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

Saturday, January 5, 2019

My first.....

My first...Friday Night with Friends of the year!
My first...One Monthly Goal of the year!

Blogland has been full of inspiration, thought provoking goals and ideas, SALs, QALs and everything in between since the end of last year...so many things that would be fun to do, must-haves to join up and so on. I already had a sizeable list for 2019 when the new year started but I do know I'm going to be tempted to join in with one or two new things, at least!!
Right now, I'm giving myself time to decide....

I aimed to finish 2018 with all the stitcheries for Ruth's Quilt completed. Optimistically I even sewed the tag with the year 2018 on it!
But look what happened!!
One inch to go and I ran out of thread and no more town trips before the New Year!

My first job for Friday Night with Friends was to complete this - after 'borrowing' about 6 inches of thread off a friend! Yaay - close enough to a 2018 finish!!
My goal for the month is to chip away at this quilt and get the vertical rows for this sewn - maybe they won't be joined to form a flimsy but I think I can manage the former.
I made a wee start with the joining back in November. Very simple assembly.
There's a few 'must-dos' on my list this month but if I use this as my leader-ender project I'm very hopeful of achieving my goal. Thank you Patty of Elm Street Quilts for giving me a push to form this goal .... click *here* if you'd like to join in with the OMG party.

I spent the rest of the evening working on the last stitchery of the Whimsical Woodland mystery project I started last year. I haven't touched it since early December but once I've done this stitchery, I've just got all the piecing to do.
Mum joined us ever so briefly for FNwF. She's started a Hardangar piece. She finds it a better daytime project so it wasn't long before she got back to her book. She's read (quite) a few while she's been visiting - we're either very boring hosts or she's very relaxed!!
Thank you to Cheryll for hosting Friday Night with Friends. Visit her blog *here* to see what everyone else got up to.
Today I take Mum back down country; she's been here since before Christmas so I'm sure she's ready to sleep in her own bed again. We have a few stops on the way and then my sister is meeting us at Mum's with dinner for us all. That will be nice :-)
Have a lovely weekend,
Till next time,
Happy stitches,

25 comments:

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Close enough indeed! Must have been frustrating to have such a short bit to finish, but I'd say your were close enough to 2018 for no one to notice! Hope you meet all your 2019 goals as well!

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Love your Mom's hand work--and you did well with the finish--I hate it when I run out of thread with just an inch or less to go-glad a friend was able to help out-
have a safe fun trip taking Mom home-
luv, di

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

love all the hand stitches and thanks for reminding us of the link up - I got busy and forgot

kiwikid said...

Beautiful stitcheries Raewyn, annoying to run our with such a tiny piece to do!! Safe travels with your Mum.

Patty said...

Beautiful Stitching. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

Karen's Korner said...

Some lovely goals to be reached.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Well done.....thank goodness you could borrow the last little bit of thread. I have Ruth's quilt assembly awaiting me too. Nice to have some time with your Mum xx

Janet O. said...

So many cute stitched pieces--and I'd say that is close enough to be a 2018 finish!
Let's say Mum is relaxed. That sounds so much nicer than the other alternative.
Enjoy the girl time together--and safe trip!

Quilter Kathy said...

Lovely hand stitching! Best of luck with your January goal!

Helen said...

Well done with your Ruth's tags.....cute stitchery.

Maria said...

Yes I think you can call it a 2018 finish.. Good luck putting the stitchery blocks together.
I think Mum was very relaxed at your place but it's always nice to be home.
Good luck with your goals for 2019

Fiona said...

oh my… to run out just then... glad you found some to borrow... they look lovely and I'm sure it wont take you long to sew the blocks together..... are you doing the one this year with the postcards?

Great to have your mum there... and tell her the hardanger is gorgeous... something I have never done...

Hugz

Rike Busch said...

Your stitching looks awesome Good luck with your OMG.
Greetings from Germany
Rike

Teresa said...

Cute stitching for the "label" if that is what you call it. Did you print those out ourself for stitching? I love the lettering and design. How nice to have that time with your mum, and that hardanger is so beautiful.

dq said...

Raewyn, you have completely inspired me to do quilt labels. I NEVER do them! I just figure my blog documents all of my quilts with more information. I really didn't want to take the time to make a label. I think now I will take your cute tag idea and just embroider a simple but cute patch to go on the back of my quilts.

Thank you!

I too am hosting a BOM but it is a create your own BOM. If you do decide what you want to make this year, I'd love for you to show us.

Happy stitching!

Cheryll said...

Happy New Year Raewyn...
I loved having your company at FNwF too... & I also have set my OMG...xox

Suz J said...

Seems like achievable goals, so that's the first step to success! I prefer books in the evening's too... much easier on the eyes and you don't need such specific lighting.

Mystic Quilter said...

I think lots of us struggle to meet the goals we've set for the year ahead, look on the bright side, you have a finish with the label!!

Karen S said...

Great to see your stitching. It is great to get back to projects that were put aside for the Christmas rush.

Ingrid said...

Te felicito por tus avances! Me encantó el hilo que estás usando. Muy bello.

loulee said...

Your stitching looks lovely.
Good luck with your goals.

Jeanna said...

Your embroidery stitches are lovely. Best of luck with achieving your OMG.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Oh, can't believe you were so close and then ran out of thread! Glad you got some more and finished it.. all your stitcheries look lovely. I'd love to try hardanger one day.... when I have time :) xx

Linda in Calif. said...

Oh my gosh! SMH (smacking my head) I can't imagine the frustration you felt not to just finish. And the whole time you were stitching with that last string of thread, you must of been thinking I won't make it, maybe I can make it, I hope I can make it! I love that you created the label ahead of time. Such optimism.

Susan said...

Here I hate to run out of thread that close even when I have most of a skein or ball. I can't imagine having that be my last piece and I run out! Thank goodness for friends, eh? I'm impressed your mother is starting hardanger. It's lovely, but I don't think I would ever be successful at it, after watching friends work it.