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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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?
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
Then I sew on the lines I draw.
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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