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.

I am linking up with 2018 planning party

Quilt completed – Finish-Along 2017

This was quilted and bound about a month ago but I did not get a chance to do a post on it until now.  It is a single size quilt.  Very muted colours as it is meant for a gentleman.  I quilted feathers on the stripes  It took me longer than I expected.

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The gentleman who received it was very happy and that is all that matters. 🙂

This was Goal #4 of my Q4 FAL for 2017.

Linking up with 2017 Q4 FAL

 

Q4 Finish Along Goals

I have decided on my goals for Q4.  Some of these goals are uncompleted projects from earlier quarters.  I shall continue to list them here.

Goal #1 – Sock bunny

I fell in love with Susan B. Anderson’s patterns for knitted toys so I purchased her Opal Sock Bunny pattern and started on it.  Do bear in mind that I am still quite a newbie in knitting.  The last time I knitted was some 20 years ago and that was only doing knit and purl.  I used magic loop method which I learnt from Youtube.  My progress so far.

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Goal #2 – Make another Sock Bunny like Goal #!

After I finished the bunny in Goal #1, I want to make another sock bunny but in a different colourway.  I have the yarn ready for this second sock bunny.

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Goal #3 – Pieced and Quilt a quilt using Spinning pattern

I bought the Spinning pattern from Cooking Up Quilts but did not have the chance to use it.  Now is the time to use it for a quilt that is to be gifted to my husband’s nephew.  Ben is getting married in January next year.  What better gift for the bride and bridegroom than a quilt?  These fabric are all washed and ready to be cut into yummy strips.

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Goal #4 – Quilt and bind a pieced quilt top

The quilt top is not pressed yet.  It will soon be and loaded onto the long arm.

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Goal #5 – Corner to Corner crochet a Advent calendar

This Advent calendar pattern is by Repeat Crafter Me.  I fell in love with the pattern when I set my eyes on it.  Christmas is just around the corner.   This Advent calendar is so appropriate for the season to remember Christ.  My yarn from Amazon is waiting patiently to be put to good use.

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Goal #6 – Wristlet

This should be a quick project but I am taking a long time to embark on it even though I have decided on the fabric.  Maybe I should speed up to link up with Elm Street Quilts Bag It.

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Goal #7 – My Funny Valentine

To finish the applique and then quilt it.

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Goal #8 – Sunbonnet Sue purse

Another WIP waiting to be completed into a small coin purse.

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Goal #9 – Colourful Patchwork Tote Bag

To complete this into a usable tote bag.  I am still debating on whether to sew it up with a zipper or not.  See my pellon gridded interfacing with the Essex linen fabric below.  This pattern is by Caroline of SewCanShe.  I took her Craftsy class.

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Goal #10 – Table runner quilt kit

This kit was purchased a few years back.  Time to work on it.

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Goal #11 – Wall hanging kit

Another kit purchased a few years back.  I must be disciplined to finished it up.  When I saw it then, I was so motivated but after I received the kit, I kind of lose my eagerness.

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Goal #12 – Quilt and bind the King size quilt top

Quilt top was completed when I participated in Meadow Mist mystery quilt last year.  What is left is to quilt it and bind.

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I am listing these goals down hoping to complete a few in this last quarter of 2017.  Wish me luck.

Linking up with 2017 Finish-a-long

and My Quilt Infatuation

 

 

Pinwheel quilt finished for Q3 2017 FAL

I made it!  I’d just finished the binding for the pinwheel quilt.  This quilt was constructed using a method by Missouri Star Quilt Company.  Jenny calls it the Kindred Pinwheel.  I am gifting this to the daughter of a colleague.    I hope she loves it

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I have used the border fabric to sew a dress for my eldest daughter when she was 4 years old and have kept the balance of the fabric untouched till now, almost 20 years later.  LOL.

I am linking up with Can I get a Whoop Whoop and

Q3 2017 FAL

See my Q3 goals here

 

 

A Finish for Q3 2017 FAL

I have another finish for Q3 and that is Goal #14.  I managed to quilt the baby quilt top made with a fabric panel and bound it.  The quilting motif for the green border was taken from Angela Walter’s book.  It was my first time quilting that design.  I really like how the quilting turns out.

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I did simple basic custom quilting. Let’s have a closer look at the quilt.

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I am still rushing to finish up another quilt.  Not sure if I can complete it before the Q3 FAL linkup closes.

I am linking up with Let’s Bee Social

Can i get a Whoop Whoop

Q3 2017 FAL

See my Q3 goals here

2016 Aurifil Block of the Month Quilt

I must be losing my grey matter.  I forgot to set my OMG goal for June.  This is the second time I forgot to set my OMG goal.  The good thing about not setting monthly goals is that I do not feel pressured to complete a project within the month.  The bad thing is that I lose focus and  started on a few projects at one go.  I took a Craftsy class by Sarah Fielke “Big Techniques Small Scraps” where she taught needle-turn applique and a few other techniques.  The needle-turn applique project from her class was a fun applique wall hanging.  I have dabbled in needle-turn applique in the past but did not enjoy it because I found it tedious and difficult.  Sarah’s technique of applique is simpler than those I have seen before so I decided to give needle-turn applique another go.  This is the work in progress (see pic below).  I may change out the fabric of the centre flower.  Still deciding…

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I learnt quite a few techniques and I enjoyed the class.

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This book came in the mail a few weeks ago.  Saw a Sunbonnet Sue coin pouch inside the book.  So irresistible… and so timely.  The book came after I had taken Sarah’s class.  I can make use of the applique technique that I have just learnt in her class for this pouch! And the resulting work in progress is as follows:

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Two applique projects at one go.   Then I chanced upon an Annie’s Class on Bavarian crochet.  Now I have not crocheted for more than 30 years.  The introduction to the class is soooo… tempting.  What am I to do but to purchase the online class.  The very next day I visited Spotlight Singapore and what a coincidence (or is it?) that Spotlight was having a 40% off for all yarns.  As happy as a lark, I bought myself a few balls of wool and a crochet needle.  My scarf in progress …

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The 2016 Aurifil Block of the Month quilt is bound and washed.  When I was sewing up the blocks, I used my scraps of blues that I had at that time.  The quilting took much longer than my previous quilts.  I wanted to try denser quilting and I wanted a ‘bluer’ quilt so I used blue Signature cotton quilting thread.  Well the blue thread did make the quilt look bluer but it also ‘highlight’ my oops.  However, my children think it looks great. They were not able to spot my mistakes.  LOL.  I am just glad that the quilt is completed. This quilt is going to my husband’s niece in Australia.  This is my 5th finish for Q2 of 2017 Finish A-long and it is Goal #9,  See my goals for Q2 FAL here.

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A closer look of the front

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Let’s take a look at the back of the quilt.

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I am linking up with Q2 FAL, Sewcanshe and Can i have a Whoop Whoop.

 

Mini Rings Table Runner

I cannot resist specialty rulers!  I asked a friend who was on a business trip to the US to help carry back the Mini Quick Curve Ruler as well as the Mini Rings quilt pattern (the mini version of the Metro Rings pattern).  I  have no regrets buying the ruler.   It was fun sewing up the Mini Ring table runner and it came together pretty fast.

See the rings cut up below

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See the pieced top

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Now let’s see the quilted table runner

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A closer shot to see the quilting

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Let’s have another look in natural light.

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This is my 3rd finish for Q2 2017 Finish Along.  This was listed as Goal #7 in my list of goals for Q2.  You can see my Q2 goals here

I am linking up with Show Off Saturday and Can I get a Whoop Whoop and Q2 FAL Finishes

Setting March’s OMG

March is a busy month.  The exams are on and after the exams there is grading to be done. I am not setting any ambitious goal this month.  My goal this month is to piece up the mystery quilt top by Meadow Mist Designs.  This is the first year that I participate in her mystery quilt and I enjoy it.  For every set of instructions that Cheryl gave, there was at least 1 month to sew before the next set of instruction.  That gave me plenty of time to sew and be distracted with other unplanned projects.  LOL.  I have sewn all the units and pieced the blocks.  I just need to form the top.  See the various blocks.

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The quilt finishes at 60″ x 60″.  I would like a bigger quilt.  So I tried to audition the blocks to see if I can add blocks to the original pattern to enlarge it.

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I am still undecided.  Let me piece the quilt top first (that is my goal for March).  If I manage to add borders, that will be bonus :).

In my last post I talked about the Basket Tote that I sewed on impulse.  Even though it was on impulse, it fitted as a finish for one of my goals (Goal 5) for 2017 FAL Q1.  See my 2017 FAL Q1 goals here.

I am linking up with Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts and OMG at Elm Street Quilts

I am also linking up with 2017 Finish Along

Q1 FAL Finish and February OMG Goal Setting

I have been ill since the Year of the Rooster.  Before Chinese New Year, I was busy rushing to quilt the commissioned pineapple quilt.  Meeting deadlines at work and staying up late at night to quilt weakened my immunity.  I caught the flu bug and ran a fever for the first few days of the Chinese New Year.  Urgh!  I cannot remember when was the last time I fell so sick before.

The good thing was I managed to finish the binding for the quilt before I fell sick.   The quilt measures 105″ x 93, about the size of a king-sized quilt.  This is the biggest quilt I have quilted so far.  Oh my, this quilt is heavy.  I think it must be the cotton batting adding to the weight.

My husband and daughter kindly helped to hold the quilt up while I took the picture.

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A close-up picture of the quilt.

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Let’s see how the quilt looks like using my king-size bed as a model.

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This is my first finish for 2017 Q1 FAL.  See my goals here

Ok now onto my February goal.  I have decided to do something simple using June Tailor’s Charming Circle ruler.  I bought this ruler with the intention to sew a denim tote bag.  Well I have started.  See my WIP.

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Now for some good news.  I won a prize for my 2016 Q4 FAL finish!  Thank you Fluffy Sheep Quilting for sponsoring the prize.  In December, during the Sew Mama Sew giveaway, I won a pattern by Sandra (yes another Sandra) of mmm!quilts.  These are all my Christmas presents. LOL.

I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts

Also linking up with Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Also linking up with 2017 Finish Along

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