Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Special Gift

The ladies from Indonesia who came to learn the handphone pouch last Saturday had made a request for us to sew a bag as a gift for their course facilitator. After discussing the design and selecting the fabrics (once again the small black polka dot is chosen), and negotiating the fee of course, here is the end product. A hand appliqued bag with wooden handle. It took us a few hours to hand applique the flowers and another 4-5 hours to assemble the body, free motion quilt, attach the lining and finally fit the handle.

I like the combination of these fabrics. Black is beautiful, don't you think so?

Thank you Wardah and Nelly for trusting us to create this beautiful gift. We hope the lady likes the bag.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Kawan-kawan Dari Seberang

Last Saturday we had a group of students from Indonesia. They are actually lecturers from a university in Acheh. They are here to attend a two week course at the UM. In between they managed to find some time to learn some simple craft. They decided to take up the challenge of making a handphone pouch. And all of them have never used a sewing machine before. But I must say, they are fast to catch up.

Here is Puan Wardah.

From L to R: Puan Nelly, Irai (my assistant for the day!) and Cik Lia.

All of them couldn't wait to see the end result, their first ever handmade craft using a machine. First time for Nelly and Lia but Wardah prefers to hand stitch her crafts back at home (tapi kalau mau beli mesinnya jangan lupa telpon kami!)

An old colleague, Azimah also came to continue her lesson later that afternoon.

Irai showing Lia how to sew the wristlet.

It was a fun Saturday. Hopefully kita ketemu lagi di lain waktu, for a more challenging project!

They will be going home on Sunday, ample time to shop around KL and Sunway P. Anyway, Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A King Size Quilt

Hi. It has a while since my last post. I was a bit busy and I tend to procastinate my blog updating. Now that the quilting frame is at home, I would sometimes return home early to continue with quilting.

My latest big project was this machine appliqued king size quilt that my team and I started some months ago. The owner had been asking about the quilt a few times! The blocks were individually machine appliqued. This process was fun but when it comes to quilting the whole quilt, well, I have to admit it was not as fun. But I somehow managed to do it.

This is the quilt before it was quilted.

The quilt top, the batting and backing are already rolled onto its respective roller and ready to go.

The view from the front.

I spent a few days thinking and planning on how to quilt it. It is better to take it slow. To tell you the truth, to quilt an applique quilt using this quilting frame is not as easy as I thought. I had to do it section by section. It was a real challenge. I think over time it should be much easier. I will consult the supplier on this matter. There could be a better way. By the way, for anyone who is interested in getting this quilting frame can contact me.

And here is the quilt after quilting. It took me almost 2 weeks to completely quilting this piece. I celebrated the day I finished it! I did stippling from edge to edge, but section by section as I have to change threads. Right now, I can only do edge to edge quilting with a few patterns like stippling, curls, small flowers, and circles (Pardon me,i really don't know the right terminologies)

A close up view of the quilt.

Dear quilters, I welcome suggestions and ideas on how to work with this frame. I mean, how do we do border quilting and block quilting. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Baby Set

I have been keeping these fabrics for a while. So one day I asked my assistant to sew the cover for make this set. Aren't the ducks cute? We can custom made bedding set for your baby. Even the set for baby cot including the cover for the cot bumper.

They are all made up of three layers - cotton top and backing; and cotton batting. But you can choose to use polyester batting if you wish.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Purple Sue Bonnet Tote

Yes, it's a purple tote. Requested by a regular client, with a bellow pocket in front. Something which we had never done before. I think it's for her grandaughter. So what do you think?

The pocket was a bit difficult to attach because of its thickness. Somehow, my assistant managed to sew it nicely. This type of tote makes a good X'mas gift for girls. It is already October. If you want us to custom made them for your loved ones, dont wait any longer. Time flies.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Quilting Service - Part 1

A friend came back from Ireland for holiday with two quilt tops. She requested that we finished the quilt for her. The first piece was quilted two weeks ago. It was a gift to her niece who returned to Manchester to resume her studies. I had forgotten to take a photo of the quilt.

This quilt below was actually the second piece, slightly smaller than the first one. This one goes to her daughter who is in Sabah (undergoing housemanship at one hospital there).

The back of the quilt.

The quilting frame that I had installed almost a month ago is really a great help. I don't have to do tacking and basting anymore. Just assemble the quilt top straight away on the frame with batting and backing according. Once ready, I will take my time to start quilting. But it is important to get 3-4 bobbins ready before starting so that the quilting process goes smoothly. I completed the quilting for this piece (size 52" x 62" or 23 square foot) in 5.5 hours (I took it slow as I wanted to minimise errors).

Right now, I have one king size quilt top ready on the frame just waiting to be quilted. Hopefully I can start quilting it tomorrow afternoon or Tuesday morning.

My team and I have started making quilt tops for sale (quilting to follow suit). It is a great relief to have the quilting frame. Quilting is much more easier and faster too. I will give the details of the quilting service soon. But as a guideline, the quilting service is chargeable by the square foot.

Give us a call okay.