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

Sunday, April 19, 2015

FNSI in April

Last week flew by with hardly a glance at my sewing machine so I was looking forward to spending fnsi sewing up a storm :-)
We had invited our neighbour for tea as he was home alone but I figured that once we'd eaten, the men would do man-talk and I would escape for some 'fnsi' time.
We got chatting though and before we knew it, it was late and time for bed...
There was nothing for it but to do a spot of time travel and join in with the northern hemisphere fnsi on (my) Saturday.

I spent my time sewing together these stars.....
They are a bit of a leader ender project I've been doing this year - when my monthly scrap challenge blocks are sewn, I carry on with these.
(Terry did a sewalong last year using the Moda Bakeshop Charming Stars pattern. By the time I decided which fabric I wanted to use, the sal was finished!).

I started with blocks in varying stages of completion, after a bit of sorting and sewing, I ended with this little pile of completed blocks.
I can t remember how many stars I had planned to make, but this is a good
start, at least :-)
This is my 'stitchingfarmgirl' photo!
And a funny little aside - never underestimate somebody - after spendng the evening telling us tales of his time in the Army, police force and more, our neighbour turned around and showed me how to spin!
I'd excitedly told him that I had bought myself a (second hand) wheel and he asked if I wanted him to give me a little demo! Awesome!
There quite likely won't be any posts about my spinning until I can produce
something that looks like spun wool!
Friday Night Sew In is a fun little opportunity to do some sewing, stitching or crafting knowing that at the same time, others from around the world are doing the same. Wendy, from Sugarlane Quilts, is is our hostess. Click *here* to visit her blog and find out what everyone else got up to. Thank you Wendy for looking after us all, 

Happy creating and have a lovely week ♥ 

34 comments:

jill said...

Oh, I like this block, especially how the stars really stand out.
blessings, jill

retdairyqueen said...

Love the stars
I used to spin and loved it but no one wanted home spun in my family so with regret I recently sold my wheel

marina said...

so love these stars, I have them on my to do list.
looks like you enjoyed your stay in Brisbane. How lovely to catch up with Michelle, she is so lovely.
good luck with your spinning.

Starr White said...

I love the how the bright stars stand out against the darker blocks, and your dinner with your neighbor sounds lovely. You were repaid for your hospitality with a lesson in spinning! (I don't believe in coincidences :))))

shez said...

Hi Raewyn sounds like a fun Friday night,and gee I love your blocks and spinning looks like a fascinating job.xx

Maria said...

Your Stars are growing beautifully..
Enjoy your spinning..

sunny said...

Great stars! I made a quilt top during the SAL, and then found some fabric that I'd had for a long time and didn't know what to do with. It was perfect for a second quilt. I think one was 16 blocks, and the other was 12 blocks. And how exciting to learn how to spin. I saw a demonstration one time and it was fascinating. We're planning to go to a Wool Festival in a couple of weeks, and I'm hoping to see more.

Wendy said...

Love your 'stitching farmgirl' photo. We need lots of those!

Terry said...

It's so nice to see your charming stars blocks! They're lovely! :0)

Karen H said...

Love those star blocks. The white stars sparkle and float above the print squares!

Rebecca in AK said...

Love your stars! Great fabric choices. So fun to discover hidden talents in others! Years ago I had wanted to learn to spin, but I do not knit as much as I used to, I have the quilting bug now.

Shirley said...

Those star blocks are on my wish list but I never seem to get around to making them. Yours look beautiful. What luck to have a personal instructor on hand to teach you spinning. I am sure it will soon be mastered.

Leeanne said...

Awesome stars! Multi talented neighbour!

Michelle Ridgway said...

I do love those star blocks. How clever is your neighbour. I love watching people spin. Looking forward to your progress with it xx

Julie said...

Gosh Raewyn, I love your stars - love the fabric combinations you have used. Also I really love that photo of them on the deck with the cows in the background. Very farmgirlstitching I think :-)
We used to have a neighbour sounds just like your one - multi talented but hid it very well.

Fiona said...

lovely blocks... it is nice that we can join Friday from anywhere in the world! How fun to have a spinner give you a demonstration...
Hugz

Deb R said...

Love your fabric choice for your stars, cute spindle?

Heather S said...

WOW! What a handy neighbour and don't you just love other people's stories. No wonder you lost track of time, so would I. Love the stars too.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Love your star blocks.... this is going to look lovey & vintage-y! We have a spinning wheel & loom that Mr D.'s mum brought out from England & used prolifically - sadly, all in storage at present! Not sure just what to do with them, they are sentimental & a special part of our family history, but...no one else knows how to use them! L

Karen's Korner said...

Gorgeous blocks....those fabrics really make the white stars "pop".

barb's creations said...

Love your star blocks :) Barb.

Susan said...

I'm sure you will soon master spinning, very handy to have an expert on hand. Your stars look great.

Sue said...

Such lovely patchworking, I like stars as much as I like spots and stripes. Spinning, I have a wheel that I haven't used for a while. Such a relaxing thing to do. TOF still has a hat I knitted out of wool I spun years ago that he drags out every Winter.

Janet O. said...

I really like that Star quilt pattern. It was hard, but I resisted the SAL--however, I did save the pattern.
You just never know about people, do you? A man moved into our area who was a retired big city cop. He is the biggest teddy bear--gets emotional at the drop of a hat, collects Star Wars toys, and makes beautiful, handcrafted rocking chairs.

Lin said...

That star block is already on my list of things to do and you have just sparked my interest again. Good luck with the spinning! xx

The Knotty Lass said...

Ok, now, you're just showing off, LOL! I fully expect yarn ala Raewyn in my Christmas stocking this year! Your blocks look awesome as always!

Allie said...

Your blocks are just gorgeous - I really do love that pattern! And wow, spinning? How fun!!

Karen S said...

These stars look lovely. Who cares which Friday night you join - as long as you get to sew. How wonderful to have someone to teach you how to spin. Good luck!

Leonie said...

Great start on the stars! and i hope you get the hang of spinning... i did enjoy it so!

Brigitte said...

Oh my, these stars are gorgeous. Thanks for the link.

Karens Quilts, Crows and Cardinals said...

OK - these stars are flipping amazing. Star have been on my list and your post has me excited about stars. Loving the fabrics you choose Raewyn. So pretty -- can't wait to see what's next. Hugs, Karen

Linda in Calif. said...

That spinning looks like a lot of work. I think you'll be quite good at it and be happy you can create your own.

kiwikid said...

Love the star blocks, and the fabrics are really pretty. Oh can't wait to see your spinning...I used to use my Mum's wheel and had some very interesting wool that varied from 4ply to chunky!!!

Lara B. said...

Your neighbor sounds so delightful Raewyn! I find myself sometimes wishing that I could get back to sewing when I should just be enjoying the moment instead, so I am glad you had a great evening together.
Your star blocks are so lovely - perfect colors and design!
Soon you'll be able to spin us tales about spinning!