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

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Warm for winter

The weather's taken a tumble the last week or so and let us know that winter really is on the way.
Just as well then that I have two cozy finishes to report!
Last night I put the final stitches in the binding of the baby quilt I've been working on recently....well, this is supposed to be a baby quilt! You can see from the photo, it's a little large for a baby.. 62" x 42"... that's what happens when you don't stop to read the final size of the pattern! Never mind, there are two babies on the way so I'm hoping they can share it!
 The pattern is Vintage Bears by Calico Farm Designs. (Although my version isn't so vintage-y!)


I quilted it fairly simply so would stay nice and soft ... firstly I stitched in the ditch and around all the applique. Then I used a ruler to do the continuous curves. The squares are 4" finished size and I didn't trust my eye alone to keep them even!

 My car crochet project lately has been this simple scarf —
I used Baby Alpaca which is gorgeous and soft but doesn't have as much
elasticity as normal wool.
 I started it one time when I desperately needed a new car project.. just grabbed some wool and used the same design I'd used on my baby blanket back in March. It may be a little narrow (those short rows were a pain!) but I didn't have very much yarn to start with.

I think it turned out OK but my model the other night wasn't
terribly impressed!
I've managed one block for this month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge, just didn't get the chance earlier on in the month to have a big scrap rummage and cutting session to make the rest but hopefully will catch up soon. This month's colour is dark green; once again with my Great Granny Square you can see that I'm using the colour as a guide only! (The photo is a little dark sorry.)
I'll finish up with these two photos I managed to snap showing the wee Silver-eye in action. And proving that just 10 days ago it was still Autumn with some lovely Autumn colour around! 

I let the Silver-eyes finish this Persimmon but picked the rest before they could
do any more damage!
Thanks for visiting and reading along, 
happy creating,

44 comments:

KaHolly said...

This may be a duplicate comment. There was some kind of glitch, so I'll try again. The teddy bear quilt is precious. I can see it was a lot of work, and it will be very much appreciated. Am just loving the persimmon eating varmint, caught in the act! We don't have anything like that here, but I would love it if we did. What do you do with your persimmons? I can't say I've ever had one.

Gill said...

Great quilt - and your crochet is fabulous!
I can only manage granny squares!

Cisca Heiden van der said...

I can almost see two baby's laynon that lovely quilt, trying to pick the bear's eyes! Love the scarf and the model. The block looks nice. And what a lovely bird, sorry autumn is over.
Have a lovely (quilting)day, Cisca

Sarah@123quilt said...

I really like your scarf. I followed the links from your blog and found the pattern. Thanks!

Julierose said...

Loving the baby blanket and the adorable bears! It's just beginning to get warm here--funny that!!
Hugs, julierose

Janet O. said...

Very sweet vintage bears quilt!
What a soft, lovely color for your scarf, but I think it will look better on you than on your model. : )
I really like the rich colors of the Granny Square block. How many have you made now?
A pretty little bird. Nice shots.

Reconstructed Fabulousness said...

Loving your model ~ too cute!

Fiona said...

I love the quilt... orange peel is a favourite... I always thinks it works well in squares.... how cute is the little silver eye...
Hugz

Ali Honey said...

I picked all my persimmons that were still whole for the same reason. They ripen up inside really well.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

A lovely finish. I really like your gentle colour scheme, and the little faces on the bears... too cute!

Cottage Tails said...

So glad you saved the rest of your persimmons - but great photo of the little wax eye. Wonderful quilt love the Teddy bears expressions. Keep warm up there.

Barbara said...

I love your finished baby quilt Raewyn. I know it will be well loved by 2 very lucky little babies

StanleyBeagle said...

The scarf is a lovely colour with great texture

Michelle Ridgway said...

The teddy quilt is so cute....sure to be a hit.Your model definitely is unimpressed with all your beautiful work Lol! Love the vwee silver eyes x

Mystic Quilter said...

Lovely warm looking bears on your baby quilt, and lovely Silver eyes up to their usual tricks of pinching the produce from fruit trees, but I love them!

Dody said...

Love the doggie and the scarf! Lol!

Julie said...

Love that bear quilt Raewyn, its gorgeous. I did laugh quite alot at the expression on your "models" face - gosh thats adorable & priceless!!! Get this thing off me NOW!!!! Our persimon crop has been terrible this year - not sure why, must make an effort to find out what we are doing wrong,

Rebecca in AK said...

Such a sweet baby quilt! It looks very snuggley. I love your scarf! I don't know why your model looks so unhappy? lol

Sue said...

Lovely quilt and scarf, and gorgeous scarf model!!!

Deal.licious Real Food Debby said...

The scarf reminds me a lot of a blanket someone made my daughter. It is just beautiful and looks great and warm.

Debby

shez said...

Hi Raewyn,that quilt is so very cute,my friend knitted or crochet me that scarf in nearly the same colour,lol,so soft and warm. Love your blocks and love the pic of the birdie,hope you have a lovely day my friend xx

Karen S said...

Lovely work on the baby quilt. Great quilting and the faces are gorgeous.
The scarf is lovely too. It looks very soft.
Wonderful photo of the bird. I am glad you were able to collect a lot of the fruit before it disappeared.

margaret said...

what a wonderful quilt for a child, I am sure it will be greatly loved. Block looks good and the scarf will be warm and cosy for you around the farm. Such a cute little bird, not one hedge outside the kitchen window with her beak full of bits so far not managed!

Leeanne said...

The baby's quilt is beautiful! years of snuggles and cuddles with happen under that pretty quilt for sure!

kiwikid said...

Your quilt is beautiful Raewyn...love all those bears. Your scarf is very nice too...shame the model wasn't more cooperative....still looks very photogenic though. Your photos of the persimmon and silver eye are just beautiful. Have seen lots of those fruit on trees around here. They are a lovely colour.

Sew Quilt Designs said...

Lovely baby quilt....love your scarf...looks really nice and warm for the cold days we have here right now :)

Mokki said...

Those bears are so sweet! Your scarf model is hilarious, so unimpressed about having to wear mums scarf!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Such a love quilt ... Your model does not look impressed at all x

Lin said...

Lovely cuddly vintage bears quilt and the scarf looks warm and snuggly too. Love the little bird - a new one to me. xx

Needled Mom said...

I would say that your scarf model is not terribly impressed. The scarf is beautiful though as is that sweet baby quilt. Two will definitely be able to enjoy it.

sunny said...

Your quilt is adorable! And your scarf looks so cozy and soft. I think your model did a fine job, and should be rewarded with extra treats.

Lisa Marie said...

I love your photos! The "scarf model" cracked me up!

Lara B. said...

Such a sweet bear quilt Raewyn and I really love that it larger because I can just imagine the twins as toddlers cuddled up together under it while they watch a favorite Disney movie.
Your photo of your less than thrilled pup is too funny - the look on his face.
I tried doing continuous curve quilting like that once and it was a bit wonky when it was finished. A ruler would have been great.

Leanne said...

Your bear quilt is beautiful.

Maria said...

The baby quilt is gorgeous, Raewyn! Lol..love the model modelling the lovely scarf too :-)

Lesley said...

Your teddy quilt is adorable! It is the perfect size to grow with baby!

Sharon @ OSEWDIVINE said...

What a lovely bear quilt Raewyn, also love that scarf pattern it looks so soft.... your model is less than impressed alright. Have a lovely Queens birthday weekend, winter has hit down here, its cold and I don't mind it makes for great stitching days..

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I love, love, love your bears and your scarf!

Beth said...

Oh, your bear quilt is so sweet. I have a niece who needs a quilt and this may be just the one. At last!

Quilting Momma said...

Love your little bears! They are absolutely adorable! Autumn for you and we are just heading into Summer in Canada! Amazing how the internet is and what we can learn about all over the world! Lovely blog you have! I'll have to visit more often!

Sandra Walker said...

That baby quilt is precious! Ha I'm in Canada like Quilting Momma before me and I thought we were heading into summer, with a week of high 70s low 80s here in southwestern Ontario on Lake Erie, but a cold front blew in last night and it RAINED and BLEW, and it's in the 50s??!!! Sigh. Love the bird, don't think we have those here, and I live very near to Point Pelee National Park which gets a TON of migratory interesting birds, birders come from everywhere during mid-April to mid-May. I too have not done anything in the green department for the RSC! I love your beautiful soft mauve scarf, and I need a car project to knit right now...feels weird to just sit, mind you it's good to just gaze out the window too...you have to enter your model, UNimpressed as he/she is in the Pet Project show this year, which is coming up soon I think.

Grethe said...

Pretty bear quilt:-) Amazing picture of the fruit and the bird! Happy Sewing, Raewyn :))

Julie said...

Love your silver eye and persimmon photos.

Wendy said...

Your bear quilt is gorgeous. Love the silver eye photos too, we get them on our bottle brush and sugar water feeder but I can never get a good photo, yours are stunning.