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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Whew, done - just!

I'm happy this morning that there are different time zones around the world - it means that I have finished my One Monthly Goal in time to link up - even though it is the beginning of the month here in New Zealand, it's still the end of the month elsewhere!
My goal for February was to complete the Applecore runner I'd started a few years ago. It was all sewn together but I wasn't happy with one of the fabrics I'd used.
One Monthly Goal - to finish this!
When I wrote about how the fabric was troubling me, several kind people suggested I tea-dye or dye those cores with a paintbrush. What a great idea, I thought! However when then a fabric literally fell at my feet one day (great storage system huh?!), I decided I'd found the perfect substitute and I didn't needed to dye after all.
Out with the offending fabric -

- and in with the new :-)
Quilted and bound - and, at the last minute, February's goal ticked off the list!
Couldn't get a good apple tree photo but thought the pumpkin patch one was ok!
The colours have washed out a bit in the strong sunlight.
Thank you to Patty of elm street quilts for hosting OMG - it gave me the push I needed to get this long forgotten UFO finished. 

I'm also linking up to Joy's Finishing Stitches Challenge. This linky shows progress we're making on our UFOs...this is my third ufo finish for the year - a good start I reckon :-)

Maybe one of the reasons I was scrambling to get to the finish line was that I had a bit of a DREAMi moment over the weekend. Sandra (of Musings of a Menopausal Melon) is running a fun monthly linkup where we're allowed to admit to those things where we have DRop Everything And Make It moments! This is mine!
It started when I was doing a bit of sorting and tidying after fiishing my Farm Girl Vintage quilt. While putting my scraps away I came across this box of fabric...carefully sorted and safely stored......"oh dear, what was this for I wondered?"
 When I saw the label on the side I gave a little giggle - oh yes - I was going to make that last year - I'd planned to start it after my big holiday - well that never happened oh well.
 Next minute I was sewing away, all thoughts of tidying (and Applecores) forgotten - just to see how the fabrics played together.....
I had came across this block on Sarah's sewjoy blog recently. She has a great tutorial *here*.
I like it - the start of a new project perhaps... another DREAMi moment?
Going through my photos for this post, I've just come across some more. The trouble with doing a secret project is that sometimes you forget to write about it!
I made this Feathered Star cushion as a class sample at my favourite quilt shop.
It's oversized and I love it!!
Fiona of BubzRugz did a blogpost recently on her scrappy quilt backings - well this cushion back is head to toe in scraps as well - there're 7 fabrics pieced together for this (one is hidden under the flap).
Oh what fun!
A new month - and Autumn around the corner - wonder what will happen in The Palace now - I'm excited to see what I will pull out of a box next!
Thank you for reading along,
and happy stitches,

24 comments:

Linda in Calif. said...

In my humble opinion - that fabric needed to go and the new one is just right. It updates that applecore quilt. Really you made that feathered star and I didn't know about it? I think it wonderful! And I love the quilting on it. I really love that pillow with the seven fabrics too. I so want to make some, I have the fabric and the forms. Oh well, one of these days.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Love the 'little' dreami blocks--and be happy that you have some 'treasure-surprise' boxes to discover--I miss those days!! I do have some fabric collections--some small and some larger that I keep 'hoping' I will find time to play with--so maybe I need to do a 'dreami'day--
enjoy the moments,di

Julie said...

Love that applecore runner Raewyn - LoVe the colour way you have used. Yes it is lovely to feel a little touch of autumn in the air I agree. Look forward to some cooler temps.

Sandra Walker said...

Yay for having the perfect fabric fall at your feet! And yay for succumbing to a DrEAMi! It's really pretty. I made a scrappy pillow back once before too, and quite liked it. Why haven't I done another? They're all 'proper' and matchy-matchy. Thanks for linking up with DrEAMi!

Alice said...

Congrats on the finish! The colors are great! I always have something falling at my feet in the sewing room--unfortunately it is not usually the right color. You are so lucky!

margaret said...

apple core look so good now you have replaced the fabric you disliked.Best of luck with the splendid sampler I made a few blocks but all th FPP ones I cannot do will learn one day and have downloaded them all so maybe one day I will make more some |I mad 12" instead of 6"

Michelle Ridgway said...

Great replacement. Love your Applecore runner...well done. Giggling about your Splendid Sampler. I try to be focused but then it's like...oh look another pretty lol! Love your beautiful cushion.

Karen S said...

So pleased you found the right fabric for your apple core. It worked out so well.
And it doesn't take much to distract us quilters, does it? I like that new block.
Lovely work on the shop sample cushion. And great use of fabrics for the back.

The Sloan Patch said...

Well done...I have a few apple cores stashed too...your runner might just be the inspiration I need! What a great find... a 'kit' ready to go...you go girl!

Teresa said...

Its perfect! Love the apple core and the other projects you have shown.

I am said...

Hi Raewyn such beautiful work,well done with your lovely finishes,that cushion is amazing.

Lesley said...

Congrats on your wonderful finishes! Love that pillow!

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

love the feathered star and have made several over the years - something about that pattern I just love

Janet O. said...

Looks like you machine pieced your apple cores. Did you find the curves difficult to do on the machine, where they switch back and forth? (Did that make sense?) I was gifted some apple core shapes and the beginnings of them being stitched together. A little (okay, A LOT) hesitant to start in on them. Love the color scheme for yours--good fabric sub!
I really like your new block. I can visualize that when placed side-by-side there will be an interesting secondary pattern.
Beautiful feathered star cushion!

Connie said...

I love your runner . . . if I tried making something with curses like that, I would be embarrassed to photography it, LOL. You do such pretty work . . . such a talented lady:)

Patty D from NC said...

Love this. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

Jennifer said...

I love your Applecore runner. The fabrics play together very nicely. I started the Splendid Sampler project, but only did about 1/3 of them before other quilt stuff happened. 😀

Fiona said...

Lovely work done.... great you found the perfect fabric for your apple cores..... and of course I love your scrappy cushion backing! I can almost hear your breathing as you hurried to get all that done!!! haha
Hugz

Sheila said...

Your replacement fabric is perfect and the runner looks just splendid . Beautiful cushion and the back is pretty too 😊

sunny said...

Sheila's right - the replacement fabric is beautiful! And it's a finish!! I bought a new magazine today, and I want to make everything in it, but i MUST finish a couple more UFO's before I can start anything new. The pile is getting smaller. . . .

Maria said...

Beautiful Applecore Table Runner finish... I also love the replacement fabric.

newsurfiegirl said...

Great job getting to the finish line! I feel like I had a bit off a DREAMi month (but not all of it was crafting), so I had a little giggle when I saw that! Good luck with next months goals!

KaHolly said...

Your finish gives new meaning to ''in the nick of time''! Well done, and a very pretty table runner! I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who forgets what's in my fabric closet. I suppose it would help if I pulled it out and organized it where I could see it, but then again, maybe not? Enjoy your day. Hope you get lots of sewing time. XO

desertskyquilts said...

Congratulations on finishing your applecores runner! That does look like a lovely substitution. I like your found fabrics, and the new block. At least you label your boxes. LOL I usually have no clue what I was going to make with something I saved.