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

Thursday, October 20, 2016

My Friday Mystery

Give us a Churndash —
Give us a Butterfly —
How about some Flying Geese —

From time to time this year I have mentioned a Fabulous Friday mystery project that I was leading through my local quilt shop, The Country Yard. I realised recently that I hadn't shared the final quilt so thought it time for a catch up :-)
The ladies participating were given a piece of the proposed border fabric and a couple of Fat Eights to get them started on a colour scheme (the cost to join included the balance of the border fabric).
Each meeting they were given a set of instructions for a block ... they had to show this block before they could get the next set of instructions.
Being a complete mystery I tried to keep them on their toes and there was plenty of guessing going on as to what the finished quilt would look like.
After making the larger block below, many were sure it was going to be a medallion style quilt —
But then they received instructions to make this block below which was also a big one —
Finally however, reveal day came and I gave out the finishing instructions.  I had my quilt top ready to share —
Friday's Garden, the Fabulous Friday Mystery quilt.
A month later we had a Show and Tell day - how exciting to see all the wonderful creations! —
I think we had about 11 completed quilt tops turn up for this. So much fun for every one to see what fabrics others had used and how different they all looked.

My photos don't really do the ladies' work justice; some had added extra embroidery or fussy cutting. Two had quilted theirs' already in a Quilt-As -You -Go manner. They all looked fantastic!
The one below has just been finished. This sewer opted not to use the supplied border fabric.
I had also made a scrappy brown version, as a way of testing my instructions... I loved diving into all my fabrics and finding all the different shades of brown!
Both my quilts are largely unquilted (in other words, I've started them but that's about it!)..... between July and October life on the farm rules and very little other major things (like quilting) can happen.
My Friday's Garden in it's semi-quilted state.
I had a huge amount of fun with this project; it was very rewarding to see the enjoyment of those taking part, and so fun also to see the finished quilts.
*This link* takes you to the gallery which shows some of the completed blocks. We haven't had a chance to upload the individual quilt top photos yet.
'til next time,
happy creating,

Sunday, October 9, 2016

A little crochet, a little sewing

After a busy week it was nice to settle into my cosy chair and spend Friday Night with Friends working on my Mandala Madness CAL. I haven't worked on this for a while as my evenings have been taken up with applique (and so on) so I've been getting a renewed joy from making a little progress on it again.
I'm up to Part 11 (there are 18 parts and a total of 111 rounds); I've just measured and my circumference is now 3 metres!!! No wonder it is taking me several nights to get around one round!!
I finished the light blue and started the dark on Friday night.
For those who haven't seen me working on this before, below is a bigger picture. The CAL is well over now and there have been some real beauties produced. I'm hoping this will be another one by the end of the year!

On Saturday I joined in with the FNwF crafters from the northern hemisphere and spent some time working on my Mod Bear Paw QAL . We're supposed to be up to making the large bear block (Lorna is setting a cracking pace!) but I'm still on the bear paw blocks, now totaling 6! I've continued on using the 8 HST at a time method I showed *here* so they are coming together pretty quickly - when I get the chance to work on them, that is!
I still cant get a photo that shows my colours correctly - this one below is a little better.... the light coloured background is a light grey-blue-ish colour.
Thank you Cheryll for hosting us all on Friday night. Pop along *here* to see who else was crafting away with us.

With school holidays drawing to  a close, our step grand-kiddies who were staying have gone home. They had a great two weeks on the farm with many new experiences; so many animals to take care of :-) One of the highlights of the second week was their dad building them a treehut.
I was a little sad when the MOML had to limb up this Oak tree in the autumn.... the branches were getting in the way of the milk tanker when it came...but it gave a perfect shape and space for the treehut. It's had more sides put on since this photo was taken. The next time they come I'm sure it will be the perfect spot for spending their summer days!
I hope I have a long Sunday in The Palace today, the due baby I mentioned in my last post has arrived so I'd best get sewing his welcome gifts!
Happy stitches and thanks for visiting,

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Weekend Wanderings and Palace Pottering

[A mouthful of a title but oh well :-)]
I got a chance to do a bit of pottering in The Palace (as the MOML calls it) last week —
One more block for my Snowflake Land project —
(from Quiltmania#80)
I love these chaps and always get a thrill when I finish one!

And a yellow Honeypot Star —
It took some effort to find enough yellow scraps but I guess that's a good thing!
Six made now, three to go.
A friend of ours' had a special birthday recently so, being quilters, we made her a quilt...she loves brights and gollies ... here is the block I made —
(without his eyes of course)
and here is the finished quilt.....Leeanne of qultmekiwi beautifully quilted it - she shows more detail in her blogpost *here* —

And my weekend wanderings took me down south for a couple of nights - Kerryn from The Country Yard and I visited with The Village Green Quilters where I led a 2-day class making a caddy.
The ladies were a lot of fun and I really enjoyed the class. What's more they were focussed too and nearly all of them finished their caddy by Sunday afternoon :-)

This one was finished (soon) after the class  and the photo sent through to me :-)
Thank you ladies for an enjoyable weekend!
Since the weekend the class samples have laid around looking neglected ... I have a great-nephew due shortly so I hope to get this one sewn up pretty soon —
'till next time,
happy creating,