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

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Two Small (very different) Things

A quick little post to say Hello and tidy up a few loose ends...
The first is my One Christmas Item a Month item ... this monthly incentive to add to our Christmas goodies is hosted by the lovely Narelle of Pins and Whiskers.
This is a fairly simple wee decoration made by stitching the reindeer and then appliqueing it to the red. Kinda cute I thought so I may have to make a couple more :-)
{The reindeer stitchery is a beetreedesign. I printed it off in 2010 so I was pleasantly surprised to see the pattern (and others) is still available. I put it together the same way as the cute ornaments of last year's Aurifil Holiday Blog Hop 2012.}
And just in case you think the photo above shows that I have put out my Christmas decorations early.... look at the photo below... clever huh... this is the December page of my Kim Diehl calendar!!

(For those of you not doing the following challenge I won't be in the least bit offended if you hit the delete button now!)
The second loose end is regarding the SewCalGal FMQ Challenge I am doing. When checking out requirements on her site I realised that SewCalGal had challenged us EQ users to share our designs for the "It's All About Borders" Challenge. Woohoo I thought, I have used EQ7 to help me with my border design. Obviously it is probably too late to be of use to anyone else however I will share it anyway.
The challenge item is still under the machine (as we speak) so I am not showing it yet.
Here is the 8-bordered layout I have come up with. Admittedly it is very basic but I did spend some time playing with different widths. The nature of computer design makes it very straightforward to play and experiment; I try to use it when I can as it is all good practise and familiarity.
I decided on increased border widths radiating out from the centre, broken up periodically with unquilted borders.
And here it is drawn up and ready to sew!
Back to sewing those borders, thank you for visiting, see you another time,

16 comments:

marina said...

lovely little ornament to add to the tree.
your quilting project is looking very interesting.

shez said...

such a gorgeous decoration raewyn and have fun with your project.xx

Grethe said...

Lovely stitchery of the and reindeer :-) Gosh, yes Christmas coming up very soon!!
Your last post is great to read; I love Lynette`s patterns too, Your geese look great, Raewyn.Will be a lovely button-quilt.

Lesley said...

Sweet little reindeer! Looks like you have mastered your EQ!

Michelle Ridgway said...

Very cute little reindeer. He will look lovely on your tree. Very sneaky pic...gave me quite a start Lol.

JoAnne said...

Such a clever photo op for your sweet reindeer stitchery! I love it! I'll be looking forward to seeing your quilted borders.

Janet O. said...

Aren't you the clever one! However, I do leave a tiny Christmas tree in my sewing room all year. Any little ornaments I make for gift giving hang there until I give them away. So I saw nothing amiss in you having a decorated tree. : )
The reindeer is awfully cute!
Can't wait to see your border piece completed. So few have linked up to that challenge. I wonder if there will be a bunch right at the end.

Michelle said...

Love the reindeer ornament, very cute!! The calendar was a clever idea! Enjoy the long weekend, Michelle.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Can't wait to see how the quilting turns out. I love the reindeeer....too cute.

Julie said...

Hi Raewyn, gorgeous little reindeer ornie you have made. I love him :-)
I look forward to seeing your borders when they are done - you are churning out lots of creativity lately x0x

margaret said...

what a good idea top do one project a month and keep it up!

Charlie and Wendy said...

Gorgeous little ornament, cute idea photographing it in front of your calendar!

Sisbabestitches said...

Such a cute reindeer :) Aren't you tricky with your faux Christmas decorating, lol. Your quilt design looks really interesting :)

Nicky said...

You have been so busy with all your sewing Raewyn! Love the postcards that your nephew is creating, he did learn some wonderful skill with you. Good to see he is continuing with it....

Nicky said...

Oops, I think I may have commented on the wrong post, but I'm sure you'll work that out....lol....

Needled Mom said...

The little reindeer looks so sweet as an ornament. I just love all of those french knots!