December OMG completed

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!

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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.

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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

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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?

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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.

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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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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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