Friday, July 7, 2017

Fiddling About

It has a quiet week, home by myself without DH, and kinda boring (only relieved by a day with the grandsons!!).  We were home all day on the 4th--well actually Grant had to work some so it was I who was home.  Our kids were all busy so we had a very low key hot dog dinner and the only fireworks we saw were the illegal ones being set off all around the neighborhood.  My sister also had to work that evening, but she invited me over to try a recipe I had given her from BH&G June 2017 magazine, a peach Prosecco cake.  Kathy likes to cook and bake for relaxation and this cake had a lot of steps. 

She did a very pretty job of the whipped cream topping. Not having any mint to hand, she decorated with basil.
The cake layers were soaked in Prosecco prior to assembly.  It didn't taste like alcohol at all, and made for a firmer and nicely chewy texture.  Great summer cake, delicious! I see the recipe has been pinned on Pinterest, on a quick internet search.

We put up new wall lamps in our home office, with the usual "quick trip to the hardware store" prior, during which I went up and down the aisles of our local Ace store trying to find molly bolts for drywall.  Finally located them as hollow wall anchors, then had to figure out the right length and find 8 matching ones.  The first molly bolt we tapped in the wall decided to be obnoxious and Grant had to pry the bolt out with another tool.

My quilt guild president arranged a workshop this weekend with a friend of hers and we jumped at the chance to join in for some curved sewing.  I ordered the Drunkard's path templates for easier cutting, though the teacher, Jen Carlton-Bailly, is bringing paper templates for her Curve blocks.  These recent Shop-Hop acquisitions will be the basis for my blocks.

Background fabric will be an Essex linen in a black/white weave.  I think it will be dramatic and fun.  Meanwhile I'm making a list of entries for the County Fair.  I'll be creating a pillow cover from an already made block, and found the necessary stash fabric to finish it. 

I'd also like to enter my modern Metro Twist quilt, which is at flimsy stage.  I have a quilting idea and the backing already made. I'm considering rounding the corners, inspired by this quilt...which will mean a bias binding, but that is no biggie.  Pondering that.  Opinions?  

To date I've only entered quilts in the Fair, but maybe this year I'll add a couple of cross-stitched pieces.  One will need to be framed and the other I'll finish off in a hoop.  It remains to be seen if all this will occur in the next 15 days or so! Right, I'd better get to sewing.


Janet said...

Entering items in a fair is always of luck with your entries😊

Janet O. said...

Such a pretty cake. Just give me the whipped cream and you can have the rest. : )
Very classy looking lamps.
I like your fabric for the curved blocks. Very pretty selection. I'm with you--I'd rather work with solid templates than paper ones any day!
I have entered everything BUT quilts in our county fair--costumes, wall hangings, muffins, cookies, pies, soap, cross-stitch. Maybe one day I will follow your lead and actually enter a quilt.

Louise said...

Yes, definitely do the rounded corners on your Metro Twist! It will echo the pieced edges so nicely. Are you thinking about using the same solid orange as your binding, or something else?

Preeti said...

The cake looks too sinful. I am sure I gained a pound just looking at it, not to mention the drool on my keyboard. Speaking of drooling, I bought four charm packs of Wing & Leaf fabric line. I am looking forward to the finished Metro Twist - whatever you do it will be one gorgeous quilt!!! Go for it.

Kate said...

Sounds like a low key week. The cake does look really yummy, you have my kind of sister, a sugar enabler! Good luck with your plans for the fair. I love your art piece, you should definitely get that one entered into the fair.

Angie in SoCal said...

An interesting week - not low key at all. A yummy cake - off to see the recipe.

Shasta Matova said...

The Metro Twist is so pretty. It will look wonderful with rounded corners. That cake looks delicious.

Barb said...

mmmm that cake look perfect for summer!
neat curved pattern and great great fabrics.

Jeannette said...

You are an artist!