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

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sew Stitch Snap and Share


Linda and Julie have started up Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE; a new regular linky party for us to share our WiPS and finishes.... and a way to help us keep on track with our projects.
All we do is do a bit of sewing and stitching each week, take some photos and share them on their link-up post. Easy! 
(Click on either of their names above to go to the link-up page if you want to join in, or simply just want to visit some new blogs and be inspired by others' work!)
I haven't done a huge amount of actual sewing this week but I still managed to snap a few photos of things to share.
This was some sewing —
The Flying Geese for my Evandale quilt.
And then I spent an afternoon prepping. When I'm in an organising mood, I like to do this; sorting and cutting several blocks so when I get a chance to turn the machine on I can just plough ahead and sew.
Three blocks prepped, and layered on scrap batting.
You may be able to tell that two of those blocks are some more sheep for the quilts I started in my last post...a re-make of some of the Farm Girl Vintage blocks.
Last weekend's completed block above, one partially sewn and a prepped one
waiting....
I find that if I lay them out on the batting, the piecing process is so much easier
and logical.
The Rainbow Scrap Challenge colour this month is multi-colour...anything goes... I'm not sure I want those colourways in my scrappy sprouts but remembered the great granny blocks I was making a year or so back as part of the RSC. I found them difficult to do in the rainbow theme but thought it would be perfect for this month.
That's the other prepped block you can see a few photos above. Below are the great granny blocks I've already made.
So this will give me eight - one more will be nine - I've been wondering whether to call it a day there or carry on.....? I'm thinking that perhaps adding more blocks will make the mis-matching ones gel together a little better? Or maybe after this latest block is sewn they all might get put back in their box for a while....... :-)

For the last few evenings I've pulled out a bit of stitching - something I haven't done for quite a while. This is my Country at Heart Alphabet (by Michelle Ridgeway). Can you believe I just had one letter of the alphabet left to do! 
Now I've been busy planning layouts for putting these together so that's fun!


As Easter and winter approaches, it's Happy Pants season. (PJ pants). Today in town I stocked up on brushed cotton/winceyette for our resident family.
[Just as a little aside... including this post, in the last three posts I have mentioned/worked on EIGHT different projects!!!] [Gulp].

The talk of New Zealand at the moment is Cyclone Cook which has been hurtling towards the country, and had threatened to be one of the largest storms we've had in 49 years. And destined to hit areas that are still sodden and damaged from last week's (ex) Cyclone Debby. 
While we've had plenty of rain, it seems like it's mostly missing Northland where we live. Naturally we're very relieved but we're now anxiously waiting to see what happens with the rest of the country.
I went for a walk down the farm this afternoon, the MOML had warned me that the river was swollen but I don't think it had come up any higher than he described. He had to kayak across this morning to move the water pump to higher ground. (Apparently it was quite a challenge, the water was moving very quickly!)
Our swollen river; nowhere near a flood here. Under the water is our bridge.
There's a large tree banging against the bridge rails
 so we are hoping it doesn't wipe those out.
Hoping all my fellow New Zealanders stay safe and dry this weekend.
♥ And to you all, Happy Easter ♥


23 comments:

Leeanne said...

Always a hive of activity at your place, rain or no rain! Fingers crossed for the rest of NZ.

The Sloan Patch said...

Wow Raewyn, 'not much sewing' means something very different to me! You have a lot going on right now...lots of fun x

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

take care - that is a lot of water - I had heard of the bad storms you have - like the hurricanes here - we get the rain from those sometimes

Gretchen Weaver said...

It looks like you have plenty of projects to keep you busy. I hope the cows are high and dry and not wading in the mud. It's not fun to milk muddy cows. We just turned our girls out on pasture yesterday after their winter in the free stall shed. Have a blessed Easter.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Lots of lovely things on the go! Great idea getting all that prep work done, I love your 'granny squares'. Sun shining here in Auckland today thank goodness, after all that rain. Thanks for linking up to 'sew stich snap SHARE.'

Fiona said...

crazy weather..... i love all the different projects and do that too - every now and then I just feel overwhelmed. and you have reminded me I put fabric aside for a granny square quilt too!!! oh my...

Hugz

Mystic Quilter said...

You've certainly been busy with your sewing!! Cyclone Cook seems to have hit the Eastern part of the North Island and I believe is probably down South now. Pleased you weren't in dire straits up there.

Lisa said...

Eight projects is very poductive (especially compared to my none!!!).

Cottage Tails said...

that does a tad flooded to me. Glad you got off lightly

loulee said...

Loads of projects. You make me feel tired.
Glad you are all safe and dry, looks like the worst is over now. It pretty much missed us down here in Timaru.

margaret said...

you have been very productive this week with your stitching. I pray the cyclone does not do too much damage it must be so frightening for those who lie where it is expected to hit and knowing there is nothing they can do to stop it.

Chookyblue...... said...

so much sewing..........
hope you don't get to much flooding........
seems to be raining everywhere except here...........didn't know there was another cyclone kicking around until I read your blog........hope all are well........

Michelle said...

You've been a busy bee! We are soggy here in the Naki and apart from a fallen pine tree(across the race and over a fence) we are good. Hope your river subsides quickly and the sun comes out to help dry things up. Enjoy your weekend.

kiwikid said...

Lots of beautiful projects under way at your house Raewyn...that is a great idea to prep blocks ready for sewing. Love the sheep blocks!! I hope the water goes down soon for you and that your bridge is ok,it is hard to imagine it being under water!!

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Oh my, reminds me of the rivers near our place when it floods.. we don't get cylones though... Do hope you don't get too much damage.
Great idea to put your pieces on batting, must try that one day!
All your blocks are looking lovely, you are being very productive as usual! xx

Karen S said...

You are very busy again. The sheep blocks are wonderful. I will enjoy watching those pop up now and then. And it looks like some hard decisions to make re the rainbow challenge. Sometimes putting it away for a while makes the decision easier.
And the last letter of the alphabet - Yay!!
I can see some very snuggly PJs in those fabrics.
We have been stunned at some of the weather reports coming out of NZ. I agree. I hope everyone is safe. Good to know you are okay.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Gorgeous blocks. I like the sheep and the great grannie blocks. Your area looked like my property a couple of weeks ago.

Rose Marie said...

Oh, I do love your great granny blocks. Seeing them, I want to make another quilt using up more of my scraps.

Maria said...

Oh busy busy busy Raewyn...love those sheep blocks..
Nice fleecy for the PJ pants...
Hope the Cyclone doesn't cause too much flooding.

Julie said...

You are so organised prepping blocks in advance. I hate cutting them at the best of times.
All these Cyclones and rain is a bit of a worry for us New Zealander's, it was a non event this time for Auckland, thank goodness.

Have a happy Easter and stay safe.

I am said...

Happy easter my friend to you and your lovely family,love all your work Raewyn,well done.

Maker Joy said...

Your blocks and projects are wonderful. I hope you and your family manager to stay dry.

desertskyquilts said...

What wonderful variety! I love your sheep, and that embroidery is wonderful.