One Monthly Goal finish

My OMG for October is completed.  I set out to finish Spud and I did.  It required knitting in rounds.  The instructions called for the use of double pointed needles but I used Magic Loop Knitting instead.  It was an enjoyable knit.

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Another look at Spud with a dark background.

 

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Beth from Cooking Up Quilts posted an encouraging comment on my last post.  I told her I would post pics of my disastrous sock.  Here goes.

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If you look at the cuff closely in the pic below you will see that I got mixed up between knit and purl stitches.

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You will also notice laddering of stitches at the sole area of the sock in the pic below.

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I am definitely revisiting socks again. I just need time.

I am linking up with One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts and Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts

 

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October One Monthly Goal

I have not participated in Elm Street Quilts OMG for a few months already.  I think I should try to rejoin, at least in these last few months of 2017.

I have just started on another amigurumi.  This is a pattern by Susan B. Anderson and it is found in her book Spud and Chloe at the farm.  Since I started knitting and crocheting a few months ago, I have been very fascinated with amigurumis.  I have knitted the Little Lamb in Spud and Chloe at the farm and now I am knitting the star of the book, Spud, which is a full-grown sheep.  The great thing about knitting or crocheting amigurumis is that they are small projects which can be completed within a week, some even within a day.  Using Magic Loop to knit makes it very easy.  So glad I learnt this technique.  See my progress.

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In the picture above, you see the back of Spud.  I am using my new Hiya Hiya steel interchangeable knitting needles.  I push against the needles when I knit so the Hiya Hiya Sharps will not be a good choice for me.  I love these needles and oh the cords are really flexible.  Let us see how Spud looks like from the front.

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The balls of acrylic yarn all ready to go.  I am hoping to knit a few more sheep and lambs after Spud.  We will see how Spud goes.

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So my goal for October is to complete Spud and then gift it away.

I am linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal

and Let’s Bee Social

April OMG Finish

I was very eager to complete my April OMG project.  I have a few handbags but I hardly interchange among them.  I was afraid that I would forget to transfer my staff pass, office/home keys when I change to a different handbag.  But I am not afraid anymore.  LOL.  My April OMG project is a handy purse organiser.  What does a purse organiser do?  You use it to carry all the stuff you normally carry in your handbag.  It is small and handy.  You can lift it out of one bag and place it into another bag.  In this way, you can easily change your handbags :).  The tutorial for the purse organiser is by Caroline at Sewcanshe.  You can get the free pattern here.

See the work-in-progress

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The Finished product

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The inside of the purse organiser.  Can you see the inside zipper pocket?

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The purse organiser with the basket tote bag behind it.  The pattern for the basket tote bag is also by Caroline of Sewcanshe.  You can get the free pattern here.

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The purse organiser fits neatly inside the basket tote bag. See the pics below

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Next week I am going to use my Moonbag.  If you remember, I sewed this bag as one of my OMG last year.  With my new purse organiser, I can switch bag in an instant. Yay.

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Linking up with Can I get a Whoop Whoop, Show off Saturday and One Monthly Goal

 

 

April One Monthly Goal

I sewed a basket tote last month on impulse after viewing the tutorial at sewcanshe.  See my basket tote below.

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While at Caroline’s blog aka sewcanshe, I saw the purse organiser tutorial.  Just what I need to use in my basket tote bag.  I had to visit a number of fabric and haberdashery shops before I found a bright orange mesh fabric.

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Well it was not my first choice of colour but it was the only mesh fabric I could find so I will have to settle for that.  My OMG for April was to use the orange mesh fabric and fabric from my stash to make a Handy Purse Organiser.

I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts

 

OMG February Goal & Aurifil 2017 February Block

I enjoyed making the Denim tote bag using June Tailor’s Charming Circles ruler.  This was the goal that I set for February. It was fun to make something of a smaller scale (compared to a king-sized quilt).  The denim fabric was from Bedok Methodist church.  There is a group of women from this church who meets every week to fellowship and sew together. The items they sew are put up for sale at the end of the year to raise funds for missionaries.  I joined their sewing circle once and had a great time but due to work commitment I am unable to join them now.  They had boxes of denim fabric donated by a jeans manufacturer and they did not know what to do with the fabric.  They gave me some to ‘use’.  Well the tote bag was a good project to use the fabric.  I followed the tutorial here.  Once the bag was done, I ‘returned’ it back to Bedok Methodist Church Sewing Circle. This is my contribution to their craft fair this year :).  Here are some pics that I managed to take.

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Don’t you just love the shabby chic look that fraying denim gives?

Just as I was deciding on which WIP to tackle next, I saw Pat Sloan’s post on her layout of the quilt made with blocks from 2016 Aurifil Block of the Month Designers .  If you remembered, I was faithfully sewing my 2016 Aurifil blocks until I started working feverishly on the commissioned pineapple quilt.  By then, I had sewn 7 blocks, i.e. the last block I sewed was July 2016.  Her post reminded me that I have 4 more blocks outstanding and it is time to finish it up.  Happily I sewed blocks for Aug, Sept, Oct and Nov.  Problem came when I started on Dec’s block.  It is a paper piecing block.  My paper piecing skills have a lot of room for improvement and I mean A LOT!  Dec’s block is very pretty but to construct it I needed to paper piece 6 parts then join them together.  I struggled with each part as I was not good at estimating the size of each piece of fabric required.  When I tried to join the 6 parts together, disaster struck, the parts did not meet.  In other words, I was not able to join the 6 parts together and still get 12 1/2″ square for the completed block.  I was so frustrated.  Don’t get me wrong.  There is nothing wrong with the pattern.  It is a very pretty block.  A bad workman blames his tools.  No.  Not me.  I will not blame anyone for my lack of skills.  I really need to work on paper piecing!

Then I saw Maureen Cracknell’s Dutch Treat block .  It was love at first sight!  That was it.  I would make her block instead and that would complete the 12 blocks I needed for Pat’s quilt layout pattern.

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I chuckled while reading Tish’s post at Tish’s Adventures on Wonderland on having a squirrel that distracted her from everything that she should be doing.   We shared the same weakness.  I was so sure that I was not going to be doing anything else except those quilty goals that I set for myself for this month.  Wrong!  I chanced upon Caroline’s Basket Tote bag at Sewcanshe and I was captivated.  Whatever resolve that I had to be disciplined and focused on what I set out to do completely disappeared when I saw that she is providing the pattern to the Basket Tote Bag free!  I had to drop everything and sew that bag.  I was meant to sew that bag.  My order from Amazon was delivered just not too long ago with packets of Soft and Stable and Bosal In-R-Form,  the ingredient for making good structure bags, and they were waiting patiently for me to use them for some worthwhile projects.  LOL.  I must say the Basket Tote is definitely a worthwhile project.  I am more than pleased with how it turned out.

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I fussy cut an Indonesian batik fabric that I purchased from Malaysia last year.  Like all quilters, I have a weakness for fabric.  When I saw this piece of fabric, I told myself I had to have it.  I had made up my mind that I was going to use it for a bag.  It is a very beautiful piece of fabric but I would not want to use it on a quilt as the colours bleed quite a lot.  I had pre-washed it and it bled everytime it was immersed in water.

Let’s take a look at the inside of the bag.

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I added 2 more pockets to the lining of the bag so I have 4 pockets in total.  Just what I need.  Caroline linked her bag tutorial to Perfect fabric purse handles at Blue Susan Makes and it was there that I learnt to sew my dream bag handles.  If I were to buy this type of handles, it would cost a hand grenade.  Now I can make them myself.  Yay.  Thank you Caroline and Susan who are so generous to share your knowledge and creativity with us!

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I am linking up with OMG at Elmstreet Quilts, Aurifil 2017 Feb block at Pat Sloan, Show Off Saturday at Sewcanshe, DrEAMi at mmm! quilts and Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts.

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