Quilted Cushion Cover

My boss bought me some cute fabrics from Riley Blake for sewing.  As a gesture to thank her for the gift, I thought it’ll be nice to sew her something in return.  Saw a tutorial for quilted cushion cover from Modabakeshop and thought it’s something that’s very appropriate and easy to create.

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2014/03/quilt-as-you-go-improv-pillows.html

It’s made from a 10-inch square (layer cake friendly!), then pieced with simple borders.  The top is then quilted using free motion quilting in a meandering design, which gives the cushion a nice texture.  The cushion finishes at 14″ x 14″.

Took just a couple of hours to put this sweetie all together!  Great gift idea for your family and friends over the weekend!

Front view of quilted cushion

Front view of quilted cushion

Back view of quilted cushion

Back view of quilted cushion

Envelope closure for backing

Envelope closure for backing

Free motion quilting on the top

Free motion quilting on the top

Celebrating the Birth of a Butterfly!

After a long journey of two years, the Hungry Caterpillar quilt is finally completed!  No words can explain the exhilaration and joy as we see the transition of a little caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly!  The completed quilt measures 64″ x 92″, my biggest project so far!

Check out my masterpiece!

The completed Hungry Caterpillar quilt, standing proud and tall

The completed Hungry Caterpillar quilt, standing proud and tall

Edith & Eponine holding up the completed quilt proudly

Edith & Eponine holding up the completed quilt proudly

Well of course, the happiest has to be the lucky recipient of the quilt!

Eponine snuggling up with the quilt, while reading her favourite "The Little Hungry Caterpillar" storybook

Eponine snuggling up with the quilt, while reading her favourite “The Hungry Caterpillar” storybook

Eponine snuggling up comfortably with the quilt she's looking forward to for the past two years!

Eponine snuggling up comfortably with the quilt she’s looking forward to for the past two years!

Good night...and sweet dreams with tiny caterpillars!

Good night…and sweet dreams with tiny caterpillars!

Sweet dreams....with the Hungry Caterpillar quilt

Sweet dreams….with the Hungry Caterpillar quilt

Sharing some snapshots of how the binding of the quilt is done.

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I feel a bit helpless now that the quilt is finally completed.  It’s a surreal feeling, as I didn’t expect myself to pull through the entire process.  Very glad that my hard work and perseverance paid off!

Now, time to move on to the next project!  :)

Binding the Caterpillar Quilt

It’s time to bind the Hungry Caterpillar quilt!  This is not my favourite step of the quilting process, but an important one to wrap up the project.

I start off the process by cutting off all excess backing fabrics and batting, to ensure that the top and backing are of the same size.  I take great care in the cutting to ensure that not too much or too less is snipped off.  After all, so much work has been put into the quilt thus far, and we wouldn’t want to create a boo-boo at this critical stage to ruin the beautiful quilt!

Cutting excess fabrics off

Cutting excess fabrics off

Removing basting pins

Removing basting pins

Quilt with access fabrics cut off, ready for binding!

Quilt with access fabrics cut off, ready for binding!

After the cutting has been completed, I attach the binding.  The 2.5″ strips had been sewn together earlier to form a long binding strip, and pressed in half length-wise.  The binding is attached one side at a time.

One side of the quilt with binding attached

One side of the quilt with binding attached

A closer look at the attached binding

A closer look at the attached binding

The binding is sewn on using a 1/4″ seam.

Now's the time to start sewing the binding!

Now’s the time to start sewing the binding!

Sewing the binding with 1/4" seam

Sewing the binding with 1/4″ seam

I prefer to do a mitered corner binding, for a nicer finish.

Quilt with mitered corner binding attached

Quilt with mitered corner binding attached

Closeup of attaching a mitered corner binding

Closeup of attaching a mitered corner binding

Viola!  The quilt with all four sides of binding all attached!  But….this is not all, now comes the tedious process of hand stitching the top part of the binding to the back of the fabric.  I’m targeting to have the binding handsewn in a week’s time, as it’ll make a little girl very happy, enjoying her sweet slumbers with wriggly caterpillars!  I’ll be sharing more updates in my next blog post!

Binding is attached on all four sides of quilt

Binding is attached on all four sides of quilt

Quilting is Completed!

After what seemed like ages, I’ve FINALLY finished quilting the top of the Hungry Caterpillar quilt.  I think I’ve been attempting to do FMQ since one year ago!  Really glad I’ve broken out of my comfort zone to try out more FMQ designs, instead of the usual meandering.  From what seemed impossible, I’m proud of myself of having come thus far.

I’m now left with the final step of doing binding….yeah!  Targeting to get it finished over the next two weeks.  Can’t wait to complete this, as I’ve promised Eponine to complete it by her 12th birthday in April.  In fact, this is supposed to be for her birthday pressie last April!  LOL

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Updates on Hungry Caterpillar Quilt

It has been a long while since I updated my progress of the Hungry Caterpillar quilt. Yes I’m still on it!  Just that I’ve stopped work for quite a while due to other ongoing projects.

I’ve been working hard at it over the past 2 weeks, doing FMQ on the blocks, sashes & borders. I’m at the last lap of sewing the borders now.

It has been an uphill task though, dealing with my machine tension issues once again! This issue has been plaguing me for years, one day I’m on tension 4 & the next day it goes up to 9! I ended up with a 9 currently. It looks way too high but somehow the only setting which doesn’t give me nesting issues at the back of quilt. Oh well…

I’ve been viewing Leah Day’s Craftsy video on FMQ which I’ve subscribed to, to learn new FMQ designs. I love meandering designs but getting sick of it at the same time, so I reckon it’s time to learn something new! If we don’t push or challenge ourselves, then I guess we’ll never progress. It’s not easy though & it gets so demoralising when you see how beautifully & skillfully Leah sews when mine looks like a pile of junk! :( However, after practicing for the past 2 weeks, I must admit that I’ve improved in my quilting with better control now.

Check out what I’ve done so far.  I’ve tried echoing designs, paisley & swirls, among others!

Basic Swirls

Basic Swirls

Paisley

Paisley

Echo Shells

Echo Shells

Brain Corals

Brain Corals

Quilted Tote Bag

It’s been a long while since I last updated my blog with my crafts and projects.  Yes, I’m still sewing and crafting!  It’s just such a crazy period since Christmas, preparing for my craft markets and preparing my girls for a new school year!  Now that things have started to settle down around here, I reckon it’s also high time i start blogging again!
Over the past few months, I’ve had such a crazy time sewing items for sale in the craft markets, that I had no time to dedicate to projects I love.  Kind of depressing at times!

Nonetheless, I’ve started to work on my existing projects again.  Just quilted a tote bag over the long Chinese New Year holidays.  It’s something I’ve been wanting to do and own and how best to achieve this than sewing it myself!  The bag was pieced together from the Lily & Will jelly roll, one of the prettiest fabric collection I own!  I was just so glad I’ve managed to find a free pattern from Modabakeshop which seemed easy enough for my first tote bag.

The process was not totally smooth-sailing though.  It all went well until the final steps where I had to sew borders for the inner seams.  Due to thickness of the wadding, it caused a bulk at the four corners, making it difficult to turn inside out.  I eventually snipped off all corners and sewed the binding 1/4″ from each end, rather than sew all the way to the end.  I also tried to prevent overlapping the corners where the seams meet when I sewed on the bindings.  These measures seemed to help alleviate the problems!

Though the completed project was not 100% perfect and flawless, it didn’t look too bad for a first-timer!  :)

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Black Friday Sale

The Cotton Shoppe is having our first ever Black Friday sale from 28 November to 6 December.  Everything in our Etsy store is now at 10% off!  Great time to stock up on your Christmas essentials and gifts for loved ones!  Shop from our great variety of one-of-a-kind handmade gifts ranging from mini quilts, stuffed toys and accessories.  Stocks are limited, so grab them before they are gone!

http://www.etsyonsale.com/shop/TheCottonShoppe