Sunday, February 18, 2007

Japanese Flying Geese

This fabric kept staring at me and I finally gave in to it and sewed it into this flying geese formation. I meant to be doing some more quilting on Seaside Rose, but I got distracted. I used all the fabric I had of this and now I need to find something for a border. I am looking into a peachy/salmon colored border...

Thursday, February 15, 2007

My Sweet Valentine

Here's a picture of my own sweet valentine who woke up early to do the dishes on valentine's day! Then he worked hard all day trying to get the garage ready for pouring concrete tomorrow. No flowers or candy, but solid and reliable is just as romantic!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Japanese Fabric!

Look what arrived in the mail today! I love these fabrics I got from debsews off of ebay. I've never worked with japanese fabrics, but I have got plans for these! I will probably do a flying geese with the blue fabrics and then courthouse steps with the grey, ivory and red. I can't wait to get started on these soon!

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Quilt in Progress

This is a quilt that I had been trying to finish before I left Michigan, but I was unable to get all the quilting done before leaving. It finally arrived in a box a couple of weeks ago (one year later) so my next project is to finish the quilting on this so I can bind it and be done! The fabrics are from Moda's Seaside Rose collection which are very soft and yummy. They feel and look like soft pajamas. I love the design of this quilt with the diamonds, but now when I look at this quilt the colors don't quite seem right to me. I think the problem is the border, I meant for it to be a blue color, but it had too much pink in it! I didn't change the border even though I suspected it was the wrong one because the quilt store didn't have many fabrics in Seaside Rose left for me to chose from. Oh well, I guess I will just live with it...

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Log Cabin Quilt Pieced

I finished the top of the Log Cabin Quilt minus the borders. I don't have enough fabric to sew the borders so I had to order some via ebay. I am excited about this quilt and love the log cabin block! I think the next quilt I make will be using courthouse steps. I've decided to give this quilt to dh, hence the straight furrows layout. I thought that would be a good layout for a farmer! He's actually out plowing right now...

Sunday, February 4, 2007

A Beautiful Sunset

We have been having some nice weather of late with cool nights and hot summer days. It's lovely to have a swim in the river to refresh on days such as these. I thought I would post a picture of our backyard in the sunset last night. It makes me think of "Gone With the Wind."

I worked diligently on Log Cabin today and am making some headway. I think I'm about half way done now and am looking forward to laying it out to see which layout I will sew it in...

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Rhubarb Relish

I never had any relishes before I came to Australia. I think they are not as prevelant in the States, so I had never tried one before. I find they are quite nice to use as a spread with sandwiches, especially corned beef or lamb. I made a batch today of rhubarb relish today since our garden is getting somewhat overcrowded with rhubarb of late. I thought I would share the recipe here:

4 cups chopped rhubarb
4 cups chopped onion
2 tablespoons salt
pinch pepper
4 cups sugar
2 cups vinegar

Boil together until onion is cooked...
Then thicken with:

2 tablespoons cornflower
1-2 tablespoons curry

Will thicken as cools.

I took a few pictures of the process. As you can see in the third picture, once the onions turn clear you can add the thickener and curry powder. Then let it boil off a while until it thickens a bit more. It usually takes me about 3 hours to cook on the stove on the lowest heating. This batch in the photos are a double batch so the recipe above would make about half as much shown. You don't have to do anything special putting the relish in jars other than make sure the jars are sterile. They will last up to several months in the refrigerator.

Hope you like it!

Friday, February 2, 2007

Log Cabin

Wow, already into February. I guess things will be back into full swing soon. I thought I would quickly put together a log cabin quilt from the fabric I purchased just before Christmas. This will be my first log cabin quilt. I guess the variation throughout the quilt will not be very dramatic as I am not using the traditional light-dark value fabrics, but rather just a color variation of blue and brown. I debated for a while what I would use for the center block and in the end have decided to go with a traditional red hearth. I need to sew 81 blocks and as you can see, I already have the strips cut out. Some steady sewing ahead of me!

I am posting a picture of the souvenir we got for the house on our trip last week. I love handmade things, especially a nice piece of pottery and I had been looking for something to keep honey in so this was perfect! I love how it goes with our Denby pottery too. Honey with your tea, honey?

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