Sunday, June 10, 2012

New Clothes, Baking & Friendship



Thanks so much for all of your lovely comments on my last post.  Living in such a beautiful place as Tasmania does have a slight downside and that is the cold dark days of winter.  For those of you that asked I do take a Vitamin D supplement but sometimes it is just not enough. 

To cheer myself up and get me going with my blog again I have given it some new clothes and a new banner above.  If you read my blog in reader then you won't see the changes unless you pop over. 

I use the free graphics over at "Free Pretty Things" - the link is on my sidebar on the right hand side - You have to see the Free Vintage Clipart she has - It's gorgeous.



Yesterday I decided to make a quiche for lunch and as I had no ready made pastry in the freezer I set about making my own.


I used my great grandmother's rolling pin which is one of my kitchen treasures


Into the oven it went and half an hour later


We had a lovely family sized quiche


It tasted delicious but unfortunately it was made from store bought eggs as my girls are having a little break from laying at the moment.


I then baked an orange poppyseed cake for afternoon tea


I couldn't get motivated to get into the sewing room until the late afternoon and then I think the only attraction was the single ray of winter sunshine that came through the window for a few minutes. 

 It's amazing how close friends know just the right time to call.  Dawn and I were on the phone having our usual natter and she was sewing granny squares.  We decided that an over the phone sew along would be the go to get me motivated


So I took my newly acquired Vintage Modern Jelly Roll and some white quilters homespun and set about cutting the fabric needed for 20 X granny squares.  It took less than half a jelly roll so I was pretty pleased with that.  The cutting took 20 minutes and all the time Dawn and I nattered and did the math together.


I sorted my squares into colour groups and then chose the squares for my first granny square.


And here is the end result - My first granny square.  I am not sure if my motivation will extend to anymore of these today but I am hoping so.  Dawn and I took a photo of the block that we sewed together (Hers is from Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree Quilts and is delicious !) Then we texted the photos to each other so we could see the other's work. 

It was a long distance sew along from Brighton in Tassie to Surrey Downs in South Australia but it was just the boost I needed.  Thanks Dawn - Love ya !!

Hugs - Fee XX

27 comments:

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

I love the new "tweeks" on your blog. Always so bright and pretty. I have never made my own pastry, it scares me too much! Maybe it's because I dont have such a kitchen treasure like you do :o) You Quiche does look yum and what a lovely idea for you and Dawn to sew together. I just love Granny squares and your blocks will be stunning in Vitage Modern. Enjoy your sunday. Hugs, Sharon

retdairyqueen said...

Your Granny square is lovely
Hope your Mo comes back I miss seeing your beautiful creations
Winter has hit us too It is so wet under foot I am trying to keep warm and get a bit of sewing done Thankfully I don't have to milk any more
I spare a thought for the poor old Dairy farmers that do
Hugs

De said...

The makeover looks so pretty and your granny square is great. Hope your sew along with Dawn was just what you needed to kick start your motivation!

Maree: said...

Sorry to hear you have been in a slump But that Granny Square is Gorgeous and a whole Quilt would look Fabulous!!(are you feelin the mojo happening vibe I'm sending you)lol
Your Quiche looks Beautiful love the long tin..very Mastercheffy..lol
Hope you are feeling better today Hun ..
Thinking of You.
xx

Marilyn said...

What a lovely idea and what a wonderful friend. A phone-along-sew-along sounds such fun and the resulting granny square looks gorgeous. Hoping the rest of your weekend is wonderful and a bit of sunshine would be a huge help. (no sunshine here today to send you though).
Love your fresh new look.
Hugs xx

Cathy (aka CrafteeCC) said...

Great granny square ;-)
It is great when friends can lift you up - even if it is long distance and over the phone ;-)

SandyN said...

Big hugs to you Fiona... I hope your day today is a little bit brighter...

Yummo you quiche looks so good.

sandyn

Debbie said...

You sure have been busy! The quiche looks delicious and I just love the granny square!

Mrs Shepo said...

New Pretty Blog, just the thing Fiona, to give you a lift, as well as your phone - along with Dawn, such a wonderful friend. I always think of Spring and Summer when the winter days are so bleak and the gardens look so bare of colour. Hope you are feeling much better. Cheers Pat.

Allie said...

Fee your blog looks wonderful - so so pretty!! You're tempting me to give it a go, my blog is so plain. The quiche looks good, I haven't made one of those in years.

How fun to sew together long distance...my favorite time to sew is while I'm chatting with a friend. Your granny square is beautiful, hon!

Fiona said...

That's a fabulous way to sew together.... I do love the granny squares and quiche is one of my favourite meals.... yours looks delish...
Hugz

Larissa said...

Oooh! That quiche looks YUMMY!!! MUST include one on the meal plan week after next (starting to plan our weekly menu's out so I don't have to think about it during the week...)!! ... And your granny square looks great in the Vintage Modern! I agree Dawns look pretty amazing too!! ... And i love the new 'clothes' you've given your blog! So pretty ... and seem perfect for you!!

Lisa D said...

Hi Fee...I hope you feel better in yourself soon. I take something stronger for my 'low' problem and I totally understand how you are feeling. What a great friend Dawn is. Being creative is a hard thing to do when we aren't in that creative space in our heads. z
I love your block.. the colours are just gorg and I love your new additions.
Take care of yourself

Lisa

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Combination of a special friend, wonderful baking, new project, sounds like a perfect way to spend a day...

Chookyblue...... said...

you Nan's rolling pin looks like my Nan's pin that I have too.......nice block.......

Maria said...

Nice new header..
I saw Dawn's Granny Block too and both are lovely..
I am wondering if I need to start a new project??
Your quiche and cake look yummy..
Perfect to warm you up.

Michelle said...

I love your granny squares, I plan on making some soon... :O) Your quiche looks delicious, I too am a little scared of making my own pastry Lol

Heleen Groot said...

Love the new layout on your blog. I think I have that fabric somewhere in my stash! Top tip for those horrible dark winter days: Try going to a tanning salon! Not for the colour, just for the heat and light. Trust me, it works. You don't have to go for weeks on end, but just every now and again. Hope you feel better soon!

pamkennison said...

Love the granny square Fee, am looking forward to moving to Tassie one day to retire, really love it down there. Keep your chin up :) hugs

Joy said...

Ooooh your quiche looks delish!! I never was any good at making pastry, always turns out like cardboard ... but yours looks terrific.
Do love your granny squares, your Modern Vintage is just perfick for it. Wouldn't mind trying these myself - yours and Dawnies look so pretty!
Hugs,
Joy :o) xxx

Dawn said...

What fun it was and Fee you inspired me along too..Mine are all cut out now, just waiting to be sewn togther...too cold in the sewing room tonight but maybe one tomorrow. Enjoyed chatting and can't wait to see your's complete... and that Quiche looks so yummy...must share your recipe..
Love ya too. Thanks
Dawn x x x

Jo in TAS said...

So how long did you end up chatting for? If i know you two it could've gone on for hours!

Cheryll said...

Your new blog looks really nice, Fee. It is smmuer HOT here but I have the worst time getting motivated in the winter months. You were very productive and will inspire me when it gets cold outside.

Susan said...

I love the idea of the phone-a-long sew-a-long and a great result!
No frozen pastry? - off to the shop for me - never really tried pastry - definitely in the "I cant be bothered basket"

Cheryll said...

Good for YoU! Love the new header too... so sweet! :)

Michelle May said...

Fee, you blog is every bit is beautiful as you. Love your granny squares. Friends always make the world a much sunnier place.
xx

Susan said...

Fee, your quiche looks so yummy! Makes me want to run into my kitchen and make one. I also love your granny square! I posted on Dawns page also, that I have some charm packs that I haven't quite decided what to do with and after seeing both of your granny squares, I think this is it! Thanks for the inspiration. I would love to have someone call and sew with me over the phone! What a blessing! Hugs!