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.
A close-up picture of the quilt.
Let’s see how the quilt looks like using my king-size bed as a model.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
What can you see in the pic below?
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
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
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.
More pictures showing detailed quilting of feathers.
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.
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
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:
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.
Another picture of it, just the quilt top.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
I signed up for a iquilt class last month when they had a sale. Iquilt has quite a number of classes on longarm quilting which caters to beginner and experienced longarmers alike. The result of my class is this quilted Storm at Sea table runner. If you remember, I posted about this quilt top, that it was constructed with leftover Storm at Sea blocks.
I incorporated ideas on freehand quilting that I picked up from the class and also from Lisa Calle’s blog. She posted some ideas on how to quilt Storm at Sea blocks.
This is my 4th finish for 2016 FAL Q3 Finishes. This was one of my goals for Q3 FAL.
I am also linking with Can I get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict