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

Sunday, December 24, 2017

A Cushion, Cows and Christmas

I thought I'd try to squeeze another post in before Christmas - this week flew by and here it is Christmas Eve already!
Three of us got together recently to make a gift for a sweet friend who has just had a 'significant' birthday. We each made a block —

This is the one I made.... an adaptation of my Birdy Love bird which I've
used a few times this year.
We sewed them together and I got the task of quilting it —

A back view always shows the quilting better - relatively simple but I had fun :-)
I handed it over for finishing - and ta-da - a cushion!
We gave it to her the other day and, happily, she loved it!
On a non-sewing front.... I did an afternoon milking this week as the MOML was helping a neighbour pick up haybales. As I was 'in the mood', I took my camera with me so I could share some photos with you.
Getting the cows in - they're on their way to the shed.
I love to see them all spread out along the track like this.
The wee dog had to do his stint as official farm and cattle dog!
First row of cups on.
As an unexperienced selfie-taker, I found it very wierd smiling at myself for the camera!
Last cows leaving the shed. Ready for clean up!
Cows safely shut away in their paddock for the night :-)

Today Mum and  I are going to do a bit of food prep ready for tomorrow. We're going to YD's for Christmas Day and I said I'd take the pav and a bunch of salads. Good old Kiwi-Christmas tucker. The Pohutakawas around Northland are starting to come into bloom - they're considered by many to be our Kiwi Christmas Tree. We have a small one growing and it's given us a decent little showing this year, inspite of its size.
It will only get better and better as time goes on!
Notice the wee gold dots on the stamen - so pretty!
And as we were a bit slow to get our actual Christmas tree up and decorated, this had been my Christmas corner for the last few weeks!
Apparently I was very poor spirited as I didn't put any tinsel on the
Bonsai!
I want to finish by wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas. I hope whereever you are and whoever you are with, you have a happy and relaxing day filled with love and good cheer.
Hugs to you all




26 comments:

sunny said...

Merry Christmas to you! THanks for sharing all the pictures.

Connie said...

Your cushion is so pretty and I love that photo of the cows on the bridge.
Nice to see your lovely smile too . . . hard at work on your farm.
Do you all them farms, ranges, stations, what?
Very Merry Christmas!
Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

QuiltShopGal said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Lovely pillow. Your cows look very happy and you look ready for Christmas. Enjoy!

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Marlene said...

The Pohutakawas are just wonderful. Merry Chritmas to you and your family.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Merry Christmas & happy holidays Raewyn.

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

lovely pillow - Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Hi Raewyn lovely post i love the cushion ,what a beautiful present for your friend.Merry Xmas to you and your lovely family and hope you all have a safe and happy New Year xx

kiwikid said...

I enjoyed going milking with you, get the pleasure of seeing the action, but none of the cleaning up!! The wee dog made me laugh!! Your selfie skills are very good!! The cushion is a beautiful present, love your quilting. I love seeing the cows heading in for milking, just ambling along, I often wonder if there is an order they go in, is there a head cow? Or just who ever is closest to the gate. I like the sound of the pavlova...yum!! Have a wonderful happy Christmas Raewyn, you and your family and all the best for the coming year. xx

Julie said...

Merry Christmas to you & yours too Raewyn. Great selfie ... all I could think was I hope one of those girls doesn't lift her tail about now!!!

Jindi's Cottage said...

Gorgeous cushion, lucky friend...the Pohutakawa is lovely, so pretty...have a great Christmas...

Mystic Quilter said...

Lovely, lovely cushion! Wonderful photos of the cows coming home takes me back to holidays on my Aunts' farm, but going back around 60 years to dairy faring in Derbyshire it was still the three egged stool, pail between the legs and head resting on the flank of the cow - but I loved every minute of it.
Your selfie shows you in quite a vulnerable situation with the cow on your right!! How many go through the shed Raewyn at one time?

Karen S said...

Loots of busy things to do. Great finish with the cushion and a lovely gift.
Good to see you keeping your hand in with the milking. Much more enjoyable in Summer.
Good luck with all your cooking preparations and have a wonderful Christmas.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Merry Christmas Raewyn to you and your family.....pav and salads here too xx

Jenny said...

Hello to you in the milking shed taking a selfie with the cows!
Merry Christmas Raewyn to you and your family - I always enjoy reading your blog.

Lin said...

What a gorgeous gift for your friend. Interesting to see you as a milkmaid! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas Raewyn. xx

cahirasnana said...

I loved reading your post Raewyn. Your cushion is gorgeous. I grew up on a dairy farm in the Wairarapa and loved your cow photos.

QuiltGranma said...

Have a very Merry Christmas and a new year full of Pieceful sewing.

Sue said...

Lovely Christmasy post Raewyn. Love all the farm photos, and the cushion is beautiful. Your friend is a lucky girl!

Leeanne said...

Nice Christmasy farming post. I bet you know who loved that cushion. I hope your day was a nice one.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Merry Christmas Raewyn!!That cushion is just gorgeous! And good on you for taking on milking duties :) xx

KaHolly said...

Nice selfie! You ladies made a lovely cushion! What beautiful quilting!

Sharmayne said...

Nice to drop in for a visit - I have a bit of a thing for dairy cows and always love it when I catch a glimpse of any heading in for milking - loved the photo with them going over the bridge and winding around the track! One of my stepsisters lives in NZ. You have great quilting skills - wish I did lol. Nothing like Pav for desert after Christmas lunch - it's always been on our desert list too.

Needled Mom said...

Ah yes, milking....the 365 days a year task! Glad you brought the camera with you.

I love the cushion you made as a group. That will be cherished.

Your natural "Christmas" tree plant is beautiful.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

What a sweet pillow. Love seeing the cows as well! Cute little Christmas Tree. I didn't put up a tree this year, but my daughter brought a small one to the house and decorated it with fabric.

Fiona said...

what a lovely post.... dairy farming never has a day off. I love the cushion you did for a friend and your native Christmas trees are so lovely...

Hugz

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Merry Christmas. Great gift. How cool that you got all of those cows milked, with some help. I like your plant pictures.