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 

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  1. You have made a start to the year with your de stash and tidying plan, llowing your progress.xx

  2. Happy New Year! I always feel the need to declutter in January too and I have managed to rehome some stuff too, it always feel good right? You've had a productive start, well done

  3. Congratulations on the fabulous start to the year! Well done on the progress made so far. I'm sure the gang will be so happy to have an organized space. Trixie says a new flat is always a fun prospect and wishes the gang an easy move to their new space. Love those nine patches!!!

    1. Thank you! Mini Archie's plans for his new space are getting ever more complicated and grand, I don't think he realises how many teacayks it's going to take to pay for it all!

    2. Ah, the grand plans! Trixie keeps mumbling something along the lines of 'wardrobe' and 'dress'. Luckily Sunny just bounces along and doesn't wear anything or have a mouth. ;)

    3. I think Trixie may be chatting with Mini Archie behind our backs...

      Thank goodness Sunny is undemanding, eh?!

    4. Definitely! They must be using our devices when we are asleep! Norries are known to be supportive.

  4. I really like your Trip Around the World blocks and your Summersville nine patches. It's great to have a re-assess of the sewing stuff as things and thoughts change over the years.

  5. What fabulous progress! Don't tell mini Bud he will want an extension too! Xc


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