It’s been ages since I last did a baking post but I think/ hope these will make up for it! A lovely soft muffin with a gooey Nutella middle and a crunchy praline topping. You will need: 300g Plain Flour 145g Caster Sugar 1tbsp Baking Powder 1/2 tsp Salt 250ml Whole Milk 1tsp Vanilla Essence 85g Melted Butter 2 Large Eggs 150g Nutella 30g Finely Chopped hazelnuts Method: * Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 * Sift the plain flour and baking powder into 115g of the caster sugar and mix together * Pour the milk and vanilla essence into a separate bowl or jug, break the eggs in one at a time and whisk gently together by hand. * Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the milk mix *Add the melted butter *Add 80g of nutella to the batter and mix until all combined *Spoon the mixture into each of the prepared cases filling 1/4 full * Add 1 teaspoon of nutella into the middle of each muffin and then the remaining batter filling until two thirds full *Sprinkle over the chopped nuts and remaining caster sugar *Bake for 25-30 minutes *Leave in tin to cool then place on a cooling rack *Serve and enjoy!
I recently had the delight of coming across The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery which sell the cutest cross stitch patterns EVER! After recently enjoying some cross stitch from The Liberty Cross Stitch book I knew I had to give these patterns a try, the hardest part was picking which one!
I initially signed up for a Christmas Stitch along which you can see here but as that doesn’t start until the 14th of November I wanted something to do in the meantime. I picked the pattern Legendary Friends.
Now because I didn’t have the blue aida/ linen that was suggested for this pattern I had to improvise with the colours a bit, but it actually worked out really well and I’m very happy with the results.
As I was stitching this lovely up I knew what I would make it into when it was finished, it seemed the perfect feature to a lavender sleep pillow. Being a bit of a troubled sleeper I always sleep with a little lavender pillow next to my pillow and I am in need of a new one. I had a little bit of the cloud fabric leftover from my Spring Stitching Quilt, (I knew it’d be handy to be a scrap hoarder!) I added a little bit of soft wadding and some hand quilting et Voila…
I love these pastel colours! I know we are now in autumn and my colours should reflect that but for me pinks and pastels win every time!
I couldn’t let the back go unnoticed even if it is going to spend most of its life under my pillow, linen and lace another of my favourite combos!
I think I might try and sneak in another pattern before the start of the Christmas sew along :)
Here is a sneak peek of the Christmas Stitch..
I must have a pair of those scissors too!!
Do you remember my last post I was having some fun with my leftover scrap hexies, well this is it finished! And it turns out it makes a perfect little mat for my sewing machine.
Of course I had to include some polka dots, and I had some spotty binding left over from the Spring quilt. You can see the quilting better on the back, they look like sunrays! :)
My little Momiji likes it!
After blogging about my Spring Stitching Club quilt it reminded me that I had some hexies left over that I didn’t use, and as a way to grip onto a little bit of spring sunshine I thought I’d see if I could come up with something for the rest of them. I think it’ll either be a mini quilt or maybe I’ll turn it into a cushion, either way it’s been nice playing with these cute fabrics again!
So I know it’s autumn and a liiiitttle bit late but believe it or not I did actually finish this project months ago. The first batch of photos I took I was not happy with and it’s taken until now to redo and edit them, silly really as I was so proud to have finished my second ever quilt I should have shared sooner! I’m not very good at photographing quilts and I’m not sure I have done it justice.
Too many photos? They are not the best I know but it gives you a idea of the finished project, I’m just sorry it took so long, being poorly has meant I’ve got a bit behind with things like that. I have another quilt to photograph to show you!
I loved this project so much! And it made me fall back in love with hexies and quilting. As I started a bit late with this stitch along I didn’t have the time to plan my fabrics but it actually all worked out ok. I used some fabrics from my stash but I did find myself making a few purchases to get it just right. The bee fabric wasn’t planned I was at my local fabric shop looking for a fabric to finish it and there it was, it was like it was meant to bee… (sorry!) Of course it had to be polka dot binding, and as it was a spring project it had to be yellow.
If you fancy giving it a go yourself, it is still available to purchase and download here.
It’s all very exciting because my hexie quilt, the one I was supposed to have finished the same time the World Cup finished is almost finished!
The past week I’ve been battling with the hand quilting. Now as you know I love hand sewing but hand quilting is a whole different story… I can officially say that blood, sweat and tears went into the making of this quilt!
Before I started I thought I would be able to make do without a thimble and was using just a standard embroidery needle, but after several attempts I knew I had to rethink my kit. Luckily I remembered I already had some quilting needles and so out they came, I then went online to find myself some finger protection! It’s safe to say I got through a fair few plasters! I also ordered a hoop but didn’t get on with that so well. I was actually really disappointed about my attempts and how difficult it was, I had had visions of enjoying evenings of peacefully hand quilting the entire quilt, but it ended up being a workout and exhausting! I got to the point where I couldn’t wait to finish.
Now I won’t say I’ll never hand quilt again but I think I will try on something a lot smaller like a pillow or something, the bulkiness of the quilt just made it very difficult. It was hard to get the stitches perfect and that frustrated me so much!! I’ve ended up doing a bit of machine quilting too as I just didn’t trust my hand stitches mainly because they look so tiny on the back side of the quilt.
The thing with being self taught is I have no idea if I’m doing things right or wrong, it’s all trial and error! My mum has a C&G Diploma in Patchwork so she has been a huge part of my learning and is great at giving me little tips and tricks, but I normally only ask her after I’ve been struggling for a bit, so I should really learn to go to her sooner! I also need to learn not to be such a perfectionist when I’m learning something new, I can’t expect to be perfect first time, and when I do see pictures of beautifully hand-quilted items it’s most likely not their first time doing it and they have more than likely been doing it for a few years! I beat myself up so badly if I don’t do something perfect first time, not just in sewing it’s in everything I do.
Time for the binding! This is slowly becoming my favourite part of quilt making, and now I’m so close to the finish line I’ll actually be sad to not have it to work on anymore, but it’ll be great to see it finally finished!
I can’t wait to share the finished quilt with you all.
I’ve finally finished my hexie quilt top! I have to admit there was a point when I thought it would never be finished, especially when I had to un-pick an entire row! But now I can say it’s done! Don’t get me wrong I really enjoyed stitching this but there does come a time when you are near the end of a long project that you desperately want to cross the finish line!
Here is a little sneaky peek, sorry for the bad photo this was taken impromptu on my phone. I will of course have proper pictures of the completed project. I’ve decided I’m going to have a go at hand quilting this one… it seems fitting seeming as the quilt is hand-stitched. The dotted lines you can see are just my markings of where I will quilt, not sure if that’s cheating or not? I’m a bit of a perfectionist though so this should save me some time in the long run.
My backing fabric and binding fabric arrived on Friday but rather frustratingly the wadding failed to show, so my plan of doing some hand quilting over the weekend was not to be, its also why I marked the quilt lines with pen. How cute is the cherry binding! You can find it here and the backing fabric which is 108″ wide! is from here
Finally my top picks from the past week, you can see here some of the photo-a-day prompts that I have done, and another sneak peak of the finished quilt top! (I’m @saysies if you want to follow me)
OK so I know I start every month off with I can’t believe its …. *insert month here* but I REALLY can’t believe it’s September. I feel like I must have slept through most of August, which is entirely possible given how unwell I have been, and now I wake up to see autumn is rolling in, it’s hibernation in reverse!
Anyway here is a few snapshots from August. You can see the rest in my Instagram feed.
Lots of baking in there inspired by The Great British Bake Off, have you been watching? What are your thoughts on the “Bincident”?
In the bottom right hand corner of the mosaic there is a little peek at the top I mentioned in my last post, the neckline is unfinished and I just used cheapy polycotton fabric but it was fun to make nonetheless. I doubt it will make an appearance in the outside world!
Speaking of instagram a new month means a whole new month of #fmsphotoaday!
Simply take a photo of the prompt on that day and post it to instagram with the #fmsphotoaday. It’s lots of fun! :) Not on instagram? They have a facebook group too!
Hello there! I know it’s been a while but *whispers* I’ve still been unwell. Onwards and upwards I hope to be back on top of things soon!
I thought I would share with you my completed cross stitch from my last post. It took longer than I had planned, but it’s done now and I’m really pleased with it. It was a lovely little project to stitch and I am looking forward to trying more from the book.
I’ve also been working on my hexie quilt.
A little sneak peak for you. If you’ve been following my progress you’ll know I thought I would be finished with this by now, but life and illness got in the way of that. Plus I needed a little break from it and that’s where the cross stitch came in! I’m glad to have had the break from it and I know have a renewed passion for it and a determination to see it finished.
I also actually attempted to make my first ever item of clothing a simple top, it’s not quite finished yet, but I really enjoyed making it and it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be I just took each step at a time and ended up with something that resembles the picture on the packet! I will be sharing that project and my plans for more soon!
I’m a huge lover of Liberty Fabrics, and cross stitch so when I saw that there was a Liberty Cross Stitch book I had to invest!
The book is full of beautiful patterns and projects.
Even if your not a fan of Liberty but love a bit of pretty cross stitch this book is for you. So many times I buy a craft book and see only one or two things I would like to make, but in this there are plenty I want to stitch!
This is the chart I chose to start with, you can see the completed project on the front cover, admittedly I will probably not make into a cushion, I’m waiting to see when I’ve finished it what I will make, but I think I will just be framing it. I chose to change the colours slightly as I wasn’t a fan of the dark blue. It’s been a while since I last did any cross stitch but I fell into this so easily.
I do recommend photocopying the pattern, especially if your like me and like to mark off where you have stitched, it saves you having to mark the book. The only teeny tiny complaint I have is there is no arrows to help you mark the centre of the pattern, but that’s only a minor niggle and not a biggie.
The book assumes you have some cross stitch knowledge and dives straight into the projects, so if you’ve not cross stitched before you may want to learn from other sources first.
All in all it’s a fab book with some super pretty stitches and project ideas. Floral cross stitch that is on bang on trend and not old fashioned. I would highly recommend!
Disclaimer: This is my own views and opinions, in no way have I been asked or paid to do this review, it’s just me wanting to share a book I purchased and really liked :)