Friday, May 22, 2015

Apple and Blackberry Crumble Tarts

Winter is not my favorite season, but you can't live a positive life with a negative mind, so you have to embrace all that this cold, wet, miserable season has to offer. On the top of my list is winter desserts; not fancy, complicated works of art but simple, rustic, soul warming cooking :)
I love those "warm the cockles of your heart" syrupy puddings, jam roly poly's, baked custards, dumplings and my very, quick and easy, Apple and Blackberry Crumble Tarts:
The tarts are loaded with those wonderful classic flavours, easily achieved using staples from your pantry. There's no need to be fancy as the tarts are free forming and I find the rustic look, more appealing and warming to the soul; just like nan used to make.
Blackberries are my antioxidant of choice at the moment, but these work wonderfully with raspberries or blueberries or any combination of your choice, so grab whatever you have in your freezer and get baking. The pastry is beautiful and short and hidden beneath the fruit filling, is a delicious nutty crumble which you are sure to love ♥
These little tarts are wonderful served warm with a sprinkling of icing sugar, some ice cream, whipped cream or custard but they are just as nice cold, for morning and afternoon tea.
If you would like to give these yummy tarts a try, download the recipe HERE.
I hope you enjoy these Apple and Blackberry Crumble Tarts and that they "warm the cockles" of yours and your families hearts during winter :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Chatelaine- Free BOW Sampler Quilt Block 29

This weeks lovely block is Grape Basket. There are many variations of the humble basket block, from the very basic to the more intricate and, of course, this version is my favorite.
There is a bit of fiddling with smaller pieces, for this one and due to the colour combination I selected there is a "wastage" of a few triangles but I hope you forgive me for this and if not, you can always change the colours to suit :)
I hope you enjoy this one; it is a pretty block and I think it will be perfect in our samplers.
To download this weeks free pattern, just visit HERE.
Happy sewing :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sophie- Part 8

As my Sophie blanket grows, each row takes longer to complete so my progress is slower. I try to work on it each night and most nights I can complete a full row, depending on the difficulty, or if I have to unravel due to inattention. I'm happy to update that Part 8 is now complete and I just love this blanket more and more with every row I add.
Part 8 was all about adding the white ruffle flowers to the long sides and the large centre flowers to each of the short sides. I've learnt a few new stitches and it really is amazing, what you can achieve with some wool, a hook, some very basic crochet knowledge and a brilliantly written pattern :)
I'm looking forward to what Part 9 has to offer and to see this beauty grow even more.

Monday, May 18, 2015

May's Fun Free Projects

I managed to complete my two May projects in good time this month, which was great :) First up is block 5 of the FQS Snapshots quilt "Kindred Kitchen":
The apron block was inspired by the love of home cooked meals and the love of food. My grandmother always wore a pretty apron (or pinny as she called it) and she loved to bake, lots :) Cooking is very near and dear to me and I put a lot of love and time, into the meals and cakes etc. which I prepare for my family (and everyone else who walks through the door).
I had a lot of fun with this months block and I think it looks great. The second project is the May "Snow Happy Heart" from Bunny Hill Designs:
I love the little tulip she is holding and the garland of flowers around her forehead. Another pretty little heart to add to my collection :)
If you need the links to either of these projects, see my original blog post HERE.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Charm Square Fabric Trays

Have you seen the clever tutorial for the zakka inspired fabric trays from Lisa at A Spoonful Of Sugar? These are so fun to make and are totally addictive:
The tutorial suggests an orphan charm square and a square of lovely linen but I made these using two Bonnie and Camille charm squares as I'm in need of purchasing some linen. You cant see very well from the photo's but I did also quilt a little flower in the base of each of them, just because :)
Maddi put a couple in her room, to store hair pins and spare change and I put the other two in my studio for added storage, which is always handy. The uses for these little trays are endless and I can see many more of these being made in my future; they would be great to make and fill with little goodies, to give as gifts :)
I do love a quick, easy and practical project and if you haven't seen it, the tutorial for these little trays is right HERE. Thanks Lisa, these are great :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Chatelaine- Free BOW Sampler Quilt Block 28

This weeks block is the stunning, Centennial. This is another pretty and intricate star block and I kept this one quite simple in my fabric choices; this is my first use of a solid fabric, I think and I believe it works well with this block.
A simple little nine patch makes up the centre unit and I love the two tone tips of the star. It is another quick and easy block to piece and I'm sure you will have fun with it :)
To download and print this weeks free pattern, just visit HERE.
Happy sewing :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Juicy Fruits and Whipped Creme Blanket

Last night I finished crocheting Maddi's Juicy Fruits and Whipped Creme blanket and it has already been put to good use, on this cold, windy autumn morning:
She loves everything purple and has been quite eager for me to finish, even though she has one I made her last year :) I did enjoy working on it but once the pattern becomes familiar, I start to lose interest and it seems to slow down my progress.
It's finished off with a pretty scalloped border and it does frame it well, disguising all those uneven edges. It is lovely to see her all snuggled underneath it; it warms my heart to see the kids love and use, what I make for them :)
Now this one is all finished, I can fully concentrate on my Sophie blanket :)
Back to the hook :)
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