On Sunday I went to the pictures (translation: the movies/the cinema) at Westfield (translation: BIG HUGE MAHOOSIVE mall on the outskirts of London) with Mr Crafty Shenanigans instead of doing any quilting... However, I did manage to baste my Green-grey-teal-turquoise quilt.
I HATE BASTING!! But it is done now, phew! I soooo want to complete this one for the 2nd Quarter Finish-Along with Quilter in the Gap but basting sucks! If I lived somewhere even a fraction bigger it might be considered an 'ok' process, but small houses are not suited for basting quilts [even small quilts], let me tell you! If I can finish this quilt, it would mean I managed to get 2 out of 3 on my 2nd quarter list done.... and that would make me happy! I have Friday off work this week so I know I have a day to complete it if I don't get very far in the evenings. Not sure what I will use for the binding... need a day to think about that.
Yesterday I made some Mars Bar Squares - yum!! I had a craving for these super sweet, crunchy squares - no peanut butter involved this time. You couldn't find an easier recipe than this one! The first time I made these squares was in Ottawa in 1999 when I lived with my best friends. We made them A LOT! The recipe was from one of their chocolate cookbooks so I'm sorry I don't know who to credit these to.
Mars Bar Squares
~4 Mars Bars, cut up into small chunks, added to 1/2 cup butter in a pot on medium heat.
Stir until chocolate bars are completely melted and add to 3 cups of Rice Krispies in a big bowl and stir well.
~Put mixture into a greased 9x9 Pyrex dish. Flatten down and spread out into corners with the back of a spoon.
~Melt some plain/semi-sweet chocolate chips and butter and spread on top of mixture.
~Leave to cool, slice, eat. YUM!
Yay - I finally made my sample block for the Running with Scissors Quilting Bee (the burried block is the lime green from the Sweetwater Reunion line). I'm making the "On the Go Quilt" by Melissa Corry (pattern found on Moda Bakeshop) which has been on my list for ages! I love it! I posted all my fabrics today so hopefully the girls get them for the beginning of July as they were all going to the USA.
A few months ago I didn't possess a single pin cushion so I decided to make one in order to get my pins out of a Tupperware container. I made the huge square block scrappy one in the picture below. Then Zakka came into my life and I made a second one using Vanessa Arbuthnott and Joel Dewberry fabrics with a nice green button - yum. Then I made a third one for the Zakka sewing kit. Since then I have been given six more to add to my awesome [and growing] collection! From zero to nine in a few months is pretty good going I'd say.
Middle pin cushion - Susan. From top clockwise: mine,
Sue, Hadley, mine, Sue, Danielle, FQR.
They are all soooo different!! Colour, size, texture and even the stuffing varies from cushion to cushion. So - a big THANK YOU goes to Sue -Caesarea Scrappers for my Zakka text fabrics pin cushion with lace and matching finger ring pin cushion, Hadley -Flying Blind on a Rocket Cycle for my Cath Kidson inspired mini pin cushion, Danielle -DJ Coolbear for my purple and blue felt English Paper Pieced pin cushion, Susan -Canadian Abroad for the Gnome pin cushion in red and the Fat Quarterly Retreat goodie bag for the floral pin cushion with scissors. I am now a collector of pin cushions without even realising it :)
What sewing/craft related item(s) do you collect??
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