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

Sunday, October 9, 2016

A little crochet, a little sewing

After a busy week it was nice to settle into my cosy chair and spend Friday Night with Friends working on my Mandala Madness CAL. I haven't worked on this for a while as my evenings have been taken up with applique (and so on) so I've been getting a renewed joy from making a little progress on it again.
I'm up to Part 11 (there are 18 parts and a total of 111 rounds); I've just measured and my circumference is now 3 metres!!! No wonder it is taking me several nights to get around one round!!
I finished the light blue and started the dark on Friday night.
For those who haven't seen me working on this before, below is a bigger picture. The CAL is well over now and there have been some real beauties produced. I'm hoping this will be another one by the end of the year!

On Saturday I joined in with the FNwF crafters from the northern hemisphere and spent some time working on my Mod Bear Paw QAL . We're supposed to be up to making the large bear block (Lorna is setting a cracking pace!) but I'm still on the bear paw blocks, now totaling 6! I've continued on using the 8 HST at a time method I showed *here* so they are coming together pretty quickly - when I get the chance to work on them, that is!
I still cant get a photo that shows my colours correctly - this one below is a little better.... the light coloured background is a light grey-blue-ish colour.
Thank you Cheryll for hosting us all on Friday night. Pop along *here* to see who else was crafting away with us.

With school holidays drawing to  a close, our step grand-kiddies who were staying have gone home. They had a great two weeks on the farm with many new experiences; so many animals to take care of :-) One of the highlights of the second week was their dad building them a treehut.
I was a little sad when the MOML had to limb up this Oak tree in the autumn.... the branches were getting in the way of the milk tanker when it came...but it gave a perfect shape and space for the treehut. It's had more sides put on since this photo was taken. The next time they come I'm sure it will be the perfect spot for spending their summer days!
I hope I have a long Sunday in The Palace today, the due baby I mentioned in my last post has arrived so I'd best get sewing his welcome gifts!
Happy stitches and thanks for visiting,

33 comments:

Janet O. said...

I am always amazed by the Mandala! It is an incredible piece!
Where will you put it when it is finished? Sounds like it will be considerable in size!
How many of those Bear Paw blocks do you still have to make? Someday I want to do a Bear Paw in plaids.
Oh, I'll bet they loved the tree house. Always thought those were so cool when I was young.
Enjoy your stitching time!

Julierose said...

Your Mandala looks so lovely--I have never crocheted in the round--I only have really done Granny Squares (how appropos as i am a Grand-mere after all LOL) Are they difficult? I haven't crocheted in a long time--am mainly knitting shawls for my night time tv watching...
Your Bear Paws look so neat! hugs, Julierose

Needled Mom said...

The mandala is looking fabulous. That is a lot of stitching to get all the way around it.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Your mandala is amazing, love seeing the progress here! Raining again today, you may be able to get a little bit more sewing done!

Christine M said...

Your Mandala looks fantastic Raewyn.

Mystic Quilter said...

Your Mandala has grown! Lovely coloureds - what size will it be when finished?

marina said...

Lots of lovely crafting to show, your mandala is amazing and love those bear blocks!
What lucky children to have a tree house, bet they will have such wonderful memories of their holidays on the farm.

I am said...

Good morning Raewyn ,i am loving your crochet Mandala,its so pretty,i will enjoy watching this one grow.
Your blocks look fantastic and what an awesome tree house,hope your day is a good one my friend xx

mari said...

The Mandala is looking beautiful! wow, when finished, it will be just gorgeous :0) mari

Chookyblue...... said...

Your crochet looks great...... Nice bears paw to.....

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

The Mandala is gorgeous...beautiful colors!

margaret said...

I had no idea the mandala was going to be usch a large piee wow it is going to be spectacular. Like you love the 8 method of HSTs. Tree house looks great fun fo the kids or maybe you will visit it too.

Karen's Korner said...

Your mandala is certainly growing and I guess it is rather heavy as each round is added. So looking forward to seeing the end result.

Lin said...

Your mandala is looking stunning. Great place for the treehouse - what fun. xx

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

The crochet is awesome... fantastic blocks 💖

KaHolly said...

Three meters! Did I read that right!? Wow! That's huge! It's also gorgeous! XO

Karen S said...

Lovely work on your mandala. It does take ages to get around the last handful of rows on any of these, doesn't it? Worth it though!
Good progress on the bear paws too. I am amazed you have had any time with all the farm work at this time of year and having visitors stay. I am impressed.
Love the fun tree house. That will provide many fun hours and loads of memories.

Chantal said...

Your Mandala Madness is coming along so nicely. It looks wonderful. I also really like your bear paw blocks. I have been wanting to make a bear paw quilt for ages. The tree house sounds like such fun. Glad the kiddos had a great time visiting with you.

Leeanne said...

Your mandala is growing and so is the wow factor! Cool to have the kidlets enjoying farm life.

desertskyquilts said...

The mandala is beautiful, and I'm excited to see your progress on the bear quilt. I love it, but just had no time to make it, so it's nice to see yours. That tree hut seems perfect for young and old alike. =) Thanks for sharing such an eclectic post!

Julie said...

Your mandala is just beautiful Raewyn - I love the colours you are using. It sure is going to be huge. Love that tree hut ... reminds me of the hours & hours my boys spent in their tree hut. Have a great week Raewyn x x

Fiona said...

Your mandala is just stunning... I love love love it....
Hugz

Sue said...

Your crocheted Mandala is something of beauty, what an amazing thing you are creating. I do love a tree hut, stuff of our childhood, so great to see kids are still building them. YAY!!

Kim said...

Your Mandela is absolutely amazing, being new to crochet I don't think I'd ever be able to crochet such loveliness.

Theresa said...

The Mandala is so pretty! Bear paws look great. I have problems photographing white quite often myself. Seeing the tree hut makes me think about the tree house I had when I was a kid. My mom totally freaked when my sister and I painted it a sky blue. It was awful not to mention all the paint we got all over ourselves too. lol

Summer said...

Especially loving the crochet! Pretty colours ♥

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kiwikid said...

Your mandala is coming along beautifully! The bears paws look great too. That is a fantastic tree hut, the kids will love it!

Laura said...

What a great crochet project! I can't crochet very well, but a good friend of mine would love to do this.

Maria said...

Your Mandala is fantastic and the blocks are growing nicely.. I know what colour your background fabric as I have used it in my Chateau Hexagon...

Lisa J. said...

Hi Raewyn: I'm happy to see that you are at 6 bear paws. I've just started mine. Thanks so much for sharing the links to the 8 at a time method. For some reason I thought it would take a lot of figuring out so I waited until I had a very clear head to figure it out and it was so easy. She's on to the sashing now! I'm happily trailing along behind.

Lorna McMahon said...

Your Bear Paw blocks look fabulous, Raewyn! So glad to have you quilting along!

Suz J said...

I suppose in the grand scheme of things the mandala is approaching the end. What will it's final measurements be? Of course, I am interested in what you are going to do with it?

Linda said...

Isn't it amazing how different the same quilt design can look when different sewers make them with all sorts of colours and styles of fabrics? That would have been a lovely collection of quilts on view. Well done on leading an excellent class, Raewyn! Wish I lived near you and could have joined in.