Thursday, 21 January 2016

Scenes from my Week

From the sewing room
  •  the scrappy sampler quilt top is finished, and I feel a lot happier about it, in fact I would even say I like it.  Now I just need to find or make suitable backing fabric and turn it into a quilt. 
From the garden
  • my zinnias are starting to bloom - I love the colours and having fresh flowers to pick for the house
From the artist
  • Miss B decided to immortalise those zinnias in water colour - she has done a wonderful job too.
From the broken house (proof that my house and life is not picture perfect)
  • the downside of living close to a golf course - it has now been fixed and  thankfully, at no cost to us
  • more repairs after the hot water cylinder leaked yet again - the builder has now finished his part, just the tiles to be relaid now.
From the kitchen
  • Courgette/Zucchini Cake from Digby Law's Vegetable Cookbook or here.  Note:  My recipe in the book used 1 cup of oil, the recipe I have linked to uses 1/2 cup.
From the book pile
  • I really enjoyed this book.  A rediscovered art masterpiece, lots of interesting characters, some history and a smidgen of romance.
What has happened in your week? Have you read any new and interesting books lately?  Is any one on GoodReads?


  1. A mixed bag Julie especially with the damaged house! Your scrappy sampler quilt has turned out lovely, yo've tied all the blocks together well.

  2. Love the scrappy sampler!!! Miss B is quite the artist, her flowers look fabulous.

  3. I love your scenes (except of the broken house of course), especially the scrappy sampler quilt top!

  4. The scrappy quilt top is stunning, I am always in awe of your talent. The broken glass and leaking water cylinder don't sound good.

  5. I love your finished quilt Julie, it's beautiful.

  6. The quilt is really great. What do you do with all of your quilts? Do you have a place for them? I'm on goodreads under Jill Buttenhoff. I'm looking for good book suggestions. I already placed the book you talked about in this post on hold at my library :) :)

  7. Your quilt is lovely...cake looks good too :)

  8. Your quilt top looks fantastic!!! I hope that you enjoy quilting it. The zinnias are beautiful aren't they and your daughters painting looks great. Glad your window is fixed, that must have been a shock! xx

  9. wow...just how close to the golf course are you? Good thing no one got hurt lol! I just love her painting, please let her know :)

  10. I'm on Good Reads. this is me -
    I'll delete this once you've found me. I"m reading the Watchmaker of Filigree Street. Not sure if I like it or not yet.

  11. Your quilt is lovely Julie. So many interesting things to look at. Bugger about the golf ball!!
    Your flowers are beautiful, and your daughter is very gifted.

  12. Thank you for the photo of the zinnias. Just what I needed! :-))
    Oh my, what a bang that must of made. Was anyone home when the golf ball hit?
    Glad all is fixed.
    Enjoy Summer!!

  13. I too love your finished quilt! and the vase + painting of zinnias!

  14. Aren't the zinnias wonderful and what a smashing painting by your daughter. With the glut of Zucchini coming from my garden I think I will try your recipe, sounds yummy!

  15. Congrats on your quilt top finish! I love it! I think you could use just about anything for the backing... even go scrappy! So many fun details!

    Yum! I make a zucchini bread that is probably very similar - one of my favorites, especially with butter. Looks like a good week minus the broken window.

  16. Not much action here apart from daily tennis shifts, which thankfully lessen after today! Needless to say, no sewing or reading time except for a page or two of a Louise Penny novel with Inspector Gamache. Your zinnias are beautiful as is the sweet water colour of them!


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