Monday, April 21, 2014

Beef Casserole

With the cooler weather upon us, there isn't much better than a slow-cooked meal to fill the belly. This beef casserole is a new discovery of mine and it was so good I'll definitely be making it again.

I used Oyster Blade for the meat; not too expensive and it always cooks beautifully.

 

I also added carrot and zucchini to mine, and excluded the mushrooms as I don't like them. This is what it looked like after almost three hours in the oven:


And with the dumplings cooked on top. My only suggestion is to make sure there is plenty of liquid before this step, as what was left in my pot evaporated with the lid off. 

 

You can find the recipe here.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Daydream by Kate Spain for Moda

After a few hiccups, the rest of Daydream by Kate Spain has finally arrived in the shop.



Alongside the pre-cuts, we now have a range of by-the-metre fabrics and mini fat quarter bundles.



Take a look over here.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Lazy Day by Lori Whitlock for Riley Blake Designs

I know I've been a bad blogger lately; juggling two jobs and a business just sucks up a lot of time. But I promise I'm still here.

Some cute new fabrics in the shop this week, including Lazy Day by Lori Whitlock for Riley Blake Designs. The range features gorgeous flowers, owls and hot air balloons. We've got yardage, Rolie Polies, and Stackers.



Pop on in to take a look.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Daydream Quilting

With Daydream yardage delayed in the warehouse, I've had to think on my feet and order some yardage from the US to get this finished in time. Borders went on Wednesday night, and I ducked down to mum's today to get it basted; my lounge room floor just isn't big enough.




I'm using the Ikea number print fabric as it's wide enough for this quilt (which is 88" square). I've heard a rumour they are discontinuing it, too...



She's now in the machine. I have a deadline!

Friday, March 28, 2014

A Fresh Daydream

So, with several hundred 5" squares cut out, I've started assembling the first blocks. I've been eyeing off this quilt for ages, from Camille's Simply Retro.


Called Fresh, it's a large 96" square. 


 Each block is made up of four smaller blocks of nine squares each; some very simple HSTs.

 
When the four blocks are assembled it will look something like this:
 

My plan is to make all the sub-blocks then shuffle until I'm happy with the balance of colour in each block.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Daydream Two

I've been wanting to make a quilt from the leftover Daydream FQB I've got, the remains from the gift quilt I've been working on. But just hadn't found the right pattern.



Until now. The cutting has begun!



Friday, March 21, 2014

Aurifil Thread Designer Collections

A new product in the shop today; Aurifil Thread designer collections.

The beautiful set from Camille:


And the gorgeous set from Vanessa:




Only one of each available.