlet zipper purse

Sue Kim’s pattern.  I did not manage to complete this wristlet in Q2.  The pattern is from her book “Bags the Modern Classic”.  I intend to use the following 2 fabric for the pouch. I have also printed the template for the pattern.

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Goal #2 – Colourful patchwork tote bag by Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield

These charm squares that I purchased from Connecting Threads a few years ago are perfect for the colourful patchwork tote bag by Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield.  I took her Craftsy class where she taught how to sew this bag.

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Goal #3 – Bavarian crochet scarf

This scarf was a result from my Bavarian Crochet class.  I am half way crocheting this scarf.  Just need to crochet another few more rows and it is done.

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Goal #4 – My Funny Valentine Wall hanging

This applique wall hanging was a project from Sarah Fielke’s Craftsy class.  I hope to finish the applique and do some simple quilting to complete the wall hanging.

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Goal #5 – Sun Bonnet Sue coin purse

The applique for this Sun Bonnet Sue is done.  The design is from Akemi Shibata’s book, Quilted Bags and Gifts.  Just need to do embroidery of the background and I will be able to sew it into a coin purse.

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Goal #6 – Peared Up’ wall hanging

This kit was purchased a few years ago.  I must use it to make a wall hanging.

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Goal #7 – ‘Blooming Basket’ table runner

Another kit by Connecting Threads which I had purchased a few years ago.   My goal is to complete this table runner this year.

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Goal #8 – Mystery quilt by Meadow Mist

The quilt top of the 2016 mystery quilt by Meadow Mist is done. Now to quilt it.

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Goal #9  – Kindred Pinwheel quilt

I would like to make a quilt for a colleague’s daughter  using a pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Company – Kindred Pinwheel pattern.   You can view the tutorial for this quilt here.  Her favourite colours are lavender, lilac and purple colour.  So I have chosen this fabric as the main fabric for the quilt.

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Goal #10 –  Hunter Star Quilt for myself

Hunter Star pattern has been in my to-do list for a long time.  I reserved the following 2 pieces of fabric from my stash for this quilt.

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Goal#11 – Double wedding Quilt

A Double Wedding Ring Quilt using the Quick Curve Ruler.  I have just the fabric for this, Hometown Girl Jelly roll by Pat Sloan.

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Goal #12 – Bind Stained Glass Peacock wall hanging

This was supposed to be a trial for my Tiffany Stained Glass Peacock wall hanging.  There was some slippage in the hoop when I machine embroidered the Peacock so I did not use it in the main wallhanging.  You can see that the black outline is off.  Rather than leave it as a WIP, I might as well sew on a binding to make it into a mini wall hanging.

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Goal #13 – Crochet a hat and scarf

When I was in Spotlight, I bought these balls of yarn hoping to crochet a matching set of hat and scarf, pattern name is Snowball Hat and Scarf.  You can see the pattern here.  It is the dark grey set with light grey patches in the scarf and hat.

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Goal #14 – Baby quilt top

This darling quilt top is made from a quilt panel.  What is left is to quilt and bind it.

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I am linking up with 2017 FAL Q3 and Let’s Bee Social

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

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 and Q2 FAL Finishes

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

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

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