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

Sunday, October 2, 2022

September Stocktake

Well, well well, September is done and dusted already!
In an attempt to appear slightly organised I thought I would do a bit of a tally-up to see what I was actually up to during September.
First of all, the blocks.
One more Wings and Pretty Things block. I've been wanting to get back to this project for a while but my evening hand stitching time has been taken up by other things deemed more urgent —
I've now done seven of the 12 needed to surround the centre block —
Lin, who is also making this quilt, tells me I need to start on the elongated hexie borders so they don't become too much of a bear at the end (!). I really like how Lin has hers sewn onto a different coloured fabric (see *here*) so I will have to get my thinking cap on and make some decisions. (I was just going to use cream but have gone off that idea!)
Other evening stitching blocks, previously talked about *here*....these Foxley Village blocks —
And this wee stitchery - destination unknown!
I had a goal to complete the 12" blocks needed for my churn dash quilt - and in spite of other churn dash distractions, here they are —
A couple of 8" blocks thrown in for good measure —
Here are the different sized blocks I've been making, 6", 8", 12" and 18" —

The pile of hourglass blocks I talked about in my last post is steadily growing too. 
I now have 30 of them. I have enlarged the pattern so need more than the 96 stated. Better keep sewing!

I made a total of 48 blocks in September. The number surprised me as I hadn't felt particularly productive. I've been keeping track of my block making for the 350 block project ...when you have little to show in the way of finishes, having a decent pile of blocks instead makes one feel a little better!!!
This gives me 326 blocks made so far this year!!

Yep, finishes for OPAM this month, Zilch. Not even a 5 minute Barbie quilt!!

We've now been calving for 2½ months and are just waiting for the last few (5) cows to calve. Generally, the first four weeks of calving are really hectic as about 70-80% of the cows calve then, and the rest of the cows just slowly do their thing when they're ready!
I have 117 calves that I'm rearing so the workload is still reasonably high. I'm hopeful of getting to 120 calves as that sounds pretty respectable. It all depends on what's born...all the beef heifer calves are sold and we raise the beef bull calves.
Most of the calves are now out on the farm learning how to eat grass as well as getting their daily milk feed.
Our son-in-law is still working on the farm which has decreased my workload. Sometimes YD and Odie come and 'help' too —
"A Family Affair" - a great thing about farming ♥
I'm looking forward to a quiet rest of my day today so hope to get some quilting done - it's a quilt I ideally wanted finished several months ago but more brain power than what I had was needed!
'til next time,
happy stitches,


loulee said...

You had quite a productive month.
Good to see things running smoothly with Odie supervising. LOL

Maria said...

Although you had no finishes you’ve been very productive with all those lovely blocks for different projects..
Great to see the family working together.

kiwikid said...

You have made heaps of blocks over the month Raewyn, well done. Good to hear James is still working for you and also that the calves are still coming and doing well. Love to see them jumping about in the paddock. Nice to have all the family come out to help, great experience for Odie.

Janice said...

That’s a pretty good tally for the month.

Sandra Walker said...

Wow, that is a mountainous set of blocks for the year! I love seeing the churn dashes multiply; isn't it great to have an ongoing project (or two or ten) for the year that you can put all the blocks together near the end and presto! A quilt! With (it seems, ha) no work at all.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

You make me dizzy with all you have accomplished along with all the farm chores!!I am so impressed! Trying to catch up on all my blog reading. Im so far behind! Thanks for all the inspiration!

Needled Mom said...

It sounds like things are really hectic there. I am loving the Churn Dash blocks. Your appliqué project looks beautiful too. said...

Great blocks, and I am jealous you have sewn many more blocks than me the past 2 months. Mine is 0

Susan said...

I like those first blocks you've made - Pretty Things? All the blocks really, but I don't know whether the blocks or the cows are more intriguing! I read Christian Romance books by an author who talks about their cows and calves all the time, but not on a blog, so not too many pictures. Not surprisingly, a lot of her characters are farmers or ranchers!

Angie said...

Raewyn - love the Wings and Pretty Things project. But the "wee stitchery" really stole my heart!

Karen S said...

It is always lovely to see what you have going on with your projects. It is so hard to get sewing time when the farm is busy in Spring.

Chookyblue...... said...

you always seem to get so much done....even when your busy.......the calves are looking great.........