Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Green Grocery Bag Challenge

I love reading Sew Mama Sew  and each year about this time they have a whole month of gift ideas for crafters.

As many of us have too much stuff  and create too much waste, especially at gift-giving time, this initiative is

a great idea




For a free, step-by-step tutorial, head on over to Green Bag Lady where you can find a wonderful idea for

wrapping your Christmas gifts - something handmade, and hopefully useful for the recipient. 

There are plenty of ways to personalise a bag as well.


Off now to hunt out some more ideas!

Monday, November 08, 2010

Friendship Blocks

Our Singapore quilt group has quite a revolving membership, most of us being expats on varying lengths of postings.

We try and make a block for those leaving – which can take many forms.  One of our group is leaving this week.  Being a typical quilter, she found a design she liked on the floor of a shopping centre in Singapore!

The idea is great.  The design looked good.


I printed out the pattern pieces;  began to look in my pile of blue & green batiks -



I tried to get it right – 4 times!!  Something was definitely screwy somewhere and going back to basics with the calculator and ruler still did not help.  This is 3rd attempt….


Although I love the colours in this one, something bizarre happened with the pinwheels in the centre and instead of being 12.5” it came out about 10.5”

Next effort….


By this time I was running out of the fabrics I really liked, so I ditched the pattern and worked it out myself.  Size is ok, all the points meet, but not sure about colour placements.


Oh well, sorry Tiiu.  At least you will have a block tomorrow.  But I’m not happy and will persist until I produce the stunner!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

My Birds of Hope Valley

Not the best photo; I'll try and get a better shot when someone can hold it up.
This was my entry in our Challenge "Curves and Circles"  It is a pattern from Emma @ Ballarat Patchwork - machine pieced, appliqued and machine quilted by me.

Monday, October 25, 2010


I know, I know – shouldn’t be starting another Block of the Month before the last one is finished.
It’s called The Circle Game from Amitie.  Loving the fabrics and the design.

These are blocks 1,2 and 3.  Block one (the top one) was a cinch;  Block two (on the right) was awful and block 3 simple as well.
Started off hand-piecing, but confess I am really a product of the century I live in, meaning I love technology and especially my sewing machine.
Got my BOM buddy to keep me up-to-date with this one, so I can finish something!!
And one more pic today of something else I’ve been working on…
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My Mum – Nearly Insane

Just had to pop in a pic of my Mum, Kay and her “Nearly Insane” quilt, shown here at her local

show in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia (Goldfields Quilters) on the weekend.


The quilt is all hand-pieced and hand quilted and won the Viewer’s Choice at the show.

Congratulations Kay!  This is especially amazing after the awful year she has had, health-wise.

Shame I couldn’t be there, as they always put on a great show – thanks Wendy for taking the

pic for me.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Burst on the machine

Today was all about newsletters, updating websites, newsletters, meetings, brochures. Enough!  I needed to clear my head and the Bernina need to go for a run.  We found a jelly roll and some instructions for a Hexagon Quilt Along on Jaybird's Blog.  I'm only 6 months behind, but thought this looked like something relatively easy and fun to do. 

In less than an hour, I had sewn 42 strips together, cut out the triangles and put togehter the first 3 hexies.
The fabric line is Botany by Lauren and Jessi Jung for Moda

Friday, September 24, 2010

A day out in my own city...

Yesterday a group of mums from school did a tour of Chinatown in Singapore - we sometimes forget what vibrant and colourful inspiration is on our own doorstep. It was the mid-Autumn festival during the week - hence the lanterns everywhere. We visited the medicine man, the tea shop, bakery, wet markets. My favourite pic is the coloured chopsticks.
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Long Time, No Post

Has it really been 4 months?  DD has just gone back to school after being home for 13 weeks!  Only 8 of those real holidays; the rest study leave for IGCSE exams.  After travelling to Australia and UK to see family & friends, we are back to reality.

I'm busily working on my quilt for the Singapore Quilt Challenge, so no peeks yet.  Just waiting for the border fabric before finishing it off.

Whilst I'll never have the patience for real hand-quilting, I can cope with the large-stitch, perle thread, sashiko version.  This is my ‘99 Treasures quilt’ which feels like it’s been around for about 95 years.


I finally finished off another cushion, the design which came from Oh Fransson! at this sew-along at Sew Mama Sew.

SpiderwebCushion2The Spiderweb block was foundation pieced using odd-sized scraps. The fabrics are  Lantern Bloom by Laura Gunn.

The machine quilting is just random spirals around the spiderwebs with a variegated thread.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Star Surprise….more blocks

I confess to really not enjoying working with the striped fabrics, hence some of them looking a tad out of whack…oh well.

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Block of the Month – Star Surprise

I need some more space in my teeny sewing room and have found some UFOs which really need to be finished.
This one has been hanging around for a while now – if I have been away from home for 2.5 years, then it must  be 3 years overdue …yikes.  This block of the month came from Amitie in Melbourne and is called Star Surprise
by Trish Harper.  I started sewing the blocks by hand, but realistically it will be another 3 years if I continue at this snail’s pace, so have done 3 blocks this week by machine.  They are all 12” blocks

StarSurprise Quilt 11 BlackfordsBeauty_edited-1   StarSurprise Quilt 14 BlackForestTorte
StarSurprise Quilt 6 WritersBlock_edited-1  StarSurprise Quilt 13 TuesdaysChild_edited-1
StarSurprise 8 Song&Dance  StarSurprise Quilt 15 GeorgiaPeach_edited-1

Monday, April 19, 2010

Wonky Log Cabin Cushions

After an obscene quote for cushions to match my new chair, I decided to make my own.

I was thinking  chocolate with subtle aqua and green which would match my new sofas and these beautiful

fabrics Lantern Bloom by Laura Gunn were just the thing

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Then I fell in love with the cushion on the cover of this Stitch magazine


stitchMag  by Malka Dubrawsky who has a stunning Blog -

Stitch in Dye.  Malka does some fabulous fabric dyeing and her quilts and pillows are gorgeous.


A few more fabrics were added to the mix, then the cushion seemed to take on a life of its own!

pillowsw 127It’s a bit more colourful than intended and probably needs a few more ‘plain’ fabrics.  Just gotta sew down the binding.


Now got to go and try something slightly more subtle……

Friday, April 16, 2010

Seen in my neighbourhood today…

Got a bit of a shock when I was driving behind this cab this afternoon….

Singapore Cab

I was stationary when I took the pic and am hoping this is a publicity stunt and the passenger has not lost their luggage!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The new Bonds Baby

How cute is this?   Emma, our company’s new little Aussie expat on her new quilt.   Just love the tummy Emma!EmmaQuilt

Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy Lunar New Year!

Some local colour to celebrate – blossoms and peonies, together with some eucalyptus leaves from home. According to the guy who made this up, they are known as “lucky money leaves”


The quilt group enjoyed a CNY lunch, complete with “Yu Sheng” the seafood & salad dish, peculiar to Singapore, which must be tossed high in the air by everyone to usher in a long year of prosperity!

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The waiter mixes each ingredient separately, which are all specific meanings and wishes for the coming year. My wish was for more members for our quilt group!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Hushabye Quilt for Miss M

I took 2 of these charm packs – Moda Hushabye by Tula Pink

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sewed them together, sliced and rearranged them to make a Disappearing Nine Patch pattern


added some off-white Kona cotton sashing

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the backing fabric

hushabye owl stripe

and machine quilted it with a “meandering” design

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The finished size is approx 50” x 50” .  I hope baby Miss M likes her new quilt!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Joseph’s Coat Quilt A Long – part 1

Finally something to show.  After ordering the Kaffe Fassett jelly roll online from the US, I just knew the boat would be slow, or the camel would stop for a long drink, but I didn’t quite expect the parcel to go via Sweden to Singapore.  The pigeon finally landed, but no jelly roll – it was on backorder.  This would have to be one of my pet annoyances with overseas/online ordering.  If I had known this I’d have cancelled the order and sourced it somewhere else.  Grrrrrr.

I don’t know whether it is the heat, humidity or the cr*p glue, but the whole process has been quite tedious.  The first lot of petals got ditched, but I’ve managed to finish 24.  I’m now unsure whether to be picky about the colour placement or just stitch them randomly.   Might have to make some more and have a play around.

After all my good intentions, I don’t expect to keep up, but it’s a start…sighJoseph' 001

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Monday, February 01, 2010

Beautiful Batiks

In Penang, Malaysia, I visited a batik factory.  Everything is done the old-fashioned way and many of the designs were one-offs – made for companies and uniforms.
Very time consuming and makes my efforts at batik look particularly feeble!
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