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

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Did I Sew?

When I signed up for Friday Night Sew In over at Sugarlane Designs, I forgot that I had a few things on over the weekend that would slow me up on crafting and blogging!
(And here it is Wednesday already, I hope I get this post written today!)
Yes, I did manage a few stitches, here's a taste of what I stitched on FNSI —
Thank you Wendy for hosting Friday Night Sew In. I'm sorry I wasn't a very focussed guest :-)
After dinner and before I sat down to stitch, I made a couple of Birthday Cakes. The next morning, another two—
A sunny morning in the kitchen. Four cakes (two in the tins) ready to go!
... and the rest of Saturday was spent at ED's where four of us got together for a fun time icing them for her two wee ones' first birthday!
YD has the process all sorted. Using my yarn swift which rotates smoothly
to get the layers of buttercream icing nice and even.
All the crevices in my cakes were well and truly covered up!
I had to leave before they were finished, but look how cute they turned out!
Hehe I loved the party hats ED made for the animals!
And for the record, here are five cousins eating cake at the party.

We had a busy party day on Sunday so the only other crafting I touched during the weekend was a bit more work on Lily's latest cardigan. I started this while we were roadtripping with Mum last week but haven't really touched it since.

In other sewing news, a wee while ago I tested another design for Juliet of Tartankiwi. You may remember that I love her designs and I always jump at the chance to help her out, providing (what I hope is) useful feedback. It also gives her a chance to see what her pattern looks like in completely different fabrics.
She has now released this pattern and I am able to share my version of it.
I adore this fellow - he is (officially) the Little Blue Penguin, the world's smallest Penguin and native to New Zealand. The pattern is available *here*.
As always, Juliet's pattern went together well. The only trouble I had was with the eye; I thought I'd picked out a reasonably suitable contrasting fabric for it, but because it was so little, it didn't show very well (and photographs even less well!).
I got out some grey embroidery thread and did a few straight stitches and I'm a lot happier with it now :-)

As the days go by where I don't get near my machine, I worry that I won't meet my One Monthly Goal this month! Those 24 friendship stars aren't going to make themselves!
However yesterday I had some time to myself and managed a pile of pressing—
 — and trimming.
Progress at last! I have a week until the end of the month so surely I can get them made!
Must away,
'til next time,
happy stitches,


Susan said...

Sometimes "Life" is too full on to lt us have a lot of time . . .you will get were very busy after all...

Fiona said...

I love those cakes..... my 'drizzle' never seems to do that properly so well done to the icer. HOme made cake is always so good too.
Lovely penguin.... she is so clever with her patterns. I find the trimming quite boring but it is so worth it … the stars will come together well now...
Have a lovely rest of the week...

loulee said...

The cakes were amazing.
You have certainly crafted more than me recently. Have fun with your HSTs.

gz said...

busy as ever!

Maria said...

Very busy on the farm with cooking and little ones birthdays....
Gorgeous cakes and I love the photo of the cousins enjoying it ...
Nice to have some time to go into the craft room even if only to trim.
Cute Penguin ...

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

5 little cousins eating cake sounds like happy birthday fun - those cakes look terrific!


Cakes and birthday's and kids (no matter the age!!) all go together--
and always come before stitching!!!!
cute cakes and kids---
love the little blue penguin--nice job--!!
have a great day--
luv, di

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

What perfect stitching, and you have definitely been busy.

Jenny said...

Haven't you been busy! Love the pics of the cakes and all the little cousins together, so cute!

Needled Mom said...

Those cakes are adorable.

When you have the little ones living so close, life seems to be busy all the time.

Karen S said...

What a busy time for you and your family. Love all the fun of the birthdays and the cake are a delight!
I am surprised you did manage any sewing at all. The penguin is adorable.

KaHolly said...

I guess you DID sew! Oh, I love seeing pics of the kids!

kiwikid said...

Seems life life is getting busier for you!! The birthday cakes look wonderful, they are beautifully decorated. Your stitching looks cute, love the cardy you are knitting. So good to see all the cousins together. The penguin is stunning, Julie's patterns are wonderful, I have a hedgehog to finish!!

Janice said...

You certainly have had a busy time. How good are those cakes. The penguin is super cute. I’m also struggling to get my OMG completed. We still have a few days, so we should be able to get there. Good luck

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Special cakes for special little cousins...very cute photo! Also love your quilting. And the knitting...busy lady. Enjoy it all!

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Those cakes are great!! Well done with all that pressing and trimming! Now you can go to the next stage :) xx