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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.

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).

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

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.

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.

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

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.

November Artistic Trading Cards

This is a busy month with more handmades done up for friends as their Christmas gifts. I hardly have time to blog or even open up my laptop to work.

I just received my stack of November Artistic Trading Cards from the hostess - Annie, with theme - Year of Goat / Chinese words.

I skipped October ATC swap as I have no time to design and make. However, I made an extra effort for December with theme - Mixed Media.

Moving on, I guess I will be doing lesser scrapbooking but focus on project life, ATC swap if I can. Of course, the majority of my time will be on sewing of dresses for my children, patchwork and more mini quilting. If you are interested to find out more about my up-to-date sewing and quilting work, do follow me at Instagram - search for joeycraftworkz. :)

I Didn't Throw It Away!

Many people said: "Crafters and sewists are hoarders."

Well, I admit I am one even before I craft or sew. I am just one of those who appreciate things and love to keep them

I was invited by Agatha from Green Issues by Agy to this blogtrain on "I Didn't Throw It Away", together with some Singapore and overseas bloggers, who will be sharing some of our lovely sentimentals/goodies that we have kept for 20 years or more.

I am quite good at hiding all these stuff in all corners that I can find in my house and my parents'. Here are some of the things that I picked and would like to share why I kept them for so long.

1. Sewing notions

My mother has been using this pair of scissors for her tailoring days when I was younger. She has stopped sewing and gave me this pair. (She can predict I would sew, you know.) It can still be used but I think it has to be sent for sharpening if I were to use to cut my fabrics. The embroidery hoop was from my auntie who did cross …

Sewing Tip 2: Tracing Spatula

Welcome to my Sewing Tip series again. Today, I will be sharing with you my second tip for sewing or quilting - Tracing Spatula or some called it Hera Marker. You can buy this from our friendly store Daiso for $2.

(You can read my first tip here on Magnetic Pin Holder.)

Some of you are unsure what this tracing spatula is for. It is for you to trace out or mark on the fabric of the design that you want to sew on. It will give a shiny line on the fabric as it leaves no residue.

So what else I use this for?

Creasing the fabric for my zakka patchwork blocks. Sometimes, I am so lazy to take out my iron and ironing board for a small project. I use the tracing spatula to press the joints for my blocks.

Does it look neat "enough"?

Hope you like my tip. :)

Creativity 521: Mould and Paint Crafts

It has been a long time since I linked up with Creativity 521. Last week, we managed to do some mould and paint crafts. Big E wanted to give some of her creations to her classmates during her birthday celebration.

My friend gave her this Mould and Paint Fridge Magnets for Big E's birthday. She can't wait too long to do this. Luckily, she was patient enough to wait for weekend to come so that my hubby could take care Small E while we did this.

It was also her first in doing something like that. I had to guide her and helped her in a way as she was not very confident in mixing the powder with water. We had to mix it very quickly before the mould got dry up to be placed into the moulds. One pack of powder could only filled up 2 moulding plates (there are 3 in the pack).

We left the moulds to dry for the rest of the day even though the instructions said 1 hour. It was a humid day due to the rain. The moulds could not be dried up fast enough.

Big E could not wait to start colourin…

Reopening of Sembawang Public Library - Focusing on Babies, Toddlers and Children section

When you passed by Sembawang MRT station, have you noticed that the shopping centre - Sun Plaza is under major renovation for quite some time? Yes, now it still does.

But do you know that despite the major overhaul, the Sembawang Public Library has opened its door since 5 November after 6 months of closure? Well, that is the only place to visit inside Sun Plaza now. You need to take the service lift to Level 5 which could be dusty, hot and slow.

But once you stepped out of the service lift, you will be welcomed by a new entrance, atmosphere and of course the air con.

The first section on the right is none other than the children's section.

You have to remove your shoes upon entering this section. There are a lot of books for the children of all ages (especially for 6 and under) and even some handy toys to play too. There is also some tablets for children to use the educational apps.

The preschoolers section is also quite big.

At the back of babies section, there is also moderni…

Handsewpatchwork Sew-a-long Block 13 - Rose of Sharing

I am glad that I am on track with the handsewpatchwork sew-a-long. In fact, I always look forward to the next release of the block every week. Always anticipating.

I was wrong to think that this block was difficult. There were no curves to sew together. In fact, you just have to sew the raw edges of the rose onto the backing cloth. Like handsewing an applique.

You can download the template from ZakkaArt. There is just one template to prepare. You have to select 8 pieces of cloth and 1 for the backing. Important to take note is that you have to mark two points on each pieces to mark the start and end of the curves.

Sew two pieces of the petals together first and you will have 4 sets. Remember to sew till the marking you have indicated. (Read more from ZakkaArt's detailed instructions.) Then combine 2 sets of the sewn pieces so that you will ended up 2 sets. After that, you can combine all together. Fairly easy as all are straight lines.

Then use the back cloth and sew the petals&#…

Kids' game - Sponge-containing capsules

I have searched for this toy for so long. Finally I managed to find it at Daiso! It was sold out very fast as the next trip to the shop and other outlets, it was gone. One mummy from the Homelearning group shared with us on this game. I wanted Big E to experiment a simple science project at home.

It was a very simple science experiment. You have to prepare a fairly hot water in a container. Your kid just have to place the capsule into the water. Bear in mind that the water is hot, so you have to use a spoon to pour some of the hot water onto the capsule. I realised warm water did not melt the capsule fast enough.

As mentioned, the temperature of the water is the key factor on the speed of the sponges to take into shape. During the process, I explained to her how the capsule will melt under hot temperature. You could also use two different containers - one hot, one cold and timed which capsule will melt first.

Hexagon ATC - using English Paper Piercing

Ever since I started doing english paper piercing (epp) on hexagons and dresden plate, there is no looking back. I am hooked on small sizes (smaller than 1/2") and they look so cute.

October was a month for my UK ATC swap and the theme was hexagons. I love hexagons! I wanted to make something special for one of the ATC. So I used 4 of my 3/4" orange hexagon epp pieces to design.

I kept the paper inside the fabric to serve as a solid backing for me to glue onto the ATC. How did it look?

These were the cards I made for my partner.

These were from her.

I am stocking up on hexagon epp using my fabric stashes. I can't wait to make them into beautiful projects. You can follow me at my Instagram account - @joeycraftworkz for my WIPs.