Sunday, May 27, 2012

Star signs for cats……….

………………do they exist?

Our Kaiser was born under the Taurus star sign. If ever there was a hedonistic Taurus cat Kaiser is it.


Yep, it’s all abut ME with Kaiser. Koko makes a good pillow, rice bags to lie on,quilts to snuggle in, heat pump whooshing warm air down. It’s all about Kaiser being top cat and comfortable!!

Yes he’s a Taurus cat, no doubt about that.

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PS Yes I an still quilting. Just completed a quilt for Peggy. As soon as it is trimmed I will share with you.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Midnight Madness

 Last night I attended Midnight Madness run by Taupo Quiltmakers. We all gathered by 6pm and it was foot to the peddle and sew sew sew. After about an hour so we stopped for refreshments; fish and chips, salad and bread. Then back to the peddle we went. After another hour or so we refreshed again with Chocolate fudge slice and Pavlova. Yum.
My good friend Debbie gave me this very pretty fabric:
It was the perfect feature fabric for my quilt.

I had so much fun sewing this. It was a real treat to do some easy recreational stitching. I like the way the smaller solid squares “float” in the garden of Sweet Peas.
I think you could cut and sew this top in about 4 hours. The pattern is called Japanese Square Dance, it featured in the Australian Patchwork and quilting magazine Number 20 Vol 4.
Now all I have to do is quilt it…….
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I’m a Material Girl

….and I just couldn’t resist when I saw a fabric range I have been coveting come up on special at Green Fairy Quilts. I usually say “support your local quilt store” but I haven’t seen this stocked locally.


The fabric design is “Puttin’ on the Ritz” by Bunny Hill.Anyone who knows me will think this is so right for me! I wonder if this print would have any thing to do with that?

I ordered this on the 11th and it was here today. Not bad!

I have been waiting a long time for the perfect fabric to make a quilt for our bedroom. One layer cake and 12 Fat Quarters should do it.


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Calling all Peanut Butter lovers…..

Today I have been doing some baking. Instead of all the usual things I decided to make Peanut Butter Cookies. About 30 years ago I lived next door to a lady from Canada. One day she sent her darling little daughter (who had the cutest accent) over with a plate of Peanut butter cookies. We thought back then that the were pretty exotic! I begged for the recipe and they soon became a favourite.



So you want the recipe don’t you?

Cream together:

4 oz butter

½ cup white sugar

2/3 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)

2/3 cup Peanut Butter ( I like crunchy)

Beat in: 1 egg

Stir in: 1¼ cups flour, ¼ teaspoon baking powder and ¼ teaspoon salt.

Roll: into balls (I use a teaspoon full) and place on baking trays. Makes about 50

Bake: at 180°C for 12 to 15 mins until golden brown.

Eat, enjoy!

These are sweet but a little bit salty. Yum.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

It is getting a little chillier…

………around here.
Yesterday was cold and grey all day. We heard it was snowing down on the mountains.
This morning we woke to find the main mountains well dusted:
Look the Kaimanawas got snow too!
We went for an early walk down by the lake. We know when the lake has white capped waves that it is going to be rather chilly.
It’s ever so pretty though, isn’t it?
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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Thanks Mum

We have just had a lovely Sunday Roast, Wild Pork, roast veges and all the fixings (as our Texas rellies would say). This was complimented by a Blackberry and Apple Sponge.
When we were young and it was blackberry season we would often go out and pick berries, hoping that Mum would make us a treat when we got home. She seldom disappointed us.She usually whipped up a pie or a fruit sponge. This is her Fruit sponge recipe:
BEAT: until thick , 2 eggs and ½ cup sugar
SIFT: together ½ cup flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder.
MELT: 1oz butter (25 grams) and 3 dessertspoons milk (30ml)
FOLD: Flour and Baking powder into egg mixture then add the milk/butter liquid.
POUR: the whole sponge mixture over hot fruit in pie dish.
BAKE:  at 350° F for 20 mins.
A few modern tips:
I warm the eggs with a 20 sec zap in the micro wave or pop them in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes. I use caster sugar and also zap that for 20 secs. I put the fruit in a glass pie dish and heat that in the micro wave. Mum used to cook the fruit, tip it in an enamel dish and pop it on top of the coal range to get bubbling hot.
Today being Mother’s Day we made a toast to Mum when we sat down to dinner. This month it is 6 months since we said our final Goodbye. We reflected and thought how pleased Mum would have been with our team effort today.
Alan supplied the wild pork, pumpkin and blackberries.
Norman supplied the Potatoes and apples.
Peggy and I cooked, Alan did the carving.
I’m sure Mum would be smiling down on us.
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Thanks Mum you taught us a lot.
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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Sweet Peas

The ladies gathered at our house again on Wednesday.

Moira has been lucky enough to acquire a stash! These fantastic lighthouse and yacht materials were included. Moira is making a quilt for her grandson who is very keen on sailing.


Andreena has been in the of making exploding pineapples:



Look what happens if you off set these blocks:


I can see a zig zag appearing across the quilt – but then how to fill in the gaps on the side? A half block perhaps? What do you think?

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PS To my new followers who I cant contact thank you for joining my blog.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

What’s a cat to do………..

Late afternoon, sun streaming into the sunroom.

Why sleep of course!!!



As I have said before it is a great life for a cat around here.


He was late this……….

…………..year but he finally made it. Jack Frost that is.

We have had two frosts in a row now. This was the view from our lounge at 6am yesterday. The sky was such a lovely colour. The blue reminded me of Wedgewood Pottery


The front lawn white and crunchy


.So nice to look out at when we are tucked up cosy inside eating a nice hot breakfast




Friday, May 04, 2012

Stars and Stripes forever!


Nancy of Wyoming Breezes has been writing about red, white and blue quilts she has been making for Quilts of Valour. She set a target of 12 quilts this year and she has reached target already!! Do pop on over and have a look.

She reminded me of my own RWB challenge. Five years ago I was involved in a row by row swap with Kiwi Quilters on line. I had a nice collection of RWBs bought when I was in Texas so I decided this was a good chance to use them up. So off my package went with my wish list in which I said:

When I went to the States last year I feel in love with Red, white and blue patriotic fabrics. I spent 10 days in Dallas, Texas, which is probably the most flag waving state. I attended a local quilt guild meeting,the ladies from one Quilting Bee showed their RWB quilts which they had made for a challenge. I decided then and there that I had to have my own RWB quilt.

I also said I wanted lots of stars and would prefer piecing rather than applique.

It’s nearly as exciting as Christmas when your rows arrive back.Here I am about to rip open my parcel:


Out they come:


Look Stars!!!


More Stars!


To the design board then:




Hmmmm it would seem that all rows are created equal but some are more equal than others!

A little bit of creative work is needed to bring this all together.Still if Nancy has reached 12 surely I can finish one!


Thursday, May 03, 2012

Liebster Blog Award!!!


What a surprise, my new blogging friend Esther over at Threads on the Floor  sent me this award.

I had seen it on other blogs but had no idea what it was all about. After some research I found out this:

Liebster is a German word meaning dearest arey, and the award is given to up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers.

If you receive the award, you should:

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Hope that the people you’ve sent the award to forward it to their five favourite bloggers and keep it going!

Leanne and family at Cottage Tails. I’ve mentioned Leanne before. Love her blog, gardening patchwork, knitting, home schooling, cats (big fav with me) and much more. Do pop over and look.

Karen at Milly Made it. I have just found Karen’s blog and become a follower. Karen is into “modern quilting” so I am hoping she will inspire me to make a modern quilt.

Catalina’s Cottage. Cat writes about her life with the divine Mr CC and two children. She is into craft. patchwork, knitting, crochet. A lady who values her time as an at home Mum.

Jean over at All Points of the Compass. Jean and I started blogging at about the same time. We’ve held virtual hands and helped each other learn the ropes. Jean has interesting  posts up about venturing into off road territory here in NZ.

Kate of Canada over at Babbling Brook. Kate is new to blogging but pumping out the posts Always an interesting read.

Finally while I’ve got your attention may I give an honourable mention to my DH Glynn who is putting up his memoirs at Memoirs of a Staffordshire Lad. If you like a bit of history and the chance to view WWII England through a young person’s eyes pop over and check him out.

Thank you again Esther, it’s lovely to have the opportunity to draw attention to some of my favourite blogs.I’ve just past my 200th post so this award has given me a real boost. BTW the award name is appropriate for me as I am part German.

Thanks for popping by.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Travelling Pineapples

After we made the Pineapple Blossom quilt for Rewa, Peggy was inspired to make another one for her friend Cherie in Sydney. Cherie loves the colour orange and a bit of a dramatic look. So this is what Peggy made for her.


How about that for pizazz?

……..and another look:


I was lucky enough to get to quilt it. Peggy gave it to Cherie yesterday. I think Cherie is well pleased with it.

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