Applique Coaster Swap

The Quilting Gallery is organising yet another exciting quilt swap.  This time, it’s a swap for four beautiful reversible coasters entitled “The Little Buddy coasters”.  I’ve just signed up, and hope everyone joins me too!

The coasters finish at 5″ squared and are designed by Vicki Ruebel from the Quilting Lodge exclusively for this swap.

For more information and registration details, check out 

Stay tuned to my blog for updates!  :)

Applique Coasters Swap

Handphone Cover – Completed!

I’ve completed the “Cell Phone Cuties” today, after working on it for a few weekends. As easy as it seemed, it’s by no means an easy feat for me! This is the first time I attempted a rounded bias binding, took me quite a while to figure that out. But I was really glad it turned out pretty good!
Tried out a pintuck for the first time too, didn’t turn out perfect. But I sort of figured out where it went wrong…will try harder the next time. Other firsts included my attempt in making fabric buttons. I was quite annoyed at first as I couldn’t find the fabric button kit in local craft stores like Spotlight. However, I bought a whole box of 24 buttons at Daiso for $2! Good deal! I envisioned there must be a way to get them done without the kit & finally found some instructions online.  Made a few extras for use in other sewing & craft projects. 
I had wanted to sew buttonholes for the cover strap with the buttons but it was a failure! Just couldn’t sew the buttonholes for some reason. I think it was because the strap was too thick & my machine couldn’t handle that. Well, will try to figure that out & try harder the next time!
But overall, I’m happy with what I’ve got! It’s a tad too huge for my iphone 5 though, think it would fit an S3 or S4 better. Hope to be able to make a few more as gifts for friends & to sell in my newly set up Etsy store. 
What do u think?

Handphone Cuties!

I’m working on small projects, in between sewing of the hungry caterpillar quilt, to take the stress off this huge project.

Bought a pattern for “Handphone Cuties” from plus other books recently, to make use of their 40% shipping discount. This is a sweet pattern from my favourite quilt designer Figtree Quilts. And I’m using the honey bun from Figtree’s Fig & Plum collection, which happened to be the same one used in the pattern!

This quilted handphone cover seems quite simple to piece together & I hope to complete it this weekend. I’ve finished piecing the body & will start to cut out the templates, once I buy my freezer paper today.

Notions Caddy

I started on this notions caddy some months back and didn’t have the time to complete it until recently.  This is a pretty neat item that allows me to keep all my craft or quilt notions wherever I go.  I had signed up for the “Sweet Sue’s Sewing Club” with Shabby Fabrics in 2011 and this kit was one of the pretty projects that came with it. 

The completed caddy looks like this:

Front view of notions caddy
This is how the inside looks like, with pockets for quilting/craft tools
This useful caddy keeps anything and everything u need when on the go
A closer look at what the caddy can hold

What I really love is how I could roll up the notions caddy when on the go, so items are neatly tucked away!  So neat and compact.  Makes a wonderful weekend project or last minute gift for a friend.

Neat and compact when rolled up

Mug Rugs are Completed!

Yeah….after a few weeks of working on my mug rugs, they are finally completed and will be on their way to my swap partner tomorrow!  My partner is a lady from Australia and I do hope she likes them.  I’ve been too bogged down with work and kids lately, had it not been Gary lending his hands to do the finishing touches (ie binding), I may not be able to make it for the deadline!  Thank you darling!  :)

I should give myself a pat on the back, this being my first try in doing appliques, and I think they didn’t look too bad!  I do hope to try out machine applique sometime soon….if I could find the time to practice.

Here’s my final “masterpieces”:

Two Owls Mug Rug
Winter Birdhouse Mug Rug

I’ve not received my mug rugs but I do hope I get them soon….it’s so exciting!

Mug Rugs are Near to Completion

I’ve finally finished the appliqued piece for the Two Owls Mug Rug.  What’s left is quilting for the top and binding.  Don’t think I’m going to quilt the top though, I think it looks good as it is!  I should give myself a pat on the back since it’s my first attempt at applique and it didn’t look too bad (I think!).

I’ve also started working on the Winter Birdhouse Mug Rug since yesterday.  This piece is easier to applique as there are less details and shapes and the top is close to completion!  I’m lacking of some embroidery floss for the hand applique, which I will purchase from Spotlight tomorrow.  I’m really glad the embroidery floss from my days of doing cross-stitch are still neatly packed in my thread box, which I could put to good use in my applique projects.

Since winter is over, I’ve decided to adopt a spring theme for this instead.  Hence, colours chosen are basically bright shades of pink, green and purple.  They didn’t look fantastic when pieced together, but I must say the appliqued pieces made a difference!  Love the look of the overall colour combinations.

I’m targeting to have both mug rugs completed by end of the week.  :)

Mug Rug is taking shape!

It’s been a crazy period for me & I was struggling to find time to start on the first mug rug. Managed to kick start the two owls project this week & progress has been good so far. Targeting to finish doing the appliqués by tonight.

I chose to hand appliqué the shapes as machine appliqué is really freaking me out! There’s no time to fight with the machine over this & hand appliqué should work just fine. After all, this is my first appliqué project. Shapes are appliquéd using Heat n Bond fusible web.

I have three more weeks to complete both projects & praying hard that I can meet the deadline.

Here’s what I’ve done so far.