Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Some tote... :)

Front side of the bag

Made this tablet tote as a birthday gift for a friend last week. I took me awhile to browse on line at tutorials but I finally found one that I really like from Amy's Creative Side. The original tote doesn't have handles but I added them any way since she would want to carry them around. 
Back side of the bag

What I realised while making this tote is that not all tabs have the same dimension! Some like what my friend have is an ASUS Transformer Prime (such Optimus Prime name!!) bundle with a keyboard, means that I can not make this too snug as it will not fit both items at the same time - and may be any external hard drive if she wants to. So I made them a little wider on the depths about 1 1/2 inch to 2 inch. 
The chocolate and pinkish heart fleece.... 

As some of you might have noticed that the fabric is once again from Ikea. They have the most affordable canvas fabric around town. And some times with really nice designs as well. :) I didn't use batting this time as I was using fleece for the interior. I guess it'll be enough since even if I use batting with cotton fabric inside and out, it won't protect from the shock of dropping from high places. So let's hope that she doesn't drop it! :p

Pretty roses...  Don't they look real?? 
And I also made these felt flowers as part of the gift ribbon warp. I used light beige felt and dye it over using food dye! LOL! Can not afford textile dye for such small quantities and plus I still have some left over (waaayyyyy over use by date!) liquid food dye. I really liked how this turn out as we know roses comes in all sorts of colours now and even sizes! :) 

The 3rd still wet flower... :p 

I followed this tutorial from One Star Away. She has picture loaded tutorial here. So its pretty easy to follow! I didn't  forgot to get a picture of the whole ensemble: all warped up and ready to go. It was really pretty with rick rack ribbon tied around and the roses in the middle (I glued a brooch cum alligator pin behind it) as we were running late for the party lunch. Oh well! I just hope that she gets to enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making it. 

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Postage Stamp Quilt SAL

I've joint a SAL with some gals of NNC. :) We're going to make a Postage Stamp Quilt. Its a make it at your own pace thing but it has to be finish before end of the year. I'm aiming to get this done for winter. :) I HOPE!!

I bought my jelly roll and 3 other fabrics online (as usual) and it was an anxious wait for it as we're suppose to start on the 1st of May. Guess what? My fabrics did arrive on the 1st of May! LOL! Talk about perfect timing...
The colourful strips were cut by me and the rest were from
a jelly roll called Northcote by Cabbage and Roses for Moda.
I'm going to make a 60" x 80" rainbow quilt. This will be my 3rd time making a quilt. The first 2 quilt was a crib size for O and a nephew of ours. I began to cut strips out of the fabric I have on hand last Sunday evening. I was really worried about it having "hills" on the fold. But after following some really good advices from a couple of friends, the strips turn out really straight with no hills in sight! :)
So tonight I finally figure out how I want my blocks to lay but I still haven't figure out how to lay the colours out as I'm still missing at least 4 colours I wanted to incorporate into the quilt. I will be using the very IKEA-ish fabric I got in my stash - bought last year during a sale and for the "just because" reason. :) And now it comes in very handy! Will reveal when the time comes.

OH! Besides this quilt I'm planning to make another quilt for O. Remember this very generous gift from Diane of USA? It's a quilt pattern she bought some time back and recently decided not to make it and gave them to me. Fabrics and appliqué and all! My!! This pattern is called It's A Pirate's Life by The Country Quilter.

I'm am going to bite into this when I can. Just need to save up a little for the batting/wadding as I project that it could costs a bomb! :p Plus I still need to get some shiny fabric but I'm still not sure if this fabric could stand the tumble of the washing machine.... I just might have to get a substitute for it.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

NNC Anni gifts!!!

I meant to blog about this earlier but somehow manage to get side tracked with the kids and currently building my own Postage Stamp Quilt blocks for SAL with a group of NNC ladies.. :p I'm so happy and glad to be surrounded by very wonderful like minded, talented and generous friends!!! :D
Don't you just love parcels in the A.M.? :)
JUST LOOK AT THE GOODIES!!! Its early Christmas for me... YAY!!!
So here it is, my gifts from Veronica, Malaysia, who is by the way one very talented little lady! :) She does cross stitching and also AMAZING sewing and embroidery work!! GOSH! Her gift to me is a tote bag with a little bird and the bag itself looks like a little cage... Very NICE! And she claim to be doing her first appliqué work!! 
My gift from Veronica.
Just look at the neat work!
OH! As for the bird, this is a super duper bird. Its a little pouch bag bird shape that she designed herself! How clever is that! And I'm now the very proud owner of this wonderful bird. :)

Avery talented Miss Veronica's pretty bird and not to forget wonderful gifts from  Madame Mel.
Check the bird here !
My photo taking skills are so.. limited! :((

OH!!! Not to mention the goodies that arrived in the same box!!! I was squealing in delight in the a.m. and nearly woke sleeping K! hehehehehe... And he can be such an Oscar (from Sesame Str.) in the morning or when ever he wakes up with loud sudden noise... :p  I was over the moon and felt rather spoilt by dear friends with these goodies. Only thing was I just wish I was there to experience the real gathering. Oh well. :) Perhaps next year?

MW actually made this after what I said on board about "that DARN BIRD!!" LOL!
Nice! :)
Now I wonder what will our dear headmistress of NNC come up with for next years challenge? I'm already thinking ahead now at the endless possibilities sewing and cross stitching item. And no, am NOT going to even give further hints after that 2 hints.