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

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,


Fiona said...

you have some lovely projects to work on..... keeping busy...

Maria said...

Three great projects you've picked to work on this month....
Great photo of the little

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

I decided to not do the OMG this time, I think I did it for 3 months now and it helped me some but overall I think i would have done the projects anyhow. I love your big open spaces - plenty of space to walk for sure

loulee said...

Good luck with your goals.

Suz J said...

Lots of projects to keep you busy! I am cringing just thinking about blanket stitching around those knobbley tyres. I have this pattern booklet too but waited too long for it to be of any interest to Dylan (although with a digger driver husband maybe I could make one for us 😂).

kiwikid said...

I Am sure you will meet your goals this month no problem, once you starting the knobbly tires I am sure they will be done fairly quickly. The MOYL is always busy doing something isn't he, life on the farm ,always work to be done. Great photo of small dog, with his please don't make me go Mum look!!

Ali Honey said...

The tractor tyres are going be the best part of the quilt so do persevere.
Loving your walks.

Mystic Quilter said...

I always enjoy seeing the photos of the greenery on your farm, lots of good walks abound and what a cute we doggy you have, not surprised he doesn't do long treks! said...

Great pictures as usual. Glad the knobby tires are working out. Lots of great goals.

Jenny said...

The farm looks like a beautiful place. I think those of us with some space are very lucky in this time of COVID. I hope you achieve your quilting goals I would love to see the machinery one finished.

Janice said...

Your goals should keep you busy. When I was working on one of Anni Downs' quilts I had to applique what I called the "Pesky Petals" as they were small and so many of them. It sounds like you have "Tiresome Tyres". Your walk was another nice long one. Thanks for taking us along.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Yes those tyres would be time consuming! Poor! Glad you had such a good walk x

Patty said...

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