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

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Drumsticks and sheep legs...and a little more —

On Friday night I joined in with the first FNwF of the year, stitching along with others from around the globe... my goal was to finish off a couple of Farm Girl Vintage blocks that needed some stitchery added to them.
Yaay mission accomplished :-)
Thank you Cheryll for once again ably hosting us all.... visit her *here* to see who else crafted long with us.

It took me a while to get back into any sort of stitching after Christmas, I think my body and mind just needed some 'down time' (how does that work.... sewing and crafting is my relaxation?!!). The last week, however, saw me sewing away again and I'd just about done all the blocks I needed for my Farm Girl Vintage quilt.
And then today I finished the last four blocks I needed for the corners - simple stars - and now 'all I need to do' is to assemble the blocks, put borders on and quilt it!
This is a project I am doing for The Country Yard and I am enjoying putting it together :-)

Talking about The Country Yard, we had a special visitor while I was at work on Friday.....
There's a water feature at the front door and this Wood Pigeon decided it was a good place to stop by and drink from before carrying on with his day!
Next time I hope to be more organised and hopefully will get a better photo - he really was beautiful.

I spent a fair bit of Saturday at the Artisians' Fair, helping my ED with her stall. This is held on 'the old bridge' down by the local marina. A lovely spot, although this time there was a bit of a chilly breeze which didn't feel summery at all.
If you enlarge the photo below by clicking on it,  you can just see her checking someone's spine.

Across the way from us was Sarah... I was delighted to meet her as I read an article about her in a magazine recently. This bubbly lady is travelling the country in her campervan. She has a sewing machine run by solar power and she loves to chat to people about sustainability and looking aftre the earth one stitch at a time..... simple things like making re-ueseable totes for shopping and mending clothes instead of replacing them. She runs sewing workshops and apparently has large numbers of men attending - attracted to the thought of Mastering a Machine :-)
Here is a little about her, a news item from a year or so ago... and *here* is her website. An interesting lady.

And now it is the end of the weekend; I hope yours has been happy and you've had a chance to put in a few stitches.
'til next time
 

33 comments:

margaret said...

blocks looks so good for the farm girl vintage quilt reminds me I too have the book, must have a browse and see if I think it is tackleable for me mybe next year!.
We hav a pair of wood pigeons that live in the trees next door love hearing them billing and cooing.
Looks like a good and interesting day out you had, would not have much luck here with a solar sewing machine so little sun.

Janet O. said...

Very cute blocks you finished up!
Wow--that is a gorgeous bird. At first I thought it wasn't real. : )
A solar powered sewing machine? Haven't heard that one before. Fascinating!

Marcia Campbell said...

The blocks look great ... look forward to seeing it finished... solar power sewing machine would have worked well this weekend at home as the temperature was in the 40,s

kiwikid said...

Love the sheep and chooky legs!! Your vintage farm girl quilt looks amazing...wood pigeon is a handsome bird! we saw one in the bush up near the waterfall when we were over..on our walk from the city. I haven't hear dof a solar powered sewing machine either...woul dhave worked super fast here this weekend too.!!

Narelle said...
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Narelle said...

Beautiful blocks and love your blog title. Sorry my first comment had a silly spelling mistake.

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

have not heard of a solar power machine but why not not they have them for so many things now. Traveling is nice. Love the wood pigeon

Teresa said...

The sheep and chick are so cute. Love the little heart on the chick's block

Julie said...

A solar powered machine - fancy that, mind you we would need a wee bit more sun than what we are currently getting.
How lovely seeing a Kereru that close in such a domestic setting.

Connie said...

I just love your blog! You are so impressive and inspire me to try new things. I love your sheep block, he's a cutie :) Have a wonderful week.
Connie :)

Lisa J. said...

Thanks for sharing such an interesting post Raewyn. I'm going to read more about the sustainabliity lady now.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Your 'farm girl' blocks look lovely! Are you sashing them too?

Mystic Quilter said...

The fair looks interesting! She's a brave lady taking off with a solar powered machine, good on her! Lovely sheep and hens Raewyn.

Jenny said...

Those little critters always look better with legs!
Looks like you have started off your sewing year well.

Fiona said...

your quilt blocks are just lovely - thats going to be a stunning quilt. How lovely to have that pretty fat pigeon come for a visit.... the sewing lady sounds interesting...
Hugz

Needled Mom said...

I love the chicken and sheep block. That is going to make such a great quilt.

Hmm...solar powered sewing machine. It sounds interesting.

Julie said...

Hi Raewyn, am really looking forward to seeing your farmgirl vintage quilt finished as love your two blocks. Have seen farmgirl vintage on a couple of blogs & love her designs. The artisans fair looks great too ... just off to read the article about Sarah - sounds fascinating. Have a super week Raewyn :-)

Leeanne said...

Solar powered machine..........now we are talking! how cool was that to meet such an inspiring person. Your Farm Girl Vintage blocks look super pretty........nearly time for the quilting by the looks :-)

Rebecca in AK said...

Such cute sheep and bird blocks! You got a beautiful photo of the pigeon. Sarah sounds like an interesting lady. I have never heard of a solar powered sewing machine.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Love all your projects....just beautiful stitching! Loved reading the article about Sarah. What an innovator x

Karen S said...

Delightful legs!!
Lovely work on your Farm Girl blocks. Lots of work there.
And lovely to see the bird come visiting.

Anne Ida said...

Well done on finishing your chook and seep blocks! They turned out great. Love the look of your Farm Girl Vintage blocks, looking forward to sseing the finish!

Oh sun and a fair! Fabuloua for a saturday! Here it's cold, slush on the streets and flu season...

Take care! Happy stitching!

Sheila said...

Some lovely blocks Raewyn, can't wait to see this quilt all sewn together . It would be interesting to meet and chat with the sewing lady.

Linda in Calif. said...

Farm girl is looking great. Good job getting those block made throughout the year. Chickie and Lamb look much better with legs. :-)

Michelle said...

Happy New Year Raewyn and I must say I am in love with the sheep block!! Your quilt is going to look gorgeous! Well done you!! Thanks for the info on Sarah, I am going to head away now and have a read!

Quiltingchemist said...

Very pretty blocks. I especially like the sheep. The quilt is coming along beautifully.

Suz J said...

It's great when there is "only" the blocks to put together, borders and quilting to be done. It always makes it sound like you are almost finished... when we really know you are only half way.

I am said...

Hi Raewyn,wow all your blocks are amazing well done my friend and love the colour of the pidgen xx

Kath Hintz said...

Hi Raewyn, Oh my how I love that sheep! I have a bit of a passion for sheep somehow!! Your blocks are beautiful, and what about the lady with the solar powered sewing machine, kudos to her. It's been pretty warm here the last few days, very windy though. Calm tonight, it's lovely.

Robyn Pidgeon said...

I just love the sheep.... And how about the fact a pigeon stopped by.... Lol sadly it wasn't this Pidgeon...

KaHolly said...

Great post! XO

Anita : Shabby Quilt said...

Lovely blocks. Your quilt is coming along nicely.

Cisca Heiden van der said...

Love your Farm Girl blocks and stars for The Country Yard!
I only see a girl/woman with blue trousers, who probably looks at a back?! !