So stitch -
Dress a Girl around the World'. These two dresses took about four hours to make and are part of batch which High Street Quilting customers have made for the project. You'll need to scroll down a bit (just slowly so that you can see all that lovely fabric and all those beautiful quilts people are making). We used the extra day (February 29th) to do the dresses but I loved doing them so I'll definitely be making more. There are different patterns to choose. Just in case anyone thinks that dressing a girl is gender biased - I'm just a drop in the 're-dressing the balance ocean' on this, but my little bit goes to make the whole. It's so easy to be lulled into a false sense of security living in a place like Britain where women have equal rights and opportunities - but don't get me started on that, anyway the charity does shorts as well as dresses.
I've layered two UFO quilt tops:
The first one is all batiks (apart from the backing) and the second one is all homespun plaids.Quilts for Comfort, together with one I made for a sample for a pattern.
Baking! Lots of baking!
During the half term break when I had more time I thought I'd make some choux pastry:
Some 'oreo' biscuits
For Mother's Day we got together for Afternoon tea - I made some Macarons using Swiss Meringue
The icing was made with a thick white sauce as the base which is allowed to cool and then beaten together with a little softened butter and icing sugar. It is not too sweet and very light - like American Frosting. I haven't got pictures of the finished article though - I'll explain later.
Making millionaire's shortbread - I make a base with the ingredients for shortbread but just press that into the baking tin, then refrigerate for a short time - no rolling makes a crisp but tender base.
and then the chocolate goes on top of that when it's set - no picture of the final article for the same reason as the rose and pistachio cupcakes. Everyone arrived as I was putting the finishing touches to the sweet things and I didn't like to take pictures when they were all there. We all pitched in to make cucumber sandwiches and some ham and mustard sandwiches too. A lovely pot of Orange Pekoe tea (I save this for special occasions) and some chilled Prosecco washed everything down. We decided to do it all again for Father's Day!
In all this activity there has been no crocheting but that will change next Friday night. We have our Annual All night 5-a-side football match at school for Sport Relief. I am the night nanny - I make sure the teams of players actually rest between sessions. No kicking footballs about for me! Crochet can be done in lower light then quilting so I'll be in the quiet room hooking up a storm.
Now (all chores except ironing being done) I'm going to watch a bit of rugby and catch up on the stuff I've recorded to watch when I'm awake! I've done some work in the garden while the weather is nice, and feel better for the fresh air - the weather is lovely today - but now it is time to stitch again.
Until next time. xxx