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

Sunday, October 8, 2023

October Friday Night with Friends

For the first time in ages I was able to join in with Friday Night with Friends, hosted by the lovely but absent Cheryll.
I haven't been getting up to much with my evening stitching lately so am currently working on my Life Is Beautiful stitcheries (by HugsnKisses). These have been in the pipeline for a Very Long Time, and just get pulled out from time to time when I have nothing else planned.
Friday night saw the continuation of this block —
Recently I completed the applique for the next block —
Those hearts were really fiddly so I am pleased there were only four of them!

Saturday started off as a lovely day so I got a little bit of weeding done in the vege garden. Yes that is a very full wheelbarrow of weeds. Self seeded potatoes and comfrey already growing healthily. I'm going to transplant the smaller comfrey plants into another area...apparently the plant is really good for soil health and mining minerals so it can get to work elsewhere!
While I was gardening, I had my Christmas cake baking! 
"Wow" you must be saying - "imagine getting your cake made so early!!" The truth of the matter is that I have been meaning to make it since JULY when I found TWO nests of eggs between some bales of hay. 
Mum and I brainstormed ways to use so many eggs (they all passed the float test). Aside from everyday baking, we thought a good batch of Christmas cakes would also use a fair few.
The eggs have stored well in the fridge but I really do hope to make a couple more Christmas cakes to use the last of them. 

After lunch I pulled out my The Country Yard challenge quilt...I now have less than a week to get this finished so the pressure is on!!
I joined some batting pieces —
(I do like using this batting-joining tape!)
and got pinning —
I don't believe I have showed you this block yet. The challenge theme was "What's behind the shop door?" I finally decided on some fabric and a sleeping pussycat (stretching the truth a bit there!). A fun one to sew.
If you'd like to do a little bloghopping and see what other bloggers got up to on Friday night, visit Cheryll's blog *here*.
In the meantime, I have got a quilt to finish basting - and quilt!
'til next time,
happy stitches,