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

Thursday, June 30, 2011

A small finish and some pets.

After some lovely weather (fairly) recently when we were able to prune and plant trees and dig gardens, it's now definitely turned cooler and inside is the place to be.
Oh to be a small furry creature with not a care in the world!
One of my inside 'jobs' was to have a good sort-out of my 'cave'. This seems to be a fairly regular occurance for me, but this time I really dug deep. I cleaned out all sorts of things - including getting rid of paperwork leftover from when I gave up work nearly 4 years ago - I figured if no-one had chased me for it already, it was pretty irrelevant (hopefully no-one from the MOE is reading this!), so that felt good, and created more room for quilting projects!!

And I found this project. I did the stitchery a few years ago, bought the Moda pre-cuts (2 1/2" squares) then stowed it all away.
Now it has seen the light of day and I'm pleased to say I have completed it!!

 I'm never quite sure what quilting to do on a stitchery - how to enhance it without detracting it by putting stitching all over it - especially this one which is relatively big. I settled on using invisible thread and stitching along the running stitch lines, around some of the objects (house, birdhouses and hearts), and along the bottom of the garden. The a-b-c section is mostly untouched because I didn't really know what to do with it!
 I also experimented with the fancy stitches on my machine by using a faux hand-quilting stitch... there is invisible thread in the top and normal thread in the bobbin. By loosening the top tension, the bobbin thread comes through to the top. The photo doesn't show the effect very well but I think it is quite a nice finish.
Arty shot in the sunshine.
[The design is by Gail Pan and was in Australian Homespun magazine number 58.]

Lately at nights I have been sewing my hexie-flowers together. It's been rather delicate as I had to make skeleton joins (that is, just enough seams sewn to keep the flowers in position). This was because I needed to clear it off the bed it was arranged on when ED came up to visit (but I'll forgive her). Imagine my horror when I came home one day to find Katie had taken it's protecting cloth off it and nudged it off the box it was on - then settled down for a good sleep!! I had visions of seams pulled apart and bits of hexagons everywhere- luckily she hadn't wriggled too much and it was still intact!
Katie-cat in the Flowerbed.
Later I have a very exciting thing to do---load EQ7 onto my computer. It arrived yesterday and I am looking forward to having a good play :-)
Happy sewing everyone - hope your day is going well!!


  1. I love the picture of cat and dog, it's super!
    House clean and a finished quilt: how good can you be?! It's lovely by the way and your machine quilting is very well done! And Katie and the flowers, what a time for her, she could lay between the flowers in the winter!
    Happy sewing for you, too, Cisca

  2. We had our big cat licking one of our kittens tonight, I thought that must mean he has accepted them, one was asleep beside the fire in a trug I have with newspaper in it.
    Your stitchery wall hanging is awesome,
    I knew were finishing stuff!
    I clicked on the closeup of your mock hand quilting, it looks great.Stitcheries are a bit tricky to quilt, but you pulled it off......P.S have a great day on Sunday!

  3. Love the stitchery wall hanging! Your quilting with the invisble thread was the perfect way to go. Congrats on the beautiful finish!!

  4. Your sewing friends are adorable! I love it when mine hang out with me when I am playing. My kitty tends to sleep on whatever fabric I am trying to use at that time too. LOL!

    Your stitchery is just too cute! I love how that hand sewing stitch looks. I have that feature on my machine but I have never tried it.

  5. I LOVE that stitchery! And of course I love kitties, too. And your little scrap quilt on your sidebar. Gives me ideas.

  6. The small stitcheryquilt is very beautiful, lovely fabrics too.
    I love the fotos of your pets, gorgeous ☺
    I like to QuiltBlog

  7. Fantastic stitchery and the cutest kitty cats. I adore Katie-cat in the flowerbed.

  8. I love your stitchery. I have that stitch on my machine also.

  9. A very lovely finish. You were so close to having it done when you put it away and now you do.
    Love the photo of your kitty among the flowers.

  10. Raewyn, what a lovely stitchery!!!! And your sweet!hope all is well with you...Hugs, Mary Ann


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