Another Finish for Q4 FAL

My friend, Lee Meng, bought the Christmas panel a few years ago.  This year she decided to sew it up by attaching 2 borders to it.  She gave me the honour to quilt it for her after she pieced the borders.  I finished the quilting about a week ago.  I enjoyed myself quilting it.  I was able to put to practice what I learnt at Bethanne Nemesh’s iquilt class.

Lee Meng came to collect the quilt after I had washed it.  She was so happy with it that she ‘paid’ generously for my quilting service.  ‘Paid’ because the money is to be contributed to my church’s lease renewal fund.  I am so happy that I am able to do something for church.

Let’s take a look at the finished quilt.

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The look of the quilt from the back.  You can see the quilting better from the back.

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A close up shot of the quilt.

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This is my 4th finish for Q4 FAL.  Here is the list of my Q4 goals.  Linking up with 2016 Q4 FAL finishes

I am linking up with Can I get a Whoop Whoop

Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Charlotte’s Basket

It is time for Blogger’s Quilt Festival, organised by Amy’s Creative Side.  You know what, I’d only just found out about this Festival.  LOL.  I discovered this while reading Quilting Jetgirl’s blog post.  Where have I been all this while??  Well, better late than never.  I must say the quilts posted are eye candies, not to mention inspirational.

2016 is the year that I started setting goals for my quilts and this has helped me in my quilting journey.  I have more finished quilts this year than the prior few years added up together.  The main reason for not finishing my quilts is my perfectionist attitude.  Knowing my ‘weakness’, my daughter sent me this quote:

‘Perfection is intimidating.  I think most artists blocks come from the fear of creating something imperfect. … putting it even more simply: just make shit, eventually it’ll be good shit.  Maybe most of it will just be shit but you can’t make good shit if you’re not make a lot of shit.’ LOL.

Well I would like to share with you one of my shit Oops, quilt.  Those of you who have been reading my posts would know that I started Charlotte’s Baskets last year with the intention of giving it to my daughter who was going into the University last year.  It was still work in progress when she entered Uni in August last year.  This year I started setting goals and that was when I managed to finish it.  It is my biggest quilt by far measuring approximately 73 x 83 inches.  A scrap buster.  I was able to use up strings of fabric from my scrap bin.  The quilt is based on a pattern in String Fling by Bonnie Hunter.  I changed the border to a piano-key border and I used HSTs made from bonus triangles for the cornerstones in between the basket blocks.IMG-20160703-WA0000[1]

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Before gifting this quilt, there was a small misunderstanding between mother and daughter.  But all was good as new again when the quilt was presented.  The quilt was able to convey the love I have for my daughter and all is forgiven.

I am entering this quilt in the Large Quilt Category of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival

Q3 Finish-A-long Goals and June’s Aurifil Block

I did not complete all my Q2 goals.  3 out of 4 goals set for Q2 are still uncompleted.  But I am working on them.  For Q3, I am adding 3 more goals, so here is my list:

Goal 1 for Q3

Finish quilting The Rugged Cross.  It is currently loaded on the long arm frame.  It is almost done.

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Goal 2 for Q3

Quilt and bind the following table topper.

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Goal 3 for Q3

Complete the wallhanging below i.e. pieced it up, quilt it and bind it.  I am looking forward to hanging this up for Christmas this year.

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The above 3 goals were Q2 goals which I have rolled over to Q3.  Now for the new goals that I am adding.

Goal 4 for Q3

The Hearts Intertwine quilt top is still a WIP.  Definitely something for me to finish before the end of this year.

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Goal 5 for Q3

Another Storm at Sea WIP that I would like to call a finish, the table topper top I pieced last month.  I expect this table topper to be completed quickly as it is rather small.

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Goal 6 for Q3

Someone brought back a quilt top from Cambodia.  This quilt top was sewn by girls in Emmaus Women Centre in Cambodia.  This is the first time they are doing a quilt top so their choices of colours and materials have much to improve.  Well I am tasked to make the quilt top prettier.  I can unpick and sew together the parts that I want or simply quilt it with suitable motifs.  Can’t decide on what to do with it.  I am toying with various ideas and asking for suggestions as to how I can salvage the quilt top.  Feel free to let me know if you have any suggestions.

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If you look at the back, they overlocked the seams.  Is this is an acceptable practice for quilt making?  Moreover the seams flip to opposite sides at both ends.  Looks like there is quite a bit of work to do on the quilt top.

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On another note, I have sewn up June’s Aurifil block.  Can’t wait to have all 12 blocks together.

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I am linking up with FAL 2016 Q3 and

Aurifil Designer of the Month

The Art of Lace Making – Tatting

I have been distracted from quilting!  To encourage personal enrichment, my employer allows the staff to claim for course/workshop fees on personal enrichment courses they attend, subject to a cap.  Personal enrichment courses include craft courses and music courses.  In the past, I used to sign up for quilting or sewing related courses.  This year, I decided to try something different.  I signed up for a tatting course.  The course was conducted by Ellen and was over 2 sessions.  After the first session, I told myself I will not go back for the second session.  Don’t get me wrong, there was nothing wrong with the instructor.  Ellen is a very patient teacher and she is very clear in her instructions.  It was me.  I felt impatient doing craft work with my hands.  I enjoy the speed of the sewing machine.  Ellen had to whatsapp me twice before I decided to go back to her for the second lesson.  But after the second lesson, I  began to feel differently towards tatting.  I started to enjoy it.  It is such a portable craft.  I could carry it with me anywhere and everywhere I go.

My first two pieces of tatting lace

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The prym tatting shuttle that Ellen provided as part of the course tools.

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After the second lesson, I decided to try tatting a cross using a beginner’s pattern that I found on the internet

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I made a mistake at the beginning of the tatting of the cross which started at the bottom.  I had to ask Ellen for help and she recommended that I do rings before I tie off at the end.

I do not like the prym shuttle as I find that it is too small.  So during the Black Friday sale, I bought a few more tatting shuttles.

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I love the wooden handmade ones.  They are beautiful.  I purchased them from Banyek at his Etsy store.  I decided to try my hands at another beginner’s pattern, Rambling Flower Bookmark.

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Tatting complements quilting.  I realise that there are a number of tatters who quilt as well.

Christmas is just around the corner, I hope to tat a few simple pieces like snowflakes to decorate the house.  Will update with more tatting adventures.

I am linking up with Can I get a Whoop Whoop

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