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

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Weekend play

When I signed up for Friday Night With Friends last week, I'd forgotten that I'd arranged a Saturday family working bee at our place...aka demo day for my kitchen. Friday night was supposed to be spent emptying the kitchen so that demolition could take place.
Since we've been living here (14 years) I've had broken cupboards, drawers and doors so a do-up has always been on the cards...yaay, the day is nearly here!
However before spending well into the night redistributing my kitchen bits throughout the house, I had a little relaxed time with some stitching. After some more stitching time on Saturday evening, I finished another block for the Leanne Beasley no fuss SAL I am doing over at nofussswappers. We're aiming for 3 a are my three May stitcheries —
and two of the June ones —
I think I'm up to about 20 or 21 now.
Thank you to Cheryll for hosting did actually encourage me to sit down and do some stitching before I got busy. You can visit the link-up *here* if you want to have a bit of a browse around blogland :-)

In other news, ED has completed a few more of her Zookeeper blocks —
And I've done 3 more recently. Not too fussed on my snail but it'll do.

Many of you were delighted with the Emu block I made when I was pattern testing for Juliet of Tartankiwi... I thought you may like to know that she has now released the for those of you who were interested in making their own cheeky fellow, head over *here*.

Oh and here is my demo-ed kitchen! 

I hope your weekend's going well and you're finding a little creative time,
Happy stitches,

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Sewing away....

It looks like I've had my pedal to the metal when I go through these photos but I haven't really. Most of these projects are ones I have been working on for a while that are slowly coming together.
After our frosty week last week, the temperatures warmed up a lot but that was because we were having massive amounts of rain instead. A lot of the country suffered some pretty bad flooding - we had much more rain than we needed but didn't suffer the flooding that we thought we might.
 So why am I mentioning the weather yet again? Well it was the perfect excuse to spend some time sewing this weekend. I thought I was going to be partying up large with Chooky in her Chookshed Birthday Party but by the time I got my machine threaded, her party was nearly over. Nice that we had a long weekend (NZ 'celebrated' the Queen's Birthday on Monday) so I could carry on with my own little sewing party then :-)
I had a little handwork to do and finished the sheep block of the Barnyard quilt I've been making for The Country Yard this year —
And inserted it in the gap I had in the quilt top. It's got a nice mix of fiddly and simple blocks and has been a fun make.
The weather's too dodgy to get a decent photo - the colours are a little washed out/off in this but you get the general idea of it.

I also finished the last couple of EPP stars I needed to make for border 5 of Evandale.
It feels like I've been working on this one forever but once I settle and focus on it, it sews up relatively quickly.
There's one more border to's a real scrap buster; it's the same as border two with the small EPP diamonds.

After getting these two tops under my belt, I switched to my latest baby quilt.
When my back was turned, Timmie managed to totally upset my tidy and carefully counted pile of cutting —
But I did manage to salvage the pieces and got a little sewing done on the next blocks.
When Piglet gets a mouth, I'll show the top properly :-)

In April I worked on my Omigosh! quilt as part of a 'List of 12' UFO-busting some friends and I are doing. The number drawn out in May saw me working on my Life is Beautiful project. Hardly UFO busting, but I managed two more blocks this month —
(Again please excuse the washed out photos).
There are 32 stitcheries altogether, I've done 19 so far.
Whew, like I say, it seems like a lot, but I have been working on all of these for a while!
It's cooling off so I'm away to fill up the wheelbarrow with some more firewood.
Happy stitches,

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Woolly Post

There's been a bit of yarny goodness going on here in our neck of the woods.
First up, I've finished another one of my Royal vests (pattern *here*)..such a cute pattern to make, I sure hope they're wearable! (The first one is in my last blogpost).
And you can see I had fun finding enough matching buttons for this one too!
I've never really knitted with variegated wool before and I do like the effect it has in these.

Long time readers may remember YD's knitting adventures a year or so ago. Her wee dog who lives here with us has quite a wardrobe of beautiful hand knitted garments. Her and her hubby also have two other dogs and she's decided the youngest one has been getting too cold lately. So she's taken up knitting dog jerseys again. Here's the first one she's knitted for him —
And here's another —
This dog was rescued off the streets so I would say he landed on his feet with YD and her hubby :-)
Who knows, she might venture into knitting baby clothes for her sister one of these days!

Meanwhile ED is bombarding my messenger page with photos like this —
ED and I are making a Zookeepers Blanket (pattern *here*). Half the squares will have a grey backgound, and the other half will be white. 
She's using the grey
and mine are white.
As you can see I'm getting a bit behind!
Or is it her zooming ahead?!
And to reassure my quilty friends, I have done some sewing this week.... can you guess the theme for this quilt?
We had an early start this morning with our final milking for the season...the last miking always takes a long time with preparing the cows for the winter. The MOML is looking forward to a few sleep ins while the cows are dry :-)
But the early morning means I need to sign off and get to bed now!
Happy stitches,