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.

charming-circles-tote-bag

Charming Circles tote bag2.jpg

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.

2017 Aurifil Feb block.jpg

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.

Basket Tote bag2.jpg

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.

basket-tote-bag3

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!

Bag handles.jpg

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.

img-20170127-wa00061

A close-up picture of the quilt.

IMG_20170127_115910[1].jpg

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

IMG_20170130_125146[1].jpg

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.

IMG_20170208_073451[1].jpg

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

November OMG

I know this post is last minute but I had a hard time deciding my November OMG.   Finally I decided on piecing another 20 pineapple blocks.  I had done 22 blocks in September. These blocks are to go into a quilt that requires at least 49 blocks.  I am not so hopeful that I can complete these 20 blocks in November but I will try.  The quilt is commissioned by a gentleman worshiping in a sister church.  He is willing to contribute to our church’s lease renewal fund for this pineapple quilt that I am sewing.  I am flattered but at the same time stressed.  Not sure if the quilt will be to his liking.  Here is a picture of the blocks that I had done for September.  Hopefully at the end of November I can show another 20 blocks added in.  LOL.  I am linking up with November OMG at Elm Street Quilts

p_20160929_2200541

Baby Citrus Quilt and October OMGQ

I had wanted to write this post earlier but I changed my phone. Handphones nowadays are not just phones.  They are also secretaries, sending reminders on appointments; torchlights, when walking in the dark; and more importantly to me, they are my cameras.  I take pictures of my quilting projects with my phones.  So when I changed my phone this week, I realised all my photos are in my old phone.  Of course I could copy them over to my new phone but being not so tech savvy, the whole copying process is taking longer than I expected….

I completed the quilting and the binding of the second baby quilt.  Let’s see the quilt top before quilting.

baby-citrus-quilt1

After quilting,

baby-citrus-quilt

I quilted with an all over motif which I saw at Wendy Sheppard’s blog here.  I am sure you notice scallops at the bottom right-hand edge and at the top left-hand edge of the quilt.  I decided to try something different using the Quick Point Scallop ruler.  A friend helped me carry these back from the States and she wanted to see the ruler in ‘action’.  A close up shot of the scallops.

Baby Citrus quilt4.jpg

My pastor’s wife was very happy with both quilts.  I am glad to strike off 1 goal from my FAL Q4 list.  This is my 3rd finish for Q4 FAL.  See my original list of goals here.  Linking up with 2016 Q4 FAL finishes

On another note, I am happy to report that I finished my Oct OMG.  My goal for Oct was to make 35 log cabin blocks.  As usual, I was so enthusiastic sewing that I ended up sewing 38 blocks.  3 extra blocks.

Log Cabin blocks35.jpg

These blocks will go into making a bag, pattern by urbanstylejantine.

I am linking up with October OMG at Red Letter Quilts and Can I get a Whoop Whoop

Twinkle Twinkle Stars Quilt

This is one of the 2 commissioned baby quilts.  I had finished the top a month or two ago but did not find the time to quilt it.  Well, I took leave from work and spent a day at home quilting it.  I have to admit that I am not a fast stitcher nor quilter but I managed to finish quilting the baby quilt which measures approximately 45 x 45 inches within that day.  Then I spent the next 2 nights hand sewing the binding on.  The quilt top before quilting.

Twinkle stars1.jpg

What can you see in the pic below?

P_20160917_115252.jpg

Yes the letter A and r.  I was quilting the name of the baby who will be receiving this quilt.

And the picture of the full quilt

Twinkle stars2.jpg

My quilting inspiration for this quilt comes from another iquilt class by Bethanne Nemesh that I purchased.  I really enjoyed Bethanne’s class.  She is very clear in her teaching and her style of quilting speaks to me.  I hope to practise more of what I learnt in her class in my subsequent quilts.

This is my 2nd finish for FAL Q4.  You can see my list of goals here  Linking up with 2016 Q4 FAL Finishes

I will update with the second commissioned baby quilt in the next few days.  I am linking up with Can I get a Whoop Whoop

Hearts Intertwine – Storm at Sea pattern

I want to thank everyone who posted words of encouragement on my previous post.  I am happy to report that I have completed Hearts Intertwine, a Storm at Sea pattern.   This quilt top was pieced using scraps from my earlier projects.  Only the red fabric and the borders were cut from my yardage of fabric.  You can read about the piecing of the quilt top here and the tutorial on how I construct it here.  I quilted based on a picture of a quilt by John Flynn found here.  Below shows my completed quilt.

Hearts Intertwine quilted2.jpg

More pictures showing detailed quilting of feathers.

hearts-intertwine-feathers1

hearts-intertwine-feathers2

I mentioned in one of my earlier post that I took an iquilt class.  Well, I did purchase one class, then I purchased another by Judi Madsen.  I love her quilting, especially her feathers.  I tried to incorporate what I learnt from her class.  She loves to add details to her feathers but I was not so adventurous with this quilt so I left out the details.

What about another picture of Hearts Intertwine?  This time hanging above the headboard of our bed.

Hearts Intertwine quilted 3.jpg

This is my 1st finish for FAL Q4 goals.  Yay, one down, five to go.  See my goals for FAL Q4 here  Linking up with 2016 Q4 FAL finishes

I am linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday and Can I get a Whoop Whoop

Finish A-Long Q4 Goals

2016 FAL

We are so close to Christmas! And I have a few quilts that are still to be completed before Christmas.  I did not complete all my goals for Q3 so I am rolling them over to Q4.  That will make my list longer.  Anyway, here is my list of goals for Q4:

Goal 1

To finish binding the Hearts Intertwine Storm at Sea quilt and hang it up above the headboard of our bed.  I was rushing to finish the quilt to meet Q3’s deadline but did not manage to.  I just managed to quilt it but not bound it.  Here is a picture of it on the frame.

p_20161005_2317481

Another picture of it, just the quilt top.

Storm at Sea wallhanging

Goal 2

To quilt and bound baby quilt no. 1 which was commissioned by my pastor’s wife.  She is giving this away as a Christmas gift.  She will pay for the quilt directly to our church.  I took on this commissioned job to help raise funds for the renewal of lease of the land on which our church building is sitting on.

SawTooth Star baby quilt-PH

Goal 3

To quilt and bound baby quilt no. 2.  This is the second baby quilt commissioned by my pastor’s wife.  Funds from this quilt also goes to land lease renewal for church.

orange-baby-quilt-pe

Goal 4

To quilt and bind this double pinwheel quilt top.  This quilt top was based on a pattern by Eleanor Burns.  Similar to Hearts Intertwine, this was also my goal for Q3 which I did not manage to complete.  I really want to finish this quilt for Christmas.

Double pinwheel.jpg

 

Goal 5

I received 2 quilt tops from Emmaus Women Centre, Cambodia.  They are about the size of baby quilts.  They would like to sell these as finished quilts to raise funds for their centre.  I need to quilt and bind these in Q4 too.

img-20160919-wa00001

Goal 6

My friend Lee Meng finished piecing the borders to her Christmas panel and she has asked me to quilt the top for her.  She will pay for the quilting and the funds will go directly to my church, again for land lease renewal. This is her pieced panel.

P_20161010_214442[1].jpg

I feel the pressure!  So many projects to complete before Christmas.  Will I be able to?  I must be very focused and must plan my time well.  I am not doing a quilting business and already I feel stressed.  I wonder how do those who quilt for a living feel with deadlines piling up. LOL.

I am linking up with Finish A-long 2016 at Clover and Violet and Main Crush Monday at Cooking up Quilts