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

Monday, June 6, 2016

Party time and I was late!


Chookyblue invited us all to her place over the weekend for her annual Chookshed birthday; a weekend to sew and craft with friends from around the world.
I was late to the party as we had a surprise visit (well 24 hours notice) from YD and her hubby. So lovely to see and spend time with them. As they both work on Sundays it was a short overnight visit but that meant I was able to spend most of Sunday at Chooky's do :-)
I made some progress on my Fabulous Friday blocks --
Whirly-gigs,; these need sewing together and a stem and leaves added.
This is a mystery project we are doing at The Country Yard, where I work. This is my scrappy brown version used for testing blocks, sizes, instructions, etc. I had some catching up to do —
Butterfly blocks
"Filler blocks' - Snowballs and uneven 9-patches.
And upstairs, where it was slightly warmer, was a good place to spend the evening crocheting. I completed Part 3 of my Mandala Madness - yaay - still very behind - I know it's not a race but it is so addictive!! I've had the odd bout of undoing, changing colours, etc; that is my biggest problem, trying to decide what colour to use next. I've learnt to look at the whole section I'm working on rather than just the next round (each Part/section is at least four rounds worth).
The start of the next Part, one row of lemon crocheted so far,
This weekend in New Zealand is a long weekend as we celebrate the Queen's Birthday (a little late!) so maybe today I'll continue partying and get a little more done.....I have another batch of soup humming away in the crockpot so I'm sorted... :-) As well as a bit more Fabulous Friday sewing I need to prep the next stage of Month Four of Anderson's Farm. I've done the needleturn for it so far—
Yes, I know, my chickens are facing the wrong way......

Thank you Chooky for having us over, I know you had a wonderful weekend! Go *here* if you want to see what the other party gals got up to.
'till next time,
be creative,

21 comments:

Fiona said...

better late than never and what a great reason to be late to the party. I love your patchwork blocks but that crochet mandala is just ammmmaaaaaazzzzing
Hugz

Rosemary Dickinson said...

I find whenever I make plans, something else comes up! Love your projects but your crochet project is simply wonderful! I've never seen anything like it! Gorgeous!

Chookyblue...... said...

atleast you got some stitching done.......and you sure caught up.........
hey we celebrate the Queens birthday next weekend so we are even later......
glad you joined the party........

Leeanne said...

Looks like a busy weekend and very productive. The soups sounds like a good idea.

Michelle Ridgway said...

A family surprise visit is worth tardiness. Love your projects and your mandala is absolutely gorgeous!

margaret said...

what fun to have a get together and liking what you did, tried to find a tutorial for the whirlygig but so far no luck but will have another go later, liking the butterfly block too and your mandala is so beautiful

shez said...

Hi Raewyn how nice to get a visit from your family,you did well at chookys party,you achieved alot,well done my friend on your beautiful work :)

Karen S said...

Wow, you did manage to squeeze a lot into your weekend. Love seeing the progress on your mandala. And I am sure the chooks really don't mind which way they face.
Enjoy the extra day. We get ours next week.

kiwikid said...

So good you got to join the party!! And boy you got heaps done!! The blocks are wonderful...love your mandala, the Spotlight news pages arrived in the mail today and they are offering a free pattern similar to yours, thought I might look it up. Now seeing yours I am inspired to have a go....along with all the other things I am having ago at!!! Oh well!! Does it matter which way the chookies face??? Hope you had a productive extra day, we get ours next weekend.

DAWNIE said...

Oh i love the taupe shades you, this is going to lovely all stitched together, nothing like having a few projects on the go, it keeps us on our toes

KaHolly said...

Chookyblue sure knows how to throw a party! I've enjoyed seeing everyone's posts! Cutting and sewing test blocks like that can be very time consuming, but I bet it's fun! I sure like those little birdies. And that mandala, oh, my goodness! It's gorgeous! I can't wait to see it how pretty it will be all finished! Have a great week! XO

Lin said...

It was a great party. Your mandala is looking gorgeous! Nice work on the blocks too. xx

Janet O. said...

Oh, my--that Mandala is stunning! I had to keep going back to look at it.
Hey, chickens are seldom orderly. They face whichever way they want. : )

Needled Mom said...

It looks like a very productive weekend. I really like the way the mandala is coming together. The tans are neutrals are very calming in your blocks. Love the chicks too.

Karen's Korner said...

You had a very productive time. Love that Mandala. The colours are just gorgeous.

Maria said...

Never late Raewyn, can join in anytime...
Loving those brown blocks but your crocheting is amazing.....
Oh your Lynette farm block looks like fun but I must be brave and not get it. Still working on the Hexagon one and have Fern Hill tucked away in a tin....

Janice said...

Wow! you did do a lot. It's great to work on a variety of projects, so that we don't get bored.

desertskyquilts said...

You got a lot done! I love the whirly gig block. That's the one I did as a stack and whack with chicken fabric and it was just pure fun. Your butterflies and other blocks look great, too. I LOVE your chicken piece! I have a friend working on that CAL, think I mentioned that last time, and it looks just lovely in any colors. Yours is growing fast!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Sounds like you had a fun time making those cute blocks....lovin' the browns.

cozykoza32a@gmail.com said...

I love love love your crocheting. If I could crochet I'd be crocheting with you.
Kathleen Mary
https://kathysnest32.wordpress.com/

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hi Raewyn....it was a great party wasn't it! Love your work especially that crochet...how beautiful!