New quilt square: self-portrait appliqué
She's a combination of applique and fabric paint. I really enjoyed making this square; it makes me want to appliqué
While in a quilting mood, here are a couple of quilts I made in the past (to show that I do sometimes sew, honestly!)...sorry about the less than great photos.
|Autumn leaves and their shadows|
|tea and cake|
|really soft backing (leaf quilt)|
|quilted book bag|
|quilted Alan Rickman bag (for a friend who's a fan)|
Quilting wish list
My head is always buzzing with ideas for quirky quilts. One day I will make them all!
- patchwork of English country fields and hedgerow
- favourite buildings
- weather map quilt
- spaceships of fact and fiction (with a big Millennium Falcon in the middle)
- a map (geographical)
- Lord of the Rings quilt
- a different flower in every square
- a different tree in every square
- Wizard of Oz
- and now, of course, a gallery of faces
Cats, cake and butterfliesI confess, I did abscond again this Thursday. My sister rang to see if I fancied a visit to Yo Sushi with her and my utterly fabulous and wonderful nephew (I am not biased as a doting auntie, he really is!). It is my sister's birthday soon, but they will be in Florida, so it seemed only right to spend a day celebrating. The sushi was followed by Marshfield farm ice cream and iced coffee at the San Francisco Fudge Factory (it's in Bath, not San Francisco!) and the foodiness has just carried on. Today, my mate Gav is coming over so I have gammon hocks soaking in cold water and have made a Swedish sunshine cake...mmmm
|Swedish sunshine cake (Annika's recipe)|
When I visited friends in Lund, as well as teaching me to make yo-yos (Suffolk puffs), lovely Annika made this cake for me and it is delicious! It's all almonds and sunshine. It should have whole almonds on it, but I had some flaked almonds to use up.
Talking of sunshine, it was so lovely on Saturday we spent the afternoon lazing in the garden with the cats:
|Max miaowing at the sparrows on the bird-feeder|
Those that have visited us know Mark is a bit cautious with our two cats. We keep them in at night and, so they won't get lost and we could find them if they got shut in somewhere, the cats have tiny transmitters on their collars and Mark can be seen wandering up and down the street with the receiver unit, listening for the beeps from the cats' collars. Well the system had been getting a bit rough and this week his new toy arrived...I thought the old one was embarrassing, but this one is ridiculous!!
|come in number 10, your time is up!|
|Earth to Mars, Earth to Mars...are you receiving?|
While in the garden on Saturday, I tried to catch photos of butterflies on the lavender to end this entry on a more artistic note, but with very little success...
The big problem with butterflies is that they...well...flutter by!
Ellen Mouse's blog also has an update!!