Thursday, 30 July 2009

A date for your diary

Cumberland branch are having a talk by Kathy Troup - Editor of Stitch magazine at their AGM and would like to invite members of nearby branches to attend. The details are as follows:

Date Saturday 26 September at
Place Currock House Community Centre, Carlisle (it is easy to find - ask us for directions).
Time We should start at 1.30pm (providing the business doesn't go on for too long!!)

Tickets £6 each.

Please contact our secretary Geraldine for tickets - phone 01228 511423 or e-mail

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Labyrinths and mazes - goodbye Hampton Court

I have just been reading a historical novel by one of my favourite authors, its not often that I settle down for a good read at this time of year, but I have had these books for a few months and thought I can't keep my hands off them much longer. In anycase reading is such a pleasure, I wish I had more time for it. So I have been transported back to Crete and Knossos with it's Bull Ring and Labyrinth with Mary Renault at the helm.. Well I thought I have seen a Rainbow Square which reminds me of a maze so here she is I think this one is by Janet, but correct me if I am wrong.

I always think of Hampton Court when I think of mazes, funny how that links us back to the future and the EG, I wonder where the HQ will end up? Does anyone have an update on the current situation?

Also, while I am pondering, can anyone tell me what happened to Summer? Maybe it will return soon, today is more like Spring, fairly chilly really but I don't believe my new laptop is correct when it says the temp is 47f out there. Centigrade lovers you will have to take a back seat on this blog, sorry this girl is English through and through none of your stuff imposed upon us by Napoleon's ancestors here. Incidentally, I blame Napoleon for a lot of things which are wrong with the world but then I would because he set about reforming France with some stupid ideas which have stuck. I mean fancy driving on the right when he only did it to spite the English. Now everywhere you go they drive on the wrong side of the road.....Thank heavens Scotland is ok or I would never be able to go to my favourite place apart from Keswick. Also what about sticking with feet and inches??? At least in the US they do, so they are sensible sometimes.

Now to business, be sure to look closely at the bloglist because it is updated by me quite often and in it are some real gems. I have just added Diane Gaudynski, yes its true, she has started a blog on blogger just like us. Anyway, she is the best machine quilter in the world, and she does not mind giving tips and tricks at all. So its made my day, no my month.... and if you want any blogs added which you follow, just let me know, enjoy the sun if you can.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Embellisher Network

I have just added Fabulous Threads to the blog roll for Lesley and Jan as it has a group on it specifically for embellisher users, I hope it is useful.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

More Rainbow Squares

Well I do have some more squares to show you and it seemed a good idea to while away the time...Actually, I am supposed to be doing the accounts for the year end but hey, I get fed up with all those numbers swimming before my eyes, so I need diversions and this is one.

This is a felt square and has been expertly made by Marilyn of the choc and courgette cake fame.

Next we have a lovely square made by Val who is very good at canvaswork

And now for something completely different..

Yes its a Sally Special!

Those of you who know Sally will of course instantly recognise her style. She is always stitching something different and has famously made many 'angels' for Christmas.

So I hope you like the squares and I do have some more if anyone wants to see them just let me know. Meanwhile, its back to the calculator.........aagh

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Recipe as promised

We (Cumbria Patchworkers) enjoyed this cake on a sunny afternoon in Kirkby Stephen last month, so thanks for sharing the recipe with us Marilyn.


4 beaten eggs
150ml vegetable oil
130ml milk
300g soft brown sugar
350g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
75g cocoa
400g courgettes
1 tsp vanilla extract

Whisk eggs, oil and milk in a bowl then add sugar and mix well
Sift dry ingredients then fold into mixture.
Finely grate courgettes and stir into mixture with vanilla.
Spoon in to 20cm by 30cm or 2 X 18cm trays and bake at 190C, gas 5 for 40 mins or 30 if using two tins.

Beat together
100g butter
1 tsp van ess
250g icing sugar
Spread onto cake and dust with cocoa powder.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Adding a Gadget

Sometimes I find little additions which might make the blog more interesting or at least change its appearance a bit, as I don't like the idea of it stagnating. So I have added a Gadget (Blogger terminology) for extra content.

This one is useful though as its a Recipe Puppy, and before you all start to get ideas I am not advocating a change of diet... It is a search Gadget which allows you to look for common store cupboard items separated by commas and then gives recipe ideas.

So imagine the scenario, you have only an egg and some leeks and potatoes left in the cupboard along with general cupboard stuff and you need to give someone a meal, (yourself?) Well I came up with Cheesy Leek and Potato Bake which looks great, so try it and let me know how you get on.

Saturday, 4 July 2009

More squares

I really do need to make more time for embroidery. The days are longer but the garden beckons all the time and the number of jobs to be done seems to grow rather than diminish. Right now I know I should be trimming hedges not blogging but hey its my life. So since I do not seem to have a moment to sit infront of my beloved Bernina, I am indulging on my new laptop instead.

Anyway, you have not seen some of the squares we made for the Rainbow Project. I do have a few here now and its only days until they will wing their way to Summer School somehow or other, (I am still trying to find someone local who is going as I object to burning fuel in my car unless it is necessary). Failing that there is the good old postal service.

So first up we have a fetching number consisting of a rather enebriated rabbit or is it a tipsy hare? You can guess.

This next one is much more restrained, infact it is a posy or bouquet of flowers. What they would call in the florists a 'hand tied bunch'.

We have more flowers next but these look like long and short stitch in crewel work to me.

These are the real thing and just a change from all that blue on blue theme.

I grow these every year in my greenhouse usually as they are so very special to me because my Mother gave me the bulbs which she brought back with her from Guernsey. She called them Guernsey lillies but of course they are Nerine. I have kept them going for many years in her memory and would never enjoy the late summer so much if I did not look forward to them flowering. This was taken in my old greenhouse last summer.

I am anticipating an even bigger group of them this year as they have been through a few doubtful years when not many of the bulbs flowered but this year they seem to be looking happier. But back to the squares. This one is a frilly confecton with a purple sparkly butterfly settling in amongst the petals, no doubt to lay some caterpillars which will start eating them. (I had to evict some earlier today from my brocolli.)

Next is an amazing appliqué bunch of flowers, and I have included it for Melanie who needs to see more of this type of embroidery so she can learn how to do it. So this is for you..M I hope you like it.

Lastly, here is another one for M, this one was very quickly made by me using old bits of underwear....I know girls old knickers and things, really shocking but you see they had blue flowers on the lace and they were too good to waste. I dyed the lace for the arch with some yellow and pink silk fabric paint and then dabbed it with a paper towel to make it blend a bit. Then applied the cut out blue flowers as if they were growing up the arch in the garden and lastly added a few bluish green leaves in a muted style so they would not stand out too much.

Well I do have many more squares but perhaps I have exhausted the subject..If you want to see more please let me know and I will see if I can fit them in. Next time I have a recipe for cake which is made with courgettes, so until then, enjoy the sun.