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

Monday, May 1, 2017

April scraps and almost a fail —

As seems typical with me, I breeze in at the first of the month (here in NZ) with a last minute post about my monthly goals for the previous month!
I sort of failed with the One Monthly Goal I had for April; to finish a Round-Robin quilt from Years Ago...... but I'm happy that I am a few steps closer to finishing it as the bulk of the work on it is now done.
I did get the quilt top quilted, here it is trimmed in the photo below —
— but I didn't get it bound...hence the sort of fail but not quite! Quilting this brought back all sorts of good memories for me, thinking about the friends who contributed each row, and also the scenes depicted. Here's a couple of sneak peeks but I'll show more when it's properly finished.
This was Mr Piggy, who we no longer have, but we do have a Miss Piggy!
I did a very small amount of ruler work but it was mostly random fmq-ing.
Hehe - different pig - same pose!
I'm linking up to Patty of Elm Street Quilts - thank you Patty for hosting us - click *here* to see how other bloggers went with finishing their goals.
I'm also linking up to Joy of Days Filled with Joy, for her monthly Finishing Stitches Challenge. Thank you Joy for encouraging and hosting us. 
Since I had only a partial success I hope I qualify for joining these link ups!

In April I also sewed up two blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. The month's colour was Multi; rather than make a multi-coloured sprout block (My RSC block for this year) I added two new blocks to the Great Granny squares I started a few years ago.
Obviously it was a bright glarey day when I took these pictures so I apologise you cant really see the colours very well.
I now have 9 of these blocks - I had wondered if it might be a good place to stop but now that I see them together I think I will carry on - maybe a 4 x 4 setting will be nice... if I plan a bit better with my scrap colours for the rest of the blocks I may even end up with a cohesive looking quilt!
I'm linking up to Angela of soscrappy - thank you Angela for motivating us to rummage in our scraps and use a few up!

[EDIT; And I've just linked up to Freemotion by the River, for Linky Tuesday. Thank you Connie.]

The school holidays have ended and the girls have gone home. We had two busy fun weeks with them here. We are gradually turning them into farm kids and I love this photo I took one day while we were out the back doing some stockwork.
See them leaning? They were singing their hearts out!
Ok, gotta go - I have a quilt to finish!
Happy Stitches,

35 comments:

loulee said...

Your round robin quilt looks like lots of fun. Can't wait to see the whole story.

Sue SA said...

Love the farm quilt, so clever, must have taken ages to carefully cut it all out. The Granny squares are lovely, they are on my to do list as a project also. I do think that the pattern and edge colour is the only unifying part of this block though - everyone elses I have seen they have an assortment of colours and fabrics and I think that is what makes it a fun block. Are they big blocks? Thinking I should start sooner then later, to use up the last of my scrap pile!

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Your 'granny squares' are great! It's one I have always wanted to make. Is there a link for the pattern?

I am said...

Good morning Raewyn lovely work,your quilt is gorgeous,love the pic of the kids singing,hope your day is a good one xx

Ali Honey said...

I'd count that as good progress since you had young ones with you for part of the time. The round robin looks very interesting, I like to see more close ups sometime.

Leeanne said...

Oh the round round quilt.....yes it must bring back some funny memories! It has slipped my mind which section I did? Loving those granny squares, as I'm a 'granny' I would love to make a granny square quilt one day and a crochet version too. For the quilt version do you use a strip method or square by square? The two girls must adore coming to the farm.

Fiona said...

what a lovely picture of the two girls..... I love your farm quilt - so much detail and fun in there....
I'm still planning a granny square quilt! haha

Hugz

kiwikid said...

Love your round robin quilt, Mr/Miss Piggy is a star!! Love the little kiwi peeking out by the horses too. The Granny squares are wonderful they will make,a wonderful quilt. Love the photos of the girls, they look so at home there.

Cottage Tails said...

LOVE your round robin quilt.
Ooh scrappy quilts Love love love - I'm itching to get the machine out again.

Patty D from NC said...

What a great quilt. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.

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

love your granny blocks, I made a big quilt like that several years ago - your piggy is so cute! love the photo of the girls at work - hard to believe it is May already (for me tomorrow) the year is flying by.

Nell's Quilts said...

I just love the round robin quilt.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Congrats! on your ALMOST finish!!! Good thinking on making Granny Squares for April's RSC work. LOVE that photo of the girls and that BEAUTIFUL scenery!!

Rosemary Dickinson said...

Your round robin quilt is just lovely! So glad you're working on it. I've always wanted to make a granny square quilt. I have a book somewhere! Maybe someday! Yours is coming out great!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

What a fun farm quilt - those animals are amazing! I love the great granny squares! They are a fun block to make!

Jeanette said...

Love your farm quilt, looks wonderful. Your great granny blocks look lovely. Hugs, xx

margaret said...

what a lovely quilt/wallhanging so much to see and admire here it really is a beauty. Scrappy blocks looking good to wondering what our colour will be for may i know later today

Lin said...

Your Round Robin looks like great fun so I am looking forward to seeing some closeups. xx

Michelle Ridgway said...

Well there may not have been finishing per say but lots of lovely progress Raewyn. I love your round robin quilt. That is a beautiful photo of the girls enjoying simple pleasures xx

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

So very close it's awesome ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Karen said...

Such an interesting round robin quilt. I like!

Cisca Heiden van der said...

What a lovely round robin quilt, Raewyn, I hope it will soon be finished!
Happy stitching!

Janet O. said...

What an adorable row robin quilt! (We raised pigs for many years, and I have to say, with all their bulk, I don't think they have a lot of choice as to poses). : )
I love Granny Squares blocks. How large are these?
Such a sweet photo of the girls at the end.

Sandra Walker said...

So much to love about this post Raewyn! That final shot!! Love Mr. Piggy, and his sequel. I like your granny squares...I've had no luck (and basically no time) to sew anything for the multi-colour month of april; all I did was pull some strips with the idea for a H2H quilt in mind, which I did draw, but there it has sat.

Sandra Walker said...

Well, duh, and I meant to say I GET you totally on the quilt for OMG that you came SO close to finishing...memories, the people, the events, all come to mind when I work on a quilt, and that one especially will do it. Such a cool quilt.

Kerry said...

Your round robin looks really great Raewyn, brings back good memories! Good work on your other blocks too....xxxxx

Teresa said...

Love your granny squares blocks. What do they measure and how many are you going to make.

Ivani said...

You made great multi colored Granny Squares blocks for April, Beautiful round robin quilt.

Anthea said...

I've been checking your post here for the 'fail'... but I see nothing of the sort!
What I do see is lots of amazing stitching, fab quilting, clever scraps sewing, and two happy young people living a wonderful experience.
xx

Karen S said...

Definitely not a fail. If you only have the binding left I think you have done really well.
Great to see all the challenge blocks together. And it looks like everyone had a great time over the holiday break.

KaHolly said...

Your work is hardly a fail, my dear! It's beautiful, just like you! The last pic, of the girls, filled me with lots of warm and fuzzy feelings as it stirred up memories of my daughter and young cousin when they were little. They were inseparable! XO

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I only make my goal because it's so low...giggle. Love that quilt.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

No fail, really! The quilt is just gorgeous! I was going to do a granny square quilt..once... might still one day, yours is so pretty! Thanks for joining in on Finishing Stitches! xx

desertskyquilts said...

Not far to go now! Binding will be fast compared to quilting. =) It's a great quilt of memories. I like your granny squares blocks, too!

Janz Designz said...

Love the round robin quilt, lots of memories there. Looks amazing.