Saturday, 13 December 2014

Fobbles Christmas Shopping

A brilliant shopping day at Fobbles:

Gingher scissors
Moda jelly rolls
Moda layer cakes
Weeks Dye Works Perle threads
Crescent Colour Perle threads
Christmas fabric
Ground Nut shells
Shepherds Bush Kit
Lizzie Kate Charts and Charms
Moda Plum Sweet fat quarter bundle
Just Another Button Company
Bohin Beading Needles
Best Press
Hobbs Heirloom Batting

This replaces a lot of the stash that I have used over the last few months.  

We had a great time at Woodlands at Santon Bridge for Christmas dinner, good friends and good food.

Lots of inspiration for quilting and gifts for 2015.

Thank you Beverly :)

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Nancy Halvorsen Christmas card holder

One of my many handmade presents this year, a card holder for many of my mum and dad's cards. The tree is pockets that hold numerous cards. It is quilted and machine appliqued.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Hard at work

Busy finishing Christmas presents.  Jingle Bell Snowmen quilt. It is even more beautiful in real life.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

A little bit of a book review...

It's all stations go at the moment as I try to get organised for going into hospital.  I am going to be out of action for about three months but I am hoping that I will be able to use my laptop while recuperating.  

I decided it would be a good idea to get myself some new books ahead of not being able to get out and about.

The first is one that I have pinched from my daughter's bookshelf.  

Having decided that she would like to have a go at sewing and follow in her Mother's, Grandmother's and Great-Grandmother's footsteps this was the book that I decided would be the best guide.  It is quite a thick book with 384 pages.  Everything is covered from applique to zippers, easy to find throughout the book and very well illustrated with clear pictures laid out with easy to follow instructions.  I like the fact it is a nice easy read and would recommend it for beginners or stitchers that have taken a break and want to get back into the sewing world.

My second choice is The Dressmaker's Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques by Lynda Maynard.

It is a large spiral bound handbook of 160 pages.  I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this as I use quite a lot of Heirloom sewing techniques in my sewing so was unsure if it would tell me anything new.  However, upon receiving it I couldn't wait to get stuck in.  It is beautifully set out with very clear illustrations, photographs and step by step guides to each technique.  There are so many ideas in this book with clever tips that you may not have thought about and takes you into the world of High Fashion and how they get those fabulous looks on the catwalk. Choosing fabric, making toiles, embellishment ideas and so many of them of very simple.  I was really surprised but it is one that I will be keeping on my bookshelf and would recommend to any stitchers, new or old.  One note though, the technique on the front of the book is not covered in the book which seems to disappoint a few people.  This is a hand smocking technique which can be used on the right or wrong side of fabric and creates amazing results.  I have used this on sleeves, handbags, children's smocked dresses but it can easily be applied to tops and gifts.

Last but definitely not least is this one, The Wedding Dress by Becky Drinan.

What a beautiful book, brand new to the book market as it was only released this year by The Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd.

The book consists of 175 pages along with a pocket at the back with the patterns to make the three dresses included in the book in various sizes.  Although it is a wedding dress book, the patterns would equally suit other occasions.  Becky covers all sorts of things to think about including which styles to think about when designing wedding dresses/prom dresses/special occasion dresses.  Fabric choices including lace, interlinings and toiles.  Embellishments and even veils are covered.  It is a very informative book with lots of illustrations, beautiful photography and clear instructions.  I am sure that I will use it to refer to when making a wedding dress and I am glad I made the purchase. 

I purchased all my books from Amazon - mainly because I like to read the reviews and do find them helpful when making your choice.

Happy reading (and sewing) :) 

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Sweet potato, carrot and coriander soup

1 sweet potato - quite large, chopped into chunks
6 to 8 carrots - chopped into chunks
1 large onion, sliced
Knob of butter
2 vegetable stock cubes
2 pints of water
Large bunch of coriander

Saute the onion in the butter and cook until transparent.  Add the sweet potato and carrot, stock cubes, water and coriander.  Simmer until all the vegetables are cooked - about 40 minutes.  Process in a blender until smooth and check seasoning.  You can add a little cream when serving or crumble some Stilton cheese on the top and enjoy with crusty warm bread.

If you don't add any cream, this will freeze brilliantly :)

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Tomato and Basil Soup

Tomato and Basil Soup

Two tins of chopped tomatoes, a good make will make the soup nicer
One large onion, roughly chopped
A good handful of basil leaves, chopped
Two vegetable stock cubes
Two pints water
A knob of butter

Gently saute the chopped onion in the knob of butter until transparent, add the two tins of chopped tomatoes and stir for a couple of minutes until warmed through.

Add the basil leaves, stock cubes and water and cook for approximately ten minutes.

Liquidise the mixture and enjoy with homemade herb butter on crusty bread.

This is a recipe based on one of James Martin's recipes from his last series and is absolutely delicious and quick as well as healthy.