Saturday, December 31, 2011

I am so lucky……….

………………my nephew James bought me an I Pad!!!! Wahooooooooooooooo!

Note: I Pads with Pink covers go better!

So another tech item to master! What apps do I need/want? I am tempted by Adobe Ideas which Mary uses to check out quilt stitching ideas. That could save me from looking like a womble sketching ideas out in the air with my finger!

I welcome any suggestions you may have for Quilting friendly apps – or any other must haves.

Oh, Happy New Year!!


Monday, December 26, 2011

The table is set……….

………………come on in…….

What’s on the menu?

Beef Wellington

New Potatoes (from our garden)

Fresh green beans


…….and let’s not forget Madeira Gravy


oooops candle on a bit of a lean!

Just like me!

This is what it was like in Taupo today:

To all my  friends out there in blog land hope you are having a lovely day with you and yours.


PS For more about our Christmas day pop over to Peggy’s blog.




Friday, December 23, 2011

Recreational sewing

Time for some fun sewing. All before Christmas machine quilting commitments completed, it’s play time!
Some time ago I bought this cushion cover from Trade me. We thought it looked a bit flat. When it was time to wash it we unpicked it for quilting.
Today I loaded it on the machine and played.
It is now sitting pretty on Peggy’s bed.

I would like to say "thank you" to Judi of Green Fairy Quilts - she is such a inspiring,sharing quilter.

Thanks for popping by

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Do you remember……….

………when I talked about this?


Well the magazine is out – but guess what – the person who was writing the article left and the person who completed the article put the story of the quilt I worked on with pictures of another quilt! Oh dash. So if you have read this article you may have been puzzled. I’d like to share with you some photos of the quilt which should have gone with the article.

The Butterfly Garden


This is the block that started the whole quilt inspiration:


Sharon does the most amazing candle wicking and beading:




She stitches her blocks on unwashed calico sandwiched up with puffy thick batting and butter muslin. After stitching she throws the blocks into the washing machine to crinkle and puff them. The blocks are about 20” square. She wanted them sewn together without sashing and very lightly quilted. This is a HUGE quilt. I cant remember the measurements.I do remember it was pretty challenging to put together! To quilt it another layer of calico had to be added.

The story of this quilt is in the Vol 20 No 11 issue of Australian Patchwork and Quilting.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas goodies

Today I made Shortbread and Lemon ginger sugar cookies. I have packed up baggies of these for my Opshop workmates.
Christmas cake:
Before baking:
Out of the oven:
This cake is always popular. It is the cake you can cook on Christmas Eve and it tastes like you made it weeks ago and set it to “mature”. My friend Robyn from Thames gave me this recipe (She of Pizza fame)
Here’s the recipe:
Put into a pot:
½ lb. (250 grms or for our American friends 2sticks) of butter
1 cup of cold water
2 lb. (1 Kilo) mixed dried fruit (if your are in NZ Bin Inn dried fruit is very nice)
2 tablespoons vinegar ( I use white)
Heat gently but don’t boil just get that butter melted.
1 tin sweetened condensed milk 395grm (14oz)
2 tablespoons wine – I use port or sherry
½ teaspoon salt
Sift in:
2 tablespoons of Custard powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 large cups of flour
1 teaspoon glycerine (I buy this at Bin Inn)
Bake in a well lined tin at 150◦ C (300F) for 1 ½ hours – check at 1¼ hours – a wooden toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake needs to come out clean.Here’s a real old fashioned tip- listen to your cake – is it still “singing” ? - if it is it needs a tad longer in the oven.
Sorry about the mix of measurements – remember this is an older recipe.
Oh and if you like when the cake is cool prick the top and “feed” it with ¼ to ½ cup of whiskey or liquor of your choice. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

PS I have made this with Gluten free flour and it is v nice.

A touch of Christmas

Christmas decorations around here are way subdued in comparison to our Northern Blogging friends. However we have popped a few favourite pieces around the house:
Home for Christmas
In 2003 I participated in a Round Robin Row by Row with Taupo Quiltmakers. I asked for Red, Green, and  White traditional Christmas look. I made these these churn dash blocks as my sample:
My team members stuck to the plan and I think my quilt is just fab.

This lovely soft traditional star quilt is a magic opshop find.
The hand quilting on it is just exquisite. How could any one send this to an op shop?
Another favourite:”A gathering of Angels”
I won these angel blocks at a “Gathering of Quilting Angels” organised by Matamata quilters in 2004.
Thanks for popping by

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Fresh tastes best!

Around here we love a good old home made pizza.

Fresh herbs from the garden, ham, mushrooms, spicy salami, capsicums, Marlborough flaky sea salt, fresh ground pepper, pasta sauce and yummy Mainland Mozzarella style cheese.

Before cooking:


Just out of the oven:


Yum, can’t you just smell that?


Here’s my tried and true pizza base recipe that my friend Robyn from Thames gave me many years ago.

Mix together (I use food processor)

Just over ½ cup warm water

½ teaspoon sugar

2 teaspoons granulated yeast

2 teaspoons oil

leave until foamy


1 teaspoon salt

1 ½ cups plain flour

Give that a blatt (or knead)

Roll out, place in Pizza dish. Bake 4 mins at 230c, add toppings and cook a further 12 mins – or so.

So easy and so yummy.

Makes one thin crispy based pizza ‘bout 12” (32cm)

Perfect easy Sunday lunch.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Caring Cats

On Thursday last week our friend Margaret popped around with a small delivery for Peggy and me.

This was the packaging:


 I swear I could hear a wee meow sound,the bag contained this for me:


 and this for Peggy:


Margaret thought a caring cat each would mean a lot more than a sympathy card.

She was right, special gifts from a special friend. Thank you Margaret.


Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Sometimes it is just the…….

………………..little things that make your heart sing.

Look at this unfussy simple Arctotis :


Isn’t that so darn sweet?

Thanks for popping by

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Special Delivery

Look what the postman brought for me:
After I posted about Happy Hens Katherine from Calgary Canada wrote to me. She thought the hens were real cute. I offered  to post her a FQ of Happy Hen fabric. She send me this fabric and very nice home made card.
Isn’t the card clever? Hand made by Katherine.
How did she guess buttons for me? Perhaps she had seen my post about buttons.
Thanks Katherine, a lovely treat.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

How British is this?

Pea, Pie and Spud.

Home made Sunday Pub lunch.

Chicken Pie, fresh Jersey Benny potatoes dripping with butter. Yum.



Careful now, drool is not good for your key board.

Hope you’ve had a nice Sunday.



Friday, December 02, 2011

How sage

This is Maxie’s latest quilt. I have called it “How Sage of you”. When I contemplated this quilt I decided it was probably one of the most challenging quilts I have tackled.Although just a simple rail house block, the plain green borders and strips within the blocks presented quite a conundrum. I knew that if I quilted the centre of the quilt with an all over pattern the plain green sections would look very strange. Just a mish mash of lines. After much thought I put funky sunflower flowers and tendrils in the outer border, McDazzle in the next two borders, a side to side squiggle with a fan turn in that sage strip and echo flowers in the rest of the blocks.



  I am so pleased with the end result. Lots of texture and movement. Check out the back:


Yep, it’s a favourite.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Sweet Peas

Yesterday Sweet Peas gathered at our house again after a four week break.

Trish has been busy making this quilt for a Grandson


Aren’t those  black and white nine patches just perfect with the car fabric?


Rewa has just completed this pretty Christmas table runner:DSCF1625

It was good to spend time with our friends again.


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