Far Quarter Frustration

Off to the local shops I went, in search of some masculine type fabrics suitable for teen boys. So much here is dull and dowdy, but I thought these red and blue FQs were perfect.


One annoying thing is all the awful, plastic packaging we still have to contend with. Shame I couldn’t read the label either…


Opening it up I know enough French to see it’s Christmas fabric….grrrr


Unfold it a bit further and see this horrid dotty border and all the hearts…yuck

The only redeeming feature is the lovely quality….but it is not going in my boy blocks. Yet another waste of time, money and plastic packaging.


Postman has been today…

Oh how we expat girls love the postman….

I have been hanging out for these – 1.  Great quilting book – it has a super spiral binding, so easy to use;  2. Free Spirit Colour chart – wow this arrived from half way around the world in only 6 days….am super impressed;  and 3. the one magazine I cannot live without whilst living away from home

Christmas Table Runner

A few weeks ago I ordered one of my favourite magazines from the US taking advantage of the good exchange rate at the time (which was short lived), Quilting Arts. It’s a rare event indeed that I have a) begun something from a current magazine and b) finished it and c) been able to use it before Christmas! Recently I did a machine quilting class with Ms Chan (whose first name I cannot remember!) from Kuching and I finally managed to do something other than practice on calico. Each section of this table runner is quilted slightly differently, but it was a great piece to test out some different stitching.

Some of the fabrics are from the “Olivia the Pig” range, which I sourced here in Singapore. They are lovely and bright and a bit of a change from the usual Christmassy greens and reds.

Quilting Challenge

Every year the Quilt Groups in Singapore have a challenge.

This year the task is to use at least a Fat Quarter of this fabric in something. It’s a design by Iota called Every Iota by Robert Kaufman. Of the two colourways to choose from, there was only one left when I decided to take up the challange. Probably just as well, as I would not have been able to decide between them. Yuck. Of course there were none of the co-ordinating fabrics available, which would have made it easier. The challenge for me has been whether to make the fabric a feature or try and lose it somewhere. Fortunately Miss14 loves it. Teenagers seem to have a completely different view of the world of colour sometimes.
Bernice Bernina has decided to spit the dummy however, so the next challenge will be whether she’s able to be fixed in a timely manner. I wonder why I think my machine is a woman? Surely I should rename it Bernie, as only a bloke would do this to you!