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

 

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Sewing is my therapy

I did not sew for 2 weeks and I felt miserable.  The reason was that I was busy studying for an examination.  I was sent to attend a 9-day course by my employer in September and all the participants of the course were expected to do a 3-hour examination after the course.  Some of the participants chose not to do the exams but most of us went through it, after all the course fees included the exams.  I have not studied so hard since my varsity days.  There were so many things to remember and we need to know how to apply the various rules and regulations in different scenarios.  Well it is OVER but I have to say it was tough.  We will only know the results in December.  As this is an accreditation examination, they need 2 months to mark the paper.

This past weekend I could finally sit down to sew again.  What a joy!  I realised long ago that sewing keeps me happy.  It is a form of therapy for me especially when I am feeling down.  Well, I did 2 projects, a pouch and a laptop case and I finished up a purse I started a couple of years back.  I had forgotten all about the purse so I was happy to dig it out and complete it.  I completed the purse and the pouch with a help of a teacher.  My colleagues attended a pouch sewing class a couple of weeks ago.  So I decided to attend the same class.  It was fun.  I have sewn a couple of simple bags before but am not very good at it.  The pouch was a challenge as there were curves to sew.

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I borrowed my colleague’s pouch (red pouch) as a sample.

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The teacher also helped me complete my purse.

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Could not be happier than this.

On Saturday, my daughter reminded me that I have yet to sew a laptop sleeve for her new MacBook.  By Sunday night, the laptop sleeve was done.   Yay.  I used the tutorial from Design Sponge.

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I added a zippered pocket at the side of the laptop case.  As usual, I turned to Youtube for help on the zippered pocket.  The video was done by Deby of So Sew Easy.  You may want to refer to her website for more tutorials and free patterns.

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Do you find the colours of the laptop sleeve familiar?  Yes I used the scraps from the Ebony and Ivory quilt for this project.  I cut hexagons using one of templates, Template D, from Creative Grids Scrap Crazy 6 templates.   For the lining, I used my practice sandwiches.  This is really a recycling project.

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