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

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Friday Night Sewing and OMG



Just a quick post today as the day is fast disappearing on me!
Last night I joined in with Cheryll and 27 other sewers for Friday Night with Friends..... working away in the company of others around the globe is always a nice feeling.
I spent the evening cutting more diamonds for my Evandale quilt, which I am working on for The Country Yard. I haven't really talked about it much; it is an 'in the background' project.
I've run out of papers so I have to start sewing the joined (EPP) blocks onto the next border. Then I can remove some papers to re-use. Hopefully that will be tonight's armchair sewing.
The result of my FNWF...thank you ladies for your company :-)
The diamonds I cut last night will become the wee diamond blocks seen to the
left of the photo.
Evandale is a Leonie Bateman design - below is the centre of the quilt which I shared last year. A lot of handsewing but none of it difficult...it's a very relaxing quilt to be making!
Pretty fabrics.

This year I've decided to join in and link up with the One Monthly Goal 'team' again ... I started doing this last year and found it a great motivator...at the start of the month set a goal, it doesn't matter if it is big or small (simply that it is achieveable), and at the end of the month report back with your success in completing it!
Last year Heidi of Red Letter Quilts was running it but it has now passed on to Patty of Elm Street quilts.... I used it as a way to work on completely hidden away projects that would not have got a look in otherwise. (Like the cushions I completed last month  - I was too late to link them up as a monthly goal).
I couldn't decide what to work on but after washing some runners and hanging them up to dry —
— I remembered I had another sewn but unfinished applecore runner 'somewhere'. So finishing that deeply hidden and long forgotten UFO will become my goal for February.
When I found it and spread it out, I remembered I hadn't been happy with the light tan fabric of 3 of the applecores. They don't look so bad in the photo but really do stitck out like sore thumbs.
First step then, replace those 3 applecores (sadly I no longer have access to a Go-cutter!) and then quilt and bind. No sweat huh. We'll see :-)
There do seem to be linkys left right and centre for all sorts of things. As well as great motivators, I've found them to be a good way of staying focussed and a way to share the stitchy love with like minded people. 
So to this post's motivators, Cheryll and Patty, thank you ♥

Today I've been working away on a secret project - no further sharing for now..all I can say is that I LOVE how it's turned out.
A tease-y photo!
I'm on dinner duties tonight so must get organised, thank you for visiting!
Happy stitches,

32 comments:

Leeanne said...

looking very yummy Raewyn! lots of tempting goodies. The apple core table runner is a timeless classic really, I have a Go cutter, I was lucky to win one through the NZ Quilter magazine but it only came with one die and it's not an apple core, otherwise you would have been welcome to cut up some apple cores.

creations.1 said...

You have been having a productive time!

I am said...

Hi Raewyn,lots of beautiful work done,good on you.

Patty D from NC said...

I really like those applecores. Thanks for linking up to Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck on your project.

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

I could never get into the apple cores. I thought I wanted to make a big quilt with them and quit after it got large enough to make a small table mat LOL but I did finish it!

Anthea said...

Hi Raewyn
Wow I love the look of the apple cores... are they hard to stitch together? I can never quite understand how they get stitched together with their curves.
Lovely works happening there for you xx

Maria said...

Your long term project Evandale is going to be a beautiful quilt...
Won't be hard to hand cut only three Apple core blocks.. Enjoy finishing the table runner...

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I want to do an apple core project--some day--hu???
love your 2--and I do understand when a fabric jumps out and shouts and it is not a good 'shout' and we must change them out--hope it goes well for you--
the other projects look like they are coming along--
enjoy the moments,di
PS--I am on dinner duty every night!!!

Anne Ida said...

The Evandale is a lovely quilt - your's is looking beautiful s far! Love the look of the apple cores. Great finish, and best of luck with the other :-)

Connie said...

I love seeing what you are up to . . . so many beautiful things have been made with your fingers. You are amazing!
Thanks for sharing.
Connie :)

Mystic Quilter said...

I've never used the apple core pattern before but I'm hooked on the look of your table runner! Another on the list for using my scraps.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Some interesting projects on the go! I've always liked 'apple core' quilts but never made one, hope you find substitute fabric! Look forward to seeing more of your secret sewing!

kiwikid said...

So many lovely things happening in your sewing room Raewyn. You do have a love of small pieces don't you!! Link ups are a great idea for getting things done!!

Karen's Korner said...

Some lovely things happening at your place.

Janet said...

Lots of hand stitching going on there! I really like the apple core table runner. I might have to try one of those. If you lived nearby I'd let you use my Go cutter. But you don't :)

Teresa said...

Apple core is one of my favorite blocks, and I do love your table runners. Have you thought of tea dying the off white blocks and seeing if that will help subdue the color? I know I sure would hate to have to remove and resew them.

Quilting Chemist (Danette) said...

Beautiful projects. I especially like that secret project.

Needled Mom said...

That Evandale project is just gorgeous. I've always admired the apple core patterns.

Susan said...

I do agree about the motivation. I find having a list and a set of "really want to finish this year" does keep me focused...mostly!

marina said...

lots of loveliness to see in your post. Love the apple cores and the blues in your sneeky peek look gorgeous.
looking forward to seeing your Evandale quilt progress, so pretty!

margaret said...

good to see the runner is going to be completed fiddy to take out those light tan cores but will be worth it..The Evandale quilt is special and interesting to see what the blue project is going to be, teasing us.

Fiona said...

you've done well.... I love those apple cores...
Hugz

desertskyquilts said...

Those really ARE wee diamonds! On the apple core pieces ... what if you dyed them with something - RIT dye or OzeDyes - you could paint that one on! Or tea or coffee dyed the whole thing?

Bizarre Quilter said...

Wow. powering along.

Isn't it amazing when we realise why we stopped a particular project?

Wouldn't it be great if we could get them all finished? Bahahahahah. Dreaming here.

Jeanette said...

Very lovely projects you been working on. Hugs, xx

Cisca Heiden van der said...

I love your Evendale block! You are such a busy quiltlady with so many projects, lovely applecores!
love, Cisca

Linda in Calif. said...

I love how your secret project is turning out too! Not only am I on dinner duty tonight, I'm on baby changing, hugging and cuddling! I'm giving New Daddy a break. Those girls are driving him crazy. I really love your Evendale block. What a fun one to do.

Karen S said...

Good luck with all your plans. Lots of work in the diamond pieces and great idea to complete the apple core runner. The fabrics in your secret project are lovely.
Beautiful work, as always.

Shirley said...

Lots to keep you busy and good luck with your monthly goal. I write a monthly list still but I need to look at it occasionally to jog my memory. I always think I can achieve more but rarely do. Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Chookyblue...... said...

lovely projects on the go.........

Suz J said...

I do like your feathered star. I've never attempted a "real" one - although I have a project with a faux one that gives a similar effect.

Lesley said...

Oh my goodness, you have been busy! Love the centre block...your work is wonderful! I haven't been seeing your blogs lately for some reason so signed up to get them through bloglovin. Hate to miss out on seeing all your beautiful quilty things!