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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Market Day and other stuff

It's been a funny old time since I last wrote, although it was only about 10 days ago I have no idea where those days have gone!
I've spent a little time finishing up my second little quilt from Pam Buda's Marketday sewalong, it started here and finished here on her Heartspun Quilts blog
When Pam offered the sewalong in two different sizes, of course I wanted to do them both! I showed the first, made with 3 inch (finished) blocks, a couple of posts back, here is the second one, made with 1 1/2 inch blocks.
For this one I used (mostly) some fabrics from one of Anni Down's ranges, I thought the tiny print would work well in a mini quilt.
I had an interesting time with the borders on this one, I had the sudden thought to insert an extra border using the same blue as in the outer corner half square triangles, acting as a sort of frame; then I couldn't decide which fabric to use as the next border. Pam suggested the same as the one we'd used in the centre block but mine was a bit dull. I decided to lighten it up a bit with a cream.
(Looking at my photos I'm sure either would have been ok, the cream actually looks better in real life, I reckon!)

 And here are the two of them together - probably the last time I will ever put them side by side as the colours don't work so well together!! {Although I do love them both, just not together :-)}
Both are still flimsies but it's great to get them to this stage nonetheless. Pam is doing a show and tell on her blog soon (about the 15th I think?) so I look forward to seeing how everyone else's ones look.
It was a rainy day when I took this photo out on the concrete - there
was a dry spot under the shelter of a tree!
The colours in these last few photos are a bit off but oh well :-)
AS well, I've been piecing a few blocks for my second red and white quilt (not to be confused with my first one, *here* which is still a work in progress!). This one I started in May at our annual retreat; I needed to do a few design alterations, which needed a little thinking, I have finally thought and now I am back to it. Love these fabrics I ended up with... they are sewing up a treat.
Unpressed but you get the idea of what I'm up to.
I feel like I have done so many small projects lately that I am really enjoying sewing a bigger quilt - and just two colours means not so much time is spent on trying to decide on fabrics!! It doesn't mean it is all plain sailing though as the photo below shows —
Where's the quick-unpic!
I've continued my evening stitching with the projects I was working on last post. I've stitched two more letters from Michelle Ridgeway's Country at Heart booklet. I was thinking of snowballing them when I put them together but then thought maybe offsetting them, one up, one down so they aren't too straightlined. We'll see.
I'm using my favourite threads, Cottage Garden Threads (from Australia) for these.
All the little critters and details are so fun, just love this mouse!
And below is Block Two completed of Let's start Christmas which Wendy of Sugarlane Quilts has designed. Lovely. Block three is released but I haven't stitched it yet, better hurry up as block four is due out on Thursday. 
Plenty in the pipeline as always, hope you're finding some creative time too,
Happy sewing!

23 comments:

Maria said...

Your wee quilts look fabulous !! You are sew patient working with such tiny pieces....
Lovely red and white blocks .
And the stitched alphabets are gorgeous. The thread is pretty.

Noela said...

Lots of lovely things being stitched at your place Raewyn. hugs....

Needled Mom said...

Your Market Days looks fantastic. I also LOVE those sweet little stitcheries.

Janet O. said...

Your little Market Day is very sweet. Love tiny--as you know. : )
What beautiful work you do on your stitcheries. I would never dare show my handwork so close up. It couldn't bear the scrutiny!! Your work is perfect--and that mouse is very cute!

shez said...

Hi Raewyn love your 2 quilts, and boy you sure have been busy stitching,love them all,well done.xx

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Stunning - and the fabrics are fresh, great for Spring!
GOSH - two quilts in a few days - Raewyn you are amazing!!!
I'm allowing a couple of months for my first quilt!!!
I'll be stalking your blog a lot for tips and handy hints on making quilts!
Shane x

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Everything is gorgeous. I just finished sewing some 1 1/2 blocks together and they are really wonky!! I'm going to pretend that was intention....giggle.

Every Stitch said...

Your red and white start is going to make a wonderful quilt! Two colour quilts can be so stunning :)

Julie said...

Hi Raewyn, your quilts both big & mini are just gorgeous, love the colours you have chosen. You seem to accomplish alot of fine detailed work even though you are busy calving, I am in awe at your output. But Oh I just adore those stitcheries from Michelles patterns :-)

marina said...

your mini's look amazing, I especially love the one with the blue. So pretty and sooo tiny .
some happy stitching happening at your place too
enjoy...

Michelle said...

You have been so busy!! Love the crispness of the red and white! Those stitcherys are so cute, may have to buy that pattern! Both your quilts are beautiful but I do love the small one!
Michelle

Lesley said...

Beautiful flimsies and wonderful stitcheries!

Leonie said...

I am always astounded with the sheer volume of stuff you whip up! And all so gorgeous!

Leeanne said...

Beautiful, both big and small! Loving the stitcheries, cute details.You have got lots done in 10days!

kiwikid said...

Beautiful flimsies and stitcheries, you have been busy!

margaret said...

once again you have shared some lovely projects, like the mini quilt and it is good to see it with the regular sized one. Such pretty hand stitching on the blocks too

sigisart said...

Dear Raewyn,
your little Quilts are so cute and lovely!!!
And the red Quilt is going to be wonderful.
And last but not least the stitcheries look adorable.
Have a good time and until soon.
Hugs
sigisart

Reconstructed Fabulousness said...

Hi Raewyn, Good to see you have not been idle...LOL. Your wee mouse is quite the cutie. Yoko is nearly here, where did that time go! Looking forward to meeting you :-)

Chookyblue...... said...

they look great........I like the little border.....sets it off more.........

Michelle Ridgway said...

Oh my I am in awe! All those tiny pieces. Amazing! Love the red and white quilt too. Really enjoying seeing how the letters are stitching up xx

Karen said...

You have been busy with so many wonderful projects. Gorgeous stitcheries and the quilts are lovely!

Anthea said...

Hi Raewyn, oh lots of gorgeous sewing & stitching going on for you - I love both of the flimsies - amazing the very different ways that a quilt can look just by changing block size & fabric colours. x

Carrie P. said...

your two matching quilts are so pretty.