Friday, 4 September 2015

Five On Friday

Welcome back to Five On Friday!  I hope that you have all had a great summer and are ready to get excited about autumn!  Lovely to have you back again at Five On Friday!

I am sure that I will have lots of autumnal posts coming up in the coming weeks, so today I thought that I would give you a recap from my last Five On Friday post.  How did I get on in August with my crafting plans?

One - I had plans to work on my quilt.  Well, I am pleased to report that good progress was made!!!  In fact, very good progress.  I am waiting for the bedroom to be finished so that I can do a ta dah post and reveal all.  I feel good about this one though.


Here is a sneaky peak of the edge!



Two - This has been another success.  I planned to have a go at needle felting this rabbit.  Well he didn't turn out exactly like the pictures, but here he is!




I think that he is very cute and although he could certainly do with more work, for a first ever effort I don't think he is too bad.  I am happy with him.  So is his little foxy friend!  Foxy isn't needle felted of course.  They might both appear on a mantel sometime soon!


I am counting this as another success.  If you have one of these kits - see photo below - or the opportunity to have one I would recommend them.  Good instructions and relatively straightforward to do.  Just keep on stabbing the needle in seems to be the most important part.  I would do another one which has to be a good sign doesn't it.


Three - My plan was to do another square on my tapestry.  Well this one has been an epic fail.  All I did was pick up the tapestry frame and move it to hoover underneath it and to move it out of the way for my lunch party.  Oh well.  I will get there.  There have been a few other finishes so now I can concentrate on this.  I did plan on doing some last night just so that I could tell you that I did some work on it, but I even failed in my last ditch last minute attempt!  In my defence I was reading and commenting on blogs!!

Four - Sorting my stash boxes went rather better.  They are now organised and I know what is where.  The fabric box is bulging rather as I bought some more fat quarters - that I have no plan or use for as yet! - but at least I know what is where.

I am going to be doing some sewing - really!!! - so you will get to see some of the fabrics in action.  I thought that might be more interesting than a photo of the stacks of fabric!

Five - the last of my challenges was to sort out my free kit stash.  Well I did sort through it, discarded some things and kept only the ones that I actually like and have a snowballs chance of being made.  I didn't actually make up any of them though.  Which is disappointing as I really want to wear that pineapple brooch!  Hopefully I will get to some of them in the coming months.  At least I now only have ones that I really like!


As well, I have been working on my seaglass shawl.  It is all finished and is waiting to be blocked, so I will share it with you when I get a chance to do a photo shoot.  The yarn for my hexi blanket never arrived and after some e-mailing back and forth with the company, some promises made which failed to be met, I cancelled the order and will order it from somewhere else.  I should have done that in the first place.  Oh well, live and learn!

I have also done some prep work on a scarf and another little project which will be coming up in due course.  My September mantel had to be prepared as well and I will post the finished mantel next week.  There was a little crochet involved in that.

So overall it was a pretty busy and good crafting month!  Just as well I had all this to do with all the rain that we had in August isn't it.

Thank you all so much for your comments on my post on Wednesday this week with your support for my efforts to get walking more.  I can report that so far it is going well and my little pedometer is counting far far far more steps than I have ever had before.  You words will inspire me to keep walking and I will update you on it in a few weeks time when I can judge how it is working.  Still some way to get to the magic 10,000 steps, but I will get there!

Your comments yesterday about my work with the National Trust overwhelmed me!!!  Thank you so much for your kindness and your interest in my work and the work of the Trust.  I have replied to all of your comments, in the comments if you want to go and read what I had to say.  I also answered some questions which came up so the answers might be of interest to some of you too.  Thank you!!!

You are all welcome to join in Five On Friday.  To find out how to join in and to find other posts to go and visit - please do go and visit! - see the bottom of this post.   I do hope that some of you will take part.

That is it for the first post of the new year of Five On Friday.  We are back and will keep going until Christmas!  If I dare use that word!

I hope that you all have a great weekend whatever you are doing.

Amy

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Thank you - as always! - for joining in last time.  I look forward to reading your posts again this week too!  Anyone is welcome to join in, if you would like to do a post this week or any other week feel free to have a go and join us!



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60 comments:

  1. Good Morning Amy, what a cute rabbit.. and all rthe other things, what you've made.
    Have a nice weekend

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  2. You have been busy, and I really love the rabbit, you've made a great job of him. I've never had a go at felting, but I like the effect of it, it's great how wool can be moulded like that. The quilt is great, lovely pale colours, I shall look forward to seeing it in its entirety. Wishing a good Friday and a lovely weekend Amy. CJ xx

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  3. Oh my you surely were busy during the summer !! A whole quilt finished ! And it is lovely ! The colour scheme is perfect : with all those shades of blue your quilt is a timeless masterpiece !
    But the bunny... I love your quilt, but the bunny !!! That is oooooh soooo cute !! I know, ridiculous that a small felted bunny attracts more attention than a quilt which required so much more work, but I cannot help my reaction :-). It is the child inside me ;-))). Bunny has a sort of vintage air about him, that reminds me in some way of my childhood. I really, really love him !!

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  4. Wow, you have been busy, looking forward to seeing the shirt quilt in all its glory. I love the rabbit felting kit, I may give felting a go.

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  5. Love the edging Amy & your felted rabbit. I've got bags of those kits they really pile up don't they! xx

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  6. I/m looking forward to the shirt quilt too. I like upcycled projects lots. Great to see you back on track and enjoying five on Friday. I would love to join in but I am a bit too random, sometimes I need Friday to squeeze in another post! Jo x

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  7. Hello, Amy!
    Your quilt is so beautiful, lovely shades of blue! By the way, today I noticed the blue background colour of your blog. Is it new? It's really elegant!
    The rabbit is very cute too, even though I hate all the rabbits and hares... :D
    Thank you for hosting the lovely Five On Friday and have a great weekend! xx

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  8. Dear Amy
    You've been really busy again! Your needlefelted rabbit has turned out really beautifully - congratulations! I have bought Jenny Barnett's needle felted animals book which has the cutest little chickens and lots of other lovely creatures in it. I haven't yet had a go, but definitely will do...
    It's lovely to see what you've been up to.
    Have a good weekend
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  9. Lovely to be back for Five on Friday after our break - I love your little felted rabbit. Glad the pedometer is working well. I haven't caught up with your National Trust post yet, will do that later today I hope as it sounds interesting. Have a great weekend:)

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  10. You've made really good progress with all your lovely things as it's only been a few weeks really. Your rabbit looks so cute and the edging on the quilt looks great. x

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  11. I've got the same fabric as your quilt edging :-). Love the felt bunny- you are clever. I will try and join in with five on Friday at some point xxx

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  12. I love the needle felted rabbit. Good to hear your feedback on this. I may have a go at this at some poi.t in the future.

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  13. The rabbit is gorgeous, beautifully made, Amy. Needle felting is tricky, imo. And your quilt looks so cosy and perfect for the coming season. You have been a busy girl! xx

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  14. Oh gosh I love that quilt corner, I can't wait to see more of it! Happy Friday to you! x

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  15. I love your Hare Amy. Can't wait to see him on your mantel.

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  16. happy Friday Amy, so lovely to see all of your crafty makes, can't wait to see the finished quilt xxx

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  17. I like the felted rabbit, I've seen instructions for making a nest with an old wool sweater but would rather have the fabric supplied than cut up a sweater. He's cute, definitely a skinny guy but a good companion for the adorable fox.
    It dawned on me that I can work my Thursday posts into an acceptable link for your meme so thank you for hosting and I look forward to joining again Amy.

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  18. Your crafts are lovely and very homely, I have been playing a bit with needle felting a very satisfying craft all that stabbing, now the nights are drawing in more crafting will get done I am sure, looking forward to seeing your qlt in all its glory :-)

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  19. Oh that bunny is super-cute! well done on the quilt, what a great way to re-use those shirts : ) Thanks for hosting Five on Friday! xx

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  20. The rabbit is adorable...he may need another carrot or two, but he is definitely cute. You have busy hands!

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  21. Hi Amy, Glad to have Five on Friday back! love your post as always!xx

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  22. Looking forward to seeing the reveal and the finished quilt. That rabbit is so cute - I'm not sure that I'd have the patience to do felting!

    I've joined in with Five on Friday for the first time today.

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  23. Love the bunny. But how can it be September already? Where did the summer go?
    Amalia
    xo

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  24. Amy, you make the most delightful things! The rabbit is so cute.

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  25. The bunny turned out well! CUTE!
    I am glad your quilt is finished. Now you can snuggle with it on cold evenings.

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  26. Oh, the hare is so cute. I've got that same kit waiting to be made up, I must get on with it.

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  27. I love your little bunny and you have inspired me. I started a needle felt fox and he has been languishing for months. I will finish him!

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  28. I think your rabbit looks much better than the photo, yours has more character. Needle felting is not as easy as it looks. If I were to join in today I would be so boring because all I would be listing is work, work, work, work and work. How fun is that?
    Not ever much!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  29. My goodness, I got tired just reading about all those projects to do. But, won't you have fun doing them.

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  30. The quilt is beautiful!! I absolutely adore the edges, and I don't know what the bunny was supposed to look like, but he looks absolutely perfect to me!!
    I hope you have a great weekend!
    Tammy

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  31. I love the quilt...especially the way the squares are off-set. Very nice! And that rabbit is wonderful! I've never been tempted to do needle felting as I have too many things I never get done already as it is! :-) But I just love what I see, and your rabbit is darling! Looks like you had a very productive summer! I am so glad you are back!

    I will come back late in the day (and possibly spilling into tomorrow morning) to comment on everyone's posts since my little group are headed this morning to the Children's Home to deliver clothes, quilts and toys. It is a huge blessing! Our second time to go, and it takes most of the day. So, a post on that will be later, and I'll be getting to everyone later today also.

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  32. I'm sorry, Amy, but I just don't understand this part - " I thought that might be more interesting than a photo of the stacks of fabric!" There's *nothing* more interesting that a photo of fabric! ;o)

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  33. You've had a productive summer Amy - love your quilt and your rabbit is sooo cute!! I love him. Might have to treat myself to one of those kits.
    Caz xx

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  34. Oh that rabbit is just gorgeous, he has such character. The quilt looks beautiful. I laughed at you moving your tapestry frame to make way for your lunch hehe! Thank you for hosting and have a great weekend xx

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  35. Wow - I think you need to give yourself a big pat on the back Amy! You accomplished a lot in that final stretch before September...good for you!! Your quilt is beautiful and I can't wait to see your room all together. I LOVE that edging you picked. So pretty!!

    That bunny melts my heart. I've thought about giving needle felting a go too - but I have a weird aversion to touching/handling certain materials as they give me the "nail on chalkboard" kind of creepies up my back (isn't that weird?) and I thought that may be one of them. I LOVE how it looks though - so maybe I could just wear gloves. Lol

    Keep up the great work with projects and walking!! Blessings for a lovely weekend and thanks for hosting. So nice to be back! ;)
    xoxo

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  36. Love the rabbit, but isn't he a hare with those lovely long lugs? I do admire people who have not only the aptitude to make things, but the skill to carry out projects, too. I can sew but choose not to, and as we speak husband is making some minor repairs to our sitting room curtains (ceiling to floor, almost wall to wall, old but quality material and very heavy) which we have just had dry cleaned. Honestly, you could buy a pair in Dunelm for what it cost for them to be dry cleaned, but the quality of the fabric is still evident, even after 30 years. We have also taken our study patio door curtains to be cleaned, and when they return he will make minor repairs to those, too. And my mother used to make patchwork quilts, too. That one you are making is a delight! Have you ever been to the American Museum near Bath (Claverton Manor) which has a wonderful collection of American quilts?
    Margaret P

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  37. Absolutely love that quilt - just gorgeous! And the bunny is too adorable. You are very talented, Amy. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  38. I just love the rabbit ... but what a thought Christmas, and it will be here before we know it.

    Have a great weekend

    All the best Jan

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  39. Yay Five on Friday is back thank you Amy. I love your quilt and as for the little rabbit...just gorgeous!

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  40. You have got lots done, Amy! I love that little needle felted rabbit, such a cute little creation. Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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  41. Your little bunny is just too darling, and your quilt is wonderful! My goodness, you have been one busy gal! Thank you for hosting - hope you have a nice, relaxing weekend. xo Karen

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  42. Can't wait to see the finished quilt, the edge looks lovely! I have never done a quilt, it looks tricky. I love love love the rabbit, so sweet! So happy to have five on friday back again :)

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  43. i'm desperately behind in my reading/commenting -- ye olde internets went for a walkabout for most of the week [oh, the joys of rural living] -- so i'm definitely going to go back and see what i've missed, particularly the National Trust post!

    anyway. i very much love the blues in your quilt.....so very lovely. and the little felted rabbit is brilliant!! the last thing i need is yet another Thing to have a go at but i'm rather smitten with your one there.

    i had every intention of a Friday Five this week.....i blame the internets and the fact i was hoping to check 5 things off my giant To-Do list and report those but have failed in a most epic fashion on just about every one! lol Ah well, there's always next week. ;)

    xo

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  44. Your quilt is lovely Amy and I loved the needle felted bunny. This summer at a craft show I watched a lady doing some needle felting and it looked quite fascinating. Those little free kits look great. Where do you get them all from? Have a good weekend.

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  45. Hi Amy, I love the quilt and bunny!
    Have a nice weekend.
    Julie

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  46. Amazing Progress on your August List Amy! And how exciting to have a quilt finished! You sure worked hard on it during the month. =) Thank you so much for hosting this link up. I have met so many wonderful people here in this space. Your labor is so appreciated! Aloha.

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  47. Very pretty quilt, Amy; love the shades of blue and grey against the creamy white, and the border is a nice surprise! Happy weekend to you!

    xx
    Poppy

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  48. Hi Amy ! I love this quilt!!
    Have a nice weekend!

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  49. The quilt is so pretty and your bunny is adorable!

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  50. My, you have had a crafty August. I love the colours of your quilt and can't wait for the Ta-Dah! Your needle felting bunny is great too - I wanted to add needle felting to my 50 list last year but never got around to it. Maybe I'll put a kit on my Christmas list. Well done for sorting out your stash too. Have a great weekend. xx

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  51. Stabbing that needle in and out while felting, could be quite therapeutic if you have had a bad week.
    have a great weekend.

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  52. I just LOVE how your needle felted bunny turned out. He just exudes personality and character - so cute!

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  53. Love these Friday Five posts. Your quilt is lovely and you did such a good job with the needle felting kit. (I took part in a workshop to make a needle felted penguin and couldn't use my fingers for days after!) Enjoy your weekend.

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  54. Hey Amy,
    I love all your makes. You're so clever. I particularly like the rabbit. I think it's a brilliant effort. So what if he doesn't look like the photo; he's clearly an individual with his own mind. Good for him (he is a he isn't he?)
    Leanne xx

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  55. I really must organise myself to get the five on friday! With it being September now, things are changing all the time outside so I'll start snapping each day :-) I love your quilt and the rabbit is just so gorgeous! Have a wonderful weekend and week my lovely xx

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  56. Hi Amy - Glad to see the Five on Friday's commencing. I hope to join in next week as I have been on holiday. Love the rabbit - well done. I needle felted a brooch some while ago. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  57. Hi Amy...
    You have been busy over there...beautiful quilt and felted bunny! Thanks for stopping by 'My Front Porch' and saying 'hi'!
    Judy

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  58. Oh I forgot about 5 on Friday returning for September, I hope to join in next week. I am so loving both the hare and the fox, you are very talented

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  59. You have been busy with so much this summer Amy! I love that quilt, and the edging you're doing looks so nice ... looking forward to the final reveal :) The little felted rabbit is adorable! You did a great job with that if this is your first try at felting (I've never done it myself). I have a knitted rabbit that I started making for Easter, but the poor thing is stuffed upside down in a basket with no ears stitched on as yet! One (of many) works in progress ;) Organizing all my stuff for sewing & knitting is a priority now that summer is over. It's creeping into corners of my home which is just driving me crazy!! You sound very organized and methodical about getting through your projects, so I'm sure you'll see even more finished things soon. Wendy

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