Thursday, January 22, 2015

MORE TOMATOES and some CUCUMBERS

More tomatoes have ripened and so have the cucumbers so more  cooking to make bread and butter cucumbers for winter eating and more tomato pickles. Next lot of tomatoes will go into more soup to freeze for winter. It has been a good year for the garden this year thankfully as last year was a disaster. Also we have been picking lots of pencil eggplants, if that is the correct  name and I have been adding them to casseroles and last night marinated some in garlic, olive oil and rock salt and then roasted them. Quite tasty but I prefer them in casseroles as the taste is pretty bland. Also not my  favourite veggie.



 The bread and butter cucumbers are tasty in a cold lamb sandwich, yummy.

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The tomato pickles, DH likes these and so does my son in law and another batch cooking now so there will be some to share.

Bye for now as I am off to finish my Grandaughter`s quilt after lunch.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

LOTS OF TOMATOES

Dear hubby picked 75 kilos of tomatoes and then it was up to me to deal with them. Gave lots to the neighbours and then started to cook.



First up made tomato soup. Two bowls for dinner tonight and another two lots packaged and in the freezer. Below is the first batch of tomato sauce and ran out of bottles, so off soon to get some more. when I get back will be cooking my first batch of tomato chutney and then more sauce for the daughters.
Bye for now Jude
 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SOME LOVELY FLOWERS

I have been busy doing Christmas sewing and lots of parties, and sadly neglecting my blog so my new years resolution will be to come here and do more blogs.My friend Dawn showed me how to sew these great flowers, I have made some in frozen colours for the grandaughters and 1 in Christmas colours for my self. I have more to make in the Chrissie colours and get in the post for the GD`s in Sydney so going now to make a start on them.
 Bye for now Jude


Thursday, September 25, 2014

BAG ANYONE?


 My black and white bag is for when I am travelling as I can fit all I need for the journey.


 This is my chocolate ripple bag and I just love it. The pattern is titled Raspberry Ripple and is from Melly and Me. this is the first bag I have made in a long time but was a little too small when travelling to put all that I needed for the trip so I made the black and white bag above. Both turned out better than I hoped and were quite easy to make. I should have put the photos the other way round but i forgot which goes on first, so you see them in reverse  from how I sewed them.



This bag is "Pack Up Your Troubles" from Designs by Joy Coey from Joypatch  and I made it to take all those extra bits and pieces when I travel by plane. It can hold a great amount and is legal size for cabin luggage.  It is the first time I have used bag weight wadding and was very easy to manage and sew.

bye for now Jude

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

SOME SEWING TO SHARE

Hi every one, I have been very busy stitching and sewing lately and have a couple of things to show you, more are still works in progress.


 My daughter,Megan is in the SES in NSW and needed costumes to fit Barbie dolls for an exhibition they are having shortly. She sent an old shirt and these 2 dollies clothes are the result. They are a bit big but will have to do.


 My eldest granddaughter was over for the holidays and wanted to make a cushion. She picked a pieced butterfly to make and did quite well, i had to put the zip in as that was too hard for her to do.


 My sister Barbara asked me to make her a horse quilt. I made a matching pillow for her as well. It took me a little time to find a horse that looked like hers and below is the finished quilt.
Cheers for now Jude.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

BACK ON MY BLOG

Hi everyone, it`s been a while since I have blogged as I have been having trouble with my account but I hope it has been resolved now.
Recently I was in Melbourne with 50 other beautiful quilters and had a fabulous time laughing, drinking (non alcoholic of course) lots of chatting, a great bus tour of quilt shops and even managed a few stitches in a new project. I will share when its done. I also received some beautiful new patterns and will gradually get them done and show you the results. I have finished my first one by Designs By Fee and it is a great Retreat organiser for everything you need for quilting on the go. Next I hope to do Dawns Preston bag, so watch this space.


 This is the front of The Everyday Retreat Bag and it was a quick and easy pattern to follow.


 Here is the inside with all I need stored inside. and below are the 2 pin cushions made from the patterns that Fee gave us at Let`s Get Stitched. I also made a cover for my rotary cutter and a scissor scabbard from the left over fabric.



Bye for now Jude.

Monday, January 13, 2014

MY GRANDDAUGHTERS QUILTS

This is Brooke showing off her first quilt. She has made it for her dollies and was very happy when it was finished. Brookis 7 years old.


Here is Jade with her first big quilt, last year she made her first dollies quilt. Jade is 8 1/2 years old. Jades quilt is a row by row, quilt as you go quilt as I thought she would find it easy to sew. The binding is sewed on the machine as Jade still finds hand sewing hard to do. She added a little blue applique bird to give it a bit of character and has called her quilt Birdie Rails as the fabric used was called Birdie by MODA.
Bye for now and I will try to blog more often this year, Jude