Tuesday, 23 March 2010

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

I have just finished this quilt for our younger granddaughter. Because it can be folded into a cushion cover stitched into the quilt, it is more correctly called a Quillo. These are great favourites with children as they can easily be taken on car trips, for napping on the journey, or carting to the beach etc.

The fabric I bought came in a set of three panels, (caterpillar, leaf and butterfly), I bought two sets because I wanted to make a cushion cover on the back, the strips with all of the foods the caterpillar ate his way through, and the very cheerful dotty fabric I used as backing and in various pieced sections on the quilt front.

Folded up into it's cushion cover

The book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ was written in 1969 by Eric Carle and has been a favourite ever since. More information on Eric Carle and many other topics for young children can be found at www.therainbowandsunshineplace.blogspot.com/

Thursday, 18 March 2010


On several occasions when a few of us have a cup of coffee together conversation will turn to housekeeping skills, and in my case, lack of them. Although I make supreme efforts to keep the dust down and at least keep the kitchen and bathrooms in pristine condition, I am hopelessly untidy and a complete squirrel. Like a lot of fellow squirrels I sometimes find I have a series of bags and boxes waiting to be sorted, usually items that have been swept into said receptacle from floor and table when notice has been given of an impending visit less than half a day away.
It's not that I don't long for the look of softly glowing tables empty of all but a beautifully, but casually arranged bunch of flowers, sometimes we even achieve it fleetingly, but my brain does not seem to function in the organised way needed to sustain it.

The scent from the orange blossom is beautiful

When bent on a day of solid housework I find some interesting recipe, new knitting pattern, or something that has been missing for days ready to distract me from my purpose.
I am just so grateful that I enjoy, indeed am almost fascinated by, food preparation and preservation. I love cooking for friends and family, I love to read about the lives of those other women, past and present who did the same.
One of my all time favourite accounts is 'The Diary of a Farmer's Wife' 1796-1797 an account first published in the Farmers' Weekly in 1937. I have it in a rather ancient Penguin paper back and it inspired me to keep a similar sort of diary for a number of years, which I then stupidly destroyed when my life changed.
The quest for a perfect cupcake recipe is my current occupation. The one found the June 2007 edition of Good Food magazine has to be the favourite.

We loved the butter icing, made with Green and Black's Organic white chocolate with vanilla

Originally posted by Angela on Saturday, June 21, 2008 1 comments

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Look what I've just bought!

Aren't these exquisite, I just got them on Monday. They are handknitted, you can see a lot more on www.flickr.com/photos/longshaw Along side the photographs of so many little knitted creatures I have read that there will be some for sale at Stourhead on May 22nd and 23rd.

Stourhead is a National Trust property in Wiltshire, a house and the most beautiful gardens. There is a craft fair there each year so I am guessing the Longshaws will be part of that, but please check up if you are coming specially.

I have put my two mice in front of some Daphne so you can see how small they are.