2018 Finish-Along Goals for Q1

Out of the 12 goals that I set for myself for 2017 Q4, I only managed to finish 3 of them.  Upon reviewing them I decided to port over a few of the goals to Q1 of 2018, drop a few and modify a few.  You will notice that my goals involved quite a bit of knitting and they are mainly Susan B Anderson’s pattern.  So here is my list.

Goal #1

To finish piecing and quilting the Spinning Quilt.  This pattern is by Cooking Up Quilts.  I am a slow stitcher and this pattern has a number of small pieces.

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Goal #2

I started on another quilt which has a rather tight deadline.  It is to be gifted to a young couple.  Feeling rather stressed now.

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Goal #3

To make a Tea Cozy.  This Tea Cozy is the request of my husband’s niece who is in UK.  I am really grateful to her for being such fantastic host to my daughter when she visited her in UK.  I am using scrap materials for this tea cozy.

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Goal #4

I had wanted to knit another Opal sock bunny but did not manage to.  So for this quarter I have decided to make the smaller version of the Opal sock bunny.  Susan B Andersen, the designer of this Opal sock bunny, has a pattern for the smaller version and this is so good for using up leftover yarns from the various projects.

Goal #5

To knit A Bear and A Bunny Suit, pattern by Susan B Anderson.  I have pink and dark brown yarn, very similar to the one that Susan knitted.

Goal #6

To knit Baa, another pattern by Susan B Anderson.  I love the colour combination that Susan used so I bought similar coloured yarn, hoping to knit one like hers.

Goal #7

To knit Hedgie, another pattern by Susan B Anderson.  I am going to use the same brown yarn that I have for A Bear and A Bunny Suit.  I love knitting amigurumis as they are fast to complete.

Goal #8

To knit Squirrel and Acorn.  The grey used for the squirrel’s coat will also be used for Baa’s face.  Once again another pattern by Susan B Anderson.

Goal #9

To finish the applique, My Funny Valentine, and then quilt it.

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Goal #10

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

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I realised I am very good at starting new projects but not very good at completing them.  This is definitely not good.  I must do something about this habit.

Linking up with 2018 FAL

 

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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

 

Wristlet Pouch – Finish Along 2017 and Bag It

This was a relatively easy project to complete but I procrastinated.  However I still managed to finish the pouch in time for Bag It and also met my goal (Goal #6) for Q4 Finish-Along 2017.

The front of the pouch

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The back of the pouch

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The inside of the pouch

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I added a store bought label on the lining.  I have been toying with the idea of purchasing customised labels, labels with my blog name, The Biasedge.  It is definitely easier to label my projects.  Well one of these days I might just go ahead and order some.

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I used bright red zipper as accent as the whole pouch looks kind of dull.  The pattern called for 10″ zipper but I happened to have a 8″ one so to lengthen the zipper I added a fabric tab at the end of the zipper.  If you look closely at the picture above where the zipper pull is, you will see that there is an extension of the zipper made of dark blue fabric after the zipper pull.  I feel that this makes the installation of the zipper neater.  I have also added interfacing to the strap thus making it stiffer.  If you are making a stiffer strap, do remember to change your sewing machine needle to a bigger size (I use size 18) or else the needle might break as it has to go through many layers.

Coincidentally, Mary of The Daily Sew shared views similar to mine regarding stiffening of the strap and adding fabric tab at the end of the zipper.  She did a pattern review of this wristlet pouch 2 years ago.

I am linking up with Bag It  and Let’s Bee Social

Linking up with 2017FAL Q4.  My Goals for 2017 FAL Q4

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

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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