Monday, November 30, 2020
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
I learnt a lot, making the bedspreads. Not least, sewing from the right direction so that the bulky fabric was to the left of the machine and didn't have to be shoved through the arch of the sewing machine. Duh, I know.
Do you want to see the inside of the cover? The top consists of two layers, sandwiching the raw edges of the frill, which keeps it neat:
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
bed cover and am working on the second one. Metres of fabric in my lap. It is easier second time around, if only because I know it's possible! Last time I tacked the pleats by machine and they slipped badly, so this time I've tacked them by hand. Hopefully they'll stay in place when I put everything together.
Monday, November 23, 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Monday, November 16, 2020
You've heard the expression, 'She's bitten off more than she can chew'. I hope that's not the case with my latest sewing project. Weeks and weeks ago I bought 17 metres/yards of calico to make curtains and simple bed covers for a spare bedroom. But I made a plan B and altered some curtains I was given to make them fit that room. Which meant I had 17 metres for bed covers. How about making bedspreads with frills instead of simple rectangles? I drew a diagram and cut the pieces I need, using up almost all the 17 metres. Hmmm. It soon became clear that my plan to gather the frills wasn't going to work. I started with the smallest side and my thread broke! Plan B was to make pleats instead. I like gathering because you can just pull the longer bit up to fit. Pleats have to be more exact. I thought I'd worked out the formula, but really in the end I resorted to trial and error. I now have the frills for one cover done and have to put the whole thing together. It looks like an awful lot of fabric, so I hope I can chew sufficiently to get it all assembled!
Thursday, November 12, 2020
On a side note, I lost my recipe for curried green beans in one or other house move. Luckily I had shared it with friends and was able to get it back from one of them. Which goes to show the advantage of sharing recipes! So... I'm going to share my recipe for curried onions here, for anyone who wants to use it, and to act as a back up for me.
Makes 8 jam jars full
2 kg onions
1 Tablespoon oil
1 Tablespoon butter or margarine
50g hot curry powder
4 chillies (optional)
1 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Dessert spoon turmeric
750 ml vinegar
750 ml water
3 heaped Tablespoons cornflour
1. First sterilize the jars and lids. I use baby bottle sterilizer or bleach, one teaspoon to one litre water.
2.Peel the onions, cut them in half and then in slices, not too thin or they'll go to mush.
3. Heat the oil and butter, add the onions and cook them over a low heat until they are soft but not brown.
4. Add to the pot the curry powder, chillies, sugar, salt, and turmeric, mix well and continue frying for a few minutes.
5. Add the vinegar and water. Bring to the boil and then simmer while heating up the jars and lids.
6. I put jars in the oven to heat, at 110 degrees celcius, putting them in a cold oven and then switching on and leaving them until the temperature is reached. I use boiling water to heat the lids.
7. Mix the cornflour to a paste with water, add to the pot and stir until the mixture thickens. Pour into hot jars. I use a funnel made from the top of a 2 litre bottle to aid bottling, it helps keeps the jars clean. Wipe mouth of jar and put on lid.
8. Keep for three weeks to mature before eating.
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
I cooked them up with onions, also from the garden, and dried herbs and then put them in plastic butter containers. I froze those and then tipped them out, which felt like making sand castles, so that I could use the containers again.
These tomato plants are still bearing, but there will be a gap before the next crop is ready, so I will be glad to have these in the freezer.
Monday, November 9, 2020
Saturday, November 7, 2020
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
this necklace at the fair on Saturday and the buyer asked for a matching bracelet. There was a time limit because she is going on holiday soon and wants to take it with her. I was getting a little agitated yesterday when various people popped in for coffee and my time seemed to disappear! I got going early this morning and finished the bracelet off, in plenty of time to meet the deadline. Here's a view of the other side:
Monday, November 2, 2020