Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Sugar Twist

To celebrate my day off today, my power company decided that we should be without power for most of the day. Fortunately they were a little later than planned when turning it off, and I worked quickly to get the border on my Sugar Twist quilt.

Doesn't she look cute! The weather is a little dull, so the colours don't come out that well, but I guarantee she looks great in real life.

I've chosen a gorgeous red print for the backing, and another red for the binding.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Doing the Twist

Finally some progress! With a free day between work commitments, I've managed to assemble the centre of Sugar Twist. Only the border to go.

Friday, July 15, 2011

A Proper Winter's Morning

I woke this morning to a heavy fog and a frosty front lawn; perfect for spotting spider webs all over my yard.

It cleared to a gorgeous sunny day, but it's still freezing! I'm definitely looking forward to the warmer weather in the USA...only a few weeks to go.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

More Sugar Twist Blocks

I've been slowly working away at these blocks, usually just four a day. They are looking pretty sweet! The funny thing is that by following the directions, you get blocks that point the opposite way to the picture on the cover of the pattern....

Monday, July 11, 2011

When Life Gives You Lemons...

...I ask for suggestions!

My little lemon tree is heaving under the weight of all the fruit, and a little light pruning means I have 30-odd lemons in my kitchen waiting to be used.

My cupboard is already stocked with lemon marmalade and preserved lemons, and my freezer with lots of frozen juice. I've made chicken and lemon pie, lemon and yoghurt cake, and lemon delicious.

Any idea as to what I can do with the rest? Lemon butter isn't something that we use, and my mum is diabetic so we try to keep the sugar down as much as possible...and I've run out of ideas.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sugar Twist Test Block

Yesterday I cut up my Strawberry Fields Layer Cake, then read the instructions for the Sugar Twist pattern. Talk about an unusual piecing method!

I thought I'd better test a block before I dive into it, so I cut out my background squares for one block (I've elected to use white to really show off the fabrics), then off I went. I reckon it turned out pretty well, and its actually not too difficult once you get the hang of it.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sunday, Sausage Rolls and Strawberry Fields

I spent a lovely Sunday chilling at home yesterday, catching up with my best friend and her gorgeous 7 month old boy. He is at that gorgeous age where he is all smiles and giggles.

For lunch I made us some chicken sausage rolls that were so good they were eaten before the camera got anywhere near them. But they were a yummy mix of chicken, lemon, rocket and feta.

Now that the BOM is quilted and done, I've found myself a new project to fill in the time before I go away. I've decided on the Sugar Twist pattern (by The Pattern Basket), and a Strawberry Fields layer cake. I'm all ready for this months market so I'm looking forward to doing a bit of sewing just for me...