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

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Babies and hexagons...

What do you do with the nervous energy you have when you know your daughter-in-law is in labour, and you're just playing the waiting game?
You sew of course!!
So do I talk about the sewing first or do I talk about the babies??
OK - babies win!!

Kaliah and Saydee entered our lives this week, two darling wee bundles of bub - check out the cuteness :-)
Saydee Anne on the left, she has the slightly chubbier cheeks!
Kaliah Maree on the right.
I totally get the grandbaby thing (phenomenon?) now - I thought I did before but -wham- it's hit me right between the eyes; cant wait till calving slows down and I can get my hands on our lovely wee girls :-)
And while I am tempted to go on about them a little more, I won't, so it's back to the sewing.

At the top of my list of things to work on was my Tuesday Mystery Medallion quilt ... I first mentioned it back *here*. Each month a set of rules is given and as long as these are met, anything goes for each round of the medallion quilt. I fell behind slightly. The trouble was I decided to make hexie flowers for month 4 and that took me a bit longer than I planned.
So while waiting for updates on the labour pains I got stuck into it.
I had done my centre block applique using the invisible machine applique
method so decided to do the hexie-flowers the same way.
I joined the sides of the hexagons in the usual way (by hand) but stitched
 the centres on by machine.
Probably would piece the whole hexie-flowers the normal way next time as it
was hard to get the centres lined up perfectly.
But I was pleased with how they came out in the end. Sewing them on by
machine was definitely a lot quicker!
This was how I had prepped the hexagons. I didn't bother turning under one side
since I was joining in the centre differently.
This is my medallion quilt so far, now to decide what it needs for the next
border.
When I was trying to photograph the quilt I had a hard time finding somewhere to pin it that was in the right light and so on...sometimes I wander around the garden for a while trying different spots. Yesterday I decided the stable wall was the perfect spot... but look at the uncropped picture below...the wall is grotty, and our 'affectionately' called mud-yard is muddy — just as well I didn't drop the top while I was out there!
Behind the photo!
Where would I be without the crop tool in Photoshop?!
I had a couple of finishes last month which I haven't shared yet.
I finished the scarf I'd started a couple of posts ago. ED is now enjoying it down in Wellington. This was a fun easy make; by using a large crochet hook it grew really quickly.
(Ha! All three photos are of the same scarf, different lights!)
The darker 'flecks' are from the possom fibre in it. Possom is a very light hollow
fibre which is very warm. 
And another pair of Happy Pants has been posted off, this time it's to keep YD warm.
Love these prints my big kids choose!
To finish I'll pop in one more baby photo.... I just love the look on my son's face here, he is one proud Daddy!
They are all home now and doing well.
And on that happy note I shall say good night. 
Sending you all warm wishes 
and many creative moments, 
  

58 comments:

Josie said...

Of course I love your sewing and your crochet is beautiful but those babies are just too darned cute!
No wonder your son looks chuffed to bits. Hope you don't have to wait too long to hold them and get the whole granny spoiling thing off the ground! lol Congratulations!

Lesley said...

Oh Raewyn, I am so happy for you and the new family! The girl are just adorable and I can see the smile on your face from here! From one new grandmother to another, yay you! As to your medallion quit, it is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing how you machine stitched the centres. Beautiful scarf too!

Chookyblue...... said...

OMG how exciting.......twins.......enjoy the new grand babies...............

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

oh wow!! You must be on cloud nine!!! They are just the sweetest.

Susan said...

They are adorable.....congratulations. I hope your four legged babies are born quickly so you can visit these two darlings. So exciting. X

Joanne said...

Those babies are so beautiful!!!

sunny said...

Ahhh..not one bundle of joy, but two!!!! They're adorable. Glad to hear they're home and doing well. I love your medallion quilt! I need to plan another one in the near future. Congrats Grandma!!

shez said...

Congrats Raewyn ,they are the sweetest cutest little girls,oh you are going to have so much fun,love your sewing and your scarf is lovely,I am so pleased for you and your family xx

Connie said...

Oh, your girls are absolutely beautiful . . . Congratulations, grandma!
Your quilt is lovely and I am very happy you didn't drop it while hanging it for the photo.
That could have been a very messy out come, LOL.
Life is good!
Connie :)

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

congrats to your family - nothing like a grandbaby! enjoy I never mind seeing photos of quilters babies and grandbabies on their blogs.

ipatchandquilt said...

Congratulations with these two lovely sweeties!
Esther

GittaS said...

Congrats to the lovley Babys!!!!
LG
Gitta

canuckquilter said...

Of course the babies win! They are beautiful! Congrats to your son and daughter-in-law, and to the proud grandparents too :)
Your medallion mystery is coming along nicely, and I love that scarf - such a pretty color lovely texture.

Cisca Heiden van der said...

Wow, they're so sweet and adorable! Congratulations with them. Fine they are doing well. I hope you can soon see them in real. It's so special to get grandchildren, enjoy!
Your medallion quilt is lovely, even with the mud. It gives a special look!
Have a nice week, Cisca

Doniene said...

Oh My!! I've been anxiously awaiting this post!! They are absolutely perfect in EVERY WAY!!! And Daddy should be proud!!! Give my best wishes to the whole family!!! What wonderful joy is added to your family now!!
How is calving going by the way? Loved the mud yard!!! I can so totally relate!!

Your medallion quilt is just lovely!!! I must say, I haven't been doing much quilting lately - a little piecing. I did finish up binding one quilt and have another to tackle. I have been knitting quite a bit - 9 pairs of mittens!! I ordered some circular needles and have a couple of other projects I'm going to tackle soon. Mike said I couldn't buy any more yarn until I used up what I had in my bin!!! But it will be good practice to learn different stitches on smaller projects. I plan to knit a couple of sweaters when I've become more competent!!

Have a blessed day, my dear kiwi friend!

Cottage Tails said...

Ohh how wonderful. What a way to start off being a grandma - twins squeal congratulations to all

Maree: said...

Congratulations!! đź’•đź’• Pretty Names for the New Bubs đź’ź

Julierose said...

Awww, what adorable baby girls...great pix--proud daddy! Love your Medallion quilt--nice finish...hugs and hugs for those two little sweeties too Julierose

Angelikas quilts and knits said...

Congratulations, Raewyn :-)

Angelikas quilts and knits said...

...and don´t forget to update your blogger-profile :-)

KaHolly said...

Oh my goodness, twins!,, double the goodness! I have goosebumps all the way down to my toes!

Julimond said...

How wonderful the babies. Congratulation to the Parents and Grandparents.
I will be something like Grandma in two weeks. My Niece is awaiting a little girl. I can't await it.

Wonderful sewing and wonderful crochet. But for today the girls are much more interesting ;-))

Jeanneke said...

Congratulations on the birth of these precious little girls to the parents and the grandparents! Are you a new grandma, Raewyn, your first grandchildren?
Blessings,

Jeanneke.

Jeanneke.

Sharon @ OSEWDIVINE said...

How just wonderfully exciting, two darlings to love.. I wondered what you had been up to and now I know what has been taking up your time.. Enjoy Grandma they will grow quickly...
Love the medallion quilt its coming along nicely..

Ann said...

Congratulations Raewyn to your daughter-in-law, son and all your family!

Kerry said...

Hey Chicky what beautiful wee girls and you have every right to be a proud Grandma(forgot what you said you were going to be called). Wont be long before you will be over there for cuddles in the meantime you will have to go cuddle those four legged babies!! And of course the crochet is awesome and love how you did the hexies. Hugs xxx

Kerry said...

Hey Chicky what beautiful wee girls and you have every right to be a proud Grandma(forgot what you said you were going to be called). Wont be long before you will be over there for cuddles in the meantime you will have to go cuddle those four legged babies!! And of course the crochet is awesome and love how you did the hexies. Hugs xxx

Reconstructed Fabulousness said...

Congratulations new Grandma ~ what fun ~ loving the stable shot...perfect xx

Fiona said...

your grandiebaby girls are just enormously cute.... so wonderful.... and I love the look of your medallion quilt... Yes, cropping pictures is wonderful... whenever I do garden pics I take out the weeds!!
Hugz

Sue said...

Oh Raewyn those gorgeous baby girls. How lucky you are to have them. Thats going to keep you busy on the quilting front - two of everything! haha! How lovely!
I have been scrolling through your blog and loving all your applique. I am about to prep some blocks to take on my trip. I think I will do the back basting method, but not sure about the vines. Do you BB the vines as well as everything else?

Katie said...

Babies times two!! Wow. Congratulations. (and your quilt is looking lovely too!) :-)

Rosemary Dickinson said...

Congrats on the beautiful babies! They're gorgeous! I don't have any grandchildren yet but I'm looking forward to it! The medallion quilt is great! Can't wait to see the whole thing finished! Scarf looks quite professional! You're getting so much done!!

Sew Quilt Designs said...

Congratulations the baby girls are gorgeous. Love your crochet ! :)

Leeanne said...

Cuteness!!! Little gems..........fingers crosses you will get there soon, granny love is awesome. All the other stuff is nice too, but the babies are best!

Mystic Quilter said...

What little beauties! Congratulations on becoming grandma to twins!!

Janet O. said...

Your projects are great, but the babies trump projects any day!!!
Oh, so sweet. Hope you get to cuddle them soon. Love the shot of the proud papa. : )

Ali Honey said...

Your work is lovely but your son and DIL work wins the day. What darling wee girls. Congratulations to All!
( I have about 9 weeks to wait for my 1st ever Grandson )

Sharon said...

Congratulations to all! I understand what you meant by not really getting the Grandma thing until it actually happened. Isn't it grand? Congratulations on all your finished projects too.

margaret said...

such beautiful little girls congratulations on becoming a granny,you will love it, can remember as if it was yesterday when Sal was born and she is 17 now.
Never tried to stitch hexies on the machine but you certainly did a good job on those centres. The quilt is looking wonderful and the scarf I know will be well worn in the winter oh yes it is winter for you now.
Hope those cows get the carving over with quickly so you can go and visit and drool over your beautiful granddaughters, are they classed as identical?

Maria said...

Congratulations to all on the arrival of these absolutely beautiful wee girls......Nothing more delightful then becoming a grandma......hope you can get to cuddle the babies soon....
I like the idea of sewing your hexies on by machine.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Oh what little darlings your new granddaughters are. ..as a besotted Nana you are allowed to wax lyrical about them xxx Love your medallion quilt and yes, glad you didn't drop it lol! Your dear son looks so proud..beautiful!

Leanne said...

Your grand babies are beautiful, so tiny. Love your hexagon project.

marina said...

wow, wow, wow, what little dolls. They are gorgeous Congratulations Nanna.
beautiful medallion quilt.

kiwikid said...

Congratulations Raewyn...what beautiful babies!!! No wonder your son is so proud!! The scarf is lovely and is your amazing medallion quilt...love the mud yard!! Thank goodness you didn't drop it out there!!

Julie said...

Warmest congratulations Raewyn, what beautiful photos of them. Your son looks so chuffed too :-) Yes I think I would've been worried about the quilt falling in the mud too.

Marga (MarPie) said...

Congretulations with these two lovely/adoreble little ladies.
I love the pictures.

Your scarf pjpants are great, love the fabric and color of them.
Your quilt to be is turning into a beauty.

Warm regards,
Marga♥

Annie said...

Oh Congratulations Raewyn and Mr Raewyn - oh and Son and DIL too - how amazing - twin baby cuties. You're going to make an AMAZING Grandma. Lots of exciting sewing and woolly stuff too, but babies win xoxoxoxo

Lin said...

Congratulations Granny - they are delightful! I love your medallion - it is coming along nicely and the crochet scarf is beautiful. xx

Tania said...

Such beautiful little girls, so exciting for you all, congratulations again. Lovely sewing and crocheting too. Love your medallion quilt x

Needled Mom said...

OMGoodness.....that is double cuteness. They are just darling. I hope all is going well with the new family. It is easy to get into that grandparent role, isn't it?

The hexie project looks wonderful too, but I'd still prefer to look at those little pink bundles.

Sue said...

Congratulations Grandma, those babies are perfect, and sooooooo cute. Go ahead and fill up your blog with baby photos. I cannot wait to have grandchildren, but apparently I HAVE TO!!

Charlotte Scott said...

Oh congratulations!! How exciting for your family! They are just gorgeous wee bundles! (yes, lots of exclamation marks!).

Your medallion flimsy is looking lovely too, and I know all about cropping, I truly believe it is the best thing since sliced bread.

Sheila said...

Congrats on the new additions to your family , they are adorable . Your medallion quilt is beautiful and coming along well , clever way to sew the hexies on the quilt . Your son looks pretty proud of his little daughters :-)

Narelle said...

Awww ... how special to welcome double the cuteness :)
Love your un-cropped pic and gorgeous quilt.

Karen H said...

Those little babies are puddins'! Love your medallion quilt.

Lara B. said...

Oh Raewyn! So perfect and adorable! Kaliah and Saydee almost looks like dolls! I thought the must have been born by now. Congratulations to your son and daughter-in-law and to you and your hubby and daughter too! Exciting times to come!
Love the hexies and the medallion quilt and the scarf and the photo of your son with his little girls! Lots to smile about!

Wendy said...

Congratulations on your little grand daughters, they are so gorgeous!! Your sewing and crochet are pretty lovely too! :)

Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals said...

Ah I LOVE this post Raewyn -- Congratulations on your new Grandbabies -- what a lovely lot of fun they will be. Welcome to the gramma world. On another note - that Medallion quilt top is looking beautiful. You always make such lovely things. Thanks for sharing the machine stitching tip on that -- maybe one day I'll make a "normal" hexie flower ;) (I LOVE the barnyard images - makes me wish our ponies were still around)... Have a blessed time with all the lil'ones (calves included). Hugs, Karen