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

Monday, October 31, 2016

Wrestling Zebras....

...and cuddling Pooh....
I had a chance this past weekend to catch up on some much needed baby gift sewing —
First of all, the zebras....Wrestling was the name of the game when finishing the caddy I started as a class sample and talked about *here*  
The last step of sewing the binding on is a good little challenge; best attempted at the start of the day with a coffee or two inside.
So happy to have it finally done though —

The inside has handy little pockets in it.
We're going to fill this with baby goodies and hope it will be well used.
Such a neat design, the Soft and Stable batting really makes it a quality product. There have already been orders from my household for more of these...!
(EDIT: I've just linked up to Elm Street Quilts for Patty's Bag It event. Click *here* to go and visit and get some more bag inspiration - there are also some great ideas and tutorials for gift making...)

My second baby gift this weekend was this cot panel which I quilted up ... no piecing at all ... to complete this I free motion quilted around the animals and other printed features.
I put some nice soft minky on the back and used cotton:wool batting so it has turned out nice and cuddly.
It's hard to tell from the photo but in the sky I quilted the newborn's name; no arguments over who it was made for!
And I turned the minky to the front to bind it. Quick and easy :-)
Only one scrap was harmed in the making of this quilt! Oops!
I'm looking forward to delivering these baby gifts in person in a couple of weeks time :-)
Today the wee dog had to take a break from his farm duties..... model YD's latest creation.... the Country Club Golfing Sweater...
...another one for the wardrobe :-)

As you can see there's plenty happening around here... I feel good about my first finishes for AGES but there's still a humungous pile of things I want to get through!
Have a lovely week and happy creating,


  1. Absolutely gorgeous sewing and you wee pup looks adorable in the jumper.

  2. What a wonderful caddy Raewyn, will be a fantastic gift. .great for a crafter too, love the zebras!! The quilt is lovely too, that dof is a super model, great new jumper!!

  3. You should feel good about this week accomplishes! Wow! Love that bag! The fabric is perfection! You crack me up! I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who has scrappy little mishaps like that! Sweet blankie! The dog's sweater is absolutely charming. He can work those cows in style! XO

  4. These are all so pretty and cute ♥

  5. Great looking bag! I think I'd like to make one too! You should like your bag up with my Elm Street Quilts Bag It event for a chance to win some prizes -

  6. Hi Raewyn ,i love your baby gifts ,they are both so cute.
    Wow this puppy is the best dressed dog around,your daughter's knitting is amazing Raewyn xx

  7. what a well dressed pooch you have! so many cute sweaters you have shown recently - does he like wearing them? does it get really cold - you do not often see dogs in sweaters here.
    I love the baby items you made and it sounds like you have baby visit coming up- have fun

  8. That is a really cute and useful-looking zebra bag. Maybe you should agree to take orders if they do their own wrestling at the end.
    The Pooh panel turned into a very sweet little quilt.
    But most of all, you have to love a dog in classic argyle. All other pooches will be green with envy when they see this!

  9. Great finishes Raewyn. Aren't there always lots of finishes to get through?!

  10. that bag is really lovely. I remember doing one that needed a lot of wrangling too but it makes a difference with the end product. cute little cot quilt and I love the dog outfit.... very fashionista!


  11. I love your baby caddy. Looks a bit tricky to sew but all those pockets will make it amazingly useful.

  12. LOVE that bag! The fabrics are wonderful in it too. Great projects.

  13. More gorgeous creations going on there Raewyn .. love the baby caddy. I find too, that I am best to tackle any tricky sewing jobs early in the day with a coffee in me!! Helps with the concentration :-)

  14. loving the Winniw the Poo panel and the bag looks great I do have the pattern to make one but looks so complicated.

  15. I love your caddy - I don't know about babies but it looks to me like it would make a super useful sewing basket! Great work with the quilt. xx

  16. That's a great looking caddy and I do like your fabric selection.
    Well done on the finish with the panel, too.
    Bet you are excited about catching up with them!

  17. You do make some amazing gifts for people. Loving the preppy look the wee dog is rocking out.

  18. What wonderful baby gifts! That bag will be SO handy, and the cuddle quilt will comfort the baby. Delivering in person? That's the best! Love the dog sweater YD made. So upscale!

  19. Those baby gifts are awesome...and the doggy designs are too cute!

  20. I love that zebra bag. I should make something like that for my daughter, however, it looks like it was hard work to put together. Pooh quilt is very cute too - I like the way you quilted it. Love the joke about only one scrap harmed - hahahahaha!!

  21. The zebras are just insanely cute - and look great with the sketch binding. That looks like a great bag pattern, and one you could use for all sorts of purposes. Love the dog jumper... it seems that the design and sizing issues have all been sorted out :o)

  22. Great bag, Raewyn, well worth the fight, and it will be so useful!
    Loving the Zebras! Winnie the Pooh looks cute too!
    YD is really looking after the wee doggy - lots of choices in the wardrobe! Sweet pics!
    Barbara xx

  23. You have such great projects here. I love that zebra bag!


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