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

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A little progress —

My main focus at the moment is an applique project - top secret right now -
This is all I can share.....
I had to have a bit of a break from it the other day though after cutting myself. It was nothing dramatic but it was at the top of my thumb which made the handwork difficult.
So I spent an afternoon trying to catch up on my Mod Bear's Paw quilt which is the quiltalong currently being run by Lorna of Sewfreshquilts. I still haven't quite completed all the Bear Paw blocks but I was itching to work on the bear!
I made the first set of blocks and was SOLD!! I loved how it was looking...luckily YD was on dinner duties that night so I was able to sew for a bit longer :-)
I was pleased with how easily this came together once I focussed - yaay we have a bear!
Doesn't he look supercool emerging from those blocks?
And I'm really happy with how my colours are working too 

On the knitting front YD has finished yet another jersey for her wee dog.... she's really caught the bug!
Here is Oscar-Riley modelling his newest jersey.
He has enough to (nearly) fill a wardrobe now! She's basically making them up as she goes, refining the pattern for each one!
The best dressed dog on the farm!
[Don't mention to her that summer is coming....!]
My cut thumb has healed quickly and so it's back to the applique for me... another sneaky peak showing some progress —
— this is the reverse side. For this project I've returned to my favourite method of hand-applique; Back Basting. I first learnt about this method *here* and find it a no-fuss and convenient method to use.
Must get back to it now....this flower aint going to sew itself while I play on the computer :-)
Happy stitching,
and thanks for stopping by,

29 comments:

sewyouquilt2 said...

love your bear so cool!

Maria said...

Look forward to seeing the reveal of your sneak peek!
The Bear does look fabulous between the blocks..
Lucky wee dog having such a colourful wardrobe of jackets. Well done YD.

Lesley said...

I adore your blue bear! What a great idea!

I am said...

Hi Raewyn oh I love your bear ,it looks fantastic,and I love your YDs wardrobe of knitted dog jumpers,so cute,she has done an amazing job of them xx

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

love your bear!most are doing him in black or brown's but your blue looks fantastic and original!

Lorna McMahon said...

So glad to hear your thumb has made a recovery. What beautiful stitching on that applique! And your teal bear is simply stunning!

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Hi --glad to hear that the thumb has healed and that you can get back to hand work--
love the bear quilt--great colors--and you YD is getting to be quite the dog outfit knitter--
have a great stitchy day--
love and laughter, di

Lisa J. said...

Your bear looks amazing. I love the blue bear with your bear paws. The applique is really lovely as well.

Summer said...

The bear looks really cute ♥

Janet O. said...

I am loving that bear--your colors are fantastic!
Too funny about that well dressed little dog.
So sorry about your thumb. Glad it has improved. You have me curious about your applique project. : )

Fiona said...

lovely work - and well done with the bear - looks great. Glad your thumb healed quickly
Hugz

desertskyquilts said...

What beautiful things you have going on. I'm so glad your thumb healed quickly. Your dog has his own closet rack! =)

Sheila said...

Your bear is amazing , fantastic job! The little dog jackets are just too cute , great job by your daughter.

Leeanne said...

You cut the end of your thumb? A cut or cut a piece off? Either way sounds sore and a nuisance. That bear quilt is awesome.

Rosemary Dickinson said...

I just love your bear paw quilt! What a great pattern! Your applique looks wonderful! You're doing a great job, hurt thumb and all!!

kiwikid said...

Not good cutting your thumb!! Good to hear it is healing. Your bear sure is super cool, love it coming out from the blocks. Your YD is going so well with the dog jumpers, and the model is sensational!!! Will he have sun smart ones for summer? Thanks for the link to the applique methodm looks interesting.

Needled Mom said...

Your blue bear looks fabulous. I also like that applique flower. I wish summer was on its way here. ;-(

Lin said...

Your bear is brilliant - what a great idea.. xx

margaret said...

the bear looks very much at home. Ouch good to read the thumb has healed now.
Just been looking at the tutorial for applique how very clear have converted it to a pdf and saved it maybe at last I might be able to make a small piece thanks for sharing it with us

Sue said...

Your daughter is doing so well with her dog couture!! Clever girl.

Mdm Samm said...

this is stunning...amazing craftwomanship ...x

Julierose said...

Love your emerging bear--really neat. Your applique looks so lovely--glad your thumb is better--that hurts!! hugs, julierose

Marlene said...

Knife skills or Rotary cutter?? Glad to hear the thumb has healed enough to start stitching again. Applique looks very nice. Your bear is coming along well-I have been tempted but resisted so far. I did have a chuckle at the dog clothes hanging up-they look so cute but summer is coming!! Don't tell her and maybe the dog will be the same size next winter!!

Linda in Calif. said...

This is beyond beautiful. I just adore your colors.

Julie said...

Wow - that bear-paw quilt is looking fabulous.

Kerry said...

Just love the bear walking through the quilt Raewyn....really finishes off the quilt. And gosh YD has been a busy beaver too.xxxx

Karen S said...

First of all - ouch!!! Glad it wasn't too bad and is mending quickly.
Love seeing your bear. It is working really well in these colours.
And your sneak peeks look lovely, too.
I do enjoy seeing the knitted outfits your daughter makes. They are fun.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Love your take on the bearpaw quilt! I've not tried back basting applique before, thanx for the link, looks interesting!

Marjorie said...

Looking good! I'm with you. Backbasting all the way!