Monday, 27 July 2015

Busy, busy, busy.

I apologise for being so quiet lately, but I have been very busy.
Not always with my crafty endeavours.
I have dedicated quite a lot of time to another project, something that has come to me a little later in life than it does to most.....
I'm almost ready to reveal what that might be.
I've helped my beloved build a rather substantial workbench down in his man cave.
And here and there I was able to create a bag full of these pretties.
 Which, once they had been inspected.....
 I was able to begin turning into these.
Pretty flowers, which I will join together and make a beautiful flowers in snow blanket.
I have about sixty so far. I think I will need some more.
Hmm, what else has been happening?
The two baby girl blankets I made for a colleague were gifted last week, she was delighted and I received a lovely thank you hug.
The baby boy blanket will go into work to be gifted this week.
I didn't as yet bury the quilting threads in the produce quilt!
I will, I will.
Some time!
Over the weekend I was able to expand my culinary horizons again.
Tony and I have been given some Tahr meat.
It is an introduced species which is thriving here in NZ, so hunters are encouraged to take it.
I slow cooked a shoulder in my crock pot.
No picture, because, well there was nothing to see really, just a big lump of meat in a pot! LOL
I had been told that the meat is a little like lamb, so treated it as a such.
I added red wine, stock and some herbs to the pot and let it cook all day.
Wow. The meat was a little like lamb, but has a more delicate flavour.
There was virtually no fat in the pot, nothing to skim off for the roast veges.
We both very much enjoyed our meal and the small amount that is left will be made into a mild curry this evening.
It has to be mild, I don't want to drown out the flavour of the meat with an overly hot curry sauce.
Time to go.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Ta da!

A baby blanket for a colleague.
 Belle appeared in the room just in time! She stayed only long enough to help me spread the blanket on the floor, she inspected it while I got the camera ready.
Then deciding it was good enough for her she settled down as I was shutting off the camera. She is gone now, probably in bed!
Yesterday I finally managed to quilt the fruit n veg quilt, so I have threads to bury in that and I need to come up with a border treatment. Ill try to get that done today.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

I was quilting!!

Until the needle snapped!
I had more than needle issues here today.
It was the final straw!
Down tools, go do something else.
Only two layers for this one.
The pieced top and the lovely bright fleecy back I showed in my last post.
Hence nothing coming up from the batting roller on this image.

Monday, 13 July 2015

A little procrastination.....

Can go a long way!!
Today I was going to be working on the Eye spy quilt.
I have it all ready to quilt.
Look, here is the back.
It's still there waiting.
I did a lot of tidying up instead, here in my play room, it looks much tidier!
I even had a go in the garage!!
Just no quilting.
On another note.
Debs and I had a road trip on Saturday.
We went visiting quilty shops along the road aways.
 Sadly, the one particular shop that Debs wanted to visit was closed.
I see another road trip in our future!
We did however visit three other quilty shops and a yarn store!!
So you'll be wanting to see stash pictures?
I forgot to take a pic of my yarn stash, but if you look at the blue and cream blanket in my last post, you'll get the idea!
I couldn't leave these yummy fabrics behind.
 The Pin Tin in Geraldine had a cute table runner made up with these chocolaty delights.
And in the end of bolt bin, I came upon these two pieces.
 Next stop the yarn shop, lunch and the Bernina centre in Ashburton.
Lunch was yummy Debs and I both bought goodies in the yarn store, but not a penny was spent in the bernina shop!
Onwards to Annies Country Quilts on the outskirts of Ashburton in a district called Tinwald.
Love that shop.
Debbie and I both spent lots of money in there.
The fire was lit and the store was lovely and warm.
We took our time and browsed each and every corner.
It may look small on the outside, but once you enter it's like the Tardis, the place just keeps on going and going.
Who would have thought 4 small rooms could house so much treasure.
I picked up a quilt hanger, for the Christmas story quilt.
These pretty fabrics.
My photography does them no justice at all. They are soft and pretty and romantic and girly and, and, and!
I also picked up not one but three pattern books. Two by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched and another Christmas quilt pattern booklet.
Tis the season by Natalie Bird.
Back to procrastinating!