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

 

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.

 

November OMG

I know this post is last minute but I had a hard time deciding my November OMG.   Finally I decided on piecing another 20 pineapple blocks.  I had done 22 blocks in September. These blocks are to go into a quilt that requires at least 49 blocks.  I am not so hopeful that I can complete these 20 blocks in November but I will try.  The quilt is commissioned by a gentleman worshiping in a sister church.  He is willing to contribute to our church’s lease renewal fund for this pineapple quilt that I am sewing.  I am flattered but at the same time stressed.  Not sure if the quilt will be to his liking.  Here is a picture of the blocks that I had done for September.  Hopefully at the end of November I can show another 20 blocks added in.  LOL.  I am linking up with November OMG at Elm Street Quilts

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