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

Friday, June 13, 2014

Sewing along(s) —

As a new weekend approaches, I am still trying to find the time to write about last weekend's sewing! I've had a week of meetings, appointments, a work day and heavy rain (flooding) so it's sped by with little sewing and blogging time.  I started last weekend with a new blade and a new needle - armed with those I felt ready to take on the world!! I spent most of Saturday thinking, planning and cutting ... I seemed to be partway through several projects, all of which had stalled because I was ready for the next step.

I had got Irene (see Terry's Treasures to learn about this sewalong) to this stage and was ready to do the outer border...calculations done.... enough fabric left to do it Terry's way —
— until I did a miscut (probably was day dreaming about the next project I want to start) - oh no, would I have to rethink the outer border, or maybe do some piecing and hope the joins were not noticeable?  I managed to hold my breathe until I got to work on Wednesday... I had taken the last of the fabric on the bolt, but was hoping there would be some precuts still left in the shop and ...lucky me... there were two bullets in the bullet jar!
And the two bullets were just what I needed!
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I made a few decisions and did a little cutting on the project I haven't officially started yet - if it's not on my blog, it's not started, right? I am loving this project but needed time/space to decide on my next fabrics. I feel confident with where I am going with this one now.
Hmmm, maybe it is officially on my blog now and maybe I'll have to 'fess up to
another started project pretty soon?
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With Irene off the design wall, I pulled out Hop To It....actually it was already out but Mum is coming next week so I needed to take it off the bed in the spare room. More decisions needed with this one, I hadn't been able to decide on the cornerstone fabric, but think that using the background fabric will be fine... my sashings are quite dark so I think it needs the calmness of the creams. Deciding on an outer border will be another path I need to go down!
(Hop To It is an Edyta Sitar quilt, some bloggy friends and I used it as a sewalong 'in the past' (I am scared to think how many years ago - two maybe?!))
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I've been wondering who else is doing Pam Buda's Market Day sewalong? I love Pam's mysteries so of course couldn't help myself :-) I also caught up on my cutting for this. (By the way, I met Pam at Pittsburg and she really is a sweetie). This is really intriguing me ... we are making a few small, simple blocks each week so is a good one to cut out and use as a leader/ender. I wonder what will happen?!
Pam is giving instructions for two sizes - I couldn't resist trying them both.
3 1/2" and 2" unfinished sized blocks.
I've started playing with possible layouts but the 'odd' number of some of the blocks are throwing me. Guess I'll have to be patient!
 (Seems the colour went a bit off in this last photo, it's the same carpet as the previous one!).

 I have a few little secret projects I need to complete this weekend, hopefully I can squeeze in a little time cutting and sewing :-)
Happy creating, and thanks for reading to the end :-)

35 comments:

Lesley said...

Wow, you have some gorgeous projects here. I love your your Irene and I'm so glad that you found the fabric to finish it as you wanted to. As for " hop to it", it is stunning!

Melody said...

Wonderful sewing going on at your place.

Terry said...

Your Irene looks wonderful! Lucky you finding a bit more of that fabric! My design wall is empty now and I don't like it at all. I guess I'd better find some time to sew soon! :0)

Doniene said...

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!!! I love every one!! I usually do Pam's SALs, but just don't have the time as I've started on Tygh's quilt! I've got most of the row's finished (simple one patches with a few FG and embroidered blocks thrown in. I've got the embroidery blocks marked to stitch while we travel this weekend. Then hope to get it all finished up and in the hoop next week.

blessings and hugs!

Leeanne said...

Gosh all your projects, both official & unofficial are so inspiring! You seem to pump out the new projects. So many decisions for you to make. I have always been tempted to do Pam's SAL's, but never really got there.
I look forward to seeing the finished bunny quilt, it is a really beauty!

Barbara said...

Wow Raewyn so many wonderful projects. I look forward to seeing them when they are finished. Have a great sewing weekend

Rebecca in AK said...

All your projects are looking great! I love the fabrics in your 'Irene' top and your applique is just beautiful! It will be interesting to see what the mystery quilt will be.

Tania said...

Hi Raewyn, all your sewing is just beautiful. So lucky you were able to find more of the fabric you needed! It is so frustrating when you run out and can't get any more... I have been keeping all the instructions for Pam Buda's sew along, was hoping start, and get up to date with it, last weekend but ended up working on other things. Maybe this weekend...

Julie said...

Gosh all your quilts you are working on are just lovely Raewyn. I love the fabric choices you are putting together. So glad there were 2 more "bullets" left in the jar ... I didnt know they were called that!!! Hope you get some creative time over the weekend x0x

margaret said...

not thought about giving my quilts names but I do like the way you have. Irene is very nice and I love the Hop to it one, trust you are full of good intentions to now complete these 2 prior to doing anything else, well maybe anyway.

Grit said...

I love your work. Both quilts are fantastic and I`m looking forward to your new project.

marina said...

both quilts tops are looking so beautiful.
I have been keeping the sew along instructions aside to try them once I see how they all come together. Wish I had your thought processes I love how you have had a go at how the blocks will go together. So clever!

Kerry said...

Wow busy girl, good on you and they are looking great...I especially like Hop To It. Have a good weekend hugs xxxxx

sigisart said...

Dear Raewyn,
you´re working such lovely and amazine things. I love what I see and the "Hop to it"-Quilt ist going to be "WOW". I also have the book and when I see your result I just want to start...hmmm...hmmm.
Many hugs
sigisart

Janet O. said...

Love your "Irene" quilt!
How lucky for you to find the fabric you needed. How much is in a "bullet"? I haven't heard that term before.
Now we need to see more of the project that you hadn't officially started yet. : )
I keep saying I am doing Pam's SAL, but so far I have only copied the instructions. I have a Loooong way to go!
Fun to see what you have made with it. Maybe I can still catch up!

Fiona said...

a lovely assortment of quilty projects....
Hugz

Charlotte Scott said...

That Edyta Sitar quilt is really sweet - two years is not that long for a UFO! Not long at all!
Hope you didn't get too flooded. One end of our road was blocked, but I made it home from work whereas the next midwife had to do a double shift because she couldn't get home and the next midwife couldn't get in!
Have a good weekend.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Your quilting and quilts are amazing

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Gosh Raewyn you're amazing how you juggle all these projects at once!
I love the 'Hop to It' quilt and it will be interesting to see how Pam's mystery quilt develops!
I hope the weather is kind to you up north over the weekend!

Karen said...

You are working on so many wonderful projects. And they are so close to a finish.
How lucky are you to find those finals two fabric pieces!!

Houseelf said...

Good luck with all your projects. Well done on getting the extra fabric.

Starr White said...

Your quilts are always so lovely. I am always inspired to start quilting when I look at your beautiful creations!

Sheila said...

Your Irene quilt is beautiful and Hop To It just stunning . I am saving all the instructions for Pam's mystery for when I am healed ;-)

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Love those projects--great job!
I am also in the finishing mode--
as you can see by my blog posts--
have gotten several done--some from 2009 and am working on one now from 2010!! I seem to get down to the last 3 blocks and then I stopped???
I am doing a do again one of Terry's--the wiggles quilt and this time I am using a solid white with bright prints--it is my leader/enders project for now!!
hugs, di and miss gracie

Cottage Tails said...

Hope the flooding wasn't too bad. Thrilled for you you found some fabric you needed - good buzz aye. Love your projects as always.

LuAnn said...

I love everything you've got going. Your Hop to It is wonderful. If it's only 2 years old that's pretty new by my standards. Enjoy the visit with your Mom.

Rosemary Dickinson said...

I love the projects you're working on! No wonder you can't help yourself! They're gorgeous. So glad you found that extra fabric. Can't wait to see what else you're going to make!

Noela said...

Lots of beautiful projects on the go Raewyn. Happy Stitching. Hugs....

The Knotty Lass said...

I love all of them! I particularly like the Hop To It. Did you hand or machine applique those? I love the colors. Glad the rain has stopped for awhile!

Anthea said...

Wow Raewyn - lots of gorgeous stitching going on here! I look forward to seeing how the Mystery unfolds...

Charlie and Wendy said...

Lots of projects on the go, they are all looking gorgeous. There is lots of work in the Hop to it quilt, it's beautiful!!

straythreads said...

love your scrap quilt and all the others too. Beautiful!!!!!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

Hi Raewyn,
as always a great joy to read your blogposts.
I love the first scrappy quilt, and know what, I had just started to cut my scraps into 2½" squars the other day. Now I know what I want to do with them ☺ The applique quilt is gorgeous! And the new project looks great too.
Wish you a great time with your mom.
xo
Bente

Cat said...

ooohhhhh I really like that top quilt !! !! !!
I'm looking at modern'ish ways to use scraps

Carrie P. said...

The sashing on your hop to it quilt looks great.