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

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Pinwheels and sunshine

There hasn't been a lot of sewing going on here lately (more on that later...) but when I have had the chance I have been beavering away at my pinwheel quilt.
You may remember that I showed it a little while  ago at what I thought may have been (flimsy) completion stage; after some thinking I decided to make it a little bigger and (hopefully) a little more interesting with a bit of extra border treatment.
(The pinwheels are from a swap I did with some friends last year.)
Woohoo - another flimsy!!
Now I am happy to send it to the quilter (grin, yes, I know, that is me, but doesn't that sound grand?). The quilt really has got quite big but it was a good opportunity to use up some more scraps - you can see I used quite a few but as my stash suffers from scrappus multiplius there are still plenty left for more projects :-) [BTW I love scraps so that's OK!].
Just enough breeze to be a nuisance!

I am linking up to Kim's Big Quilting Adventure and Scrap Basket Sunday. Click here to see what other bloggers are doing with their scraps.

One of the reasons for a lack of sewing (and my unofficial blog hiatus) has been the celebration of my birthday last weekend.Thank you to Joanne who told me we really had to celebrate the fact that we are here for another birthday to hit us - I am so glad I decided not to hide under a rock. We had a brilliant fine warm day (not bad for the middle of July in winter) and plenty of family and friends gathered for a lovely afternoon. We had a few relatives stay the night which was fun (and they helped to clean up the leftovers!). A pretty awesome highlight was my brother turning up on the doorstep; we knew he was coming over to NZ but he wasn't supposed to arrive till Tuesday - and I didn't dream that he would end up at this end of the country. Thanks bro!
We didn't get many photos but you get the idea.
Cake made by YD.
Bare arms in mid-winter :-)
Farm walk on Sunday.
Brother and I playing with the timer on the camera.
Last Saturday wasn't the only nice fine day we've had lately - look at these photos I took yesterday.....
I love going out the back, climbing higher and higher and above the fog.
Almost beach-like!
Cows waitiing for a shift onto fresh grass.
The MOML doing farmer things.
Bringing two cows home... because guess what...?...
...we have one of these...
..the first of plenty...
...sigh..time for me to start donning my gumboots a bit more often...
...mouths to feed and stock to tend...
Today is damp and more winter-like, hopefully those fine days will return. I'm planning to spend the rest of Sunday playing on my sewing machine - wish me luck!!
Happy stitching everyone,

34 comments:

Chookyblue...... said...

I love pinwheels........great landscape shots.....hope you get some sewing time today.....

Susan said...

Great job with the pinwheels. Glad you embraced your birthday celebrations and had such a good time. Happy stitching today.

Fiona said...

glad you celebrated in style and had a lovely birthday.... great surprise.... love your quilt - I also suffer from scrapus multiplius... beautiful farm pictures... so peaceful...
Hugz

Doniene said...

Woo hoo on the flimsy!! I LOVE it!!!! Bigger is better!! And the border is just grand!! So glad that your birthday was a hit! So sorry I didn't get a card sent your way - but my thoughts were with you!!

Love those baby calves!!! Kinda wish I was there (it is over 100 F today) and donning my gumboots to help you!! Been thinking and wondering how it was going across the pond!

Hugs and blessings!!!

Julierose said...

Pretty pinwheel quilt, Raewyn...happy belated birthday--I hid on mine, too!! Hugs, Julierose

marina said...

what a great birthday surprise and celebrations, congratulations.
well done on your new flimsy it looks gorgeous.
what a beautiful place above the clouds, you must be living in heaven!

Sue W said...

Beautiful scrappy pinwheel, soon you'll have another quilt to snuggle into! So glad to hear you enjoyed the B'Day and great to see your snaps. The countryside around you is amazing and I did think at first glance I was looking at the coast :) Not much sewing here either getting ready to 'go home' for a trip :)

Lesley said...

Your pinwheel quilt is gorgeous! Great idea to make it larger and add more interest with the pieced borders. Your pics are beautiful...looks like you live in Paradise, but not sure how you manage to get any quilting done while living on a farm...you must be brilliant at multi-tasking! Happy Birthday to you!

creations.1 said...

your pinwheel quilt is fabulous. Glad you enjoyed your birthday and had time with your brother.

Janet O. said...

Do you know how refreshing and fun your blog is to read? I'd been wondering where you have been. Glad you had a super birthday celebration--nice weather and all!
I love the outcome of your quilt--and the name of your scraps' disease. : )
Wonderful shots from the ranch--thanks for sharing them!

Barbara said...

Love the quilt Raewyn. It has come up so well. Specially love the scrappy border.

Julia said...

I love your pinwheel quilt, Raewyn..great job! I need to do some quilting..I haven't done any sewing for some time now.

Have a great weekend!

shez said...

happy birthday and so glad you had such a wonderful time and farm work certainly keep you all busy.xx

Michelle Ridgway said...

Great big Happy birthday hugs to you Raewyn...glad you had a wonderful celebration and your cake is great. Love your scrappy pinwheels and my stash suffers from the same condition as yours. LOL! Thank you for those beautiful vistas...just gorgeous. Welcome to your new four-footed baby.

Julie said...

Hi Raewyn, gorgeous pinwheel quilt - gosh you do some fiddly work - that is amazing :-) So glad to hear your birthday celebrations went well. I really enjoyed the farm pics, yes we have 10 calves in already !!! I feel like shouting STOP to the herd!!! Have a great week, xox

ms lottie said...

Wow, that second border has really done amazing things for it. I keep looking at the secondary patterns in amongst the pinwheels. And Happy birthday! And how nice to have sweet little calves to start looking after (grin!) - you could consider them a birthday pressie ;)

Leeanne said...

Glad you made it to the cave....so have I. your pinwheel looks great, looks big? Are those tiny pinwheels I see on the border?
Oh happy calving!

margaret said...

belated birthday wishes, you certainly had a lovely rime with family and friends.
Love the pinwheel, have been playing with a magic pinwheel template (pics on my blog) and hope to make a quilt soon.

Some great photos of then great outdoors, good to read the winter is mild.

Jeanneke said...

Happy belated Birthday, Raewyn! So glad you had that wonderful celebration to enjoy, and your brother coming over for the party, too!
Your pinwheels are awesome and I love the scrappy border.
Beautiful pictures!
Cheers,

Jeanneke.

The Knotty Lass said...

The pinwheel quilt is beautiful! I LOVE the photo of you and Alan.

The pics from the farm are gorgeous. I'd take A LOT of walks if I could get those views!

Cat said...

I really love scrap quilts and this is beautiful
I've just finished working on one which I'm desperate to share but will wait until it is back from the quilter

Donna said...

Love your pinwheels!

Sandy Rowe said...

Your pinwheel quilt looks FANTASTIC!

Nicky said...

Your pinwheels are super, hope the 'quilter' does a great job...lol.
Glad you had a great birthday, what a lovely surprise to see your brother. Lovely scenic pics, good to hear the weather's been pleasant somewhere, it's been terrible down here!

Frog Quilter said...

Lol on scrapus multipus. I have the same issue but I love scraps too. Live the quilt top and pictures. Hugs.

Maureen said...

A belated Happy Birthday to you! Looks like you had a wonderful celebration.
Love the combination of pinwheel and hourglass blocks.
You live in such a beautiful part of the world. Thanks for sharing these photos.

Aunt 'Reen said...

Such a gorgeous finish to your pinwheel quilt! I LOVE it!

Thanks for sharing those wonderful country farm pictures! I enjoyed them all!

Kim said...

The border treatment is an excellent addition to your pinwheel quilt! And happy birthday too! Mine's coming up soon as well.

Narelle said...

Sending Birthday Wishes your way :o)
Stunning quilt and love your views!

Suedio said...

Raewyn, your quilt is gorgeous, especially the little pinwheels in the borders. Great job!!!

Charlie and Wendy said...

Gorgeous post Raewyn. Your pinwheel quilt is wonderful, I love pinwheels!! And your photos of the farm are beautiful, great birthday photos too, nice that you had such a good time. xx

Carrie P. said...

Happy Belated birthday. Looks like you had a very fun time.

Sisbabestitches said...

Love the extension of your pinwheel quilt- hopefully your quilter doesn't mind the bigger size, giggle. Sounds (and looks)like the most wonderfulest birthday, see it was worth celebrating instead of hiding under something :) Such lovely farm pics, sigh.

Tatkis said...

Adorable pinwheel quilt! Such a lovely colour combination!

Happy belated Birthday :)
Hugs,
Tatyana