Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Virtual Cookie Exchange Day 2




We are up to day 2 of the Virtual Cookie Exchange if you haven't seen it yet now is the time to check it out. There are lots of fantastic recipes to collect plus some great give aways for you to enter.

Here is the updated schedule. Don't forget to check out the day 1 links if you have already. My recipe Macadamia Shortbread can be found under the Cynthia's Creating Ark link on December the 5th.

December 5 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Virtual Cookie Exchange

Today is my day on the Virtual Cookie Exchange. Thanks to Carol from Just Let Me Quilt for being the brain's behind this and being the hostess.

We are all going to share with you our favourite cookie recipes and traditions. I hope you enjoy the recipes we are sharing and are tempted to try some of them. Make sure you visit the other's blogger's to collect their recipes. I know I will be.
December 5 


I always do some sort of cookie baking at Christmas. To share with others at parties, for visitors and for gift giving. Nothing beats freshly baked treats as gifts. It is something I never tire of receiving. Most of the time I wish more of the presents I received were handmade treats. I know they are made with love and the person giving them thinks a lot about me if they take the time to make me something rather than buy something. Not that there is anything wrong with buying presents but the handmade one are just that little more special in my eyes.

My recipe is Macadamia Shortbread.
 Make 30 to 40 approx. depending how you cut them.
Ingredients

500g unsalted butter                                                                                                                  1 cup castor sugar (or powdered sugar)                                                                                        4 cups plain flour                                                                                                                      1 tsp mixed spice                                                                                                                      ½ cup rice  flour                                                                                                                        ¾  cup diced macadamias ( can use other nuts eg almond, pecans etc)                                             2 tbsp sugar mixed with cinnamon/ mixed spice ( for top)

With that said you can use your favourite nuts or the nuts you have on hand. I have used pecans and almonds at different times as that was what I had  in the pantry.

Pre-heat your oven to 150 degrees Celsius (300 degrees Fahrenheit). Line 2 baking trays with oven paper and dusted with a little flour. 
Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until pale and creamy.

Stir in sifted flours and mixed spice.
The macadamia nuts I blitz them in a food processor  or you could chop with a knife.
Finally add your macadamia nuts. Mix to form a firm dough. 
Split the dough in half between the two baking trays and flatten the dough over the tray using your hands, rolling pin or the side of a glass.  You can roll the dough out with a rolling pin and use cookie cutters if you want a dressy finish.

 Score the dough into the squares or rectangles it is up to you. Prick the dough with a fork and sprinkle your spiced sugar mix over the top. 
Baking for approximately 25 minutes until just lightly browned. I used my score lines and cut the shortbread up while it is still hot. Then leave to cool in the pans before turning out.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does.

Don't forget we have two more days of the Virtual Cookie Exchange with the following




Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Sunday, December 3, 2017

On Ringo Lake Part 2

We are at Part two of Bonnie's mystery. This week we have flying geese units to make, lots of them.

Now Bonnie said we will have the chance to use the Simple Folded Corner ruler. I purchased mine a while ago but had not used it. So it was time to try it. No more drawing lines on the back of the fabric. Pair them up, line the ruler and trim the corners off.


Finally sewing, then pressing and repeat with the other side.


Then you end up with your Flying geese units. I must say the ruler worked well, cutting out the drawing the line on the squares and because you cut the corner off before sewing you can press straight away. 

Before you know it you have completed your blocks. I can see more flying geese in my future now with this ruler.
I have linked my post with Bonnie's post, so pop over and check out how everyone is going on Clue 2.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Friday, December 1, 2017

December One Monthly Goal.


December is a busy month so what to pick for this month's goal.

There is a few options open to me but I have selected a project that has been on my list too long. The original project was going to be a quilt or maybe a table runner. Who knows what I was thinking back then when I started this project.

I will do something with these blocks. Maybe some mug rugs and a  table mat. I have some fabric cut for more blocks so I may use some of that up too to make a few extra blocks.

I have linked this post with Elm Street Quilts so don't be shy, pop over and check out what everyone is working on this December.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

November's 350 Block Report 2017


This month's total is 27 blocks.


Somehow I have not done enough sewing this year and reaching the 350 Blocks for the year is not looking good with only two months left in the year.

This month I have managed the following.

More four patch blocks. 10


Round We go blocks. 3




8 blocks framed Four patch blocks, 6 triangle filler block and 4 sashing units for this bonus class sample quilt from this month mystery class I run. 18 in total.


This month total is 31 blocks.
Untill Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Thursday, November 30, 2017

November's One Monthly Goal Link Uo

I have been having trouble finishing the goals I set myself recently but I can say November's goal was met. I had to sew these blocks together to complete the quilt top.

There you go all sewn together and trimmed up.


I also took the next step and dropped it off for quilting, so don't be suprised if this quilt turns up as January's  goal to bind it.
I have linked this post to Elm Street Quilts blog so pop over and check out if other's met their monthly goal. You may be inspired to join us.
Until Next Time 
Keep Stitching 
Cynthia

Monday, November 27, 2017

On Ringo Lake Part 1

It's that time of year that Bonnie Hunter starts us on a mystery quilt adventure. So many will I, then I really need to finish what I have before starting something new, followed by maybe I will just collect the clues for later.
Then the colours are released and I think do I have them in my stash. If I have what I need in my stash maybe I should do it.
Well this is what I found just in yardage, so I am going to use it up. Once again I find myself starting a new project.

So Clue 1 was released late Friday night our time and I can tell you I was in bed as I was working on Saturday with an early start. It wasn't until I got home late Saturday that I had the time to look at what the first clue was.

With more work on Sunday it was not looking good for me to start, but I did find a little time in the sewing room after lunch to make a start on Clue 1.

I managed a couple of strip sets.

Followed by completing 10 of the  nine patch blocks out of 50. If I have some time during the week I will continue but I'm not promising anything.

I have linked my post to Bonnie's post for the link up so pop over and check out the progress of the other Quilters participating in this year's mystery.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Barossa Craft Fair

We spent the day in Tanunda at the Barossa Craft Fair. This is an annual event we do. It is the start of my lead up to Christmas. So I will be decorating the shop over the next few days.
 We left early and drove into the fog. It was quite eerie. The sun should have been in our eyes but it was total blocked out until we were 10 minutes from Tanunda and we drove out of it. I was not driving so I was able to take these photos.

 Some shots of my stand while we putting the finishing touches on it.


 Some close ups of some of products we had on offer.

 Plus some English paper piecing demonstration some Round We Go blocks and fussy cutting demonstrations.

I wish we were able to take more pictures but we were busy so the actions shot did not happen. This fair is always a good event and is our last event for this year. Time to continue with my 2018 plans. I have some great ideas I want to tackle in 2018. It looks like 2018 is going to be a blast.
Until next time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Framed Up Mystery Quilt

I had a mystery quilt class last week where only I knew the final quilt. It was a simple block but set on point with sashing in between the blocks and the whole quilt is made from 2 1/2 inch strips so it is perfect for pre cuts.

This is my class sample finished to top stage. I need to quilt it or have it quilted.

 This one was made using a  Penny Rose Fabrics Rolie Polie bundle called Meadow with a background fabric and sashing fabrics.

The great thing about this quilt is you can make it with 4 fabrics as I have done in a smaller version with a new range in store Lewis & Irene Autumn in Bluebell Wood range.  This would make a great baby's quilt for a boy or a girl with the cute little animals through it.

This one I am quilting using the Westalee rulers which I stock.  I love using them and seeing what i can create using them especially when I have new ones to try. We will be have a number of days over 2018 for you to can and do workshops on them. From the beginners starter class to an more advanced class where we will be making a quilt and then quilting the blocks. It will be like a sampler quilt for the rulers.

I have used Glide thread to quilt this quilt in. I used Battleship in the blocks and Raspberry in the sashings.


With all this said there is one more version of this mystery quilt I want to try out. That is the totally scrappy version with a standard Jelly roll. My first version had what I call a control fabric in it. (my background fabric was the same in all the blocks.) I must admit that is my preferred scrappy way.
So when I get around to doing it I will share what happens and will I be able to be totally scrappy or will I pull back to my comfort zone.

Maybe I can share the next mystery quilt class here online with everyone if there is enough interest! Let me know if you are interested. Nothing too hard.  Maybe it's time to get The Block Library going again.

Until Next Time 
Keep Stitching
Cynthia


Friday, November 17, 2017

Virtual Cookie Exchange



Virtual Cookie Exchange.Yes that is correct. We are going to be share are favourite cookie recipes and or traditions in the Virtual Cookie Exchange between the 5th and 7th December. It is the perfect time to add a few more recipes to our collections before the Christmas season starts.

Pop over to Carol's Blog Just Let Me Quilt to see who will sharing their recipes when. I will be sharing my recipe on the 5th December. I can't wait to share my recipe with everyone and collect some new ones for my collection. I know the Project Uninterrupted ladies will love trying some new cookies on our sewing days.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching 
Cynthia

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Barossa Craft Fair is Coming

There is a week before the Barossa Craft Fair and it is now official I am behind the 8 ball with 2 very important jobs.  First is this wolf wall hanging that needs to be delivered finished and the display board with all my round blocks for the English Paper Piecing demo. The wall hanging is pieced and needs to be quilted and bound.

The Demo board still needs more round blocks to fill it and I need to remove the remaining Octagons that are still on it. Which reminds me they need to be sewn into a quilt top soon, maybe over the Christmas break.


I can say I have been busy so it's not like I have been lazy or out partying.  I always have my special Christmas present offer which is Spend $30 or more on my stall and receive a Christmas present. This does take a lot of work.

Plus this year I have a stack of shop samples that are no longer needed and I thought they would make a great addition to the stall as they would make great gifts for those people who aren't in to sewing and are out doing their Christmas shopping. There is cushions, quilts, table runners and a few other items.

Of course I have the 2018 Quilter's Companion diary in stock which will be on special at the Fair too.

Just maybe there maybe something else on offer but you may need to attend to get the scoop of that one.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Bit under the Weather this week

A bit under the weather this week and last week if I am willing to admit it. Nothing major just this horrible dry cough that is making talking, sleeping and concentrating difficult.

So everything has been harder than normal. I keep putting thing down and then not been able to find them again. So frustrating when you need things to be as simple as possible.
Anyway I have received some new stock of fabrics,



Bambini Brights including a large panel featuring Gaby.


Lewis & Irene Autumn in Bluebell Wood and a couple of bolts of Bumbleberries blenders.
new Michele Hill patterns to us, plus don't forget we have Brenda's William De Morgan and William Morris Sampler #  2 currently hanging in the shop.




and English Paper piecing supplies -some top up stock plus some new Playing with Paper pack which are a great way to try a new design or shape.


Today I have the mystery Framed Up Quilt class on. It is a 2 1/2" strip pattern so it will be perfect for a jelly roll and some background fabric. It will be exciting to see what they turn out like.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia