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

Sunday, March 4, 2018

A finish and FNwF

With a few completed stitchery blocks under my belt lately, I decided it was time to give some attention to my Evandale quilt, which has seen little progress lately. Last time I blogged about it, I was making the stars for the main border blocks.
When I pulled out my Evendale box, I discovered several star blocks in different stages. I'd made a whole lot of the inner stars and had spent some time working out which fabrics to use where, to complete the blocks. Which made it an easy ufo to get back into - all I had to do was pick it up and sew, rather than try to remember where I was at and make decisions.
My latest-nearly finished - star block
Friday Night with Friends saw me (nearly) completing the second block this week. And then it will be some more rummaging to complete the last few star blocks. Progress feels great!!!
This week's work.
Pop over to Cheryll's blog to see what out creativeness other crafters got up to on Friday night. Thank you for hosting us Cheryll :-)

I had a finish in February which I haven't yet shared. For the last 'little while' I've had this wavy crochet afghan on the go (I've just looked up my Ravelry page and see I started it on June 8th 2015). It started as a road trip project and as a way to use up ends of balls of wool. I had a vision of a scrappy colourful blanket. One that grandkids will remember for years to come. My dreams of using up all my scraps of wool did not come true as I'm sure I've still got enough leftover to make another one! (Just like my fabric scraps that multiply behind my back).
My photo shoot got off to a slow start —
Animals started appearing.....a chicken, the sheep and the pig....
How appropriate - wooly sheep with a wooly blanket....
..then I tried to get them to pose properly by feeding them grapevine leaves
but they didn't do what I wanted them to do!
(Don't they say, never work with animals...?!)
I moved around the corner, leaving the pets to munch on the leaves

It was breezy around this side of the house so I still couldn't
get a 'proper' shot.
Ended up with this 'interesting' shot :-)
We had a fun little birthday dinner for the MOML last night. Always great to have an excuse to get the family together. As well as both our daughters and their hubbies, we had their furbabies attend. So that's 3 extra puppies (3 months to 6 months old) running around having a grand old time with our 2 resident dogs. Not all are allowed inside, but whether they were in or out, they entertained themselves and us hugely. Our wee chap spent some time growling at the youngest pup - not letting him come up the stairs to see his mum and dad.
This was the sight that greeted me this morning when I first got up! Believe me, I had vacuumed before they came!
YD is well known in our family for her fun and creative birthday cakes. Here's what she whipped up yesterday - isn't it cool?
Funny how people were asking for a bit of rump steak or some oxtail when I was serving it up!

We went out to the back of the farm for some stock work this morning but I'm looking forward to this afternoon here in my Palace...maybe a bit of tidying, maybe a bit of quilting - who knows what I will find to work on?!!
Happy stitches,

33 comments:

Julie said...

Gorgeous Raewyn, I love your photos of the blanket with all the animals photo bombing it. I think they would make such great postcards! Thats funny as it was my Hubbys birthday yesterday too! I won't show him the cake picture as he didn't get anything as wonderful as that :-)

Sharmayne said...

Oh Raewyn that cake is AMOOZING!!!!! How talented is your daughter! Love the woolly blanket and all the antics trying to get a photo shoot! I'm also on Rav (Sharmayne) if you want to find me. I think your blanket has come up great and it won't be long before it gets some use as we head into autumn! You can never have too many blankets to curl up with!

Maria said...

Loved reading your post this morning...even though your pets were hassling you for the blanket photo shoot the pics are great. Such a fun crocheted blanket....
LOL did have to laugh at what the fur babies got up to while you were busy enjoying family . Such an amazing Coe cake your daughter made....
Good progress on your Evandale project....

Lisa J. said...

I love how the animals all come around when you try to take photos. The photos turned out well inspite of the animals.

Cheryll said...

You were very productive...thanks for joining in FNwF.
Love love the cake...xox

I am said...

Hi Raewyn,wow lots of beautiful work,well done my friend. Wow your DD is so clever that cake is amazing xx

Janet O. said...

Those star blocks are amazing!
I love scrap afghans. All that color--it's as good as a scrappy quilt!
The fuzzy floor looks familiar. I have a grand dog that destroys stuffed toys in the blink of an eye. :)
Oh, my goodness, that cake is absolutely the best!!

Leeanne said...

Lovely photo's all round! The sheep photo bombing my fav!

Peter and Narelle Christensen said...

A great post to read ... your blocks are lovely and your rug is beautiful. I've never seen that particular wave pattern before ... animals so have a mind of there own :)

That birthday cake is amazing ... well done to the creator.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

What an awesome cake...and your projects...woq❤️❤️❤️

Christine M said...

Your blocks look great Raewyn. What a mess those pups made. We're lucky with our new puppy. He hasn't really chewed anything except his official chew toys.

gz said...

A relief to be able to pick up where you left off...I've got a jumper, knitted in the round (No Seams!!) knitted as far up as the armpits...can I remember what stitch I was using to make it a thicker fabric...

Lovely afghan.

loulee said...

Love your blanket. You're right, scraps do seem to multiply all by themselves.
The cake is cool, very creative.

Lin said...

Your stars are looking splendid and I love the blanket. Great cake. xx

Julie said...

I remember my Nan had two scrappy crochet ripple blankets like that, my sister and I loved looking at all the different colours. Love your stars too.

Linda said...

Lovely post, Raewyn. Love your Ripple blanket, all those different colours are gorgeous, I'm sure your grandchildren will remember it forever, they will spend time looking at all the colours I'm sure. Your daughter is a very talented cake baker, the cow is adorable!

Ellie Mork said...

Amazing blanket and cake, lots of nice goodies, your blocks look great :)

Anonymous said...

The quilt blocks are fabulous. Your ripple blanket is just lovely. It seems that your animals think so, too. That cake is amazing!

retdairyqueen said...

The stars are WOW
The ripple blanket looks great MY MIL used to do those

Sally Trude said...

That's a lot of wow from the stars to the cow cake. But I am smitten by the crochet blanket. I think its time for my sister to teach me to crochet! (And seeing chickens and sheep enjoying the blanket was quite wonderful.)

Fiona said...

Your blocks are fantastic and I do love your crochet blanket..... that's a very effective stitch for scraps..... Happy Birthday to your man... the cake is just great and I love your family humour....
Hugz

kiwikid said...

Happy Birthday to MOYL!! Hope he enjoyed his special cake, it is fantastic!! Your blanket is beautiful Raewyn, shame the animals wouldn't pose for you, maybe they need more training!! :-)
Those stars look very pretty too. Sounds like the dogs are working out the pecking order at your house!! And they were busy in the night time!!

Sandra Walker said...

Ha ha love that photo shoot as much as the evidence of 'killed' stuffies by your grand dogs! WOW on the birthday cake! My mum gave my sister and I each a book Australian Women's Kids Cakes or something when our kids were little (like 25 years ago) and we each created some great ones, but this cow is just wonderful!

Mystic Quilter said...

Love the photo of the chook and the sheep inspecting your crochet blanket!! Hope you found the time to head off for the afternoon, I think after having a houseful plus four legged friends chewing up whatever they can get their teeth into you would have needed time out!!

Teresa said...

The star blocks are all so interesting. They are going to make a fantastic quilt!

Karen's Korner said...

Such pretty star blocks. Love the cake.....it would have been hard to cut into it.

Karen S said...

Lovely to see your projects coming out again and so pleased you could easily get back into it.
Love the crocheted blanket. That is a great design and it looks like and good size, too.
Wow, did those pups get up to mischief! But I know it could be worse.
I am so impressed with the cake. you have a very talented lady, there! Sounds like the birthday went well.

marina said...

Such gorgeous blocks! Your crochet blanket looks so beautiful. Love a rainbow blanket!
Fantastic cake....well done to your daughter.

Michelle Ridgway said...

I do love your farm photo shoots lol! What a bunch of photo bombers! Beautiful Evandale blocks and your crochet is lovely! Very neat cake lol! Happy birthday to your dear hubby xx

Anthea said...

Gorgeous projects both of them Raewyn... & the pics of the blanket are so good, love your setting!

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Oh wow, love that cake, lol!!!! And your blanket - well done! xx

dq said...

Your Evendale quilt is amazing! I love the old fashioned look it presents.

The afghan is amazing and surprisingly large. I am sure that took some time. I love to crochet but prefer to quilt.

Cute cute cute cow cake.

Nancy said...

Big congratulations on sewing that sweet baby quilt in a day! I struggle with trying to finish things quickly, too, so I'm definitely impressed. I love your little birds, both in this post and the previous post. They are adorable.