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

Monday, March 20, 2017

A Wedding!

I've had a few people say to me lately that they've been stalking checking my blog for wedding photos... and where are they??!!
To be honest the last week has flown by but also I didn't get many photos on the day so had to wait for some to come through.
Last weekend we welcomed Nick into our family when our eldest daughter Tarn and he were married. We tried not to get too worried before hand but it was a wet week — we had torrential rain on Thursday, more rain on Friday and rain all through the night on Friday night too.
It was nice and cozy in the marquee to set up the day before...
However Saturday dawned clear (enough!) —
Look - it's fine enough to put the chairs out!
And here comes the bride!
Aren't they all so pretty?
Proud parents ♥
My lovely family.
Sadly, our daughter-in-law and the wee girls weren't able to get over for the
The gorgeous (and yummy) cake, lolly bar (and, not shown, Rum bar).
(Apparently the cake lady was ankle deep in water in her downstairs kitchen while desperately trying to finish the cake. And using heat lamps galore too!)
The first dance...followed by a party that lasted deep into the night!
The photo below shows the beautiful view from where we were, at Tutukaka, Northland. The venue was a motel complex with enough units for everybody to stay the weekend. That meant lots of family time and fun. It was a wonderful day and weekend.
We were so lucky with the weather, on Sunday morning we were sure the marquee was going to take off, kite style; it was so wet and wild. And the farm flooded while we were away too - in fact the relief milker had to borrow a tractor and drive through flood waters to get to our farm to milk the cows!
After all the excitement, life is getting back to normal and it's hard to believe it was only just over a week ago!
It feels like I"ve been out of blogland forever, but it's just been a week or so.....I'm hoping to catch up on what everyone's been up to soon!
'till next time,
happy stitches :-)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Monthly Goal for March

I haven't had a chance for much sewing this week but I have been having a bit of a think about my goals for this month. In particular, what to link up to Patty's One Monthly Goal post over at elm street quilts.
I have come across this rather innocuous bundle of fabric a couple of times lately and am thinking that maybe it's time to do something with it!
First to work out what it is!
Ahh that's right...the start of a cushion.
This was from back in 2015 when I was taking part in Sewcalgal's monthly free motion quilting challenge. Each month we had an expert share a tutorial (etc) and the challenge was to make a cushion to showcase our new skills.
I had done March's challenge-
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And April's too -
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But lost momentum after that.
So my goal for the month is to turn that bundle into a cushion. I might even be able to spend some time going through my quilting books for inspiration to make it into Something Fancy!!
Thank you Patty for having us along!

A bit of a distraction lately is the upcoming wedding of our eldest daughter :-) Family will be pleased to know that I have finally adjusted the Matron of Honour dress YD will be wearing!
No mean effort - it was a terrible fit!
And just so I don't go absolutely  mad with no 'real sewing' I sewed up a second 9-patch Churndash block.
My DREAMi moment from February.
I really like this fun block so can definitely see more in my future! I've found a few more fabrics to add to the mix, I'm so used to sewing scrappy, I needed more!
While I was sewing I looked around and realised I had the company of all three house pets.
Timmie on the ironing board
Nigel keeping an eye on the diary on my cutting desk.
And Oscar-Riley under the cutting bench, his customary spot
out of the way of pins and cutters.
You can see how his neck has healed really well. No scar from
those 11 stitches he had (none visible anyway).
We are looking forward to our wedding weekend and family time,  guess there won't be much sewing time over the next few days but I'm sure I'll make up for it next week!!
Thanks for visiting,
Happy stitches,

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Whew, done - just!

I'm happy this morning that there are different time zones around the world - it means that I have finished my One Monthly Goal in time to link up - even though it is the beginning of the month here in New Zealand, it's still the end of the month elsewhere!
My goal for February was to complete the Applecore runner I'd started a few years ago. It was all sewn together but I wasn't happy with one of the fabrics I'd used.
One Monthly Goal - to finish this!
When I wrote about how the fabric was troubling me, several kind people suggested I tea-dye or dye those cores with a paintbrush. What a great idea, I thought! However when then a fabric literally fell at my feet one day (great storage system huh?!), I decided I'd found the perfect substitute and I didn't needed to dye after all.
Out with the offending fabric -

- and in with the new :-)
Quilted and bound - and, at the last minute, February's goal ticked off the list!
Couldn't get a good apple tree photo but thought the pumpkin patch one was ok!
The colours have washed out a bit in the strong sunlight.
Thank you to Patty of elm street quilts for hosting OMG - it gave me the push I needed to get this long forgotten UFO finished. 

I'm also linking up to Joy's Finishing Stitches Challenge. This linky shows progress we're making on our UFOs...this is my third ufo finish for the year - a good start I reckon :-)

Maybe one of the reasons I was scrambling to get to the finish line was that I had a bit of a DREAMi moment over the weekend. Sandra (of Musings of a Menopausal Melon) is running a fun monthly linkup where we're allowed to admit to those things where we have DRop Everything And Make It moments! This is mine!
It started when I was doing a bit of sorting and tidying after fiishing my Farm Girl Vintage quilt. While putting my scraps away I came across this box of fabric...carefully sorted and safely stored......"oh dear, what was this for I wondered?"
 When I saw the label on the side I gave a little giggle - oh yes - I was going to make that last year - I'd planned to start it after my big holiday - well that never happened oh well.
 Next minute I was sewing away, all thoughts of tidying (and Applecores) forgotten - just to see how the fabrics played together.....
I had came across this block on Sarah's sewjoy blog recently. She has a great tutorial *here*.
I like it - the start of a new project perhaps... another DREAMi moment?
Going through my photos for this post, I've just come across some more. The trouble with doing a secret project is that sometimes you forget to write about it!
I made this Feathered Star cushion as a class sample at my favourite quilt shop.
It's oversized and I love it!!
Fiona of BubzRugz did a blogpost recently on her scrappy quilt backings - well this cushion back is head to toe in scraps as well - there're 7 fabrics pieced together for this (one is hidden under the flap).
Oh what fun!
A new month - and Autumn around the corner - wonder what will happen in The Palace now - I'm excited to see what I will pull out of a box next!
Thank you for reading along,
and happy stitches,