Sunday, September 19, 2021

How to Make a Pinwheel Lap Quilt Fast!

I wanted to learn quilt short-cuts. I previously made a cheese pinwheel quilt blanket for my Mom by hand. It took me almost 2 years to finish it. While scrolling through Pinterest I found some recommendations on quilt short-cuts. As a beginner quilter my mind was blown and I immediately started planning the project.



I have been eyeing a blender quilt fabric at Spotlight for awhile. I thought it would be perfect for the project. I also wanted to make gifts so instead of making a full blanket I made 4 lap quilts. I worked on this learning project on and off for two months and was surprised how easy and fast it is to make a pinwheel quilt blanket. Here's the video of how I put together the pinwheel lap quilt -


*Watch previous videos too: Make 8 half squares at a time & Easy Pinwheel Quilt


I've also been practicing using my sewing machine more. I hand quilted two of the four blankets and I used the sewing machine for the other two. If you look closely the binding isn't perfect because I used the sewing machine. That's something I need more practice on. Well, I'm writing a nice note for my friends to give them a heads up it's not a perfect quilt! Haha. 


Sunday, September 12, 2021

How to Finish Your Quilt: Sandwiching and Binding

When I started quilting again a few years ago I realized I didn't really know how to finish my projects. I realized my Mom took care of finishing my projects when I was younger. 


When I restarted the hobby a few years ago, I made a small pouch. It was a messy affair, but I eventually got the hang of sandwiching and adding the binding. I originally manually made the binding. This took a lot of time. I tried buying ready-made binding, but it's so expensive. I eventually discovered the bias tape maker tool and that helped immensely. You can watch how to make binding here. 

So how does one go about finishing a quilt? Here's a video tutorial I made -


If you have any questions or comments, please write them down below. Happy Stitching!

Monday, September 6, 2021

How My Mom Taught Me How to Quilt

Back when I was a child we didn't have access to quilting materials and accessories. Quilters nowadays enjoy a wide array of tools and equipment they can use for quilting. I live in Southeast Asia and luckily there's a Spotlight store in Singapore where I can get materials. I enjoyed visiting Australia and Japan for work because I had the chance to visit other stores like Lincraft and Tomato. 

I have friends who have been curious about how to quilt so I thought I'd make a video. I went back to the time when my Mom taught me how to quilt using basic sewing materials. One of her cousins had a garment export business and she'd give Mom the scraps. That's what we used when we started quilting. 

Anyway, I'm rambling, here's a short video of how to quilt :)


I stopped quilting for more than 2 decades. I picked it up again a few years ago. I did exactly the same and started with basic sewing materials. Eventually I began to buy more stuff and learned to use new tools available for quilters. It's a fun learning journey :)

Happy quilting!

P.S. I made that pincushion when I was 12 and used to sell it at our parish fiesta market for Php5 haha :)


Sunday, August 22, 2021

Purchased My First Designer Fabric: Mister Domestic

I'm honestly clueless about designer fabric. I just got wind of it from quilting groups when they mention the name of fabric collections they use. Honestly, I'm still clueless haha. Probably because in my side of the world (in Southeast Asia), quilting isn't really a thing. Most of the quilting news I read about are Western. I've started following some influencers on IG and discovered Mister Domestic a few months ago. 


I super love Matthew's energy. I also just discovered his YouTube channel where he shares some project tutorials. From his posts I came across his fabric designs. I wanted to get some. I couldn't get it from Spotlight or other local online stores. I finally found some via Amazon. It was the "Catch & Release" bundle. Here's my "unboxing video" --



I plan to use this for my summer quilt project next year. I'm planning to make a set of sea-related quilts to pay homage to the beach family trips we used to do when I was growing up. It's gonna be fun!

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Easy Pinwheel Quilt

I have a pinwheel quilt I started a few years ago. It's not yet finished! Haha. I lost steam while making it and now I'm trying to figure out how to finish it. Before diving back into it I decided to research on an easier way to make pinwheel quilts. 


To force me to learn the technique I decided to make a lap quilt. I originally designed it to be half-squares in four colors, but decided last minute to make pinwheels. The first step was to make a gazillion half-squares. I worked on it for a few days (how to here). And this week I started sewing them up to become pinwheels. 

Here's how I've been making them quickly -



I made a gazillion half-squares. I'll probably be able to make four lap quilts out of this project. I'll post soon how I'll put the whole project together!

Sunday, August 8, 2021

My New Sewing Table

I was starting to have pain in my arms and back from using a makeshift table for my sewing machine. The table was too high so I would sew at an odd angle. I've been using my sewing machine lately since I realized it allows me to finish my quilt projects faster. 

I've been eyeing the Semco Sewing Table at Spotlight for a couple of months now. I was not sure if my Brother sewing machine would fit. It took awhile for Spotlight to respond to my inquiry so I decided to research on my own. It looked like my sewing machine would fit so I ordered one. I got lucky also because Spotlight had a huge sale! 

Here's my unboxing video -


I've been using it now for over a week. I told myself I should have gotten it sooner. Getting a proper table made me enjoy using my sewing machine more. I noticed also I've improved a lot in making straighter stitches (true!). I'm so glad I got a proper sewing table now. I also like the fact that it's easy to fold and store when I'm not using it. 

One thing I'm trying to figure out is whether I should have an acrylic cover made to cover the hole around the sewing machine. I could have one customized, but it's expensive. I'm thinking I'll just use a chipboard for now. So far the hole doesn't bother me while I'm sewing. 

I hope the table will last! 


Saturday, July 31, 2021

How to Make 8 Half Squares at a Time (8aat)

I have just recently discovered the terms 4aat and 8aat after going through a quilt terms article. I got curious and researched more about 4aat and 8aat since I'm working on making multiple lap quilt blankets. 


So aat means at a time. 4aat means making four half squares at a time, while 8aat means making eight half squares at a time. It wasn't easy to find tutorials via Pinterest so I put myself to work to try the trick. I decided to make a video so I don't forget how to make it. 

Here's how to make 8 half-squares at a time -


I just made this based on using 12.5" x 12.5" square fabric. It makes approximately a 6" x 6" square which is what I have set for the lap quilt blanket I'm making. I'll share soon how I complete the project. For now I hope the tutorial helps you with your project. 

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Harry Potter Quilt Blanket

I started this project two years ago as a wedding gift for friends. I got my inspiration when I saw the Harry Potter fabric at Spotlight. I felt it would look nice as a blanket. I made several designs before I settled on a simple one since it's meant as a wedding gift. I just added mustard and maroon highlights as a salute to Gryffindor colors.


It took me two years to finish the project. I made the highlights by hand in-flight. This means parts of the quilt traveled across Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Australia and the US. Some aunties fawned over me when they saw me sewing in-flight. Haha. I finally completed the project during lockdown. Now I need to figure out how to send this to Canada.

Here's how I made the Harry Potter Quilt blanket:



Materials

Harry Potter fabric

beige fabric

maroon fabric

mustard yellow fabric

quilting thread

sewing thread

batting

backing fabric

a gazillion pins for sandwiching

Free template available here

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Shophouse Quilt (A Sampler)

I saw a book on shophouses and was inspired by the colorful stores to create a quilt project. That's one of the reasons why I got pre-cut fabric from Lazada (short review here). I looked up templates on Pinterest, but none looked like a shophouse. The frontage of shophouses here in Singapore are intricate. I had to figure out how to simplify it. After several tries I ended up with a simplified version of the shophouse.

I like to play around with colors. I used my love for rainbows to select the colors for this project. I love that the pre-cut fabric I ordered gave a lot of options. That allowed me to experiment with the project. I will be using this as a sampler for future shophouse quilt projects I'll be making for our home.

Here's a short video on how I made it:


Materials:

Charm and layer cake pre-cut fabric (9 colors)

batting

backing fabric

fabric for the back of the pillow

quilting thread (9 colors)

sewing thread

Free template is available here.

Friday, July 2, 2021

Lazada and Shopee Fabric Finds Review

I normally buy fabric from stores (usually Spotlight). I spend so much time going around, comparing colors, designs to match the project I have in mind. Going to the fabric store is also a guilty pleasure for me. Unfortunately we've had to stay home to stay safe so I took the plunge and tried ordering fabric from Lazada and Shopee. 

Here's a short review of some of the bundles I bought -

Here are the links where I ordered the fabric -

Layer cake bundle: https://s.lazada.sg/s.Z7Ihq 

Charm bundle: https://s.lazada.sg/s.Z7pAZ 

Solid color fabric bundle: https://shopee.sg/product/284377017/6642452729?smtt=0.251221532-1625217986.9

*I couldn't find the link for the vintage fabric, maybe they got bad reviews and disappeared.

Will I order again? Yes! But I'll make sure to mark which stores provide good quality items.



Thursday, June 17, 2021

Easy DIY Quilted CD Case

I have a gazillion CDs from tests. My doctors kept putting them in an envelope and it eventually looked unsightly. Decided to make a case for it to keep it tidy.



This project just took me a day to make. I love how you can just customize things for your own use. Here's how I made it -



Size: 6" x 2" x 6"

Materials:

white fabric with design

black fabric

backing fabric (I used red fabric with hearts)

black fabric for binding

gold embroidery thread 

quilting thread

batting

 

Monday, June 14, 2021

How to Make Bias Binding Tape

There are many different ways to bind your quilt. I started with making them manually. This process did the job, but it takes so long to make. Another way is to use a special foot for your sewing machine. This is something I want to learn eventually. Others just cut the fabric and sew directly on the quilt. 

I discovered an inexpensive bias tape maker online a few years ago. I got a set and researched how to use it. I love that I can easily make bias tapes for my projects. Buying ready made from the store can be expensive and there's not that many options. Learning how to make my own binding changed the way I do my projects. 

I made a tutorial video on how to use the bias tape maker - 

Hope this helps you make your project easier to make! 



Check out my YouTube channel for other tutorials.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Quilted Tote Bag for Sewing Enthusiasts

I have made several quilt bags, but they were always hand-sewn. I challenged myself this month to use the sewing machine to make the bag sturdier. To make the challenge interesting I combined quilting and embroidery in the project. 




I found this amazing design on Pinterest and decided to try it out. Here's the sketch:



Bag size: 12" x 10" x 3"

Materials:

8 fabric scrap (white, black and red)

fabric for bag body 

felt fabric (red and black) [or use patches]

sewing thread

embroidery thread (white, black, red and grey)

buttons 

Here's how to make it: