Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I fell in love.....


Oooooh what could it be..........
My NEW BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In action :o) I made a Sticky Date Christmas Pudding (mixed fruit and brandy to make it Christmassy - lovely)

Ever since I saw my first one, I knew I had to have one but deep down inside I didn't think I ever would. Then Special Edition, 90th Anniversary came to be and Candy Apple Red, it was made just for me! Yep, I licked that spoon he he he.
My blog is definitely going to include more baking from now on. I also received a pressure cooker from Santa (he looks a lot like my dad) so it's going to be a cookfest from now on around here.
Time to do some quilting on the Commish.
Abbe x

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Almost too festive!

My dads wonderful tree by night -
The star of Christmas lunch who had present unwrapping down to an art form by lunchtime -

My 'tree'. I couldn't get into a whole tree this year so I bought a lovely angel and then my aunt Jude sent me this lovely wall-hanging that she made. Lucky me!
I have felt unbloggy lately. I think it was the result of too much Christmasness. I have been enjoying reading everyone else's adventures though.
I hope you all had wonderful festive days and enjoy family time, good food and fabulous gifts.
Abbe x

Friday, December 11, 2009


I have basted the Commish - I used 505 Basting Spray which I like as you can see where it lands and get a more even spread. I've spray basted nearly all of the quilts I've ever made and never had a problem with discolouration or anything. I figure being a baby quilt this one will be used and abused and washed over and over which will eliminate any left over glue stuff.

I have also used bamboo batting for the first time. I bought it at the Drapers of Mt Macedon (which is actually in Gisborne, Victoria) which is a shop that I hadn't been to before. They have lots of fabric, patterns etc. I'll definitely go back again. The batting seems very soft and it will be interesting to see how it quilts and then how it 'wears'. I don't know the brand as it was last off-cut from the roll.

I hope everyones Christmas preparations are going well,

Abbe :o)

Monday, December 7, 2009

She's apples!

A productive day today. I baked yummy vanilla cupcakes from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook for my neighbours 2nd birthday. Blue icing to make them kid-friendly. They are definitely one of the best batches I've ever made.
I also had my first turn with the bread maker that my dad gave me for my birthday. I made a fruit loaf but I added a bit of extra fruit than what it suggested and it doesn't seem to have mixed in as well as it should have. I probably should have stuck to the recipe measurements. Haven't tasted it yet because I ate too much kiddie party food :) It'll be breaky tomorrow.

After that I got started on the one Christmas present I plan on making. Mr CP bought himself an Apple notebook laptop thingy so I've decided to make him a sleeve for it. I might also do a little on for his IPhone as well. Depends if he's good...
My curtain has a tail. No it doesn't, it's Miss Annabell. She likes to keep an eye on what is happening outside...her naughty catness wanting to go out and get up to nocturnal catty things.
Not a chance!
Happy sewing,
Abbe :0)

Thursday, December 3, 2009

So much to say!

Righto, I've been meaning to post since the Market on Saturday but it just hasn't happened so now I have so much to tell you!!
The market was great, I bought a kit from Jodi aka RicRac so at some stage plan on making these. I had a coffee and chat with Julie from Provincial Patch. She has the most infectious laugh and encouraged spending - I like the girl! I met several other bloggers including Curlypops, PatchAndi and Mary. Was really great to see these ladies in the real world. Pretty good market too. Can you tell I was distracted by meeting people? :0)

I've also been stitching away and managed to finish The Commish (commissioned) quilt. I'm really happy with how it turned out. Now for some quilting....

I've been fabric shopping. Again. Bought some goodies from Ballarat Patchwork where they are having a sale. Oh, I love a sale!
The other week my sweet aunt Pam gave me some keys....
I love them. The new ones are second from the left kind of brass looking. They fit right in don't they?

AND.... I won a giveaway. Woo hoo!!!! Some Free Market Fancy fabrics are heading to me.

Right, I think I am all caught up. Til next time,
Happy stitching,
Abbe x