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

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Friday Night Sew In deferred!

It's been a while since I have attended a class so I was excited this week to be able to do so. Ngaire Brooks, a NZ designer, was at my favourite quilt shop with Day One of a class to make a cute little thread holder pouch. The pouch is mostly of wool felt and flannels so it was good to learn some of her techniques for working with these materials. Something I haven't done a lot of before.
A busy group with bits everywhere!
I got to about this stage —
Below is what I'll be making...it is very clever inside, I'll show you more as I work on it!

(As an aside - I was one of those annoying participants who arrived late - the reason? 
This poor girl needed help calving; it was nice to see mother and son 'back to normal' by the time I arrived home after lunch.)

Anyway, once I got home I put it down and didn't touch it again....so when Friday Night Sew In rolled around I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the evening. Especially as we have homework that needs doing for the second class in (under) two weeks time!
I settled down on Friday night to sort though my wool felt and make some more hexagons. However we had an evening of thunder and lightening and instead I spent the whole night comforting a small dog. He was snuggled on my lap quivering and shaking....poor little guy.

So I made my Saturday night a Friday Night Sew In instead  - no thunder, no lightening and I made some good progress —
The rest of the wool felt hexies basted and ready to whip stitch together.
Thank you Wendy for hosting us!!

Apart from this, there's not been a lot of stitching happening here lately but I am making headway on the latest block for the A Holly Cottage Christmas SAL.
I"m enjoying these blocks, they're fun to stitch :-)

Hungry calves are calling!
Must away :-)
Happy stitches,

Monday, July 31, 2017

Christmas In July Swap

This year I decided to take part in Cheryll's annual Christmas In July swap..... I haven't taken part for a few years so I was excited to be a part of it.
I had a  'Boxing Day' unwrap as my parcel arrrived on the 26th and wow how spoilt was I??!!
Lyn (no blog) sent me the most lovely and generous package...can you imagine my squeals of delight when I first unwrapped this —
"Oh this lady knows my tastes" is what I thought!
Next came this hanging :-) —
But wait, there's more —
I love how the addition of a bit of ribbon and a bell make this into a perfect
Christmas gift!
— and more —
Hasn't this wee guy got the sweetest face?
- and body!
Hmmm not sure where the chocolates got to.......!
Once again Lyn, thank you so much. It really was a lovely set of gifts! I love them all :-)
Even though Lyn doesn't have a blog, she does comment as 'Linny', so if you receive a comment from her, just know that she makes the most beautiful things!

I love these swaps where we send to different people than we receive from. This year I sent to Anthea of Hibiscus Stitches . I was delighted to 'draw' her name as she sent to me a few years ago in a Secret Santa Swap and we have been blog friends ever since.
In my last post I gave you a sneak peek of this wee Gingie (from Michelle's Gingerbread Kisses book). Here he is in the hanging I made for Anthea.

One of the things Anthea made me last time was a 'Round the World' table topper. I knew straight away that I wanted to make her one the same (similar at least) —
The one I made for Anthea
This is a clearer look at the fabrics.
This is the one that Anthea made for me a few years ago :-)
It gets well used every Christmas.
This covered pad completed the trio of goodies I crafted for her.

[These three makes are my three OPAM finishes for the month too :-)].
A very big thank you to Cheryll for hosting this swap. Not many people took part but I'm pleased that I did!!
'till next time, 
happy stitches,

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Friday Night (and weekend) Sew In

I realised this week that it was high time I got on with July's block for our Holly Cottage Christmas SAL. Each month we sew one block from Michelle's book. Friday Night Sew In was a good chance to continue on with it. I made good progress on Friday night and have added to it as the weekend has progressed. I still have to applique some holly to the top of the pudding, then a little more stitchery work and it will be done. A nice block to do :-)
I realised, too, that I hadn't shared my June block. As you can see there is a big difference in fabrics between the two blocks! I love the fun fabric of the stocking but had just used scraps while I was waiting for the above fabric to arrive at my local. I think the stocking will make a nice little hanger.
Thank you to those who kept me company while I was hand sewing - and also to Wendy for hosting FNSI. Visit Wendy at Sugarlane designs to see what else people were working on.

When I published my (long overdue) post the other day, I remembered that I hadn't remembered to share photos of YD's latest knitting.
Some of you might recognise the photo below, showing the winter knitting she did last year for her small dog....
....I thought she had the dog knitting out of her system but lately there have been two more additions to his wardrobe. Her latest designs have been for vests (or crop tops as I call them!).
This says "Nug Lyf"
The Nugs = Chicken Nuggets = dinner of my babies in the henhouse if he can get
to them (which he hasn't)(but keeps on trying).
Then this cute one appeared —
He does look a little grumpy here, but I think he was just having a Bad Hair day!

(Yes I know we live in mild Northland and he has lots of fluff but he still does get cold!! Being an indoors AND outdoors farmdog means he gets bathed several times a day!)

I have some left over soup for lunch today so I'm off to heat that up now. Hopefully there'll be some more sewing time before cow and calf time later this afternoon :-)
Happy Stitches,