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

Thursday, December 6, 2018

I blinked...

...and then it was December!

This is the post I thought I'd write about a week ago, sharing the last of my November finishes. Somehow the 30th November and December 1st merged into one (and are now a distant memory)!
I completed another embellished tea towel sometime during November. It matches the blue one shown *here*.
I've also been slow to share the finished Zookeepers Blanket. I really wanted to wash and block it before I took my final photos but I just haven't got around to doing that. You'll have to be happy with this shot until I get myself organised.
What I have been able to achieve though is this completed quilt (top) -- the second of the three baby quilts I want finished before Christmas. Keeping in mind they all need quilting too, I think I have a busy few weeks ahead of me!
However, getting back to this one, I'm happy with how it turned out; I did use the softer blue print I was concerned about (in my last post), and it looks just fine. There is a lot of open light coloured space and I do wonder about the practicality of that but oh well it's done and if the quilt gets washed to death, I'll be happy as it also means it's being used.

I'm going to be optimistic and link up to Elm Street Quilts' One Monthly Goal this month. Previous goals haven't come to fruition but I'm sure I'll be able to finish this quilt by the end of the month :-) Thank you Patty for hosting this monthly motivator.

I finished another Whimsical Woodland block last week which means the stitching on this mystery project is up to date for another few days, when the next one is due. I don't think I'll get the catch-up-piecing done for this in the near future but if a spare day comes along, maybe I'll give it a try?
I've had a lovely time with the grandies lately; looking after the girls when my DIL has a town day planned, or helping ED with her babies.
I don't get many chances to take photos, but manage the odd one. Here are two favourite shots —
Lily and George hanging out with Mum.
Having a chat while Ganma gets lunch ready.
The MOML isn't very well this week so I've been a proper farmer's wife again, back in the shed. As long as the right music is on the radio I'm quite happy to look after 'the girls' while he recuperates. It's a nice time of the year to be milking; it's not too hot, the girls have full bellies and are pretty content. As a bonus, they have nice full udders to make the job seem worthwhile.
So grateful to our family once again who are quick to leap in to help take the pressure off ♥
I can think of worse things to do than spend time getting the herd to the shed.
Till next time,
Happy stitches!!
 

22 comments:

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Such a cute snowman towel--and those dog quilts are really adorable--
and very cute grandbaby photos--sweet sweet sweet!!!
and was it you who had 2 missing sheep (or where they goats??) last week end--??
and if so did you find them???
enjoy, di

Fiona said...

wonderful hand and machine stitching at your place... the dogs have worked out so well. Lovely pictures of the littlies, great to catch some of these moments. I hope your man is heaps better...
Hugz

Mystic Quilter said...

I like the idea of the embroidery on the tea towel, I must missed the blue one. Cute dachshund baby quilt, especially with the coats keeping them warm.
How nice to see the baby photos and the growing girls, they grow up so quickly so make the most of it!

gz said...

The time is seeming to fly..but you are doing well. Lovely work.

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Lisa J. said...

You have managed to get a lot done in the disappearing month of November. Good luck quilting the doggie quilt. It's a great goal. I really enjoy the photos of your grandkids. Very cute.

kiwikid said...

Love the dog quilt Raewyn, you will be busy getting the others done, but I am sure you will! The stitcheries are beautiful too. Wonderful photo of the baby, the twins are so cute!! I can understand the photos are your favourites, beautiful photo of the girls. I hope the MOYL is much better and back to his usual happy self..great view following the cows!

Needled Mom said...

That Dixie quilt is so cute as is the sweet stitchers. It looks like you have been busy with little ones and milking. It’s tough to get any stitching in!

Linda in Calif. said...

Funny I was just thinking the same thought, how did it get to be Dec already - and Dec 5th at that? I really can't choose which photo I love more, the girls talking or the babies and you on the floor. Just precious. Good job on the stitcheries, and on using that variegated thread. It looks so nice on the fox and butterfly.

Rosemary Dickinson said...

You're so right, the time is flying by! You always have the nicest projects! I so enjoy seeing what you're working on. Your grandchildren are adorable!

Leeanne said...

Love the sausage dog quilt.....but your grandkids top the cuteness list!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Cute snowman, and love your dog quilt. Your littles are so very cute. I agree how did we get to December already?

QuiltShopGal said...

What a fun post. I love your projects, updates on gkids and cows. I'm with you on blinking and suddenly it is December, but I'm ahead of you in that I blinked and feel like a lifetime has flown by (well, not quite that fast, but flying by). Happy Holidays to your and your family as Christmas will be knocking on our doorstep very soon.

Karen S said...

Lovely to see what you have been up to. Time does fly by rapidly at the moment. But with all the extra farm work and the gorgeous grandies I am surprised you do have time to blog.
The dog quilt top looks great. What a fun design.
Gorgeous stitching with the towels and the woodlands block.
Hope hubby is well soon.

Patty said...

Great blocks! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

Lin said...

Lots of nice work RAewyn especially the Zookeeper blanket. Great pictures of the littlies! xx

Janet O. said...

Cute stitched pieces--I especially adore the fox!
Oh, LOVE the doggie quilt. That is so fun!!
And those sweet photos of the grands--proceless!
I am with you on the rapidity with which this month sneaked up on us. :)

Jenny said...

Do hope your hubby gets well soon.
Can you tell where you got the tea tool fabric from, I've never seen it in shops. Love the idea of your embroidered tea towels.
Looking forward to seeing a photo of your animal blanket in all its glory!

Michelle Ridgway said...

Very cute frosty teatowel and I do love the doggie quilt! Gorgeous pics of your grandies. Sorry Hubby is ill and hope he is now on the mend xx

KaHolly said...

Your work is always so lovely! The tea towel, those doggies, and Raewyn, the pics of the kids are precious! They give me goosebumps! Hope the MOYL is feeling better! Sending get well wishes!

Suz J said...

I'd watch that blinking if I was you... it sounds dangerous!

Maria said...

Such gorgeous photos of both sets of twins..How lovely to be able to spend sew much time with them.
Hope your hubby feeling better now.
Sweet embroidery on the tea towel. Love the Dachshund quilt . I'm sure once you sit at the machine the quilting will be done in no time.