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

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A few gifts...

A couple of my friends have had birthdays recently ..what does a crafter do, but get out some fabric and sew up a storm!
Sharon introduced me to this pattern when I was at her place; at the time I thought it might make a useful gift. It's the Goody Goody Binding Kit. The idea is that it has everything in it that you need when binding a just grab it and sit and stitch that binding down!
Barb likes French General fabrics so what else would I use?
It gets it's name from the Goody Goody yum yums that are tucked into the
spare pocket - sustenance is always a good idea when sewing down binding! 
The pattern is found *here* on Lella Boutique.  I added a small piece of elastic and button to trap the scissors in their little strawberry.

And I made this kitchen set for another friend, Leeanne
Handtowel, pot stand/oven mitt and a fabric microwave bowl.
After yelping and nearly burning my hands with a bowl of soup in the microwave recently I decided I needed one of these fabric bowls.... so now I've made one for Leeanne but I'm still waiting for mine!! Typical, huh?! There are various tutorials around; I used *this* one from Tamarack Shack.
(Note that if you want to make one of these you do need to use 100% cotton materials - including the thread. And we're advised no longer than 3 minutes in the microwave, too.)
The pot stand was a clever little design with a smaller sqaure also
quilted and them sliced on the diagonal and the centre edges bound.
 It has created a handy mitt to make it mult-purpose.
A decorated hand-towel completes the set.
My stitching group had our monthly get-together last night; I made some progress on the latest Anderson's Farm block.
Block 5. I decided to applique the dog rather than stitch him. And I quite like how
 he turned out - although the collar was a bit of a challenge!
And because Barb had a special '0' birthday we'd made her a friendship quilt which we gave to her last night. We each made a 'special' block and then 2-3 extra blocks. And, as her contribution, it was lovingly quilted by another member of our group, Leeanne.
Barb and her quilt. I think we managed to surprise her!
These are the blocks that I had made -
The fabric (carefully joined) in the centre of the stars is the one used in the
This is my 'special' block. A fun one to make.
I think I'd quite like to make some more of these :-)
It looks like it's going to be another soggy day today..... guess I might be hibernating with a pile of fabric....
'till next time,
happy creating,


  1. Hi Raewyn such beautiful sets ,lucky friends .....

  2. Wow! You've kept pretty busy and accomplished a lot of fun projects and blocks! XO

  3. lovely gifts you put together and Barbs quilt is just lovely... I bet she was so pleased...

  4. Those are awesome gifts. I love the surprise quilt too. It makes those "0" birthdays all the more fun.

  5. Some lucky friends there Raewyn. Love the potholder pattern too. Soggy day here too, about to sew. Hopefully will have a pic or two to show.

  6. Lovely handmade gifts, nothing could be nicer!

  7. Really gorgeous gifts there Raewyn ... some lucky recipients. And both prezzies are usefull too. I love Barbs quilt ... am sure she would've loved it too.

  8. The binding bag looks very handy. The button and loop for the scissors was a brilliant touch!
    I like that "special" block, too. Combining stars and churn dash--that is a winner in my book!

  9. both pretty and practical the gifts you have made and the quilt is a real beauty, another nice piece of applique and the star in a star block is a new one to me

  10. Lovely presents you have made Raewyn very pretty and useful. That quilt is wonderful and a great idea for a special birthday. Wonderful blocks you have made too.

  11. You have sewn some lovely gifts. Big happy special birthday wishes to Barb. You have all created a beautiful quilt and keepsake xx

  12. Lovely gifts and lucky recipients. I love the binding kit! xx

  13. So many beautiful gifts! I feel handmade gifts are the most thoughtful and personal!

  14. Lucky friends receiving the beautiful handmade gifts.
    Cute dog in your Lynette block...
    What a lovely "0" quilt for a special lady. Love the blocks you make and the extra one looks interesting...

  15. The binding kit is so much fun. I’ve made four now and still don’t have one for myself! :-)

  16. Lovely little gifts!!! stay warm as I try to stay cool in the sewing room

  17. Your gifts are delightful ad very thoughtful.
    Love the quilt your group made also. Great blocks to have made for it. It is really interesting to see how it all works well together.
    I think hibernating with fabric works really well.

  18. Dear Raewyn,
    how lovely your Frinedship-Quilt turned out. What a gorgeous gift!!! And your other presents look so nice. What a good job for your friends you did!
    And with nosy eyes I look to the next block of LA´s Button Club. I like your dog very much...perhaps I copy your version, if I may?
    Many hugs

  19. Barbara's binding bag is such a practical present, every quiltmaker puts binding on! Thanks for my pressie too!

  20. I love your special block! What wonderful gifts you are making for your friends.

  21. Hallo Raewyn,

    your Lynette Anderson´s blocks are so beautiful and your stitching are so lovely.
    I like your Hugo and his friends.

    Best wishes

  22. I love those fabric microwave bowls too. I don't put them in the microwave for long either.


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