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 ūüôā ¬†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

April One Monthly Goal

I sewed a basket tote last month on impulse after viewing the tutorial at sewcanshe.  See my basket tote below.

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While at Caroline’s blog aka sewcanshe, I saw the purse organiser tutorial. ¬†Just what I need to use in my basket tote bag. ¬†I had to visit a number of fabric and haberdashery shops before I found a bright orange mesh fabric.

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Well it was not my first choice of colour but it was the only mesh fabric I could find so I will have to settle for that.  My OMG for April was to use the orange mesh fabric and fabric from my stash to make a Handy Purse Organiser.

I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts

 

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

Setting March’s OMG

March is a busy month.  The exams are on and after the exams there is grading to be done. I am not setting any ambitious goal this month.  My goal this month is to piece up the mystery quilt top by Meadow Mist Designs.  This is the first year that I participate in her mystery quilt and I enjoy it.  For every set of instructions that Cheryl gave, there was at least 1 month to sew before the next set of instruction.  That gave me plenty of time to sew and be distracted with other unplanned projects.  LOL.  I have sewn all the units and pieced the blocks.  I just need to form the top.  See the various blocks.

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The quilt finishes at 60″ x 60″. ¬†I would like a bigger quilt. ¬†So I tried to audition the blocks to see if I can add blocks to the original pattern to enlarge it.

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I am still undecided.  Let me piece the quilt top first (that is my goal for March).  If I manage to add borders, that will be bonus :).

In my last post I talked about the Basket Tote that I sewed on impulse.  Even though it was on impulse, it fitted as a finish for one of my goals (Goal 5) for 2017 FAL Q1.  See my 2017 FAL Q1 goals here.

I am linking up with Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts and OMG at Elm Street Quilts

I am also linking up with 2017 Finish Along

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

2017 FAL Q1 Goals

Since the beginning of 2017, life has been crazy. ¬†On the work front, there are so many deadlines due in January. On the family side, we experienced the loss of an aunt. ¬†One part of me is glad that she has gone to Heaven to be with Christ, where there is no pain nor suffering, but another part feels a sense of loss. ¬†Perhaps I should have done more for her when she was alive, perhaps … ¬†I was feeling rather down that I did not set any quilty goal for January’s One-Monthly-Goal. ¬† These thoughts are not doing me any good. ¬†I must get rid of all these negative stuff and focus my energy on creative things. ¬† So here I am setting my goals for 2017 Q1 FAL.

Goal 1

I have finished the piecing of the scrappy pineapple quilt top.  Now to channel my energy to quilt it.   This is my No. 1 goal for Q1.  This quilt top is about the size of a king sized quilt. The great thing about this quilt is that 95% (not exact Math) of the fabric used was from scraps and my stash, including the beige fabric in the sashings and the fabric for outer borders (not in the pic below).  In the picture below, I had not attached the borders yet.  I had only purchased a dark blue cotton+ steel fabric for the thinner inner border (also not in the pic).  I am unable to show a pic with all the borders as the quilt top has just been loaded onto the long arm frame.  I really want to hand over the completed quilt to the gentleman who is donating to our church as soon as possible.  Praying hard that I will be focused when quilting it.

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Goal 2

After sewing the zipper gathered pouch, I purchased Sue Kim’s book, Boutique Bags, in order to sew more pouches and bags. ¬†My second goal for Q1 is to sew at least 2 of her bags in the book.

Goal 3

I promised my husband’s niece that I will sew her a quilt this year. ¬†My third goal for Q1 is to pieced a quilt top for her. ¬†I found out that her favourite colour is blue. ¬†Also my favourite colour ( at the moment). ¬†The only thing I have not decided is whether to do a scrappy blue quilt or a blue colour coordinated one. ¬†I’ll have to decide … Later…

Goal 4

I saw a Hunter’s Star quilt recently. ¬†See pic here and I have this urge to sew a quilt for myself. ¬†Hey, I have not sewn any quilt for our bed yet. ¬†Those I have sewn were gifted away.

Goal 5

I would like to sew another tote bag.  Similar to this one. But not exactly the same.

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Well that is my list for Q1. ¬†I’ll be very happy if I get to finish half of the goals.

Oh before I go, I thought I will leave you with a pic of my completed tatted doily.  I said that doily was completed in my last post but the pic shown then was not 100% completed.  That should not be the case.  I should have shown the finished product.  So here it is

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Linking up with FAL Q1 2017, Scraptastic Tuesday and Can I get a Whoop Whoop