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

Monday, June 1, 2015

Late for the party!

Chooky was so kind and invited us all to her Chookshed's 3rd birthday party this past weekend...it was an actual and virtual affair... I understand too much champagne was drunk by some but it does seem some progress was made on different projects.
I was the one who kept getting to the door, then had to turn around and head off again - at one stage I thought I was never going to get there...
BUT I DID!
And I was the one still sewing while everyone else had gone home - however being Queen's Birthday weekend and today (Monday) a holiday, it still felt like I could get away with a bit of late partying!
Bits and pieces were the order of the day.....
First of all I finished off and bordered my March Calendar Bear
(Yes, we're a bit behind here in NZ!)
I made a few flying geese... a bit of an in between project to work on
when I'm bored hehe
Don't worry I don't get (ever) bored but sometimes it's nice to have a
change of scenery.
Woohoo cut out this new quilt!! Yummo French General....
...even made a start on it!
And I had a think about this project... it's our Tuesday Medallion Mystery at
The Country Yard.
 We set rules for the next round each month.
I'm supposed to be a month ahead of everyone else so
thought I'd better get onto it.
All in all it seems I got a fair bit done so I'm glad about that - thanks so much Chooky for having us all to visit...and Happy Birthday to the Chookshed!! Any one who wants to see who else was at the party, here's Chooky's link-up post and to see more hi jinx, just click *here*.

So what slowed my partying down? On Saturday I was at work at The Country Yard. The Northern Quilt Shophop has been on over the past few weeks - 8 shops took part; each made a quilt... people registered for their favourite/s and then had to visit each shop to collect all the blocks. It was a lot of fun..we met a lot of people! Our quilt was called Love in Paris - you can see it on Leeanne's blog.
And more of the weekend was taken up with farmwork... we had a VERY early start on Sunday morning... had our last milking for the season and took the girls out to the back of the farm. The track was a bit greasy with rain overnight but it's quite a nice walk.

Not such a good photo but the view was awesome!
A few stragglers

Their new home until calving time.
And a bit later on the fully laden milk tanker got stuck in our driveway, it's a little steep out onto the road and with that bit of overnight rain he slid sideways as he tried to turn. A long wait and an hour with the towtruck and he was finally on his way. (And our letterbox, fences and trees are still intact!)
Lucky it was the weekend as he was right across the road blocking it - there would have been 3 hours traffic backed up!

 This coming weekend we are having a few days away, which we are looking forward to..dairy farmers often have winter holidays when the cows are dry! It will be nice to catch up with a few people and of course my priority this week will be sorting out a new car crochet project :-)
 See you next time, 
happy creating!
 ♥

29 comments:

kiwikid said...

You got heaps done Raewyn...your March block is lovely..your French General project looks interesting, as does the medallion mystery...love the photo from the back of the farm, all misty and autumny looking. Good you can have a holiday as milking does tie you to the farm! Lucky your fences etc are ok,could have been taken out by the tanker...bet that disrupted his route for the day!!

Melody said...

Beautiful work. Where you live is so beautiful

Yvonne W said...

You achieved a lot at the birthday party. Wow, your farm looks lovely. You deserve a holiday as dairy work is 24/7 otherwise.

Chookyblue...... said...

hey better late then never don't they say..........thank goodness you didn't keep me up to late last night..............lovely projects you worked on...............

Leeanne said...

All go for the celebrations! I bet Oscar thought the tanker truck being stuck was exciting. happy wee holiday to you.

Anthea said...

What a busy weekend you had Raewyn... glad the truck didn't take out your fences or mailbox!

Flickenstichlerin said...

Very exciting weekend for you and lots of beutiful stichery and sewing going on. Liked ready your post.
Greetings,
Sylvia

Sew Quilt Designs said...

I met quite a few ladies from your way and i think another shop hop maybe next year as it was quite popular. Lovely view from where you are :)

Susan said...

Glad you could squeeze some sewing in to your weekend. Enjoy your break.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

looks like a beautifier place to live. You have some fun projects going on

Janet O. said...

What a time you have had!
Looks like you used your time well at the party. Love that little March stitchery!
Those are beautiful (woven) French General fabrics.
Always love seeing shots of your lovely "spread"!!

Maria said...

WOW Reawyn you did get a lot done for a late starter..
You surely did have a busy weekend at the shop and on the farm sew it was nice you could get your sewing done..
Lucky the milk tanker didn't break any fences etc...

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Adventures is the sewing room and outside--
what fun!!!!
Love all those projects--and one is never too late to party!!!
Smiles

Needled Mom said...

You still accomplished more than I did for the weekend!!! Enjoy your time away - you deserve it.

Mystic Quilter said...

You have been busy again - love the sound of the Chookshed! Enjoy your break.

Doniene said...

Wow, I've missed a bunch of your life!! So nice to catch up!!! I just can't seem to get my act together and put together a post - but wanted to see how you were!!! The cows look great! Nice to have some time off, so enjoy!!!! I know the work will soon begin again!

As always your quilting/stitching projects are fabulous!!! I love the model - baby alpaca is soooo soft!!

The chooks look great! It is on my agenda to acquire a few this fall. Love those fresh eggs!!

Kidding is all complete. Over all, very happy with the kid crop. The guardian dogs are doing their job!! Yeah, no predator problems! We've had a very cool wet spring and the grass is green, green, green. I'll try to take my camera out and take some shots of places you would recognize!

Blessings and hugs my dear Kiwi friend!

Barbara said...

You sure had an interesting weekend. I am glad to see sewing was part of it. Have a great break next weekend.

Kerry said...

So glad you had a good weekend Raewyn....awesome the cows are dried off, we just had a cow calve last night cant figure out if she is autumn calving or spring!! (One we bought in) so who knows. Great you got lots of sewing done also, and cant wait to see what crocheting project you begin while you have a well deserved break. Shop hop was fun, so nice to visit other shops that you wouldn't normally go see but there is no place like our local!! Hugs xxxx

Kerry said...

So glad you had a good weekend Raewyn....awesome the cows are dried off, we just had a cow calve last night cant figure out if she is autumn calving or spring!! (One we bought in) so who knows. Great you got lots of sewing done also, and cant wait to see what crocheting project you begin while you have a well deserved break. Shop hop was fun, so nice to visit other shops that you wouldn't normally go see but there is no place like our local!! Hugs xxxx

Lara B. said...

You are a one woman whirlwind Raewyn! Your farm is so very beautiful - that scene must just feed your soul. I understand completely how running a dairy farm would keep a person busy. The projects and new quit started all look fantastic. Love French General!
Have a terrific little mini vacation!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Sounds like it was a great party... and you got quite a bit done too! Looks like a 'trip around the world' with the French General fabric? Enjoy your little break next weekend.

Reconstructed Fabulousness said...

Sounds like you had the bestest long weekend and another to look forward to ~ awesome! ~

Julie said...

Your calendar bears are beautiful Raewyn - as are those french general fabrics. We are still milking here - we winter milk half the herd now ... so no holiday at this end. Hope you enjoy your wee break away & get some crocheting done.

margaret said...

can imagine the fun you had at the get together and managed to do lots of stitching too

Cisca Heiden van der said...

It sounds like a great weekend you had! I LOVE the new bear, they all are so sweet! Nice to see the Paris quilt, and the Mystery block is great!
Have a nice day, Cisca

Karen S said...

Nothing like a long weekend to give you some good sewing time. Lovely to see what you are working on.
Good to see the tanker moved without too much fuss. Usually these things happen at the worst time possible, so being the weekend was a bonus.

Sheila said...

Sounds like your weekend was extremely successful and such lovely projects . Thanks for including the photos of your farming .

Joanne said...

Your quilts are wonderful, but I always love seeing your farm pictures!

Wendy said...

Beautiful projects and I love the virtual walk to the back of your farm, your views are stunning!