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

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Foxley Progress

I'm pleased I prioritised my goals yesterday - I was in danger of having a muck around day in The Palace. However I checked my list and got myself on track. I'm still trying to keep relaxed in our current state but do want it to be a productive relaxed time!
So out came Foxley Village. Here is the applique block of Month 1, completed some time last year. The rest of Month 1 has some piecing.
I pulled out some fabrics, cut and started sewing.
It didn't take me too long to piece the block —
Quick joining together and Month One is complete.
These are all Tilda fabrics of various collections. Some were in the original pattern and some not. 

Nigel Cat accompanied me on my walk today. I think he was feeling sorry for me as the wee dog isn't coming with me —
I was a bit concerned as he'd crossed over the road with me. There's barely any traffic at the moment as I hoped he'd be safe coming home.
I went up the hill but he decided not to go all the way!
This photo shows how some of the hillsides look at the moment. We're getting cricket damage compounding the drought conditions —
For a change I walked down through the paddocks. A little bit of autumn colour appearing.

How are you all coping with the lockdown? Generally I'm trying to stay positive but I must admit to feeling at a bit of a loss and restless at times. I'm finding that having a routine really helps. NZ's numbers aren't climbing too rapidly at the moment so we are hoping we may have locked down just in time. Time will tell.
'til next time,
stay safe and well,
happy stitches,

Monday, April 6, 2020

Setting Goals and Challenges

Well I knew it was a new month (6 days ago to be honest) but had forgotten to get busy with my planning to give me some guidance for the month.
And I'm going to go with three goals this month - ahem - well, with all this extra time on my hands, surely that's possible?!
For my One Monthly Goal, kindly hosted by Patty over at Elm Street Quilts I'd like to get the Tractor and Truck quilt finished.
I have all the blocks pieced but they need some applique. I started on some today.
Yes I was right, those knobbly tyres do take a while to do but I will chip away at it. Thank goodness the trucks' tyres are smooth.

I'm also making a Woofa goal (Working on or finishing) for the month too. I've pulled out Foxley Village again recently. I'm getting through the hand applique but have barely touched the piecing - it's time to do that. Maybe by the end of the month this will look a bit more together.

I'd also like to make a PHD goal, hosted by Quilting Gail. My Hannah and Harrington quilt is on this list and needs finishing.
The quilting is started - I have stitched in the ditches of the applique rabbit blocks and will move onto filling in those blocks. I found the foot I bought for this job; you can see it's got a very curved shape so it doesn't snag on the wool pieces. Now I just need to work out how to change feet on my machine!
So there we are, three goals and plenty to keep me busy! Thank you to those who run these challenges - it really does help to prioritise and get things done.

I said the other day that the small dog refuses to come on my daily walks now.
He skips down to the chookhouse to help me feed those but then turns tail and disappears as soon as he senses a farm walk coming on.
This is the look I get! —
Look at the tail - it couldn't get too much lower!
He is 13 ½ so I let him off ♥
I had thought I'd just go down to the bridge and back as I was feeling a bit jaded, but once I got walking I decided to go further. So it was over the bridge, past the pump shed and straight ahead.
I ended up in the paddock above the quarry where the MOML was busy loading some rock. This is the rock we use on all the races (tracks). We're very lucky with this rock as it packs down nicely and doesn't cause foot problems in the cows.
Looking across to the bush. This is a beautiful piece of bush, untouched by fire for quite a while. Pretty impenetrable - wild pigs love it as it's easy for them to hide in it.
Following the MOML back home —
And so Day 13 of the lockdown passed by pretty quietly. I wonder what tomorrow will bring...???!!!
'til next time,
Safe and happy stitches,

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Keeping Company

Today found me babbling to the bees —
Talking to the Tractors —

Prepping a poodle —
Querying a Quiltshop —
(Sorry, I couldn't think of another Q word!)
(I prepped enough evening hand stitching to last the week.)
What's more, we had neighbours raiding the orchard —
Feijoa time - yum
And I had a lovely cyber-style catch-up with Mum and my siblings (we're dragging mum into the modern communication world!).

For today's walk I went over the road and up the hill, climbing further than usual —
Northland is looking so dry!
Went as far as the beehives.
The MOML was shifting the cows to a fresh paddock and silage.

'til next time,
safe and happy stitches,

Saturday, April 4, 2020

It was Saturday today!

The only reason I knew it was Saturday today was that the MOML had to go up the road to collect the mail, rather than having it delivered to the box at the gate!
It was another foggy morning —
An over the bridge and turn right walk today.
Today's hill; relatively low but quite steep!
It was clearing nicely and getting quite warm as I made my way back home again —
The hill just left of the trees at the top of the photo is where I was yesterday.

In The Palace today I did a little tracing of the wheels with the big knobbly tyres for Xavier's tractors. To be honest, I'm not looking forward to sewing around these!!
And this evening I made a little more progress on my latest Foxley Village block. That's a quilt hanging beside a quilt shop if you cant work out what the photo is!
Daylight saving ends tonight - I might sneak an extra hour reading when I go to bed tonight!

'til next time,
safe and happy stitches,

Friday, April 3, 2020

Friday and FNWF

It was lovely to sit down tonight and relax with a bit of hand applique. I stitched in the company of the lovely Cheryll and a band of other Friday Nighters for FNwFs.
I had decided to have a change of scenery tonight and put my secret stitching aside. I'm onto the last block of this project and I hope to reveal it soon —

Anyway, back to tonight's stitching. I pulled out Foxley Village this afternoon and spent a bit of time preparing the next block.
I had stitched the clouds a month or so ago.
Block basted (Back basting method) and ready to stitch —
I completed a couple of the long straight side of the building; not much, but a start —

Going to town for groceries today seemed to take all morning. Waiting in queues, etc. And yay, I was able to buy some flour so I can make some cheese scones for the MOML :-) I haven't been able to get any for a while!

ED needed to come out to pick up some stock food for their animals. Of course we kept our distance which was a little confusing for the small ones. 
We were even civilised and had a socially distanced cuppa.

Then it was walk time, as I'd missed it first thing. I re-did a walk from the other day so that I could see how far it was now that I have my 'running' app - something went wrong though and it had me walking about two kms before I'd even got past the chookshed!
Emma dog loves these walks but the little dog refuses to come these days! We were heading to the left of those tall pines at the top of the photo—
Got to the top —
Played in some leaves - the weather's changing and the trees are responding. The MOML reckons I should be wearing tramping boots not my trusty gumboots but good luck finding any at the moment!
Fed the chooks for the night on the way home - they all came running when they heard me!
Thanks for your company ♥
'til next time,
stay safe and happy stitches,

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Another Day

I trimmed all the truck and tractor blocks today and had a bit of a play. You'll notice in the picture below, the design for this quilt is set on point.
I've decided I don't want that as it will make all the vehicles sideways when it's laid out straight on the bed.
We make 18 blocks using the method outlined in the book - 13 are used in the layout suggested above and the rest are used for cot bumper pads. If I set mine more traditionally I'll use 15 and have three leftovers. Perfect, they'll form the basis of a quilt for my g-nephew who's also waiting patiently for his quilt :-)
I felt like I didn't achieve much today; I must say the days are quite leisurely at the moment. They're very relaxed and surreal - hard to reconcile the peace here in my bubble with the turmoil in the world; not only the sickness and the deaths but also the loss of incomes, jobs and so on. I do worry about how things will be when we get out of all this but for now I'm just getting on with my life here at home.

Anyway, I also finished replacing the zip in the sleep sack I started yesterday. I'll put it in ED's driveway tomorrow when I go into town for groceries. Maybe there will be some flour on the shelves!
After talking about my current inner peace, I'm wondering if anyone else is going into a frenzy with the lovely lockdown projects on offer around the world at the moment? (I know, I'm a contradiction!) Free projects, and patterns and some tempting looking QALs too. I'm about to start stitching Michelle's lovely stitcheries and she has offered a sweet basket applique design too.
Kris has invited us to join in with 'Love and Hugs from Australia'. Edyta Sitar is running a gorgeous QAL and Bonnie Hunter is starting one too. There are plenty more but these are the ones that come to mind at the moment!
I'd like to do something to commemorate this time and maybe a combination of these will make a unique and positive reminder of the kindness and sharing in the world.

I kept this morning's walk relatively flat and simple- I've downloaded an app and was surprised to see I still clocked up 2.15 kms, so I was pretty happy with myself. (Yesterday's hill effort was 2.17 kms but three times the effort and heart rate!)
'til next time, 
stay safe and well,
happy stitches,