Saturday, 11 April 2015

Q2 FAL 2015 - goal setting

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side 

My 2nd Quarter 2015 Finish-Along goals are:

1. Hand quilt my Meadow Quilt

2. Finish Nathalie's Sew Together Bag

3. Finish the Giraffe and make it into a wall hanging

4. Complete my bag testing for Geta

5.  Make this polar bear into a cushion cover

6.  Handquilt my Diamond in Diamond quilt

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Mighty Mouse Pincushion tutorial

Hello - I thought that I would share my tutorial for MIGHTY MOUSE (pincushion) that was originally posted on The Daily Stitch in 2013. I LOVE making these mice.  Here is one I recently made in pink mirror ball fabric!  So cute!

Mighty Mouse [weighted] Pincushion

You will need:
(1) 6 inch charm square [I used Anna Maria Horner ‘Field Study – Spotted in the Crowd Amelia’]
(2) beads or buttons for eyes
(2) 1 inch x 2 inch  [approx – adjust to how big you want them to be] felt rectangles for ears
(1) 6.5” piece of cord (or yarn) for tail
Needle and black thread
Polyfil toy stuffing

1. Fold square diagonally, right sides together to make a triangle.

2. Sew along one open edge using small stitches, backstitching at the beginning and the end.

3. Clip corner near stitches and turn so right side out, making sure to use a pencil or chopstick to ensure a tidy point (the nose of the mouse).

4.  Trim off corner (you can trim right to the opposite edge if you want to make a better cone).

5.  Press a hem around the open edge.

6.  Baste stitch along this hemmed edge using strong thread (or doubled up thread).

7.  Gather thread so the opening is cinched slightly and add stuffing, making sure it goes into pointed nose.

8.  Cinch more and add stone if desired (helps keep the mouse upright on an angle).

9.  Cinch closed and secure thread.  Sew tail to the bottom near the closure. Stitch felt over this area if you feel the cinched area is untidy or not closed tight.

10.  For the whiskers on the nose, thread three pieces of black thread through near the nose tip and tie each side with a knot close to the body to secure.

11.  Add beads or buttons for eyes.  French knots would work as well.

12.  For the ears, take the felt pieces and trim the corners off so you have semi-circular tops.  Pinch the bottom of one ear together so the ear has some dimension and stitch these gathers in place.  Now stitch to the body of mouse.  Repeat.

14.  Adjust the stone in the bottom to get the desired angle of your mouse.

15.  Now you have a weighted mouse pin cushion!!  Enjoy!



Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Q1 2015 Finish Along - my results

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

What?  The first quarter of 2015 is already complete!?  Wow - I guess it is time to get a move on!  My sewjo disappeared in September so it is a miracle that ANY sewing has taken place this quarter!  I listed 10 projects to complete and I only managed to complete two.

Aneela Hoey's Fold Over pouch - needed to interface, sew together and post to a lucky recipient!
Yay - I completed this project and posted it to Germany for my 500th Instagram follower gift. When it finally arrived to Germany, the recipient loved it!  Fab pattern too!

Tea Wallets (Patchwork Please) - I prepared fabric to sew ten but still needed to cut the interfacing, then adhere, add ribbon, sew together, add buttons and tea.  I managed to sew four and even gifted them at QuiltCon2015!  Here are just two of them as I forgot to get pictires of the others.

There was another item crossed off my ever-growing to-do list but I can't say that " I " finished it.  This was my Cherry Charm quilt that I needed to baste, quilt, bind and label.  Guess what?  I gave the quilt top to Pennie of Tuppence Ha'penny quilts for her to finish and give to someone special that needs a warm hug from a quilt.  It is now her WiP! 

There you have it - 2/10 (well... 3/10) isn't too bad all considering!

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Monday, 2 March 2015

Destash -- part 2

Hello again!!

Thank you to everyone who has sent get well wishes to Jax.  He is now home but still not 100%.  He has been picking at some boiled chicken and plain rice and drinking water so at least he is (hopefully) on the mend.  A week of prescribed antibiotics should help too.  Fingers crossed he improves each day. #ilovemydog

I am continuing my destash!  Please let me know in the comments if there is something here that you would like to buy.  I will reply to you and give you my Paypal address for you to Friends & Family paypal me.  Happy shopping!

Here we go: 
Pearl Bracelets - LIGHT BLUE 
£2.90 plus 61p UK postage

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Pearl Bracelets ELECTRIC BLUE - Fat quarters - 2 available
£2.90 each plus 61p UK postage each
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Pezzy Prints BLUE/AQUA - Half metre
£4.50 plus 80p UK postage

Pezzy Prints NAVY - Half metre
£4.50 plus 80p postage

Pearl Bracelets NAVY - Fat quarters - 2 available
£2.90 each plus 61p UK postage each

Pearl Bracelets Aqua-like BLUE - Fat quarter
£2.90 plus 61p UK postage 

Oops-A-Daisy by Keiki for Moda - 1 yard
£7.50 plus £1.06 UK postage

Thank you for looking!!  I am happy to post internationally too - just leave a comment WHERE in the world you are and I will get back to you with postage costs.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Destashing (for Jax's vet bill)

In September, I started a challenge to myself and called it #amysMinimalistChallenge.  I set a goal of ten things to do and they ranged from clearing out the coat and shoe closet, getting the garden in order and parting with fabric in my stash that I will probably never use or have fallen out of love with.

Today I am continuing that challenge and having another clear out because poor little Jax went to the vet yesterday and spent the night on an intravenous drip to get him rehydrated and his glucose levels back up.  I just spoke with the vet and he needs to stay in another night.  I hate to see him so poorly and I myself nearly fainted when I saw the £ bill and there is no way I will be able to afford it unless I do a destash!

If you are interested in anything listed below, please let me know in the comments and I will get back to you ASAP.  I am open to offers as well!  For payment, please "Friends & Family Paypal" me - I will give you my Paypal address in my reply.

If you are not in the UK and are interested, let me know and I can let you know postage to another country.

Here are the items I hope to sell:

Birch Avalon by Jay-Cyn ORGANIC - Half metre with selvage
£4 plus 61p UK postage
Avalon Squares - Avalon - Jay-Cyn for Birch Organic Fabrics

 GeoGrand by Daisy Janie - 5 ORGANIC fat quarters
£14 plus £1.06 UK postage

GeoGrand by Daisy Janie - 1 metre of ORGANIC Ogee
£9.00 plus £1.06 UK postage

Briar Rose by Heather Ross - 20 fat quarters
£54 plus £2.90 UK postage 

Dear Stella Purple Dot - Half yard piece with selvage
SOLD £4 plus 61p UK postage

Geisha in Bliss by Pat Bravo Indie Collection ART GALLERY FABRICS - one 1.5 metre piece with selvage writing!
SOLD £12 plus 1.06 UK postage

Timeless Treasures Sketch - Half yard with selvage (coordinates perfectly with the Geisha fabric shown above - just sayin') 
SOLD £4 plus 61p UK postage


More later folks!!!!  Thanks for looking!