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

Saturday, January 5, 2019

My first.....

My first...Friday Night with Friends of the year!
My first...One Monthly Goal of the year!

Blogland has been full of inspiration, thought provoking goals and ideas, SALs, QALs and everything in between since the end of last many things that would be fun to do, must-haves to join up and so on. I already had a sizeable list for 2019 when the new year started but I do know I'm going to be tempted to join in with one or two new things, at least!!
Right now, I'm giving myself time to decide....

I aimed to finish 2018 with all the stitcheries for Ruth's Quilt completed. Optimistically I even sewed the tag with the year 2018 on it!
But look what happened!!
One inch to go and I ran out of thread and no more town trips before the New Year!

My first job for Friday Night with Friends was to complete this - after 'borrowing' about 6 inches of thread off a friend! Yaay - close enough to a 2018 finish!!
My goal for the month is to chip away at this quilt and get the vertical rows for this sewn - maybe they won't be joined to form a flimsy but I think I can manage the former.
I made a wee start with the joining back in November. Very simple assembly.
There's a few 'must-dos' on my list this month but if I use this as my leader-ender project I'm very hopeful of achieving my goal. Thank you Patty of Elm Street Quilts for giving me a push to form this goal .... click *here* if you'd like to join in with the OMG party.

I spent the rest of the evening working on the last stitchery of the Whimsical Woodland mystery project I started last year. I haven't touched it since early December but once I've done this stitchery, I've just got all the piecing to do.
Mum joined us ever so briefly for FNwF. She's started a Hardangar piece. She finds it a better daytime project so it wasn't long before she got back to her book. She's read (quite) a few while she's been visiting - we're either very boring hosts or she's very relaxed!!
Thank you to Cheryll for hosting Friday Night with Friends. Visit her blog *here* to see what everyone else got up to.
Today I take Mum back down country; she's been here since before Christmas so I'm sure she's ready to sleep in her own bed again. We have a few stops on the way and then my sister is meeting us at Mum's with dinner for us all. That will be nice :-)
Have a lovely weekend,
Till next time,
Happy stitches,

Monday, December 31, 2018

Lily has a quilt!

...and a bit more ...

Poor wee Lily has been waiting for her quilt for a few months now.....way back in September her brother received his and he's had to share it with her until now.
As with George's Eeyore quilt, I started with a foundation pieced centre and built it up to the size I wanted with squares and rectangles. 
I drew up the foundation pattern for Piglet myself - it was a bit hairy scary in places but turned out ok :-)
Quilting has taken me forever; not because it was difficult but because I kept on having more urgent things that needed doing! I quilted it quite similarly to the Eeyore quilt. I hadn't been sure about leaving the sashings unquilted but seeing Eeyore go through the wash several (many) times over the past few months, I was happy to leave them as is.
Lily was quite happy to share it with her brother —
—and the pets!
Here is George with his Eeyore quilt. Well loved and used already.
ED's good friend from primary school days was due with her first baby/son the same week as her. Another quilt was imperative!
My OMG (one monthly goal) for December was to complete his quilt. And look - mission accomplished!
I did wavy horizontal quilting on this quilt. Lorna from sewfreshquilts does this particularly well. In retrospect I should have done the lines a little closer - I used 1 ½" spacing as a guide but next time I would use 1". However it looks fine —
And it's already in use —
I meant to show you in my last post(but forgot) that ED has got back into her crochet again - making a few Christmas baubles as gifts. Very cute.

As the year draws to a close, I'd like to wish you all a very happy New Year - I hope 2019 brings you all you dream for - and enough creative time to keep you happy
Till next time,
happy stitches,

Wednesday, December 26, 2018


I'm too late to wish you all a very Merry Christmas but I have returned from my unexpected and unplanned blog break to send Season's Greetings to all my lovely friends and readers in blogland
The New Zealand Christmas tree, the Pohutakawa, has been a lovely sight to behold around the region this Christmas season —
Our Christmas red
And where we live, with so much bush around us, I liken the swathes of flowering Manuka to Christmas 'snow' —
Hunting for a Christmas tree. The pines that have regrown after
  the fire in 2014 have got to a good height for Christmas :-)

We had a lovely Christmas day, with all of our family with us. Rather special as it's our son's first NZ Christmas in 12 years and the first one for the three new babies born this year. Mum is here staying with us and my in-laws were here too. It was a full house! So nice for everyone to be together.
The main food for our kiwi Christmas always consists of cold meats and salads. The only hot thing being a freshly glazed ham. For us, the traditional pavlova and lots of fresh fruits, is our main dessert. Then of course there are Christmas mince pies, Christmas cake and a never ending supply of chocolate in various forms. So we've eaten well and today, Boxing Day, is all about a bit of tidying and sorting, eating leftovers, a bit of quiet socialising, and some even quieter recovery time. None of our children/families are working over the Christmas/New Year period so I imagine we'll enjoy a few more family moments over the week or so :-)
We all nearly fitted 'around' the Christmas tree for gift giving.
As I promised myself (in front of all of blogland), I didn't do a huge amount of Christmas quilting or sewing this year, focusing instead on a few 'must-do' projects. But my halo did slip a little and I couldn't resist a few last minute home-mades.

I decided the 3 year old twins needed pillow cases to use for the lead up to Santa's arrival —
I made these using the Burrito method and they were a quick but effective make.

Inspired by Carole, of frommycarolinahome, I made these Doggy treats for all our canine family members.
I'm not sure what the dogs think of them, but they were fun (and easy) to make and gift!

Also from the kitchen, I put together a BBQ spice rub, and Cookie in a Jar mixes. I used recipes from Laura of The Kiwi Country Girl.

Earlier in December, I took the twin girls shopping at a nursery. We bought seedlings so that they could grow some presents for Mummy and Daddy and their aunties. (Trying to be a responsible Ganma and teaching them about the joy of giving!)
Selecting plants...!!!
(I cant resist adding this photo - lunch at a cafe on the way home).
They planted and tended three planter boxes (plus their own little garden at our place) and gifted them on Christmas day.
Hehe haphazard planting :-)
Well, it's time for me to rest again and then think about diving into the fridge for some more leftovers.
Season's Greetings again. I hope you are all well and happy, and have been able to spend some lovely time with those dear to you.

Till next time,
Best Wishes