Q2 FAL Goals

I have decided. ¬†I will list all the projects that I intend to finish in 2017. If I manage to squeeze in any extra projects, that will be a bonus ūüôā ¬†Any projects not completed in Q2 will be rolled over to Q3 and then Q4.

Goal #1 – Linnea Ruffled bag

I started this in Q1. ¬†The pattern for this bag came from Sue Kim’s book. ¬†It was one of my goals for Q1 but I did not complete it in time for Q1 finish. ¬†See the WIP

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Goal #2 – Gathered zipper pouch

Another of Sue Kim’s pattern. ¬†I had sewn one last year as a birthday present for my sister-in-law. ¬†I would like to sew another one for myself.

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Goal #3 – Wristlet zipper purse

Sue Kim’s pattern again. ¬†It is from her book “Bags the Modern Classic”. ¬†I bought 2 of her e-books last year and I intend to make full use of the pattern books. ¬†I have paired up the following 2 fabric for the pouch. ¬†See the template that I have printed out… all ready to go.

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Goal #4 – Patchwork tote bag using mini charm squares

I started this project towards the end of last year but I got ‘distracted’.

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Hopefully I can complete it this quarter. ¬†According to the lady who wrote the tutorial, she finished it in 1 afternoon. ¬†Can you see how ‘slow’ I am in sewing? ¬†LOL ¬†You can view the pattern cum tutorial here

Goal #5 – Colourful patchwork tote bag by Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield

I found Caroline’s blog by accident and I fell in love with her projects and tutorials. Hence I purchased a Craftsy Class by her on Colourful Patchwork Bags. ¬†I don’t know why but this year I just have this urge to sew many bags and pouches. ¬† I have a few packs of charm squares that I purchased from Connecting Threads a few years ago. ¬† Caroline’s bag is the perfect project to use these.

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Goal #6 – Colourful patchwork pouch by Caroline

Caroline’s Craftsy class also teaches how to sew a zipper pouch using grid interfacing. ¬†A friend helped me carry back from US some Pellon grid interfacing which I purchased specially for this project. ¬†Can’t wait to sew the pouch using this method.

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Goal #7- Mini Ring Table Runner

When my friend came back from the States, he also helped carry back a mini quick curve ruler and the Mini Ring Pattern.  I have started on a table runner with the ruler and pattern.

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Goal #8 – Quilt for a colleague’s daughter

I have yet to decide on the pattern for this quilt but I do know the little girl loves lavender, lilac and purple colour.  So I have chosen a fabric for the quilt.

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Goal #9 – 2016 Aurifil Block of the month quilt for my husband’s niece

This quilt comprises of blocks from 2016 Aurifil Block of the month.     The pic below shows the quilt top without its borders.  It is now all pieced.  What is left is to quilt it.

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Goal #10 – Mystery quilt by Meadow Mist

In my last post I showed the first version of the mystery quilt.  Since then I have added a flying geese border and a 2-strip outer border.  Now to quilt it.

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Goal #11 – Hunter Star Quilt for myself

I reserved the following 2 pieces of fabric from my stash for this quilt.

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Goal #12- ‘Peared Up’ wall hanging

This kit was purchased a few years ago and kept in cold storage.  Now is the time to use it to make a wall hanging.

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Goal #13 – ‘Blooming Basket’ table runner

Another kit by Connecting Threads which I had purchased a few years ago. ¬†Don’t know why I bought it and kept it for so long. ¬†My wish is to complete table runner this year.

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Goal#14 – Double wedding Quilt

After I finish with Mini Ring table runner (Goal #7), I intend to work on a Double Wedding Ring quilt using the Metro Ring pattern and the original Quick Curve Ruler.  I hesitated to start on this quilt because I read that the squaring up of the blocks may pose some problems.  Hopefully after I had done the Mini Ring table runner, I will be wiser. LOL.  I have just the fabric for this quilt.  Hometown Girl Jelly roll by Pat Sloan.

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These are my very ambitious goals.  I am linking up with 2017 Q2 FAL

Can I get a Whoop Whoop

Hearts Intertwine – Storm at Sea pattern

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.

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More pictures showing detailed quilting of feathers.

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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.

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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

July’s OMG Finish and a finish for Q3 FAL

I finally decided on a pattern for the first baby quilt. ¬†It is from the book ’29 Scrappy Quilts’ by Better Homes and Gardens. ¬†After cutting up my fabric, I kind of regretted my decision and the reason was the blocks for that quilt were small, they finish at 4 x 4 inches. ¬†To piece up the blocks I had to cut 1 1/2x 1 1/2 inches squares. ¬†But what was I to do as I had cut up the fabric. ¬†So I pressed ahead and sewed up the quilt top. ¬†I am not good with sewing a consistent 1/4 inch seam so sewing a small square to another small square poses a problem. ¬†I had to sew slowly and used a stiletto. ¬†Still some of the seams were not ‘ideal’. ¬†Anyway, here is my finished quilt top.

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I have to say I am rather pleased with it as the colours are so sweet and apt for a baby girl.

I have also finished quilting and binding The Rugged Cross.  This is my 1st finish for Q3 FAL.

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However, I am having difficulty with the Cambodian quilt cos the girls there have overlocked the seams (see pic below) and that makes them very bulky.

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I am now in the process of unpicking these seams.  I forsee difficulty in sewing them back together later cos the pieces of fabric were not cut accurately and their sizes differ.

Linking up with Red Letter Quilts’ OMG and Can I get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Update:  I am linking up with 2016 Finish A-Long, Q3 Finishes.  Also linking up with my FAL Q3 Goals

Storm at Sea-May OMG finish

At the beginning of May, I set my goal to piece a Storm at Sea wallhanging top. ¬†I am so glad I make it in time. ¬†It is not big, only 45 inches x 39 inches and it is not difficult. ¬†Just tedious. ¬†I am having a fabric moratorium this year (at least trying very hard to have one, LOL) ¬†so whatever I sew, I have to use my stash. ¬†I was using my blue scraps to sew the blocks when it dawned on me that I should turn to Google, my internet teacher, to look for inspiration. ¬†As I googled, I chanced upon Quilter’s Cache¬†where I saw the Heart in the middle of the Storm at Sea pattern and I also saw Eugene’s block. ¬†So I decided to combine design elements from both and I came up with this.

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Before arriving at this finished top, I had to audition different layouts and asked my husband and children for opinions.  Below is a few pictures of my auditioning photos.

A layout without borders.

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I was trying to see how it looks like with the stars at the borders, auditioning 2 shades of blue fabric.

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Storm at Sea has been in my bucket list for the longest time.  A good friend gave me a book, Calming the Storm, by Darlene Zimmerman and Joy Hoffman, published in 1996.

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I fell in love with Storm at Sea because of this book. ¬†The patterns inside make use of the blocks in Storm at Sea. ¬†The book is definitely a source of inspiration but I did not follow the dimensions as given in the book. ¬†I was using Deb Tucker’s V Block ruler and Square 2 ruler so I had to make block sizes that the rulers support. ¬†I may just write a short tutorial in the future on how I construct my Storm at Sea using the dimensions I used, 3 inches finished V block, 3 inches finished Square in square the 6 inches finished Square in square for the bigger Square in square unit. ¬†When we combine these basic units together, we get a Storm at Sea block as follows.

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In the Storm at Sea block above, I sewed up the 2 V blocks on the left of the block so that it looks like a diamond rect.  The other 2 V blocks at the top right-hand side of the Storm at Sea block are not sewn together yet.  I hope you can see the before sewn and after sewn effect of the V blocks. Then we just replicate this Storm at Sea block for as many times as we want to create the quilt size we desire.

I love to sew but I hate doing the math.  As a result I ended up with a number of V block units and Square in square units unused.  I may just combine these orphaned blocks to sew up another quilt, maybe a table runner. LOL.

I am linking up with OMG at Red Letter Quilts , Main Crush Monday at Cooking up Quilts and Can I get a Whoop Whoop at Confession of a fabric addict