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

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Finished twice!

A project I considered Half Done and one I wanted to complete properly this year was my 2010 Mystery Stitchery, completed through The Country Yard way back then.
I re-discovered it recently when the elder twins were building a hut —
I realised how little quilting it had on it and decided if it was going to live for more huts and general wear and tear, it would be best if I added some more to it.
It was quilted around the sashing of the stitchery blocks and and in about 6 other ditches. A bit baggy in places :-(
I decided I wasn't going to quilt it to death, but I do like my stitcheries to have at last a little quilting in them —
I had a bit of a play adding in some steam or ribbons, etc.
I should include a photo of how these blocks were before —
There are a couple more photos of these on my previous post. When I wrote that post I was asked where the proverb designs came from. After a bit of hunting and remembering, I found them *here*. The site is slightly updated from years ago when we accessed them for The Country Yard but you should be able to get them ok.
I stitched in a lot more ditches. The flying geese got a wee touch of free play —
I did some very simple border feathers —
I had a flashback to 2012 and the Diane Gaudynski feathers I learnt then.
Finished with a label (nothing flash!) —
Funny that this quilt never got a name - it was always just The Mystery Stitchery!
A quick photo shoot of the new and improved twice finished quilt!
Ta-Da! My first PHD finish for the year.
Read more about the PHD project *here*.
EDIT - I'm linking up to Gail's PHD progress report *here*.

I mentioned in my last post that we had the elder girls here. They stayed for a couple of nights while their Dad and YD were otherwise occupied......
The Grand Result? One big little baby boy ♥
Unfortunately for you, you're seeing more of me than he in the photo below but rest assured that he is a beautiful bonny fellow. The spitting image of his father.
One happy Ganma and newborn Odie ♥
As can be expected we're all as pleased and proud as punch!

'til next time,
happy stitches,

29 comments:

Angie said...

Raewyn - a bonny quilt. I adore vintage embroidery, and this quilt abounds with classic images and quotes. I find it fascinating that this treasure was just "hanging around" for the kids to play with! Lovely pic of you with the baby!

Maria said...

A sweet photo of baby Odie and you.. how lovely for the girls to now have a little brother..

The quilt does look good with some extra quilting and will take more hut building too.

Sue said...

The quilt looks lovely with the extra quilting. Sweet photo of you and the new grandbaby.

Bits of Stitching! said...

Congrats on your new grandbaby!!!
That bluework quilt is gorgeous, your embroidery and quilting stitches are beautiful! How good you decided to fully finish it ;-)! (There is another vintage embroidery set with this same sunbonnet girl doing gardening activities, very cute. Perhaps you've seen it.)

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

another grandchild - you have so many! so much to give. my girls loved making tents out of quilts and my grands when they were young too

Quiltdivajulie said...

Congratulations! He is already such a joy. And well done on the additional quilting stitches on the PhD.

KaHolly said...

Oh, Raewyn, I have goosebumps all the way down to my toes! Congratulations! Must admit, I’m more than a little envious. You have all those beautiful grandchildren and I don’t have any. ~sigh~

Jenny said...

A new grandson, How wonderful,and congratulations all around! You will be pleased now that you have added some extra quilting to your mystery quilt, now you can tick that one off your list.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Wow a beautiful quilt with added quilting and a new grandson--
I think you need to send me the next grandbaby--
as I don't have any!!!
luv, di

kiwikid said...

Lovely photo of you and Odie. Well done finishing your finished quilt 😁😁 it is amazing how the extra quilting makes the stitcheries pop. Love that photo of the hut building.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

A finished quilt and a finished baby.....grin. Enjoy both.

Fiona said...

How lovely to have a new grandie …. little boy Odie.... congrats to all..... Love the extra quilting.... looks perfect and will last for the next generation...
Hugz

Janice said...

How nice that you have another littly to spoil. Hasn’t the extra quilting made a huge improvement. Well worth the effort.

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

Aw congrats! Did he make it for a Valentine's birthday, or was he born before? How fun!

Janet O. said...

You did yourself proud on the second stitching of that quilt. Looks really good!
Congrats on the new wee babe (or not so wee). How big was the fellow? My youngest grandchild turns 5 in a few months. Seeing you with that sweet bundle makes me think it is time for a new one around here. :)

Karen S said...

Congratulations on the arrival of your gorgeous grandson. That is exciting news. Best wishes to mum, dad and all the family. So many little grandies to play with now. What fun.
Love the quilting you are doing on thee quilt, too.
I discovered a few of my early quilts and realised they need the same treatment.
Thanks for the nudge.

Sue said...

Congratulations Raewyn. Lucky you.. another wee boy!

Michelle Ridgway said...

Love the extra quilting....a beautiful little quilt. Huge congratulations to YD and hubby and your family....What a dear little CHAPPIE hugs xxx

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Congratulations on the new wee one. So special! And the extra quilting does add a special touch to the already wonderful quilt. And don't they love to make "huts"!

Suz J said...

So many babies... I simply lose track of who belongs to who! How wonderful for you all 💙. It is interesting to look back at how our quilting has evolved... probably when you initially quilted that quilt it was a real struggle to have the confidence to tackle more challenging quilting... but 10 years later no problem to add more.

Susan said...

Congratulations on the latest addition.
Lovely work on your Mystery Quilt.

Bethan said...

I love the additional quilting you have put in! Congratulations to you and your family on the new bundle! x

QuiltGranma said...

So glad you stitched it down so it would last longer... We did some pet blocks for rescue animals benefit a number of years ago, and I remember being appalled by how little quilting was done on our embroidery blocks, thinking how quickly it would wear out. You did a great job!

Pamela Arbour said...

That was a good idea to add extra quilting. I have had to do that to a few handquilted ones and need to do it to a few more. Congratulations on the little one too.

Sharon said...

The extra quilting made a lovely quilt even better, and certainly much nicer for hut-building. :o) Congratulations on your beautiful new grandson!

Farm Quilter said...

Congratulations on the new grandson!!! You made a good choice to keep that quilt together for many more years - looks wonderful!!

Mystic Quilter said...

The extra quilting was a good idea and it should definitely take the wear and tear of hut building!
Congratulations on your new wee grandson!!

Vicki said...

The quilting is lovely and really finishes off the quilt.

Congratulations on your new grandson.

Terry said...

Congratulations on the little one! :0)