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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Evening projects

As I was doing some prepping this afternoon, I realised I hadn't shared about my latest project.

Yes!! I have started something new!

Hmmm; somehow I found myself putting my hand up for sewing the shop sample of a new block of the month we are doing at The Country Yard.

How could I resist it? Here was me making a start —
You can see why I couldn't resist!
A few nights later I had two pets snuggled and helping me stitch...obviously they can read!
The quilt is The Santa, The Tree, The Turkey and Me by Anni Downs. Stitching onto linen and whip stitching the woven wool down (after sticking it down with fusible web). It's the first time I've used linen like this and I am quite enjoying it!

Here is block one, all completed —
A closer shot —
Below is how far I am with Block Two. The gingerbread on the oven tray need whip stitching down and I have some script next to the heart to stitch next as well.
I find it best to prepare just a few elements at a time.

My other project for the evenings is Michelle's Wings and Pretty Things. I had intended to be working fulltime on this but now that I'm doing the above project as well, I'm alternating them which is working quite well. I've already completed the centre block and just the other night, completed Block One of Border Three (I think) —
Such a cute well fed bird!
And I've made a start on the second block —


In other news, I put stirrups on the bottom of Odie's over-trou

And while I had the pattern out I made him a pair of pants. I lengthened the body and legs and made it slightly narrower and it should fit him for a while —
This is just a scrap of fabric someone gave me about 20 years ago that I never got around to using. It's all gone now!!
Playing around and making a fancy little waist tie reminded me why I used to enjoy making clothes for the kids.
In our house we call these pants 'Truffs' - trousers with cuffs.... a name that has stuck over the years!
I think that's me caught up for now :-)
'til next time, 
happy stitches,

25 comments:

Suz J said...

Love the two new applique projects... plenty to keep you busy. The best thing about sewing for little people is making adjustments. I worked out pretty early that extending arm and leg length but keeping the cuffs the same meant they usually fitted for double the time, and the cuffs kept them in place.

Cheryll said...

I can see why you started... it's gorgeous...xox

Lin said...

Cant really go wrong with Anni Downes - you have made a great start. Pretty bird and I love the Truffs! xx

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Pretty applique pieces. Oh the birdie is adorable. Great way to solve the pants problem, and they are so very cute.

gz said...

I loved making clothes for my 4 when they were young.
You are keeping busy!!

Maria said...

Can see why you started the new project so pretty as is Michelle's design with the chubby wee bird....
Nice helpers on your knee while stitching....
Fabulous Truffs you've made for Odie...

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

I like that whimsical Xmas project

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I like both of your projects--and of course my favorite one is the Anne Downs one cause of that cute mouse!!!
little one are always fun to sew for--cute truffs!!!
luv, di

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Such a cute mouse! Great project!

Fiona said...

what a great new project... and a lovely selection of wools to play with. I always love what Anni comes up with... good to see Wings taking shape. Lovely Truffs.... adult ones would be comfortable too! haha

Hugz

kiwikid said...

Beautiful new project Raewyn, the first block is beautiful. Michelles pattern is gorgeous too, you have your evenings busy now. The animals look very comfy and settled in there. Truffs is a great name and Odie's new ones look wonderful.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Anni's new project is beautiful as always...love your progress so far. Chuffed to see another Wings block....looks great!
Truffs is a great word lol! And they look so cute on Odie xx

loulee said...

Those Truffs are so cute!!
Thank you for tempting me with a new BOM!!

Janet O. said...

Well, you are making some awfully cute things!
The shop sample is such a creative, fun Christmas quilt. LOVE the photo of the pets and your stitching, with the comment that the pets can obviously read. That is so cute.
And the "well fed bird"--cracked me up.
Love the name "Truffs", and those are some pretty fancy striped pants! :)

marina said...

love Anni's new christmas quilt, so sweet.
Michelles quilt is looking lovely too.

Karen S said...

Lovely to see the first block finished. I can see why you wanted to do it. I was given this same pattern two days ago and can't wait to start it.
Great ideas with the pants, too. The stirrups make a lot of sense.

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

So cute and such well-done stitching. The little mouse is my fav--he's a cutie!

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

You've got some sweet projects on the go with some very helpful pets :)
Truffs is the perfect word for them.

Janice said...

They are lovely new projects. I saw Anni’s original quilt in her shop the other day. I was rather tempted, but thought I’d better be strong. Michelle’s quilt is another great design. I can see why you like making kids clothes too. You do a love job on them.

moosecraft said...

Awesome projects! The little bird on the spool is so sweet! And who doesn't love a cute little baby tushie? ;-) Beautiful stitches!

Connie said...

It is always so much fun stopping by to see what new and magnificent project you are working on. The other day I was visiting a friend and her husband put this video on that was titled something about all the beauty of New Zealand, as I watched the film I thought of you, my dear sweet blogging friend that lives in this gorgeous land of beauty. It made the film much more personal knowing that I had a friend on the other side of the world that had walked some of the beaches and climbed some of the hiking paths. Isn't it remarkable how blogging has made our lives richer and our world homelier.
God bless you and your family.
Connie :)

Chookyblue...... said...

Your working on some lovely projects.....

jude's page said...

Always exciting to start something new, they look great.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

That is such a cute block! Love the kitty joining in on the stitching fun! Can't wait to see the other blocks, it's going to be a beautiful quilt! xx

Angie said...

Raewyn - your stitching projects are SOOOOOO adorable. And I am jealous that you have some critters helping you out!