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

Friday, July 13, 2012

A mini finish and another gift

I still seem to be in my Mini Phase. They are an easy thing to manage when all your sewing things are upended. I tried to be so logical and organised when I packed up my sewing cave a few months back (for our little house extension) but I failed miserably!
In the meantime, minis seem to be the way to go. I've just finished this one.


Cute huh? The pattern is Scrappy Whirlwind from the About.com Quilting site. The little blocks are foundation paper pieced and finish at 3". I probably took the papers out a bit early and therefore some of the points aren't quite matching but I decided not to lose sleep over it:-)
I had fun with the quilting - not a free motion foot in sight. After Wendy pointed out the secondary pinwheel pattern (duh, I hadn't picked it up (yet)!), I was inspired to fill the pinwheels with stitching. I quite like the effect.
Then I played with my fancy stitches and the memory button on my machine and did this simple outer border quilting.

I see Temecula Quilt Co is doing another mini Sew Along - this time with stars. As I've done both the others this year, the 12 Days of Christmas and Blessings Baskets (which is still in the quilting stage)I'm thinking, why break a tradition... I may as well join in again!

I received an awesome gift from our son and dil in the post today -
Photos blown up and printed on canvas.
Photo 1 - Mumsy and her Big Boy
Photo 2 - DIL holding the Koala, and me and my 3 kids.
The girls and I recently 'popped over' to Mid-Queensland (Australia) to surprise my Big Boy for his birthday. We had a wonderful time, the surprise was completely a surprise, and these photos will be a fabulous momento of the weekend.

Sneaky peeky
There will be some more gifting going on here (sometime) next week - so it would be nice if you came back then for another visit.....
Until then, happy creating every-body!


16 comments:

Doniene said...

Hi Raewyn!! what a wonderful picture of your family!! How fun!!

Love your projects!! I too am doing the Temecula SAL this time! I love stars!! I may do 12 days of Christmas later.

Have a great day!!

Janet O. said...

Your mini is so cute! I am doing so many of those kinds of things myself, lately.
I've been playing with the idea of Temecula's new QAL. I've also done the other two, but--oh--things are crazy right now. Can I really do it?
Your family pics are fun--a koala? Cool!

Grethe said...

Happy July Birthday in the beginning of the month,lovely presents for you there:-) I`m sure he was surprised; and such a nice picture of you all here!

Leeanne said...

Treasured family photo's.
Cool mini quilt.....the fabric looks familiar??
I think it is easy to forget about using our decorative stitches as part of the quilting, the same goes with using twin needles.

Michelle said...

Cute mini but I think that family photo is the real treasure! I'm about to head over and check out this new quilt a long...:O)

Wendy said...

Handsome family!

Marga (MarPie) said...

Love the picture's on canvas but I really love the mini. I am on holiday now and the weather is terrible so I am gonna give this one a try for today. Ooh and I am curious enough to want to know about the "sneaky peeky".

Kind regards,
Marga♥

p.s. gonna do the stars too

Maria said...

Your mini looks great. Points are fine...
What fabulous photos of the kids and you. Beautiful memories...

Cottage Tails said...

Awesoem photos of you and your kids & dil. Great that you were able to surprise your lad.
Ok off to look at the links for Qal - I love stars.
Love Leanne

Linda in Calif. said...

So nice to see your family, and what? she's holding one of those cute little bears. How adorable. I really like this mini pinwheel. I keep saying I'm going to make a mini and then never do. (But I do that with a lot of quilts!)

Joanne said...

Such lovely photos of your family - what a nice gift.
Great little mini!

ms lottie said...

I haven't the patience for mini's, but I think they are very sweet (and I didn't notice any non-matching points at all!) Nice pics of you and your family, a great idea for a gift. Hope it doesn't rain too much tomorrow - but then I guess you can stay inside and quilt some more ;)

Sheila said...

Lovely family photo . I also have done the two other Temecula mini quilts and loved doing them so have the stars printed but not yet started ,how could I resist. I love your scrappy whirlwind mini , beautiful!

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your scrappy whirlwind quilt is gorgeous, I must try a mini sometime. Neat family photo too, what a good looking bunch! That new sew-along looks tempting ... Wendy

Shirley said...

What a lovely gift you received and now I can picture you all when you write to me. Beautifully stitched mini too.

Carrie P. said...

love your mini quilt.
I am doing the stars.