Sunday, 7 October 2018

Shepherd's Bush Sail Away and lots more...

We have been waiting for the delivery of this kit and it finally arrived a couple of weeks ago...

It is a kit that matches the Sailor's Collar kit that I completed and framed earlier in the year.  

We have been really busy re-structuring our kitchen by extending it and now all we have to do is the painting.  We decided to use Farrow and Ball paint on my mum's recommendation.  Yes it is expensive but wow it is a dream to work with and is giving great results on the woodwork.

Today is the first day that we have cooked in the new bigger kitchen and it works really well.

Healthwise I have not been in a good place.  I have been on anti-biotics for an ear infection and can't have my flu jab until they are out of system so I am staying clear of anyone with a sniffle.  Waiting for an MRI scan to show what is causing the problems in my legs - losing sensation on the left side, constant pins and needles which drives me potty so they are thinking a trapped nerve somewhere will help resolve the problems.

I am back at the RSN next week to complete my crewel work.  My mum's operation got cancelled and re-scheduled to the end of October.  This is the reason I have not been very active on here and it will be a bit hit and miss over the next few months.  Happy stitching to all of you. :)

Sunday, 2 September 2018

No stitching but busy...

Unfortunately I hardly got any stitching done in August so my OPAM list is empty.

We have been so busy as a family in the last four weeks it has caught up with me drastically so I am taking a little time out for a few days to catch up on sleep and relaxation (two things that I am not very good at!!!)

Our daughter sat her latest degree examinations for animal pharmacy and now has a nine week wait for the results.  We had a hectic week in York whilst she sat them.  Our accommodation was beautiful and quiet, red deer, foxes, badgers, bats, rabbits and a whole assortment of birds were seen in the huge gardens we had all round the house.

Since then we have been busy decorating the house and also changing the garden into somewhere that we can spend a bit of time out - it will be completed this week thank goodness.

Our youngest goes back to Dundee University on Wednesday.  We are going there in a couple of weeks to see the opening of the new V & A Museum - I can't wait - we got the first tickets for the first day open to the public - an exhibition all about cruiseliners over the years - I am hoping there will be a few Titanic artefacts to see as well as costumes from the era.

Anyway - I have been keeping up to date with all you stitchers and you have put me to shame with everything that you get done.  I haven't had chance to leave comments on every visit but I have been checking in with what you have been up to.  Take care and hopefully normal stitching service will resume shortly ;)

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

A productive day...

It's been a busy day, haircut this morning (it's a chore, I hate having it done but needs must.)  A quick Costa coffee and then back home waiting for my Mum's results on her endoscopy, an ongoing health concern and she now needs another in six weeks which is a little worrying, but they are keeping a check on things.

Back home to laundry, cleaning and making tea.  I have resisted trying to make pastry for 16 months as gluten free pastry is pretty awful to make right.  However, positive thinking today and I got three quiches made, one for this week, two for the freezer.

I got all the cutting for the Tula Pink Snowglobes quilt done.  You can see a little stitch plate, that's the straight stitch plate for the Bernina, that I managed to leave behind so a good friend posted it out to me, thanks Helen.

Out of a fat quarter bundle I had all this leftover so got the smaller pieces chopped ready into squares and rectangles to make a bag or two and the larger eighths that are left may make another quilt top with some added sashing.

A Merry Cox pattern arrived today, new to me but used, it is in excellent condition and is even signed by the author/designer.  I have been waiting a long time to get some of Merry's patterns so really pleased to have got this one from the nineties.

Gluten Free Pastry Recipe

The recipe I used was the following:-

450 grams Juvela
220 grams Stork Block Margerine
Pinch of Salt
1 tsp Xantham Gum
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
2 eggs, beaten
A little water

Mix all the dry ingredients until they resemble breadcrumbs.  Add the beaten egg and about a tablespoon of cold water and should be a soft mixture that can be handled without being sticky.  Sprinkle your worktop with Juvela flour.  This mixture makes enough to line three flan dishes.  Cut the mixture into three and knead each piece for about four minutes, you will feel the texture change and then you can roll out as you would the normal pastry mix.  Bake blind on gas mark 6 for 12 - 15 minutes.  Fill a filling of your choice, Salmon & Broccoli, Bacon, leek and mushroom, prawn, cheese and tomato.

Have a great week all and happy stitching :)

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Tula Pink De La Luna

I couldn't resist the new Tula Pink De La Luna fabric - I am not going to tell you how much I bought, but this is the first project - The Snowglobes quilt pattern.

It was originally done in Tula Pink's Deadly Nightshade but I think it lends itself perfectly to the De La Luna collection.

The nature of the design means there is alot of fussy cutting the pieces as I want them to be the right way round when the quilt is put together.

The skulls work great with the sizes that you need to cut as well as the eye pattern.

The first of twelve blocks, there are four in pink, four in purple and four in turquoise.

I bought some extra fabric from the fat quarter shop in US and it arrived within four days of ordering.  In the UK there is also Sewhot and Flip Flop fabrics that are selling it and have it in stock.

I love the fabric but the hassle of getting it in this country from online retailer The Quilt Room has been a little bit - er - frought.  I won't be ordering from them again.  They cut the fabric down from what I ordered and didn't even bother to contact me to check that I didn't need it, sent a credit note to cover the difference but didn't have any of the fabric available for purchasing and anytime you ring - it's never the person you need, fortunately after a partial refund from the company, Paypal actually sorted out the refund properly so I didn't lose any money.  There is something to be said by using them for your purchases.  It wasn't a great day on Friday, our car got a flat and it took three hours waiting for the breakdown people to arrive because the inflation kit didn't work.  I am just pleased I wasn't on my own.  It has rain non stop since Friday so the plants and lakes are happy.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Herlid Viking Re-enactment Flag

This has been on my to do list for our eldest son to be displayed on his viking tent and to be used on parades.

The appliqued wild boar motif

The full green flag which has been edged and has a pocket for placing on a flagpole

The flag used by another member that our son has borrowed.

The Herlid Vikings original motif.

I think I worked out that there is about two million stitches used in the applique.  It measures about 18 inches across and twelve inches vertically.

It is the Heysham Viking Festival this weekend so it will be on our son's tent.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Gluten Free Sweet & Sour Chicken

Serves 4


3 large chicken breasts cut into large pieces
1 fresh pineapple cut into large pieces
1 red pepper cut into large pieces
1 yellow pepper cut into large pieces
1 onion cut into large pieces
6 mushrooms cut into quarters
1 pack of mangetout left whole
1 tin sliced water chestnuts
3 tablespoons GF cornflour
2 tablespoons Olive Oil

For the sauce:-

200ml orange juice
200ml apple juice
4 tablespoons GF tomato ketchup
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
3 tablespoons GF dark soy sauce
Salt and Pepper

To serve:-

Boiled Rice or
GF Rice Noodles


Heat the oil in a large saute pan and fry the chicken until golden brown and cooked through.  Put aside in a dish to cool.

Fry the onion and peppers for four minutes, then add the mushrooms, pineapple, sliced water chestnuts and mangetout.  Cook for a further four or five minutes.

Add all the liquid ingredients into a jug and stir well.

Put the cooled chicken pieces into a bag with the cornflour and coat all the pieces.  Put the chicken into the pan with all the vegetables and cook for a further five minutes stirring occasionally.

Pour the liquid into the pan and stir well until all the chicken is coated with the sauce and it thickens and has a sheen to it.

Season to taste and serve piping hot with boiled rice or gluten free noodles or maybe even GF pasta.  Tesco do gluten free prawn crackers to serve as well,

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Here, there and everywhere...

We have been very busy lately and I have not had the time to stitch so I thought I would share a little of what we did do .... Eat, very healthy, but out quite a few times.

We visited Eccleshall near Birmingham to pick up my sewing machine and stayed at a beautiful bed and breakfast called Eagle House.  It was a stunning house and the owners were wonderful.  We had a meal out in the evening at a local pub, chicken supreme with mushroom and blue cheese sauce, green beans, shredded cooked cabbage and braised leeks with potato dauphinoise.  We also had chicken liver pate with gluten free bread to start with.

For breakfast the next morning this was what we came down to, an incredible selection of fresh fruit and cereals including gluten free.

The amount of fresh fruit was incredible, all freshly prepared on site by the owners.

I don't think I missed anything off my fruit platter, covering my seven a day and then a cooked gluten free breakfast which was just as delicious.  We can't wait to head back and take family as they would love it too.

We then moved on to Dundee to move our son into his new apartment and have a few days at our favourite stay - Westport Serviced Apartments for three nights.  We managed to do alot of walking and this was the view from the Dundee Law Monument which has views right around but this one is my favourite of the Tay Bridge over the River Tay.

We probably did too much whilst we were away and along with the heat my health has taken a little bit of a beating and I am now having a quiet few days to top up my energy stores.

Back to stitching later in the week.  Take care all :)

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Bernina 440 QE Aurora Sewing Machine

Look at my new beauty...

I have waited a long time for this little bundle.  This is my birthday present (a little early by three months I know) and it arrived on Friday, after a little trip to Frank Knutt in Birmingham who had it advertised as second hand and used.

I mention the secondhand and used because after she was serviced and brought home I checked the hours count and found out that she has been used a grand total of 141 hours of stitching time since 2006.  She is absolutely immaculate and came with all of the usual accessories.

13 Bobbins, a straight stitch plate, a pack of Microtex needles, the maintenance tools and threading extras along with patchwork, blind hem, zig zag, freemotion and zipper feet.  I also got the Bernina Ruler Quilting Foot.

The Bernina Stitch Regulator (BSR) in the tin with three more foot attachments.

The three sole walking foot in it's original box.

I can't believe this is now in my house, a worth waiting for Bernina.  I have been told that she will be absolutely fantastic for my patchwork and freemotion quilting needs.

A HUGE thank you to my family for my birthday present, I love it.  Hope to be sharing a few projects soon after getting a little DIY done around the home and moved our son into his new digs in Scotland.  Happy stitching all and thanks for passing by :)

Monday, 25 June 2018

Mani Di Donna Purse pattern catch up ...

Sunday evening saw me doing a little more work on the purse pattern from Simona Bussiglieri at Mani Di Donna.

The front is completed and I am now just starting work on the back.  I was going to cut it after finishing the back but I have decided to stitch it all and then at the end.

Hope you get chance to relax a bit through the week. :)

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Guess How Much I Love You baby quilt

The final day of the stitching retreat I completed my great-niece's baby quilt.  I am really pleased with how my pattern turned out.  It is pretty much fussy cut so that you can see all the hares along with the wording too.

I have a couple more pieces to go with this quilt and will share them with you when I have finished them.

I did the maintenanace on my sewing machine at the end of the week so that it is ready and gleaming for my next sewing session.

Enjoy what is left of the weekend. :)