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

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Saturday Sewing

Aren't weekends lovely? The rhythm of the farm keeps on, no matter what day of the week it is but there is still a slight change of pace which indicates a bit of down time.
I spent Saturday morning working in the garden, a little bit of rain has made the soil friable and weeding is a pleasure, as is tidying up bushes and planning new plantings :-)
Then it was some sewing time, and I caught up with a few pieced  Pieces of Time blocks I was behind on. This quilt is one my online sewing group is doing as a BOM; one pieced and one applique block a month. We started at the beginning of last year so it is definitely a long-term process!! Nice to see some progress though! This is where I am at so far with the pieced blocks —
14 pieced blocks completed - yaay!
 Here's a slightly closer look at them all. The blocks finish at 7 1/2" so vary in their fiddliness!

I'm sure you can pick out the one I am going to re-do; however I will wait till all the blocks are done before doing this, in case, by some miracle it works after all!! (That blue is actually a fine stripe which I thought might read a bit lighter than it has).
Here is what we are aiming for - isn't it beautiful? —
Photo from Lori Smith's website,
From My Heart To Your Hands.
So my goal for the next little while is to catch up with the applique blocks. I am doing these by invisible machine applique and am still experimenting with this - freezer paper or washaway, which threads and getting my stitch right. Maybe I'm being too fussy, but I do need to sort myself out!! Any tips?

I also want to spread the word about another blog. Karen of karensquiltscrowscardinals has launched a pattern design company and is having a giveaway to celebrate. Karen has designed some gorgeous applique patterns and has posted some awesome tutorials on her blog over the last few months (or more). She has some free patterns available and the giveaway is a great one.
*Here* is the link for the giveaway post. The giveaway closes Monday so head on over for a look!

Daylight Saving ended last night so I'm feeling bright-eyed and bushy tailed... seems like another productive day may be in the pipeline :-)
Happy weekend stitching and thank you for visiting,

30 comments:

Karen H said...

Your pieced blocks are beautiful and when they are put together with the applique it will be stunning! Thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

Lovely blocks, that will be a beauty when it's finished. It always amazes me what shows up when I photograph my blocks.......maybe you just need to change the corner triangles to a lighter fabric, keeping the smaller touches of blue.

Sue W said...

Your quilt is going to be beautiful Raewyn. Lots of detail in each 7-½ inch block with warm country colours....fabulous! Enjoy the rest of your week end.

Sharon said...

Thanks for sharing your blocks, they are fabulous and a lot of work. Just love that setting of Lori's Thanks also for the new quilt pattern company details, its always nice to find out about these new ventures. Hope your day is productive, Happy Stitching

Fiona said...

love those blocks... adn the quilt top you are making is majestic...
Hugz

Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals said...

Raewyn your blocks are coming along wonderfully -- they will absolutely beautiful when combined with the applique. I can't hear to wait how the invisible machine applique works out for you... I also love your embroidered leaves from last post -- Karen at F&F is so very talented and it looks like you've got the hang of it too - they are pretty! Thanks so much for the Shout Out about Redbird Quilt Co. -- it's so much fun to share with everyone and I'm so very excited about the first pattern. I really do appreciate your support.
Hugs,
Karen

shez said...

love these blocks Raewyn you are doing so well,enjoy your sunday.xx

Leeanne said...

Wow, these blocks look so pretty, I can why you are doing them, the quilt is stunning!
Glad you had a happy creative Saturday, perhaps your Sunday is much the same?

Chookyblue...... said...

love the blocks and yes as much as I love the blue I think you need to remake that block..........

Janet O. said...

Your blocks look wonderful--and that is a gorgeous quilt they are going to make!! Good job!

Michelle Ridgway said...

Oh how gorgeous are your blocks. That is going to be a stunning quilt. Off over to visit Karen xx

Suz J said...

Well, I'm still not sure which blue block is causing the problem - so maybe I need new glasses. Wait until the rest is finished... it's amazing how things change as the process evolves. I have a book on invisible machine applique... I'll bring it in next time I'm in the shop (probably school hols which are only a couple of weeks away).

Helen said...

Gorgeous blocks it is going to be a stunning quilt !!!

Tania said...

Hi Raewyn, your quilt is going to be so beautiful. I love Lori Smith's patterns, I have several that I hope to do one day. Maybe when I get caught up on a few more UFOs! Glad you are having a lovely weekend.

margaret said...

like you I need to get out with the hoe, having had such a mild winter the weeds did not die off.

Blocks look so good and seeing what the finished quilt looks like, well there is a lot of applique in it. Just hopping over the link you have shared with us now

Klaudia said...

Hi Raewyn,

your blocks looks wonderful!

Greetings
Herzliche Sonntagsgrüße,
(◔‿◔) * Klaudia * (◔‿◔)

Manuela said...

Hello Raewyn,

all your blocks looks fantastic. I like your colours and fabrics.

Have a wonderful sunday, Manuela

Maureen said...

Oh, this is beautiful, Raewyn! I think the blue background block will be fine in the end. No tips for applique. My quilts show that I have done it in the past but I do it so seldom I'm still quite the amateur.

Anthea said...

Raewyn all those blocks look wonderful to me - I don't see the fault that you are seeing - but then, I have not really got an eye for such things...
Enjoy the catching up on them! x

Reconstructed Fabulousness said...

Hi Raewyn, my name is also Raewyn and it's nice to happen upon a fellow crafty Kiwi out in the blogosphere. Look forward to sharing with you your future creations. Rae

Barbara said...

Your blocks are stunning Raewyn and the quilt looks wonderful . Now I can understand why you said you didn't want to start another project. I can't keep up with what you are doing at present! Glad to hear you have had some rain, nothing here. We have had to turn the irrigation on.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

oh my...your blocks are just so amazing...

Karen said...

These are amazing blocks. So much work with lots of little pieces. I think they look great now, but just imagine when they are all done. Wow!

Shirley said...

Happy stitching Raewyn. The blocks look great.

Aunt 'Reen said...

Your blocks are all beautiful!
What a wonderful quilt this will finish to be!

straythreads said...

BEautiful blocks and love your fabric choices.

Sue said...

Your blocks are lovely Raewyn. The colours are delightful.

The Knotty Lass said...

I love those blocks! The applique is going to be amazing. Don't you hate knowing you have to go back and change something? I have to do that on one of my little people. It's not even a chore it's just annoying, LOL. I can't wait to see the finished quilt!

Carrie P. said...

Great looking blocks. It is going to be a great quilt.

Sheila said...

Raewyn. Your blocks are just stunning , I love your color choices and will look forward to seeing your appliqué !