Friday, 31 July 2020

Mini Archie's July Furtle Around The Blogosphere


Archie The Wonder Dog

Hello! Time is definitely returning to normal, I think. Although the afternoons and evenings (particularly the latter) seem to be travelling very quickly, so maybe normally-moving is a way off yet?!

This month has been quite a busy month for sewing.  About halfway through it, I realised that there were six months left of the year (do I get a prize for that revelation?), that I have twenty-four low volume scrappy trip blocks left to make and that the first goes nicely into the second and I could have all the blocks made by the start of 2021 if I got a shift on. At that point, there were sixteen days left in July, so I had four days to make each block if I was going to stick to my newly-set target of four blocks a month. So far, I've managed three and am a good way through the fourth (I might have finished it before this post, but I've spent far too long wrestling with my elderly laptop and coaxing it into working) and here they are:





At the start of the month (I should probably swap this paragraph with the one above so I move through the month chronologically, but given my problems with photos and blogger last month, that's not a battle I'm prepared to fight today), I remembered that the end of quarter two of the Finish-Along was approaching, and although things seem to be on hold with that* I still like to aim for at least one finish a quarter.  I consulted my list and realised that the only thing I could possibly finish was the pin cushion.  I borrowed my friend's glue gun, got out my basket of pug pin cushion toiles, decided which fitted best, cut out some Oakshott, wished I had an extra hand, and made this little chap (who now lives with a pug-loving friend):



If anyone is interested, I worked out that you need a fabric circle 2.15 times the diameter of the egg cup - slightly larger is okay, slightly smaller is not.

(* I'm not sure what's happening with Finish-Along or whether it will be back once the pandemic settles down/burns out/a vaccine is found and distributed, but rest assured, Mini Archie (and Sheila Budsmam/Mindful Quilter have a plan to keep us in order if it doesn't return...)



Throughout this year, I've been slowly making progress on my Summersville quilt.  Last month, I was ready to attach the second pair of triangles to the nine patches and they're now on and pressed:



And I cut and attached the borders for the house blocks, too! It took about a week to cut the strips, about a week and a half to pin, sew and press the top and bottom strips, and another week and a half for the side strips. I'm really pleased with how the background looks with these blocks and how the thin border of dark grey accentuates the houses and looks like a window frame.


To try to make sure that I got a consistent narrow border which didn't get fatter and thinner as it went round the block, I sewed from the 'wrong' side: that is, I pinned the background strip on the underneath and sewed with the bulk of the block on the top. (I would usually have the piece I'm adding on the top when sewing.) This meant I could sew along the edge of the house-to-window-frame-seam allowance and so maintain a consistent line. I'm not sure that makes sense, but it does to me! If you're really curious, let me know and I'll take a picture.

I'm also pleased with how the three 'split' blocks have turned out and I took a photo of one of them so you could see:


All this means that I've hit a major milestone in this project: the blocks are all made!!  While I haven't had time to do any laying out, I couldn't resist a wee group photo:


I think I'll have to have the print in the nine patches pointing the other way as they look upside down to me in that photo, but other than that, I'm happy.  I think it's going to take a lot of work to get the blocks (all ninety-nine of them) laid out in an order I'm happy with and there are decisions to be made about whether all the nine patches point the same way and how to arrange the two different types of house block to name but two, but that's a problem for another month!  I'm hopeful that I might have a completed top by the end of the year.  (Hopeful, not confident!)

And that's it!  Quite a lot, it seems, but a lot of it (even the pug) is the result of work over the last few months (and years!) suddenly coming to fruition.


Mini Archie has, as ever, kept my nose to the grindstone:

You hasn't got time to be hanging around wif I, you has a list of eleven projects to finish and a destash to do so you can pay for mine new home and a new Cupboard Of Doom and a patio you keeps doing the splits on when it rains because it needs cleaning. Chip chop!

Linking up to the July Furtle 

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Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Mini Archie's June Furtle Around The Blogosphere


Archie The Wonder Dog

Hello!  I feel like time is (sort of) returning to normal because June feels like it's been about the right length.  I wonder whether July will follow suit? I hope you've had a good month and are ready for a furtle?

I haven't mentioned my first project at all until now, either here or on instagram, perhaps because I've been so caught up in the daily games of #WheresMiniArchie that posting anything else seemed a chore? After last month's Furtle, I realised my furtling had not been thorough and I hadn't mentioned two things I'd done/started in May - I think I'm on the Bad Furtlers list!

I knitted these socks for a friend (using my default cuff-down pattern from Regia, which comes free with Regia sock wool) and the yarn is Made By Penguins' rainbow speckle sparkle yarn in a merino/nylon 4ply.  I'm afraid you can't get it now as Lisa-Lou does a special range of dyed-to-order rainbow yarns each year and this year's have already been dyed.  It's still worth having a look as her yarn is gorgeous and quite the nicest yarn I've ever knitted with. Made By Penguins even has an app, which you can find in the Apple and android app stores. 


Here's a close up of the socks, you can just make out the gold sparkles among the rainbow speckles.



The other thing I've been working on this month is getting the background fabric attached to the nine patch blocks (see them here) to set them on point (I love a nine patch on point!). I've got two sides attached and the other two are pinned and ready to sew. These will be joining the embroidered Summersville blocks, once everyone has their background fabric attached.


It has taken longer than you would think to get to this point (even for me) because I had a problem with the bobbin thread when I sewed the first two sides on. On around forty to fifty of the hundred seams, the bobbin thread had snapped at some point along the seam, often more than once. This was usually where a pin had been but sometimes near a seam. The machine sews fine and the bobbin thread doesn't become unthread, it just breaks. Sometimes it breaks completely, other times one of the plies breaks and leaves the stitch hanging on by the skin of its teeth, but all those seams needed to be redone.


I unpicked twelve seams and restitched them with a different thread (Bottom Line (a 60 weight polyester thread), this time) and had only one break when I rattled over a pin (I always sew over pins, just not usually at speed!) so I was happy that the thread was strong enough and I then stitched over the top of the remaining eighty-eight seams with Bottom Line as I didn't trust the original thread not to break.  The next set of seams will be sewn with Gutermann Sew-All (also a polyester thread, 50 weight this time) and if I'm happy with it (I think I will be as it's what I use for dressmaking and I've had no problems with thread snapping), then the rest of this project will be sewn with it.


I mentioned that in my inferior furtling last month I'd missed out two things I'd been working on.  The first was the socks, the second was the backing for my ET Phone Home quilt (see it here (item three) on my FAL list for this quarter - you may notice that the socks aren't even on it! *hangs head in shame*). I bought this from Saira at Olive + Flo Handcraft from her backings section, which is well worth a look, and it's Art Gallery Fabrics and was only £5 a metre.  Yes, £5/m!! I know! Saira sent me all she had and it was just (and I mean just) enough for me to make the backing and pattern match. (Thank goodness for small repeats!) I had enough for two whole lengths and then split the remaining piece in half lengthwise and joined the short sides to make another length. I hand tacked the seams from the right side (I think there were two 90" seams and one 45") using a ladder stitch and folded back and machined over the tacks from the wrong side. Here's a picture of it folded, with one of the seams showing:


In case you can't see it, Mini Archie volunteered to point to it:
Mine Pointy Stick is useful for all sorts of fings!

Then he decided a close up was in order:

I finks you'll be able to see it now, yes?

Given that black is such a tricky colour to spot a seam on, he decided some better lighting was in order:
There, that's betterer!  You can definitely see it now!

Let's just say I'm glad that sewing is behind me, but it was well worth the hours of tacking!  (It's much easier than pinning and hoping because you're working from the right side and can see that everything is lined up - I'll be doing it again, hopefully on fabric which isn't black!)


P.S.  Is anyone else finding that there's all sorts of funny things happening with Blogger and picture/text alignment? I centre something and it jumps to the top of the post, then it's not centred anyway, then it displays as breaking up the text even though it isn't, then... I'm assuming it's to do with the new interface they're bringing in (which I've tried several times but unless you're on a PC and can hover the mouse over them, there doesn't seem to be a way of knowing what all the icons mean and I've lost posts and reverted them to draft more than once so I'm sticking with classic Blogger until I'm forced to move!)



Linking up to the June Furtle 

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Sunday, 31 May 2020

Mini Archie's May Furtle Around The Blogosphere

Archie The Wonder Dog


Hello!  I feel time may have just about returned to normal in May, it seems to have been about the right length?  Maybe a little longer than usual?  I mean obviously, the end of the month comes round quickly (or rather the day before the end of the month, which is when I generally write and schedule this post), but that's perfectly normal unless, of course, what the end of the month signifies is your pay packet arriving.  In that case, the end of the month arrives incredibly slowly because that's the rule.

I think that's enough of my tenuous grasp of the concept of time, let's see what I've done in May.

First up, I've finished the thirty-second LV scrappy trip block:



And I was getting low on LV squares so I've spent quite a while printing (using quilt stamps) and cutting out about twelve squares from each of the LV fabrics I've bought/been sent since I first cut out all the squares:


And I've got all four narrow border strips on the Summersville squares (in January 2017):


The next step is to cut the background strips for the embroidered blocks and the triangles to set the nine patches on point.  This is the background, which I bought (specifically for this project) from Stash Fabrics with an enormous gift voucher I won on Instagram in March 2017. Never let it be said that I move quickly...


And Mini Archie is taking time between hiding to keep up morale (mainly in the garden) to improve his balancing skills:

Did you make this tower just for I? Fankoo!

Linking up to the May 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, 30 April 2020

Mini Archie's April Furtle Around The Blogosphere

Archie The Wonder Dog

Hello! Hasn't April been an odd month?  It's been both fast and slow to pass and the days seem to have been simultaneously (and confusingly) long and short.

This month I have finished a pair of socks in this gorgeous Oxidise colourway from Fine Fish Yarns:



And I've made good progress on my Summersville quilt.  This month I've ironed both of the remaining fabrics (which have been languishing in the ironing basket for, well, let's just say quite a while and leave it at that (the LV block from last month even accompanied them on the trip to the iron!)) and I've cut the first lot of 3/4" strips for the 'window frames' for the embroidered blocks and I've got them ready to sew:


There was a wee bit of a panic after I realised that I didn't like my planned 1/2" finished window frames.  I discovered this before I cut the dark grey strips, but after I'd trimmed the three 'two-part* blocks' to the sizes needed to have a 1/2" strip across the middle of them. *sigh*  After a bit of thinking (and rather a lot of self recrimination), I decided to sit down and work out how big I would have trimmed them if I'd been planning on 1/4" strips and discovered that there was only a 1/8" difference between that height and the height I did trim them. So I've split that 1/8" between the top and bottom of the pieces and have offset the fabric by 1/16" from the edge of the strip. Given that the blocks are all interfaced (to give me something to fasten the embroidery threads into, to help stop any ends shadowing through, and to give the fabric some stability to cope with the embroidery), I decided that a 3/16" seam allowance would be absolutely fine. And it's not as though I have another option other than make these blocks again and I'm not doing that! You can just see how the cream fabric is set back from the grey fabric:


*When I cut out the Summersville fabric for this quilt, I didn't cut all 50 as I left three to the end so I could see if there were any buildings I hadn't embroidered which I wanted to include.  When it came to cutting the remaining pieces, I discovered that the 'Town' fabric I had left was a different dye lot and the background was a noticeably different colour. I decided that instead of using it, I would take pieces from the original length, use two pieces in each block and make them into a window with a bar across rather than a picture window. It just goes to show that you should never get rid of any of the fabric from a project until you have made all the blocks you need! (And even then, you should make sure you won't want it for binding or adding to the back or for the label!)

And that's it for this month!




I is just having a Furtle round the garden...

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Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Mini Archie's March Furtle Around The Blogosphere


Archie The Wonder Dog


What a month!!!  I can't believe that it's only been a month since I last wrote a Furtling post but also how the end of the month has snuck up on me once again...

I'll be honest, I haven't done much at all in the last month apart from sorting the sewing room and taking photos of Mini Archie and a Tunnock's teacayk in various locations around the house and garden.  If you're wondering what the latter is about, click here!

I finished piecing an LV block but it's been waiting to be pressed for about three weeks now and shows no sign of taking itself to the ironing board so here it is as is:



And I've made good progress on a pair of socks which I cast on at the start of the month:


And apart from watching far too much news and spending time online when I should be resting, that's about it! How are you coping?


As I said before, I've spent quite a lot of time taking photos of Mini Archie and his teacayk sidekick, here's one from this morning:

Fankoo, Venerable Teacayk for your company and hard work this past week. We salutes you *raises paw to forehead* *clicks feets together*


Linking up to the March 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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Saturday, 29 February 2020

Mini Archie's February Furtle Around The Blogosphere


Archie The Wonder Dog

Hello!  I hope you haven't been blown away or had the beck perilously close to your front door this month? It's definitely been a bit wild out there at times...

...and you'd think that would mean loads of sewing, wouldn't you?  Not exactly!



I've made another three LV blocks:






And I've made progress on my jeans: I've cut out the legs and a makeshift yoke and waistband and pocket linings in canvas, tacked them all together, and have had a fitting session with a friend.  I'm now ready to undo all that, cut out the remaining pieces in denim and make a start on the front.  All of the adjustments seem to be on the back, so I'm going to make up the front and then tack the back back on to see if things like having a zip in (rather than being pinned into them) make any difference before I make any of the adjustments.  A bit more work, yes, but worth it to get a pair of jeans which fit!  Having said all that, when I was in them the other day, they were already more comfortable and looked better than the pair I'm wearing, so all the work is well worth it.


And that's it for progress this month.  I know! I've made good progress on my sewing room sort out - there'll be a post on my instagram about that on 1st March if you're interested.


There has been a parcel delivered and this one is for Billy!  Here's them checking for pirates.  The rest will be on Mini Archie's instagram soon - you won't want to miss what's inside, it's a beauty!!!
Sorry, we can't stop to chat, we has important Mandatory Pirate Checks to carry out!! *serious face*

Linking up to the February 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.

<p style="text-align:center"><a href="https://archiethewonderdog.blogspot.com/p/furtling.html"><img src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fJ7oo6tyMM0/XFF5HxcQW1I/AAAAAAAAEJU/BZnZPfse8k0BXwjt6KAOJIMwySjnfDHbQCLcBGAs/s200/textgram_1548790799.png" alt="Archie The Wonder Dog" /></a></p>


To link up, go to the link at the bottom of this page and click on 'link up' (it's a blue button) and then add your link (website URL), a title (this could be your blog name but could also be something interesting to draw people to it (keep it clean!) if you prefer), and your email. This last one doesn't appear on the link (I will have access to it - I won't use it unless there's a problem and I need to contact you) so don't worry that you're about to share your email address with the world (or the handful of people who find this link), you're not! The link will remain open until 14th March; if you're seeing this post after this date, I'm afraid you can't link up to the February Furtle, but you can link next month if you like.




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Friday, 31 January 2020

Mini Archie's January Furtle Around The Blogosphere


Archie The Wonder Dog

Hello!  Happy New Year!  2020.  Can you believe it?!!

This month, I've made a good start on the grand sort out and tidy up of my sewing room which is my focus for the year and I've been through all my fiction books and weeded out the NotWanteds (44 of them) and rehomed them in a local charity shop.  The books which are staying have been catalogued using a web app called Libib and will, at some point, be sorted alphabetically by author (at the moment, they're organised by author but in a random fashion depending on what I can fit on each shelf).  I've weeded ALL my scrap boxes and rehomed the NotWanteds to various quilty chums around the country.  I've been through the two boxes of destash stuff I'd accumulated since my last destash and rehomed many of the items with more chums around the country (and one chum in Australia!) and have a plan for the remaining items.  Feel free to have a look at my destash account and see if you would like to rehome something.  (Prices include UK second class postage (I will post worldwide but it will cost extra), some items are up for postage only, others have a modest price.)


I've also managed some machine sewing and have...drum roll please...

Pieced all of the nine patches for my Summersville quilt!  Yes, all 50!  I'm now concentrating on trimming the embroidered blocks and then I'll set about working out the cutting plans for the background fabrics.


And I've hand pieced four LV scrappy trip blocks:






Oh, and I've written my Q1 Finish Along list. FAL is now ig-only, but I wanted a more detailed list to be able to look back on than my ig post, so I'm sticking with writing one on here.  For now, at least.


One of the aims of the grand sort out is that Mini Archie and his chums will get a proper home which is big enough for all of them and their belongings to be together.  Currently, their cosy corner is on the opposite side of the room from their sleeping quarters (which means lots of whizzing across the room on zip lines...) and it would be brilliant for them to have their own shelf. I keep hearing snippets of conversations about 'extensions' and 'dedicated stick room' and 'pirate defence watch HQ'...
We can't wait to get our new home so we is going to provide encouragement
 for all the sorting and tidying. I has mine Very Pointy Stick at the ready *enfusiastic face*


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.

<p style="text-align:center"><a href="https://archiethewonderdog.blogspot.com/p/furtling.html"><img src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fJ7oo6tyMM0/XFF5HxcQW1I/AAAAAAAAEJU/BZnZPfse8k0BXwjt6KAOJIMwySjnfDHbQCLcBGAs/s200/textgram_1548790799.png" alt="Archie The Wonder Dog" /></a></p>


To link up, go to the link at the bottom of this page and click on 'link up' (it's a blue button) and then add your link (website URL), a title (this could be your blog name but could also be something interesting to draw people to it (keep it clean!) if you prefer), and your email. This last one doesn't appear on the link (I will have access to it - I won't use it unless there's a problem and I need to contact you) so don't worry that you're about to share your email address with the world (or the handful of people who find this link), you're not! The link will remain open until 15th February; if you're seeing this post after this date, I'm afraid you can't link up to the January Furtle, but you can link next month if you like.




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