My sewing mojo has finally returned, just at the same time the Great British Sewing Bee has returned to our screens. Monday morning I dashed over to Tikki Patchwork in Kew and found some great bright fabrics for a pinwheel baby quilt and at work on Tuesday I made up quite a few blocks. Today I pressed them at home after seeing this brilliant half square triangle layout, I am still undecided what pattern I will follow although
layout 2 is becoming a firm favorite, oh and layout 5!
I have also been experimenting with the New York blocks, Pinterest is full of them and I just had to try just one. I used the fat quarters I found at Tikki and a few pieces I have kept from older projects.
Paper piecing this was fun and quick, thought I’d try making a few more – maybe a little less scrappy. I’ve been wanting to order Lucky Girl by Jennifer Paganelli (also available from here in GB) and this would be perfect for the new york blocks. Red Pepper Quilts made a mini quilt using the NY block circle of flying geese, so beautiful! Now to decide on the half square triangles and get stitching! What has inspired you this week?
Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
The ‘journey’ ( why journey and not a life times worth of experience) since we bought our home has been huge, we bought a flat that hadn’t been changed since 1950 and had a little tinkering some where around 1970. The loo is during the demolition of the flat and the wallpaper circa 1940′s.
So much work has happened and the staging is in need of work. I have loved the renovation process and hated it, from paper, working with an architect, my dream of how I thought it could be, to reality – at times I never thought it was possible.
Here is my heart hot water bottle, the heart is made from Amy Butler Love collection and is made up from 4 different appliqued hearts.
Maybe boiled eggs and soldiers for 2?
or maybe some delicious handmade sweetness? River Cottage marshmallows
or a jar of sweets?
photo from Waitrose.com
I love trying new recipes, I found this turkey, spinach & pinenut salad in Waitrose. Very quick and delicious winter salad, perfect to rustle up after a long day at work, I have changed the quantities as there are just 2 of us at home and changed the salad cream for low fat mayo.
3 British Turkey breast Escalopes
1/2 tbsp olive oil
grated zest and juice of half a lemon
1/2 teasp ground cumin
50g frozen petit pois
1 tbsp light hellman’s mayonnaise
large handfull baby spinach leaves
25g pine nuts toasted
1. whisk together the oil, lemon zest and juice, cumin, salt & Pepper. Place the turkey in a non-metalic dish and pour over the marinade. Cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
sit down at this point with cup of tea or glass of chilled white wine, as the turkey marinades.
2. cook the peas for 2 minuets, drain and set aside.
3. heat a frying pan, add the turkey and the marinade. Fry for 2 – 3 minuets each side until cooked through, remove from the pan. Add the mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons of water to the pan, stir for 1 minuet. I then added the turkey, peas and spinach back to the pan and combined for 1 minuet, just to wilt the spinach.
4. serve and scatter with toasted pine nuts.