Saturday, August 29, 2015

It's official - I can quilt but I can't spell

I am sewing together blocks I hand embroidered almost a year ago. They are some of the memory verses from the boys school year in 2013. I need to re stitch the fourth word here...

And the first one here. Too......
Maybe I should join the boys at school again to practise my reading and spelling. Sigh.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Still a Work In Progress

I thought I had this quilt all ready to be batted and backed and quilted. Then send off to the Orphanage we support. The stars are  years old, leftover from another quilt I did but they did not blend in well. So I put the centre piece on point and then added a top and bottom to get it to child size.

I take it home and show Aaron and he thinks this is the nicest quilt I have ever done. What is with that? Our tastes are sooooo different. Because he supports my sewing and fabric collecting addiction, if he says he really likes something I can't exactly give it away can I?

As this was all old fabric and bits left over I have had to pop to the shop to get a couple of fabrics for the next rounds. So this is now an ongoing project to become a queen size quilt.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Fresh turmeric and some venison

It was teachers only day on Friday so we took the boys out for a Food and Fun day Friday.  First stop was Ohoka Farmers Market. Amongst other things we bought fresh turmeric. I had never even seen it before. If you eat any at all your teeth turn yellow.

Then we headed up to Hanmer Springs and walked, played mini golf and swam. Great day out.

Today I made a stir fry for dinner using the turmeric. I was told to use it like fresh ginger so I julienned it and fried it off with the onions. Gave a nice golden glow and a warmth to the dish. Added lovely thin strips of venison. MMMMmmmm.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Scrap, applique cushion

Still using the scrap bag. I had grand illusions of making a complete quilt. Using all my pale scraps for the background and all the bright for the applique sections. Well after doing one section I needed to change the game plan!! Not my style and I knew it would just end up being another UFO.

Up close. I even hand quilted it
using perle 8 thread.
So at my recent retreat I turned it into a cushion. It is a large cushion 25inches square. And amazingly, satisfyingly, I managed to find a gorgeous condition feather inner exactly the right size at the Op Shop (thrift store). A bargain of $10 as the original cover was yuck (but I saw underneath that).

I came home from retreat and did my wee show and tell at home and Jakob immediately pinched the cushion for his bed.

Linking to these places

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A bit of refashioning and upcycling

Yes I am into broaches at the moment. They are a lovely addition to the winter wardrobe without being all glitz and glamour. This broach is made from dying an old blanket, I adore this colour. I got this material thanks to Jane Van Kuelen in Hanmer Springs. Oh she dyes the most amazing threads and material.
I followed this pattern but instead of adding a button on the front I got the centre from an Op Shop (thrift shop) as one of a pair of earrings.
The filigree broach back was purchased from Jane. The colour is much more like the bottom photo

Linking to these place.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Lemon and Passion-fruit icecream

MMMMMMM....... Making this today while it is sleeting outside.
First separate the eggs ready for the ice-cream. With some of the leftover yolks make lemon honey (lemon curd). I used Edmonds recipe, a good old trusty NZ recipe.
 Then make the ice-cream using this recipe - three ingredients, how easy can it be!
ice-cream recipe
Swirl the lemon curd and some passionfruit pulp through the mixture, put it into the freezer and try to wait!
Then eaten in style in the hot tub.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Finished, another quilt for charity

First finished item at retreat. Completed the star last year as a paper piecing experiment and loved it. But was stuck with what to do. Now really pleased to have made it into a quilt for an orphan at Hope Homes International.
Was not that happy with the quilting of the coloured star but love the straight line quilting of the grey fabrics.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Velvet antique broach lessons

Jane has once again given us some beautiful items. Then taught us how to assemble a velvet with antique looking broach pin to make a sumptuous broach.

A treat

Just before I left for my quilting retreat my lovely friends came around after school with an afternoon treat. I am so blessed to know this family. Thanks heaps girls I really appreciate your baking and surprise.

The boys tried to photo bomb this

Blowing out the candles. They suggested I have a candle in each, which was 19. Pretty happy with that birthday number!!!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A gorgeous break in Rarotonga

Woo hoo, A holiday with no kids for 11 days. Bliss, relaxing and warm! BTW it was an early 20th wedding anniversary present to ourselves....