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

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Party Time!


A special thanks to Chooky for inviting us all over to her place this past weekend...a weekend of sewing sounded like a great way to celebrate the Chookshed's 2nd birthday
I started with some curtains for YD - winter hit New Zealand suddenly last week and her thin little curtains just weren't keeping her flat warm....I cheated and bought lengths that already had the tape sewn on. All I needed to do was the sides and the hems...
Woohoo using my quilting skills and a walking foot on the curtains!!
I spent a bit of time on a little design I was putting together for our 'Seasons' club at The Country Yard. It's a 12 inch mini... had lots of fun with this one and wow a finish for June already!
'It feels a bit like Winter'
It sure does feel a bit like winter. The fire is going well and we had several frosts last week that knocked the socks off us - Northland NZ is supposed to be the winterless north!! The photos below show that this isn't always true!

 Anyway back to my weekend of sewing to celebrate Chooky's Chookshed's 2nd birthday...
On Sunday I also stitched a little —
a Rag Tag freebie from Michelle Ridgeway designs
and crocheted a little —
This is growing nicely and ever so cosy. It went to America with me
and helped keep me occupied at airports and on planes!
— And all was well with the world!


I just want to finish off with sharing two lovelies that I have been lucky to win lately; the lovely Kris sent me this as a monthly OPAM winner - a very cute pattern of one of her Tag Along Teddies designs that I look forward to stitching up one day - thank you Kris!!! Opam is a great motivator and a good way to keep on track with my projects, it should be us sending gifts to two lovely hostesses, Kris and Peg, shouldn't it?
 And I was delighted to also win this English Paper Piecing kit through a sponsered giveaway on beaquilter's blog.
It will be a case of coming up with a clever plan with my fabrics to get an effective design. (Gulp did you notice the size of some of those pieces?!). Thank you Bea, and also to Hillbilly Quilt Shop.
Bea is a clever crafter who willingly shares her learnings with us. I originally came across her blog through her EQ7 tutorials, but she does all sorts of things.

And here it is only 20 minutes (or so) until midnight on Tuesday night - yes the weekend, and Chooky's birthday bash is well and truly over.
Time to stoke up the fire and pop off to bed,
Happy creating everyone!

33 comments:

Anthea said...

The mini is perfect for a chilly winter,Raewyn... & well done on those wins!

Maria said...

Lovely mini and I love the frosty photos.

Melody said...

Beautiful frosty pics and so many gorgeous projects. Fabulous wins too.

Needled Mom said...

Brrrr....that does look chilly! It sounds like it was a fun time of celebrating.

sunny said...

You've been quite busy! I love to crochet while flying, and sitting in airports. I love your photos of the frost - very pretty. STay warm.

Charlotte Scott said...

So if that's a 12 inch, then that means those are 1 inch finished half square triangles! Did you paper piece them?

Chantal said...

Hi Raewyn! You sure have been busy. Lot's of lovely projects. I certainly looks like winter has arrived. Of course that is the best time of year to work on afghans!

Chantal said...

Hi Raewyn! You sure have been busy. Lot's of lovely projects. I certainly looks like winter has arrived. Of course that is the best time of year to work on afghans!

Chantal said...

Hi Raewyn! You sure have been busy. Lot's of lovely projects. I certainly looks like winter has arrived. Of course that is the best time of year to work on afghans!

Janet O. said...

Even though it will be hot here today, seeing your frost gave me a little shiver. : )
That is a sweet little quilt of kitty by the fire.
You are keeping things interesting with lots of fun projects going on.
I am interested to see what you eventually come up with on the EPP stuff you won!

Rebecca in AK said...

Love the cat sleeping by the fire! Very cozy! Looks like you have lots of projects to keep you busy on a cold day.

Fiona said...

A lovely post full of all sorts of fun and pretty things....
Hugz

Leeanne said...

Great wins Raewyn! yes what is with that winterless north thing?
Your crochet blanket is looking nice. That cute bear stitchery is pretty too. Glad you had fun stitching weekend, even if some of it was taken up with making curtains.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

you must be a lucky duck!!!
great winnings--
you can keep the frost though--
time for some warm sunshine here!!!
hugs, di and miss gracie

Julie said...

Sounds like a good productive weekend for you Raewyn, Love all your new makes, especially that little "winter" quilt. Yes we have our fire cranking now too & have had a few really heavy frosts. Great weather for crafting though.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

So many goreous projects....good frost...

Kerry said...

Awesome post Chicky, love the frosty photos and all your goodies.....was good to see you if only briefly. Hugs xxxxx

margaret said...

you have been productive over your weekend, lovely wins there and the photos of the frost look so clear, I know e we do not like the cold but these photos make it more acceptable!

Leeann said...

I remember making nice warm curtains when my eldest was in a cold flat too. I'm glad next son is in a modern house with double glazing!

Sharon @ OSEWDIVINE said...

You,ve been a busy chook. Love that afghan was just chatting about that tonight to a friend, do you have that wavy pattern? Your yd will be so pleased with those curtains , flatting not so warm sometimes. Those frosts look familiar but you get great days after. Happy stitching.

Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals said...

Raewyn your projects are all just wonderful. I can see why you never get bored as you can switch from sewing to stitching to crochet -- How Fun!! Lucky you stealing away to another little retreat and Birthday Party! Love the pictures of the frost. Thanks for sharing!

Josie said...

You have a lovely cosy theme going on there with your mini and blanket. Not surprising when you look at those beautiful frosty photos. The pink flowers look wonderful... haven't a clue what they are :o) Enjoy stitching your little bear... Hugs

Sheila said...

Love your little winter mini , you had a busy weekend of stitching a perfect way to spend those frosty nights ;-)

Chookyblue...... said...

thanks for joining in the party........sure looks like winter is there.....love frost photos.....it's so "cool"...
you got some great stitching/crocheting done..........

shez said...

wow Raewyn you sure did a lot over the weekend and i love your 12" mini,well done.xx

Shirley said...

Stay warm Raewyn. We are still waiting for summer to arrive. Look forward to seeing what you do with your wins. Well done on the stitching and crochet front.

Karen said...

That is the only way to make curtains.I have made far too many the hard way over the years, so want short cuts now.
That is very cold for your area. Hope you stay well rugged up and warm.
Lovely to see your weekend stitching.

Grethe said...

Enjoyable party - from the distance, that is, nice mini and I love your frosty pictures :-)

Charlie and Wendy said...

All your projects are lovely, I really love the little wall hanging you made, gorgeous!! That does look cold at your place, we had a run of frosts too :)

Carrie P. said...

the little quilt is so sweet. you are staying busy!

Leonie said...

Another great crafting weekend! You ladies know how to keep the good times going ;)

Linda in Calif. said...

So smart of you to get the drapes with the tape already on them. And sweet of you to make them for her. I bet she loves them. Amazing pictures of the frost - thanks for sharing them.

Cat said...

Wasn't that frost a goodie ! Killed my lettuce seedlings tho