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

Saturday, September 30, 2023

September Ends

It's hard to believe another month has whizzed by so here is a quick attempt to get a post done by nightfall.
The big news is that I finished my Cross and Crown quilt!
The quilt was made from the Cocoa Pink range by Laundry Basket Quilts. It's a sample for The The Country Yard so I took a few photos before taking it into the shop to display.
I had no more dramas with stabbing myself (see *here*) while quilting. Vireya suggested putting the back-pin-cap of an enamel badge on the upright pin; a great idea, but none of my badges had one the right size - grrrr. However I managed to sort my hands out so the rest of the quilting went smoothly.
I ended up using the Westelee circle template for the whole quilt, doing semi-circles along the edges in the border. I am quite pleased with the effect.
One more scenic shot. Our son's sheep are grazing our orchard at the moment -

I don't think I have shared this block yet. It's another for The Country Yard 20 Year Challenge. The theme is 'Have a Cuppa' -
I've started joining my blocks for my challenge quilt. Here is the top row.  I've not used much of the challenge fabric so have decided to use it for cornerstones in the sashing.

It's been a whirlwind 24 hours on the grandparenting front; last night I babysat the three next door while their parents had a very rare dinner out.
Then this morning Odie and family came out - 
Then the rest of the day was spent with Lily and George while their parents were busy. Of course calf duties time arrived and they enjoyed helping for a while-
We set up a 'table' to draw at and they were busy wee bees alternating between calves and pencils. It was a wet and windy day so that limited play a bit. I'm pleased we came up with an alternative!

I'm looking forward to a quiet Sunday - hopefully I will get more of the challenge quilt done.
'til next time,
happy stitches,


  1. I LOVE your Cross & Crown quilt, the colors are so pretty! You did a great job with the quilting. Of course I had to hunt up a pattern and found one. I think this will be a good way to reduce (hopefully!) the fabric in my civil war tub. Last fall you had made a jacket for Odie that was a little big, did he grow into it over the winter? Happy stitching!

  2. Beautiful finish of your Cross and Crown and you did fantastic circle quilting.
    The challenge blocks look lovely together.
    You’ve had a busy time looking after the grandies. Was a good idea to set up the special table for drawing.
    Maria lifeontheblock

  3. I love your quilt and the way you quilted it suits it well

  4. That quilt should inspire a good few others!
    Good that you have a spare corner in the barn.

  5. I love your Cross and Crown quilt and love the colors--great job!
    and I love your heart blocks--great colors--
    and what fun to have some grands--and for the help with the chores!!!!
    It's been a really rainy day here today--
    hugs, di

  6. Beautiful quilt Raewyn. Those heart blocks are fun.

  7. Lovely quilt, do you get to keep it later on, Raewyn, after all your hard work making it?

  8. I do love your Cross and Crown quilt..... and the quilting is just perfect for it and beautifully done.... lovely times with the grandies...

  9. A wonderful finished 'cross & crown' quilt Raewyn, beautiful quilting. You seem to have embraced the antique/reproduction nature of the blocks, lovely variety of pinks. Did all the background white? cream? come from your stash?

  10. Your quilt and quilting look wonderful Raewyn. Great to get it finished. Lovely to have the grandies over to help/play.

  11. Your quilt is stunning - I love it. xx

  12. Beautiful pattern and beautifully quilted!

  13. Congratulations on your finish of Cross and Crown, looks splendid!

  14. Sorry the pin-back idea didn't work for you! The quilt looks terrific, and congrats on finishing it without stabbing yourself again, anyway.

  15. Your quilt is gorgeous! No wonder the quilt shop wants to display it! I've never seen that gadget you used for quilting it. I've only quilted using my regular machine with out the free form attachment. One of these days I will try free form but on a small quilt to start with. Glad you didn't stab yourself again. I love baby calves...I've practically run off the road several times when I see them in the fields in the Springtime....this last Spring it was a foal and I was darn lucky I didn't cause an accident! LOL!
    You had your hands full between babysitting and calf sitting! You are Wonder Woman! I love your challenge blocks...they are precious!
    Have a great week!

  16. Love the quilting on your cross and crowns quilt.


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