January 27, 2015

Surprise HST Quilt

A very good friend of mine is expecting her second baby very soon (four weeks!!!) and I wanted to make her a quilt to commemorate this awesomeness. Especially because she's slightly apprehensive about having a second child they didn't plan for. I totally understand the apprehension, but a new little baby is coming! I hope that all melts away once she lays eyes on her little man :)

As you might've guessed, these aren't my typical colours hehe I was pulling fabric at work and had to warn my colleagues that it was for a friend and I wasn't having a stroke lol :) But remember a while back when I pulled this stack and made this wallhanging? Same friend! Haha! I figured I'd use the fabric I had leftover and just add to it since they were her colours and style.

I'd taught her to sew and quilt, so she ended up making her baby a quilt. Totally stealing my thunder there... Just sayin'. But I thought a lap quilt would be awesome... they could all use it! Thunder stolen back! Hah! (I'm really a good friend, I promise hehe)

I got asked a few times if I had trouble working on a quilt that's totally not my colours, and the answer is no. It was easy, because I knew she'd love it. Plus I think the prints and colours are kind of interesting. It is absolutely possible to like something without wanting it for yourself.

I gifted it to her this past weekend and she was so surprised and thrilled! I hope the whole family spend a lot of time under it being cosy and making memories for years to come :)

Here's the hubs being my quilt holder upper... See his little green pom pom peeking out on top? LOL!

January 21, 2015


- How adorable is this book on Parisian kitties!?

- This made me laugh and go aww :)

- Americans taste test Singapore food. Hilarity ensues. And now I want satay...

- I found out Garnier changed its moisturiser formula when I opened a new bottle. How? I got a burning, red, puffy rash all over my face and neck, that's how. I had it on for all of 10 minutes, and it was horrifying. Apparently I'm not the only person who's found out the hard way! (Read the reviews... one poor girl suffered for five months!) I've since tried Olay with the same result, and landed on Eucerin for sensitive skin (DUH! Should've gone there first!) and I'm happier than a pig in shit.

- This made me laugh so hard because my American lecturer at uni brought her Aussie in-laws to the US to stay with her parents, and while her mother-in-law was up on a ladder putting a suitcase away, her father kindly told her not to fall on her fanny. The poor man was completely mortified when he found out what 'fanny' meant to an Aussie / Brit. I'm laughing again right now... tears... streaming... Woo breathe...

- And I'm a HUGE Wayne's World fan, I shall leave you with the above :)

Picture from here and here.

January 17, 2015

HST Lap Quilt

The obsession with HSTs and triangles in general just goes on and on... Hehe :)

I still had my Lotta Jansdotter fabrics out from my last project with them (because I clearly don't know how to put anything away), and then decided I'd make something else with them. Can't get over the colours... and I like how all her collections just go so well together.

I laid out the HSTs in a vertical chevron pattern but I didn't pay too much attention to darks and lights, so you sort of have to squint at it like you would one of those 3-D autostereograms from the 90s. We watched a Seinfeld episode that featured it the other day and the hubs admitted he's never been able to see the 3-D image. Oh grief... lol!

Fess up, who else hasn't? Hehe!

I used one of my favourite text prints from Ikea (they don't seem to sell it anymore!!! Grr!) for the back and used a black and white stripe for the binding. I quilted it in a crosshatch since the HSTs go every which way :)

The quilt is currently available in my Etsy shop :)

January 8, 2015

Long-Term Project Means A Fortnight... Right?

Oh hey. Remember in my last post when I said my Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt was going to be a long-term project?

Yeah? Well. I finished. Tada. I really suck at doing things at a normal pace. But I enjoyed myself, so that's what counts, right?

Look at all the pretty colours :) I used fabrics from my stash, and just slightly justified its enormity. I only had to purchase a couple of fabrics, so I'll call this a win!

This one is one of my favourites. This 6" beast was a pain in my you-know-what to sew, but it's just so pretty. Look at it, all smarmy in its annoying cuteness. Don't look at any of my points... After a while, I didn't really care anymore!

This one is one of my other favourites. It's 18" and wasn't as painful to put together as the tiny ones. I love how the colours came out on this one.

Ahhhh a sea of colours :) I can't wait to roll around on it once it's all quilted heehee!

In an effort to prove that I'm completely insane, I actually made this bigger. The original quilt is 84" by 96", and I thought the 84" was just a bit too small for our bed. I sleep beside a quilt stealer person (I won't mention names... ahem) so the bigger the quilt, the less chance I have of getting frostbite.

I made seven more 12" blocks and four more 6" blocks. My sanity is definitely on permanent vacation :) But honestly, after you make 48 blocks, what's another eleven?? I also moved stuff around since I wasn't keeping to the layout anyhow.

Bottom line is, I thoroughly enjoyed myself with this bout of selfish sewing. I was going through a rough patch over the Christmas season (I won't go into it but suffice to say, I'm perfectly fine!) and this happy, colourful quilt helped cheer me up. Also the fact that it lays flat cheers me up so very, very much! I was petrified that with all the stupid little pieces it would be all wavy and horrifying. PHEW! :)

All ready for quilting... Don't know when I'll get around to sending it out but you'll know when it's done... Mostly because you'll hear my squealing from wherever you are lol! :)

December 22, 2014

Sewing Therapy

I finally finished all my Christmas orders (hallelujah!) and I'm getting over a bug, so while I recover, I thought I'd give myself a bit of happy and start my Moda Building Blocks! This took way longer than I thought but I enjoyed every moment of it!

It's the very first block of the lot, and it's 36"! Mahoosive! Add borders and that's a baby quilt, right there! LOL!

I have to admit that a lot of the time was spent trying to figure out what fabrics to use, then realising I didn't have enough of whatever, then having to change my game plan. Because the block's so large, you need quite a fair amount of the points and background. I started a chart of how much fabric is required for each block... just in case I make this quilt again in the future. Crazier things have happened :)

The block came out exactly as I'd hoped and the correct size. You always fear things go wonky when you piece a block like that! I do, anyway.

So that's one down and many more to go. It's hopefully going to be my long-term project of the new year.

Now how to store a 36" block...


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