Monday, 31 January 2011

Great weather for hand quilting

The weather the last couple of days has been horrible and rainy with the temperatures dropping into the low 20's.  Brrr.  Yesterday I pulled out my long jeans and my long sleeved merino top as I was getting cold.  Funny how quickly you get used to a warm climate!

Anyway all this rain has been pretty condusive to getting the quilt done.  In the last couple of days we have put the 3 layers of the quilt together and basted it and started on the hand quilting.  Its been a while since I have hand quilted (too many projects in my head, too little time) but I am enjoying the work. My mother in law and Gina have been working on it as well.

We have been quilting this on the dining room table to the dismay of my son who complains that he cannot hear the tv due to our talking.  I have told him that it is a fact of life that when 3 women sit around a table and quilt that they are going to talk!

We are making great progress on the quilt and we are hoping that the quilting will be finished by the end of the week.  Then only the binding and the label! 

It is Chinese Lunar New Year this week and there have been many celebrations around Singapore.  The kids finish school early on Wednesday and have Thursday and Friday off.  We are still trying to think of what we can do with them....depending on the weather of course!

Xin nian kwai le!  Happy New Year


Thursday, 20 January 2011

New year New Beginnings

First of all thank you to those that replied to my previous blog.   Dan from has a website that you can send a photo of your fabric and it will try to match it in their database.  Brilliant!

I was still unable to find the fabric and so had to come up with another solution.  This is what we have come up with:

Actually this is a much better solution and it breaks the "busyness" of the fabric.  My mother in law is currently here in Singapore and the aim is that we will hand quilt this together.

I haven't been blogging much since before Christmas but that doesn't mean that I haven't been busy quilting.  Other than the quilt above I have also been busy making a quilt for my son Luke.  The last quilt I made for him has fallen apart due to overuse and now it is time to make a larger quilt for his bed.
Guess what his favourite colour is?
This quilt is ready to be basted and then quilted.

My mother in law is visiting us until the end of February and so last week we spent the day at the beach at Sentosa Island.  It was a lovely day and the weather was great.  I managed to get really sunburned which probably wasn't the smartest thing to do.  Next time I will wear sunscreen.

well thats all from me...Happy Quilting!

Monday, 10 January 2011

Help to find my fabric please

This is the new quilt that I am working on. It is made from a jelly roll that I bought at Joann's in Houston when I was there in November. The problem is that the roll said it had 3.5 yards of fabric in it but there were a few fabrics that just did not fit with the rest and now I dont have enough.
I also dont know the name of the fabrics or who makes them so ordering more is impossible. Does anyone know the name or make of these fabrics and where I can get them?