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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

baking Tuesday

It is COLD ( -8 C last night here) and it will get even colder, when the "Beast from the East" (as the weathermen call it (a very cold weather from Siberia) hits our part of the country, probably tonight or tomorrow. 
It has brought lots of snow to many parts of UK already.
Time for hot soup and some home baking!

I haven't done any "proper" baking since Christmas and our biscuit jar has been empty for some time; it is time to put something in it!


These are quick and easy biscuits to make.

Besides vanilla I also add some cardamon, to spice them up a little.


The prepared dough is made into a roll, covered with a cling film, then chilled in the fridge.


In the meantime I start preparing the bread.
I usually use the same recipe, but I like to experiment with various mixes of flour, adding some seeds or nuts.





Little kneading ( I know there are all sorts of machines around to do that, but I like to knead my bread by hand).
Cover the dough with my patchwork "baking cloth" and let it rise in the warm kitchen.

While the bread is "doing its thing", out comes the biscuit dough roll from the fridge;
I slice it into rounds, brush with egg white and cover with chopped nuts (I use mixed nuts, not just almonds) and sugar, and bake.

                    before                                                                                               after





















The biscuit jar is full again (for a while, anyway 😉).






In the meantime the bread dough has done very well in the warm kitchen; time for "knocking back" and second rising.
















     
 This amount made 3 loaves,
one for now and two for the freezer.
And yes, there was the soup also, 
from the freezer, made a while back.

Job done!









And the kitchen is not only warm, but smells heavenly too 😋.




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Sunday, 25 February 2018

last Gardenhurst block

Today is cold, but clear and sunny Sunday; 
last night I finished the last Gardenhurst block.
I left this one to the end for a couple of reasons; when preparing the background fabric, I cut this one too small 
("measure twice, cut once" and all that 😒) and because I did not have enough fabric to cut another piece, I had to join a bit to it.  
It isn't probably going to show in the grand scheme of things, but I know it is there .....

Secondly, from the picture you can see that this is where Irene Blanck signed her quilt, but I don't want to do that; 
I prefer to sign my quilts on the back, so I had to slightly "redesign" this block.


So, this is it;
all the blocks will now have to be trimmed to size
(which I forgot about and was very free with the space I used, so it could be a slight problem when joining the blocks together; we'll see...), and I also need to think about the border.
The original pattern has a wavy border, which I don't want. This quilt will hang on the wall and it is easier to hang it with a straight border.


I am very pleased that most of the applique fabrics, and some background fabrics came from my stash.
As for the border, I just might have something in my stash also; I'll see if it works when the blocks are stitched together.........

Thank you for visiting my blog,
I wish you a busy stitching week!


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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

and one more Gardenhurts block

Two actually, one large one, 
and one smaller one, made of 4 small orange peel blocks.





Just one more block to make, I am nearly there! 😌
It is time to think about the next project ......


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Snowdrop Festival



Last weekend saw the second Shepton Snowdrop Festival
Organised by the local horticultural society, it is to celebrate James Allen - Victorian nurseryman from Shepton Mallet, who propagated snowdrops from the wild and introduced them into our gardens.
During the last year thousands of snowdrops were planted around the town, giving quite a show now, and in coming years, as they will spread.
The 3 days was filled with activities around the town, and you could buy many unusual snowdrops in the market place.












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Monday, 12 February 2018

Gardenhurst continues


It snowed this morning - 
just briefly, but it made everything look clean and fresh; it is all gone now...

Still busy indoors - two more Gardenhurst blocks,




and the start of the next one.



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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

and another Gardenhurst....





Sunshine at last and beautiful blue skies the last couple of days; the trade off for that are daytime temperatures hovering around zero......
So, a brisk walk to the shops, and back into the warmth of my sewing room -
to finish another block for Gardenhurst quilt.


I enjoyed making the bird tail in this one.
I don't think I had finished blocks for any other quilt this quickly before, it must be something about this design - fairly simple, but so much scope for imagination.
Applique is definitely my favourite method, for now anyway. It is still a learning curve, I am learning all  the time. The next time I will sew so many circles, I will invest in Karen Buckley's Perfect Circles; the prep might take longer, but worth it in the end.

Little spring sunshine indoors....




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Sunday, 4 February 2018

FNwF and more Gardenhurst

Big "thank you" to Cheryll to let us hang out again at hers on Friday night. 

I managed to finish another Gardenhurst block


 and yesterday I started the next one.


Another winter weekend in our part of the world, although a little drier and brighter, the wind is a cold, coming from the north.
Snowdrops are struggling around the town,





Winter aconites are also slowly popping their heads out in the local park.
 It is a bit of a struggle.....


I wonder what weather will this month bring.....



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Thursday, 1 February 2018

Gardenhurst - more blocks!

January was a very dull and cold month, and I have been spending more time indoors then usually.
So what better place is there than a cosy sewing room? 
It has given me the chance to get on with this quilt so much quicker.

Three more blocks, one large and two smaller ones.





























Another large block is nearly finished, in fact I hope to complete it tomorrow night, when we are at Cheryll's for FNwF. 



Will you be there?





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