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

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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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