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

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Monthly Goal for March

I haven't had a chance for much sewing this week but I have been having a bit of a think about my goals for this month. In particular, what to link up to Patty's One Monthly Goal post over at elm street quilts.
I have come across this rather innocuous bundle of fabric a couple of times lately and am thinking that maybe it's time to do something with it!
First to work out what it is!
Ahh that's right...the start of a cushion.
This was from back in 2015 when I was taking part in Sewcalgal's monthly free motion quilting challenge. Each month we had an expert share a tutorial (etc) and the challenge was to make a cushion to showcase our new skills.
I had done March's challenge-
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And April's too -
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But lost momentum after that.
So my goal for the month is to turn that bundle into a cushion. I might even be able to spend some time going through my quilting books for inspiration to make it into Something Fancy!!
Thank you Patty for having us along!

A bit of a distraction lately is the upcoming wedding of our eldest daughter :-) Family will be pleased to know that I have finally adjusted the Matron of Honour dress YD will be wearing!
No mean effort - it was a terrible fit!
And just so I don't go absolutely  mad with no 'real sewing' I sewed up a second 9-patch Churndash block.
My DREAMi moment from February.
I really like this fun block so can definitely see more in my future! I've found a few more fabrics to add to the mix, I'm so used to sewing scrappy, I needed more!
While I was sewing I looked around and realised I had the company of all three house pets.
Timmie on the ironing board
Nigel keeping an eye on the diary on my cutting desk.
And Oscar-Riley under the cutting bench, his customary spot
out of the way of pins and cutters.
You can see how his neck has healed really well. No scar from
those 11 stitches he had (none visible anyway).
We are looking forward to our wedding weekend and family time,  guess there won't be much sewing time over the next few days but I'm sure I'll make up for it next week!!
Thanks for visiting,
Happy stitches,


Leeanne said...

looks like that cushion top is calling out to be finished! lovely 9 patch churndashes, would make a fabulous quilt. Good luck and happy wedding/family time.


There is always time for sewing--
once the family times are over--
so go--enjoy and take lots of photos for us--
give them all a hug from blog land--
enjoy the moments, di

Katie said...

Gorgeous cushions! I must try my hand at something like that. :-)

Needled Mom said...

The FMQ on the cushions looks wonderful and I love your scrappy blocks.

Have a wonderful wedding week.

Connie said...

Your free motion work is beautiful . . . life is too short to sew all the time, get out there and enjoy those special family times. After all they are the best of times :)

Rebecca in AK said...

A wedding! Such a happy family time! Enjoy! Your quilting on your cushions is just fabulous. I am loving your scrappy blocks too.

Sheila said...

I am sure you will come up with some really pretty for the cushion top , the others are gorgeous. Have a wonderful wedding , I hope your daughter has the special day I am sure she deserves .

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Love your quilting on the cushions! Enjoy the wedding, very special times!

Julie said...

Woohoo Raewyn, a wedding this weekend, how special !!! Pleased to see Timmie asleep on the ironing board ... doesnt make me feel so bad about Blackie sleeping on mine :-)

Karen S said...

Good luck with your goals but I think you can be excused when there is a wedding in the wings. That is far more important.

Anonymous said...

Hi Raewyn ,wow i love seeing your work,those cushions are amazing,well done.

margaret said...

how good to be having a family wedding, do hope the sun shines for you all. I am sure it will be a very happy day
Wow loving those cushions, how I envy you for doing such great quilting I have almost given up on FMQing.Churn dash blocks look good too and thanks for sharing the link in a previous blog, not that i have made one yet!

Suz J said...

I do like those scrappy churn dashes... very traditional, but with a twist. Hmm, maybe something I could adapt for the RSC at some stage in the future... oh, no, making plans for the next RSC - there is no hope for me now!!!

Lin said...

Your cushions look lovely so it will be interesting to see what you do wth the third one. Hope all goes well for the wedding and that you have a lovely family time. xx

Fiona said...

lovely sewing... I battled keeping up with making all those cushions too! Have a lovely wedding time.... well done with the alterations - I'm not sure I would know what to do!

Michelle Ridgway said...

How exciting.....a wedding! Such a pretty colour for YD. Wow! Your quilting is fabulous. Love your churn dash blocks and your overseers with fur lol!

Patty said...

Nice pillows! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck on your project!

Janet O. said...

Your two completed cushions are gorgeous. Can't wait to see what this third one looks like when finished.
Had to laugh at the understatement of your daughter's wedding being a "bit of a distraction". : )
Love your churn dash/nine-patch blocks. They will make such a fun quilt--when you have more time.
This non-quilty sewing can tax my brain. I'm glad you got the alterations done on the matron of honor dress. I have been stretching my abilities making quiet book (AKA busy book) pages for YGD. I can see in my eye what I want to make, but figuring out the mechanics of making it happen is really challenging me.
Hope all goes well with the wedding!!

Julie said...

Finish it off. Miss having a cat around the house, not that mine ever kept me company when sewing. Hope you haven't been hit too badly with all the rain.

Teresa said...

Pretty pillows. I am very impressed with your free motion quilting. I know it takes practice, but sure wish I could just wiggle my nose and be able to accomplish those pretty stitches.

KaHolly said...

Wow! Those pillows are awesome! Good luck making another. But first, have a fun wedding! I hope to see some pictures! XO

Doreen said...

LUV that second pillow design, especially!!!! I had forgotten about all those "challenges" of years ago!!! Where has the time gone?? And we've (most of us) come so far in the FMQ!!!! Yay!!! Hugs.....

kiwikid said...

Have a wonderful wedding time, hope the weather plays along and everyone has a great time. That dress looks like a beautiful colour. Love how Nigel sleeps, is like the battery suddenly stops and he just stays where he was!! Lovely to have the animals all around you. Your cushions are beautiful, looking forward to seeing the next one. Your churn dashes are beautiful too. Take lots of wedding photos to share please.

Lisa J. said...

Hi Raewyn. Have a wonderful time at the wedding! I'm looking forward to seeing what fancy stitches you put on the new pillow

Edith said...

Your cushions are gorgeous, excellent quilting, looking forward to seeing the other join the group. A wedding - how exciting, love the aqua colour.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Your pillows are stunning.

Sue said...

Those cushions a rather lovely!! I bet the wedding was beautiful, hope all went well and the weather behaved. Look forward to seeing a photo or two.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Oh I missed this post! Love the cushions, especially the pink one :) Your fur babies are gorgeous too :) xx