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

Monday, July 30, 2012

Sunday sewing with Temecula.

It felt good to get some sewing time yesterday - there are lots of distractions around here at the moment. The Temecula Quilt Co sewalongs are fun little mystery projects and I find them irresistible! When I started playing along with their most recent one I gave myself a good talking to. High priority needed to be finishing the previous one!
So here it is - 
Blessings Baskets
Temecula Quilt Co ran this project in March - the instructions are still up on their blog so it's not too late to do it. It is 16" square and just so lovely.
Had another play with feathers - some leave much to be desired but I had fun!
And here is the start of their latest one - Summer Stars. We've been wet and windy recently so it's nice to be thinking about Summer! There will be eight in all so I'm half way!
I'm enjoying the chance to play with different fabrics and colour ways for these little quilts - raiding my stash so see what will go with what. I must have a liking for these duck egg blues and browns as I found a few to play with.

And my distractions lately? They mostly involve being out with these little critters and their mums - yes, calving has started and it's heads down for us right now. Last night heavy rain was threatened so we had to bring all the stock back from over the river in case it floods - fingers crossed it doesn't happen.
We had a lovely photo opportunity last week - it was warm and moist - 
The countryside bathed in mist - it  looks like we live near the ocean but there
are acres of bush and pasture under that fog!
And one last distraction - this is of the really good kind; a good book and a cuppa....
My lovely friend Megan made me this mug - neat, huh?
The book is about the life of Grace Snyder who grew up in sod houses in Nebraska in the late 1800's and went on to be a remarkable quilter (I understand! I haven't got that far through it yet). I'm enjoying it a lot so far.
Don't forget to enter my Giveaway if you haven't already - I'll be drawing it tomorrow sometime :-)
In the meantime, happy sewing,
PS Don't ask me why some words are highlighted and some aren't!!!


Cat said...

LOVE your stars
and I love any projet that uses up our stash
I still haven't purchased fabric only using from my stash for over a year now
(that said I also haven't done a lot of sewing)
Wasn't the rain last night incredible!

Shirley said...

Your quilt is lovely and what a great job you did on the quilted feathers. All that practice paid off. The new project looks fun too.
Lovely photo's.

ms lottie said...

I have a soft spot for blues and browns together too, just something about them.
I'm seeing lots of calves in the paddocks and sheds round here too - but are dairy farmers ever not busy? No matter what time of year they seem to be head down, bum up, working hard! Hope it all goes well.

Lesley said...

Love the Temecula blocks. I did the baskets, but haven't sandwiched it yet. Your work is lovely!

Joanne said...

Congratulations on the beautiful finish.
Lovely pictures (I was wondering about the highlighted sections, good thing I kept reading).
Hope your weather holds out.

Janet O. said...

*LOL* If I had just posted something about our farm animals we could have interchangeable posts! So funny that we were on the very same quilting lines lately. I love the feathers you put in the basket quilt. I need to practice and see if I can make them work on mine.


Ohhh--I just love that little quilt--
and the colors you did it in--
makes me want to do mine over again!!!
and those new blocks are cute too--
so far I have not gotten into the new ones!!!

Hugs, Di and miss gracie

Carrie P. said...

I made the basket quilt too. I love your fussy cut borders. And your feather stitching, so great.
Your stars are so pretty too. I need to make Fridays.
Beautiful photos of nature.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

The Quilt is amazing..

Suz said...

I spent my rainy Sunday sorting through my stash. I don't know what was scarier - the weather bombs or the enormity of exactly how much fabric there was, once it was all in one spot. I love your star blocks... but I'm sure I don't have those fabrics in my stash!

Marion B. said...

That picture is so beautiful. Isn't it great with blogs? Armchair travelling? I love it.

Your little quilts are so pretty, love those colours.

Have a nice week.

AnitaS said...

The little quilts are very lovely.

Leeanne said...

Mmmmm nice duck egg blues. I like the photo of the mist.

Michelle said...

Love the colours you've chosen for both quilts! My star quilt has come to an abrupt standstill... I hope to get back to it real soon... have fun with the calving and I hope it doesn't rain too much for you...:O)

Charlie and Wendy said...

I was wondering about the highlighted words! Your little quilt projects are beautiful, what will you do with them? That is such a cute photo of the calf.

Cisca said...

Wow, love your Blessing Baskets, wonderful blue!And the ne one looks nice to me, too. I noted the book. That MUG... how blessed you are to get one, my compliments to Megan!!!
Happy quilting, Cisca

Patty C. said...

Gorgeous Quilt !!!!!!

Annie said...

We're all so similar when it comes to's an obsession hey!

Doniene said...

Love your Temcula stars!!! Perfect colors!! I've read some about Grace Snyder - she was amazing!! I'm going to look for this book!! The calf is sooo cute - love calves, foals, kids, lambs!! such a busy buy fulfilling time!!

Katie said...

Your Summer Stars look great! I'm having fun with them too. :-)