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Patchwork pillow cases

This is part of a custom order for one of my cousins.

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This is the first to be completed for year 2015 (started very late 2014). To stock up ready made quilts at home for sale.

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The quilt on my bed

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Part of the back of the quilt.

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How it will be packaged when sold.

The price is RM700 or USD200. Shipping within Malaysia is RM20. For international purchases, the postage will be advised.

This listing is for a queen size quilt of 8-inch squares patchwork. The quilt is made up of five different prints using good quality cotton.

Dimension of the quilt is approximately 80 x 90 inches. It covers nicely a standard queen size bed with about 8-inch drop.

The quilting is just straight lines half an inch along the short seams. It is quilted using a domestic machine. Expect some minor blemishes in the quilting.

This quilt is made for wear so normal washing and tumble dry/line drying is recommended. It is new and unused. Storage is in a pet-free and smoke-free home.

My HDTs in cross stitch

A craft group I am in, NEEDLESnCRAFT, NNC group has organized a cross stitch stitch-along. The organizer has kindly provided a kit containing a piece of the cloth (Aida or evenweave), the thread, and a needle.

It all started well – basting along the middle of the cloth, cross and lengthwise. Bee wax to ease the thread into the eye of the needle. My choice of fabric is 28 count evenweave. It was a bit tricky using the evenweave but I ended up loving it so much that it would be my choice for a cross stitch project.

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All was going fine, cutting the motif into quarters (that was a major mistake). If there was a mistake, I would just cut the stitches out. But it got too much when going out and coming back to the middle, the stitch count just gone off.

So ‘throwing out’ the thread, I’ve picked up one of my favourite HDTs My Elle in size 40 and started again. We were fortunate that the kit contained two pieces of the fabric.

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These biscornu were made by a crafter friend, Dr. Radha Pillai.

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You can get my hand dyed threads, HDTs at my Etsy shop.

Been tatting again

Even though I have not much to show.

I was fortunate to have met up with a fellow craftsman a few weeks back who wants to offload a load of the colored DMC Cordonnet Mercer Special thread. What else will a crafter do but take the load off him.

Using a color that I particularly like, Beige I started on a doily from Tatting Doilies & Edgings edited by Rita Weiss. It is a simple one shuttle and ball pattern, found on pages 6 and 7.

Many restarts due to:

  1. a long while I have not tat so need my mojo back
  2. wrongly counted the picots
  3. halfway round 1 know that there will be major cupping
  4. accidentally cut off picots from the large ring

For the center ring and first round, you can see that the major picots are uniformed. Yes, I have actually used a picot gauge to ensure it. I would have used it for all the picots but that will totally dampen my tatting.

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Side note: I plan to sell off the colored DMC Cordonnet Special threads on Etsy later this year. If you’re interested to purchase now, please email me at zarina.craft@gmail.com.

A few weeks back, a family friend and his wife from Brunei dropped by.

The wife was a crafter and she loves quilting. So she purchased two of my quilts – the only left of ready made quilts in stock.

The past few days, I have been busy with getting more ready made quilts. Only last night, I had a wonderful idea of making another quilt. There will be three types of queen size quilts available.

Stay tune.

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Single size quilt using Ohio Star block

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Double bed quilt using Antique Tile block with free motion quilting

Tree skirts in batik

Happy New Year!!

Here is one of the batik tree skirts I have made earlier for The Batik Boutique.

If you want one of yours, order directly to the boutique. Send your order early so that you can have it in hand for Christmas 2015.

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Teaching quilting online

Do you want to learn a new craft? I’m on Skillshare teaching patchwork. The project for the class is to make this beautiful red and silver batik cushion cover.

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The batiks are from The Batik Boutique

While you’re there, browse through the available classes. My favourite is bookbinding and watercolor painting.

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