Finally my new bag pattern is finished. If you’d like to make one or two of these funky “green” shopping or project bags then click on the Paypal button over on the right. I’ve made the pattern easily affordable in the hope that people won’t print out lots of copies for their friends. If you want to share then just change the quantity in the Paypal form and when I email you the pattern I’ll give you permission to send copies to the number you’ve purchased. This may be naive of me but I think most people are honest and understand that at $5 a pop I’m not making a fortune.
1 1/2 cups of self-raising flour
1/2 to 3/4 cup of Splenda (you can use sugar if you prefer)
1 tablespoon of Macadamia oil (you can use melted butter if you prefer)
1 large egg
3/4 cup of milk
3/4 cup of frozen raspberries (separated)
Whisk the milk, egg and oil together then add the frozen raspberries.
Gently stir in the Splenda and then little by little, stir in the self-raising flour until there is no more flour showing when you stir it. Be gentle. If you stir too much or too vigourously you’ll make the muffins tough.
Spray a light spray of oil into some silicone muffin tins and split the mixture evenly between the six muffins. Place them in the oven and cook at 200deg C for 15 – 20 mintues, or until the muffins are golden brown and spring back when touched.
Appliqué, appliqué, appliqué! I’m up to my neck in it, but that’s the way I like it. I think appliqué is one of my favourite techniques.
The first one I’m working on is this…
I’m struck by how creased it becomes as I work on it. When I see other people’s appliqué it always seems to look crisp and pristine even in the middle of the work. Maybe I’m just a scruffy appliquér (if there is such a word).
What are you working on at the moment?
You’ve all heard me talk of Catherine’s Place before, well she currently has a very tempting laminated cotton co-op on the go at the moment. (My new bag pattern would look great in one of these.) I
‘ve seen laminated cottons here in Australia from as much as $42 per metre. Catherine’s price? Only $15.95! (Minimum purchase on any fabric is .5 of a metre.) Here are just a few of the yummy fabrics she has on offer.
|It says on the website that the Co-op closes this Friday but Catherine tells me she’s extended it until next Friday so get in quick if you’re looking for laminated cotton.
To join the co-op just go to her website, scroll down a little and click on Laminated Fabric Co-at the bottom of the left menu bar. Also down there you’ll see “Clearance Items”. Click on that and you’ll find a whole host of items on sale including Kokka fabric and Gutermann thread and more.
I have a few irons in the fire at the moment so I thought I’d take stock.
1. The bag pattern
I’m busy revising my bag pattern. Do you remember these?
I also sent her a copy of my pattern and she tested it for me. I’m in the process of making the changes she suggested and then it will be available. It’s a simple pattern and even I – the world’s slowest machine sew-er – can make one in a couple of hours.
Here are some photos of the ones that Sylvia made. She used that double-sided, pre-quilted fabric and I think they look great. She made a shorter one and a longer one. The pattern is flexible and it’s really up to you what size you make it.
I’ve finished my second spiral scarf. I’ve taken pictures of both of them so that you can see the differences in the colours. The first has more purples and lavenders and the second more pinks and corals.
While I’m pleased with the finished results I’m not a happy camper with regards to the yarn. The last ball of the Noro Silk Garden Lite had a couple of problems. The first was that it had a weak spot at the beginning and a 50cm piece broke off and the second was this.
This is an expensive designer yarn and personally I don’t think knots in it are acceptable. Noro, however, begs to differ. They told me that:
“Whilst technically one knot per ball is deemed to be acceptable throughout the industry, we certainly would be disappointed if this were the case with our yarns.
We do appreciate your having brought this to our attention as it enables us to take this up with the spinner in a positive manner.”
They didn’t address the issue of breakage and I had to write back to remind them this wasn’t the only problem I had encountered. Their reply:
“We are sorry to hear of your disappointment with this yarn. If you would like a refund you will need to take it back to the shop where the yarn was purchased, but unfortunately this yarn is now discontinued and we do not have stock. Sorry for any inconvenience.”
Am I being picky to think that they are not viewing this from my point of view at all? Isn’t it obvious that if I found the knot in the middle of the ball I have already invested substantial time and effort KNITTING IT UP? Am I expected to undo it, rewind it and take it back to a shop that may not have any more. A refund isn’t going to help because this project requires more than one ball so how would I finish it then?
Maybe I’m being unfair to them? What do you think? After all they did apologise, but somehow it felt like a very perfunctory apology. So what sort of reply did I expect. I guess one that acknowledged my issues. Something along the lines of:
“We’re sorry your knitting project, and your enjoyment of our yarn, has been marred by what appears to be one substandard ball. Our quality control is very strict and we’re surprised that this got through. Please accept our apolgies and this voucher for $10 off your next purchase.”
Oh well, I can dream. Will I be buying Noro yarns again? Lovely as they are, probably not.
[Edit: Bidding has now closed. Congratulations Suzanne on your winning bid! ] Today is the last day for bidding on the Angel James 1930s Repro Quilt. Bidding is currently at $280 (really just “at cost” when you consider it was professionally quilted and is made of good quality cotton fabrics) and the quilt is “on-the-market” and so will be sold.
If you know anyone who would love a 1930s Repro Quilt where the purchase price will go to help an inspiring young woman complete her rehabilitation after a debilitating spinal stroke then please spread the word.
Thank you all for your help and for those lovely ladies who have bid for the quilt. Good Luck everyone!
First let me thank you for taking part in the poll and for your lovely, encouraging comments. Here are the results (you can click on the image to get a larger, easier-to-read one):
As you can see Tutorials are the most popular, closely followed by Free Patterns and Interesting webistes and Info. I’ll see what I can do. 🙂
Well, while 156 of you voted, only 26 of you left your names on the comments section. The trusty Mr Random gave us his verdict which was…
Number 3! And number three was Chérie! Congratulations Chérie. I’ve sent you an email so when I get your address this cute bag pattern will be on its way to you.
My friend Di(3) and I went to the Craft Expo at Rosehill Racecourse yesterday and had a lovely time. I managed to find some more teals and purples and I bought 10 fat quarters of fabric with text on, which I’m also collecting at the moment.
Photo taking was frowned on there and I was also too engrossed in the fabric to remember, if truth be told, to take any photos. However, when we got home I got out all my teals and purples and co-ordinating prints and we had a play with them. I took some photos so you can see my collection. Here they are:
And here is my text collection including a Dick and Jane on white, A Dick and Jane in multicolours and an Alice in Wonderland text fabric.
Give Away Reminder
Please vote in the poll (you’ve got till the end of today – Sunday, Aussie time) and leave me a comment saying you’ve voted and I’ll draw the winner tomorrow.
I’m off to the Craft Expo this morning. They’re a bit funny about photos but I’ll take my camera anyway and see if I can take some photos to show you.
I’m looking for fabric that has teal and purple in it. I’ve been collecting teals and purples and I have 21 teals and 19 purples of ordinary cotton fabric. I have one that has teal AND purple and some beautiful teal and purple batiks. I have no idea what I’m going to make with them – it’s just fermenting in my head.
In the meantime I started an applique project. I’m using my Trace and Baste technique. If you’re interested to know how to do that you can find an article I wrote and a block to practice it on in the this month’s (March) issue of The Quilt Pattern Magazine. I haven’t done enough to show you yet but hopefully in the next couple of days I’ll be able to show you something.
Don’t forget the Poll…
I’m really grateful to those of you who have voted in the poll. Only 8 of you, however, have entered the giveaway by commenting after you voted. I’ll keep the poll and give-away open until Sunday and then I’ll draw a winner.
…and the Quilt Auction
Only 3 days to go and we haven’t reached the reserve yet. (We’re almost there) If you know of anyone who would love a 1930s repro quilt and would like to know that the proceeds are going such a wonderful cause please pass on the word. The story is here and the bid page is here. If you have a blog I’d be very grateful if you could post about it. Feel free to use any of the text or photos related to this. Thank you.