This is Helen's quilt that she made for her son's 18th out of brown and blue reproductions. It is called Walnut Hill and is a pattern from Patchwork on Stonleigh.
On Friday we helped Michelle make a quilt for her parents' 50th wedding anniversary. We managed to get all the stars sewn, then attached the sashing strips. Michelle finished it off over the next couple of days and sent us progress photos of it.
The quilt was made using an old 3 Sisters range called Wuthering Heights and she was lucky enough to find meterage for the border.
This is the Disappearing 9 patch from last post. It is my mother's 80th birthday on Saturday and I made this for her. The binding is stitched down and the label has been signed by all the kids and attached to the back.
Our eldest son, Christopher celebrated his 26th birthday on the weekend. I decided I would make him a giant cupcake. I have a special tin to make it with and it requires a double quantity of cake batter. The above picture is how it looks. I chose to make Chocolate Ganash icing to put on the top. This pic below is the end result.....
I was worried about burning it and decided it was cooked (it looked like it was) and stupidly I didn't stick a skewer in to check. I thought there was something amiss when it took a while to lift out of the tin. To my horror, there was a massive hole in the centre of the bottom layer and it wasn't cooked all the way through. I had already used a whole packet of chocolate for the icing, so I decided to cut up the cooked bits and ice them with the ganash. This was at 4pm and as I was about to put the roast in the oven, I didn't have time to make another cake. Thank God for the Cheesecake Shop is all I can say.
The weather has been really cold but beautiful sunny days and we have been sitting outside in the afternoon to warm up with the sun. This is my guard dog Buddy. He was concentrating very hard listening for the dog next door, ready to chase him up and down the fence line with his ferocious bark!
Milo, on the other hand, was quite content to lay in the sun and have a rest. This photo was taken with my iphone. Turned out pretty good I think.