Friday, January 23, 2015

Skirts for my girls - Made by me

I have not been sewing much for my children ever since I am hooked on patchwork and english paper piercing. I have lots of fabrics ready to be cut and sewn by my sewing machine. 2015 will be different as I hope to sew more for them. I bought 2 sewing books, waiting for me to cut out the patterns. Even Big E was impressed by the dress that I planned to sew.

I am decluttering and organising my workspace these days and could not wait to start sewing in an organised environment. I know it will be messy again, soon (this is for sure.).

I brought Big E to Sing Mui Heng to buy some fabrics. She saw this fabric from Ann Kelle's Girlfriend Fairy Princess and requested me to sew something for her. This is so cute and I love Ann Kelle's design too.

Ann Kelle's collection
I decided to sew a simple skirt for each of them which took me a day to finish. I also added a red embroidery lace at the bottom of the skirt to beautify. Big E loves to wear this at every opportunity she has. I am over the moon.

Lace lace lace

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

December Artistic Trading Card - Using Yo-yo

This was the last ATC that I made in the year 2014. The theme was mixed media hosted by Choon Bin. I was a bit scared to participate as I have no idea how to design one. After explanations by the hostess and organiser, somewhat I had an idea what to do.

December ATC
I used my Ikea fabric stash from my fabric stash basket and made some tiny yo-yos. Aren't they cute? I think yo-yos are cute. I should sew more colours to decorate my patchwork projects. :) I layed out into a mini Christmas tree, perfect for the occasion.

Below were the ATCs from my group.

Group Dec ATCs
For 2015, I might not participate in all the ATC swap as I want to focus on my patchwork. However, if you are keen to do an individual swap (international welcome), you can email me at

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Handsewpatchwork Sew-a-long Block 16 - The Pot

I am definately hooked on handsewpatchwork (I must have said many times!) Even though the preparation work is tedious and time consuming, the satisfaction of the finished piece is hard to describe. It is even better than scrapbooking. I dare say for myself.

The other day, I went to a local scrapbook store and walked one round as they were having sales. I came out empty handed. Did it mean that I stop scrapbooking altogether? I guess I have too many papers, dies templates, tools and emblishments that I don't know what else to buy. The recent CHA 2015 show did not spurred me to buy too. I still make artistic trading cards and participate in swaps.

Block 16 - The Pot was quite easy to sew, except for the handle which needed to sew like an applique. You can download the template via ZakkaArt. I am happy to learn from Wynn that there will be 2 bonus blocks - 17 and 18. I wonder what will they be.

Selected the fabrics for this block
Sorted out the placements
The white and red background is from Riley Blake's collection. It was my first such kind of print and I will look out to buy more wordy fabric for background. For the pot itself, they are from DS Quilt's collection.

Block 16 - The Pot
I just completed this block this evening and eager to share on my blog. ;) What do you think of my applique handle?

Hope you have fun sewing this block. I think it is versatile and great to decorate my kitchen.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Handsewpatchwork Sew-a-long Block 15 - Peter's Paint Box

Block 15 - Peter's Paint Box will be the second last block for the handsewpatchwork sew-a-long. I never knew I did all faithfully and concurred my fear of handsewing. I relied on my sewing machine more in the past. But now, I can handsew my blocks or hexagons english paper piercing (epp) when the kids are asleep or when I wanted to watch TV or if I were lazy to switch on my Singer machine.

Thanks to Instagram, it opened my world to patchwork, handsewing and epp from around the world. I started to participate in more sew-a-longs and made more stuff that I never tried before. (Follow me at @joeycraftworkz in Instagram to find out what I am up to if you are keen.)

Preparing for Block 15
Block 15 was fairly easy even though I had to recut some of the pieces. No funny curves, just sew on straight lines. You had to flip the template before you drew onto the fabric and cut especially for the blue pieces. There are no issues on the other pieces. You can download the template via ZakkaArt.

Block 15 - Peter's Paint Box

I used new colour combinations and added some browns. These were all scraps. :)

Have fun!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year - Ushering to 2015

Happy New Year!!!

Yeah, I stayed up the night to welcome 2015 even though I am very tired. I managed to finish my 6th red dresden plate before midnight. Here are all my dresden plates. Which one is your favourite?

Dresden plates
I handsewed them with my scraps using English Paper Piercing method, measured 4 inch across and about 1 3/4inch length per plate. I will definately be sewing more in 2015. Different colours perhaps. Any suggestions? Purple? Brown?

As for my sewing resolution for the new year, I planned to:
1. Handsew more, now that I am more confident.
2. Sew more hexagons, that is my all time favourite.
3. Participate in more Instagram sew-a-long.
4. Try out quilt-as-you-go.
5. Sew more kids cloths, just bought 2 books for kids cloths.
6. Design more items for sale.

As for homelearning, I planned to:
1. Do more crafts with them.
2. Start to be more aggressive in home teaching, means more homework.

As for scrapbooking, I planned to:
1. Catch up on my project life 2014 - I am still backdated and finished up till Sept.
2. More smashing journals.

As for my family and friends, I wish everyone great health and be happy always!

Happy 2015 once again!!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Handsewpatchwork Sew-a-long Block 14 - House

I am so behind with the handsewpatchwork sew-a-long. Block 15 is already revealed and I just printed the template. I shall not revealed what is the design for Block 15 here. Today, I will be sharing my Block 14 - House.

There are a lot of templates to be cut. A total of 12 in fact. The most templates that I have dealed with so far. Don't say I never warned you. :)

You can download from ZakkaArt.

Lots of templates to be cut
Placing the fabrics accordingly

Despite the number of templates that you have to cut, sewing them together was very easy. I did them row by row, straight stitches with no curves. You have to flip some templates when you drew onto the wrong side of the fabric. I had an error for the rooftop (the pink fabric).

Block 14 - House
I will try sewing this block again. It is quite cute actually. Besides, after preparing so many templates, I don't want to waste my effort. If you know what I mean....;p

Friday, December 26, 2014

Something patchy for the Season

Happy Boxing Day to all!

Hope you have received lots of presents and ate lots of good food. My kids were the happiest as they received presents from our friends and relatives. I tried as much to sew or make gifts. Despite my early planning, I could not finished or made something for everyone.

Today, I am sharing 2 patchwork bags that I sewn from the scraps I have collected. It was my first attempt making square patches bags and I loved the outcome.

Sorting out the squares
I used the 2.5inch square patches for the bags. I love bright colours and selected orange, light blue and red. I picked gingham pattern for the binders and handstitch using whip stitches.

Gingham binders
Lace motif for the inside
I used these rose lace motif for the inside to cover up the stitches for the handles. Aren't they lovely?

Patchy bags done!
I also added laces at the bottom of the patches. Hope the ladies will like them. My hubby and kid like my work too. I am so encouraged to explore more bags. Be it more squares or other patterns.