Monday, 26 August 2013

The Month So Far.....

I have been trying to keep updating the blog as often as possible. My only worries are that I may not have done much sewing and so update with non-quilty related stuff and bore you, or have done too much quilt stuff and so everything posted with all be too jumbled OR a mix of both.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Baby Shower

Friday, 16 August 2013

FREE RECIPE: Yummy Warm Carrot, Zucchini, Apple and Walnut Loaf

Hello, hello,

This weekend, we are hosting a baby shower for my eldest sister. It will be the first of it's generation and needless to say, we are a little excited. Four daughters in one family....there's going to be a crazy amount of love lathered on this kiddo.

My sister has chosen not to find out the sex of the child and so I haven't been able to make all the quilts I am DYING to make, and so gender neutral everything is being rolled out.

Anyway, my twin sister came back home from Melbourne (we live about 100km SW of Sydney) in the middle of a university week, going on about needing to study while up here. Now, one thing I will always associate with Julia is cooking. Another thing is, when she procrastinates....she bakes like crazy.

She started going through the cupboards exclaiming how much she misses mum's store of ingredients, her containers, her appliances and tins. Next thing you know, we're pulling out the food processor, mixmaster, using the stove and oven and half the tupperware containers with ingredients were sprawled across the kitchen cupboards and floor.

We ended up making four things between 1 and 4pm. It's 4:30pm now and I think I can hear her planning more in the kitchen and muttering how muffins would be perfect for the shower.

Anyway, I thought I will share one of the recipes with you. This recipe came from an old school friend and tastes AMAZING (even in batter form).
(Note: all measurements are in the metric system).


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Shelves

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

TUTORIAL: Lozenge Block

Hello hello!

For this tutorial, I have decided to use two of the most popular pre-cut sizes. That of the 10x10 inch "layer cake" and the 5x5 inch "charm pack". Each finished block will be 10" with seam allowances (or 9 1/2" finished).


What will we need?
- 10x10 inch printed squares. These can be a layer cake or cut by you from your stash and scraps. (I'm using "Avalon" By Fig Tree Quilts for Moda). One layer cake has 42 of the 10" squares, of which I have chosen 30. This is because I felt as though some of the colours were too neutral and would look like I had a complete solid block even when sewn to the quilter's muslin.
- 5x5 inch solid colour squares. These can be charm packs or cut by you from your stash. (I'm using some quilter's muslin from the cupboard and have no idea where it is from). Each charm pack has 42 squares and we need two 5"squares per 10" square.
 - Something to mark your fabric with. As you wont see this anywhere in the quilt, it can be a boring old pen or fancy sewing marker.
- Square ruler or normal cutting ruler
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting board
- Iron