Tuesday, 6 October 2015

If It Looks Like This...


It's best to stay inside.

This is all the more pleasurable if you are in the company of a great friend and eating good food. The temptation to just while away the afternoon and skip the school run was strong.

And guess which box I wanted to buy?

I didn't. But I wanted to.


Sunday, 4 October 2015

Pie Making Day

This was a pie making day - not of the fabric line kind - but of the fruit and pastry type of pie.

Each year at this time I am invited over to my friend's house to pick as many apples from their orchard as I would like. Obviously no one would turn down an offer like that so I go and take more than I need. Then I end of sharing them with my MIL and the neighbours. My friend thinks this is great so I am not being (too) cheeky.

I have been freezer diving to feed the family for over a week so that I could (a) defrost said freezer, and (b) have enough room to put some pies in. Yesterday the defrosting took place. Today was all about the pies.

I own five pie plates. I may need to buy more, but then again that may mean I need to buy another freezer too. My method of mass production is to make a big batch of pastry and line all the pie tins. Then out comes the good old fashioned Victorian apple peeler, slicer and corer all in one tool. I could not do this task without it. I fill a pie shell with fruit, top it with pastry and then move on to the next one. It takes (next to) no time at all like this.

As is the way of things there is always some leftover pastry. So jam tarts were the next to be whipped up. Silly not to.

And one of the pies had to be baked for quality control. No worries, when the pie tin is empty again I will make another pie for the freezer.

Only the jam tarts were ready before the pie was.

They got decimated while we waited. But we still managed to eat pie. Obviously. We are nothing if not determined.


Thursday, 1 October 2015


I got busy doing stuff and forgot to do a blog post.

Some of the stuff I've been doing.

I made thirty blocks for the next commission quilt. Now I've started working on the sashing.

I got a steam cleaner and actually got a strange thrill cleaning my kitchen floor. Enough said. I promise to try to never discuss it again.

I found out if you slow cook lamb shanks and use red wine in the sauce, that consumption of the remaining part of the bottle of red wine can cause a reduced amount of care in the presentation of said dinner.(It turned out to be a surprisingly strong red wine.)

And I received my lucky dip destash envelope from Amanda of Westwood Acres Fabrics. She didn't wish to list everything she was looking to sell off individually so asked if anyone was interested in a $50 flat rate, get what you get, stuffed envelope. I, of course, shot my hand in the air as fast as possible. What a wise move it was.

Hello Darling scraps. Liberty squares. A Meadow Friends quilt kit. Patterns. A myriad of FQs - including two Farmdale ones (seriously - the yellow crosshatch and the circle one below it). And a box of ten Aurifil threads. Happy me!

So life has been busy. Interesting. Social too. Mrs Heart of Charnwood came over to play. I'm off to a Macmillan Coffee Morning tomorrow, and more socialising next week.

Nothing to complain about here. Except my inability to remember to fit writing blog posts into my day.


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Things That Make Me Happy

Colonial knots. They always  make me happy.

Cheeky chickens thinking they are moving in. To clarify, them moving in is not going to happen and doesn't make me happy. Their cheeky and optimistic faces do.

What makes you happy?


Sunday, 20 September 2015

Schnitzel & Boo Mini Swap

Last year I took part in the very fun Schnitzel & Boo mini swap on IG so when another round popped up in the feed and I realised I had a bit more free time than I have had for a long time I jumped right on the bandwagon. There are over 1,000 people taking part this time. That's kind of unbelievable.

I looked at my secret partner's inspiration mosaic, had a think, and came up with this design.

Drawn on Touchdraw on my iPad
My partner seems to like strong colours so the other day I started cutting. I didn't actually do a fabric pull, I just started from the centre of the design and worked my way out, making fabric decisions one by one as I went.

I have lots of thoughts about whether the grey cross hatch was the right choice, but decided to stick with it and hope that my eventual quilting of the mini will make it work in my vision.

I also decided to take the pattern a little further and expanded on it.

I kind of like the way it looks like a cog. There has been one more design adjustment that I have made on the fly, as I started piecing these little bits of fabric together.

Not sure if you can tell where it is in the above photo. This is as far as I got this weekend. I may have miscounted the size this block and it will be (slightly) over size. I am hoping that this will be over looked in the belief that it was the right decision in regards to my pattern.

So, somewhere in that 1,000+ people is my partner and I am hoping she is liking this. Because if she doesn't I will have to start from scratch. At least I haven't left all this to the last minute for a change.