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Updated video: Introduction and review of Olfa cutters + some thoughts when choosing your self healing mats and rulers

Don’t know which Olfa cutter to get and what are the differences between the models?

In this updated video, I hope to address those questions and I’ve included the pretty aqua Splash cutter and the 18mm rotary cutter (great for cutting smaller patches) in this review. You can also see how the blades are switched out for each model. Any questions, please let me know!

To purchase the cutters, you can visit my Etsy Shop. Enjoy 5% discount with coupon code (valid till 31 Dec 2015): YOUTUBE2015

For local mailing (to Singapore addresses), you can shop here in Singapore Dollars  contact me for prices for Olfa Self Healing Mats and Acrylic Rulers.

Also, view how I used the 18mm cutters to cut the smaller patches with curves

Some tips when shopping for rotary cutting supplies
1) What materials do you cut with? (light weight, stretchy, thick, etc. 45mm size cutters for most fabrics and 60mm for thicker fabrics)
2) What sizes do you usually work with? (Large size, small handsewing projects – so you can consider which size cutter and whether you require a large mat or large ruler)
3) Do you need to cut parallel cuts of fabrics (e.g. cut width of fabrics folded into 2, or just smaller patterns on the yardage)
4) which mat size to buy? – ASK: How big is your worktop? (which is the LARGEST self healing mat size that will cover that area? My advice is to get the largest size that your table can accommodate)
5) which ruler size to buy – ASK: How big is your self healing mat (My advice is to get the longest ruler that your mat can accommodate)

Often, I will receive feedback from the quilters that they don’t have a large enough work table. I will ask them if they can sit their sewing machine on top of the cutting mat. And when they need to use to the entire area of the mat, they can move the sewing machine away (assuming the machine is portable).

Some quilters set their cutting mat on the dining table or on the floor (not recommended as it hurts your back and potential for accidents when the cutters are on the floor too). The mats have to be stored flat, so as long as they are kept away somewhere safe (a friend stores hers under the TV cabinet when not in use), then no issues.

If you quilt, get at least the A2 sized mats, with the basic rulers of 6″x24″ and 6″x12″ with a 45mm Rotary cutter. This combination will be good enough for your quilt making requirements as it allows you to cut across the width of fabric (about 22″ when folded selvage to selvage). Then add on the large square rulers (for squaring blocks and quilts) and smaller rulers (for working with patches).

Do note that you should use a self healing mat as normal mats may be too hard and that will affect the lifespan of your blades. When using a clearly marked acrylic ruler, you will be able to cut your pieces accurately.

Hope this helps!

My sewing room tour

We moved to our own apartment a little more than 2 years ago. It is a 1,100sqf 5-room HDB flat, overlooking an old part of Singapore.

Even before we signed on the dotted line with the seller, we scrutinised the floormap, measured every inch of the apartment, and tried to allocate space to fit storage for our gear, living quarters, home office and dining area. In order to accommodate my sewing hobby (and also for the kids to lay their train tracks), we gave up the conventional living room (we always entertained at our dining table anyway) and built A LOT of storage in this small apartment.

I’m going to share some pictures and write up on the set up. The pictures were taken this evening, so apologies for the lighting. No fancy filters or photoshop treatment too, if not, we probably can’t get this tour started anytime soon. So now, please follow my *tour guide flag* and step this way! WELCOME!

Midnight Crafts - Sewing Space TourDuring the day, the blinds will be up and I get lots of natural lighting here. The glass wall separates our home office from the rest of the apartment. When I’m crafting and my son is using the computer or doing his work, I can still keep an eye on him.

 

Midnight Crafts - Sewing Space TourFrom this shot, you can see that the sewing machine sits at a lower level, so that it is more comfortable to sew for long hours. The Ikea kitchen worktop is supported by a standalone cabinet and the other end rests on the wall cabinet shelf. We brought this worktop from our previous residence and it is perfect for my Bernina as I use the knee lift a lot.

 

Midnight Crafts - Sewing Space TourHere’s an overview of the ‘workspace triangle’. Starting from the sewing area, I can swing to my right to access the serger or laptop. The peg board of rulers and cutters are all within reach of the cutting mat. The drawers under the cutting surface house supplies, zippers, ribbons, kits, threads, etc.

 

Midnight Crafts - Sewing Space TourThe printer is a new addition – I have started using Inklingo for a few projects and I was really chuffed (and relieved) that the printer could fit on this worktop. The spot between the cutting mat and the ironing station is ideal, as I can iron freezer paper to the fabrics, feed them through the printer and then cut out the shapes.

 

Midnight Crafts - Sewing Space TourIkea storage for my button supplies and Sizzix cutting dies. The Cordless iron and bias tape maker share the little corner here.

 

Midnight Crafts - Sewing Space Tour“Mummy’s Wall” – I believe there’s a commandment about not helping yourself to any tools hung on mummy’s crafting wall. I have downsized the peg wall (again, Ikea) from 4 panels at our old house to the current 2-panel set-up. I de-cluttered almost 50% of what was on the wall to its current state. Much better now.

 

Midnight Crafts - Sewing Space TourLarger rulers and quilting templates. My largest ruler is 20.5″ x 20.5″ and the longest is 24″. There really is no other way to store these rulers except to get them up on the wall.

 

Midnight Crafts - Sewing Space TourEmbroidery hoops, quilting frames and miscellaneous rulers at the other end of the wall. Those are the Marti Michell Log cabin rulers and other odd sized doodads.

 

Midnight Crafts - Sewing Space TourMagnets are my very good friends, as you can see from here. I use the very strong ‘rare earth’ neodymium type. And you can see 3 pairs of Ikea scissors on this wall now. There were 7 such pairs lying around my crafting area before I tidied up my area! These scissors are never there when you need them. But when you do, you cannot find them! And then I have the fabric scissors – the measuring tape is hung on the same peg – a subtle way of telling itchy fingers that these are not the scissors you want *jedi hand wave*.  And yes. That’s my Olfa cutter ‘collection’.

 

Midnight Crafts - Sewing Space TourMy notions commotion area here. The pencil case contains all my marking pens and pencils, and the little box behind holds my seam rippers (yes, plural), and shorter acrylic rulers.

 

Midnight Crafts - Sewing Space TourI have to share this little cutie with you. A friend made this for all the ladies in our quilting group last Christmas. She handquilted the main fabric and attached the bias binding by hand. She said it is a decorative basket. I put this little baby to good use and it holds my sewing machine cleaning supplies of q-tips, brush and fresh needles!

 

Midnight Crafts - Sewing Space TourThis little beauty (a X’mas tree decoration!) was bought from the Christmas Shop in Riquewihr when we travelled to France in 2013. Fancy buying Christmas decorations in June!

 

Midnight Crafts - Sewing Space TourThis drawer of hand/machine embroidery threads, sashiko threads, silk threads, cotton perle, linen spools and twine brings me loads of joy. 2 words. Eye. Candy.

 

Midnight Crafts - Sewing Space TourThis collection of fabrics sits separate from the rest of the stash. I can sit on the floor next to this opened drawer and look at them for ages! The Dutch chintz and Liberty fabrics are just waiting for THE project to come my way.

 

Midnight Crafts - Sewing Space TourMost of the pre-cuts are stored here. I do reach for the pre-cuts pretty often, so the turnover in this area is rather high.

 

Midnight Crafts - Sewing Space TourSecret stash cave. These pull-outs are custom built and they are rolling on industrial casters. I’m praying that the units will hold out for a long long time.

 

Midnight Crafts - Sewing Space TourMy fabrics (more than a yard) are wrapped around Mini Bolts (see demo here). I tried folding them with the ruler but the mini bolts do work best for me.

 

Midnight Crafts - Sewing Space Tour
Fat Quarters fabrics 1 yard or less are folded and stored in tubs. Recently, I cleared enough space in the shelves to hold  all 10 tubs. Hooray!

 

Midnight Crafts - Sewing Space TourMy Echino collection on the shelf. The Mini Bolts allow me to fold fabrics in the same line on the same bolt.

I organise my fabrics according to the genre – reproduction, novelty, kids, etc and then according to types. Like decor weight, dress making, minky, etc.

I have been through many set-ups for my sewing station. I learned a lot from friends who have rooms full of fabrics and through quilters who shared on their blogs. I may not have whimsical decorations around the craft area or vintagey looking stuff that look so cool in the instagram photos, but I’m very comfortable and happy to sew the nights and days away in my little corner.

That brings us to the end of the tour of my humble little corner. I wish you many yards of beautiful fabrics and loads of awesome projects in the coming weekend. Ta ta!

Hello, 2015! It’s gonna be a fun fun year!

I hope all of you had a good year-end break and a wonderful start to the new year!

I spent the last couple of days in 2014 nursing my little girl who caught a bug and is now finally on the mend. And while I was cradling her in bed for hours on end, I was planning the family meal plans, listing the endless to-do lists and also having a thought about what I would be sewing next. And the cheesy new year crafting resolutions that I resolved never to do popped in my head to say ‘harrow’.

So here’s the list, made up in my head with ringing ears (from baby’s screams), aching arms and sore boobies (yes, I’m still breastfeeding my 14.5 month old. It IS a good thing).
1) Tame those scraps

The scrappy state of my scrap bags.

The scrappy state of my scrap bags. More Bags not in the picture.

Scraps are fabrics, still. And fabrics cost money, a lot. So I should really work harder at managing my scraps. The scraps seem to be taking over the sewing area, inching to invade the surface that they can cover like in the horror movies. My plan is to 1) make small projects with the scraps 2) offer more scrap packs for sale and 3) work on the scrap user’s system by Bonnie Hunter.

Scrap Pack F (Front)

Scrap Pack that I put together for sale a long long time ago.

2) Make more clothes

Katie - Nov'14

See how my little girl upturned the hem to show off mom’s awesome blind-hemming skills.

I made this frock in Feb’14. Katie only wore it TWICE. She can’t fit into it now, but I  relished the moments I popped this over her head to try it on for fun. I have gathered so much clothes making fabrics (not quilting cottons) and patterns for the kids. I. Must. Get. Down. To. It.

3) More projects for the family

Quilted Pot Holders with Embroidery

Custom order – personalised quilted pot holders

This means more quilts on the beds, more handmade goodness around the house and finally make something pretty for myself. The pot holders are a classic example of something that I wanted to make so badly for the loooongest time for my own kitchen and yet never mustered the energy to take the insul-brite out of its packaging UNTIL someone came asking if I have any pot holders for sale. Oh yes, I do!

4) Take more pictures

I have been sorely deficient in documenting my projects for a while. With a better phone camera, awesome prime lenses, WIFI SD cards and auto-sync/uploads from the devices, there’s really no more excuses for not taking more pictures of stuff that I make before packing them away. And maybe more WIP shots too?

And with that, I present to you: Midnight Crafts on Instagram! Ta-Dah! Come, come… don’t be shy, ok?! And there’s good old Flickr and FaceBook too!
Follow me on instagram http://instagram.com/midnightcraftsnet/
5) Sew more with (more) Friends

2014 has been a fantastic year for sewing with friends. I managed to keep up with most of the monthly meets with my quilting friends and I had the most wonderful time with Mama G, who flew in from France to visit her family, and she made time to come by to sew with me for a couple days. We made the dresses for our kids! Also I helped a friend finished her first sewing project: a quilt for her toddler son. She’s on her way to getting her own machine and I’m sure we will sew more together this year.

It is not always easy to say ‘yes’ to a sewing date as I have the kids to tend to, work to be done and chores to complete. I’m kind of true to the mantra I throw at my son on a daily basis: WORK BEFORE PLAY!

So I guess I should do as I say by ‘putting my head down and focus on finishing my tasks’ and have the rest of the day to ‘sew’. Having the kids over at the grandparents’ helps too!

And with that, I wish you loads of sewing projects, beautiful fabric stash, and plenty of crafty inspiration in 2015. I’m having guests over for a dinner party tonight – to make up for X’mas/New Year celebrations we had to cancel because of the little one. But like my friend said, it’s like a prolonged Christmas. True, that.

Black Friday Sale 2014 – OLFA Specials

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

I’m really excited that a number of crafters who have been following this blog and my FaceBook page have been enquiring about Olfa items (that I have been listing on/off). So here I am, up at 2:30am, listing items on my Etsy shop and also setting special prices for readers in Singapore.

So if you would like get some good deals on Olfa cutters and blades, please go to my Etsy shop and quote BLACKFRI2014 to receive 10% off!

For crafters in Singapore, I’ve got some sweet deals for you, and including mats and rulers for sale too! Visit the Olfa Specials album for more details! I will provide FREE DELIVERY/POSTAGE for customers in Singapore for purchases above S$100.00 too!RTY2C PIK-2.JPG RB45-10.JPG

 

Hello, again!

It has been too long since my last post on this site. Last post was in March 2012. Ack.

That was when we decided to move house and settle in our new apartment. We spent months packing and sorting out possessions for sale, friends, goodwill or to the rag and bone man. My husband had to let go his magazine collection which dated back to 1987. That was about 25 years’ worth of motoring & Hi-Fi monthly mags (wrapped up lovingly in industrial cling film). The rag and bone man gave him over $20 bucks as scrap paper.

We finally moved into our new place over Christmas and we love our little cosy apartment. Space is a huge issue, but we built storage into the 1,100 sq ft unit like mad. So we still fit.

Reno Hell

Reno Hell

2013 was exciting for us. Son started k2 in a new kindy, I took part in the inaugural handmade fair by Handmade Movement Singapore (and met some really awesome handmade craft aficionados) and I fell pregnant.

Handmade Movement Singapore Fair 2013

Fair Stand

 

Handmade Movement Singapore Fair 2013

Absolutely flattered that someone thought it was picture worthy

The fair was a blast. It poured like crazy when we got there to set up shop and it felt like the event was going to be a wash-out. But the handmade lovers came through and we all had fun talking about our passions.

Oh yes. The pregnancy. I was in bed for a good part of it – the morning sickness was absolutely wicked and I had no energy for anything else. I felt better closer to my 3rd trimester, but still not much sewing.

By the time we entered 2014, our big boy started Primary school and our little one is still keep us up with her frequent night feedings. I got my sewing mojo back; sewing for the family, starting new projects and also had great support from friends and customers looking for personalised gifts.

I’m already looking forward to 2015 – a year dedicated to finishing my projects (yep. I have a LOT of WIPs in those built-in cupboards).

Even though I have been absent on this site, I have been ‘micro-blogging’ over at my Facebook page. Do  join me there as I share off-the-cuff snippets of my sewing journey.

Till next post – keep calm and keep on sewing!

Destash #3: More Sewing books/magazines

Thanks for your interest! There are only 2 books left from last posting. I have added a few more to the list 😉

Book #7: Quilts and more: Winter 2011 $3.00 (Magazine) SGD$3.00– SOLD

Book #8: Quilts and more: Spring 2010 $3.00 (Magazine) SGD$3.00– SOLD

Book #9: Made with natural fabrics (in traditional Chinese) SGD$5.00– SOLD

Book #10: I love handmade zakka 8 (in traditional Chinese) SGD$5.00– SOLD

Book #11: I love handmade zakka 5 (in traditional Chinese) SGD$5.00 – SOLD

Book #12: I love handmade zakka 3 (in traditional Chinese) SGD$5.00 – SOLD

From previous post:

Book #1: Last-Minute Fabric Gifts: 30 Hand-Sew, Machine-Sew, and No-Sew Projects (Hardcover with Sleeve Jacket) SGD$15.00

Book #6: Stitchable Stationery (Sublime Stitching) (Stitchable stationery kit) SGD$15.00

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Book #7: Quilts and more: Winter 2011

Quilts and More: Winter 2011

It is a:

Quarterly magazine that I subscribe to. It has very clear instructions, basic sewing techniques (which I still refer to!), and also very good photos.

I like Quilts and more because it is exactly what it says in the title. It has more than just quilts, to bags, home dec etc…

Buy it because:

it is great regardless of your sewing skill. The magazines also features projects made with latest fabrics for all you fabric-holics out there! 😉

Quilts and More: Winter 2011

Quilts and More: Winter 2011

I am selling because:

Making space in my bookshelves!

The condition:

is like brand new! No marks, no creases inside pages. All patterns are intact and never used.

I am asking for:

SGD$3 + SGD$3.50 (incl. local registered post). Local buyers can pay via local bank transfer or cash upon collection.

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Book #8: Quilts and more: Spring 2010

Quilts and more: Spring 2010

It is a:

Quarterly magazine that I subscribe to. It has very clear instructions, basic sewing techniques (which I still refer to!), and also very good photos.

I like Quilts and more because it is exactly what it says in the title. It has more than just quilts, to bags, home dec etc…

Buy it because:

it is great regardless of your sewing skill. The magazines also features projects made with latest fabrics for all you fabric-holics out there! 😉

Quilts and more: Spring 2010

Quilts and more: Spring 2010

I am selling because:

Making space in my bookshelves!

The condition:

is like brand new! No marks, no creases inside pages. All patterns are intact and never used.

I am asking for:

SGD$3 + SGD$3.50 (incl. local registered post). Local buyers can pay via local bank transfer or cash upon collection.

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Book #9: Made with natural fabrics (in traditional Chinese)

Made with natural fabrics (in traditional Chinese)

It is a:

Taiwanese publication in Traditional Chinese, translated from a Japanese craft book/magazine. Includes full size pattern sheet (intact, never used). Great for zakka fans!

Made with natural fabrics (in traditional Chinese)

Made with natural fabrics (in traditional Chinese)

Made with natural fabrics (in traditional Chinese)

Buy it because:

It has many inspiring projects that you make you want to go out and buy tons of linen! It has step by step instructions, with pictures, so you can follow the steps rather easily if you are not good at reading Chinese like me!

I am selling because:

I have waaaayyy too many of similar books to this copy 😉

The condition:

is like very good! Very gently browsed and there are no markings or creases.

I am asking for:

SGD$5 + SGD$4.00 (incl. local registered post). Local buyers can pay via local bank transfer or cash upon collection.

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Book #10: I love handmade zakka 8

I love handmade zakka 8

It is a:

Zakka publication originally in Japanese but translated by a Taiwanese publication house into traditional Chinese.

Buy it because:

Many many kawaii projects for you to try or be inspired by!

I love handmade zakka 8

I love handmade zakka 8

I love handmade zakka 8

I am selling because:

Making space in my bookshelves!

The condition:

is like brand new! No marks, no creases inside pages. All patterns are intact and never used.

I am asking for:

SGD$5 + SGD$4 (incl. local registered post). Local buyers can pay via local bank transfer or cash upon collection.

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Book #11: I love handmade zakka 5

I love handmade zakka 5

It is a:

Zakka publication originally in Japanese but translated by a Taiwanese publication house into traditional Chinese.

Buy it because:

Many many kawaii projects for you to try or be inspired by!

I love handmade zakka 5

I love handmade zakka 5

I love handmade zakka 5

I love handmade zakka 5

I am selling because:

Making space in my bookshelves!

The condition:

is like brand new! No marks, no creases inside pages. All patterns are intact and never used.

I am asking for:

SGD$5 + SGD$4 (incl. local registered post). Local buyers can pay via local bank transfer or cash upon collection.

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Book #12: I love handmade zakka 3

I love handmade zakka 3

It is a:

Zakka publication originally in Japanese but translated by a Taiwanese publication house into traditional Chinese.

Buy it because:

Many many kawaii projects for you to try or be inspired by!

I love handmade zakka 3

I love handmade zakka 3

I love handmade zakka 3

I am selling because:

Making space in my bookshelves!

The condition:

is like brand new! No marks, no creases inside pages. All patterns are intact and never used.

I am asking for:

SGD$5 + SGD$4 (incl. local registered post). Local buyers can pay via local bank transfer or cash upon collection.

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Book #1: Last-Minute Fabric Gifts: 30 Hand-Sew, Machine-Sew, and No-Sew Projects (Hardcover with Sleeve Jacket) by Cynthia Treen

Destash 2: Book

It is a:

a great craft book, regardless of sewing skills (or lack of).

From amazon.com: “This inspiring book comes with 30 easy projects for quick-to-make gifts ranging from fabric-covered notepads to a tea-dyed sequined scarf to a baby quilt. Arranged by how long it takes to complete each project, the book focuses on gifts that generally require less than three hours of time. What’s more, Treen clearly details the knowledge and skills you need to improvise on these projects, allowing you to customize the color, pattern, and texture to suit the occasion. Complete with 70 full-color photographs and a final chapter on innovative ways to wrap gifts with fabric, Last-Minute Fabric Gifts is brimming with creative ideas sure to appeal to novice and experienced sewers alike”

Buy it because:

loads of ideas of what and how to make gifts out of your fabric stash!

Destash 2: Book

I am selling because:

Making space in my bookshelves!

The condition:

is great! No marks, no creases inside pages. I take very good care of my books. This book’s sleeve jacket is little creased at the front top.

Destash 2: Book

I am asking for:

SGD$15 + SGD$4.00 (incl. local registered post). Local buyers can pay via local bank transfer or cash upon collection.

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Book #6: Stitchable Stationery (Sublime Stitching) by Jenny Hart

Destash 2: Book

It is a:

very very cool kit. Includes 6 ready-to-embroider folded cards, needles and embroidery floss.

Destash 2: Book

Buy it because:

Robe de Mariée 2014These become ‘mini work of art’ when stitched! The cards have simple and clear printed pattern lines for you to follow.

I am selling because…

While I had grand plans for these cards, but I think they will be great for someone who loves to give cards to friends or can frame these at home!

The condition:

is brand new! The book store has wrapped the kit up, Robe de bal blanchealthough there’s a hole in the wrapper, everything is intact and in good condition.

I am asking for:

SGD$15 + SGD$4.00 (incl. local registered post). Local buyers can pay via local bank transfer or cash upon collection.

Destash #2: Sewing Books

I have a few books here available for sale:

Book #1: Last-Minute Fabric Gifts: 30 Hand-Sew, Machine-Sew, and No-Sew Projects (Hardcover with Sleeve Jacket) SGD$15.00

Book #2: Pretty Little Patchwork (Pretty Little Series) (Hardcover with Sleeve Jacket) SGD$5.00 – SOLD

Book #3: The Directory of Quilting Techniques (Hardcover, Spiral Bound) SGD$5.00 SOLD

Book #4: More Softies: 22 new friends for you to sew and crochet (Paperpack) $20.00 – RESERVED

Book #5: Learning To Quilt — A Beginner’s Guide (Paperpack) $5.00 – SOLD

Book #6: Stitchable Stationery (Sublime Stitching) (Stitchable stationery kit) $15.00

Book #1: Last-Minute Fabric Gifts: 30 Hand-Sew, Machine-Sew, and No-Sew Projects (Hardcover with Sleeve Jacket) by Cynthia Treen

Destash 2: Book

It is a…

a great craft book, regardless of sewing skills (or lack of).

From amazon.com: “This inspiring book comes with 30 easy projects for quick-to-make gifts ranging from fabric-covered notepads to a tea-dyed sequined scarf to a baby quilt. Arranged by how long it takes to complete each project, the book focuses on gifts that generally require less than three hours of time. What’s more, Treen clearly details the knowledge and skills you need to improvise on these projects, allowing you to customize the color, pattern, and texture to suit the occasion. Complete with 70 full-color photographs and a final chapter on innovative ways to wrap gifts with fabric, Last-Minute Fabric Gifts is brimming with creative ideas sure to appeal to novice and experienced sewers alike”

Buy it because…

loads of ideas of what and how to make gifts out of your fabric stash!

Destash 2: Book

I am selling because…

Making space in my bookshelves!

The condition…

is great! No marks, no creases inside pages. I take very good care of my books. This book’s sleeve jacket is little creased at the front top.

Destash 2: Book

I am asking for:

SGD$15 + SGD$4.00 (incl. local registered post). Local buyers can pay via local bank transfer or cash upon collection.

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Book #2: Pretty Little Patchwork (Pretty Little Series) (Hardcover with Sleeve Jacket) by Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader

Destash 2: Book

It is a…

a source of inspiration for things to make with your fabric scraps! There are about 30 projects including ornaments, accessories, spa sachets, etc. There are basic instructions and loads of pictures and close ups.

Buy it because…

you need to know that patchwork does not apply just to quilt! 😉

Destash 2: Book

I am selling because…

Making space in my bookshelves!

Destash 2: Book

The condition…

is great! No marks, no creases inside pages. I take very good care of my books. The front of the sleeve jacket is alittle creased at the top.

I am asking for:

SGD$5 + SGD$4.00 (incl. local registered post). Local buyers can pay via local bank transfer or cash upon collection.

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Book #3: The Directory of Quilting Techniques (Hardcover, Spiral Bound) by Caroline Rodrigues

Destash 2: Book

It is a…

great source of information about quilting. Covers many areas like tools, techniques, different quilt blocks, piecing techniques, applique, quilting and how you finish the quilt.

Destash 2: Book

Buy it because…

there are many good illustrations, pictures, etc that will help you understand how you can achieve a perfect block.

Destash 2: Book

Destash 2: Book

I am selling because…

Making space in my bookshelves! And I have too many quilting books, and it will be great to see this go to a new quilter.

The condition…

like brand new. This book was gently browsed and kept in my book case.

I am asking for:

SGD$5 + SGD$4.00 (incl. local registered post). Local buyers can pay via local bank transfer or cash upon collection.

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Book #4: More Softies: 22 new friends for you to sew and crochet (Paperpack)

Destash 2: Book

It is a…

sewing/crocheting book with instructions and patterns for 22 original and adorable soft toys. These softies can be made using a range of techniques from simple hand-sewing to crochet. Each entry includes lists of tools and materials crafters will need, as well as detailed instructions, tips, and pictures.

Buy it because…

You will want to MAKE everything in this book.

Destash 2: Book

I am selling because…

Making space in my bookshelves!

The condition…

is great! No marks, no creases inside pages. I take very good care of my books.

Destash 2: Book

I am asking for:

SGD$20 + SGD$4.00 (incl. local registered post). Local buyers can pay via local bank transfer or cash upon collection. I bought this for about S$38.00

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Book #5: Learning To Quilt — A Beginner’s Guide (Paperpack) by Lori Smith and Leisure Arts

Destash 2: Book

Destash 2: Book

It is a…

wonderful resource for ‘how-tos’ when you are starting on your quilting adventures.

Buy it because…

There are many techniques that you can use when making a quilt. And this book was a go-to book for me when I started out quilting. Very easy to understand language and also very clear pictures.

Destash 2: Book

Destash 2: Book

I am selling because…

I have a lot of other books and I hope this book will help someone else in his/her journey to quilty goodness!

The condition…

is good. I had this wrapped in clear plastic (I’m quite particular about my books!). The front top right corner of the book is slightly dog-eared, but not seriously creased. There are no markings/writings or creases in the pages.

I am asking for:

SGD$5 + SGD$4.00 (incl. local registered post). Local buyers can pay via local bank transfer or cash upon collection.

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Book #6: Stitchable Stationery (Sublime Stitching) by Jenny Hart

Destash 2: Book

It is a…

very very cool kit. Includes 6 ready-to-embroider folded cards, needles and embroidery floss.

Destash 2: Book

Buy it because…

These become ‘mini work of art’ when stitched! The cards have simple and clear printed pattern lines for you to follow.

I am selling because…

While I had grand plans for these cards, but I think they will be great for someone who loves to give cards to friends or can frame these at home!

The condition…

is brand new! The book store has wrapped the kit up, although there’s a hole in the wrapper, everything is intact and in good condition.

I am asking for:

SGD$15 + SGD$4.00 (incl. local registered post). Local buyers can pay via local bank transfer or cash upon collection.

Destash #1: Bernina Patchwork Foot 1/4″ With Guide #57

After many episodes of Clean House and Hoarders, I feel it is time to let some crafty items go 😉

First up: Bernina Patchwork Foot 1/4″ with Guide #57. *UPDATE: SOLD*

It is a…

Straight stitch ONLY foot (no zig/zag stitches, just like your regular 1/4″ foot). This foot is like a 1/4″ foot, but comes with an integrated fabric guide.

Bernina #57

Buy it because…

The fabric/seam guide helps to ensure that your 1/4″ seam allowance is accurate, especially for sewing long strips like sewing jelly rolls and projects like colourwash or bargello quilts. I love this footer for power sewing those long strips together as I can chomp through them confidently. Just like the regular 1/4″ foot, it has markings 1/4″ in front and behind the centre position so that you can pivot, start and end your sewing accurately. Bernina #57

I am selling because…

This is a very lightly used footer and not compatible with my current Bernina.

The condition…

It is almost brand new. It comes with the original packaging, with the instructions sheet as well. I have used it less than 10 times! I just noticed a little mark on 1 side of the foot. I could have struck it when my needle was in the wrong position. But otherwise, this footer is in great condition.

Bernina #57 in packaging

Applicable models:

All Bernina models with 5.5mm stitch width. Not to be used with models which have a stitch width of 9mm.

I am asking for:

SGD$30 + SGD$2.50 (local registered post). Local buyers can pay via local bank transfer or cash upon collection.

USD$26 + International shipping (please contact me for shipping fees). International buyers can pay safely via PayPal.

 

Hope Valley Quilt – Done!

The Hope Valley quilt is finally on my bed! It’s a full size bed quilt and I was happy to ship it off to be quilted on a long arm and save my sanity and achy back. I got it back in Dec 2011 and it kept us cozy on the many rainy nights we had in December/January.

Hope Valley

The quilt top is made up of Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley fabrics and Kona Linen Cotton blend.

Hope Valley

I started this project around May 2010. The block is really quite easy and quick to put together, but I slipped in my calculation and had to stop, cut more, sew more and went back & forth to the design wall. I wanted each row/column of blocks to be unique in print, so it was terribly fussy. The project stayed in my WIP drawer for a long long time before I pulled it out again (when I needed more space!). And I pinned the blocks when joining them so that all (well, most of them did!) points meet just right.

Hope Valley

Nice and crinkly after the wash! I have to say that the Essex linen was a little tricky to work with, but after the quilt came out from the wash, the texture is amazing. But if you are looking for super smooth/soft texture, then go for 100% cotton or velveteen. The prints include many geometric designs so it has the ‘manly’ element in there too!

Hope Valley

I’m on a quilt making roll right now. I have 1 toddler quilt and 1 faux chenille baby quilt waiting to be basted and another full bed sized quilt for myself cut and waiting to be pieced.

Even though I don’t have the chance to sew EVERYDAY, I just can’t stop thinking about the projects, the stash and what other projects I can start! I’m sure I’m not the only obsessive gal who goes through her day thinking: can’t wait to sew… can’t wait to sew! 😀

Sewing space re-work ideas

My sewing space took on many changes over the past years – from sewing on a tiny Ikea table in my bedroom to a more generous space in our loft. For the past few weeks, hubby and I have been cracking our heads trying to re-jig the sewing space configuration again to make things work a little better for me. We thumbed through our Ikea catalogs, browsed the website, and drew and sketched. We really got to a point where I told hubby to go buy a circular saw and make us our furniture from now on! Anyway, we managed to draft a solution – and we’ll take a few more measurements before we order the drawers and worktop. In my ‘research’, I found Jan’s video. Her quilting space is AMAZING! I absolutely love the table, her space/view outside her house, her husband’s woodwork and the clever quilt display frame! I pulled my man over to watch this video with me and he could totally relate to Jan’s words like ‘I work so that I can go buy material’ and the cameraman’s “you have more stuff than walmart!’. After the video, hubby proclaimed that he would set-up a woodwork shop in the garage, grow his hair long, and build everything we need when he retires. So, how do you orgainse your sewing space or room?

Patchwork and Chinese New Year

I went to the bank to run a little errand and there was this nice customer service lady who offered me some packs of Red Packets (Hong Bao). I refused her with a smile – was recalling how the same bank were limiting the number of red packets to each customer just last year. Must be trying to make up for the service lapse during the recent ATM skimming fiasco.

And while waiting to be served, I saw that the boy & girl featured in the design are wearing PATCHWORK costumes! It reminded me of a display at the Peranakan museum some months back. And then I just gotta have this year’s designs! I took 2 packs (10 pcs each, with boy/girl designs in each pack).

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

There are gold embossing details – with the top stitching (quilting lines) in gold! And check out the little girl carrying a gold-framed purse with a stinking cute chinese knot string.

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

The 1/2 square triangles in the design really made my day 😀

Investing a little to save a little.

Happy New-ish Year!

While I’ve been away from the blog, the sewing machine was humming, fabrics were pulled off the shelves and more new fabrics were stuffed back into the cupboards over the past 6 weeks or so. And there were a lot of balls in the air – kids, work, house chores, sewing, appointments at the doctors, etc. With the Chinese New Year coming up soon, there are of course more shopping, cleaning and scheduling to do. But I’m finally able to see the light as work and family schedules are falling into their places.

The sewing has not stopped! I started on a faux chenille blanket for a friend’s upcoming new baby and completed that over the weekend. The main fabric is a quilting cotton Oliver & S fabric, layered with 1 x Kona cotton, 1 x cotton/linen blend and 1 x cotton flannel. Binding the blanket became an issue for me – I like to hand sew down binding for the neat/invisible look. But I was short of time and I was not sure I wanted to hand sew down through fiddly layers of cut fabrics.

I decided that I would machine sew the binding down and went with a store-bought bias binding this time. I tried to clip the binding down, but I didn’t feel confident that I would catch the bottom part of the bind when I top-stitch it down. I decided to invest a little more time so that I will get it right and perfect the 1st time. Out came the Japanese basting needle and threads and I took my time to fold the binding over the blanket.

This morning I completed the sewing at the machine and sent it off to the wash.

Faux Chenille - Binding

I cut the chenille part with my Clover slash cutter that I bought from Rosie’s store a few years ago. You can use a pair of regular scissors, but again, its good to spend a little for a nifty little tool that will give you great results and save you lots more time (and also reduce strain on your hands). This cutter comes with 2 guides – one for straight slash cutting (as pictured below) and for shorter guide for curved lines. Minimum width of the ‘channel’ is about 1/4″ (6mm), and for this blanket I sewed my lines about 1/2″ apart.

Faux Chenille - Slash Cutter

Can’t wait to see this blankey wrapped around its new owner soon!

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