Wednesday, December 5, 2018

2018 - 350 Block Report - November



4 leaves for my Fire Island Hosta quilt and there is 8 half blocks completed (not counted here)

2 more Table runners completed as 1 block each I know the second one isn't finished in this picture but my tablet has died with the completed picture. So just take my word on this one.

1 block completed for my mum's quilt

9 flower blocks for a cushion

1 more spiral table runner.


I did make 288 HST but they belong in the above scrappy blocks that still need to be made. So they can't be counted yet. Plus I did sew the 12 background blocks for my Folk Flower Quilt now I need to do the reverse applique to complete. So hopefully there will be a flood of finished block one month soon.

Also I have been doing lots of ruler work quilting, hence the lack of block production.

This month's total is 17.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia


Sunday, December 2, 2018

December's One Monthly Goal

OMG December link-up is open!

We have reached the last month of 2018 and it is time to set our last goal for the year. What to choose? There is plenty I have to do but I would like a big finish for the year. Something that has been hanging around too long. With that said, it is December and how much time will I really have to work on a big finish.
In the end I decided on this pair of table runners for my sister as her Christmas present.
They are well underway, so I should be able to complete them if not my sister may get an IOU for Christmas.


Pop over and check out what everyone is working on during December at Elm Street Quilts. I know I will be.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Virtual Cookie Exchange



It is time for me to share my cookie recipe on the Virtual Cookie Exchange. Firstly I would like to thank Carol from Jut Let Me Quilt for hosting us. She does a fantastic job organizing us.
Now if you haven't see the previous day's blogger's here is the full schedule.
So my recipe for this year is a long time Favourite. I know I have been making these cookies since I was a teenager. Now they are generally my Chocolate Chip Cookies but the base cookie dough is so adaptable you can use different ingredients to flavour you cookies. When I fancy a batch and don't have chocolate chips in the house I have swapped them for something else. It is the same with the nuts change to ones you like or what ones you have on hand. I have used almonds, walnuts and pecans.
So here is my recipe.
Chocolate Chip Cookies 
Makes approx 30 cookies depending on the size you want.

Ingredients
2 1/4 cups plain flour
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp bi carb of soda
250g butter soften
1/2 cup castor sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
100-200g choc bits
1 cup nuts chopped

Method:
Preheat oven to 180 degree. Sift flour, bi carb,and salt. Cream butter, the two sugars and vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time and the sifted ingredients. This is the basic cookie dough.
Fold in the nuts and choc bits.But like I said earlier these last two ingredients can be change to give you different cookies. This recipe is perfect to use what you have in the pantry. Most of the time I have the base ingredients in mine.
Spoon on to greased baking trays and bake for 10- 12 minutes.
Once done they should be a light golden brown colour. Cool on a rack before storing in a cookie jar or tin.



They are great with a cuppa as a little snack.

I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as we do. Please visit everyone else and enjoy their recipes too.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia


Saturday, November 24, 2018

November's One Monthly Goal Completed

It is the last week of November so it is time to link up our completed goal for the month. My plan was to finish quilting my Allietare quilt that has been hanging around in completed top for 18 months and pinned for the last 8 months of those months. Here is my original post.

So I was very pleased I got to finish quilting it during the month and I even managed to get the first part of the binding on. It only leaves me with the hand stitching the binding down in front of the tv when I get some time. Plus I need to tie off any threads and sew them in as well.

I have linked my post with Elm Street Quilts link up post where you can see all the other finished post for November.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Thursday, November 22, 2018

It's nearly here!

Whats nearly here? This year's Virtual Cookie Exchange.

 I can tell you there will be plenty of recipes shared starting on the 27th November until the 29th November. You will find my post on the 29th November. Now I am sharing an old family favourite this year and just sharing my recipe will not be enough.You know what that means! I am hitting the kitchen to make a batch or two today.
Here are some of the ingredients that I will be using in my test batch.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends.
Until Next Time
Keep stitching
Cynthia

Monday, November 19, 2018

Tilda Club at Cynthia's Ark

Did you know we are running the Tilda Club in store? It features all things Tilda and there is a different project in each pack. It is a bi monthly club in which you receive a pack with the current Tilda news, pattern and kit( Fabric and notions) to make the pattern. There is a variety of projects on offer, eg bags, cushions, soft toys, etc. This is whst was in October Pack. She is so cute, you just want to make her.


It is AUS$39.95 plus postage every two months. You can join on my website here or in store. This club iss perfect if you like smaller projects. They also make great presents for your crafty friends or to make up as presents.
This was an earlier pack with a cushion project in, that I am currently working on.


Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Fire Island Hosta Quilt Progress Update.

I have been doing some work towards my quilt during the evening time. As Elizabeth had set us homework I feel I should lead by example and get the homework done. So I have set myself 30 minutes in the evenings if I have caught up on the days job to make some progress on the homework.
So far I have made progress.



I have completed the 8 sections for the pieced leaves, but there is still the other 4 leaves to complete. Plus some more pieced sections have to be cut and pieced.
Until Next Time 
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Panel Magic

Panels! What do I  do with them?  I love the panel but don't know what to do with it? These are questions I get asked a lot. I have had some help with the panels from my good friend Shelly. She has been creating a few panel projects for me, which has helped give people ideas, but they still want more. So in 2019 we are going to do a Panel Magic workshop. Starting with some Show and Tell featuring a number of panel projects we will look at the original panel and then the finished project and go through some of the basics involved. You will need a notepad and pen to take down notes.
After the Show and Tell we will head to our machines, panels, fabrics and tools and create our own panel project.

Here are some of the projects we have made with panels that we have in the shop.


There are more but I will save them for the workshop but you may see them hanging the shop or at event we attend. Look out for the new 2019 workshop list in December. You can alway find it here on my blog if you didn't know.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Friday, November 9, 2018

Fire Island Hosta Workshop

We had Elizabeth in store teaching us how to make Quiltworx Fire Island Hosta quilt.

It is a two part workshop Part one was on Sunday and part 2 will be in December. We have a bit of homework to do between workshops so we are ready for part 2.

This is one piece from each of our projects together, so you can see how different they all will be when we finish.
So it has been decided we are having a homework session in store today. So we can help each other and make sure we make some progress on our homework. I am thinking we may need to have some more of these homework sessions in next year's class/workshop program to help us finish our Cynthia's Ark projects.
 What do you think?
Would you attend workshops like this?
I would love your thoughts as I am working on next year's class/workshop program.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Setting November's One Monthly Goal

It is the beginning of the month and there is lots happening here. I want to see if I can complete a few more projects before the end of the year. Considering I am about to start 3 new projects, it may be a good idea that a few older projects get done.
Last week in our Freestyling Rulerwork workshop I start work on quilting my Allietare quilt which has been pinned since the beginning of the year I think. So that is my goal for the month to complete the quilting.
  I have linked my post with Elm Street Quilts sharing post, so pop over and check out what everyone is working on this month.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Monday, October 29, 2018

October's One Monthly Goal Finish


My project goal this month was to complete 3 toy giraffes for some lucky little owners. It is a little different from what I am normally working on.The original post can be viewed here.
This was the first one ready for the final stitch up.
Now here are the three of them finished. It had been a while since I made the last one that I had forgotten how much work went into them, but I got them done.

I have linked this post up with Elm Street Quilts post, so pop over and check out what has been completed this month.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Vintage Rose - Technique of the Month


Vintage Rose is a six part technique of the month program we are running in 2019. It will start on the 3rd February 2019 with the first full day workshop (9.30 am – 4 pm). Each month we will explore a new foundation paper piecing technique with Elizabeth Chadwick, who is a Quiltworx certified instructor as we work our way through the stunning Vintage Rose quilt.  The workshops are $75 each and the first payment is due on booking, then $75 when you attend each workshop. If you attend the five workshops your last workshop uses the $75 deposit you paid on booking. If you don’t turn up for a workshop without notifying the shop you will lose your booking deposit. Pattern and fabrics are extra and on booking I will give you the requirements. Fabrics purchased at Cynthia’s Ark for this program will be at the special workshop price. Any questions let me know.  The following pictures have come from Quiltworx. These give you some ideas on colour ways. 



Don't forget we have Elizabeth's Vintage Rose hanging in the shop if you want a closer look. It is the one at the top of this blog post.

Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia


Monday, October 22, 2018

Our Sue Daley Afternoon Tea Visit

Friday! The big day we have been working towards had arrived. We were hosting Sue Daley with afternoon tea. Sue is a fantastic speaker and even if you are not a Quilter her story is worth hearing. We started with Sue's talk once everyone had settled in.








Lots of shots of the afternoon. We had a lovely afternoon tea followed by Sue doing some book signing and some demos on English paper piecing.

I have to thank Sue for coming and spending the afternoon with us. It was a  pleasure.
Until the next time we do this
Keep Stitching
Cynthia

Friday, October 19, 2018

Our Annual Project Uninterrupted Retreat Round Up

We are back in the real world after a weekend away at Nunyara Conference Centre. There was 18 of us this year, all working on our unfinished projects and some on new projects. We arrive late Friday afternoon and leave Monday after lunch, all our meals are done for us so we just turn up at meal times to eat. No cooking and washing dishes, we just stack our dishes on the cart in the dining room, wipe our table and return to our sewing room.












These are a number of the projects that were worked on over the weekend. We always have a great time with loads of laughs, food, even a few games with prizes. Plans are already underway for next year's retreat.
Until Next Time
Keep Stitching
Cynthia