Saturday, 24 January 2015

Grow Your Blog Party + Giveaway

Today I am joining Vicki of 2 Bags Full in her blog party, where I tell you a bit about myself and my blog. Visit Vicki's blog where you can find the list of over 400 participants.

Hi, my name is Heather Long. 

 I was born and grew up in New Zealand, but I have now spent many years living in Asia. 

Singapore is where I currently live with my husband. 
My life is full of contrast as I go from the openness of the New Zealand countryside to the compactness of a busy Singapore city.

I love creating with handwork, and have done so from a child. I was surrounded by crafts from an early age with a mother and grandmother that were able to teach me many crafting skills. Fashion design was my passion so I studied and worked as a clothing designer in New Zealand and England in my youth. My life changed dramatically when with 2 young children I moved to Taiwan many years ago with my husbands job. In order to keep my creative mind sane I had the opportunity to join a Quilting class and started into the world of traditional quilting. This was a fabulous way to meet like minded ladies in a sometimes lonely expat world.

 Framing Flowers

My love of quilting has stayed with me and I have produced many quilts over the years and now find myself appreciating and working more with Modern and Art quilts.

The other craft I have become passionate about is Box Making or Cartonnage. I love the precision in this craft and find it works in well with the quilting fabric stash and my love of paper.

Arab St

After returning to Singapore a few years ago, this has enabled me to spend more time on my creative work. I really enjoyed reading a friends blog, so this encouraged me to start a blog to share my creative journey. It has been a good learning curve in many technical ways and a real inspiration when you are working mainly in solitude. If you wish to, you can join me as I continue on this exciting journey, by clicking on the bloglovin' button or by following by email which you can access on the side bar of the blog.

The Wedding Quilt

A Party is not a party without a gift. To celebrate the pattern I released last year on Craftsy I am going to gift a completed Quilters Sewing Box as a Giveaway, so scroll to the comments below and say hi in order to go into the draw. 

If you are unable to leave a comment for some reason email me and I will add your name. The draw closes on the 15th February 2015.

Have a great week


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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

A Box to store 12" Quilting Blocks

Due to so many of our Quilting group travelling before Christmas we decided a New Years party was more appropriate. Part of our party, is the gift exchange, which with a group of talented creative ladies, is always so much fun. For my gift, making a box was a done thing, but what sort of box? I had been thinking of the blocks that we slowly make and gather before we put them all into a quilt. Usually they get stuffed into a plastic bag and thrown into the cupboard, so here was my opportunity to think of a better way to store them. 

I made the box 13" square

I incorporated covered elastic straps in the base to hold the blocks in place. I used silk fabric from Vietnam to line the inside of the box.

I incorporated storage areas in the lid.

A zipped pouch

A book with felt pages for needles and pins

A pocket for a pattern, pencil, scissors and a rotary cutter.

I covered the box with a Japanese Indigo cotton

And this was the gift I received. He is so adorable and now sits on my table and gets stabbed with pins for time to time!

Have a great week.


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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Joining a 2015 Finish Along - Q1

Last night I decided to sign up with Adrianne from On the Windy Side to list the projects that I would like to complete. I started last year in the same way but somehow as the year went on I seemed to add a few things to the list, but January is a good time to take a look in the cupboards and to list it out and then it is staring at me!

This is my list so far.

1. a Paper Pieced Orchid flower

2. A bargello quilt

3. A Little Bit Country quilt.

4. A Christmas panel

5. the Ginger Jars quilt

6. Kitchen Sampler Cross Stitch

Well the list is done. I can see time planning is needed!
I hope you have an enjoyable week


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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Goodbye 2014

I find it encouraging to look back over the year and take a look at what creative projects were accomplished. It is too easy to feel like we do not achieve anything but in reality every day is special as we look at all the creativity around us and learn to appreciate it.

Starting a blog has enabled me to develop an appreciation for my creative life and the opportunity to share my projects with special people. This quote seems to sum it up for me.

 "Being creative is not a hobby, it is a way of Life."

Looking forward to a creative 2015

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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Christmas Handmade

Christmas for me this year is in Singapore and not in New Zealand where all my Christmas decorations are located, so I went exploring and found some branches. I needed to have a simple display as this was a last minute attempt. 

I cut out the shape of an angel from cardboard and covered it with linen.

  A friend gave me a gift of some salt dough ornaments that worked in perfectly

The origami stars were folded by my daughter that is currently visiting for Christmas

Merry Christmas


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Friday, 28 November 2014

Christmas is coming

Before the Christmas season totally takes over I thought I would give you a quick update on what has been happening in the sewing room.

I was keen to try and make some bowls using the 2.5mm grey board so these are the 2 that I managed to create by cutting and glueing the board and then covering them with decorative paper. Now they can sit on the table when I host the quilting group and gather up the threads as the ladies sew.

I purchased a Phillip Jacobs print and wanted to incorporate it into a top so I combined it with some black linen.

The Applique Mastery book written by Philippa Naylor arrived in my post box. After many years of quilting I have discovered there are endless ways to appliqué and Philippa showed me another  interesting way for this technique. I really enjoy how Philippa writes her books.

I love seeing how women process there creativity, so I really enjoyed watching this ladies work.


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