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

Thursday, April 19, 2018


I love this time of the year, the crunch of the leaves as I walk outside, the last minute blooms and fading garden as the season changes.
The autumn harvest and associated gluttony, apple cakes, filling the freezer —
[Are those bananas you spy in my pile of garden produce?]
[Yes, they are...check out our banana palms this year. After a truly sub-tropical summer we have bananas galore - the best ever. I counted 9 bunches yesterday!!]
Late summer is the time for firewood too, a good excuse for some family time —
In amongst it all, a bit of time for sewing.
Eeyore has his first borders.
And some more pattern testing for Juliet of Tartankiwi. A fairy wren for her On the Wire pattern club
If you think those legs look tiny in this 6" block - they are! But the beauty of foundation piecing is that you can achieve legs like this relatively simply.
Sewing at YD's hemming her curtains —
Ahh the joy of a SewEzi table; moving my machine from window to window so we didn't have to take the curtains down!
I've also done a little more crochet in the evenings, - not sure where I'm going with this small blanket - the design is definitely a wait and see one! 
I hope to be back soon to share more action...until then,
Happy stitches,


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

you are getting ready for winter and we are getting ready for summer. It is amazing to see you have bananas growing I didn't think you had the climate for that one! I have a sew ezi table too although I don't have it out in the new sewing room now - I will save it though in case it is ever needed and maybe one day sell it if I feel I never will use it again.

Needled Mom said...

That single pink rose is so delicate and pretty. It looks like you have some busy days ahead as you prepare for winter. I can almost taste those apples from here.

Janet O. said...

This post makes me long for Fall--and we are just hoping for Spring to show up one day soon.
How do you preserve the bananas--or do you just have to use them up and share them?
Eeyore looks delightful!
And the detail on the little wren is amazing--only with foundation piecing, for sure!
Very clever method for hemming the curtains. :)


It seems so 'weird' to hear you welcoming in Fall when everyone here is going crazy wanting Spring to arrive (which it is very late this year!!!) Love the donkey quilt--!! But that bird block is beautiful--and I don't mean just the bird--your paper piecing skills are terrific!!!!
enjoy, di

gz said...

Feijoas !! :-)

Very clever,hemming curtains in situ

Chookyblue...... said...

wow so many bananas...........I'm hoping it won't be long and I will need to light the for now feels like it is ages away........still so the wren.......

Julie said...

Lovely post Raewyn, I am loving this time of year too but it definately has turned cold down here now! Love Eyeore! I did laugh at you sewing the curtain hems ... what a great idea! such a pain to take them all down. Have a great weekend Raewyn.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Those 'birds on the wire' are looking so cute! And I too had to laugh when I saw your pic of sewing the curtains, great way to do it!

retdairyqueen said...

Love that blue wren Well done
So many bananas Lucky you

sunny said...

We'ere hoping that Spring will finally get here, and you're talking about Fall! How cool that you grow bananas. I love your little bird block.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Lots of lovely produce bananas! Love your sewing....that little wren is amazing!!

LindaLee said...

I've never seen your blog before tonight, and I enjoyed your post so much. Lovely work on the blanket and I was wondering what the name of the pattern/blanket is. I would love to stitch one up. Very pretty design.
I'm from North Carolina in the United States and we're in the season of spring here. Flowers are blooming and others are getting ready to.
Hope to see your future posts, and I'm a brand new follower of yours now.

The Sloan Patch said...

Wow...I've ne remember seen curtains sewn like that before. What a great idea!

Leeanne said...

Winter IS coming right? I mean our woodshed is full! Good you got some sewing in.Eyeore is awesome! Good thinking for curtain hemming. Happy weekend to you.

Dione Gardner-Stephen said...

You have captured autumn so well in your post and photos. We are having some spectacular weather here too and my daughter has just finished a school project on monarch butterflies. Isn't it amazing how bananas grow in a much wider climate than many people expect? I grow bananas too, in Adelaide, SA. They are a small variety, really sweet with a fruit salad flavour. Delicious. Love Eeyore, and blue wrens are one of my all time favourite birds.... along with willy wagtails. Great post.

Fiona said...

autumn is quite busy on the farm isn't it..... I just order my firewood and it comes to me!!! haha... your collecting looks a lot more fun. Lovely work, your crochet looks gorgeous and eeyore growing perfectly.... now you can't kid me with making it sound easy to get skinny legs like that..... hmmmmm


Karen S said...

Autumn is a busy time for harvesting. But it is wonderful to see all the fresh produce. Fancy being able to grow bananas!
Yes, we used to spend a lot of time collected firewood. Nothing beats a real fire. Sadly where we live now we have to miss out on that delight.
Love seeing Eeyore growing with his borders and looking lovely.
You do have a lot of patience wit those birds. How wonderful they look!
And i had a good laugh when I saw the curtains being hemmed. But how smart is that!!!

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Ha! How clever to hem the curtains while they are still hanging!!!! Love your paper piecing.. I really should do more. xx

kiwikid said...

Very creative curtain sewing!! So much easier than taking them down! You have great produce from the garden, so jealous you have a bucket of feijoas!!!!Love Eeyore and the fairy wren and the crochet blanket looks amazing. Do you plant the trees for later firewood, or is it just what falls?

Sandra Walker said...

Oh those bananas!! Freshly picked off the tree is the BEST, and I'm not a banana lover, but some mini ones literally off the guy's tree, that I had in FL I sure enjoyed. I love your Eeyore! Is that going to one of your grandchildren? I am in awe of the tartan kiwi's patterns, own her lion to make for my grandson. Lovely autumn pics - that rose!

Maria said...

Beautiful autumn 🍂 photos. My favourite season.
Brings back memories seeing you collecting wood.
Eeyore is gorgeous as are your tiny foundation pieced blocks .
Clever idea using the sew easy table to sew the curtains. I usually pop the machine on the floor which can be tricky..
The blanket is looking interesting.

Mystic Quilter said...

You have been busy!!! I guess being that further North than Auckland you have great results with your fruit growing, do you have many problems with bugs, mildew etc.? Eeyore is looking so good with his border and you're brave taking on more of the foundation piecing!

Char said...

Love all the things you’re growing, especially bananas! So neat that you didn’t have to take the curtains down to stitch them.😄
I usually crochet in the evenings as welll, right now I’m working on a shawl for a June birthday gift.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Gorgeous photos, wonderful blocks,etc. I really love your version of the birdie!