Thursday, March 28, 2013


I have done this months batch of 9 patches for Trish's swap

So far these are the two sets that I have done... there are more reds and blues on the way...

I am using a collection of fabrics from "Judie's 25th Anniversary" and having fun - I haven't worked with reproduction prints previously.....

After 6 months we send all the blocks away and then get packs made up from lots of other people... so there will be a lovely range of fabrics and colours ....

I had a reason to bake this week... friends from over 20 years ago came to stay... it was so fun....

CJ's Carrot Cake
(It's called CJ's cake because that's who I got the recipe from... and it's a favourite, but I have sadly lost contact with CJ )

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil (I use vegetable oil)
1 1/2 cups grated carrots
1 cup chopped pecans (I mostly use walnuts)
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup flour

I play around with the nuts.. sometimes half nuts and half coconut and this time I threw in a handful of sultanas

  1. Beat sugar and oil. Add eggs one at a time and beat
  2. Fold in dry ingredients
  3. Add nuts and carrots.  Stir gently until combined
  4. Bake in moderate oven (180 degrees) for 45 minutes or until well risen and browned
  5. Ice with lemon cream cheese icing 
(I'm still searching for the perfect lemon cream cheese icing if anyone has one......)

Righto, Gotto Go....  there's one slice remaining... and I feel the need for a cuppa!!

Whatever our beliefs at  Easter, for most of us is a time of reflection, memories, letting go and celebrating.....  may yours be full of blessings, wonderfulness...... and chocolate....


  1. Blessing to you this Easter Fiona...mmmmm, that cake looks pretty good!

  2. Yum. That last slice of cake looks delicious - and lonely. Lovely sets of 9 patches.

  3. Lovely 9patches and it will be fun when you get all the different ones back...
    Yummy carrot cake...
    Have a Happy and Safe Easter...

  4. Aren't nine patches fun to make , I think I am going to start another one with scraps .I can't wait to see what you will get back from this swap . Oh carrot cake , now that was really mean I love carrot cake and you are making me so hungry lol:-)Happy Easter my friend .
    hugs Sheila

  5. Oh there any left?

  6. Those are beautiful fabrics and combinations, will be fun when you get the others and design them into a quilt.


  7. The blocks look great. As soon as I saw the cake I knew it was carrot cake one of my favourites.
    Sending you the gift of peace at Easter x

  8. Your nine patch blocks look wonderful and the cake looks yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Happy Easter!

  9. Yummy carot cake! Love the North Pole Houses! Happy Easter, Fiona :-)

  10. Lovely blocks Fiona, it's so much fun seeing all the different fabric choices. That cake looks so yummy. I hope you enjoy the Easter break too.

  11. lovely fabrics in your 9 patch blocks. It will be so exciting getting all the different ones back.
    Enjoy your cake and cuppa and have a lovely easter.

  12. Wishing you a Happy Easter Fiona. Hugs, Christine xx

  13. Great work with all the 9 patch blocks. Looks like a fun swap.
    Delicious carrot cake - perfect way to enjoy old friends.
    Have a lovely Easter.

  14. Thanks for the recipe for carrot cake - I think all these patches are going to make some great quilts.

  15. Your 9 patches are pretty.
    The cake looks delicious - hope you got that last piece and didn't have to share.

  16. Oh, that cake is so tempting. Looks delicious. I love your nine-patches. Have a lovely Easter. Nola

  17. Carrot cake is one of my (many) weaknesses. I will have to try this version. Since we live in the midst of a vast pecan orchard area, I will use the pecans (and maybe just a bit of pecan meal, too). Your 9-patch blocks look great! Hope you'll post the batch of blocks you get back whenever that happens.

  18. Looks like a fabulous cake. Wishing you every happiness at Easter time, my lovely friend.

  19. fantastic blocks ...and thanks for the recipe it looks great....x

  20. This looks like a lovely swap, it will be interesting to see how they all fit in when you get your selection back. Enjoy your cake

  21. Great blocks and that little piece of cake looks very yummy and inviting, just waiting for me. Happy Easter to you and your family

  22. The cake looks great Fiona!
    Happy Easter x

  23. love the fabrics...........I need to work out mine for April now...........

  24. Great blocks and so yummy cake!
    Wishing you a peaceful Easter.

  25. These patches are so pretty Fiona, there are going to be some wonderful quilts at the end of this exchange.
    The cake looks lovely.....hope you're having a nice Easter...

  26. yummy the cake looks fabulous

    and your blocks are great....sorry it took me a while to catch up i have been off line for a few weeks

  27. yummy the cake looks fabulous

    and your blocks are great....sorry it took me a while to catch up i have been off line for a few weeks

  28. yummy the cake looks fabulous

    and your blocks are great....sorry it took me a while to catch up i have been off line for a few weeks


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