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!