My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Monday, February 21, 2011

what have I been up to?


It's hard to believe it's been over a week since I last posted, especially since I have often had a needle and thread (or foot pedal) in my hands this last week. I've been helping with a few shop samples for my favourite little quilt shop lately..helping to get ready for the annual New Year's Launch. Lots of team work with one of us needleturning, someone else stitching, someone else piecing, quilting, binding and so  on ---all on the same project (but not at once!!).
You can see from the photo that I have been doing some needleturn applique (that's a Gail Pan quilt)(see more of it here), and I just thought I would mention it as I saw a brilliant tutorial for the method I LOVE over at Marjorie's Applique Addict blog - be sure to read both posts of the tutorial or it wont make sense. This method takes all the fiddling out of needleturn applique - I have waxed lyrical over it before but you cant mention a good thing too many times, can you!!

This weekend, I have had the chance to make a Christmas present for my niece - now don't be too amazed as this is a LATE Christmas present, not an EARLY one!! I'll be seeing her this weekend so thought I had better get myself organised. As she is now flatting, I decided an oven mitt would be useful - I copied the style I like to use, rather than make one of the smaller 'hands' ones.
Gorgeous cupcake fabric :-)
[Inside the oven mitt I have used a layer of 'Insul-Bright' and a layer of cotton batting, as recommended. Once I had quilted it, it came up really nice - nice and useable.]
I also added a strip of fabric to a hand towel to match. I just need to add a ring as a hanger at the top but haven't found something to use yet--Mum always used the old shoulder attachment off a discarded bra (from the days when you took all the useful bits off clothes before you put them in the ragbag or threw them out) but I don't think my niece would appreciate that even if I had one - bras are a bit different these days!!

I've also completed one more block of my Life is Beautiful (Hugs n Kisses) quilt, that's three down, many to go!! 

Cute little birds on this block. This pattern has transfers
to use - nice and easy.
So that's me all caught up... I hope everyone else is having a productive time; happy stitching, and thank you for visiting,

24 comments:

Maree: said...

You have been Busy...Your Xmas Gift is a Great One I'm sure your Neice will love it...
Pretty stitcing on your LIB Block...
have a good week
cheers

Wendy said...

Very cute birds in your stitcheries...love the blues!

Tineke said...

Very practical and nice, I am sure she will like it. what kind of fabric do you use or the inside glove?

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

My; you have been quite busy look great.and Marjorie's applique is quite nice isn't it..

Julze said...

Very cute projects Raewyn! I love the bird stitchery!

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Hi-- I love those "Life is Beautiful" blocks and love the color thread you are using--I may just have to get that collection one of these days!!!
Love the oven mitt and it looks like you have been busy!!!
Hug,Di

Leeanne said...

You have been a busy beaver! I see the same quilt I have on my Blog too! How funny.....it is a lovely quilt and we love needleturn the back basting way!Aren't those birds so cute.

Catherine said...

cutie cutie cutie birds xxx

Suedio said...

Raewyn, what lovely little birds with the variegated threads. Will you use the same threads on all the blocks?

Regards, Sue

Farm Girl said...

More like "what haven't you been up to?"
Love your gorgeous projects, those birds are sweet, and your oven mitt idea is awesome!

Char said...

Great oven mitt and gorgeous embroidery as usual Raewyn. Looks like you've been busy.

Maria said...

You have been busy stitching .
Beautiful blocks and I love your little bird stitchery.
I am sure your niece will love her funky oven mitt. Great fabric.

LuAnn said...

Love the stitcheries. You have been busy.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Your stitching is gorgeous Raewyn and the pot holder is lovely your niece will love it..

LuAnn said...

Raewyn....Just want to know that you are ok from the earthquake there. Geography is not my strong suit, so I don't know how close you are but I'm thinking and wondering about you and your family this morning. Take care.
LuAnn

Sandra Henderson said...

I really enjoyed catching up on your blog today! Are you safe where you are with all the natural disasters?!?! Praying you are.
Your work is so beautiful! You've been very busy...what a fun bird!

Carrie P. said...

You are very busy too. I went to the link and the back basting is one of the techniques I teach my students. It is a cool technique.
I love the Life is Beautiful blocks. I have seen others doing them and I would love to find the pattern somewhere here in the states.

Marion B. said...

You are very busy.
And the christmas gift it worth the waiting I think, it's lovely.

Your kitchentowel is woven but I have to weave three more before I can take it of of my loom :-)

Kate said...

Hi Raewyn...I have been thinking about you all week....The news from NZ is terrible...Oh My you have been busy..Great posts..Take Care .Kate xx

Cisca said...

I love the blue of your lib stitcheries, Raewyn! I'm thinking about what color I will choose when I make them. You made lovely things. Fortunately all is well in the North of New Zealand, we contacted our family. What a terrible news and so many dead people!
Greetings, Cisca

Teresa said...

Your embroidery is beautiful. What kind of thread do you use?

Karen said...

I have yet to try back basting, but like the sounds of it. Love the oven mitt and the stitchery is just lovely!

Annie said...

Hi Raewyn - found your blog from OPAM...it's so nice to find a Kiwi...I grew up in Whangaparaoa and moved to Tassie in 82. Your photo's (even though flooded) has stirred some lovely memories of the NZ landscape. Love your craft and your country life sounds heavenly.

Sue said...

Lovely oven mitt Raewyn. Could you please tell me where you bought the Insul Bright.Also did you do 2 layers or 1.
Cheers
Sue
www.susannasquilts.blogspot.com