Sunday, April 22, 2012

Feeling pretty good about myself about now!  It's not the end of the month, and I've finished April's small quilt from Kathy  of  A Sentimental Quilter's Quiltalong.

I may even get this little top quilted by the end of the month.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Bonnie K. Hunter over at Quiltville  is having a Linky  Party to see what everyone has on their bed at the moment.
I've just changed over my quilt from my Summer Look-

A 1930's inspired Dresden Plate quilt.

Now we have a reproduction Civil War quilt on the bed from a pattern by Susan Smith.

I must admit that last night was so cold that I had both on the bed!  Sooo, what do you have on your bed?

Monday, April 9, 2012

It wouldn't be Easter without Hot Cross Buns.
Somehow this year, I forgot to buy some from the bakery, so recipe searching was in order.
I found a great recipe at Taste .....

I was 1/2 way through assembling the  ingredients when I realised there were dry cranberries in the dough.  Luckily some were in the cupboard- a yummy surprise in the buns.

I was supposed to seive some apricot jam and then brush the warmed jam onto the buns as a glaze.  Much too labour intensive!  I just spread my jam onto the warm buns.  mmmmm.

Delicious just out of the oven and still warm.

After a couple of weeks of total quilting inactivity, I've finally started finishing off some small projects.  Here is my finished little quilt from Temecula Quilt Shop.  This was their 5 week mystery project to celebrate 5 years in business.  The fabrics are Old Savannah by Paula Barnes, not my usual colours but I'm really happy with how it turned out.

This sweet little quilt is March's option from Jo's Country Junction.

And lastly, these gorgeous little baskets are March's quilt from a quiltalong with Kathy from Sentimental Quilter.
Feeling pretty happy with myself at the moment, but now I need to get started on April's quilts.
Whilst the momentum is still speeding along, I also need to catch up on my Just Takes 2 red and white quilt blocks.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Well, we've been away on a small break before Easter.  It's school holidays here for 2 weeks and the weather is lovely, so taking advantage of that we escaped to the country for a while.
Sewing was top of my agenda whilst away.  I spent a good portion of my day stitching the next round of hexagon flowers to my Summer School Quilt.

The size is growing quite quickly as each hexagon is 1" on the straight edge.  The little red trails take a lot of time, but  I do like the way they look .
Only one more border of these hexagon flowers, then a little "squaring up" to make the quilt square, some large borders, and it's finished.  Sounds easy doesn't it?  LOL.

Before we left, I was advised that my youngest DD's "most favouritest teacher EVER" was leaving the school.   With 2 days before end of term, and work each of those days- I was really scratching my head.  What was a good present? 
Luckily,  we'd made a pencil case during the school holidays, and I knew that DD was able to make another by herself up to insertion of the zip.

Amazingly, the zip went in very easily at 10.30 at night (after I came home from work) and DD embroidered the teacher's name on the pencil case.  I was very pleased with her first try at backstitch, and in Japanese to boot!

By all accounts, the teacher was very happy, so was my DD.

What does the eldest DD do on our holiday when she'd received her Learner's Permit just a week before?

Why, practice driving of course.  DH came back a little greyer each time.  Thank goodness for private country roads.  On to some serious professional lessons now I think, before I let her loose in the car with me!