Friday 30 March 2012

In the Mail: Block from Laura

Laura's block arrived in the mail today - isn't it lovely?

Thanks Laura - I love it!

And this is the combined result for round one:
(Nin, Juliet, Laura, Lisa, Cat, Me)

Have a great weekend everyone!
L x

Tuesday 20 March 2012

Modern Sampler Bee - Round 2!!

Soon it will seem as if I have no life other than making Quilting Bee blocks!  I promise my 3 children and husband are still mostly alive and looked after :)

I've signed up for Round 2 of Cat's Modern Sampler Bee.  I've also offered/suggested/asked to be in both groups so there'll be lots of blocks being made!  Whoopee!!

The two groups are:
Hive 1:

Hive 2:

These are the blocks I received during round one:

And the blocks I made for round one:

So excited about round two!!!
Happy Hump Day!

In the mail: Block from Lisa

I had a happy letterbox today!  Not only did I receive a parcel of new fabrics for the bee, but Lisa's block arrived too!

Thanks Lisa - I love it and it looks great alongside the other ones!

Thursday 15 March 2012

Deeeelicious Blueberry Muffins

I've made these muffins 4 times in the last 2 weeks... The first 3 batches were gifted and the last batch has stayed home - much to the family's delight :)

- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tsps baking powder
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 cup blueberries/raspberries
I added:
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp vanilla essence

Crump Topping:
- 1/2 cup white sugar (I used brown sugar)
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1 1/2 tsps ground cinnamon

1.  Preheat oven to 200'C.  Grease muffin tray or use muffin liners/cups.
2.  Sift to combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.  Place the vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup, add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup.  Mix this, along with the vanilla essence, with the flour mixture.  Fold in the berries (and choc chips).
3.  Crumb Topping:  Mix the sugar, flour, butter and cinnamon together with a fork or your fingers to create a crumbly mixture.
4.  Fill the muffin cups right to the top and sprinkle with the topping.
5.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the oven until done.
Recipe from

Scrum Yum.
Happy Baking!

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Wednesday 14 March 2012

In the Mail: Block from Cat

Cat's block arrived in the mail yesterday - I Love My Letterbox :)

It's beautiful and so pretty - thank you Cat - I Love It!!
And thank you for the little soap too : )

Tuesday 13 March 2012

Happy mail... to be sure

Look what we received in the mail...
This lovely little house and all these goodies arrived from my House Ornament Swap Partner, Linda - all the way from Ireland.

She included lots of little things for the girls who have of course decided the the entire contents was obviously for them :)

Thank you so much Linda - a lovely little house and very thoughtful and kind goodies for the girls.  We All love it!  I've loved having you as my swapping partner and learning lots of new things!

Have a great Wednesday!

Thursday 8 March 2012

Modern Sampler Bee: Block for Laura

Last block - Laura's.  Pretty pink and blue on white.  I enjoyed playing around with the different sizes and possible layouts - so many possibilities!

Have a happy day!

Wednesday 7 March 2012

Knock knock...

Earlier this year I signed up for Kirsty's Stitched House Ornament Swap.

They are the cutest little houses - how could I resist?  It took me aaaages to finally get round to making one for my swap partner, the talented Linda.

Linda's favourite colours are blue, yellow, green, pink and purple, and I'd also noticed she'd recently tried her hand at some hexies...  I wanted to do something a bit unique for her, so the idea of making the "roof" section out of hexies was born.  They look a bit like tiles and eaves don't you think?  I didn't like my selection of numbers available so the front door got a bell instead, and it smells nice too as I popped some dried lavender in with the stuffing.  :)

It was hard to draw a line on where to stop with so many possible things to add or enhance.  It's endless!

I hope you love it as much as I do Linda!

Joining in here.

Tuesday 6 March 2012

Modern Sampler Bee: Block for Cat

I am definitely signing up for the second round of this Bee!  Here is lovely hostess Cat's block.  A great thing about the "modern" aspect of the bee is that anything goes!  Although the hexies require a lot of time and effort and prep, sewing them to the backing fabric was simple, quick and modern!

Have a beautiful day :)

Monday 5 March 2012

Modern Sampler Bee: Block for Lisa

Many of the fabric bits I needed for the Bee came from Cat who had lots of perfectly coloured bits in her stash.      This was Lisa's block.  Received and loved - yay!

Dont forget to smile today!

Sunday 4 March 2012

Modern Sampler Bee: Block for Nin

Nin had the most interesting colour choices for the Bee - but I loved how much I loved it once it all came together!

Have a fab day!

Saturday 3 March 2012

Modern Sampler Bee: My Block

I completed my block a couple of days ago - whoopee!  The hexie blocks idea came from the book Block Party.  A great little book with lots of how to's, explanations and inspiration.  Our blocks are 12.5"x12.5" and the hexagons are 2" and 4" in size.

Have a great week!

Friday 2 March 2012

Modern Sampler Bee: In the mail #2

And another has arrived!  This one from the talented Nin.  I am starting to get seriously excited about putting all these blocks together!

Thanks Nin - I love it!

Thursday 1 March 2012

Modern Sampler Bee: In the mail

I have been meaning to put the lovely block Juliet whipped up for me, on display for almost a month now!
Isn't she a clever!? I love it! The first of the 6 blocks for our Modern Sampler Bee.

Have a good weekend!

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