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

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Country at Heart

The time since my last blogpost has passed by in a bit of a blur. I did take down most of the blocks from my design wall...tidied them into their boxes. I'll allow them to settle, marinate, rest for a while before they see light again. Some will need longer than others :-)

Because of upcoming events I decided not to start another Foxley Village block. Instead I pulled out my Country At Heart (alphabet) stitcheries (Designed by Michelle Ridgeway of Rag Tag Stitchin'.) I started these a few years ago and have stitched A-Z. There are a few extra stitcheries needed to make an even grid for a quilt and those are what I am doing now.
I have traced the last three stitcheries so I will work on those next.

A 'what is this' photo......(read on)
It seems appropriate in a 'country at heart' post that I show a photo of my latest chicken feed bag. I found a small (10kg) bag in a bucket, left over from when I was raising my youngest chickens. It looked like it would make a handy sized bag so here it is —
And next to one of the earlier bags —
The tutorial I used for these is by Carole on the
From my Carolina Home blog.

A few posts ago I'd started a cute wee beanie. I've finished it!
Although it's the smallest (and baby) size, Lily thought she'd try it on. It's quite a nice style, it will be quite cosy and fits nicely so I think I'll make a few more like this.
Minutes after this photo was taken her and George discovered the balls of
wool - great fun! Sigh!
The cute little tassel on top took about 5 seconds to make and so worth it!
I had a bit of a rotten week last week, crook with a tummy bug, but before I got sick we spent a morning out in the sunshine doing some stock work. Since it was a beautiful day I had my camera with me and took these photos —
Firstly I needed to walk these girls to their paddock.
The calves were very interested.
The cows needed to join these herdmates in one of the back hill paddocks.
Nosey Parker
I passed by the horses on the way back to the shed.
This was the last milk feed for these calves. We get them to follow the feeder
a certain distance out the back (different direction as to where the cows were).
And then follow them out to their new paddock. (3kms total.)
These animals were also out the back and came over for a chat - last year's
calves - amazing how much they've grown in just 12 months!

I've spent the last few days tidying and sorting - I'm getting ready for a wee adventure which will be great fun and I'll tell you all about when I can. It does involve a plane (or two), a wedding, and some quilts, so I'm looking forward to it :-)
[Although the amount of extra organising and stock work that's needed doing as it's 'this' time of the year makes me wonder my sanity sometimes! Once I hop on that plane I know all those things will be forgotten!]

'til next time,
happy stitches,


Alison said...

Go on....tell us you are going to Houston!

gz said...

A lovely set of images...and a trip!!
Hope we can meet up on our next trip...we are heading Chch first, hopefully mid November..... but we must get up North as well x said...

I love your pics. I thought I was the only person who would put projects up so I could "think" on them. Enjoy your busy time.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Oh you are nearly there! Loved seeing it. That beanie is too cute and your feed bags are so handy. Sorry you were ill..very yukky! So much involved on the farm. Looking forward to your news x

Julierose said...

Lovely stitching Raewyn...Country at Heart is so cute!!
Hugs julierose

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

having a farm sure is a lot of work isn't it! I've known several who have had them over the years and they seem to always be working I guess you just are used to it. Your stitchery's look really good. I need to start my redwork soon - this week is numerous appointments and volunteer things and a family reunion this weekend --I know I will not make any headway getting organized but I hope to next week.

Maria said...

Pleased you're feeling better.
Nice to work on the A-Z country stitchery 's again..
Handy bag make for the feeder bag.
Such cute wee hat and well modelled by sweet Lily..
Always enjoy seeing the farms photos..
Enjoy your trip ...

Farm Quilter said...

Since I live on a farm, I have to ask...are your girls wearing bows on their tails?? I even enlarged the picture so I could try to figure it out!! I know that rams will have something put on their chests so the sheep that have been covered are obvious to the farmer, but I've not know a cattle rancher doing that. Love your farm and your cattle. Tons of work, but a totally wonderful life!! Your handwork is beautiful. Glad you are feeling better...being sick is just not acceptable!!

Fiona said...

lovely to get back to those sweet stitcheries... funny how I marinate my projects too!! haha... the seedbags are great and cute beanie and cuter model... lots to be done before your trip.. hope you are feeling lots better now...

retdairyqueen said...

Beautiful stitching and I love all your farm photos

Karen S said...

I sure hope you are well enough for travel. Such a shame to be unwell but better I suppose than when you are away. Have a wonderful time.
Great to see your stitching plans and keep those bags coming. They are great, too.

loulee said...

Your stitcheries are beautiful, it's going to be amazing to see them all together.
Enjoy your time away.

kiwikid said...

I hope you are all very well and better now. Love the chicken feed bag. I do enjoy the photos of the farm and the cows and calves . The little knitted beanie is so cute, I hope the little ones didn't do too much damage to your wool. Have a wonderful trip, looking forward to hearing about it.

QuiltGranma said...

Many of my quilt projects are in Time Out right now. me are "in the corner" because they were a problem to be solved before continuing! Looking at your cows going down the road, reminded me of "I'll love you and love you and love you till the cows come home. … then I'll go back to loving the cows again." I think it was a greeting card! LOL!

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Sorry you were not well... hope you're all better now! Love Michelle's stitcheries, they are so cute! And I really want to make some of those feed bags - they are so cute. I may need to buy some chickens... just so that I can make a bag :) Actually I have never seen fun patterned feed bags here... but then again I've never looked for them. Sounds like you are going to have a lovely trip soon! Looking forward to hearing all about it :) xx

KaHolly said...

I always love seeing pictures of your property and your livestock! Michelle’s designs are the greatest. I’ve not stitched in awhile, but am thinking to set myself up for the two weeks I’ll be traveling as I migrate back to Tx. Speaking of Tx, I hope you had a wonderful trip! You had soo much to look forward to!