Springtime Mug Rugs are Completed

After working on the mug rugs for a few weeks, they are finally completed!  I hope I had more time to work on them though and improve on the colour combinations.  It’s a pity I was really ill over the past few weeks and had to cope with the children’s exams at the same time, and could not dedicate more time and efforts into making better ones.  In addition, I had to meet the deadline of shipping the mug rugs over by 13 May.

Check out the mug rugs which I sent to my swap partner Pam from USA early this week.  I’ve just received the beautiful mug rugs she made for me with loads of goodies, which I’ll share in my next blog post.  Hope she’ll receive my mug rugs soon.

The Springtime Mug Rugs are completed

The Springtime Mug Rugs are completed

Growing Flowers Mug Rug

Growing Flowers Mug Rug

Flower Basket Mug Rug

Flower Basket Mug Rug

Quilt label for Growing Flowers Mug Rug

Quilt label for Growing Flowers Mug Rug

Quilt label for Flower Basket Mug Rug

Quilt label for Flower Basket Mug Rug

I also spent some time to sew a cardholder for Pam.  I hope she likes it!

A little goodie for Pam - namecard holder

A little goodie for Pam – namecard holder

Progress of Mug Rug Swap

My progress wasn’t as fast as expected for the two mug rugs as I’ve been ill since last week and was suffering from back pain, which doesn’t allow me to sew for long periods.  Having to cope with tutoring the kids for their mid-year exams didn’t help too.  :(

I’m however working on the hand appliques for the Flower Basket Mug Rug top now, as I’ve completed the Growing Flowers Mug Rug top last week.  What’s left is actually to quilt and bind the mug rug.

I’ve unfortunately missed the deadline to mail the mug rugs which is today!  I’ve just emailed my swap partner to explain the situation and hope she understands.  Working on it really hard now, so I can mail it out by next week.

Here’s some snapshots on what I’ve completed so far:

Completed Growing Flowers Mug Rug Top

Completed Growing Flowers Mug Rug Top

Flower Basket Mug Rug Appliqued Top

Flower Basket Mug Rug Appliqued Top

Springtime Flowers Mug Rug Swap

Michele from the Quilting Gallery has organised another exciting mug rug swap and I’m in!  This time, the theme is “Springtime Flowers” and the designs are so pretty!  My partner is Pam from USA and I’m happy to be sewing for her.  Her favourite colour is purple and I’m trying my best to have different shades of purple on the mug rug.  Thank god purple is also one of my favourite spring colours and I’ve lots of purple stash lying around.

I finally found time to start on the mug rugs this week and I’m halfway done with the first mug rug.  The applique pieces have been ironed on and I hope to finish my hand applique for the top this weekend.

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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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