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

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Goals and things —

Many of us work better with goals and deadlines - I know I certainly do - so I was keen to link up with Patty D (Elm St Quilts) for March's OMG (one monthly goal) lineup. Sadly, I didn't meet my goal of meeting the deadline for linking up (hehe say that with a mouthful!) but I'm putting my goal out there anyway in the hope that I wlll be spurred on to meet it!
Last year when I wrote about this quilt, it was as a OMG too - that goal was just to get a bit more quilting done on it - which did happen - this time the goal is for it to be FINISHED!!
I've shared this photo before but this is what I'm working on.
I'm part way through the quilting; I've been doing a bit here and a bit there. The neutral coloured thread I'm using for it is the same thread I've used for several other projects over the last few months so that's made it easy to dive in and out of it.
Here it is poised, ready to go.....wish me luck
(and good planning).

Another goal I had recently was to get a baby quilt made. There is a new baby girl due in our neighbourhood very soon (overdue by 6 days right now) and I decided she would need a quilt.  I had a spare day so set myself the goal of making it THAT day.
Many of you know that it takes me months to make a quilt so, even though this is small sized, it could have been classed as an ambitious plan.
I was organised with my pattern and the fabric, most of which was cut, and got to work. There were a few (or more) interruptions but the day unfolded very nicely and -yaay- I met my goal!
Ready to Sew!
Getting there....!
You can see it was dark outside when I got the top done!
A good day's work :-)
The pattern I used was TicTacWho by Joanne, the Canuck Quilter. I have loved this pattern since she first released it so I am pleased that I've finally had the opportunity to make it!
A day's worth of simple quilting (what more do you need on a baby quilt?!) is in my near future as I'm sure that wee girl won't keep her parents waiting for ever!

Hmm, now what else have I been up to? Can you guess?
Yes, some foundation piecing. I tested another block for Juliet of Tartankiwi this week. This will form part of her 'On the wire' club and is the most adorable wee house wren. 
 The previous blocks  I tested for this series were 12" finished size but this one is just 6". (There are various options on each pattern; as testers we get asked to make a certain variation). I love it and have plans to re-make my others in this size too. Find out more about Juliet's pattern club *here*
The latest is a quarter the size of my first ones!
Very cute.

I had the goal of getting this blogpost written on Wednesday - or even Thursday - to link up with Julie and Linda's fortnightly Sew, Stitch, Snap and Share blogposts. Luckily they've kept the link-up open long enough for me to join in! Feel free to visit and share in some bloggy creativity.

Well, I've got more than enough quilting to keep me busy so maybe I'd better go and do some :-)
I hope you all have a very happy weekend,
Happy stitches,


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

love your bird blocks - so cute!

QuiltShopGal said...

Adorable. I hope you'll enter this quilt in the annual Pets on Quilts Show, hosted by Lilypad Quilting every summer. Should be in August. Great fun (and prizes too!)

Julie said...

Love those little birds and the pink pup quilt.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

You have been busy all looks fantastic ❤️

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

I’m so in awe of your paper piecing skills and the pink quilt is adorable.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Oh that doggy is tooo cute!!!! Looking forward to seeing that lovely top all quilted! xx

Lin said...

Good luck with all that quilting and the little baby quilt is such a great design. Love the cute little wren. xx


What a pretty puppy baby quilt and all in pink--cuteeee!!!
and you are doing great on finishing up the large quilt-way to go!!
and those paper pieced birds --wow--and they are talking to me!!
enjoy, di

Janet O. said...

Those little birds are just fabulous! You do a great job on them.
I actually pattern tested TicTacWho for Joanne, but I did the owl option. Her instructions are very precise and thorough.
Seeing your Sweet 16 in working mode makes me think mine must be awfully lonely, but I can't push around a heavy quilt right now. Hopefully it won't take too long after my shoulder is scoped before I can get back in the game.

Lesley said...

You have such beautiful projects here! Looking forward to seeing your beautiful quilt all finished! And the baby quilt is looking gorgeous!

Mystic Quilter said...

Congratulations on being on to the quilting Raewyn! Nice design for the baby quilt too.

Helen said...

Very cute baby quilt as is your bird block.

Fiona said...

all the best getting your big quilt all done... gosh that baby quilt is just adorable.... love, love love it.... and your little bird is just delightful - there must be some tiny pieces in there...

Anthea said...

Hold on a minute, just let me wipe the hearts from my eyes... I love everything in this post Raewyn!
Love your Be My Neighbour... just keep going with the quilting! I really want to make that one.
And the baby quilt is super-cute, what a fun pattern & you've done a great job.

Needled Mom said...

I love the little wren blocks. Darling pattern. Your baby quilt is so sweet too. That will make a great gift.

I think you will have your neighborhood quilt finished in no time at all. It is a great design.

Lisa J. said...

I've missed the deadline before myself but it is a good idea to post it anyways because it's still your goal. It's a beautiful quilt.

kiwikid said...

The baby quilt is beautiful Raewyn, very pretty pattern. Hope you got your quilting done ok. Love the bird block, you must have been working with tiny pieces on that.

Karen S said...

Lots happening.
Good luck with your goal to finish the quilting.
And well done with the baby quilt. It looks delightful.
Love seeing your block testing on the gorgeous birds, too.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Lots happening here, I love your baby quilt! And those bird blocks are very very cute. Thanks for sharing with 'sew stitch snap SHARE'

KaHolly said...

Knowing how busy your daily life is, I’m surprised you get as much accomplished as you do. Am loving that baby quilt! I’d forgotten about glad you featured it today! Your pp skills are extraordinary! You’ll have a beautiful quilt when all is said and done. She is an amazing designer! Enjoy the rest of the week! Good luck accomplishing your quilting goals! XO

dq said...

Raewyn, you have so many beautiful projects in the works! That baby quilt is to die for! I love the puppy block a lot. I am also so in love with those bird blocks. I don't mind paper piecing as long as it is not all day long. I like to do it in small amounts like a few pieces a day kind of like the way you are quilting that GORGEOUS quilt with the houses on it. I am such a fan of quilts with houses on them.

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Kaja said...

Wow, that wren is tiny - you must be very skilled to work with all those little pieces. The baby quilt is a great pattern as well - I bet it's a big hit.

Soma @ said...

Your paper piecing is wonderful. I am sure you will finish the neighbourhood quilt in no time. Well done with the baby quilt, the puppy is adorable!


Suz J said...

Having your quilt and machine all ready to go makes it so much easier to just do a little bit of sewing when you get the chance. As I find short burst of FMQ works best for me... I'll do a bit here and there between other projects, knowing that One Day... it will get finished!