Monday, 10 November 2008

Craft and cake

My sister can't bake a cake at home, my 4 year old nephew talks about mummy's flat cake. I can't work out where she goes wrong so she came round and we baked together. I had come to the conclusion that maybe over beating was the problem but this looks good and tasted good too. She is off home to try another in her oven.

She then moved upstairs to make a case for some of her music (she plays flute and sings) and needed a small folder for one of the groups. I had made a few of these from a tutorial by crazy mom quilts and she wanted to have a go. The fabric on the other side is pink on pink sheet music, a remnant from the Bramble Patch and the inside is a coordinating glittery pink. I think she has done a fab job especially as vinyl is not the easiest to use.

I think craft and cake is a combination that will become a regular feature in our calendar.
I have made a start on Noah's penguins nothing to show yet though.

Happy quilting Liz

Sunday, 9 November 2008

The first quilt

This quilt was the start I think, not the first to be completed, but I saw this at The Bramble Patch in Weedon and wanted to do it.

This quilt was the next I think. I bought a bunch of 2.5 inch strips from a show from an irish company something seed or something shed I cant remember but I cut them all in half widthways and made this. I thought at the time it was log cabin but have been told it isn't quite right, but hey you live and learn and I like it. This photo does not do it justice the colour is much better than the photo suggests.

A rotten cold woke me up, I didn't really want to get up at 5.30 to blow my nose but once up can't go back to sleep so I have done the ironing, yey! but didn't think doing the hoovering would go down too well with Mr Chaos even though it is swarf that he has trodden in from the workshop that I am looking at. I have been able to blog guilt free. Just time for one more cup of tea before the circus that is getting my family up and out in the morning starts.

Happy quilting Liz

Star quilt

For some time I have been working on this star quilt along that Amanda Jean at crazymomquilts has had on her blog. I had not done stars before and I really enjoyed it, so thank you very much Amanda Jean. It is quite big, so big infact, that I could not get far enough away with my camera to take a photo of all of it. My camera was on the cealing where I could not see the screen. This was the best of the three photos I took. Can you imagine the ones I discarded? When I go to group on Tuesday I will see if I can get a better picture.

I have now got it layered and pin basted and can't decide how to quilt it. The question is not machine or hand, the answer to that is most definately machine, but what design? I am just not sure.

I had called this my christmas quilt as it is all in a variety reds and cream fabric many of which have gold in them although none of them are actually christmas fabric. Last week I thought of giving it to my dad for his forthcomming birthday but by the look on the face of Mr Chaos I think I had better think again for a birthday gift.

When I made my first quilt I didn't think my family would be in the least bit interested, infact my elder son said "Don't bother making one of those for me!" Quite clear I thought, that I was wasting my time but within a year when the same son was to celebrate his 21st birthday he told me I could make one for him. That was nice of him wasnt it.

We have three quilts of mine in the house and every day without fail, I have to fold at least one of them and put it away. I like the fact that they are used and I think they are apprecaited.

Will they become for my children part of an abiding memory of home and of me?

It is 8 years today since my Mother passed away and I make no excuse for being reflective especially as it also coincides with rememberance day but I will go before becoming too sad. I am going to start the next Noah block, Lynette has given us penguins this month thank you Lynette

Happy quilting