11 June 2008

Creative Bloggers

Last week i stumbled on this book at the local bookshop and couldn't resist. I had seen it popping up here and there in crafty blogs, so really it was only a matter of time. However, what i didn't realise was who all the contributors were ------ they're BLOGGERS !

This is my new favourite book that i cart around with me from room to room. A habit i have had for a while now............ any new publication, be it magazine or book .............. I have to have it close by so that i can keep looking at it, fondle its lovely pages and dream about what i will make.

I have almost finished all my homework for Butterfly Garden, just another 100 or so French knots to go and a raw edged butterfly. Honestly 24 hours should be ample time to get it done, well it would be if i wasn't procrastinating over the raw edge appliqué. If i tackle my fear and get it done today i will be sure to post a pic.

05 June 2008

Absolutely Scrumptious

I just can't resist sharing this recipe. We had the yummiest mushroom risotto tonight, it was so so good and made using the slow cooker so it was pretty easy too.

The ingredients are 100g butter, 400g mixed sliced mushrooms, 1 diced onion, and 1 & 1/4 Cup arborio rice - these ingredients are fried in the butter for 10 minutes. Combine 1 L of water with a sachet of McCormick Slow Cooker Beef & Mushroom Ragout. Place rice, onion & mushroom mix in slow cooker with the water mix and 10 sprigs of fresh thyme ( i accidentally used rosemary instead and it was a very tasty mistake, just had to remove the stray leaves) . Cook on high for 2 hours, stirring every 1/2 hour. Just before serving mix through 1 cup of grated or shaved parmesan cheese and remove thyme sprigs ( or rosemary). An optional 2 Tablespoons of cream could be added before serving for a creamier version but i found i super creamy without any cream. Serves 4 - 6.

On a quilty note i am slowly finishing off my block 3 of Butterfly Garden, just a little more to do and then I'm done. I may just reach my goal of having all 3 blocks sewn together for class next week.

03 June 2008

Already Ready

Yipee ! I am ready for my next class at Foothills Fabric and Thread. Last week a small group of ladies including myself started a semi-QAYG flannel quilt with Sue Taylor ( here is the class sample ) and yesterday i finished piecing all my blocks. The next class isn't until the 18th of June but the fabric was so yummy that i had to get them all done asap.

However, i did find that i had trouble staying put at the machine. I think i am much better suited to appliqué and stitcheries, even though they take so much longer. Just as well i am also making Butterfly Garden, there's enough appliqué and stitcheries there to keep anyone satisfied.

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