Sunday, 30 June 2019

Mini Archie's June Furtle Around The Blogosphere

Archie The Wonder Dog

*rushes in* Sorry I'm late!  I clean forgot that yesterday was Saturday and that I needed to sort the Furtling post and link up ready for this morning.  Needless to say, I've had a stern talking to and received a very sharp prod  *rubs side*

This month, I have ticked another two items off my Q2 FAL list which is just as well as the end of the quarter is fast approaching (tomorrow, in fact) and up until now I'd only finished two things.

On my list, I said I'd like to make two Lola pouches from an old coat of mine and a shirt from a charity shop and I hoped that they would both be the large version.  I didn't quite manage that as there wasn't enough fabric without piecing bits together (there were a lot of seams in that coat), but I did manage a large one:

and a small one:

And even eked out a small Bloem Basket to become a travelling pouch for one of Mini Archie's chums, Mini Edward:

Here they are all together:

 I have to say that working with both the checked fabrics was a bit of a nightmare as the fabric was very 'shifty' and so it became impossible to have checks which ran true both vertically and horizontally so I had to pick one and do my best to ignore the other. It doesn't particularly show in the finished items, but if you pick one up and have a good peer, you'd perhaps notice it.

All three pouches are made with the coat outer and lining fabric on the outside, the shirt check on the inside, and Oakshott for the binding (which was supposed to be one of the checks cut on the bias but there was no way there was enough fabric for even one length of bias and matching the checks might have pushed me over the edge I was teetering on, so plain binding it was.):

What you can't see in this photo (or at all unless you delve into it) is that both lining pieces in the large Lola had to have an extension piece added after quilting because the fabric had shifted so much during the (minimal) quilting, despite all the pins I put in to try to keep it square! Fortunately, they're right in the corner and so don't spoil the pouch.

Of course, Mini Archie had to test the effectiveness and cosiness of the travelling pouch he was sending to Mini Edward:

As well as check that there was sufficient room for Mini Edward's chums (Margaret, Steve, and Gabriel) to accompany him:

So we is all agreed that this provides excellent protection and comfort for our chums, yes? Good.

I will be linking up this finish to the Finish-Along finishes link up when it opens, and this is the link for item 17, the large Lola pouch.  I will link up the small one (item 18) from my Instagram account.

Linking up to the June 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, please 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=""><img src="" 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 11pm (GMT) on 7th July; if you're seeing this post after this date, I'm afraid you can't link up to the June Furtle, but you can link next month if you like.

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