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'Banter' is not apt description of contributions to the Blog of late.
Circumstances, i.e. hospital visits - attending to the sick - running about like a headless chicken - have demanded my full attention hence pictures of quilts Ancient and Modern in place of text.
I shall continue to bombard you with an eclectic selection of craft work until things have resolved and sick relatives are restored to rude health. Health, at any rate.
Meanwhile, am beavering away - administering Beechams Powders to all and sundry - mopping brow(s), including mine own, serving calf's foot jelly and copious quantities of of beef tea to invalid(s) - attaching Border and Appliqué(s) to the Autumn version of Singing Garden Quilt.
Not to mention washing/ironing and feeding the birds.
Oh, mustn't forget scrubbing the step with donkey stone as good Lancashire housewives are expected to do.
Am having fun playing with Blog - lots of wonderful colours but I'll try not to get too carried away. Tra la la la . . . .
I do hope participating quilters add their own original appliqué touches to SG. Make it personal and much more exciting.
Step-by-Step instructions for techniques can be accessed on Popular Patchwork website by clicking www.popularpatchwork.com on side bar of this Blog.
For all sewing needs, including wonderful fabrics, click on 'Fabrix' website at side bar. The lovely, talented and always smiling Terri, is at your service. Go on - have a click!
You want a wonderful bag to end all bags? Brenda and Peter Dean in Oz have a pattern for it.
Click on'e-quilting'website at side bar and you'll see what I mean. Go on - have a click!!
i) Sister in hospital for knee op. ii) Great grand child, Baby Harry - has chicken pox. iii) Eldest daughter has chest infection - seeing doc tomorrow. iv) Daughter-in-law going in hospital next Tuesday for hip replacement. v) My close friend having major bowel op on 29th.
I am fine!
Ah! Just remembered - having laser treatment on eyes on 13th January. Perhaps that doesn't count. Just hope the doc has recovered from New Year celebrations and doesn't have shaky hands like Shakin' Stevens!
A bit depressed after a visit to Christie Hospital (cancer hospital for non UK residents) so popped into this store en route from said hospital to buy some calico. If they had some.
If they had some??? Barry has EVERYTHING! Wunderbar fabrics for every imaginable creation.
A veritable Aladdin's Cave! They have branches all over the UK so do have a look guy and gals.
No website I'm afraid. You'll have to totter along to the store. They cater for everything creative and are CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP! Yes, that's how cheap they are. Only canaries are cheeper.
Perhaps the word inexpensive is more appropriate having had a good education. Me that is. Not sure about Barry.
Talking of whom - I hope you read this Barry, this 'cos I 'm going to ask for a discount when I next visit the store - which will probably be tomorrow as we have another CT scan appointment in the morning.
Lots of quilters make charming fabric postcards to send to each other. Perhaps, when I have more time I will have a go at this whimsical activity. I like whimsical!
Meanwhile most of my present time is spent making bed quilts for magazines, friends and family, plus Linus quilts, not to mention lots of quilting to re-decorate my home, which is showing signs of wear and shabbiness.
Made heavy curtains for entrance hall - appliquéd a design to match original stained glass window - see above.
Am planning to make bedroom curtains, using Liberty fabrics, covered with tasteful Celtic motifs to match the proposed Celtic Quilt for my bed.
Using 1930's designs for living room curtains. Appliquéd on very heavy cream linen.
So you see, not much time for 'owt else, apart from cooking, cleaning, nursing, gardening, singing, exercising and writing tosh on Blog.
Talking of postcards, Priscilla, from (www.popularpatchwork.com) sent me a lovely fabric postcard she had created from a photograph of my garden. It's enchanting and I was delighted to receive it. You can see the postcard in the Gallery on Pop Pw site.
Quilt is now rolled up and packed ready to go to Editor of Popular Patchwork magazine and is to be revealed sometime next Spring. The pic below shows the unfinished top.
Must say the quilting has transformed it.
It has been a fun quilt to make - tho' not without some hairy moments, with broken needles, thread and the accompanying ripe epithet.
Have nearly finished the Autumn Garden quilt top, but still have a few more blocks to make of the Winter version.
My GPQ Sampler Group are heading for the last round up. Final workshop on Saturday.
Some great quilts have emerged from this group.
My Elgar Quilt Group have almost finished their quilts. Next step is designing an Elgar Quilt for The Elgar room at the Rectory. Have some glorious fabrics, which I luckily bought from the States when the exchange rate was favourable. Over $2 to the £1 at the time.
Off to bed in a few minutes having spent a sleepless night watching the US elections.
You will need at least a couple of lbs of Bramleys.
As you can see in the second picture - I had a bucketful. I didn't weigh my apples.
Enough juice was left over after making Chilli and Mint jelly. Enough to make a few extra jars of Rosemary Apple Jelly and at least half a dozen jars of plain Apple jelly.
You can find fruit jelly recipes in almost any cookbook - recipes are mostly the same - but here's the one I used (filched from my brother David's recipe collection - a brilliant engineer in real life.) Thanks David.
Definitive RECIPE for Simply Wonderful Apple Jelly.
Bramleys 3 - 4lbs
Approximately 3 lbs of jam-making sugar or granulated sugar
Enough cold water to cover the chopped fruit in pan (see pic).
For Chilli Apple Jelly - add 2tsps dried chilli flakes
For Mint Jelly - add 2 dessertsp finely chopped fresh mint + food colouring, if desired.
i) Roughly chop apples including skin/pips/cores.
ii) Put in large pan.
iii) Put enough cold water in pan to cover chopped apples.
iv) Bring to the boil.
v) Reduce heat. Simmer for approx 40 minutes.
Fruit should look pulpy.
vi) Pour the whole mixture into jelly bag (sterilised).
vii) Leave to drain into large bowl - preferably o/night. Cover contraption with large cloth.
viii) Measure juice and pour into clean pan.
ix) Add 1lb sugar for each pint (or 500ml) of juice.
If making Chilli Apple Jelly then add 1 tsp dried chilli flakes for each pint of juice.
x) Stir the mixture and have heat on low until sugar is dissolved.
xi) Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and skim scum from surface.
xii) Return to the boil. Boil vigorously for 15 to 20 minutes until setting point is reached.
Test for set:
Pour a few drops of jelly onto cold saucer that has been in freezer for half an hour.
If jelly wrinkles when slightly pushed - setting point is reached.
xiii) Remove pan from heat. Let stand for a couple of minutes.
xiv) Ladle or pour liquid (HOT) jelly into sterilised jars using wide-mouth funnel.
I sterilise jars by putting them through the dishwasher - then into 200ºC oven for 10 min.
xv) Seal each jar with a wax disc (see pic) and a slightly wet large cellophane disc.
xvi) Fasten with elastic bands before leaving to cool.
xvii) Finish off by covering the top of each jar with some pretty fabric.
Enjoy! It's a lovely delicate jelly and the Chilli Apple Jelly has a real kick!
Am primitive cook.
Enjoy quilting/appliqué but seeking to break out of my comfort zone - starting with feathers aka Patsy Thompson..
Like gardening, studying birds, drawing.
Relaxing and pottering about are high on my agenda.
Love music, play the ukulele and sing my heart out with local choirs.