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

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Friday Night sewing

Friday night was a chance to sit and stitch with others for Friday Night with Friends. Thank you so much to Cheryll for hosting us all :-)
I worked on my current block of Foxley Village (block five). After making some wee flower dots —
I started appliqueing them to the gaps in the row of flowers —
Just the three to do tonight and then this part of the block will be finished - yaay!
I didn't get much done for FNwF as bed was calling - we'd had a very early start to the day when a possum decided to pay us a visit. We woke at about 3.45am to a very excited little dog making a fuss. Expecting him to be playing with a mouse the cats had brought in, we got quite a fright to see a possum scurrying around the house trying to find a way out! After the complete tour, the MOML managed to shut him in a room with the sliding doors wide open - whew. By the time the wee dog had got over the excitement it was cow time and no point trying to get any more sleep!
Pop on over to Cheryll's blog to see what everyone got up to.

Last week I finished sewing my International Sisters blocks. 50 altogether. I'm now gathering fabric for the sashing and borders so have put it to one side for now. I became quite obsessed with these blocks so it was probably a good thing that I've had to pause....they were taking over my life and nothing else was getting done hehe!
It was so much fun hunting out all the fabrics!

While I'm waiting to get back to my Sisters quilt, I've pulled out my Row by Row quilt. We were doing this as a sewalong through the shop and I've got a little behind.
The next row is Ohio Star blocks, and the challenge fabric is the black script in the block below —
I've made these two and decided on the fabrics for the next ones. They'll be my leader-ender project for the next week. It'll be good to advance this project :-)
I think I have a home week this week so I see some more sewing in my future!
'til next time, 
happy stitching,

Thursday, October 3, 2019

A bit of this, a bit of that

When I threaded my needle for some more stitchery the other night, I lamented (to myself) that I don't seem to be making much progress on my current block of Foxley Village. In my last post I was doing the stitchery under the main applique, and guess what, a good 10 days later, I'm still working on the same patch of stitchery! (Although I have changed thread colour!)
I generally reserve my evenings in front of the telly for any handwork that needs doing, and here's a touch of what has snarled me up.
My handwork in the evenings lately has consisted of —

Unpicking some quilting. I made this quilt top some time ago and I decided it really is time to finish it. After all the ditch stitching, I amazed myself by quilting the first block sideways!

Mending slippers. George thought it was great fun to have his toe come through and spent quite a bit of time wriggling it and watching it. These slippers have been well worn all winter; I'm hoping the babies will get just a little more wear out of them before summer comes!

Sewing the finishing touches on two pouches.
Haha, you can't see much but I sewed strips down to cover the raw edges inside these two pouches.
I got my old sewing machine serviced the other day so that YD can use it. I thought, while sorting out some bits for her, that a couple of wee pouches would be handy. I made myself some a few years ago and they are still in use.
One big, one small.

I spent an evening knitting up a swatch. Although I've put my knitting away for now, I found myself wanting some to do while I babysit sleeping children (and recharging my batteries for when they wake!!). This is some homespun which was spun for me years ago. I had a whole lot of 'fleece' from our pet goat which a lady mixed with some sheepswool and spun. I had started a jersey out of it (years ago) but have unpicked it. It was a cabled, loosefitting jersey and I could see I wasn't going to have enough. I have found a fresh pattern I want to use
The swatch was far too big for the pattern so I've put it away for now, and will decide how best to tackle it in the future.

So I spent another evening getting started on another knitting project for those babysitting sleeps. I've had this beanie pattern for a while and have always wanted to try it out.
So I guess slow progress doesn't mean no progress :-)
I am hoping to finish that stitchery soon though!
'til next time,
Happy stitches,

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Weekend sewing

As always, my post for Friday Night Sew In has morphed into a Weekend Sew In post!

My evening stitching lately has been Part 5 of Foxley Village. (A Natalie Bird BOM in the Homespum magazine a couple of years ago.)
 I'd worked through the needleturn elements and by Friday Night Sew In I was ready to start the stitchery.
The rake and shovel were completed on Friday night.
I didn't get much further on Saturday evening. A bit of chain stitch and some
satin stitch.
And here's how it is looking so far —
I'm loving this block :-)
I was looking at my photos and saw this one I took when I was doing some basting the other day.... and realised that I hadn't talked about the lovely pouch Fiona of bugzrugz gave me. You can just see it sneaking into the top of the photo —
Fiona gave it to me when she returned a quilting ruler I'd lent her. What a lovely surprise!
I'd seen her making them on her blog but didn't know one was coming my way! It's a great size, lovely to look at of course, and I'm enjoying using it a lot - Thank you Fiona ♥
This morning I made another one of my fabulous chicken feed bags. The first two I made (*here*) are working well, swapping them back and forth around the family as I intended.
There's still some sewing time left today and I think I might spend it playing with my International Sisters blocks. I've decided to make more than I originally intended as I keep finding fabric I want to use!!
Thank you Wendy for hosting Friday Night Sew In. It's always nice to spend the time stitching along with others :-)
'til next time,
happy stitches,