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

Thursday, February 20, 2020

A touch of Orange

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Last weekend, I decided my sewing time would be scrappy time.
Orange is the colour for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge with Angela for February. I'd put away my January greens and went looking for Orange.
I really didn't think I would find many and wondered if I'd have enough to do any scrap sewing. It's not that I mind orange, it's brilliant for a pop of colour and contrast here and there but I don't think I've ever made anything that's had much orange in it.
Surprisingly though, I found this much orange! So many shades.....
When put next to each other, some looked more gold than orange, or more burnt than orange, etc, but then individually, they all (to me) passed the Orange test.

First of all I cut a few squares to use as the main colour in my Omigosh churndash blocks.

Then I pulled out my scrappy sprouts for the first time in a very long time. I'd really like to get this finished this year.
I made four more blocks.
And after some time trying to remember the 'clever way' I was doing the black stems, I joined them to a length of reds I'd made previously.
I squeezed all that I've done into an empty area on my design wall. There is the odd square I'm not so happy with (for example a cream that's too close to the yellows and the top pink block doesn't work terribly well for me.) 
However I still think it's going to be pretty cool and hopefully, now that it's out, I'll continue to work on it.
[As a side note; I was looking at it the other day, thinking, I don't ever remember using that fabric, or this one over here, etc, when I remembered that some of the red, and green blocks were sent to me by Sue of Mother Patchwork. Haa, no wonder I didn't recognise them but it was a nice way to start my quilt.]

This year I decided to continue on with my 365 day blog, where I post a picture a day for the year. Yesterday I hit Day 50 so I'm pretty pleased about that. I enjoy having the excuse to take my camera out and about with me and noticing some of those things that I'm sometimes too busy to notice. 
Northland (and other parts of the North Island) are suffering 'extreme dry' conditions at the moment and our farm is no exception. 
I've taken both of these photos recently, that show how dry it's become, even since the last time I shared a farm photo at the end of January. 
We're having to feed out to all the stock to keep them happy and healthy.

'til next time,
happy stitches,

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Finished twice!

A project I considered Half Done and one I wanted to complete properly this year was my 2010 Mystery Stitchery, completed through The Country Yard way back then.
I re-discovered it recently when the elder twins were building a hut —
I realised how little quilting it had on it and decided if it was going to live for more huts and general wear and tear, it would be best if I added some more to it.
It was quilted around the sashing of the stitchery blocks and and in about 6 other ditches. A bit baggy in places :-(
I decided I wasn't going to quilt it to death, but I do like my stitcheries to have at last a little quilting in them —
I had a bit of a play adding in some steam or ribbons, etc.
I should include a photo of how these blocks were before —
There are a couple more photos of these on my previous post. When I wrote that post I was asked where the proverb designs came from. After a bit of hunting and remembering, I found them *here*. The site is slightly updated from years ago when we accessed them for The Country Yard but you should be able to get them ok.
I stitched in a lot more ditches. The flying geese got a wee touch of free play —
I did some very simple border feathers —
I had a flashback to 2012 and the Diane Gaudynski feathers I learnt then.
Finished with a label (nothing flash!) —
Funny that this quilt never got a name - it was always just The Mystery Stitchery!
A quick photo shoot of the new and improved twice finished quilt!
Ta-Da! My first PHD finish for the year.
Read more about the PHD project *here*.
EDIT - I'm linking up to Gail's PHD progress report *here*.

I mentioned in my last post that we had the elder girls here. They stayed for a couple of nights while their Dad and YD were otherwise occupied......
The Grand Result? One big little baby boy ♥
Unfortunately for you, you're seeing more of me than he in the photo below but rest assured that he is a beautiful bonny fellow. The spitting image of his father.
One happy Ganma and newborn Odie ♥
As can be expected we're all as pleased and proud as punch!

'til next time,
happy stitches,

Sunday, February 9, 2020

A little handwork

Friday Night With Friends came around very quickly for me and passed again just as quickly! By the time I got home and we'd settled after dinner, there wasn't much time for much handwork.
One of my PHD goals for the year is to put some more quilting on a quilt I finished years (10 in fact) ago.
I'd done some quilting on it on Thursday and spent Friday evening knotting and burying the threads
There weren't many to bury (I haven't finished with the new quilting yet) so I then pulled out these two blocks and added a bit of stitchery to them.
The geese needed their eyes —
And the wagon wheels needed completing —
These are blocks six and seven from my Foxley village BOM (Homespun magazine). They were nice and quick to do but I see block eight will be a bit more involved. Foxley Village didn't make it to any of my official lists this year but I'm going to quietly add it to my WOOFA list - I've realised nothing on either of my lists has hand stitching for the evenings which is quite a gap - some days that's all the stitching and sewing I get to do.
Thank you Cheryll for inviting us along for Friday Night with Friends. You can visit her blog *here.*
It's been a busy weekend. We have the two older girls and their two dogs staying so there's not been many chances to escape to The Palace. (The girls are doing homework at the moment so I've sneaked away!)
Two photos from the weekend; cooling off in the stream in the bush down the farm :-) One of my favourite spots at this time of the year.
'til next time,
happy stitches,