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

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Better late than never -

I started this as my "New Year " post but got sidetracked (and it went into draft) so here it is now - better late than never, they say!
Before I get serious though I will show you the progress I've made on my Farm Girl Vintage quilt which I talked about in my last post -
Since YD and her hubby have been living with us we have had the pleasure of our two step-grandies staying during school holidays...they're not used to spending time with a mad quilter so have been intrigued by the whole process...the number of times I was asked if the quilt was finished yet was mind boggling :-)
So when I got the centre pieced they were very excited to be able to hold it up for me for a photograph session —
Whoops, need to get it right, how do you do this anyway?!
Phew, that's better!
I've got as far as I can for now as there are border decisions to make - that will happen soon I think :-)
— Taking this modelling thing seriously!

On a bit of a high from this interest I pulled out two test blocks I had made for Juliet of Tartankiwi back in July. I had sewn them thinking they would be great made into cushions so I thought it would be nice to pull these out while the girls are still here.
Borders on —
And pinned, all ready to quilt; a quiet hour or so should see these finished and on the girls' beds :-)

Finishing off these will form part of my goals for this year. (Here comes the serious part.)
I really enjoyed visiting everyone's blogs at the start of the month; reading of New Year's promises, pledges, projects, Words of the Year, new QALs, SALs, KALs, CALs, mysteries  and so on - a real cornucopia of inspiration and motivation. However I told myself I was just going to carry on as before and not set any goals or rules for my quilting year that would likely be broken or neglected before the first quarter is out.
But I did read an interesting item in the paper reiterating how important goals and plans are for giving direction (and so on) so I thought maybe a few would be a good idea!
So, I'm not pledging to Not Start Anything New, nor Not Buy Anything, nor Finish All My UFOs but —
I am Hoping to make my way through test blocks like these above, giving them proper finishes and homes.
I am Hoping to LABEL all my quilts - even those already finished!!
I Will continue working my way through my scraps and my stash, using it in projects old and new.
I'd Quite Like to decide which UFOs need a new direction - I love most of my UFOs but there is the odd one that can be repurposed - and maybe even start those on their new journey.
AND Above All, I know I want to continue to Love the Journey, Enjoy the blogging world and Treasure the friendships made ♥
That's as committed as I'm going to get and I'm not going to share photos of the copious amounts of projects the above goals and wishes cover (far too embarassing!). I will draw up a mind map of the the goals and projects to pin beside my desk and, hopefully, motivate me through the year.
On that very positive note, I will sign off!
Happy creating,

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Drumsticks and sheep legs...and a little more —

On Friday night I joined in with the first FNwF of the year, stitching along with others from around the globe... my goal was to finish off a couple of Farm Girl Vintage blocks that needed some stitchery added to them.
Yaay mission accomplished :-)
Thank you Cheryll for once again ably hosting us all.... visit her *here* to see who else crafted long with us.

It took me a while to get back into any sort of stitching after Christmas, I think my body and mind just needed some 'down time' (how does that work.... sewing and crafting is my relaxation?!!). The last week, however, saw me sewing away again and I'd just about done all the blocks I needed for my Farm Girl Vintage quilt.
And then today I finished the last four blocks I needed for the corners - simple stars - and now 'all I need to do' is to assemble the blocks, put borders on and quilt it!
This is a project I am doing for The Country Yard and I am enjoying putting it together :-)

Talking about The Country Yard, we had a special visitor while I was at work on Friday.....
There's a water feature at the front door and this Wood Pigeon decided it was a good place to stop by and drink from before carrying on with his day!
Next time I hope to be more organised and hopefully will get a better photo - he really was beautiful.

I spent a fair bit of Saturday at the Artisians' Fair, helping my ED with her stall. This is held on 'the old bridge' down by the local marina. A lovely spot, although this time there was a bit of a chilly breeze which didn't feel summery at all.
If you enlarge the photo below by clicking on it,  you can just see her checking someone's spine.

Across the way from us was Sarah... I was delighted to meet her as I read an article about her in a magazine recently. This bubbly lady is travelling the country in her campervan. She has a sewing machine run by solar power and she loves to chat to people about sustainability and looking aftre the earth one stitch at a time..... simple things like making re-ueseable totes for shopping and mending clothes instead of replacing them. She runs sewing workshops and apparently has large numbers of men attending - attracted to the thought of Mastering a Machine :-)
Here is a little about her, a news item from a year or so ago... and *here* is her website. An interesting lady.

And now it is the end of the weekend; I hope yours has been happy and you've had a chance to put in a few stitches.
'til next time

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Christmas sewing and Happy New Year!

I think I've just got time to squeeze in one more post for 2016... I made a few things which haven't been shared yet —
Last post I showed you the beautiful gifts I received from Julie in Chooky's annual is what I made for Cheryl.
The decoration she opened earlier in the month —
I loved making her so am saving the pattern in case I
get a chance to make some more one day...!
And then her main gift. I made a block holder for storing projects in —
Batting pages for good grip
I fancied up the back with a bit of Cathedral Window styled piecing.
Another gift I made was this 'pin cushion' for YD. The original pattern was in Russian which made for interesting interpretation at times! It was also designed as a teapot cozy but I wanted it to sit on top of a jar which could be used for gadget storage. That meant a bit of adapting!!

The green  is crocheted snugly around the bottom of the pull-off lid, then hot glued on. Hopefully it will stand up to a bit of use and doesn't come apart too quickly!
*Here* is the original pattern if  you are interested in trying this out; it's not as tricky as it looks!

I also made a few more kitchen things. You can probably tell from the kiwiana fabrics that these things were sent off overseas! —
And a few more decorated hand towels... I seemed to go overboard with these
this year but I got into the groove and had a ball going through my fabrics finding
just the right one to use :-)
A few posts ago I shared about this runner I had made. My sister sent me this photo of it in use —
Just right I'd say!
And I'll close with sharing this photo of Mum's lovely and mammoth effort this year....each grandchild received a set of ornaments....she did a monthly stitchalong through her local Embroidery Guild (I think). All together she made at least 28 ornaments and each child received 4 of them.
This selection which went to YD
Tonight is New Year's Eve and we are looking forward to a nice BBQ dinner at ED's place. Cows to milk in the morning mean we probably won't stay to see 2017 in but I may just read until the New Year so I can say I was there!! I'm about to head off to the kitchen to make Ambrosia from the first-flopped-pav that was supposed to be part of Christmas dinner! No one will know it came out as flat as a pancake!!!

Wishing you all a safe and happy New Year's celebration, and a healthy and happy 2017. Hopefully with lots of quilting and sewing involved :-)
Thank you for following along this past year, I look forward to your company and friendship next year,