Wednesday, March 11, 2009

At long last the promised pictures of what we've been up to.
At Spinners and Weavers this month Kathy showed us rainbow dyeing. This was my first attempt (modelled by Hannah).

Hannah was quite taken with the idea and so I let her choose the colours and dye her own wool for a hat and scarf set. Bright and colourful like my little girl LOL

These are projects finished for Asha over the weekend.

The giraffe is a Melly and Me pattern - Mrs Perkins.

Last night at Christmas Club Jane showed us another Melly and Me pattern called Pippi (think I might have to put it on my to do list!)

These little squares are part of a long term project. I fell in love with Melly and Me's scrap log cabin and even entered their scrap swap 12 months ago (how I met delightful Catherine from Made By Maisie) but when I found that it was all foundation pieced I lost enthusiasm. Then I borrowed this from the library and found that Rita and Karen's version is all just 1 inch strips - perfect for using up my scraps. I am having fun with this and my frugal nature likes the fact that even fabric as little as 1inch by 2inches can be used!

Several people have asked me about the Restash a Crafter project. The details can be found at or If you are looking for other ways to help the Vic Bushfire Appeal then why not knit a square, or a whole blanket for Wraps With Love (I think Better Homes and Gardens is running a Wraps With Love promotion this month) If you live local enough I am happy for you to get the squares to me and I will stitch them up like this:

Not the world's prettiest blanket but it will keep someone warm and that is what counts!

"We make our living by what we do.
We make our life by what we give."
Danny Glover

Happy Crafting,
Until next time,
keep smiling,

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Hello to Quilty Friends and gluten free brownies!

Sorry, no pictures this time but wanted to say a big hello to my quilting friends from Apple Pieces II who have just found out I have a blog and promised to check it out! We had a lovely day at the Patchwork Apple yesterday. They are such a lovely bunch to work with and I am always inspired by our collective wisdom and quilting abilities (that said I am definitely the amateur of the group!) These girls are all so productive that they make me want to finish things so today I finished one hat for new baby Asha (my friend Kelli's 3 day old daughter) and I also finished Asha's giraffe. Last night I put the binding on our bed quilt so now I am just waiting for a really good movie to get it stitched down and finished!

While we were stitching yesterday I met two more bloggers in the shop - the internet is definitely making the world a smaller place hey?!

Anyway, just for the Apple Piecers, here is the gluten free brownie recipe!

200g ground pecans or almonds or hazelnuts (I used almonds)
1/2 cup rice flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1 3/4 cups sugar
250 g melted butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 eggs
200g chopped milk chocolate

Combine ground almonds, rice flour, cocoa and sugar in bowl and make a well in the centre.
Add cooled melted butter, vanilla and eggs.
Stir, then add chocolate and stir again.
Spoon mix into a greased and lined slice tray. Bake at 180 degrees for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting into squares.

Recipe from Country Style Magazine November 2003.

I do have some photos of recent projects but that will have to wait until later on in the week!
Keep smiling,