Thursday, June 23, 2016

Seven of Seven

It's happy dance time! I've now finished the last of long sashing strips for Danuta's Garden so it will soon be time to start laying it all out to put together.

I'm sorely tempted to put it up on the design wall but my tally shows that I still have nine more of the shorter three-block sashing strips to make so I'm going to keep my head down and finish those off and then lay everything out. Now that it's this far along it almost doesn't seem real!

As the calendar rolled over into summer I baked one more spring treat - the rhubarb torte. I suspect that it's because we only have it a few times each spring but it's always such a treat to enjoy with a good cup of tea...M

Sunday, June 19, 2016

My Picks

Anne's been hand piecing a small quilt top that she's hoping to use on her sofa and is now ready to add the borders. She took a look in the shops but the selection is pretty limited so we decided to take a look at my stash to see if there might be something there.

It's full of bright botanicals and is a riot of colour. I'm not sure of the pattern name or if she just made up the design, but the block consists four patches joined with narrow strips and either a red, yellow or green square in the centre.

And, if I have the story right, it started with a pile of squares from Jane's stash and grew from there - those large fruit prints are definitely from Jane.

She's been getting help from Jane with it while at the cottage so it's come together faster than she had imagined.

I've come up with two options that might work for her. The first is this large floral. She's got a piece of bright green and she could insert a narrow strip - probably half as wide as the one I've folded - into it.

If that's too wild for her there's a more traditional piece of green and yellow. If she used this one there's enough in the large floral above that she could back it with, and I think that it might be the better option. We'll have to see if any suit.....M

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Rhubarb Buttermilk Cake

I've spent the day aiming for my stitching but seem to have been continually intercepted by other chores that need doing, none the least of which was trying a new Rhubarb Buttermilk Cake recipe. Really, it had me at 'buttermilk'.

I love the texture and the moisture that you get from buttermilk and the rhubarb was ready so there was nothing left to do but make it. The only change I made was to add about 3/4 of a cup more rhubarb so that it is nice and fruity. The Official Cookie Tester enjoyed his with a dollop of ice cream but I opted for having it straight up because it was still warm from the oven. De-lish. I had made a different recipe about two weeks ago but I think this one goes to the top of the list.

So, about that stitching. The only thing that I managed to do on that front was press a handful of tiny four patches. Hopefully I'll find an hour this evening to sew them into another sashing strip...M

Friday, June 10, 2016

12 Hours In The Car

We enjoyed a short trip to beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake this week. It's a bit of a hike for us (six hours one way) so I was able to take advantage of the fact that I had 12 hours to act as navigator rather than driver and fit in some stitching on one of the long sashing strips for Danuta's Garden.

The last stitches went into it just after dinner tonight so that takes my tally to six. One more strip to go. Maybe if I buckle down I could get most of the last one finished up by the end of the weekend...

I store my pieces in a plastic case that was designed for scrapbooking but works beautifully for quilting projects. The only drawback is that when it is closed up for a long period of time the plastic doesn't have the most satisfying scent so I've started tucking a lavender sachet in with my pieces and it is much better.

I probably could have been more productive but I was quite enjoying being the passenger - you see so much more than when you are driving.

It's also tough to keep your eye on your stitching when you have views like this to enjoy.

We walked and golfed and walked and went to a few wineries and walked some more. Oh yes, and we enjoyed several lovely meals.

The Official Cookie Tester rented a bike for a few hours one day but I decided that I needed a trip to The Quilting Bee in nearby Fonthill instead. I picked up a few lovely pieces, one of which will hopefully work for the pieced backing that I need to make for Candied Hexagons.

Back to work.....M