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Monday, 20 July 2015

A day to Experiment

Yesterday became a restful day, the weather was mixed so just some pottering in the garden and a long walk in the park for Ben. 
The decision was made to cap the wooden edging in the front garden, the wood was duly stained but I could not find the long panel pins. A side trip to B & Q today while I was in Neath has solved the issue. Strangely I did not promptly find the ones I was convinced that I had when I returned home.

It will have to wait until tomorrow, it has been raining quite heavily here all day.

I watched a bit of Sunday Brunch yesterday, the telly just happened to be on that channel. Simon Rimmer was making a super duper lasagne, a layer of macaroni cheese, then one of meat sauce, another of macaroni cheese, a few dollops of Mozzarella then a topping of breadcrumbs and grated parmesan with some butter rubbed in. Not a calorie in sight.

It looked very good so I made one for tonight.



I wish you could smell this, it is gorgeous, and it tasted even better.
Not a dish to make weekly but every now and then for a treat.

While I was in the mood to play I remembered that I had a tutorial from The Missouri Star Quilt Co to watch. A simple way to make the Cathedral Window block.
I watched and I did look simple, none of the pressing, folding and more pressing and folding.  Just a stack of charm squares, and a little pressing.
Well I made a version of the one that Jenny made but I am not over pleased with it. I used my normal 1/4" seam and it is too small. The points are too far apart and the thick layers at the seams made sewing and pressing difficult. I will be making it again but will use a wider seam and will tack the middle seams to hold the layers together before machining.





I used my happy red and white polka dots and managed to get a crease in that, DUH.
I will be stitching the binding down later, I have no idea what I will do with it. I made it on a whim, just because.
If anyone would like it for a table topper drop me a comment, it would be fine with a bowl of fruit or a vase of flowers or a plant on it.
It measures 25 1/2" by 18".
Now the washing up is calling and Ben would rather like another walk.

                TTFN                                                              Pam

31 comments:

  1. I'd love it Pam, it's so beautiful. As I've mentioned, I don't sew and am in awe of your gorgeous work. I can see why it's called a Cathedral Window, it's very reminiscent of the stained glass windows I love so much in cathedrals.

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    1. You were the first to respond so it is yours.

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  2. Hi Pam, moving onto a narrow boat in a few weeks, this would be ideal for my dinette. Let me know how much you want for it.
    Regards Lynda (las2563@yahoo.co.uk)

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    1. Sorry Lynda, you were pipped at the post, however if you really want one drop me an email and we will sort out what size and colours.

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  3. I think that is beautiful. I tried some cathedral window many years ago and never finished it - it was a cushion cover. I wonder if I've still got it.

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    1. It is amazing what you find when you start sorting through cupboards. I have unearthed stuff that I do not remember buying never mind making.

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  4. Looks to scary for me to make, maybe next year! Yum lasagne I've not made one for yonks, Mike isn't too keen on it but the boys & I like it so it will be on the menu again soon x

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    1. I swear that it is easy, the only "wrinkle" is keeping the layers together. Have a look at the tutorial. Jenny puts out very good makes and keeps it simple.

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  5. What a lovely idea to offer it to someone. I made a passable Cathedral Window "something" many many years ago so I don't qualify, but I prefer hand sewing anyway. It was only passable, truly.

    However, I would LOVE to pick your brains for a tutorial for a full-size quilt I have the pattern and material for, but need a bit of encouragement over!

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    1. Name the day, I can come to you or you can come here. A sewing day sounds good to me.

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    2. Will do - have a busy few weekends coming up with Fleamarkets and Antiques Fairs, and a trip down to Dorset, but I will try and sort a day out inbetween.

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  6. that is gorgeous well made. Someone is going to be lovely on someone's table. I also like the look of that mac and cheese dish.

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    1. I had fun making it, there will be more to come. I just pulled fabric at random for this but will be more selective next time.

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  7. That is beautiful indeed. Pam you are a talented lady . It looks perfect to me xxx

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    1. Thank you Leisha, I am very critical of my work but I will be having another go soon. Possibly today if it rains.

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  8. You are so talented Pam your quilts are stunning xxx

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    1. Thank you, "blushes wildly" for your kind words.

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  9. Your sewing is gorgeous, as usual, I love it, Pam.

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  10. Wow, I wish that I could whip up a quilt like that on a whim!! It is beautiful and I am sure that you will find a use for it. The macaroni cheese dinner looks delicious too! xx

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    1. It will be on its way to a good home later today. The dinner very delish.

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  11. Is there a recipe for that "calorie free" :) cheesy dish or did you just kind of put it together from memory. It looks delicious. Your quilt squares are simply beautiful!

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    1. I just played for a while and there it was. I cooked the pasta as usual, made a cheese sauce, quite thick and let it cool. The bolognese sauce was minced beef, onion, garlic, celery, red and green capsicums and mushrooms along with a can of chopped tomatoes and some beef stock. Then I layered them up. The topping was just fresh breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan and a good knob of butter rubbed together roughly and spread over the top. I did not weigh or measure anything and it was delish.

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    2. You should try the Hairy Bikers low calorie lasagne Henny Penny. But I'm not going to find Sunday Brunch and look this up myself!

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  12. Your latest sewing endeavour is wonderful.

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  13. Wow! that is so beautiful
    Carolx

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  14. Wow, what gorgeous patchwork, lucky Sooze! I love your choice of fabics, so pretty. You are a very talented crafter!!
    Sue XX

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    1. Thank you Sue and welcome aboard. I just tried this after seeing the tutorial, I would love to make a full sized quilt but it would be very heavy, there are several layers of fabric there, and I would be "iffy" about washing it.

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    2. Thank you Sue and welcome aboard. I just tried this after seeing the tutorial, I would love to make a full sized quilt but it would be very heavy, there are several layers of fabric there, and I would be "iffy" about washing it.

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