Archive for November, 2008
Never work with animals or children. I can see why. And I’m not even working with them, just looking after them. Grrr. Had the vet here on Monday, got the blinkin beast properly castrated, and chucked him back in the paddock. Ian reckoned he’d be ok in there, cause he’s wary of the electric fence. Well, it wasn’t ok, he’s now in the neighbours paddock, with the heifer’s and bulls. Bloody stupid steer. I’m fairly sure he didn’t go through (or over) the fence due to hormones, but just because he was lonely as I still haven’t got a calf to keep him company, and we had moved the sheep into the paddock with the pig pen. Bugger, bugger, bugger. We’ve managed to find out the landowners name, now we have to find a contact number and find out who is leasing the land and sort out getting our beast back.
I’m starting to feel a bit under pressure with getting all the Xmas stuff made too, so that was really not helpful. Oh, and the wind we had in the last two days (gale force again) has stripped some of the plants again. I haven’t been out for a good look yet, too depressing really.
All cheerful comments accepted
Shall i start with the good?
I managed to get these shoes and bibs finished and posted for a swap. I’m getting some handknitted dishcloths in return
I stopped into Quilter’s Lane (the best quilting fabric shop in the Wairarapa) to pay some money on Lilly’s quilt (which they are quilting for me), and came home with these
Now i will have to find a pattern to make best use of 12 fat eighths. And this….
Which is the fabric I’m going to use to make a camera cover (like this)for Lilly for Xmas (and maybe a belt to go with her black jeans).
Justin’s quilt is still a WIP . I spent two nights having to unpick 8 long lines of quilting, and the backing had a horrible pucker in it (my fault for forgetting to baste the back and batting, doh!). It’s fixed now, and the quilting is going great, but Cam is refusing to have a sleep today even though he has a nasty cold again. Bugger!
That would be Jack, who looks like he did go after the rabbit, and came off worse for wear. luckily although it looks bad it doesn’t appear to be infected (finger’s crossed). Haven’t seen the rabbit since, so maybe he came off the winner. I hope so.
Well, this is the only finished object that i have pics of. The two quilts are still being worked on. Here’s an action shot, me at the sewing machine at 6.30 yesterday morning (yes, still in my dressing gown). I am doing the quilting on the Bernina 117. Nice machine to work on
I sewed all morning and got 3 quarters of Matt’s quilt quilted. I had planned to finish Justin’s over the weekend, but got a call on Friday to ask if the quilt could be made bigger. I wasn’t very happy, but said yes. I was just about to sandwich the layers together. Never mind. I’ve got the extra fabric needed now, so I can hopefully get it finished by the end of the week.
I had words with the cat (Jack) yesterday when we got home from picking Lilly up from Nana’s place. There was a rabbit in the garden, eating the veges. $#%&*##@. So he’s been reminded that we’ll be having no freeloaders here at Highway Cottage, and he better see to that rabbit or else. I know he went off after that and had a go, but haven’t seen true evidence, except a small tuft of rabbit fur. However he didn’t come for breakfast this morning, so maybe he’s not hungry? I was hoping he would bring one back to share like last time. We are keen on some bunny burgers. I guess we better start building the rabbit proof fence Like there’s not enough jobs round here, yeah right.
I’m on a roll now, getting those homemade Xmas presents made finally. I even decided what to make for the Secret Santa pressies (well 3 out of 4). I didn’t end up making the bag I was going to, but made Cam these cute little shorts last night. He was pretty excited to see them, he loves Fire Engines.
Today I went and got the batting for Matt’s quilt, and I made Lilly a scrappy belt. It turned out great, but a bit wide for the buckle I was able to get, so I’m halfway through a narrower one and I’ll try to get a buckle to fit this one. I thinks it’s neat.
I added some borders to Matt’s quilt as it was just slightly smaller than i wanted. Here’s a pic of the entire top. I imagine it will look quite different when the quilting is done and the brown binding added on.
I have plans for a few more things to be completed over the weekend, but we shall just have to wait and see how it goes.