Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE




Woo hoo, I have a finished bag.  The Open Wide Bag, I was making my sister is completed.
This was the first time I had used soft and stable,  I really like how the bag holds it's shape. I made the large bag which is approximately 9" x 12" x 6", and omitted the front contrasting fabric panel, because I didn't want to lose any of that beautiful Kaffe print.  I may make another one in the medium size for me, and would increase the binding width to 2.25" for the binding around the zipper, which I think would fit slightly better.

Overall, I am really pleased with how it has turned out. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed making bags (even if they do cause a little bit of bad language to be muttered).  I think my sister was planning to use it for crochet projects, and it looks as though it will hold quite a lot.  Now to package it up and post it off to Australia with some treats for her.

Now, it's YOUR turn to share, by linking up your sewing and stitching projects, following these guidelines.
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  2. Somewhere in your post, please link to this post.
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Thanks for joining us.

Julie and Linda


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Weekending









Most of my weekends seem to be an endless repeat of cook, sew, clean, so here's what I have been sewing and cooking this weekend.

  • I am really something of a quilting butterfly, I flit from one sewing/quilting project to the next. I guess there is no chance of getting bored with any of them, or finishing any of them quickly at this rate.   Anyhoo, I have flitted back to the Wide Open pouch I was making for my sister. After a concentrated sewing effort, I got the side panels completed and sewn in , (Gosh wonder clips are a wonderful investment and product for this type of project), the bias binding made and attached, then detached and re-attached. Those curves were hard with layers of soft and stable and fabric.  After finally getting the binding attached successfully,  I decided to hand sew the binding down rather than top stitching it on my machine.  Now it's just the zipper, and the final pieces of binding to be sewn on.
  • A little whimsical ice cream soda block in progress
  • Sunday night dessert in progress, Plum and Cinnamon Upside Down Cake - recipe from here
Wishing you all a fabulous week, hopefully,  I'll have a completed pouch to show on Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE.this Wednesday.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Here & Now










Loving // this beautiful pink Rhododendron flowering in a neighbour's garden (I wasn't the only one either)

Eating // Warm and nourishing home made soups - this one is Lentil, Cumin and Silverbeet - recipe here


Drinking // Tea - Earl Grey, Dilmah's Rose and French Vanilla, Peppermint


Feeling // inspired by this blog post a friend sent me to read, and thinking I might try it for some of my EPP blocks.


Making // a longer arrow block for Miss B's quilt (a little wonky I know, and goodness knows how since it was paper pieced, but I'm going to try and embrace the imperfections, and I really can't be bothered unpicking it all).  Another Ice cream soda block, this time with a repurposed vintage embroidered tray cloth and Liberty, check out those tiny bullion knots that make the flowers.


Thinking // about making 'meat free Mondays'  a regular occurrence in my home


Dreaming // of summer fruits (my sister is gloating about how cheap strawberries are in Brisbane at present).



Linking to Here & Now at Say Little Hen

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Weekending










From the sewing room:
  • Two more Ice Cream Soda blocks completed, so that's the first two months finished. I love how they look together, and am now wondering about incorporating some vintage embroidered linens into the next months blocks.
  • Some more filler blocks for Miss B's sea glass beach sampler quilt.
  • A start on the felt applique project, new felt has been chosen (so much for using up my existing stash)
From the Library
  • A pile of fictitious goodness - now I just need some mornings to lie in and read.
From the Garden:  
  • The poppies I planted a couple of months ago are flowering, unfortunately I think my sweet pea seeds have rotted away.
From the kitchen:
  • Biscuits and muffins for school lunches
Hope you have all had a fabulous weekend too.



Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Sew, Stitch, Snap, SHARE








With the colder winter nights we have been having, Miss B pulled out my scrappy sampler quilt to use on her bed.  I have had it rolled up in a basket since I finished it, and had forgotten how much I loved it, and how much I love seeing it being used.

This encouraged me to pull out the blocks I had made for her sea glass sampler quilt, and start piecing some of them together and making low volume improv filler blocks for it.  I don't think this quilt will be as large as the one she has been using, it will probably be more of a lap quilt size, but she can put it over her legs when she is studying at her desk in her room. She has asked that I add some more feather and arrow blocks to the assortment already made, so I may add a little more purple to some of those.  I suspect I may create a few more new blocks too, so no doubt my planned lap quilt will end up being bigger than anticipated.  Colour inspiration for this quilt can be found here.

Now, it's YOUR turn to share, by linking up your sewing and stitching projects, following these guidelines.
  1. Link up from any post from the past week that features something you have been sewing or stitching,
  2. Somewhere in your post, please link to this post.
  3. Please comment on a couple of the other Sew,Stitch, Snap, Share links - it's fun to receive comments from new people, and we are trying to encourage people to read blogs and keep blogging too.

Thanks for joining us.

Julie and Linda

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Cook the Books - July



 

July has been marginally better than June for cooking/baking new recipes. I seem to have lost motivation for trying new recipes, I still enjoyed looking at lots of lovely cookbooks and ideas, but then revert to the quick and easy family favourites.

Week One:
Seeing as I had a s surplus of lemons I made these Lemon Snowflake Cookies, from a recipe I pinned a while ago to my Delicious Board on Pinterest.  They suggest using a small ice cream scoop of dough per cookie, I used a  heaped soup spoon.

Verdict:  Mine didn't seem to spread as much as the ones pictured in the recipe, but they were delicious, tangy and chewy and very edible.

Week Two:
 Leanne (QuiltmeKiwi) was coming to visit me, and deliver my sister's Bird Dance Quilt.  As a long time reader and commenter on my baking related posts, I thought I had better try a new recipe out on her.  I made Danish Dream Cake from Phillipa's Home Baking,  a new book I got out of the library. This is a light sponge type cake with a caramel coconut topping, relatively easy to make with ingredients I had in the pantry.

Verdict: We all enjoyed this, Miss B couldn't get over how light the cake was.

Week Three:  Nothing new was cooked

Week Four:  A beautifully fine but cold weekend, makes you want to snuggle up by the fire with a yummy dessert.  With the rhubarb in my garden still growing well, these delicious looking
 Sugar-crusted rhubarb and apple pies were calling my name.

Verdict:  Absolutely scrumptious, they weren't too fiddly to make, and will definitely become a favourite rhubarb recipe in my collection.

Here's to August, the last month of winter for us, hopefully I will be more inspired to cook and bake.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

I've got the Blues .....






and some shades of grey.

Yep, I'm still making Ice Cream Soda blocks, this batch takes my finished tally to fourteen.

I seem to be having some trouble getting the centre of the inner star to meet nicely and as neatly as I would like, I think using the Liberty makes it better, due to the finer fabric. I don't really think it is bad enough to unpick them and  as my grandpa used to say " a blind man would be pleased to see it".
The kites and crowns in these blocks have also been glue basted , still not sure if I'm a convert , but definitely quicker than thread basting.  I have another two blocks prepped and ready to sew up.

Have a great weekend .
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