Monday, May 12, 2008

I am off in a couple of weeks to a 3 day retreat - Yey!!

Lots of eating, talking and quilting. The place is near the water so walking might be the order of the day also. One of the requirements was a challenge to make a small quilt suitable for the baby unit of the local hospital. I had 7 of the star blocks for the front, and the nine patch blocks on the back already made, so I thought why not combine them into one quilt. Once again using up stuff in storage!! Such a good feeling.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

I am still on a mission to break the back on my quilt stash, but I know it'll never happen.I started this quilt in 1997 I think, but after piecing about 25 blocks I just put it away in a box.I got it out again the other day and yesterday pieced another 4 blocks. I started to analyse it and piece it Bonnies way, i.e. 16 half square triangles for each block - just keep making heaps of them, then piece lots of blocks at the same time, instead of 1 block at a time.
have just had morning tea and eaten some of the most fabulous birthday cake ever. A friend of ours made this for DH's birthday. She bought a horse from us recently and has been coming here every day to train her little fellow. It is a carrot cake with cream cheese icing. The green stuff is coconut to represent grass, and you can see the little white buttons which are mushrooms. The choccy bickies are the fence to the arena. Aren't some people clever.I can bake pretty well, but have never attempted to ice a cake like that.