Friday 10 July 2015

Q3 2015 FAL - goal setting

I love lists.  I write a list everyday so here is my overly ambitious Third Quarter list of things I would really love to complete:

1.  Fresh Lemon Quilts inspired Poinsettia  table topper - finish sewing together, baste, quilt, bind, label

2.  Arrows bee quilt - baste, quilt, bind, label

 3.  FIVE Michelle Pattern Grocery bags - all cut out and ready to sew since August 2014!!
Picture borrowed from Michelle Patterns

4.  Simply Solids Amaranth bee quilt - baste, quilt, bind, label

5.  HST Quilt - add another border (?), baste, quilt, bind, label

6.  Lizzy House Meadow quilt - baste, quilt bind, label

7.  Make a back, sandwich, baste, quilt, bind and label my Diamonds in Diamonds quilt

8.  Big Bear - add paws, border, backing, sandwich, baste, quilt, bind, label

9.  Finish my EPP Carnival project (Katy Jones pattern) from Fat Quarterly Retreat four years ago.  This will become a cushion I think. 

As you can see, I hope to turn some of these quilt tops in to REAL quilts!  Wish me luck!
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Saturday 4 July 2015

Q2 2015 Finishes - two things completed

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For various reasons, my 'sew-jo' abandoned me in September 2014 and has still not fully returned.  I have made several things (baby quilt and five brooches) in the past eight or nine months but only managed to complete TWO of the items on my Second Quarter Finish-Along list.  Here is the link to my original Q2 to-do list!

I completed my Polar Bear cushion (paper pieced pattern by Quiet Play) and I am thrilled with it!  I tested this pattern and the block sat for the longest time so I am pleased it is no longer an orphan!  And now I appear to be ready for Christmas - win win!

My other finish was a Sew Together Bag for Nathalie.  We did a 'talent/skill swap' - she made me the most gorgeous hand knit socks and I was to make her the Sew Together Bag.  However, I had made one before and swore to NEVER make another.... which could be why it took me a year and three months to complete!  But I gifted it full of things for Nathalie to enjoy.  I am pretty pleased at how it turned out - so much so that I may even make a third one in the future.... 

Nat's favourite colour is teal/aqua (also one of my favourites too!!) so I enjoyed picking the fabrics for it - and the zippers too!  And of course I sewed one of the THIS TOOK FOREVER tags inside -- because it was the truth!

I am all linked up to the 2015 Q2 Finishes linky party.

Saturday 11 April 2015

Q2 FAL 2015 - goal setting

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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

Linking up to On the Windy Side

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

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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!

Linking up to On The Windy Side 

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!

Saturday 28 February 2015

Polar Bear

The amazing and talented Kristy of Quiet Play has been releasing her Zoo Animals Block of the Month patterns over the past few months and March is the Polar Bear!

I was lucky enough to test the Polar Bear pattern a few months ago  and I am so happy to finally share it with you!!

And guess what?  This pattern is FREE for the month of March!  Grab it quick!

Polar Bear March Zoo Animal Block by Quiet Play

I hope you sew one up - just imagine this guy as a cushion, a tote bag or as a part of a quilt - brrrrilliant!!

Saturday 14 February 2015

Where Are You Now?

I am in my living room, packing for QuiltCon 2015 and I am listening to Mumford & Sons.  I thought that I would share the lyrics to my (current) favourite song.

Where are you Now?
Mumford & Sons/Babel

It came to the end it seems you had heard.
As we walked the city streets,
You never said a word.

When we finally sat down
Your eyes were full of spite.
I was desperate, I was weak
I could not put up a fight.

But where are you now?
Where are you now?
Do you ever think of me
In the quiet, in the crowd?

You were strangely less in pain
Than you were cold.
Triumphant in your mind
Of the logic that you hold.

You said no one would ever know
The love that we had shared.
As I took my leave to go
It was clear you didn't care.

And where are you now?
Where are you now?
Do you ever think of me
In the quiet, in the crowd?

But where are you now?
Where are you now?
Do you ever think of me
In the quiet, in the crowd?

And I hear of your coming
And your going in the town.
I hear stories of your smile,
I hear stories of your frown.

And the darkness can descend,
We can relish all the pain.
But I know that's what you love,
'Cause you know I love the same.

But where are you now?
Where are you now?
Do you ever think of me
In the quiet, in the crowd?

But where are you now?
Where are you now?
Do you ever think of me
In the quiet, in the crowd?

But where are you now?
Where are you now?
Do you ever think of me
In the quiet, in the crowd?


Friday 13 February 2015

QuiltCon2015 prep

In a mad moment in June last summer, I decided that I would book my place at QuiltCon 2015.  I spent the first day of my holiday at my sister's house on her computer desperately TRYING to get the classes and Super Volunteer slots that I wanted.  I think I must have hit the refresh button a million times in an hour!  

Fast forward to today, and I find myself frantically packing odd bits and pieces for a week-long sewing vacation in TEXAS!  

So far I have booked a taxi to the airport, looked at what films I will watch on my 10 hour and 20 minute flight (best choices are The Hundred-Foot Journey, The Maze Runner, Gone Girl, Paddington and Mr. Turner) and have dyed some of my rather boring brown hair purple!  As you do.  I'm obviously dealing with the important things first!

I am so excited to be heading to Austin because I am going to be hanging out with Charlotte and Nathalie as well as seeing a few of my Canadian pals from the Ottawa MQG and the Vancouver MQG.  I also get to meet people in person who I have been following on-line since I started quilting in 2009.  Exciting stuff!

And of course I am looking forward to the food.  This is TEXAS people - I will be eating some Tex-Mex food!  And steak.  And probably more steak!  And hopefully some Fettuccine Alfredo with shrimp.

There will be some shopping to do as well.  I love picking up things I am not able to get very easily here in the UK.  Things like Twizzlers, cake mixes and Cheez Whiz.  There will be a variety of fabric and haberdashery vendors at QuiltCon as well so fingers crossed I can be a good girl and keep my #sewyourstash2015 promise and not buy anything much.  

For those of you not attending -- I wish you were!

For those of you who are -- TRAVEL SAFELY. 



Thursday 12 February 2015

Simple Hanging Tea Towel - tutorial link

Today I am over at the 'Daily Stitch' with my tutorial for a Simple Hanging Tea Towel.   Check it out!!!  I hope you make one or two - and if you do, feel free to tag me over on Instagram @amyscraftyshenanigans.

Happy sewing!

Tuesday 13 January 2015

2015 1st Quarter FAL

I love doing these public declarations of what I think I can accomplish over a three month period.  I am always wayyyy too ambitious but at least I am aware of how many things I need/must do!

So this brings me to my 1st Quarter 2015 FAL Goal list.  I hope to complete the following things:

1.  Simply Solids Amaranth bee quilt - baste, quilt, bind, label

2.  HST Quilt - add another border (?), baste, quilt, bind, label

3. Aneela Hoey's Fold Over pouch - interface, sew together, send to lucky recipient!
Image borrowed from www.comfortstitching
4.  Nat's Sew Together bag - everything is cut and ready to sew together
 [picture to follow]

5.  Fresh Lemon Quilts inspired Poinsettia  table topper - finish sewing together, baste, quilt, bind, label

6.  Lizzy House Meadow quilt - baste, quilt bind, label

 7.  Cherry Charm quilt - baste, quilt, bind, label

 8.  FIVE Michelle Pattern Grocery bags - all cut out and ready to sew since August!!
Picture borrowed from Michelle Patterns

9.  Tea Wallets - fabric cut to make 10, need to cut interfacing, adhere, sew together, add buttons and tea

10.  Arrows bee quilt - baste, quilt, bind, label

And those are the items I plan on completing.  Wish me luck!!  Linking up to:

 2015 FAL at On the Windy Side