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, 11pm Singapore time.

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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