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

Monday, February 29, 2016


Lots to report - One Monthly Goal! and Oh My Golly Gosh!

Lucky for me it's Leap Year as Leap Day today has given me the extra time I needed to meet my One Monthly Goal (OMG) for February.
I signed up with Heidi of Red Letter Quilts at the start of the month, pledging to finish this mini quilt this month. I was confident I had plenty of time to do the task but whew talk about squeeze it into the last few days!
This mini was a SAL called Market Day which Pam Buda of Heartspun Quilts ran in 2014. All I needed to do was quilt and bind it so I'm pleased it is finally done!
I quilted this by stitching in the ditch, and decided it needed very little else. I used one of my Bernina's decorative stitches in the border but it would have been totally fine without it.
The bobbin helps to give some perspective of size.
This mini is 16 ¾" square.
This was such a fun quilt to make, special thanks to Pam for this fun sewalong. (I have two more of these to complete....who knows, they might be turning up in a OMG post later this year!)
And thank you again to Heidi for hosting OMG; click *here* to go to her link up page, there have been a lot of finishes this month.
Oops, cant forget the Before and After photos —
The wee dog is happy with his new look chair :-)
And Oh My Golly Gosh, I have more finishes to report!!
Calendar Bears was in the pipeline for most of last year and here it is in its finished state - yaay!!
Thank you to Michelle Ridgeway of Rag-tag stitchin' for this lovely design, it was a joy to stitch.
I think this lady is my favourite block - what a great mixture, bears and quilts!
She's a little light, the background fabric is more beige than white.
Around this time every year, my local quilt shop, The Country Yard, has a special day to showcase its latest projects. As I work there, I've been busy helping to sew up samples for kits, classes and monthly programmes. It's a hectic time for all of us but also fun, getting to sew new designs, play with new fabric, and come up with ways to excite and motivate our customers. I designed this table runner for one of our classes. Apart from the binding there is no handstitching - the class is Invisible Machine Applique - should be fun!
While I love to do needleturn by hand, there just isn't enough time to do it all that way... I've been playing with this technique for a few years now and as new products come on the market, it just gets easier and easier!
I learnt something new today - well actually,  it was possibly just confirmation of what I already knew - sometimes it's just not worth doing house work ... a bit of a spring clean (well, early autumn clean) in the laundry resulted in water everywhere and a 90 minute round trip to town for a replacement part ... sigh ... I should have just ignored the housework and gone straight to my sewing!

Hope you have a creative week,
'till next time,


marina said...

Such beautiful finishes! They all are wonderful.
That appliqué looks great!
Well done!

Lesley said...

Oh my, what gorgeous projects! Your market quilt is gorgeous and your stitcheries quilt is adorable! Good for you to finish these lovelies., Your runner is wonderful...your students will love it!

Jeanette said...

Love your quilts. Hugs, xx

Michelle Ridgway said...

Lovely finishes Raewyn. Calendar Bears looks wonderful. I am so delighted to see it xxx

Chantal said...

Congratulations on the finishes. Always lovely to put that last stitch into a project. They are lovely.

Janet O. said...

Got a giggle out of your wisdom at the end of the post. I will keep that in mind today and ignore the housework! : )
Market Day looks very sweet. Wish I would have stuck to SITD on mine. I think I messed it up too much with my quilting on that one.
Congrats on the Calendar Bears finish! Lovely job!
You've designed a beautiful runner there, Raewyn. Really pretty!

KaHolly said...

Such lovely finishes!, housework always takes a back seat to sewing at my house! XO

Sheila said...

Beautiful finishes, love both quilts , you accomplished a lot !


congrats on the 2 finishes for this month--both are really sweet--
and you did a great job on the table runner for the class--
and I took the week end off from stitching and cleaned--
sorry--but once in awhile you just gotta clean!!!
love and laughter, di

sigisart said...

Dear Raewyn,
gorgeous finishes. I LOVE your little Mini-Quilt. It´s such a lovely little, cute piece!!! So nice. And the bears just look lovely.
Also your runner looks great.
Many hugs from me to you :-))))

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Lovely finishes! I just love your calendar bears, lots of handmade goodness there!

Fiona said...

your calender bears quilt is just amazing... I love the quilting you added to it....

Aaargh in the laundry... things like that just seem such a waste of our valuable time!


Anonymous said...

Yep, leave it alone, I say. =) Lots of lovely finishes. I do like the scalloped quilting stitch in the border - twice! It makes it look more finished, I think. Those bears are adorable. Love her patterns!

Maker Joy said...

Wow, such amazing finishes. You made excellent use of that extra day.

Susan said...

You've been busy busy! Great finishes. Housework is overrated ;)

Karen S said...

Well done on the finishes. The mini quilt is amazing. But the little pieces scare me. And another lovely finish with the bears, too. They are adorable.
Thanks for sharing the shop sample. Looks like a a lovely class.
I do hope all is well with the laundry now - no floods!!

Mystic Quilter said...

Congratulations on your lovely finishes = wonderful quilting!

margaret said...

your mini quilt looks lovely on the chair, wow those squares are tiny.
Loving the bears quilt what a beauty and the applique is lovely too you always have such beautiful creations to share with us

Anthea said...

What a stunning little quilt Raewyn... so many tiny pieces! It's gorgeous

Maria said...

WOW! Your little miniature is lovely ...

Renee said...

Lovely quilts. I LOVE your calendar bears. They are soooo sweet. I am sorry about the water issues, but am glad it was resolved. (How frustrating!)

Heidi said...

Congratulations meeting your goal, and still managing to get some cleaning done haha. Such a sweet little quilt:)

And Oh, those calendar bears!!

kiwikid said...

What beautiful finishes you have Raewyn...that mini quilt sure has some tiny tiny pieces!!! Love your calender teddies, they look amazing! Your housework experience just reinforces for me that sewing comes first 😁, lol!!

Jeanne said...

So many great finishes in this post! Love your Market Days and calendar bears!

Pine Valley Quilts said...

Hi Raewyn

Beautiful work ! Such a cute little Schnauzer, I have one too. (Rosie) they are really lovely little dogs.