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

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December OMG completed

Over the Christmas weekend, we met up with our extended family members in Malaysia.  I must say we had a good time catching up with one another.  Besides great company, we had good food too.  There was so much to eat.

When I travel, I will usually bring with me some craft work that can be hand sewn.  I have been away from tatting for quite some time so I decided to bring my tatting WIP along during this trip.  It was a good idea as I was rather productive with the tatting project.  I am about to complete my doily which I started at the beginning of this year.  Wheeee!  Another project completed for 2016.  See the outermost ring in reddish brown?  Just need to complete that ring and the doily is completed!

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My December OMG was to sew a pouch as birthday present for my sister-in-law.  See my blog post about my Dec OMG here.  I sewed  2 pouches  instead of 1.  The birthday gal loved the presents.  Phew.  I was worried that she might not like the colours.  Here are the 2 pouches.

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I also managed to sew a table runner as house warming present for my husband’s niece.  See picture below.  Do you find it familiar?  I had sewn a similar table runner, here.  It is based on the pattern here

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Oliven, the designer of the chevron table runner, used a 10” square for the centre of the runner.  I used bonus triangles left over from my previous projects.  The bonus triangles sewn up produced a 10 1/2″ centre square.  Because my centre square is larger than what the pattern specified, I cut my strips of cloth (for sewing the chevrons) 11 1/2″ long instead of 10 1/2″as specified in the pattern.  On hindsight, I should have cut my strips 12″ to 12 1/2″ long instead.  That would have given me more buffer when I trim the table runner.

Remember my tote bag?

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Another niece who came back from London for our family get together, fell in love with it! So I transferred my stuff to a recyclable bag and gave her my bag.   It feels great to have someone who appreciates your handmade creations.  LOL.

That’s it folks.  This is my last post for 2016.  I hope 2017 will be better than 2016 especially with regards to health.  Here’s wishing you a Happy New Year.

I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilt and Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation and Can I get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

 

August OMG Finish and Q3 FAL Finish

August has been a productive month in the quilting sense.  First to report, I accomplished my August OMG with 2 draw string bags.  The first was made using a tutorial from From My Carolina Home .  Carole’s draw string bag requires a plastic thingy, the type that is used when we do rug hooking.  I was not able to get this plastic thingy but I managed to purchase corrugated plastic sheet from a stationery shop.  I had thought of using paper cardboard but that would mean that I will not be able to wash my draw string bag.  The picture below shows my corrugated plastic sheet minus the 3 inches circle I cut out using scissors.  The 3 inches circle is meant to be the base of the bag.

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I am rather pleased with the resulting bag.

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I used a batik fabric with Christmas theme for the lining.  I fell in love with the fabric when I first saw it.  Brought it home and started washing it (I prewash all my fabric).  To my horror, the colours bled and they bled so badly that the fabric was smudged.  I had contemplated trashing the fabric but now I found a good use for it.  Hehee..

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The rounded base really gives it shape.  My only complaint is that it is slightly small for my needs.  I had cut the circle using Creative Grid Circle Savvy ruler and the maximum diameter that can be cut from this ruler is 15 inches.

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After allowing for seam allowance, I am down to about 14 1/2 inches of diameter.  I have to think of another way to draw  and cut a bigger circle, approximately 18 – 20 inches in diameter.  Any suggestions?

I also made another draw string bag using the pattern written by Jeni from In Colour Order.  This draw string bag is much bigger and definitely allows me to put my stuff like handphone and wallet into the bag.  My only regret when I made this bag is that I did not use an interfacing for the exterior fabric.  I did fused an interfacing for the first bag and that gave it body.  Without the interfacing, this bag looks a little ‘flat’.  However I did have a ‘bottom’ for the bag using the corrugated plastic I bought.  See the 2 bags sitting side by side.

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Next up is the Cambodian quilt top.  It was a tough decision on whether to rip it out or not but in end I did and now we have 2 quilts.  This is my second finish for Q3 FAL.  One of the quilt measures 38 x 38 inches, just nice for a baby quilt.

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and the other a small table topper measuring approximately 23 inches by 17 inches.

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This past week, I was invited by a colleague to his home for lunch.  Last minute, I decided to sew up a gift, a table runner based on a pattern I found on Craftsy by Vendulka.  She has some very pretty table runner patterns for sale.

I have lots of scraps, bonus triangles from previous projects, and I have been thinking of ways to use them.  I sewed these up to form HSTs and with these I constructed the centre of the table runner.  I then cut up strips of fabric from my fat quarters and whatever leftover fabric from previous projects.  See my progress as I auditioned my fabric and added the strips of fabric…

Audition of fabric-runner

 

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After adding the last chevron round,

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And finally the finished table runner on the console in the host home.

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I have to say this is one of my fastest project so I should give myself a pat on the back.  LOL.  Most importantly the colleague and his wife love this.

I am linking up with Red Letter Quilt OMG, Let’s be Social and Mid Week Madness @ Quiltfabrication

Update:  I am linking up with 2016 Finish A-Long Q3 Finishes.  The quilt top from Cambodia, by Emmaus Women Centre was ripped out and sewn into 2 smaller quilts, the baby quilt and the table topper.  This was my goal for Q3

Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop – a Tutorial + a Giveaway

I am excited to be participating in the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop.  The blog hop started on 31 August and ends today. Each participant will present a 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ block using 6 fat-eighth Fabri-Quilt fabric.  When I designed this block, I did it without the actual Fabri-Quilt fabric.  You can read about why I did not construct my block with the actual Fabri-Quilt fabric in my blog post dated 6 August 2015.

I wrote the tutorial and sewed the prototype with fabric from my stash.  I tried to use fabric which were of colours as close to the actual Fabri-Quilt fabric as possible.  This is my first time designing a block and writing a tutorial on my design.  As I sewed the block, I photographed the process then I inserted the photos into my tutorial.  However these photos did not show Fabri-Quilt fabric. After I have completed the tutorial, I sent the file to Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl.  She then sewed out my block (with Fabri-Quilt fabric) following my tutorial.  As she went along, she photographed the whole process, just as I did.  The photos that you see below are the photos that she had taken.  I really think she did a very good job with the photography.  She then sent me the photos that she took so that I could insert her photos (showing the sewing process with actual Fabri-Quilt fabric) into my tutorial.

Yvonne did more than just take the photos, she provided me with feedback and tips and even modified my step so as to make it easier to construct the block.  Thank you Yvonne for helping this newbie here 🙂

I love scrappy blocks so I have included all the 6 Fabri-Quilt fabrics when designing this block.  I also love chevrons so the block I designed is mainly made up of chevrons.   By looking at the block, you will know why I have named it – Chevron among the chevrons

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You can use different colour fabrics to construct the block.   I have stitched out four 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ blocks together using fabric from my stash.  As you can see, a secondary pattern, the four-patch, is formed.

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Materials:

6 Fat Eighths of Fabri-Quilt fabric in Watermelon Summer palette

Cutting:

Fabric colour Shape to cut Size to cut Number to cut
Coral Square 4″ x 4″ 2
White Square 4″ x 4″ 2
Lapis Blue Square 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ 2
Chartreuse Square 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ 2
Turquoise Square 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ 16
Aqua Square 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ 16

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Method:

Sewing Half-Square Triangles (HST)

  1. Place one 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ Turquoise coloured square and a 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ Aqua coloured square together right sides facing, matching all four sides of the squares. The squares should be one on top of the other, wrong sides facing out.  Using a pencil, draw a line diagonally from the top right-hand corner of the square to the bottom left-hand corner as follows:

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  1. On the right-hand side of the drawn line, sew a straight line 1/4″ from the drawn line. (You are sewing the 2 squares together), Turn the square around and on the other side of the drawn line, sew another straight line 1/4″ from the drawn line.

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  1. Using a pair of scissors or a ruler and rotary cutter, cut the sewn squares diagonally on the drawn line apart like this:

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You will get 2 HSTs

  1. Press the HSTs open.

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  1. Repeat Steps 1 to 4 for the rest of the fifteen Turquoise coloured and fifteen Aqua coloured squares.

When you have completed Step 5, you should have 32 Turquoise/Aqua HSTs.

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  1. Place one 4″ x 4″ Coral coloured square and one 4″ x 4″ White coloured square together right sides facing, matching all four sides of the squares. The squares should be one on top of the other, wrong sides facing out.  Using a pencil, draw a line diagonally from the top right-hand corner of the square to the bottom left-hand corner as follows:Photos for Sandra (13)

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  1. On the right-hand side of the drawn line, sew a straight line 1/4″ from the drawn line. (You are sewing the two squares together),  Turn the square around and on the other side of the drawn line, sew another straight line 1/4″ from the drawn line

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  1. With ruler and rotary cutter, cut the sewn squares diagonally on the drawn line. You will get 2 HSTs:

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  1. Press the HSTs open.
  1. Repeat Steps 7 to 10 for the remaining Coral coloured square and White coloured square.
  1. Trim the 2 Coral/White HSTs down to 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″. You can use a square ruler with a diagonal line.

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Before we start sewing up the block, check that you have the following basic units:

Squares

Lapis Blue                 2 units                        3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Chartreuse                2 units                        3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Half Square Triangles (HSTs)

White/Coral               4 units                        3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Aqua/Turquoise       32 units          2″ x 2″

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Sewing Chevrons

  1. Sew 4 Turquoise/Aqua HSTs together to form a chevron like this:

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To sew the chevron, first take 2 HSTs

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and place one on top of the other HST right sides facing each other

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Sew the 2 HSTs together.

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Press the 2 HSTs open.

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Next, take the other 2 HSTs,

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place one on top of the other right sides facing each other

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Sew the 2 HSTs together

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Press the 2 HSTs open

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You should now have these 2 parts:

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You will sew the 2 parts together.  When I first sewed my prototype, my seams were ironed to one side.  This makes the intersection of the seams very bulky as I sewed the 2 parts together.  When Yvonne sewed my block (with the Fabri-Quilt fabric), she opened up the seams and this reduced the bulk at the point where the seams intersect.  Thanks Yvonne for this tip.

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Press open and you will have a chevron measuring 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

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14,       Repeat Step 13 until all Turquoise/Aqua HSTs are used up.  You should have 8 chevrons, each measuring 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.

  1. Sew the 4 Coral/White HSTs together to form a chevron like this:

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To sew the chevron, first take 2 HSTs

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Place 1 HST on top of the other HST right sides facing each other.

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Sew the 2 HSTs together.

Press the 2 HSTs open.

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Next, take the other 2 HSTs

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Place one on top of the other right sides facing each other.

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Sew the 2 HSTs together.

Press the 2 HSTs open.

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You should now have these 2 parts:

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Sew the 2 parts together.  Before sewing them together, press open the seams of each of the part (refer to Step 13 above when we sew the Turquoise/Aqua chevron).  After sewing the 2 parts together, press open. Your chevron should measure 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″.

If you manage to get to this far, you should have the following:

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Piecing the Block

  1. Sew a Lapis Blue square to a 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Turquoise/Aqua chevron as follows:

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  1. Sew the Chartreuse square to another 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Turquoise/Aqua chevron as follows:

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  1. Sew the 2 parts that you had sewn in Steps 16 & 17 together and you will get the following:

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  1. Repeat Steps 16 to 18 with the remaining Lapis Blue square and the remaining Chartreuse square, swapping the position of the Lapis Blue square and the Chartreuse square.

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You will now have these:

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20:       Sew a 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Turquoise/Aqua chevron to another 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Turquoise/Aqua chevron as follows:

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  1. Repeat Step 20 with the remaining two 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Turquoise/Aqua chevrons. You will now have 2 sets of these:

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  1. Sew the 2 sets of chevrons that you have completed in Steps 20 & 21 to the sides of 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ Coral/White chevron as follows:

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.           You now have 3 parts:

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  1. Sew these 3 parts together and Ta-Da, we have our Chevron among the chevrons

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To download a pdf version of the tutorial, click Chevron among chevrons – a tutorial

We want to thank the hosts of this blog hop for all their hard work.  Thank you Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl, Stephanie @ Late Night Quilter, Cheryl @ Meadow Mist and Terri Ann Swallow @ Childlike Fascination.  We also want to thank Fabri-Quilt for sponsoring this blog hop by providing the fat-eighth fabrics that we used when we design the blocks.  Not only that, they are also sponsoring the giveaway of fabric. Do hop over to our host for today (3 September) Terri Ann Swallow @ Childlike Fascination for the giveaway.  Don’t forget to also visit the other bloggers who are posting their tutorials for the 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ block today.

I always prewash my fabric before I use them.  Therefore, I recommend that you prewash the fabric with like colours before you start your project.  Enjoy!

1/4 inch seam marker by Fons and Porter

I bought the 1/4″ seam marker by Fons and Porter in a recent purchase from Amazon.  I have read a number of reviews on it and I really wanted to give it a try as I have been busy sewing half-square triangles (HSTs).

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I need at least 252 HSTs for Charlotte’s Baskets.  You can read about Charlotte’s Baskets here.  The HSTs for Charlotte’s Baskets are scrappy and they measured 2″ x 2″ before sewing to form the block.  This is great as I am able to use up my small pieces of scraps.  I used to sew the HSTs by cutting squares measuring 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″.  Placing 2 squares together, right sides facing, I draw a diagonal line from the top right-hand corner of the top square to the bottom right-hand corner with a pencil.

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Then on both sides of the drawn line, I sew a straight seam 1/4″ from the drawn line.  I am able to move the needle of my machine and when I align the edge of the presser foot against the drawn line, the needle will stitch out a seam 1/4″ from the drawn line.

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However, I have problem keeping the presser foot align with the drawn line and as a result my seams are usually not straight.  Using the Fons and Porter 1/4″ seam marker, I mark the seam I am going to sew with a pencil.

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Then I sew on the lines I draw.

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I find that I am able to follow the drawn lines and this will give me straight seams.  I cut my squares slightly larger than what is necessary to make the HSTs.  e.g. I cut 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares which after sewing, cutting on the diagonal and trimming will result in two  2″ HSTs unfinished.  The finished HSTs (sewn into the block) measure 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″.  Cutting larger squares is just in case the 1/4″ seam marked on the squares is not a scant 1/4″ and after cutting the squares apart on the diagonal result in HSTs that are slightly smaller than the required 2″ x 2″ (unfinished).

Anything to improve my piecing, I’m glad to have purchased the 1/4″ seam marker. 🙂

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