Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Mount Maunganui Beach

This is my second entry into the online Bloggers Quilt Festival, which is hosted by 
Amy's Creative Side. My second entry is a small quilt that is designed from a scenic photo at Mount Maunganui Beach on the coast of New Zealand. 


I was inspired by a workshop given my Gloria Loughman and this quilt is the result. 


Some of a fabrics in the quilt are hand dyed cottons.


The grass is constructed with free motion stitching and a variegated thread


The flowers are stitched with bobbin embroidery where you work upside down and the bobbin thread becomes the feature.


The quilt size is 30" x 22"
Machine pieced
Machine appliquéd

This is entered in the 
Small Quilt Category

So now you can click on over to the Bloggers Quilt Festival and start voting from May 22nd to May 29th 2015

Click Here to vote

A link to the Bloggers Festival is also in the side bar on my blog.

Have a great week


HEATHER


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Bloggers Quilt Festival - Indigo Orchid

Today I am entering the Bloggers Quilt Festival for the first time, with my Indigo Orchid. It is hosted by Amy's Creative Side where she hosts an annual online quilt show and you get to vote for your favourite quilt from May 22nd - 29th.


 This quilt was designed and created around the Truly Blue theme that was put out by the AQC (Australian Quilt Convention) for this years Quilt Challenge. I live in Singapore where the Botanical gardens have the most amazing Orchid enclosure, and after living in Singapore for many years I have come to love and appreciate the beauty in the Orchid flower. For me a truly blue fabric is the Japanese Indigo fabric so to combine the 2 was a representation of my Asian life. 


I constructed each petal using paper piecing.


Each petal was bound before appliquéing the flower to the raw silk background.


The centre was constructed and appliquéd into position, then beaded and embellished with embroidery.


The background is hand quilted using silk thread with beads added into the stitching.


I have more information about the making of this quilt in my original post. Click here.

I have entered the 
Indigo Orchid
 in 
Original Designs 
Quilt size is 90cm x 90cm
Fabric - 100% Japanese Indigo Cotton
Raw silk
Quilting - Machine and hand

So now you can click on over to the Bloggers Quilt Festival and start voting from May 22nd to May 29th 2015

Click here to vote
 A link to the Bloggers Festival is also in the side bar on my blog.

Have a great week.


HEATHER


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Monday, 11 May 2015

And the Winner is....



Thanks heaps to all the people that commented about the crafts you enjoy doing so that you could go into the draw for the sewing box. I really enjoyed reading all the comments and I apologise for not personally answering by email, as a would like to do, but when it is a  giveaway it just gets in the too hard basket.

The winner of the sewing box is Jacque: 
Lovely box....I can see that sitting in my living room, waiting for me to come and work on a project, but keeping the clutter hidden! :) I love to quilt, knit, crochet, and more! Thanks for the chance to win!


Have  a great week.

HEATHER


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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Giveaway Day with SMS





Today Sew Mama Sew are hosting a Giveaway. This is where many bloggers offer a gift if you comment on their blog. 

 If this is your first time on my blog site, Welcome,  I blog about my quilting, box making, crafting and sewing projects. I was born in New Zealand but I have now lived for 14 years in Singapore where I spend time in my sewing room designing and creating.



I am giving away one of my handmade sewing boxes. To be in the draw leave me a comment saying what type of craft you enjoy. For a second chance leave me a comment saying how you follow, Email, Bloglovin, Facebook (HeathersSewingRoom) or Instagram (HeathersSewingRoom). The give away is open to everyone as I will post International. The draw closes Sunday May10th at 5pm P.S.T and the winner emailed by May 13th, so please have an email address that you can be contacted on.

Enjoy the fun and do visit some of the many blogs offering giveaways at Sew Mama Sew

Thank you for the entries. This giveaway is now closed and the winner has been notified.

Good Luck
and
Have a great week.

HEATHER


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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Finish A-long Q2 2015

Wow where did those 3 months go, as it is now time to list my projects for the Q2 Finish A-long that is hosted by Adrianne from On the Windy Side. They say that if you have goals you need to write them down so when the opportunity came to join this years Finish Along I jumped at it as I felt this would help me focus on finishing projects. So far I am impressed at how it is keeping me focused. I have not finished all my items that I listed in the Q1 but I was also extremely ambitious!


This quilt is ready for quilting and I now have the backing fabric to sandwich it together

This is the backing fabric that I purchased last week.

I am on the last square of hand quilting of the Laurel Birch Christmas panel

I am itching to get back onto this quilt so I hope to get there in Q2.

I am so close to getting this finished as I am now onto the letter Z but with cross-stitch it is so easy to miss the counting and not get it in the right place therefore I ended up unpicking a bit this weekend!


Then there is the new project. I am fascinated with this quilt and the book arrived in the post this week so I am now auditioning fabric.

Have a great week

HEATHER 


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Friday, 27 March 2015

Designing and Making the Indigo Orchid Quilt


One of the flowers I enjoy the most with living in Singapore is the Orchid. Singapore is also famous for its orchid garden which is situated inside the Singapore Botanical Gardens. Last year while taking a friend through the gardens I enjoyed taking photos of the orchids. There is so much beauty in these flowers so I decided to design an abstract quilt using an orchid. I was keen to use the indigo fabrics that originate from Japan. I went to the Singapore Fabric Market and picked out a selection of fabrics to use in the flower.



I drew the flower onto paper to the size of the finished quilt

I worked with each petal and drew the details onto paper so that I could paper piece each petal. The design was traced onto tear-away and I worked on this to put the petal together.

Eventually I had 5 petals complete. I bound each petal and combined them to form the flower.

A centre was appliquéd into position and the flower was appliquéd onto a raw silk fabric.

The flower is machine quilted and the background hand quilted with silk thread and embellished with beads.

With the binding on and the quilt finished it was off to the park with quilt and camera to get some photos.




Eventually I found this tree trunk to hang the quilt on for a suitable picture.



I can now tick this quilt off the list that I put up of quilts to finish in the first quarter of 2015 along with Adrianne from On the Windy Side.
Have a great week

HEATHER

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