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

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pretties...

Here is a bolster cushion I finished recently.


Some pansy fabrics can be a bit 'old fashioned' looking but this one is Absolutely Gorgeous and has lovely matching prints.The cushion is a Sally Giblin design - I love her range of patterns, a lot have nice sentiments like this one.

Another pretty finish is this wee bag, a Birdhouse pattern. Very sweet.
Cant get away from the hexies!

Here's a pile of the books I've read over the last few months; they were piled up on the bookcase so I thought it a good chance to share them. I just finished The Wedding Quilt last night, and really enjoyed it - when I first started it and saw what year it was set in I was a bit concerned about all the Elm Creek news we would have missed out on, but I do think it was quite well done. 
The Diana Gabaldon was a Christmas present and again very much enjoyed, as was the Friday Night Knitting Club, a second-hand book shop find. 
I asked Mum once why she reads a lot of crime novels - her reply - that it was a change from what she does in everyday life! So there is the odd smattering of those in my reading repertoire too! I'm working my way through the Kathy Reichs series as Mum has the full set - every time I visit I'm ready for the next instalment!

And more pretties, but of a different kind!
We were pretty pleased with how our beef beasties went this year - these 6 month old 'calves' went off to a new home yesterday where they can eat and grow for a few more years. For those interested, they are Angus/Dairy crosses.
[And what am I looking forward to today? — Picking our Golden Queen peaches!! (Recent rain has made them slightly spotty so down they must come; plus the sheep and the pig have started camping under the tree!)]
Thanks for visiting, and have a good day - hopefully you can squeeze a bit of stitching into it, too,

23 comments:

Cottage Tails said...

Wonderful stitching!!
I'll go an pop some Kathy Reichs on my audible wish list.

We have rain down here today - DRAT! But good for you and your peaches. Happy bottling.

Love Leanne

Shirley said...

What beautiful stitching Raewyn. Love the bolster and the sentiment. Love the little purse too.

Shirley said...

Also meant to say that I am reading Lee Childs - 61 Hours. I have become addicted to his books. I would go with your mum's wisdom on reading stuff that is different to my normal everyday stuff.

Pat from Florida said...

All very nice, but I especially love that little stitchery bag, and the hexie is such a nice touch!

I'm eagerly awaiting Sonoma Rose, Jennifer Chiaverini's next book. Amazon says it will arrive Monday. I've loved all her books, but I must say the future nature of The Wedding Quilt doesn't thrill me. JMHO.

Michelle said...

Such beautiful projects... I started collecting Jennifer's books but need to get the last few and catch up!

Leeann said...

Just ordered 'the Scottish Prisoner' from the Library!

ms lottie said...

Lots of pretties, I especially love the little purse.

Chookyblue...... said...

lovely stitching projects.........

Katrina said...

What a beautiful bolster cushions, just love the fabric and colours :)Pretty little purse too.
I just started a Diane Chamberlain book last night,she's become one of my favourite authors :)

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I love love that pillow--and those pansies are just a beautiful print--you did an awesome job in creating it! the little purse is cute too--but you can keep the 'cows', ok????
I even read once in awhile myself==if I can put the needles down long enough!!!
Hugs, Di

Marion B. said...

I love (your) pansies and I love your coushion! And the little purse is so sweet.

About reading, your mum is right, I have like to read about people who think in a weird way.

AnitaS said...

Your cushion and your bag are very lovely. I love the fabric of the cushion. Have a good day.

Kath said...

I like Sally Giblin too Raewyn, and aren't they fun patterns to stich and make up? I see we have been reading some of thesame books over time too. Did you enjoy Friday night knitting club? I did. I am into Maeve Binchy books, just love her writing and the stories carry the same people through the books.

Maria said...

Beautiful stitching on both your projects. Love the fabrics you used for your bolster.
Your cattle look great.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Beautiful....

Melody said...

Beautiful sewing, as always. I have always loved pansies and your bolster is so beautiful.

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your projects are beautiful, gorgeous stitching on your pillow and I love the hexie bag. I hope you had great pickings with your peaches.

Leeanne said...

Hey that wee pencil case is sweet.Your getting through the books. I'm still working away on your book...loving it though.

Karen said...

Beautiful bolster and wee bag too!

Createology said...

Your bolster is beautiful. The little bag is adorable. Such a sweet little cow. Joyful...

Cisca said...

Your cussion is so cute, the fabric as well as the poem. The hexie bag is nice, also, especially the stitchery.
I have The Fridaynight Knitting Club, and enjoyed it vey much. Recently I bought the second book, but I didn't read it yet. And of course the J. Chiaverine books, I missed the last one, I think, but have the whole lot, I love reading them!
Love, Cisca

Sally Giblin said...

Hi Raewyn,
The bolster looks great, the colours are very fresh looking !!!
I have just released some new patterns, they will be available in NZ soon or you can pop on over to beesewwhimsical.com and have a look.
Happy stitching !!
Sally Giblin,
The Rivendale Collection

Carrie P. said...

Lovely finishes, indeed!