Saturday, 2 April 2016

Let's Learn to Sew

Over the last few weeks I have been working towards my goal to teach sewing. It is a good feeling to get to the point where you reach your goal and you can start to take in students. Last weekend was spent constructing tables and putting them into position. 
I now have 4 machines placed nicely in front of a window so they get good light.

I managed to get a table that I could join onto my original standing table and it will be perfect for cutting out garments on. 

I spent sometime this week reading the manual for the Juki domestic machines and I enjoyed learning how this machine works. I was surprised as this little machine even has feed dogs that drop down so you can free motion quilt!

Over the last few weeks I have been putting together items that would be perfect for a beginner to start sewing. When you have been sewing for many years its about taking yourself right back to the beginning and Shea Henderson's book School of Sewing helped me a lot. The sewing library is slowly building and so far it has a pillow case, a lined drawstring bag, a lined tote bag and an easy fit skirt, which is A line and has an elastic waist. 

I have now added in what I called the Scrubs P.J's. They are elastic waisted shorts and a no-sleeve top, which could also be made into a fashion garment. I have other garments that I am now looking forward to working on for the library.

The class schedule is on the sewing classes page. 

Have a great week.


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Saturday, 12 March 2016

2016 Direction for Heathers Sewing Room

Last year I did really well in finishing a lot of UFO projects which was one of my goals with my return to Singapore to live. As the year ended I thought hard about where my creative life should be heading. I have always been involved with sewing as I came from a family where sewing and creating items with your hands was a part of daily living. I really enjoyed being involved in the clothing industry as a career because I love fabric, colour and designing, therefore this was an area I wanted to be more involved in. 

In order to work in Singapore I needed to register a business so I achieved this before the Christmas break. After spending time in New Zealand I have been able to return and start planning my sewing class to teach people the art of sewing, hoping they will experience the joy I have had over the years of being able to design and sew my own clothes.

A pillow case

A lined drawstring bag

A lined Tote Bag

An Easy Fit Skirt

Over the last week I have put together some projects which work well for people wanting to learn to sew. 

Now I am onto setting up my sewing room with sewing machines and a cutting table, therefore I feel like I am nearly there for the opening of my business.

Have a great week.


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Friday, 18 December 2015

Finished Projects Catch Up

This blog post is a catch up for the last few months so a little photo heavy.  I have been in my sewing room but have not taken the time to stop and blog about each item therefore I wanted to get the post out before I shut the sewing room door and head off to New Zealand for the summer. Recently I have been working on a lot of smaller projects.

This bag I made from a Betz White pattern-Smile and Wave Tote Bag

The Doctors bag is made with a metal frame insert to give it the shape.

Another smaller frame inserted bag.

This bag is made with a laminated Kaffe Bassett fabric

This bag is made from a cotton canvas. 
I also enjoyed the Craftsy class from Sara Lawson-Building Better Bags.

For my hand project I started Scandinavian Christmas by Lynette Anderson

Currently I have finished the 4 appliqué blocks.

A box to keep my cake forks in.

My Christmas gift this year for our Quilting Group was a portfolio box which is able to take a book or a quilting project.

Inside the box is a zipped pouch to hold pens or sewing supplies.

This sewing box was made and sent to Cottage Flair in New Zealand where I will teach a class in January.

Have a great week.


Sunday, 15 November 2015

The Result of a Workshop with Noriko Endo

Recently I had the opportunity to spend 2 days in a workshop with Noriko Endo as she travelled from Japan to spend time teaching in Singapore and parts of Asia. The workshop taught us how to make a quilt based on nature through her 'confetti' method.

I started by laying a backing fabric down with a piece of cotton batting on top. Using my photo from a visit to the Dandenong mountains, I started cutting fabric up into small slithers and virtually used them as paint to cover the area.

I started with the background and layered the piece.

The piece was covered with black mesh fabric and quilted heavily in a mono-filament thread to hold all the fabric secure. 

The quilt was then quilted with decorative thread.

Noriko's book, Confetti Naturscapes, is full of pictures from her award winning work.

Noriko with some of the class before we left after our 2 day workshop. I named my quilt Dandenong Walk.

Have a great week


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Making a Highland Avenue House

Recently I tested a pattern for Sara from Radiant Home Studio. The pattern is called Highland Avenue House and it is a decorative pillow. 

I thought about where I could put this pillow in my home before I chose the fabrics to make the pillow. I felt that it would brighten up my guest room so I looked in my stash and chose fabrics to compliment the decor of this room.

I used Misty Fuse to appliqué the windows, doors and heart onto the house. I did not do raw edge appliqué as on Sara's pattern and chose to turn under the edges and then machine stitch the pieces down.

Highland Avenue House pattern is now for sale on Sara's web site, Radiant Home Studio.

Have a great week

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Friday, 2 October 2015

Jungle Pottery Completed

It was many years ago that a group of quilting girls sat around a table with a pattern called The Blue Collection from Maggie Walker Designs. As we were living in Asia, working with this quilt seemed to cement our love for the pottery that we saw on a regular basis. There was a lot of work in this quilt and a massive amount if you decided to hand appliqué the entire quilt!

We all started out enthusiastically working on each pottery jar block, enjoying our search for the right fabric for each piece of pottery.

This project got packed away as my home moved, and it came out again once I returned to Asia with a promise that I WILL get these blocks into a quilt.

I took the original pattern and altered it to make it something I was happy with. 

I decided to make the tree more of a  feature in this quilt. I walk past these trees as I go through the park.

My plan was to go into the park and take a photo of the quilt. Unfortunately for the last month this has been the view out of my sewing room window. Smoke haze from the land clearing that takes place every year in Sumartra Indonesia. 

This is the view from my sewing room on a good day.

Now Jungle Pottery can find a place on my wall so that it can be enjoyed with all its memories. 

Jungle Pottery quilt size is 57" (143cm) x 61" (155cm)
Background - machine pieced
Applique - machine
Quilting - free motion

Jungle Pottery is a Q3 finish with Adrianne from On the Windy Side.

Have a great week