Sunday, 8 June 2008

The Sewing Catch Up

There has been a fair amount of needlework going on amongst the flurry of activity and the hectic pace of the last couple of weeks. Given all that has been accomplished, I thought it time to post some of the resulting works.

This is the next in a line of small stitcheries that I have been working on. You'll probably have to click on the picture to enlarge it enough to see the detail. I love the little scarecrow in the middle of the garden!

Wednesday was my second Block of the Month class. This month my group did the churn dash block. There was far less piecing to happen compared to last month so I was able to complete two blocks in the two hours. I need to do the other two this week and return the 1/4 inch foot to the quilt shop.
And finally....really, finally! These are the two give aways for Kate and Tina. It took me a week to acquire the bits & pieces I needed to do the framing. I'm pleased with the result and I hope they will be a blessing to you both. They will go in the mail on Tuesday.

An Update From Yesterday:

Dinner went beautifully. The visiting kids loved the gnocchi and the adults felt spoiled by homemade pasta. Our friend decided that a pasta machine would be a wonderful birthday gift for herself this year. I suspect they will be enjoying fettuccine and spaghetti from their own kitchen in the near future!

When we popped in to Safeway for salad ingredients, I was able to pick up 4 avocados for $1.50. Normally they are more than that each so we had TWO in the salad. We all felt spoiled by that little treat!

For dessert...the apple 'thing'. I decided to make a Dutch Apple Cake. Dh had bought 2.5kg tins of pie from from SPC when he was in Shepparton not long ago. The tins were $3 each. A bargain by any standard. He had used about 1/3 of the apple tin and frozen the rest. I defrosted it and used some in the cake. I'll use the rest for more cake, or my Mum's apple slice. Actually, I could do both...and the family will be thrilled.


Tracy said...

You've been busy! I love the quilt blocks.

Anonymous said...

You are one talented lady! You made a beautiful job of the are so generous to be giving away these beautiful works of art...I feel so blessed to be receiving one...thank you!

Your dinner sounded yummy!

Love, Tina :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Tracy,
Glad your guest's enjoyed their meal.
I just wanted you to know that I made your Rhubarb muffin's & they were a big hit. Thanks for putting up the recipe.
Will you please post the recipe for Dutch apple cake or Mum's Apple slice
Great Blog by the way
Really like the stitching.

Hereford UK

Terri said...

You've been busy. What wonderful work you do. I love the framed pieces for Kate & Tina. :-)

Deeny said...

I love to sew but I have not yet tried quilting. Your needlework is beautiful. I don't have quite the patients for that yet though. Thanks for visiting my blog too. I am very new to the blog world. As you saw I only have a couple days worth of posts. Anyway it does seem strange to put your thoughts out there in cyberworld. Part of me wants to be less anonymous, another part of my brain says be careful not to put too much personal info out there. Anyway I figured it was ok to put up some family photos, since I talked so much about my family the other day. I found your site the other day when I was doing a search on homemaking, organizing and making a home binder. It looks like you have been blogging awhile. Oh and I think it is just cool that you live in Australia. I would love to go there some day. It looks so beautiful. Would you believe I have never been out of the US. I almost made it to Canada once LOL. I have an aunt and cousin that Jet Set all over the world. They just recently visited Australia and Indonesia. My cousin has a PHD in Marine Biology and loves to scuba dive down there. Well maybe someday. Have an awesome and blessed Sunday. Deeny Smiles :-)

Dianne said...

Tracy, you needle work is just lovely. You do such beautiful work and the pictures that you did for Tina & Kate are wonderful. They are truly blessed to receive your pieces.

I loved the quilting pieces that you have done and the color choices. That is something that I want to start to do but have too much going on right now.

I'm glad your dinner was successful and your guest happy and contented with visions of homemade pasta in the near future.

I agree with your other blogger friends and look forward to your posting the receipes of your Apple Cake and Apple Slices. I love anything with apples.

Tracy said...

You girls are all so good for one's ego. What a wonderful start to a dreary looking day. I like dreary looking days mind long as it RAINS!!!!!!! Nevertheless, a day with kind comments from wonderful cyber friends is always appreciated greatly.

Welcome Kim! Thank you for leaving a comment ~ it's nice to 'meet' you.

Deeny, I can't believe you found my blog using a search! That just astounds me LOL

marjorie said...

Your stitchery is beautiful Tracy. Hugs from the Ratbag Rooster woman, Marjorie.

Tracy said...

I finally make it back to my blog after an incredibly hectic day and what do I find? A comment from my precious friend Marjorie...Huge Hugs to you!!!!