I’ve finished Row: 4 of the Kimono Quilt. Next I have to sew the last horizontal sashing together, sew it onto the bottom and then add that row the other other three. Then I have to decide whether or not to put a border on it, and if so, what colour should it be? Any suggestions? Do you favour a border?
This recipe makes two loaves or one loaf and 12 muffins.
1 cup of washed, dried apricots, roughly chopped
1 cup of washed sultanas (golden raisins in the US)
2 cups of washed, dried, pitted, dates, roughly chopped
1 cup of bran (either processed or unprocessed)
1 cup of rolled oats
3 cups of low-fat milk
1 cup of Splenda (sucralose)
3 cups of self-raising flour
3 teaspoons of cinnamon
Place the dried fruit, the bran and the rolled oats in a bowl and add the milk. Mix it up and leave it to soak for 30 minutes to an hour. It really depends on whether you are using processed bran or unprocessed bran. Use an hour for the first and 30 minutes for the second.
In another bowl sift the flour, and cinnamon together. Add the Splenda to the wet ingredients and stir until it is all dissolved. Then, adding a little at a time, stir the dry ingredients into the wet fruit mix. Mix thoroughly and then put the mixture into either two loaf tins, or one loaf tin and two muffin tins (6 in each).
Heat your oven to
170F or 340C 340F or 170C. If you are cooking muffins too then test them after 20 minutes ( I found mine took 25 minutes to cook). For the loaf turn the temperature down to 320F or 160C for another 20 minutes. Then test with a wooden skewer to see if it is cooked inside.
This loaf is lovely on its own or with some butter or cholesterol lowering margarine – your choice.
This recipe is based on one from Catherine Saxelby and Jennene Plummer’s wonderful book - Zest Cookbook.
If you haven’t got it I advise you to take a look. You can buy it from the Book Depository with free shipping – see affiliate link) or direct from Catherine Saxelby’s Foodwatch website. It has some really splendid (and very healthy and nutritious) recipes.
My version of her recipe has more, and different dried fruits, uses Splenda instead of sugar and adds oats to the mix. I have, however, made her “Apricot Bran Loaf” and it is really yummy too.
I thought I’d show you my how I made my “design decisions” for the Kimono Quilt and the progress I’ve made.
Once I had made my Kimono Block, I then had 16 and so could play with the layout of them until I found one I was happy with. It was quite hard to find a balance as they are all so lovely and yet so very different. It took me several trials before I came up with this one.
As you can see I was helped by my able assistant, Mr Tiggy.
After this I cut some of the sashings and I sewed the sashings between the top four blocks.
Then I cut the horizontal sashings and and laid the blocks out onto different fabrics to see which one I should use for the cornerstones.
The first fabric I tried was a red version of the cream Futoji Kanji which I used for the sashings.
I have sewn the first two vertical sashings to the first block in the second row so I’m happy with my progress as I am hand-piecing these blocks. Better get back to it…
During the Sewjournal Blog Birthday week my order of Magnolia Lane fabrics arrived from Fabric Chicks.
I took a photo to show you and forgot in the heat of all those give-aways. [Don't worry ladies I'm hoping to be able to post them this Thursday.]
So here they are. My favourites are the Painter’s Canvas ones. I really like the “slub” effect they’ve incorporated and the colours are beautiful.
I’m really looking forward to using these soon.
When I was compiling my list of WIPs I forgot to add the Kimono Quilt! I have actually been working on it. My friends made me 15 blocks and so I needed to make another to make a 4 x 4 quilt. I got the pattern from a friend on Thursday and so yesterday I cut it out, vlisofixed it and appliquéd it, using blanket stitch, to the background. Here it is. What do you think?
I decided to list my Works In Progress (WIPs) or Projects Half Done (PHDs). I don’t do UFOs. At least that’s what I tell myself. So what does my list look like? Well it’s not too bad…
- Quilting the Appliqué Sampler Quilt – (75% finished)
- Appliquéing the Tree of Life Cushion – (75% finished – just the leaves to add)
- The lost appliqué - (it’s been found and has been basted but that’s all, so say 10% finished)
- Klosjes – (can’t say how finished this is becasue I don’t know what I’m going to make with it and how long I will go on with it.)
- The Splash of Colour Quilt top – (this has stalled and I may make pillows from the blocks instead so 30% finished.)
I think that’s it. I do have some Southern Gentleman Quilt Blocks that I have done but I’ve never really committed to making the full quilt and I have some other experimental blocks that I have tried from time to time but I don’t really classify any of those as WIPS, PHDs or UFOs.
What about you? How long is your list?
Yesterday a friend rang me up and asked if I wanted to visit a Patchwork shop I hadn’t been to before. She said it would be an “experience”. She wasn’t wrong. The “shop” was in a shed in the backyard of a home and it had heaps and heaps of fabric and was really well laid out. The only problem was that the whole place, and all the fabric, reeked of cigarette smoke. YUK!
Despite this I did actually buy some fabric which I thought would make great sashing for the kimono blocks.
I laid the blocks out on the fabric and took some photos to get an idea. What do you think?