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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Christmas item and some sampling

As it nears the end of the month, the 1 Xmas Item a Month blog is getting pretty busy. I was quiet with Christmas items during January and February but am pleased to be able to post something this time round :-)
This little wallhanging (3" x 9") is one of the blocks from the Christmas Fun Button Club Lynette Anderson did a couple of years ago. All it needs is a hanger and then I will have to decide if it will go into the Gift basket or My basket.....!
Narelle is doing a great job of rounding us up each month and motivating us to keep some planning for Christmas on track :-) Click *here* to go to the blog and see what ideas everyone has.
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In the past I have pattern tested some lovely foundation piecing blocks for Juliet of Tartankiwi. Recently I have done two more. The Kowhai is one of my favourite NZ native flowers so I was more than happy to test this one —

















— And for a bit of fun, I was also happy to sew up this one for her as well —
I don't really have a history or connection with Combi Vans but found this a really neat pattern to sew, I enjoyed the circling around the headlights and the bonnet. I think this will make a cool cushion. The neat thing about sewing samples and pattern testing is that you get to try things you possibly wouldn't have otherwise done. Thanks Juliet! (Juliet's patterns are available via her Craftsy site *here*).

My last post with the red and white quilt 'designs' was lots of fun; the next stage of the SewCalGal Year of Red and White challenges is now open. If you want a little push to make a Red and White quilt you may like to consider starting one now. If you complete one before September 30th, you can join in the linky party and be in the draw for some lovely prizes, too. SewCalGal is promising tutorials and tips throughout the year too so I will be keen to see what she comes up with. 
Happy stitching, have a great day, and thank you for visiting,

31 comments:

Wendy said...

They all look wonderful. Looks like you've had quite a bit of fun lately. Good for you!

KaHolly said...

What a precious little Christmas mini!! Juliet comes up with some awesome foundation piecing patterns! I haven't done any in a few years, but it used to be my method of choice. She's lucky to have someone like you to test her patterns for her.

Sue W said...

Such lovely projects, your foundation pieced flower is perfection.

Doniene said...

As always your paper piecing is amazing!! I look at my little kiwis every day!!!

Cute little Christmas quilt!!! Ya done good!!

Blessings and hugs!

Needled Mom said...

What fun paper piecing!!! I love the VW bus! We had one of them at one time.

Julierose said...

What cute stuff Raewyn--love that VW bus...brings back memories for me...
your Christmas wall hanging is just lovely--hugs, Julierose

Maria said...

The LA Christmas block looks lovely as a mini...
Fabulous PP . The Combi looks great. We had a couple of them when I was a kid.

Janet O. said...

Cute little Christmas Sampler! Oh, hard to decide whether to part with it or keep it. I usually start out telling myself I am going to keep something--then I end up giving it away! : )
Excellent job on the paper piecing! I think the vehicle needs a little VW logo on the front--at least that is what it looks like to me!. My best friend used to drive one. It was orange.

Cottage Tails said...

you have been busy - makes me sure wnat to head to the machine - love the kowhai flower and combi van.

Sheila said...

Love the little mini Christmas quilt and those PP patterns are pretty neat , I always wanted to own one of those VW Vans , they are pretty cool :-) Great job!1

Melody said...

All such great finishes. I love the combi van too.

sigisart said...

Dear Raewyn
your little christmas wallhanging is so cute, three years ago this button club was the first application I tried and since that day I´m lost!!!
The little VW-Bus (Van?) is great, I love the motive!!
Many hugs
sigisart

marina said...

your little christmas finish is so cute and you have finished off a ufo to boot.
so much work in your pieced blocks, love the vw! they look amazing.

Nicky said...

Your little Christmas piece is a cutie, the buttons are always a lovely touch on Lynettes designs.
The foundation pieced blocks are lovely... kowhai is a favourite here too, the wood pigeons and tui love them!

Julie said...

Gosh Raewyn I love all your makes in this post :-) That christmas wallhanging is gorgeous & your kowhai & Kombi Van are pretty amazing too - its fascinating to a non-quilter (like me) how you piece all those tiny bits together & how great it turns out looking :-)

Fiona said...

love the little Christmas mini... and great foundation work too
Hugz

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Gorgeous projects

Suz J said...

Isn't that combie van a hoot! Almost as good as the kowhai flower. Great sewing Raewyn.

Karen said...

Lovely Christmas block. I can see why it is tempting to keep it.
Great blocks that you have been testing, too.
Good luck with the red and white!

margaret said...

your christmas piece is a delight, Lynette Anderson is soooo talented with here designs. Flower has worked very well, I must master foundation piecing as I am missing out so much on nice projects

Lesley said...

Love your little Christmas quilt...it is a sweet design and you did an awesome job. Your van is pretty cool too!

shez said...

Love your cute Xmas hanging Raewyn and how clever is that block,well done.xx

Katie said...

Finally catching up with my blog reading! Love that VW bus. I want to make one too. :-)

Charlie and Wendy said...

Love your little Christmas quilt, very cute! And your two blocks are gorgeous, I love the look of paper piecing.

Charlie and Wendy said...

Love your little Christmas quilt, very cute! And your two blocks are gorgeous, I love the look of paper piecing.

Shirley said...

I definitely need that campervan block Raewyn. Please will you give me a nudge when it is available. Thinking Sarah and Olly would love that for their vw.x

Connie said...

Good Morning Rawyn, I love your Christmas hanging. My Steve went to the quilt shop with me back in the winter. They have a small room in the back with nothing but Christmas fabric. He was in heaven. My man loves Christmas. So, sometime between now and next December, I need to come up with a Christmas quilt. Thanks for reminding me and for you inspiration :)
Have a wonderful day.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Leeanne said...

Cool combie!! And the Kowhai, your fav flower!
Juliet does neat patterns, very clever.

ms lottie said...

That combo van is fabulous!

Karen said...

Sweet little wall hanging and well done with the foundation piecing, both excellent. Something I have yet to try.

Carrie P. said...

oh, your snowman is so cute.
really nice paper piecing patterns.