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

Friday, August 22, 2014

Sewalongs progress

It's one of those glorious days when you can fling all the doors and windows open and let the sunshine and warmth filter through the house.
Lovely peaceful view from the deck today :-)
A nice day to have a quick sit out on the deck with a coffee after spending the morning moving calves around - older ones to paddocks, not-so-old ones to another barn, leaving plenty of room in the main calf shed for the youngest ones.
A nice day to take a photo of my completed top for Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilt's Market Day mystery. This was a fun sewalong, easy blocks each month- and look how they came together! Wonderful!
As you can see, I chose to mine in Christmas colours, inspired by the fabrics left over from the beautiful quilt sample Leeanne made as a BOM for The Country Yard. She chose such yummy fabrics for it that I really wanted a piece of the action :-)
You may remember that Pam offfered two sizes for this mystery sewalong; naturally I succumbed and sewed up the small sized blocks as well. They are all made but not completely joined up yet, this is how they are looking so far.
The size of these blocks is 2". Too cute.
I find the small blocks a fun little challenge and they aren't really as scary as they seem. Janet O, rogue quilter, recently did an interesting post about mini quilts where she included some tips on sewing up small blocks -- *here*
The Market Day mystery sewalong instructions are still on Pam's blog if you want to make one yourself; around September 15th she is doing a Show and Tell and I am looking forward to seeing the versions that everyone has made.

From time to time over the last few months I have alluded to a project I had shamefully started when I didn't really need a new one :-) I had figured that if I didn't mention it on my blog it didn't really count as yet another project. However I have kidded myself too long, so now I will share! Soupcon is the name of the project; a sewalong by the talented Karen of Faeries and Fibres......I began mine well after it had started and have had quite a few little breaks along the way but I am loving it so far!
The intriguing point of this one was how it began - we fussy cut a fabric and English Paper Pieced either a star or flower —
Part one and two of Soupcon.
My resulting block in no way resembled my original fabric and it threw me for a while, trying to work out what to use next! Totally different to the fabrics I had originally chosen for this project.
I"ve never fussy cut like this before and loved the effect.
Now I know why lots of people are getting hooked on Patchwork of the Crosses!
Below is my Soupcon at the moment. Partway through part Four.

It's fun how this project changes so much with each round. The flickr group for the sewalong is *here*

And that's about it for today. It may be time to get out into that sunshine again (at the washing line!).
Thank you for visiting,
Happy creating!

32 comments:

Narelle said...

Won't be opening my doors today ... too cold and wet but the wet is a good thing!
Love your completed top and I still think you're brave taking on those 2" blocks ... they look great.
Soupcon looks amazing and part 4 is very effective :)

Leonie said...

Wow the fussy cut for the Soupcon project... it is absolutely stunning! Gorgeous all round and what a stunner of a day!

The Knotty Lass said...

I LOVE to fussy cut. I did a small Jinny Beyer years ago and it was so much fun. You could sit on the deck here but you really wouldn't want to! Heat index for the next few days is 105 degrees. It's oppressive. I adore the fabrics you chose for the sewalong. I'm really loving all the polka dots I've been seeing lately. They just add a touch of fun to any project, don't they?

Marjorie said...

Fussy cutting can be rewarding as well as addictive. It is a gateway drug to Paula Nadelstern Snowflakes and Kaleidoscopes.

shez said...

wow Raewyn such beautiful work,well done.xx

Leeanne said...

Lovely fabrics for the first quilt *smile*............but seriously, lovely quilts, Pam Budda's SAL was one I was really tempted to do, not enough hours in the day.
Soupcan, is that the one you bought along to retreat? Lovely fussy cutting.
it was a sunny day over the hill at my place too, but the wind had a chill to it.

Farm Gate Creations said...

Are you sure that you are not in Bullengarook for your weather sounds just like here....beautiful work all round....I love your soupcon.

margaret said...

2 interesting projects you have here, the quilt is lovely and will pop over to Pam`s blog to read about it, as for the fussy cutting that is spot on and looks very impressive.
We are now moving into colder weather, in fact had the winter coat on yesterday but they say we are going to have it warmer next week, fingers crossed they are right, think we will be punished with a hard winter as the summer has been so good.

Karen said...

Enjoy the sunshine. It has been lovely here, too.
Hope Spring is like this!
Love the way your mystery quilt/s have turned out. As you say, simple blocks but a great result.
Your Soupcon block is stunning. So much work involved!
Good luck.

Suz J said...

You'll have to post a picture of the fabric "before" fussy cutting - the project looks amazing. So different! Love the mini version - how big will it end up being?

Susan said...

Idyllic rural views to sew by! Love your fussy cutting.

Sheila said...

Wonderful quilt and your mini version will be sweet too . Oh that soupçon is amazing , how interesting the pattern is when you fussy cut . Enjoy your sunshine :-)

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Oh what pretty projects!!!
and love how the last one in the fussy cut is coming out--neat!!!
and I even loved the photo of the cows!!!
hugs, di and miss gracie

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

It's all just gorgeous!

Fiona said...

I love the idea of sitting on the deck sewing ... I need to do outdoor sewing more often...
love the projects ....such fun and interesting things...
Hugz

Reconstructed Fabulousness said...

Loving your soupcon Raewyn. The colours are awesome. Isn't fussy cutting such a fun thing to do to your fabric stash....you won't be able to resist 'The Crosses' for much longer!!!....it's a blast :-)Rae

Julie said...

Hi Raewyn, dont the animals just look so great & healthy & happy when the sun comes out. I am loving all your projects but that soupcon with the fussy cutting is turning out amazing. You must be so thrilled with it.

Starr White said...

Beauties all 'round! I'm just amazed at your productivity - and talent!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Wow.....

Charlie and Wendy said...

Beautiful projects, your quilt is lovely and the mini is looking nice too. The soupcon is amazing, such a clever idea!

Deborah @Patchwork Atelier said...

Dear Raewyn!
I have see your blog on the"Around the World Bloghop" and I LOVE your blog. It's nice to meet new Quilterfriends!! What pretty projects!!!
Many hugs from Italy
Deborah

Patty D from NC said...

Great mystery day quilt! You did a wonderful job.

Kerry said...

I love it when you can get the babies out in the paddock, sun is good for everyone and I love your fussy cutting block....totally cool!!! As are your small blocks xxxxx

Schulz Family said...

Love your completed top. Some of the projects you are doing are amazing

Carrie P. said...

Oh, the center of your soupcon blocks is gorgeous.
2" blocks would be tricky to make but looks good so far.

Wendy said...

Wow! Love that paper-pieced project! Your mystery quilt-alongs are beautiful too. I like the small one best (because I just have a thing for small blocks). So glad you're having nice weather there!

Shirley said...

That fussy cutting is superb with the embroidery. I was very tempted to join in. Love the teeny mini blocks.

straythreads said...

those quilts are wonderful!!! the fussy cutting is perfect and your stitching adds to much Beautiful!! have a great weekend

A Nudge said...

Your Soupçon is truly gorgeous. I hope you've shared it with Karen. She would be thrilled.

Sue W @ Living the Good Life said...

I'm in love! With..everything! xx

Patchwork-Treff Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. said...

I love your Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilt's Market Day mystery. It looks so beautiful.

KaHolly said...

What fun and challenging projects! I appreciate the links you provide to check out other blogs. Thanks!