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That time of the year again

One of my two 8 year old niece loved puzzles and games – just like her aunty. One of my favourite: what starts as a circle and ends up in triangles? batik-tree-skirt

These are this year’s The Batik Boutique’s tree skirts. She wanted an identical of one of the skirts but I did not have enough batik for it.

batik-tree-skirtsThis is a close up of the quilted tree skirt.

And yes, have you got the answer to the puzzle above? Its the PIZZA!

By the way, these tree skirts starts with triangles and ends up as circle.

I am thankful to receive a king size quilt order with my asking price. The customer wanted this for her hubby’s birthday but the lead time was too short. So, I suggested that we move it to Christmas.

She chose the palette combining both hers and hubby’s favourite colors.

A commonly heard phrase: green with envy. How did it came about? From Wikipedia: The expression “green-eyed monster” (me: the monster referring to envy or jealousy) was first used by William Shakespeare in Othello: “it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.” Shakespeare also used it in the Merchant of Venice, speaking of “green-eyed jealousy.”

To add to that, did you know that there are many other common expressions that was coined by Shakespeare. Among others: all’s well that ends well, break the ice, for goodness sake, knock knock who’s there, laughing stock. You can see a more comprehensive list here http://www.pathguy.com/shakeswo.htm.

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The basting was done in the living room. I had to move some furnitures to make way for the quilt. This is one of three work-in-progress quilts done within a month which needed to move the furniture.basting

The photoshoot was done at the bridge heading into Presinct 2 Putrajaya. The mosque as the background is the Putra Mosque. quilt-order-2

What happened when I tried my best to make sure the quilt won’t fly away. quilt-order-3

And finally the quilt on the steps leading up to the Ministry of Finance, Presinct 2 Putrajaya.quilt-order

Creating New Bonsai

I have been making bonsai ever since 1997 when I purchased this book. Over the years, the bonsai just died when I lost interest. Then, I will restart again with new plants.bonsai-book

Last month, a young family who rented a room next door brought in a few bonsai. After much conversation over the fence, I learned that the wife who was the green thumb. She loves bonsai and also reared hybrid fruit trees to be sold online.

It was that push and maybe due to a huge workload of big size quilts that prompted me to create more bonsai.

These three cuttings, destined to be bonsai are from the existing ixora plant in the garden.bonsai-ixorabonsai-ixora-3bonsai-ixora-2

These henna plants have been growing in the same pot for at least five years. I may have issues on getting a good looking plant but at least it’s a bonsai.hennabonsaihenna-bonsai-2

Yesterday, I visited a nursery nearby. I was interested in the desert rose and purchased a small one. It would be remarkable if I can create those bulbous roots.desert-rose-2

I was tempted to purchase this beautiful green bonsai material but the price tag was too high for me. After a final glance, I happened to notice this beautiful two foot high Japanese red maple (well I think it is). Since it is half the price of the green plant, I picked it up. There is no photo of the original plant but with the cuttings you can imagine how big the plant was.maple-bonsaimaple-bonsai-2

This will be a long period kind of thing which is one of the main reason my earlier bonsai died. However, I have these cuttings which would make this an interesting process that does not need a year to pass.

Here is to a great success for my bonsai.

I have been blessed to be invited to share a booth for the upcoming Selangor Expo 2016. Among the products that I will be bringing are my baby quilt, my own published quilting book, telekung or prayergown, and songket gift products.

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These make ideal gifts or souvenirs from Malaysian songkets. The products I’ll be bringing are bookmarks, covered notebook, and stuffed elephant.

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My quilting book which was published last year, showcasing The Batik Boutique’s Malaysian batiks.

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And finally, my telekung or prayer gown that has the quilted look that I love so much. It falls just above the knees and the lining is covering the chest area.

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If you are interested to carry my products, please come and meet me there. WA me at 60162222004 for appointments or where to find me.

I have been fortunate to have several places to run my patchwork classes beside the Spotlight branches.

The venues include Shah Alam, Bandar Baru Bangi, and Seri Kembangan. Hopefully, I am able to reach out to a wider audience.

However, outside of Klang Valley the only hope is online classes. I will send the materials via registered mail. The classes will be conducted via email zarina.craft at gmail dot com (remove the spaces, replace at with @ and the word dot with .), FaceBook PM (Zarina Craft) or Whatsapps (+60 16 222 2004). There will be ample photos and short videos on the steps.

Below are posters for the upcoming classes in October and November 2016. Hope to see you all.

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#MYCYBERSALE carnival

Hoping that my fever and cough are clearing now after ten days being sick, here I’m promoting a world record breaking #MYCYBERSALE event from Sep 26 to 30, 2016.

Here in a nutshell what this event is all about taken from their website:

This is Malaysia’s Biggest Online Sale Event, an event that gathers Malaysia’s popular eTailers, selling at the same period. Expect significant discounts on products & services and free shipping from participating eTailers. It is organized by Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and supported by Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi Dan Kepenggunaan (KPDNKK), CyberSecurity Malaysia and SME Corp. Malaysia, Ministry of Health and MATRADE.

I’m joining in the event in the effort to promote my brand and letting people know where they can get unique handmade items.

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Terms & conditions: purchase need to be made from my online store (http://zarinacraft.avana.asia)  from now up to Sep 30 noon. The purchase need to be made between the hours 0000 (midnight) till 1200 (noon). This offer is only valid for purchases totalling more than RM 100.

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Following the suggestion from a fellow ACG instructor, I have made all the nine blocks over the previous Ramadhan. The techniques covered: squares, half and quarter square triangles, foundation piecing, Y-seams, curve piecing, Dresden Plate, English paper piecing, and applique.

Contact me at zarina.craft@gmail.com or Whatsapps +60162222004 for future classes.

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My ‘first’ student wanted the half square triangle block (middle top row). Told her on the many different layouts and she chose the most popular – pinwheels. This is a simple cushion cover  envelope style with no zippers. patchworkclass

I just love the paw prints – so adorable.patchworkclass3patchworkclass2

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