Sunday, 28 February 2021

Mini Archie's February Furtle Around The Blogosphere

Archie The Wonder Dog

Furtle (v): to have a rummage or delve into the contents of something

Hello! I thought I hadn't done much sewing or knitting this month, but when I gathered photos together, it seems I've done a lot more than I realised.  This seems to be a recurring theme... 

I got half a quilt top joined!! 


I honestly thought I'd carry on and have the other half at least started, but I haven't picked up a needle since. Maybe it's because it's a new needle and the old one needs time to instruct it and check its training is up to snuff? Here's the old needle, which has pieced all of this quilt so far and which has agreed to accept an emeritus position in the pin cushion:


I finished the pair of socks for a friend:

Yarn is Party Dress by Made By Penguins

And I finished a sock for me, this time I did an extra two sets of p/k for the heel flap to (hopefully) create more toom across the instep and reinforced the heel turn:


I did reinforce the sole as well, but it turns out that the difference in row gauge between the reinforced section and the stocking stitch section makes it turn out like a banana.  Not only that, but the top of the foot was more than a centimetre longer than the sole. Had I kept knitting, I think I could have made a sock foot where the toe touched the back of the heel...

It's a good job I like this wool, as this sock began to feel as though it didn't want to be finished.  I'm now halfway down the cuff of its pair and, with any luck, it'll be finished by the next Furtle. 


The decorator came and painted the sewing room. Once I'd moved back in, I used chalk paint (for the first time) to paint the (previously painted) chest of drawers which live in there. It's safe to say I wasn't at all enamoured after the first two coats, but another two coats later (and having ditched the roller for a brush), I'm much happier with it. Now it's had time to cure, it feels quite sturdy and I'm hoping it lasts as long as the previous paint did. (About thirteen years!)


These drawers started out white, have been various different shades since then and now I've made them white again. They were bought from a shop called Disco, where my  brother (as a tiny tot in arms) once pulled a tin of paint off the shelf and it exploded all over the floor. I wonder if we ever went back?! I don't know if you can make it out, but the walls are painted a very pale pink and when the sun streams in the window, it makes the room lovely and cosy.  The next step is flooring (I've chosen it but the chap is booked until May) and a huge Ikea order (once I can get a delivery slot) and then finding someone to put up shelves.  Then I can move everything out of my bedroom and back in here!

Spring definitely feels like it's about to appear:
Isn't these flowers luffly? Aunty Hazel sended them frough the post a couple
 of years ago and we finks of her each time we sees them *waves at Aunty Hazel*


Linking up to the February Furtle 


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Sunday, 31 January 2021

Mini Archie's January Furtle Around The Blogosphere

Archie The Wonder Dog

Furtle (v): to have a rummage or delve into the contents of something


Hello! I think January 2021 has surely been the longest January since records began! However, it's meant I've got a surprising amount of stuff done since the December Furtle - I hadn't realised how much until I came to sort photos for this post because the beginning of January feels so long ago that I thought they'd been done last year.

I finished the socks for Mam:
Pink yarn is WYS Sarsaparilla, patterned is from Made By Penguins

And knitted a pair for me, although I've technically finished these twice as the first time round I'd somehow made the feet a tad short so had to pull back the toes and add a few rounds before redoing the toe. They fit perfectly now, thank goodness.
Yarn is Aqua by Made By Penguins

And I cast on another two socks for me:


I also cast on another sock last night but as they're for a friend and she wants a surprise (she saw the yarn when she bought it, obviously, but has no idea what it'll look like knitted up) so I can't show you until they're finished and on her feet.


I finished the Winterkist top and now need to come up with a plan for the back which uses as many of the spare tomtes as possible - I see a lot of appliqué in my future!


I laid out the scrappy trip blocks, quickly discovered I preferred the 6x8 layout to the 7x8 one I was making for and then spent quite a while laying them all out and deciding which eight blocks I like the least. (I originally planned for 48 blocks but then had enough of the plains to make another eight blocks so I made them without further thought. I should have sketched it out first! The spares will become big cushions for the conservatory so all is not lost.) There's no photo of the blocks laid out because it was too big for the floor in the front room and so too big to get a decent picture. I've labelled all the blocks and am currently sewing them into fours - I've done five so far (but they haven't yet taken themselves to the iron):





And number six is halfway there:

We had a surprise delivery from Just Sew Now which Mini Archie promptly claimed:
These will make spiffing tents and sleeping bags for when we camps out by the sunflowers in the garden
 to protect them from Pirates (and slugs and birds) *beams* Fankoo, Aunty Eleanor!


And, just to round off the month, I've emptied* the sewing room (but, fortunately, not The Cupboard Of Possibilities (previously known as The Cupboard Of Doom)) ready for the decorator coming tomorrow  (I'm going to stay with Mam for a few days to make it safer):

*Well, almost emptied - there are bits, like the drawers, which I can't move until the morning and two bookcases which he'll have to work round because there's nowhere for them to go.

I also need to choose new flooring as the carpet now doesn't fit the floor space (CoP is slightly shorter than CoD so I've been left with a bare strip) and I'm thinking about a patterned lino - I'll see what the chap has when I ring him for a quote. I had been going to book him for the week after next so I didn't have to empty the room (yet) again, but I decided that two different workmen in the house in under a fortnight wasn't sensible given the current infection rates and so I'm waiting.  The upside is that it gives me more time to sand and paint the drawers, which I'll definitely need as I've only got as far as removing the handles, buying the paint and locating the sandpaper!


Phew, no wonder I'm jiggered!

Never mind jiggered, no lying down in the winter sunshine for you until those socks is on feets, those blocks is
all joined together in one big lump and the drawers is painted. Then you can buy the shelfs you has beed
promising I for monfs and find a handyman to put them up. I finks we might need new quilts and beds
 to celebrate our new home...



Linking up to the January Furtle 

If you're linking up, please add a link (one per person, please) to your blog post, which could contain: a mosaic of all you've made in the month, something you've made/started/worked on, a goal which you'd like to achieve in the next month (and then in next month's post you can reflect on that goal and set yourself another one - I find this particularly handy if I'm in the midst of a big project and finding the making of hundreds of blocks to be interminable), anything crafty you'd like to share. This isn't just for sewing or quilting, but is for all crafts so if you knit, make lace, make clothes, do anything which could come under the heading of 'craft', then please link up. Please visit the link immediately before and after you and leave an encouraging comment, and more if you can manage it - we all know that comments create joy, so let's spread some around. Also, please treat all the linked posts and their authors with respect - I want this to be an inclusive space for all crafters and crafts and all are welcome. If you're not sure if you're welcome or you belong, you do - this is by no means a closed space and if you want to join, then you are most welcome. If you need help linking up, please leave a comment and I will do my best to help. Please add the Furtling button to your blog post: copy the code below and paste it into your blog post - it should then magically appear when you publish your blog post (I'll do my best to help if you have any problems) and it will help people find the Furtling page with all the details of the link up.

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Thursday, 31 December 2020

Mini Archie’s December Furtle Around The Blogosphere

Archie The Wonder Dog

Furtle (v): to have a rummage or delve into the contents of something

Hello! Where did December go?! Honestly, one minute it was all ahead of me, the next it's behind and it's time to write my final furtle post of the year. Let me show you what I managed this month:

I hand pieced the final four blocks for my LV scrappy trip quilt:





It feels like a while since a backside picture, so here's the final block:


I also machine pieced the rest of the tomte blocks:








The note says 'Mind my ear!'







And then spent what felt like hours finding an arrangement which works:


And got the blocks joined into rows:

I've decided that I'm not going to have sashing round the edges (I'll bind it in the navy so the binding will look like the sashing does here) so I have a bit of unpicking to do before I can join the rows to either side of the sashing strips - just the strips either end of each row, fortunately, so it won't take long.

Once I'd finished all the scrappy trip blocks, I was lacking in a settee project (I can't join the blocks together until I've sorted an arrangement and I need to wait until the Christmas tree is down to do that) so I started a pair of socks for Mam:

I wish I'd made them for myself now!

As this is the final furtle of the year, I thought I'd do a wee round up of the year.  I looked at last year's post and I made mosaics for this bit, but, quite frankly, I couldn't face doing this this year so a list will have to suffice:

This year, I've hand pieced thirty-three scrappy trip blocks, machine pieced fifty nine-patch-on-point blocks, added the frames to forty-nine embroidered Summersville blocks, knitted two pairs of socks (and am well on the way with another), pieced one quilt back, machine pieced twenty Winterkist tomte blocks and made one pin cushion. How about you?!


Needless to say, I'm not going to be allowed to slow down any until my list is considerably shorter:

I notices you hasn't mentioned your Fettling List. Let I fink why that might be... *stern stare*


Linking up to the December Furtle 

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Monday, 30 November 2020

Mini Archie's November Furtle Around The Blogosphere

Archie The Wonder Dog

Furtle (v): to have a rummage or delve into the contents of something

Hello! November has turned out to be quite a productive month, which is a good job as I'd fallen a bit behind in October with my scrappy trip blocks. I finished off the last block from October (it did get finished while it was still October, but not in time to take its picture for the Furtle):


Once that was done, I decided to prep the final eight blocks for the top rather than just the four for November while I was in the mood for stamping and had something to watch on telly:


And I've made the four blocks for November:





But, as you can see, none of them have taken themselves to the iron.  In fact, the three blocks from the last post haven't done so, either.  I may as well wait until I've pieced the final four blocks and press twelve at once. Won't that be fun?!

I'm well on the way with the first December block and am hoping to have that finished in the next day or two, depending on how long it takes me to get this post ready for publishing.


In addition to all this hand sewing, I've finally started (machine) sewing my Winterkist quilt (for the StickyProdAlong2020 - feel free to join in on Instagram!) from my Fettling List (and my Finish-Along list), after it waiting for about three and a half years. I worked out the cutting instructions and cut the navy strips which separate each piece:

and over about two and a half weeks, I cut the pieces for each block, laid it all out, took a picture to refer back to (to save having to measure each piece when it was time to sew that block) and placed each set in a bag with the block diagram. I found it easiest to do a little bit each time I went upstairs.  Sometimes I just chose one piece for a block, other times I chose more; once all the pieces were chosen, I would cut a piece or two each time I was upstairs - it's a good way, for me, of splitting up a task and building pacing into the activity. Here's all the blocks ready to sew:


And, in the past few days, I've started piecing all the blocks, again following the 'every time I'm upstairs' rule: 







They're big blocks (16" finished) with (mainly) big pieces so they're very quick to sew up. And, after my sewing room sort out and reorganisation (next step: the decorating, which won't be done by me!), I have room for the ironing board and me in the room at the same time without me having to crawl under/past it to get out. It's made a huge difference to how much energy I have after piecing a few seams, which is good.

Here's how the blocks look together:


I've got the next block laid out (another good 'every time I'm upstairs' job) on the block roll I made for an Oakshott blog hop a while back - it's the first time it's been used as a block roll (although I'm not rolling it up, just using it as a block board on my table) rather than as its other purpose as a mini quilt on the wall and I'm thrilled to say that it's carrying out its duty marvellously:



Just in case you want to see the other, mini quilt, side and can't be bothered to follow the link to the tutorial, I flipped it over for you:

I might need this week off!!  Chance would be a fine thing:

I is just checking you is keeping it tidy and making notes for my cartographic trip into The Cupboard Of Possibilites next year.
Why is you in here? Shouldn't you be sewing a gnome seam or free and then going back downstairs to sew some more scrappy trip block?



Linking up to the November Furtle 

If you're linking up, please add a link (one per person, please) to your blog post, which could contain: a mosaic of all you've made in the month, something you've made/started/worked on, a goal which you'd like to achieve in the next month (and then in next month's post you can reflect on that goal and set yourself another one - I find this particularly handy if I'm in the midst of a big project and finding the making of hundreds of blocks to be interminable), anything crafty you'd like to share. This isn't just for sewing or quilting, but is for all crafts so if you knit, make lace, make clothes, do anything which could come under the heading of 'craft', then please link up. Please visit the link immediately before and after you and leave an encouraging comment, and more if you can manage it - we all know that comments create joy, so let's spread some around. Also, please treat all the linked posts and their authors with respect - I want this to be an inclusive space for all crafters and crafts and all are welcome. If you're not sure if you're welcome or you belong, you do - this is by no means a closed space and if you want to join, then you are most welcome. If you need help linking up, please leave a comment and I will do my best to help. Please add the Furtling button to your blog post: copy the code below and paste it into your blog post - it should then magically appear when you publish your blog post (I'll do my best to help if you have any problems) and it will help people find the Furtling page with all the details of the link up.

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