Starflower Block in rainbow colours. Ellison Lane Quilts provided the original tutorial, with a minor tweak as requested by Helen to give the block a slightly more scrappy look. I think this is a fabulous Bee block and am tempted to select it for myself if I have the opportunity to participate in another Bee (will get through this one first - it does last a year!). The block itself is absolutely stunning. As much as I enjoyed making these blocks - there is an immense amount of satisfaction seeing all those points line up - I was glad that I was only making two! I don't think I would throw myself into making an entire quilt top with these blocks. Having other quilters make them for me is very appealing!
I am working on a tutorial for the time when I am Queen Bee and will post it as soon as it is done (though I need to get a move on as it is my turn in December!).
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Monday, 29 October 2012
There are quite a few blogs out there in blogland that I enjoy. They provide all kinds of inspiration and ideas. One of these is by Hannah from Paint on the Ceiling. Hannah and Bek at Just For Daisy recently hosted a 'Busy Bag Swap'. Hannah's blog describes a busy bag as: "a small zip lock bag (or similar) containing an activity that can be done independently or with minimal assistance by your toddler! Basically it's a simple yet engaging activity to keep them busy while you're busy! Great for the car, shops, waiting room or while cooking dinner!".
Each participant chooses an activity and then makes 11 busy bags. I chose to make 'Felt Faces' (here is probably a good spot to say that I didn't want to go near a pair of scissors or felt for weeks after all that cutting!). I kept one busy bag for myself and then sent the other 10 off to Hannah and Bek to sort and distribute to everyone. This week I expect to receive 10 other different busy bag activities!
|One of the many felt face configurations!|
Admittedly, I made myself (and another for a dear friend!) an extended version of the busy bag that I sent off. Ours has some extra felt face pieces such as glasses and pink hair!
While this activity is ideally aimed at younger children, even Zoe (8yrs) has enjoyed making all kinds of kooky faces.
This would make a fantastic gift for a family with little ones. And the bonus?...very inexpensive!
Saturday, 27 October 2012
|It's a bit of a wonky photo, however the block itself is straight!!|
This is my Christmas Log Cabin Block that is currently on its way to Lori in the US. We swapped logs this month, as we found that we both wanted log cabin blocks in traditional Christmas colours!
It doesn't seem all that long ago that I was taking photos with a non digital camera. Simply because digital cameras weren't around yet (and I'm not that old! Unless you ask my children!!). While I didn't ever own a polaroid camera I remember watching others with a keen interest as they took a photo and then flapped the polaroid around in the air while it developed.
|I kept this one for myself - a 'black' polaroid representative of when things didn't quite go right!|
Kristy. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes back in November!
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
|Toilet roll lion and tree (every lion needs a shady tree to laze under!).|
|The back of the tree - part of a cereal box.|
|Peanut Monkeys in a Tree!|
|The finished block - complete with a pet and vegetable garden (well, peas anyway!).|
|Drafting the pattern.|
|Colouring in the various parts so as not to get confused when sewing!|
|The family pet gazing out the window.|
Thursday, 11 October 2012
|The wide mouthed frog|
|The wide mouthed frog meets a furry brown mouse.|
Since we love the book so much we decided to make our own wide mouthed frog! Here is how we did it:
Glue the eyeballs on to the eyes.
Glue the eyes on to the top of the paper plate body, folding them back once they are in place so that they stand up.
Roll the end of the tongue around a pencil to make it curly.
Ta da! A wide mouthed frog!
Let's see how many flies these wide mouthed frogs can catch...
lemons. These include lemon sponge cake, lemon meringue pie, lemon slice, lemon delicious pudding, lemon biscuits and lemon curd. I also freeze lemon juice in 1 cup amounts in zip lock bags. Grated lemon zest also freezes well. Unfortunately, most recipes that need lemons only use 1/4 to 1/2 cup of lemon juice in total. One of our lemon trees produces lemons that are so big and full of juice that one lemon alone can yield 1 cup of juice! So, to ensure that our lemons are all used up and not wasted (and because it is so delicious!) we make homemade lemonade.
Homemade lemonade on ice in a glass is deliciously refreshing on a hot day (and is even more delicious when you drink it through a straw with a slice of lemon on the side!).