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.
A close-up picture of the quilt.
Let’s see how the quilt looks like using my king-size bed as a model.
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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?
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.
I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilt and Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation and Can I get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
😦 I did not make it for November’s OMG. I was supposed to sew 20 pineapple blocks but I only did 10 blocks by the end of November. See my blocks below.
What is my excuse for not meeting November’s goal? I was busy pattern testing a bag pattern by Urbanstyle Jantine. LOL. If you remember, I was sewing up 35 log cabin blocks for this bag. Let me give you a sneak peek on my pattern testing.
I pieced up all 35 blocks and quilted it. I will write more about this bag in another post when Jantine is ready to release her pattern.
Well it is a new month. New beginning. We have plans to meet up our extended family during the Christmas weekend to celebrate Christmas and my sister-in-law’s birthday. What do you give to a lady who has almost everything? After some deliberation, I decided to sew a gathered zipper pouch for her. This will be my OMG for December. I am hoping to sew it in time to make it for the Bag It event too. I intend to follow the pattern by Sue Kim. The tutorial for the pouch can be found here.
For the pineapple quilt top, I am still short of 12 blocks. I do hope to piece this pineapple quilt top by end December. Beside this, I also wish to make a table runner for a housewarming gift. Oh dear, so many goals and so little time. Don’t forget, I have yet to complete my Q4 Finish-Along goals…. See picture below. I am in the midst of ‘nemeshing’ one of the 2 Cambodian quilt tops. I bought a few books by Bethanne Nemesh where she teaches ‘nemeshing’, her unique quilting style. Finishing these 2 tops is one of my goals for Q4. Once done, they will be sold to raise funds for the Emmaus Women’s Centre in Cambodia.
Ok. Take a deep breath. Take one step at a time. Now back to quilting.
I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts and Lets Be Social
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
I had wanted to write this post earlier but I changed my phone. Handphones nowadays are not just phones. They are also secretaries, sending reminders on appointments; torchlights, when walking in the dark; and more importantly to me, they are my cameras. I take pictures of my quilting projects with my phones. So when I changed my phone this week, I realised all my photos are in my old phone. Of course I could copy them over to my new phone but being not so tech savvy, the whole copying process is taking longer than I expected….
I completed the quilting and the binding of the second baby quilt. Let’s see the quilt top before quilting.
I quilted with an all over motif which I saw at Wendy Sheppard’s blog here. I am sure you notice scallops at the bottom right-hand edge and at the top left-hand edge of the quilt. I decided to try something different using the Quick Point Scallop ruler. A friend helped me carry these back from the States and she wanted to see the ruler in ‘action’. A close up shot of the scallops.
My pastor’s wife was very happy with both quilts. I am glad to strike off 1 goal from my FAL Q4 list. This is my 3rd finish for Q4 FAL. See my original list of goals here. Linking up with 2016 Q4 FAL finishes
On another note, I am happy to report that I finished my Oct OMG. My goal for Oct was to make 35 log cabin blocks. As usual, I was so enthusiastic sewing that I ended up sewing 38 blocks. 3 extra blocks.
These blocks will go into making a bag, pattern by urbanstylejantine.
I am linking up with October OMG at Red Letter Quilts and Can I get a Whoop Whoop
This is one of the 2 commissioned baby quilts. I had finished the top a month or two ago but did not find the time to quilt it. Well, I took leave from work and spent a day at home quilting it. I have to admit that I am not a fast stitcher nor quilter but I managed to finish quilting the baby quilt which measures approximately 45 x 45 inches within that day. Then I spent the next 2 nights hand sewing the binding on. The quilt top before quilting.
What can you see in the pic below?
Yes the letter A and r. I was quilting the name of the baby who will be receiving this quilt.
And the picture of the full quilt
My quilting inspiration for this quilt comes from another iquilt class by Bethanne Nemesh that I purchased. I really enjoyed Bethanne’s class. She is very clear in her teaching and her style of quilting speaks to me. I hope to practise more of what I learnt in her class in my subsequent quilts.
This is my 2nd finish for FAL Q4. You can see my list of goals here Linking up with 2016 Q4 FAL Finishes
I will update with the second commissioned baby quilt in the next few days. I am linking up with Can I get a Whoop Whoop
I want to thank everyone who posted words of encouragement on my previous post. I am happy to report that I have completed Hearts Intertwine, a Storm at Sea pattern. This quilt top was pieced using scraps from my earlier projects. Only the red fabric and the borders were cut from my yardage of fabric. You can read about the piecing of the quilt top here and the tutorial on how I construct it here. I quilted based on a picture of a quilt by John Flynn found here. Below shows my completed quilt.
More pictures showing detailed quilting of feathers.
I mentioned in one of my earlier post that I took an iquilt class. Well, I did purchase one class, then I purchased another by Judi Madsen. I love her quilting, especially her feathers. I tried to incorporate what I learnt from her class. She loves to add details to her feathers but I was not so adventurous with this quilt so I left out the details.
What about another picture of Hearts Intertwine? This time hanging above the headboard of our bed.
This is my 1st finish for FAL Q4 goals. Yay, one down, five to go. See my goals for FAL Q4 here Linking up with 2016 Q4 FAL finishes
I am linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday and Can I get a Whoop Whoop