Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Handsewpatchwork Sew-a-long Block 4 - Heart

I always looked forward to the next handsewpatchwork sew-a-long activity after I finished my current piece. It spurred me to improve my handsewing and creativity skills by selecting suitable fabric for the next block. So fun and exciting.

The fourth block was quite easy too. It is the Heart block. You can download the template and followed the tutorial via here. I practised the Y-seam yet again and had fun. Here is my Heart block. I liked the flower patterns as they seem to give me a mirror image. Somewhat.

Heart Block

Wynn mentioned that the fifth block will be challenging. I am kinda scared but also looking forward to it too. Last weekend, I went to Spotlight to buy some hand quilting threads from Gutermann as they are having a 20% sales. I wished I was there earlier as white colour was out of stock already.

Gutermann threads
Can't wait for the next sew-a-long. How about you?

July Artistic Trading Cards

I received a happy mail in my letterbox today. Yes. The July ATCs from Lennie, hostess for the month. :) I did the cards fairly quick, in fact, did together with the June ones. It was fairly easy for me as I have all the materials plus my mojo was there.

Here's my July card. The stamp for the sheep and words are from Lawn Fawn. I love their stamps but too expensive for me to collect all.

July ATC
From the group
I can't wait to start the August ATC. I am still thinking what to do.

Well, I have 1 month to ponder. :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Handmade vintage dolls for my kids

I was memerised by this particular fabric line called Aunt Lindy's Paper Dolls by Sibling Arts Studio, Inc. when I was browsing the internet 3 years ago. I told myself that I had to make this for Big E to play. I wanted to make something for her which it could not be bought from the malls here. I cut the dolls out from the main fabric and forgotten about it till 3 years later (Opps!)

Vintage dolls
I thought of sewing the dolls via machine but realised it was difficult. In the end, I handsewed all and stuffed up with polyester fillings. Big E helped me to fill the stuffings. I asked what will be their names. She told me the red one is called Red Riding Hood, yellow is Belle, blue is Cinderella and pink is Aurora.

Playing together

Which is your favorite? I like the blue one.

This fabric is out of production but you can buy other designs via Sibling Arts Studio LLC via their etsy shop if you are keen.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Handsewpatchwork Sew-a-long Block 3 - Bow Tie

I love sewing blocks. Not using my machine, but hand sew. Thanks Wynn from ZakkaArt for the encouragement via Instagram.

Now I have overcome the fear of handsewing, I realised I have another challenge to overcome. Choosing the fabric for each block. The problem I have is that I have too many scraps/fat quarters/fat eighths/charms in my room. (Who isn't for quilters or even for people who love to sew?)

How do you store your scraps? Care to share with me? Right now, I just put all of the same colours into one container. Not sure if there is a better way. :)

Here is the third block of the Sew-a-long - Bow Tie. You can find the tutorial via here.

Block 3 - Bow Tie
I bought this from the recent detash sale via Instagram. I tend to update my #handsewpatchwork progress via Instagram. You can follow me at @joeycraftworkz and also check the other designs via #handsewpatchwork.

Till then for the next block post.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Homelearning: Playing with numbers

I admitted that I have slacked off my homelearning activities for the past weeks. We were jammed pack with other stuffs, school holidays, illnesses, sewing and yarnbombing. I really need to prepare more homelearning activities to occupy and teach Big E.

Maybe I need a planner to plan?

I needed some tabs with the dates of the month to sort out my photos for Project Life. I wanted her to practise her maths and writing so I asked her to write 1-31 for me. I gave her simple instructions by writing the numbers on one side of the tab first. Then, write the same number on the other side by turning the tab around. I was surprised at the outcome actually.

Can you spot the mistakes?

She wrote them correctly for single digit

More errors
I found out that she has difficulties writing double digits, especially 12, 21, 31, 13, 19,16. She has assumed that she has to write the same digit by referring to the one on top. She knew she had to write that number but her mind told her otherwise.

How did I explain to her?

I took out one tab and pasted onto a card. Asked her to write 16 on one side. Then flipped over and wrote the same number. She has no problem at all!


I told her to rewrite the incorrect tabs and be more confident. She was so happy that she can overcome.

Writing happily
You might want to try with your kids.

Have fun!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Handsewpatchwork Sew-a-long Block 2 - Evening Star

Frankly, I was a bit sceptical if I can sew the Evening Star block for week 2 Sew-a-long. It looked difficult for a beginner. But I was wrong.

I am happy on the outcome. What do you think of my block?

Week 2 - Evening Star
Wynn did a fantastic job in her instruction on her blog for beginner like me. Check out her blog for the details. #handsewpatchwork :)

Can't wait for the Block 3 to be revealed.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Yarnbombing Singapore - Singapore Mini Maker Faire

We were at the last session of the Yarnbombing Singapore event at Senja Cashew Community Centre last Sunday. It was a hot and sunny day. The hubby and kids went for a swim and had fun at the swimming pool while the hardworking mummy was busy crocheting the granny squares with the rest of the other crafty ladies.

Sewing the granny squares together
My biggest piece

My smallest piece

Look at how beautiful the pieces were together. Kudos to all the contributions from the ladies.

Some of the designs
We even wrote down how we felt about the Yarnbombing event after all the sessions.

We even have Korean!
Here's mine

After 6 hours, we managed to decorate one of the pillar with all the pieces we had. It measured 1.63m x 2m wide.

The amazing piece of work will still be there for the Singapore Mini Maker Faire on 26-27 July. There will also be other activities happening - presentations, workshops, etc. You can check the programmes via

Plus, if you are interested to become a volunteer at the event, you can register via

I was going to take a short break from crafts after I went back home. However, it was shortlived the next day when Big E requested me to make new hairpins for her and I was sewing my second patchwork block. I guess I could not be away from crafts for too long.

I would not mind at all. :)

PS. I would also like to thank my hubby for taking care of the kids for so long so that I can participate in the event. And also my kids who supported me all the way without distruptions.

And lastly, to Agatha, Mona and Kiat Teng for organising this wonderful crafty event.