Monday, March 02, 2015

Bumbling Honeys - March 2015

On Saturday evening Lizzie and her friends monopolised the lounge, eating homemade pizza and watching movies. I retreated to my girl cave to make these blocks for Claire. Fortunately Claire had given us the instructions early so I have one out of three commitments for March already completed.

The instructions for the cross block are here. Our instructions were low volume background and solid or tone on tone for the crosses. Tick, done.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Looking forward to March

March is the last month of this quarter, so I'll need to look back and see what I thought I'd finish this quarter.

First up is my ALYOF goal for March, to finish my Orbit quilt. This is so nearly done. I have about 1 metre of binding to hand stitch down. I will take this with me to the Eisteddfod this week in case we have any quiet moments. Then I have one square and five octagons to quilt which I'm planning to start today.

I also have my Wishes quilt to finish. Two Jersey friends have finished theirs, my blocks are sewn together and need a border, I think. Having dug the project out of my cupboard, I need to do one length of sashing on the longest sides and then the border. I also want to finish a few Moda Building blocks this month but that's not a official goal just a step towards finishing the project.

My smaller project to complete is a bag of teddies which has sat here for two years and need to be turned into Beau Bears. As well as these I have three bees to complete blocks for, I like to get these finished early on in the month so wait enthusiastically for the instructions  to be released.

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Friday, February 20, 2015

Hooray it's FNSI

Boo we're going out this evening to play in a canasta competition. But hooray there'll be cake as we've been baking today.

This is a lemon and poppy seed drizzle adapted from a recipe on the Nordicware UK Facebook page. Drizzling the bottom of the cake before taking it out of the pan was not a good idea, but it tastes nice. I'm hoping that none of the WI ladies will spot my patchwork cake skills and just enjoy the cake.
I have been under the weather for two days and I'm just coming out the other side. I spotted tonight was Friday Night Sew in but didn't feel up to any large projects. I also spotted this little needle case on Bee Lori's instagram feed, so decided that I would make it my FNSI project. It was quick to put together from my scrap bags.
And I even found the alphabet ribbon that I knew I wanted to use for this project. Shame the poppers I need are still MIA. A pretty and quick project which I think I will send to my mini quilt swap recipient.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Chocolate honeycomb bundt #Bundtbakers

I was going to make a chocolate cola Bundt originally and indeed I did a test run last week, but I wasn't satisfied with the result, though it was judged delicious by my canasta playing WI friends. I would have liked to call this a Crunchie Bundt but I thought that might infringe trademarks, but you know what I mean.
I paired a simple chocolate Bundt with shop bought toffee sauce and homemade honeycomb. It was baked in the Nordic Ware heritage pan which slightly resembles a honeycomb.
Start with making your honeycomb:
200g of caster sugar
4 tbsp. golden syrup
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Grease a tin - I used a silicon cake pan as I thought it would be easier to get out. And I was right. Put the sugar and golden syrup into a large saucepan and melt them together over a low heat until all of the sugar crystals are melted. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon. This took a few minutes but eventually they melted and started to colour. Turn up the heat until the mixture turns amber. Turn off the heat and add your bicarbonate of soda. Mix to incorporate, watch the magic happen as the mixture froths and foams and carefully pour into your greased tin.
Leave to cool whilst you make the Bundt.
50g cocoa
300g self raising flour
1 tbsp baking powder
450g caster sugar
225g butter or margarine
4 medium eggs
250 ml honey yogurt
1 tsp chocolate extract

Preheat your oven to 180degrees Centigrade. Put all of the ingredients into the bowl of your mixer in the order above. The wetter and heavier ingredients on the top will stop the cocoa and flour from filling the kitchen. Now mix for a few minutes on low until well combined. The extra baking powder enables you to do an all in one method without the cake being heavy.
Pour into your greased tin. I used Dr Oetker cake release spray and Nordicware's Heritage Bundt tin. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes until a knife or skewer inserted into the cake, comes out clean.
Leave the cake to cool in the tin for ten minutes before turning out onto a cake rack. Gather your caramel sauce, Bundt and honeycomb.

I then put the honeycomb into some parchment paper and broke it up using a rolling pin. I drizzled the sauce over the cake and piled on the broken honeycomb.
Enjoy!! My daughter has told me it's delicious but as I'm allergic to chocolate I've resisted trying some myself. I know I can rely on Lizzie to tell me if my cake's not up to scratch.
#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme.  Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on the BundtBakers home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to

Here are February's Chocolate themed Bundt Bakers:

Sunday, February 15, 2015

In the pink

A perfect little pink block to sew yesterday on Valentine's Day from the Moda Building Blocks quilt. Five more to go - two 6" blocks for which I've drawn up the foundation pattern on EQ7 and three large blocks which I am avoiding. So today I will either continue to avoid the big blocks and load my Orbit quilt on my long arm or I'll cut out the first of the three large blocks left to stitch.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Aviatrix finish

This is going to be light on photos as there's no one else at home when it's light enough to take a good photograph. I received the Essex linen for the binding on Monday and it's now been handstitched down and is ready for its Eisteddfod label. I thought I only had one more project to finish with poppers on a cushion, but I realise I need to get the glass taken off a cross stitch sampler, which I can drop off today on the way to have my nails done.
So after finding the poppers for the cushion I need to:
  • Make three string blocks for Ann
  • Finish three other blocks for Siblings Together and do a post for Saturday
  • Quilt my Orbit Quilt  - another Quilt Along that didn't get quilted at the time I made the top
  • And when I need a break from quilting, I can sew a Moda Building Block or two. Six left to make including, three of the four large blocks.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hazel hedgehog

I've finished another project and in the same month I started it, despite promising myself not to start anything else. I blame Gnome Angel for hosting the Quilt Along (QAL)

Hazel Hedgehog QAL on

A few favourite blocks - Freddie the Fox on a background of Priory Square. I blanket stitched around the glasses on my Bernina.
Love the Cotton & Steel arrow print for the spines. All of the spines were Cotton & Steel - mostly from Jane's stash. typically I found another fat quarter in my stash, after I'd finished the blocks.
All of the backgrounds were low volume fabrics from my stash and the body and faces were plains from either my own stash or Jane's stash. All have now been returned. I purchased the binding which isn't a strip but behaves like a stripe, picking up the aquas and pinks from the blocks.