28 October 2009

Cottons..Japanese Cotton

Look at the yummy fabric...all cotton. The floral ones are Japanese Cotton.

Going to use these designs as inspiration. I always like to tweak the patterns to better suit me.
( Thanks Kwik Sew Pattern and others for the inspiration ^o^ )

27 October 2009

Mum's Quilt Update

It's coming along...slowly but surely. Finished two whole blocks just to see how it looks.

Will be making blocks with the floral fabric in reverse order. Next update...soon ^o^

26 October 2009

More Blouses (*o*)

I've been in the 'mood' for making blouses. Three blouses in 3 days!

Day One

Remember the sleeve? Finished stitching the blouse in one afternoon. No great feat cos had lots of chores to do in between. Mum said this material is more suited for her. But I think it turned out quite right for me..with the cream bias binding, it's more 'youngish'?!

Day Two

Bought this material long ago. Thought I use it to try a new cut...a high empire..just at the bustline. Added some pleats in the middle. Turned out nice. I love it ^o^

Day Three

Saw a tutorial for the 'tent' sleeve at burdastyle.com Thought I give it a try.

I love the way it turn out. Has a soft look. Think I chose the right fabric for this pattern.

Went fabric hunting over the weekend. Got four beautiful cotton..one of it is Japanese cotton. Will post the pic soon.

22 October 2009


According to wikipedia.org , blouses were rarely part of the fashionable woman's wardrobe until the 1890s. Before that time, they were occasionally popular for informal wear in styles that echoed peasant or traditional clothing, such as the Garibaldi shirt of the 1860s.
Read more here.

According to yourdictionary.com

blouse (blo̵us, blo̵uz)


  1. a loose, smocklike outer garment of varying length, traditionally worn by certain European peasants and workmen
  2. a loose garment similar to a shirt, worn by women and children
  3. the coat or jacket of a service uniform or dress uniform of the armed forces
  4. a sailor's jumper
I guess, the blouses I've been making fits the second definition :~)

But according to simplicity.com and butterick.com, they are called tops ! Now, these are two great sites to get inspired for my next blouse..top pattern!

21 October 2009

Colour Play

My friend posted this on the Facebook and I loved it so much.

If only my white hair changes to black when I put on my shades !!!
Ain't it cool (*v*)


I've been a couch potato...stitching mum's quilt. But today, I cut out a blouse to stitch.

This is the sleeve I'm working on. The material is dark brown..so I brighten it up by adding cream bias binding.

I've got quite a stash of fabric for making blouses. There's some more in my drawer *v* . Thought I better get my sewing machine running.

I like to make simple and comfortable blouses to wear. Well, better start my wardrobe for next Chinese New Year!!

17 October 2009

The fabric

Okay.This is it. I've chosen the fabric for mummy's quilt. She's going to have blissfull sleep at night. So, I chose light pastels..calming designs. Nothing loud or dark.

What do you think?

15 October 2009


I've got one thousand hits!! :) Thanks a million to everyone who has been to my blog. I hope I have not bored you to tears .

Thank you, thank you, thank you again. I really do need your help to make it to a MILLION !
( ..er, maybe let's try ten thousand first, hehehe )

So, do come back often . Sadhu

14 October 2009

Great Falls

I've decided on the block I'm making for mum's quilt. It's the Great Falls.

There are three sizes to choose from. I chose the 10" block.

You know, there are commercial acrylic templates you can buy but they can be quite pricey.

So, I make my own! That's what I like about Jinny Beyer.
I print out the templates as per instructions given.

Then I attached a clear rigid plastic sheet on the templates, carefully placing some double sided tape on the seam allowance.
Then I carefully cut out the templates as close to the outer lines.

Next, I cut out 'holes' at the corners so that I can mark the seam lines for easier hand stitching ( otherwise, my stitches will not not be straight!).
Cut out the pieces needed and start stitching!

One more cool feature about Jinny Beyer is I get to use my own colour scheme. All I need to do is to print out the Line Drawing of the quilt and colour away! Once I'm happy with the layout of the colours, I cut the pieces and I'm ready to be a couch potato!

12 October 2009

Jinny Beyer

I have been busy...reading all those lovely blogs out there! I always get glued to my computer screen for hours!

I came across this website some time back.What I love about this site is that I can download, print the pattern and make the templates. And they are FREE!!

Head right to Jinny Beyer.com.

I'm making a quilt for mummy. So, I'll be posting my progress. For now, go to Jinny Beyer Studio and head to the Design Board to start designing your own quilt!

06 October 2009


I totally love this !

Stumbled upon this amazing hexagon quilt here. Think I'm gonna use up lots of my scraps making it :~)

It's the antique quilt that started The Great Hexagon Quilt-Along.