Monday, 15 April 2013

Update!

Finally bought and planted the roses for the archway - Rambling Rector is a lovely white open single flower which the bees will absolutely love, and Crimson Glory is a bright red multi flower with (apparently) a fantastic fragrance...

 I've been saying for years that I should get back into baking bread as I did it quite a lot whilst at Uni. So this was the first attempt - inspired by Paul Hollywood.  All I can say is he's wrong. He might be a master baker, but he's wrong.  It took ages to rise, and then in the oven it expanded outwards rather than upwards.  Mal did say it was very tasty, even if it did look a bit ciabatta like.  So next time, activate the yeast first, and I think a little less water....
 Tidy up.  I've inherited my Grandmother's sewing box so it was about time to sort it out - threw out some random bits (tatty scraps of thread and wool, a pair of NHS 70's reading glasses, etc. etc.), cleaned it up, and stocked it with a load of my stuff.  Eventually it'll double as a coffee table with a nice quilted mat (something else for the Project list)....
 Is this cheating? Patchwork foot with a 1/4'' seam guide - best thing since artisan bread.  If I muck up my blocks now I really have no excuse....
Talking of blocks.  Hopefully that's a stack of 44 completed blocks of the Battenburg Quilt.  If it's not, I've lost some, as I've only got 4 more blocks to complete.  Next after that is square them all up and work out where they're all going to go.... Exciting stuff!
New project.  Wiksten Tova top. Started yesterday. Patchwork squares are much easier - the front insert was 'challenging'.  It's not perfect, but I'm happy with the first attempt.

5 comments:

  1. The 1/4" patchwork foot IS the best thing ever. I would be lost without mine! Your Battenburg quilt blocks look great!

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    1. Thanks Liz, the foot is brilliant isn't it. I'm quite excited about the Battenburg quilt - it's the first one I'm making just for me!

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  2. You are a whirlwind;-) Your Wiksten looks great - I haven't been brave enough to tackle any dressmaking yet but you are inspiring me. (Did you know you're a no-reply commenter btw?)

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    1. Argh! Where do I change the no-reply thingy? I think my phone's struggling with the Bloglovin app (or the user is)...

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