Tuesday, 20 December 2011

A Gardener's Journal ........ the final block


Late last week the final stitches went into my last block of A Gardener's Journal, and it felt kind of sad to be finished.............. of course I still have to get the borders on and decide if I'm brave enough to quilt it myself or send it out to get a proper job made of it!  Once that's done I can get onto the new Stitch-A-Long project, another Anni Downs quilt, My Favourite Things from her Some Kind of Wonderful book.  I'm really looking forward to that!!   



Finally ......... the blocks are joined, almost a quilt top now!


Here are some pics of the kids vegetable gardens, they have their own little patch each, this is our youngest's below.........


................... and our eldest girls here ..........


And below is part of my potato patch...... some yams are in the tyre at the back.....


and some of the other goodies growing in our garden........


.............we've been eating lettuce, salad greens, radishes and silverbeet for a while now, and lots more is nearly ready now ....... I've had a terrible time getting carrot seed started this year, the first lot I think the seed was too old, and it's been pretty dry since I sowed the new seed.  We are desperately short of water, we are only on our own rainwater supply, and there is no rain forecast till at least the end of the month......... so I need to convince hubby to help me pump some water from the creek for the garden.  

So now there's only 5 more sleeps to go, I'd better behave myself so Santa stops by ........

Till next time....happy stitching
Nicky

25 comments:

Kaye R said...

Your Gardeners Journal looks beautiful. Well done with your finish.

Christine M said...

Your quilt looks lovely Nicky. You've done a great job. Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

shez said...

Your quilt loks fantastic Nicky and whow what a great job the kids are doing of their vegie gardens,well done guys.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Nicky that looks so darn good...you must be so very pleased..

Susan said...

Love the colours in your Gardeners Journal, it's a beautiful quilt. Fingers crossed for rain for Christmas.

Fiona said...

Your GJ quilt is just lovely..... great job... so cute to see the vege gardens... I do hope you get a bit of rain to water them...
Hugz

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your Gardeners Journal looks wonderful, you are so close to finishing now. Your vege garden is wonderful too, we have had so much rain lately you would be welcome to some of it!

Marg said...

Your Gardeners Journal quilt looks lovely.
I hope you have some rain soon, your vegetable gardens are looking great.

suzitee said...

Woooohoooooo Nicky...great finish! The blocks look DIVINE all together...bet you can't wait to see it completed (I know I can't!)
The kids are doing a great job on their veggie patches...they look good enough to eat :)

rosie said...

Yay... you have been good for Santa Nicky!! Your quilt is awesome..
The kids should be very proud of themselves for their vegie gardens..

Ali Honey said...

Your gardens are looking good. We got sun eventually today so hope you get some rain soon.

Annie said...

The quilt top looks so fabulous! I just love those whimsical stitchery design and the great colors. I know a lot of quilters who get a professional to sew up the 'sandwich' before they do the quilting and binding themselves. Is that the hardest part for you?

Nice to have fresh veggies right from the garden!

Theresa said...

I love the fabric colours you used for your Gardener's Journal Nicky, it looks wonderful. I bought the book myself recently and want to make it in memory of my parents. Hope you have a lovely Christmas and wishing you a happy and healthy 2012,

Tatkis said...

Adorable block! And all the quilt is so beautiful - good luck with finishing!
Anni's projects are always fantastic, I've bought her last book and just can't choose what project I want to start first ;))

Hugs,
Tatyana

Aunty Bee said...

Gorgeous quilt Nicky. The garden looks good I suppose it is a constant battle with rabbits though. Water seems a problem in many places, we can only hand water Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday if your house has a even number.I am looking forward to seeing next years project.

Cottage Tails said...

Nicky the quilt looks fab!
Very dry up here too - sandy soil
We have had a good amount of rain too.
Hope some rain comes your way in New Year.

Love Leanne

Christina said...

Your quilt is truly amazing. I really need to learn how to quilt (& embroider!).

Kate M said...

Gorgeous quilt, I have the pattern but have yet to start it, your pictures make me itch to give it a go but I must tackle some of my UFOs first!

Chookyblue...... said...

oh the last one done............go for it..........get those borders on..........you will be so happy......

Renee said...

Hi, I have just stumbled upon your blog. Have been reading most of your entries, got to the one about how we find blogs....which is how I found you.
I too am a crafty person, living in the South Island.
Look forward to all your future updates.
Please feel free to follow my blog as well.
Kind regards

dls said...

Love the gardening|embroidery blocks! They are so pretty. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a very creative new year!

Michelle said...

Your quilt is just beautiful Nicky!
I sure hope you get rain before the end of December... I know how hard it can be it really effects so much of our lives doesn't it? The vege garden looks great...

Jindi's Cottage said...

Love your Gardener's Journal...gorgeous...looking forward to seeing it with its borders...

Suzanne said...

Love your quilt, it's such a great colour combination and so pretty with all the embroidery.

Great vegie garden!

Sunshine & Fabric said...

Sew beautiful...very inspiring. :)

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