I have added four extra rows on the top and bottom. I think the quilt looked better with the extra rows. The heart shape is more prominant. Lenght wise is also much better. The quilt is not too square. Without the extra rows, the quilt is neither here nor there...too big for a wall hanging and too small for a single! I am considering if I should make it into a queen..add sashing and maybe one or two borders and applique some flowers or something... endless possibilities!!! LOL
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Finished piecing together all the squares. I find that it is a bit too small for a queen! My cousin, Michelle, added two extra rows for the top and bottom of the quilt. But even with the addition, she said it is still short. She ask me to try and add maybe another 4 rows for top and bottom. Hopefully 8 rows may be alright. We still have to add some more sashings and borders to try and make it into a queen size quilt. Got to think of a more interesting border or something!!
Monday, August 15, 2011
To make the squares, I learnt a shorter way of making them. First you will have to join all the 12 strips (must remember to start with the number sequence) Then sew together fabric 1 and fabric 2. Then cut into 3" strips. Check which line you want to do first and then mark it. Count the little squares and unpick following the sequence....LOL I know it looked complicated but actually it is very east!!!
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
I cut the fabric into 3in strips. The fabric are numbered 1 to 12 starting from the darkest color. Fabric 1, 6 and 12, cut 5 strips. The rest, cut 4 strips.
It's been ages since I made a quilt!! So nice to get back to these sequence when making patchwork.. matching the colors, cutting, ironing and piecing them together!!
Friday, August 12, 2011
I was back in Miri for a couple of days because Luke wanted to go for a few lessons with the golf pro at Eastwood. The timing was good as I could see to the renovation for my father's house as well. My cousins and two of my aunties are into patchwork so we had a nice time sharing ideas and going to the quilt shop! Aunty Cindy just started doing patchwork so we all thought it is a good idea if she goes and learn some basic patchwork. She chose some blue white fabric (all from my cousin, Michelle's stash!) and a simple pattern for the lesson. We all got carried away and decided that we will use the same pattern but in different colors. All these are fabric are found in my stash!! Cousin Michelle's colors are blue and yellow. Cousin Emma's shades of purple and Aunty Agnes's shades of green. LOL
Monday, August 8, 2011
I have a HUGE laundry basket full of scrap fabric sitting under my sewing table. Each time I look at it, I feel so ashamed!! Those are good fabric in there. So I decided today, I will try and make a quilt or quilts if I can!! So I set about the task and got the help of my friend, Haminah, who was so kind to help me iron out the scraps. I used the scrap master ruler to cut out the triangles. This is the first time I am using this ruler.. bought it some time back and I think I have made a very good investment!! It is so convenient especially when the fabric is an odd shaped scrap!! I am contemplating if I should sort out the color tone of the fabric or leave it as scrappy as it can get!! Mind you, I've got lots of contrasting colors! So for the next few days, my task if to cut out as many triangles and square as I can out of the scraps...in betweeen cutting and sorting..it's practising quilting on my Juki!!! I need to know if there are any fast and hard rules in feather quilting....any comments or help would be greatly appreciated!!! :-)
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Remember this quilt??? I've finally managed to get it done! I didn't do the quilting myself as I know I am not good enough yet! But I did the binding though! LOL
If anyone of you out there need someone to quilt for you, just send me a message. I will put you in touch with the lady who did this piece for me!! She really did a good job.
As I mentioned in my earlier blog, I went for machine quilting class. It was intensive for us as we (my aunty and I) had only two days to learn whatever we could! The class was from 9am till 5pm and the first day, we stayed till 6pm! I have no regret in going for the class. I wished I had gone much, much earlier! Since coming back home, I have been practicing real hard and I could see some improvement!! I'm so happy!! :-)