Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A little bit of this and a little bit of that.

It seems like I don't have much going on at the moment. I did my best impression of a kitchen goddess and tried out these cheesy feet. I didn't really like them , they were virtually a cheesy pastry but appealed to my sense of humour. I think I'll send the fun cutter to my grandkids and they can make sweet feet instead. That or look for another cracker recipe.
I'm also still making  bread regularly and not only is it cheaper, it's not full of preservatives and other unknown numbers of ingredients. Who remembers all those numbers anyway and whether they're bad for us or not.This one happens to be a sourdough.
We've been making the most of some nice weather in the weekends and doing the odd day drive. It's so nice to be out in the countryside.
One shop I visited had some nice linen and a few fat quarters which I thought would be perfect for making pouches.
I was also looking for this book which I've been eyeing up for a while. When Nat posted her tea cosy, that was it, I decided I did need the book and I found it, now I just need to search out some wool.
The other sort of place I have a good time hanging out at is stationery and office supply shops. That sounds a bit nerdy but there was a reason for going.
This is what I was after, a trestle table to do my hand basting and any big fusible ironing job. The good thing is that it folds up for storage.
My little distraction this week on the sewing front has been this block, It was just a quick fix but I loved it.

48 comments:

Notjustnat said...

You did see my comment about this block over at Glorious Applique blog. I love the darker mood of fabric you used in this block. Specially the orange centre. Love it! Wow, no stopping you now with the Really wild tea cosies book. I'm almost finished my second one for a gift - Those feet are cute and they might go well with a cuppa soup - Hugs Nat

Kate said...

The tea cosy book really appeals to my sense of "quirky" ... love it! Can't wait to see what you make.

And your Roseville block - gorgeous.

Teresa said...

Your block is fantastic! The center is especially cool.

I like office supplies as well - I think I like back-to-school time better than my daughter!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Rachaeldaisy said...

Those cheesy feet are hilarious!!!! Love your latest block!! Looking forward to seeing some wild tea cosies.

Sue-Anne said...

Your bread looks divine! I am looking forward to seeing some unusual tea cozies from you and Nat and I love your newest applique block.

Lizzie said...

I have the same 'foot' cutter and the girls always want to paint the toes with icing.....pretty cute when it's done!
Lizzie
xxx

PatchworkRose said...

Hi Janet
I adore that Block. I am sure the GK will enjoy making feet.
Cheers
Lynne

Kathie said...

oh my those little feet crackers are adorable, the kids will love them!
can't you imagine them using frosting to paint the toes or making flip flops on the feet!
how fun
your roseville album block is just beautiful
I may have to do this block next now!
just beautiful so have you started the second block yet?????
Kathie

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous block. Love the flower center. Great fabrics you picked up. I have a project going with the bright apple fabric. I love stationery stores.

Elisabeth said...

Hey, this cookies looks so fun! Love that cutter! And your bread, who would not taste that? Mmmmm... Admirer that wild tea cosies :-)

Elisabeth

Sue said...

I'm off out to look for foot print cutters. so cute.
I love your block, just gorgeous

Jackie said...

Sometimes little diversions are a great way to keep you from getting bored or tired of what you might be working on at the time. Sort of a refresher. I happen to like all your little diversions. I have to say that I also love the office supply stores too. Not sure what it is, but you can always fin something that has a nifty use. Love, love, love the applique block!!

Miriam said...

I love your little distraction!!! That block is amazing!
I love office supplies stores too.
Beautiful photograph of the countryside.
Cute crackers!!!

Crispy said...

Yummmm sour dough is my favorite bread. I LOVE the fabric on the left and I too like hanging out at the office supply store :0)

Crispy

Kaaren said...

Sour dough is our favorite bread but I haven't the foggiest how to make it from scratch. Maybe that's a good thing too...for my hips, i.e.

Now as far as the cheesy feet go, I think I could handle those. They sound yummy.

And while I'm on the yummy topic...your block is to die for! The colors and choice of fabrics is divine! *sigh*

broderie said...

i love office supplies shops and a good card shop and newsagents also! i also love your block, but i have said before your applique is amazing. well done janet!

ranette said...

Gorgeous "distraction"....I hope you get distracted more and more :o)

The little feet are adorable and I may have to search out the book...looks intriguing!

Ahhh...I actually just got a whiff of your sourdough bread...mmmmmm....

Meredith said...

Feet cookies with sprinkles? Glad you were able to get a table. You seem to be moving pretty fast on the new applique quilt.

Karen said...

ahhh to be so distracted!
Your Glorious Applique block is gorgeous. Can't wait to start making bread myself- and those cheesy feet look delish!
Thanks for the giggle- funky tea cozies are hysterical.
Karen

Lori said...

Ah, what a great block!
Nice you can be out and about to enjoy the weather. Your area looks beautiful.

Marion B. said...

Nice post but I do like the bread and tea cosy most hihi.

Barb said...

what a fun applique block, just love it.
I too love office supply stores, can't resist the peg walls of goodness.
Cute crackers!

Dolores said...

Another gorgeous bright block. The feet may not have tasted good but they sure are cute. I have been thinking of making more bread - I just need the time.

Monica said...

Inspirational as always! I wish I could make myself sit down and applique. I enjoy doing it but the PREP work is the pits.

Thimbleanna said...

Another beautiful block Janet -- your applique is so inspirational! I love the school/office supply aisle at the store too -- yum, yum. Must be the memories from when we were children? Sorry about the crackers, but they sure are cute!

Carrie P. said...

A little bit of this and that looks very fun. Lovely block.

Darlene said...

Love the cheesy feet - make me smile. LOL

Your block is gorgeous - Sigh!

quiltingnana said...

busy lady...I've been thinking about adding a folding table to my quilting equipment. Be sure to let us know how it works out

Karen said...

I like how you have a fussy cut flower in the center of your block.

Nedra said...

Cheesy feet looks like a perfect project with the grandkids. I'm remembering this recipe!
And the cozy tea pot book looks like so much fun!

Barb said...

What an awesome block!!

Love the feet.

Terry said...

Love the feet! Although I don't know if I could eat feet, even if they were yummy sugar cookies! It would just be too weird!! LOL

wishes, true and kind said...

Those little feet are just too cute! I am really enjoying the Glorious Applique blog and watching all the progress!

Janet said...

Those feet look cute - my kids would like to eat feet - I bet your grandkids will love the cutter. Your block is lovely!

2ne said...

I like the feets - they looks fun :-) Love your quilting too.

Mimi said...

Yum....the crackers and bread look so good. I tried cheesy crackers years ago (cheesy people) and never tried again. If I remember the cheesy dough was so hard to work with. Love your colorful block. You have such fun fabrics in your stash.

Munaiba said...

Your block is superb! Not just the fabric choices but the stitching is totally invisible. Do you wash your fabrics first or not?

DevotedToQuilting said...

I love your applique piece. The only hand sewing I'm doing right now is working on my grandmother's flower garden quilt. I love shopping the office supply stores. You never know what you'll find there to help with the sewing/quilting. I'll have to give that table some thought. !Nita

Sonja♥ said...

Your cheesy feet look very yummie:)
I have succumbed and ordered the "Lollipop Trees" appliqué yesterday... Let's wait & see how I will manage my needleturn method!

sewpam63 said...

You are SO/SEW fun!!! ; )

The tea cozy makes me think of the Cat in the Hat!

A Time for Stitching said...

Your bread looks scrummy (ha ha I almost posted the comment with the 'r' in scrummy missing - that would have had the opposite meaning). I'm hoping to get some starter going and make sourdough sometime. I love the block - your choice of fabrics makes it look so detailed.
Teresa x

Ivory Spring said...

Your applique block is absolutely stunning!

Ann Champion said...

Those little feet are so cute! I'll be on the lookout for a foot "cutter". ;)
Your table is the same as the one I use for basting. A card table can be set up next to it if needed for larger quilts.
Yummy new fabrics!
I LOVE your first RA block! :)

cmcscraps said...

May I say that your applique block is absolutely stunning!

Shirley said...

Love that apple fabric and that pink one is staring at me, beckoning!!!! Those cheesy feet sound tasty and fun. Lots of lovely goodies to look at. Liking the new block. Have finally started Hearts and Flowers.
Shirley.x

Taryn said...

Your bread looks exactly like the stuff I pay almost $5 U.S. for at the fancy organic bakery. I must be yummy. I am smacking myself in the forehead after seeing your new table. I have a 6 foot table that folds but it is ridiculously heavy. I never thought of shopping for a light weight one. Duh!

Kim D. said...

Love the cheesy feet and bread, both look so yummy. Can I come over and get some? LOL Your block is wonderful!

Vickie E said...

hmm where do I begin? there are about 100 things I want to say about your post! It's packed with good stuff :)
I love the blue and red quilt that you are hand quilting. I want to make that today! and your applique is devine.
and as for the bread...I am going to amazon right now to buy that book! seriously. thanks for the great inspiring post.