Thursday, May 31, 2007

Patchwork Placemat

Finally completed my Sew-Along project! it's a simple placemat that i can place on my bedside drawer. Cute cute with a cotton 'lacy' ribbon at the side :D I rounded the corners of the placemat as well.

How it looks with my usual stuff at the bedside drawer.. looks kinda country style??
Can't wait for the next sew-along project!

Mel's patchwork potholder

Made using leftovers from the sewing machine cover, in under an hour:

More pictures on my blog! :) Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

WIP - baby girl quilt

I've decided to join this sew along since I have finished all my other scrappy stuffs, YAY! Here's the WIP for a baby quilt I am doing for baby L.

Part of my fabric stash.

All ready to quilt!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

[completed hat]

Wow, everybody's doing super fast on this sewalong!
:) So fun to see all the creations.
I've completed my hat, don't know how to bind with a machine, so ended up with terribly messy handstitching for the whole base. But i suppose it looks authentically handmade.. heehee
Only thing is - it's a bit too small for my dd! :P

My creation.

After seeing your lovely creations, I think mine is just passable only. But since it's one of my first few pieces (after another simple bag, a bolster case and a skirt for my dd's bolster) I shall aspire to do better in my next sew-along :)



Oooops ... sorry! I didn't know I have to post WIF pictures! Anyhoo, herez my little toddler quilt blankie for my little boy.


Umm ... is almost done. All I have to do now is to work on the binding which I think is the most tedious and difficult part! *faint*

Monday, May 28, 2007


Here mine. Old stash from my cupboard.

First Coaster I made. Using zip zap stitch at the edge.

Decided to give it a more personalised touch. Add in my son's name, Leroy, using fabric paint. On hindsight, maybe should try cross stitching if there is more time.

Coasters for the whole only do one for me and hubby (D & L), DD (Lecea) and DS (Leroy).

Coasters in action!!!

Mel's Sewing Machine Cover

I managed to do this last night:

and i totally forgot about taking WIP pictures! Anyway, it was really "cut-and-go". I started with the square in the middle and just cut the fabric as I went along.

In the end, I couldn't decide if i wanted it to be a chair cover or sewing machine cover, but decided to go along with the latter, since I realised that the hard cover that came with my sewing machine will only fit if I unplug the machine [which I'm not keen to do on a daily basis - perhaps if its long term storage? or if I'm going for a sewing crop?;) ]

It took shorter than expected, and I really enjoyed sewing this while my kids were playing next to me in the new craft/toys room! :)))

Patchwork: 1st one to finish

Cos I did up a small one, esp with me being a virgin at sewing. LOL!!!

I was on leave on Fri for PTC thus hv the time to start on it. My intention was to do a 4" coaster-like square. So I cut out 4pcs of 2" square. But after sewing, I realized that it was too big. So I modified it this.

Finding it too plain and wanting to cover up the unsightly backstitch, I added some embellies from my SB stash. Yes, I am glad that I'm into SB o'wise I'd no idea on decorating it.

Now that I know the basics of doing this patchwork, I'm think'g of doing a few more. Mini ones, ie. And guess what??!! I've managed to complete 2 sketches. So keep your eyes open for it, eh!!!

Sunday, May 27, 2007


Heehee.... so, have you all been busy crafting?????

I had a good afternoon - in that G is fast asleep and i didn't sleep as well :P - so these are some WIP shots of my hat in the making:
The top of the hat and the sides
Backing of the sides
cutting up strips for the brim
sewing up the top with the sides - anybody knows how to machine stitch a circular shape? I gave up and just handstitched the lot
quilted brim, ready for attaching to the bottom of the hat.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

#1: Patchwork Fun - 10 June 2007

Looks like we have quite a sizeable number of crafty ladies joining us, so let's get started! :)

Sew-Along #1 will have a patchwork theme. Gather your fabric scraps, inject some creativity, and do something patchwork related! For myself, it'll be something rather attainable - a set of patchwork coasters, placemats, table runners - you get the drift. A patchwork quilt is also possible - if you're up to it, why not? :)

Here are some gorgeous links to inspire you for this first sew-along!

- The Purl Bee : Party Prep Coasters

- Quilted coasters by Julie Ree

- Silk Table Runner by Pamela Tang

- Handmade Coasters by AllButtonedUp

- Patchwork Floor Mat by Little Birds

- Patchwork Rug by SouleMama

- Patchwork Placemats by Kalurah, Amandasan & Kron Mama

- Aichaku's Placemats on Whip Up

- Kelly McCaleb's Baby Quilt Tutorial : this one has instructions on how to bind a quilt.

Please post all your completed patchworks of art by midnight, Sunday, 10th June 2007! If you need more time, please feel free to go ahead and do so and if you feel totally inspired, and want to do more than one project, please do! :) I hope no one feels pressurised or stressed by this, because you aren't supposed to feel that way!

If anyone has any questions, do let me know - it's the first time I'm doing it too, so let's learn together and have fun!

Ready, set, go!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Contact Details

Just a short note: for those who have signed up, please let me know your contact details and blog (if any) as well, so I can add you in as authors to this blog.

Please email us at sew.along[at]gmail[dot]com if you wish to join us!


Friday, May 18, 2007

Join Us!

I've been thinking about a sew-along thing, and have asked a few friends to join in. Right now, we're still thinking what our project should be (and if this means we can buy more fabric....).

What's a sew along? I was thinking of everyone sewing a similar project (could be an apron, skirt, placemat, anything!) and we set 'milestones' so we'll all have a finished project at the end of the timeline. Of course, it's nothing serious (you aren't going to have a few yards of fabric confiscated because you didn't finish), but it would be a fun way to get projects done, exchange tips and maybe *ahem* improve our sewing skills.

you won't need very much to start - it would be good to have a sewing machine (handstitching would work too, but that takes too long for impatient ones like me!), thread, needles, fabric scissors and some fabric. I can't think of anything else you might really need, although the 'nice-to-have' list would be rather long....

ok, enough said! If any of you out there are interested in joining, just leave a comment! I'm hoping to start end-May/early June, so sign up before then! :)