Monday, March 28, 2011

Single Girl is Done

She is long and skinny and only consists of three blocks because she needs to hang on my wall above a long lounge.
Instead of going for the same dotty red for the border, I chose a smaller white dot on red instead.
At this stage I have no idea how she will be quilted, still ruminating that one!
I am happy with her though.
You can see other beautiful single girls on flickr. xo

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Lunch

It struck me today that while I love to cook (when I'm in the mood that is!), I have never shared a recipe here. This little gem is one we often have for an easy but very tasty Sunday lunch. I call it my 'P' pizza...Pumpkin, Pesto, Parmesan, Prosciutto, Pita Pizza and a little fetta & rocket too!
Start with a base of wholemeal pitta bread, spread this with basil pesto and top with prosciutto... 
Chop up small cubes of pumpkin...
Add pumpkin and crumbled fetta (or goats cheese) to pizza...
Someone once gave me a fabulous hint for keeping leftover deli cheeses and meats longer...simply wrap them up in alfoil to store in the fridge, rather than keeping in plastic or containers.
It seems to last so much longer, no more throwing mouldy fetta or parmesan in the rubbish after a few days. I have kept fetta up to 3-4 weeks like this!

But I digress, back to the pizza! Bake in 180 degree oven for 25-30 mins. While cooking, pick some peppery rocket from the garden (or pick from the fruit & vegie shop!). Ooops, someone forgot to cover these with a net this year, the caterpillars have been enjoying our rocket...
Once pizza is browned and pumpkin is soft, remove from oven
Top with very well washed! rocket. Using a vegetable peeler, shave parmesan cheese onto pizza. Serve with iced lemon water...
Yum...!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My Sister

I have been a little awol from the computer for the past few days, I had a lovely visit from my gorgeous sister Rochelle. She lives two states away from me and flew down on Saturday to have a mini holiday with us. On her flight down she took this incredible photo out of her airplane window...what a pic!
We had a fabulous time drinking lots of coffee, walking, talking, eating, drinking coffee, we were lucky to have good Melbourne weather...
A revisit to the Gordon Hill Glassblowers where we admired so many glorious works of glass art...
These pieces are incredible, like licorice allsorts...
Rochelle is turning 40 in April, and it was fun to give her her birthday present while she was with us...
Yes, my Leanne House UFO was for my little sister who had always loved this quilt, I'm so glad I got it finished in time!

Thank you for your visit Rochelle, I'm blessed to have you as my sister!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Single Girl Going Dotty

While working on my ufo I have also been playing around with my single girl quilt. My first block is done...
The dots don't line up perfectly, and I was initially worried about that, but after lots of encouragement from the Single Girl Support Group on flickr, I decided to leave it alone and go with the imperfect look!

I WAS planning to use a Kona Taupe for the background...
...but as my Single Girl arcs sat waiting for my attention on the back of my lounge, they kept whispering to me that they wanted to go with the red polka dot! Of course, I had to give into them and I think they do look rather pretty with all those dots.
Poor Mr Taupe will have to go back into the cupboard and wait for an outing in the future. The polka dot is a 'Thats It' dot by Michael Miller in cherry. Such a bright, happy fabric don't you think.
Thanks to Katy, Nova and Megan who are putting in the hard work to keep this fabulous quiltalong going. xo

Monday, March 14, 2011

Leanne's House Quilt Top Done

About six weeks ago I started working on this 8 y.o ufo. I had two blocks to embroider before I could put the quilt top together. Yesterday I finally got it done.
While my tastes have changed since starting this quilt, I can still say I enjoyed making it, and I love the different details over the quilt...the little stitcheries...
The needleturn appliques...
The blanket stitch appliques...
I now have until Friday to quilt it, bind it and add a label before I gift it on Saturday! Wish me luck. xo

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Round...

 ...and round
...and round!
I'm loving these Amy Butler Soul Blossoms and Kaffe Fassett Shot Cottons together, the colours are delicious.
Still not sure if this quilt will look any good in the end, I'm just adding each row as I go, rather than planning the entire quilt from the start so we will see. In the meantime, I'm having fun!

Friday, March 4, 2011

A Wonderful Week

Once again my bad shoulder was getting me down this week, so it was lovely to come home from work on Tuesday to a beautiful parcel all the way from the gorgeous Mrs Schmenkman! Mrs S was my inspiration into the world of blogging and continues to inspire me two years later. Recently I fell in love with her Soul Blossoms Clamshell quilt...
 Photo taken with permission from Mrs Schmenkmans blog!

Isn't that divine? (See here for another pic) Mrs Schmenkman cleverly put this together using a drunkards path template set...one of which she sent to me, yay!...
But that wasn't all, she included two dietry staples...chocolate and fabric! Fabric is considered a daily intake in the healthy food pyramid isn't it?!!! As far as the chocolate goes, this is another Lindt flavour I have not seen before, how many flavours do you have in America that we don't have? Yum!
 Fabric is the stunning Gypsy Bandana range from Pillow & Maxfield

And a wonderful quilt mag! Thank you Mrs Schmenkman, I will have fun choosing what fabrics I will turn into clamshells.
If that wasn't enough, later in the week I got to spend some time at the talented Andi's house! I even got to stand in her incredible 'patchwork' kitchen...those colours just invite you right in...
As did the yummy spanakopita Andi made for lunch...
 We sat amongst her beautiful quilts while we stitched and chatted...
I got to sit on her ottoman I had adored when she re-covered it last year (here)...
And met Mr Camel sitting on another stool Andi beautifully re-covered...
Thank you Andi for a fabulous stitchy day. You and Mrs Schmenkman have made my week!