Bags as Birthday gifts and a bag for myself

I managed to sew 2 bags as birthday presents for my sister-in-law.  The gathered zipper bag is also my goal for December OMG.  So glad I managed to finish them.  To say the truth, I am rather pleased with the 2 bags.  I hope the recipient will like them as much as I do.

The Japanese Knot Bag or Grab Bag.

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I followed the tutorial from AllPeople Quilt.  I will definitely make more.  This bag is so cute.

The Gathered Zipper Pouch.

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I followed the tutorial here.  I will use fabric of a different colour the next time I sew this bag.

When I pattern tested for Jantine at UrbanStyleJantine, I sewed a tote for myself by modifying her pattern and using a tutorial by So Sew Easy .  The pictures below show the 2 sides of the tote.

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This bag was made from a quilt sandwich that I practised long arm quilting on.  I had planned to trash this quilt sandwich.  So glad I did not throw it away.  See the transformation.  LOL.

The yellow/purple rose on the tote bag was made with Quick point Scallop ruler.  This ruler has a variety of uses.  I had used this ruler to add scallops to the edge of the Baby Citrus quilt.   Nothing like a ruler with multiple uses.  🙂  Let’s take a look at the recessed zipper on the bag.  I think the gusset for the zipper should be longer for better coverage of the bag opening.  Well next time…

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I am linking up with Bag It at Elm Street Quilts and Let’s Bee Social.

 

September Goal, another FAL Finish and another quilt top pieced

This past week was bad cos I did not get much sewing done.  Was working late in school grading scripts most of the weekdays and even brought them home to grade.

My pastor’s wife commissioned me to make 2 baby quilts.  I have pieced 1 of the quilt top but what about the other?  Lee Meng did it for me.  Lee Meng was my colleague for many years.  After retirement, she spent some time in Australia where she picked up quilting.  When she came back, she dabbled in small quilting projects but it was always hand stitching.  She took some classes with Sing Mui Heng and Quilts and Friends as she was not confident to attempt any projects on her own.  With persuasion, she bought a Brother sewing machine last year which she left sitting in the ivory tower.  What is the use of a machine is one does not use it?  In one of our conversations, I told her that I normally sew on Saturday mornings and she is welcome to join me (she lives just 5 minutes drive from my house).  Since the beginning of August she has been coming to my house with her machine to sew every Sat morning.  I cut up the fabric and she pieced the top for me.  It is a win win situation as I got help with the baby quilt and she learnt to use her machine. LOL Let’s see Lee Meng  in action.

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And Tadah…

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I am so proud of her.  She is definitely more confident in using her machine so for this month she is piecing her own project, a fabric panel that she had purchased some years ago.

For my September OMG goal I am setting a goal to sew 20 pineapple blocks.

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These blocks are meant for a project that will help with raising funds for our church’s land lease renewal.  I am really not confident I can achieve this goal but putting it down in writing means that I am committed to achieving it. LOL

I also finished another wall hanging for my 2016 FAL goal.  This is my 3rd finish for Q3 FAL.  My original intention was to make this into a table topper.  But decided that I wanted a wall hanging instead.  I have quilted different motifs on it and a wall hanging would be able to show off these motifs better.  The front of the wall hanging.

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And the back

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I got my inspiration for the quilting of circles from Living Water Quilter.  Dena is such a talent when it comes to FMQ.  The wall hanging is now beside my grandson clock.

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I am linking up with Red Letter Quilt OMG; Mid Week Madness and Linky Tuesday Freemotion by the River

Update: I am linking up with 2016 Finish A-Long Q3 Finishes.  The wall hanging was my goal for Q3 FAL

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.

2 drawstring bags

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

August OMG and Aurifil Block for July

Aurifil July’s Block of the month is designed by Wendy Sheppard.  She is one of my favourite designer and free motion quilter.  I completed the block and here it is:

July Aurifil Block

All the 7 Aurifil blocks together look like this:

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When I saw the post by Heidi of Red Letter Quilts about a tutorial by From My Carolina Home on how to make a sewing kit, I was inspired.  I have yet to prepare Christmas gifts and Christmas is just a few months away.  Drawing string bags are versatile and so suitable as gifts especially to the womenfolk.

My August quilty goal is to sew up at least one draw string bag.  There are so many patterns to sew from.  Beside the pattern from From My Carolina Home, I like the patterns from In Colour Order   I hope to be able to sew more than one so as to get gifts ready for Christmas.

I am linking up with OMG at Red Letter Quilts, Can I get a Whoop Whoop and Aurifil Designer of the month.

Lucky Winner, June’s OMG

I received Lara Bucella’s book,  Crafted Applique, on Friday.  Wow that was fast.  Thanks Lara for sending it by airmail.  I won the book when I left a comment on Christina Cameli’s blog , A Few Scraps.  I like Lara’s style of writing.  Very easy to read and understand.  Most importantly she introduces a different approach to doing applique.  I have not done much applique because I often associate it with hand sewing which I have no patience for.  Don’t get me wrong, I still hand sew binding when I finish up a quilt and I enjoy that part of hand sewing because that completes the quilt.  Lara’s method seems to make sewing applique easier and faster.  I will have to try it soon. LOL.

Since I am on the topic of winning, I would like to add that a few months ago, at a giveaway at ShopMartingale, I won Windy City Bags by Sarah Lawson.

These are fantastic books with fantastic projects.  I just need to find time to sew these projects.  So many projects, so little time. LOL

School is out for the month of June.  There was an exhibition at the institution that I am teaching in.  I took my younger children there to view the exhibits.  See the youngest boy playing with one of the exhibits.

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If you look closely at the pay phone, can you tell what it is made of?  To give you more clues, let me show you some more pictures.

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By now you should already have guessed it, all the items are built with Lego blocks.  The one that intrigue me most was this

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A Singer treadle machine!  They even have a pair of scissor (right-hand corner), chalks and a pair of spectacles (pic below)

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I wish I could take the Singer machine home!

I managed to sew May’s Aurifil block of the month.  Looking forward to see all the 12 blocks together and by then I will have another quilt!

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As June is the month of school holidays, I will go slow on my sewing so as to spend more time with my children.  While piecing my Hearts Intertwined quilt top for May, I made many extra V blocks, Square in squares.  So, my June OMG will be to sew up these orphaned units together to piece a Storm at Sea table topper/runner.  This year, I only want to create Finished Projects and not WIPs.   I really want to thank Heidi from Red Letter Quilts for organising OMG 2016, it really forces me to get my sewing/quilting projects completed rather than remain as WIPs.  As the saying goes, better finish than perfect.

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I am linking up with OMG at Red Letter QuiltsAurifil Block of the month at Pat Sloan’s, Can I get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

 

Moon Bag: April OMG Finish

When I listed the Moon Bag as my April One Monthly Goal at the beginning of April, I thought it was an easy peasy goal to accomplish.  I was wrong.  You see, I had not sewn many bags in the past and the bags that I had sewn were less elaborate.  This time I had to sew the bag following more elaborate instructions.  The instructions said to use heavyweight interfacing.  I was not sure what sort of interfacing is considered ‘heavyweight’.  So I used a stiff interfacing that is used for sewing collars of shirts.  Oh my, I regretted that.  Due to the stiffness, it was very difficult to manoeuvre the bag through the sewing machine especially when I had to sew curves.  However the great thing about the stiff interfacing is that it gave the bag a very nice structure.  I supposed if I had used a softer interfacing, the bag might end up more floppy.  Here is a pic of the finished bag

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The bag unzipped, showing the inner zipper pocket.

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Bag unzipped showing the other side where there is a inner lined pocket.

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The pattern gave instructions for 1 outer zipper pocket.

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But I decided to sew another outer zipper pocket on the other side of the bag.

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Side view of the bag showing how the handle is attached.

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View showing the bottom of the bag.

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I would love to make another of this bag but this time I will definitely use a softer interfacing.

I am linking up with OMG at Red Letter Quilts and Can I get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict