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News of Cheese and a New Year Wheeze

2 Jan

In case you were wondering what happened to The Big Cheese and his big cheeses here is a peek at what remained on Christmas Day by the time I managed to get a photograph. They have all been maturing away for several months and certainly all have a kick. Must be the unpasteurised milk.

Gouda, Gruyere, Cheddar, Stilton and Gorgonzola.

Still on the subject of food,  Number One Daughter made star biscuit christmas trees for some of her work colleagues. Could be an inspiration if you are stuck for an idea for next year. The edible glitter doesn’t show up on the photographs but was very impressive.

Presented in cellophane.

She also made some cards.

Just in case you thought my trunk full of old projects was empty I took some photographs of a ‘Night Before Christmas’ quilt I made a couple of years ago. It took a very long time to do the embroideries but the rest was fairly straight forward. An heirloom I think.

Embroidery patterns available from Emblibrary.com

To round off the year we dressed up for New Year’s Eve. Daughter Number One embroidered masks as a token to fancy dress. She used quite a few metallics in tribute to the occasion.

Our village embraces fancy dress every New Year so if you go out dressed normally you feel out of place. The sad thing is that wearing ball gowns with the addition of a mask was enough to count as fancy dress. Sad times.

The patterns for these are also available at Emblibrary.com

My New Years Resolution is to finish my UFOs. I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

Say “Cheese”

18 Jul

In my last post I mentioned the Big Cheese’s birthday. Here is a photo of the cake Daughter number one made for him.

The 'Cheeseboard' Cake

Just to prove it is a cake here it is with the candles ready to blow out.

Ready to Wish

Personally I am very impressed a) at the idea and b) at the execution. Convincing or what.

You Can’t Quilt Cheese

9 Jul

My Husband has discovered cheesemaking which is very appropriate as his children have for years referred to him as ‘The Big Cheese’. It all started with a visit to New Zealand during which we visited a long lost cousin and his family. They made their own cheese and  the process had produced one of those really smelly Camemberts  that seem to be banned from our supermarkets and therefore our tables in case we might succumb to whatever bugs our ancestors seemed to survive with few problems. As soon as he tasted it he had to know how to make it and he finally went on a course in Somerset two weeks ago with the result that he has spent today making 25 litres of milk into 5 different cheeses. I’m not too sure how it will all pan out as cheese has to mature and it tends to pong a bit whilst it is doing so. The Cheddar and Roquefort he brought back from the course are competing with the aroma drifting up from the river where they are finally sorting out our village sewerage system. I’m not sure which is winning. Anyway, I fully intended to help with the whole exercise but it became apparent in the first five minutes that I am far too stupid to make cheese so I decided to preserve the marriage a bit longer and disappear into my workroom which is just along the corridor from the cellar in which he was making the cheese (he also uses it to make sausages but that is another story).

Anyway you can’t quilt cheese or I would have found a way to do it by now.

I am waiting for the next batch of tracings from the graphic design department before I can start on my next quilt  and so I decided to have a go at one of the patterns I had bought from one of my favourite pattern designers Sally Miller at ‘Millamac‘ It is called ‘Australia All Over’ and it has lots of scenes involving Australian animals. I have done a couple of her designs before and they are great fun. I’m not sure whether they are the easiest thing to start on but I like a challenge so I learned quite a lot by trial and error several years ago. To cut a long story short I have spent most of the day tracing possums and kangaroos onto fusible webbing. There are worse ways to spend the day and it is a legal addiction as far as I know.

Tomorrow I will be sorting through my extensive stash to find all the bits of fabric appropriate to each panel on the quilt. I am really looking forward to it. My pleasures in life are simple if ultimately expensive.

On a completely different tack (The Big Cheese has a boat too so I am au fait with nautical terms) have you discovered Loralie Harris Fabrics and embroideries. I will upload a picture of one of her panels – Senior Prom – and if you think it is interesting have a look on the nsaaquilting.co.uk website as I have lots of different panels and fabrics from her range.  I also offer some of her embroideries in my kits. Have a look and give me some feedback.If you need some fat quarters to match try the pink or brown matching fat quarters .

Senior Prom fat quarters brown.