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

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

February and now March ---

I'm not sure where the months are going and I can't believe that I've gone nearly six weeks without blogging here...

February was a busy month and there was also a bit of family stuff going on which threw me a bit.
[However, I have been keeping up with my one-photo-a-day challenge over *here* so I was pleased about that.]
At the beginning of March, The Country Yard had its annual launch of new projects and BOMs, etc. So most of my sewing in February focussed on that.
I didn't contribute as much as I would have liked, however these were my main projects —

First up was our Starry Delight Mini quilt for our Mini Quilt Club —
🠉Oops slight error in my chain piecing!🠉
My finished mini (20" square) —

I folded a square into a triangle to form hanging corners —

I've also been making some spool blocks for a SAL at the quilt shop. I chose to make mine from Tilda fabrics. I used a bundle which contained various ranges - I was a bit concerned initially about how they all sat with each other but in the end I was really pleased with how they turned out —
I made use of some cute wooden pegs I found in a $2 shop - they have numbers on them which were handy when I was keeping track of the rows I was joining. (Usually I use scraps of paper plus pins to number my rows.)
Tammy helped. Of course —
I forgot to take a photo of the finished top (only, so far) before I took it into the shop so you have to put up with this inadequate one!
I chose to make just 2 of each block, and bordered it with strips of leftover fabrics.

The launch at the shop went well. We spent the day before sprucing the shop up, hanging new quilts, moving others, moving fabrics, and displays and so on. I took a couple of photos just as we opened on Saturday morning. As you can see the place was looking nice and fresh.

We had a birthday in early February with youngest grandie Odie turning four. He had a low pressure birthday party with a couple of friends and his cousins to play with.
Odie and Lily relished getting totally soaked!
YD made the cake - covering all of his requests nicely. He asked for dinosaurs, lollipops, trains and a volcano! —

An interactive cake!

Ok so that's probably enough for now.......
Apologies to those I haven't visited and replied to in recent times. I think I'm back on track now 😊

'til next time, 
happy stitches,


  1. Two lovely quilts. The stars make a beautiful mini and the spool top looks stunning. xx

  2. I love that star quilt and the shop looks so nice with all those quilts hanging.

  3. That is a lovely shop display.. inspiring for anyone who enters!

    That cake is an achievement!! Happy birthday Odie 🙂

  4. It’s better to LIVE life than to blog about it. The days can get so hectic. Your Tilda quilt looks so nice and the cake is fabulous! So clever. Happy birthday to Odie.

  5. Time flies too quickly, Raewyn. Your quilting is so pretty, I LOVE the Starry Delight mini. That cake is amazing! Creative talent sure runs in your family!

  6. That is a really fun mini quilt. In my mind I can see it in so many different colorways.
    Love the spool blocks. So very cute. How small are those blocks in the center of the spools?
    Wish I could visit that shop--looks amazing!
    Love those low pressure parties--and that cake in incredible. That was a crazy combination of ideas she had to work with and she did a stellar job!

  7. What an amazing birthday cake.

  8. Two lovely quilts. Love the spools. Belated happy birthday to Odie...fab cake. Glad the opening went well x

  9. Your stars are so pretty. Sorry about the family stuff. I had some of that too. Hope it is resolved. Oops happen. The split heart block is so symbolic - I can relate. I feel mine is split across continents. But the cake really is the best. It takes the cake :-D Glad Odie can have his cake and eat it too. Ok, I am going to stop with the cake metaphors, but it is so very tempting with lollipops too!!!

  10. Hope all is well with the family... life does get busy. I love your star mini quilt and those Tilda spools.... fabulous...

  11. You have had a busy time. Lovely to see your sewing projects. And the shop looks great.

  12. Like you I don't know where the days go...
    The Star mini and Spools look great.
    Your craft store looks fabulous.
    Amazing cake your YD made for Odie..

  13. LOVE those spool blocks, what a cute quilt.
    Starry night is lovely too. Great family time and that cake is the best!

  14. I loved your picture of the oops star because I have worn out a seam ripper doing that! Seriously, I just bought two new seam rippers so I would be prepared for the next oops. I love your quilting! The cake is fabulous! The pictures of the kids splashing melts my heart because we only have one grandchild young enough to splash about now. Happy times and sad times with all our families because love involves both, right? Best wishes for all the happy times and prayers for the hard times.

  15. You made some lovely quilts for the shop. It does look very inviting with the quilts hung on the walls. I'm impressed with the birthday cake. How clever to incorporate all the requested themes. I bet the kidlets loved it.

  16. A cake the children can play with too - super fun and creative!
    Love the spools quilt so much as well as the mini stars!!!

  17. oh wow, that cake is amazing!!!!! Love your starry delight quilt and the spools... xx


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