Saturday, August 24, 2013

Preparations ......

This time of year is very exciting as our local city begins to get ready for Carnival Week... there are always loads of activities happening...

I like to get involved in a Creative Fields quilt display at Highfields (no surprises there!) and yesterday a few of us met together at Quilters Angel to sew up background curtains for the displays...

You can see Kris over there helping Marion with the pressing and marking, whilst Bev and I are stitching away and Steph is in control of photographs!


we are allowed to drink our tea out of those beautiful teacups you can see on the dresser... makes it so special

I love the quilt display and this year there will be quite a nice selection of quality craft items for sale from various vendors as well as about 200 quilts.

I also like to visit Toowoomba Quilters display in the city, some of the gardens and the teapot display - (which also happen to serve lovely home made scones and jam) ......

I baked a Gingerbread Loaf to have for some sweet sustenance....


... it is of course an easy peasy recipe ....

OLD FASHIONED GINGER CAKE

225g (8oz) flour
1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
2 tsps ground ginger
100g (4oz) butter or margerine
100g (4oz) brown sugar
4 Tbsps treacle
2 Tbsps milk
1 egg

Stir flour, bicarb and ginger in a bowl.  Melt butter, sugar and treacle.  Cool slightly then beat in milk and egg.  Stir liquid ingredients into dry ingredients.  Beat well. turn into greased and lined loaf tin.

Bake 180 C (moderate oven) 40 - 45 mins...

We had slices toasted and spread with butter.... yummo

Marion gave us each a bunch of beautiful roses ....


they are just gorgeous...  

Thursday night whilst we were waiting for it to stop raining in England so we could watch some cricket I finished off my Scandanavian Rose (Rosalie Quinlan) stitchery


I did this preprinted linen totally in backstitch with a Perle 8 thread .... I think it will  make a lovely cushion cover.....

Righto, Gotto Go ... the weekend is upon us..... hope you have an excellent one

34 comments:

Sheila said...

That looks like a lot of fabric to deal with but I am sure you managed , no problem . The cake looks yummy , tell me what is treacle? Loved the stitchery , gorgeous ! Hugs Sheila

Kaisievic said...

I so enjoyed reading your post and thanks for the ginger cake recipe.

Kaisievic said...

I so enjoyed reading your post and thanks for the ginger cake recipe.

barb's creations said...

Oh my....love the ginger cake, thanks for the recipe as I'm keen to give it a go. Love all the productivity and busyness happening over your way and wish I was closer so I can visit :) Barb.

Anonymous said...

yes i love a good ginger cake,thankyou for sharing your recipe.Boy you sure have been so busy and i love your redwork and it will look fantastic in a cushion.xx

marina said...

you all look very industrious!
love your stitchery. It is a gorgeous design.
such unusual roses...

Melody said...

Sounds like you have lots of fun ahead of you. Have the best time ever.

Narelle said...

Oh yum! and gorgeous! :o)
That ginger cake is a definite try for me and your stitchery is beautiful.
Enjoy the wonderful displays.

Noela said...

The cake looks yummy Fiona. Looks like you were getting through sewing those curtains quickly. When is the carnival on? I will have to talk Chris in to going up there this year. Hugs.....

Marilyn said...

Yummy cake - thank you for the recipe. Love your stitchery, it would make a beautiful cushion. So much fabric to stitch, but more fun when with friends. What are the dates for the exhibition? Lucky you to have your cups of tea in those gorgeous cups.

Marilyn said...

Im a bit slow this morning - click on the link and I will find out the dates. Duh !!!

Mistea said...

You all look like you're having a good time working away there. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I'll pick the ingredients that I'm missing today.
Love your red stitching perfect for a cushion.
Enjoy the weekend.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh my those roses.......
Have fun gals.....mmmm, cake and tea!

Jane Galley said...

Have a lovely weekend yourself. Those roses are beautiful, do they smell as good as look?

Susan said...

Enjoy the weekend and the carnival. Your stitching looks gorgeous.....love those designs.

Jan said...

Gorgeous roses and yummy cake, beautiful stitchery and a carnival to look forward to - how good is that! Thanks for the recipe, Fiona; I'll be giving it a whirl very soon.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Love your stitching...and that cake looks so good....and go girls...have fun...

Joy McD said...

Wow, lots of fabric there! Not as exciting as making a quilt, but just think of the beauties that will hang on them! Lovely teacups and roses and stitchery!! xxx

Jennifer said...

Yum, ginger cake......I shall have to try it, thank you! You have certainly been sewing up a storm lately, well done.

barb's creations said...

Just made your Ginger cake today and oh boy is it good, also did a blog post about it and linked it to your blog :) Barb.

Michelle Ridgway said...

I do hope I am home on time!!! Looks like you girls were flat out here with machines humming...gorgeous roses and love the ginger cake recipe.

katherine said...

Gorgeous roses! Looks like a hive of activity getting ready and love the redwork too.

Lyn said...

Looks like a busy time but with a group of you there it must have also been fun..yum ginger cake..will have to try it..

Karen said...

I take my hat off to everyone involved in organising a quilt show. Good to see the many hands making light work.
I agree - the roses are beautiful and and your embroidery is lovely. I do like the idea of a cushion.

Susie said...

Looks like fun. Adore the Scandinavian rose.

Susie said...

Looks like fun. Adore the Scandinavian rose.

Susan said...

Gosh - that is a LOT of fabric - but doing things like that together makes it easier. Ginger cake sounds gorgeous...

Maria said...

Such a busy time of year getting organised foe your show.. Lots of sewing going on there..
What gorgeous roses.. Lucky girls..
Your stitchery looks fabulous.

Sue B said...

Looks like lots if fun, and how nice to use those lovely cups and receive the roses. Your stitchery is gorgeous and yes sit would be a perfect cushion centre

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Busy Busy. I have a fear of long straight seams so am glade that is you and not me :o) Your cushion will be lovely. hugs

Anita said...

Far out...those flowers look fab!! Love all the action going on there and oh yes, that cake looks yummo.
Cheers, Anita.

Jindi's Cottage said...

I'm sure your show will be lovely...wish Toowoomba was closer :( Those roses are gorgeous, enjoy. Well done on finishing Scandavian Rose, there is so much work in a Rosalie Quinlan stitchery but so worth the effort, I'm sure it will look fab in a cushion...

Cheryl said...

You are busy, busy as always Fiona. Mmm that ginger cake looks good, and I will give it a try. Love your redwork

Chookyblue...... said...

one year I will get up for the festival......so much to see and do.........

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