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

Monday, February 20, 2012

Catching up (once more).

Once again I seem to have had a bit of a bloggy break. It's been a case of heads down and tails up for the last week or so. It feels nice to have a quieter week ahead.
Something I've achieved lately has been an apple core runner. It's very similar to my previous one, but this one is actually finished!
I had a few questions about the first one I was working on so I will answer them here.....
The cores are cut with a Go!Baby, which I am fortunate to be able to borrow when I want to. They are cut at approx. 5 1/2" by 7" and have little notches on them to help with the piecing. The notches and size of the cores — and I'm sure the accuracy of the die-cut shapes — make machine piecing a breeze. I easily put this together in an afternoon. I did use pins but it was no fuss really (you know, no cursing, and no tantrums!).

As this is a kit sample for my favourite quilt shop, I kept the quilting simple, with just walking foot lines, following the curve of the cores. [Grin, not that I do much more than 'simple' quilting anyway!]
Then the binding - first time I've used binding cut on a bias for a quilt. I cut it using that fancy technique of making a tube which results in continuous binding - that satisfied the child in me, it was quite fun, once I worked out what I was doing!

I've also been plodding along at my Triangle Surprise blocks, which I started at Retreat last year. (This is an Edyta Sitar pattern). At the moment it is my Leader and Ender project and I feel happy to be making progress (albeit slowly) on it.
51 blocks made so far--still not sure how big I will make it, but enjoying
the effect.
I was away from home for a few days last week. I had two surprises to greet me when I returned —
The sunflowers are out!!
The bumble bees love them.
And, the neighbour had sent down a stem of lilies. I could smell the scent throughout the house and it took quite a while to discover where the MOML had put them!

In case you hadn't noticed, I'm experimenting with labelling my photos... YD is out on the farm and can't help me get it just right - I'll get there! (I've also reduced the size of my photos---has anyone found the post quicker to open today?? How much difference does it make??!!)
Hope your week has got off to a good start; happy sewing everyone,

17 comments:

Leeanne said...

I love the rusty orange sunflower! Your scrap quilt is too yummy, I hope no one hops into bed while it's there.

Kelli said...

Gorgeous flowers! I love the scrappy triangles.. I had started one earlier last year, but it fell by the wayside.. it's in the UFO pile.. maybe I'll get it out later this year. After the Swoon craziness. Your apple core runner is beautiful too, Raewyn! Have a great week! :o)
xo

Maria said...

Love the Apple Core Runner.
What eautiful surprises you had to come home too.
Your Scrappy is coming together beautifully.
ah I did not notice if your blog open quicker as I open a few at a time. Sorry !!

ms lottie said...

Nice post, Raewyn. Lots of lovely photos.

Sue said...

Oh I love your apple core quilt. I need to make one of those. They are so sweet. I love the quilting you did on it too. Simple quilting as you call it, is my favorite :)

Love the sunflowers!

Joanne said...

Beautiful apple cores, and the flowers are wonderful.

Grethe said...

Oh,how I long for summer when I see your lovely flowers! Love the deep colours in the apple core table runner,great quilting. Well then,51 blocks so nice triangels:-)

Cottage Tails said...

Love the sunflowers and the scrappy quilts - both my favs by far.

Love Leanne

Nancy said...

Your flower photos are gorgeous. May I ask what fabrics you used for the apple core runner? I just love their muted quality.

Charlie and Wendy said...

Lots of beautiful pictures. I love the apple core runner, your quilt is gorgeous, and the sunflowers are amazing.

Josie said...

I'm impressed with your table runner. It looks like it should take days to piece all those curves. I'm obviously not as clever as you... I can't figure out how to make that 'tube' binding! Gorgeous Triangle Surprise quilt too... perfect colours.

Michelle said...

Beautiful projects and lovely flowers... I don't remember having any trouble loading your blog but the photo's are all lovely...

Patty C. said...

Everything looks just beautiful ;)

Valerie said...

I am really loving that apple core runner. The quilting is just perfect on it. It's been on the "to make" list for a very long time. :)

Suz said...

Your quilting might be "simple" but it is just absolutely perfect for the quilt.

Nicky said...

Your runner is great Raewyn, love the curvy quilting, very effective. Sunflowers always make me smile too!

Carrie P. said...

Love your apple core runner. great way to do the quilting.
Oh, love those sunflowers. I plan to plant some in my garden this year.