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 

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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*


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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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Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Mini Archie's December Furtle Around The Blogosphere


Archie The Wonder Dog

Hello!  Welcome to the December Furtle, which is also acting as (if you wish and only if you wish) a 2019 Round Up Furtle - a dual purpose Furtle, if you like.

This month has been an odd one for making, but let's see what I can pull out of the archives. (Is it just me who can't quite believe that the beginning of December was only 30 days ago? It feels more like it might have been 90 days ago but, at the same time, I don't know where December has gone...)

I've already blogged about the penguin hot water bottle cover and two rope baskets (haven't quite managed the third one of those I was hoping, but there's still time left in the quarter, even if there isn't time left in the year!) I've made this month (which feels like it happened last month, at the very least), but I made a last-minute Christmas present for my niece:



I bought the fabric from here, the zip from my usual place, and used a combination of this tutorial for straight-sided pouches (which means you know exactly how long the base will be before you start as well as having straight sides (they're straight when the zip is fully open)) and the zip and binding method from Lola pouch to make this knitting project pouch, which will fit 30cm straight needles.  My niece loved it!  She opened it and admired it and then set it aside to open something else (although she did keep putting small presents in it to keep them safe).  Later, I said something about it being designed to fit her knitting needles and she asked how I knew.  I replied that her daddy had sent me a link to the pair he'd bought her and she said 'Wait! You MADE this?!! Wow!'  Mission accomplished!

I've also made two more LV blocks:

I promise these are the same plain fabrics as the other blocks! Different camera and little to no daylight does odd things...


And that's the extent of my December making! 



It does mean, though, that in 2019 I've:

Hand pieced twenty-three LV blocks
Spot the two taken with a different camera!

Knitted eleven pairs of socks, one hat, and one scarf


Made six pouches, assorted



Made two penguin hot water bottle covers


Hand pieced (and machine quilted) one runner


Machined two rope baskets



And re-quilted one quilt



I'll be honest, I thought quite a few of those had been done last year!


Linking up to the December Furtle 

If you're linking up, please add a link (one per person, please, unless you wish to split your Furtling into separate December and 2019 Reviewed posts) 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/year (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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Happy New Year!  Thank you for all the Furtling through the year (we will be back as usual in January), I hope 2020 is a wonderful year for you and yours xx


We hopes 2020 is a year full of luffly spiffingness and SNOW!

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019

FAL Finish: Medium Rope Basket


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Item sixteen on my Q4 FAL list was a medium-sized rope basket to keep a pair of shoes/boots in - it's a tiny porch and I'm sick of tripping over my shoes on the doormat!


As you can see, it's a bit mis-shapen and coggly, but the fact that it's rope and so doesn't hold its shape* works in my favour, I think. Also, it's never seen from the side (the porch is too small for that unless you touch your toes and look three inches in front of your nose) and it looks less coggly in real life, I think.

Here it is with the small one, where the shape (or lack of it) is much more obvious.  (As is the fact that one hank of rope was clearly a slightly different shade!)  It has 80m of rope in it, about 1000m of thread (I lost count!) and took quite a while to make.  It also involved lots of wrestling and sewing with my head (or half of it) in the basket so I could actually see the foot. 


All I need to do now is turn the remaining hanks into a basket to store quilts in in the front room.  That one will be seen from the side (and from across the room), so I'm going to have to work harder on getting the shape even.  I have a couple of ideas and am going to try them on a small one first so I don't waste thread, electricity, energy and time on an idea which doesn't work. I may be some time!

Mini Archie thought you might need an idea of scale (like the size 8 Docs weren't enough to show you how large it it!) so here he is posing:

Just fink about how many Teacayks you could fit in there...

Thanks for popping in!



*It does stand up by itself, whether empty or full, it's just that because the sides aren't rigid (by choice), the shape is slightly altered each time, say, a full shopping bag leans against it and I think that allows me to get away with the coggle. Or so I tell myself because there's no way I'm unpicking it and starting again!

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