This weekend we welcomed a new babe to Wombat Hill Farm – our first wee cria! That’s a baby Alpaca for those of you who have not yet met one :-) I was at work when this miracle unfolded – such a bummer – but Julian and Noah were there to watch the birth in all its calm beauty and ease. Goodness me, don’t these animal mamas just get on with the job. I’m sure there will come the time when things don’t progress as smoothly as this, but for our first two large mammal births here, the mamas – Mabel the Ryeland-Merino cross (who we were given for free as we were told she was past it! Must have been pregnant when we first brought her home!) and Juno the Alpaca have coped beautifully and their little offspring have leapt to their wobbly feet within moments of birthing and frantically sought out their mums’ milky teats. Breathtaking truly!
So to the left of Judy’s large rear (our recently acquired Jersey) that tiny little dark thing behind her mum is Juno’s cria. I’m still not sure if it’s a boy or girl – but I think it might be a girl If it’s a girl we will call her Aurelia (Julius Caesar’s mother known for her intelligence, independence and beauty) and if it’s a boy he shall be known as Marcus (after my favourite Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius) – keeping up the Roman theme for our Alpacas. This naming stuff is such fun :-)
And below – let me introduce Judy. She’s our Jersey – also came free when we recently bought three dear little Dexter cows. She is approximately 14 years old and has been producing regular healthy calves. Her previous owners loved her dearly but didn’t have the resources to keep her so were glad to find her a new home. Julian is worried we will become known as the folks you can offload your unwanted animals to. There are worse things we could be known for :-)
Judy’s very affectionate – loves a good rub and smooshes her face into us while we talk with her. She’s also very fond of bread – and bringing her a couple of slices each morning is a sure fire way to stay in Judy’s heart! It would be wonderful if we could get her in calf again – imagine all that creamy Jersey milk – we will have to wait and see :-)
But on to messy sewing! You see, Julian’s away yet again, so yesterday, after all the animals were cared for, it was time to rip out the fabric and get stuck into some good finishing. Within moments there was fabric everywhere as I dug around for the bits I would need to complete the radiating star quilt I started last year – the morning after Pakkun ate HunnyBunny (Noah’s rabbit). THAT was a bleak day and we were all feeling a bit glum – and there’s nothing like playing with cheery scraps of fabric to distract one from the small disasters that befall us now and then, hey?
Now, after a little bedroom rearrange, I have the perfect spot for this pretty quilt – hanging on the wall above the gentleman’s wardrobe – hiding the bizarre hole – as round as the bottom of a large glass – in the wall we found when we removed the hideous frosted glass wardrobe the previous owner left behind. Weird.
And so many other things popped up along the way. As they do when you are indulging in messy sewing. I found all the cut out bits and pieces for Luna Lapin (a rabbit doll) and the beginnings of the Alpaca Quilt I am making – so they were stored neatly in a cake tin on the desk. Also gathered up all the Peptamen tins I bring home from work – we use at least 1 a day and they are so sturdy with firm fitting lids – I can’t bear to throw them away – I’m sure I’ll find something to do with them. At the moment I’m plotting a little Moomin village of round houses with appliqued and quilted “houses” wrapped round the tins? Hmmm …
Then there was the apple core ruler I bought the other day – picturing a scrappy quilt of just apple cores – I could even not repeat a single fabric!
And the Bee quilt of wee Churn Dashes I started last year after finding this gorgeous bee fabric at one of my local fabric stores – Pins and Needles in Merimbula owned by Tara – such a lovely shop, you should definitely call in if you are ever passing through.
Of course, whilst hunting for a good blanket to quilt my Radiating Star onto, I found this incredibly bright American Jane quilt I made years and years ago – still sitting here thick with safety pins waiting for it’s moment. Well Fu and Pakkun put it to good use.
And then I got sidetracked by the cut off corners of the Radiating Star blocks – as you do. I’m thinking they will look lovely sewn up like this. There are 32 of them – which makes 8 blocks. I could then add a striking contrast fabric and sew them up into a 3 by 5 block quilt – 15 blocks altogether. You get the picture? Yeah!
So all this dithering and plotting and tidying and fiddling and stitching finally resulted in a finished quilt top. Behold! I bring you The Radiating Star! And now I have fabric scattered from one end of the living room to the other. Good thing Julian’s away.