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Quick Raspberry Coconut Slice Recipe

Jul 17, 17 Quick Raspberry Coconut Slice Recipe

Posted by in All Posts, My Fave Recipes

This recipe is fast becoming one of our favourites and it’s fairly quick to make.  The one I’ll be sharing is actually a combination of 3 recipes.  The base was inspired by the “Apple and Sour Cream Slice” using a packet of butter cake mix.  The topping was a combination of 2 recipes because we were not happy with either one so I varied and combined them both.     Base Ingredients: 340 grams butter cake mix 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 125 grams butter melted   Topping Ingredients: 1/4 – 1/2 cup of raspberry jam 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence 2 cups desiccated coconut 1/2 cup caster sugar 2 extra large eggs (100 grams)   Method: Mix all the ingredients for the base.  This will give a crumbly biscuit-like texture.  Press firmly down into a slice tin. Bake the base in a 160 degrees C oven for 10 minutes.  Bring out of the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Microwave the raspberry jam for about 30 seconds or until warm. Once the base has cooled a little, spread the jam gently over the base. Mix the rest of the ingredients for the topping and drop small chunks all over until the slice is all covered. Bake for 35-40 minutes in a 160 degrees C oven.       Hope you like the recipe!...

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Rainbow Strip and Flip Variation

Oct 23, 16 Rainbow Strip and Flip Variation

Posted by in All Posts, Featured, Quilting

A couple of years ago I bought a jelly roll of Kona Cotton Solids (from Robert Kaufman) online from Craftsy.  I had planned to use the jelly roll to make a Strip and Flip Quilt on Cluck Cluck Sew blog.  On Friday I got an unexpected call from work saying that I did not need to work.  Yay!  With nothing else planned for the day, I decided to sew this quilt top. The jelly roll came with 2 strips of 20 colours.  I decided to leave out 3 colours (black, white & cream) and sewed up each 17 colours together.  This gave me two halves to join together at the end.  Unfortunately I made a BIG mistake when I came to cut my quilt top halves to flip.  I was supposed to cut the quilt top halves into 8″, 5″ and 30″ width sections.  Because I folded each quilt top halves in half to square off, I accidentally cut 2 lots of 8″ width sections and 2 lots of 5 ” sections!!! To solve this mistake, I decided to cut more white strips and flip both 5″ width sections.  So instead of making a Strip and Flip quilt, I made a slight variation of it!       I kind of like it but I am now tempted to make another Strip and Flip quilt.  Time to go shopping for more jelly rolls :).   Quilt Top Details: Current size is 48″ x 66″ Pieced by me Jelly roll of Kona Cotton Solids (from Robert Kaufman)   I’ve decided to link up with Young Texan Mama’s Sew Cute Tuesday (25th October 2016)....

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Knitting away with OTSM

Sep 29, 16 Knitting away with OTSM

Posted by in All Posts, Featured, Knitting, Knitting A Shawl

Wow!  This 2 weeks Spring school holiday is going by too quickly!!!  I had so much planned and got hardly any done.  Oh well at least I am making progress on my On the Spice Market (OTSM) shawl.  Nearly up to Section 3 :).  ...

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Starting On the Spice Market

Sep 21, 16 Starting On the Spice Market

Posted by in All Posts, Knitting, Knitting A Shawl

For my On the Spice Market (OTSM) shawl, I’ve decided to do my 6 colours in the order below: Aconite (yellow) – CC1 Crab Apple (green) – CC2 Tweed (lighter blue) – CC3 Harbour (dark blue) – CC4 Wisteria (purple) – CC5 Red Currant (red) – CC6   Before I started, I familiarised myself with the techniques below: Weaving ends as you knit (Continental style) for CC1 to CC6 (YouTube video) German Short rows for Section 2 with MC (YouTube video) Carrying yarn up for MC (YouTube video)   I also decided to add the extra YO at the start of each WS and have placed a marker to remind me to do the YO after the first stitch on the WS and to drop it on the RS.     Doh!  I was about to do Section 2 (using MC) for the 3rd time when I realised I have been doing it wrong!  I forgot to divide the stitch count by 3 and placed the 2 markers in the wrong places :(.  I decided to frog back to yellow and start again.     Ahh much better!  Now to start the 4th colour :)....

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Learning FMQ Block 3

Sep 20, 16 Learning FMQ Block 3

Posted by in All Posts, FMQ, Quilting

Today I thought to try a row of squiggly lines then have another go at stippling/meandering.  I think I am getting better!  Especially with the slow start and slow stop.  Although there are still some big stitches from inconsistent hand speed.  Not too worried about that as there’s a big improvement since the last block!  Most of my stitches seem consistent so I’m happy with my progress so far.     I found it difficult to see where I’m at especially when I’m moving from right to left.  I hope this will get easier the more I practise.  I can not wait to do another block tomorrow :)....

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Learning Free Motion Quilting

Sep 19, 16 Learning Free Motion Quilting

Posted by in All Posts, FMQ, Quilting

I have always wanted to try Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) ever since I made my first quilt.  I have watched countless videos on YouTube and Craftsy.  I have decided to just take the plunge and do it this Spring holiday (2 weeks). I really hate wasting craft supplies so I’m going to practise FMQ on small squares of fabric and join them together using Quilt As You Go (QAYG).  I first got this idea from this QAYGFMLQAL on Quokka Quilts website.  I have decided not to add a border as suggested by the Quilt A-Long (QAL) as I wanted to get right into FMQ ASAP. I am aiming for a lap quilt which are usually 50″ x 65″ so that is roughly 30 squares total if I made the squares ~10″ in szie.  I raided my fabric stash and I’m going to do them in solids with contrasting coloured thread so I can see the quilting better.  I made my blocks 11″ and might trim them down to 10.5″ before I join them up together.   Before I start FMQ, I wanted to try some stitches on my Janome domestic sewing machine so I quilted the first block using the walking foot.  I used stitches #1 (stitch length 3), #9 and #14.  I like the way some of them look and will quilt this way if I fail with FMQ :).   The second block was technically my 4th attempt at FMQ.  I did some unpicking as I wasn’t happy with the way some of the previous stitches were looking.  There were heaps of mistakes on this block but I’m happy with it as it’s my best so far!  This gives me hope that I will keep improving the more I practise. For this block, I found I needed to start slow and finish slow.  Otherwise there were too many jerky and big stitches.  I also found that I needed to stop frequently and re-position my hands.  I was lifting my hand in my first few attempts.  Not sure whether...

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