Goals of 2018

This should have been done earlier cos today is already 2018 (Singapore time) but better late than never.  I shall divide my goals for the new year into 2 main categories: Crafty goals and Personal goals.  The goals are listed below not by order of priority.

Crafty goals

  1.  To knit more.

In 2017, I picked up crochet and knitting again after a span of about 20 years.  I realise I enjoy knitting very much but my repertoire of knitting stitches is very limited.  I would like to learn to knit more in this new year and to knit a pair of socks and a sweater.

2.  To do more machine embroidery

I have a stock of machine embroidery designs that I had purchased in the past.  Many of these designs are wall hanging designs.  I aim to stitch at least 2 of these wall hanging designs out this year.

3.  To piece more quilt tops using my  stash of specialty rulers

First I have to restrain myself from purchasing more rulers and instead to use them to piece more quilt tops.

Personal goals

  1. To be more physically active in order to keep fit.  One of the reasons why I do not do much long arm quilting these past months is because my feet have been hurting.  I think if I keep myself more fit I will be more productive in my crafty pursuits.
  2. To cherish my husband more.  I heard a broadcast on Focus on the Family and the speaker talked about cherishing your spouse.  I did not do that very well in 2017.  After more than 20 years of marriage it is quite easy to take my husband for granted.  I must make effort to show appreciation for him and for the things he does for the family.
  3. To be more patient with my children.  Again I did not do this very well.  Juggling full time work with family and hobbies is not easy.  I need to prioritise.  Family must always come first.
  4. To read the Bible regularly if not everyday.  There is a saying, A Day Hem in Prayer Is Less Likely to Unravel.

I have listed my goals.  We will see how I fare come end of this year.

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Stained Glass – A Tiffany Peacock

I mentioned in one of my earlier post that I had finished quilting the Ebony and Ivory Quilt much earlier but was not able to unload it from the quilting frame cos I had some more backing fabric left over pinned to the frame.  Not wanting to waste it, I loaded the machine-embroidered Stained Glass Tiffany Peacock.

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I had only added a black border so I decided to add an outer border using Michael Miller’s Fairy Frost Glitz.  The fairy frost fabric was purchased a few years ago.  I had kept it to be used for suitable projects.  I had purchased a few colours, Christmas red, green, white, black, lilac, etc.  When I auditioned the fabric for the outer borders, the lilac glitz looked the perfect choice.  After adding the outer borders, the Stained Glass Tiffany Peacock was of the size that I wanted for wall hanging and I loaded it onto the frame.  It seemed natural to quilt feathers.  After all this is a peacock and peacocks have beautiful feathers.

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I had quilted long-arm feathers on the Ebony and Ivory Quilt. To quilt the same type of feathers on the Stained Glass Tiffany Peacock would be boring.  Moreover, I wanted to increase my repertoire of feathers.  So I decided to quilt heirloom feathers or what some would call, the bump bump feathers.  The difficulty of this type of feathers is the back tracking onto the frond of the feather before moving on to quilt the next frond.  Well I managed to quilt the feathers onto the outer borders and they don’t look too bad. :0

I finished sewing on the binding and the hanging sleeve last weekend. I had to decide whether to sew the hanging sleeve into the binding so that it is hidden or hand sewed it after it was bound.  Found a video on Youtube on hand sewing the hanging sleeve.  Thought this was easier so I hand sewed the hanging sleeve.  I think I will keep this wall hanging for myself.  It will be very suitable for this year’s Christmas.

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Gifts for Teachers and Friends – Embroidered Towels

This  week is the last week of school for the year for my son.  His form teachers are so gracious.  They are bringing the whole class out to a nice lunch.  As a gesture of thanks I decided to embroider some towels for all his teachers thanking them for patiently teaching him during this year.  I used letters from the Fairy Tale Alphabet series by Sonia Showalters.

Can you decipher the different letters?  I showed my son after I had embroidered the towels and he could not figure out the letters.  LOL

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Sonia is one talented lady.  All her machine embroidery designs have no jump stitches and they are beautiful.  She usually releases an alphabet series letter by letter.  Each letter is released free for a few days until the next letter.  The current series she is releasing is the Fleur De Lis Pearl alphabet series and the Winter Pines alphabet series.  The Winter Pines alphabet is so timely and appropriate for Christmas.  I have no affiliation to her, just a happy and appreciative customer. 🙂

I also did up a few towels for friends who came back from the States.  These friends had so kindly helped me carry back quilting and sewing stuff from the States.  I had bought fabric panels, quilting notions from Connecting Threads and Annie’s Catalogue but both these retailers do not ship to Singapore.  I had no choice but to trouble friends who went to the US to carry the items back to Singapore.  Sigh.  How I wish these retailers would consider shipping internationally then I can shop to my heart’s content.  Shhh… better not let my Chief Engineer hears this…

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These lacy Sunbonnet Sue embroidery designs were from Julia’s Needle Designs.  She is having a sale right now at her site.  I like these Sunbonnet Sue designs.  Very fast to stitch out cos it is only 1 to 2 colour thread change and they look so pretty.  Very lovely for little girls. 🙂

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