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.

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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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