Saturday, November 28, 2009

Christmas Puddings

Just taken my two Christmas puddings (I know they should have been made a long time ago), out of the steamer. They smell yummy.
Each year my youngest daughter and her family celebrate Christmas with her in-law-family on the 23rd, and DH and I are always invited. The dinner is not your normal Christmas fare , because each year the meal is the food from a different country. Her two daughters research the food for the dinner, (we decide if we can make it) and also the holiday customs of the country. So far, they have had French, Mexican, (making the fried ice cream was a hoot), Chinese, and Italian. This year is traditional, my contribution is one of the puddings. Going to flame them with brandy to bring to the table. At the meal we decide what country will be the featured food for next year. The second pudding is for Christmas day at my house.
My oversea parcels are in the mail, most of my shopping is completed, now going to start on my baking, tomorrow, because I don't want to be rushing around at the last minute.
Have a great weekend.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Landscape wall hanging

We have had a beautiful November but as it draws to a close so does our double digit temperatures and beautiful blue skies. The last couple of days have been cloudy and damp, same today, but colder and I saw a few flakes of snow earlier this morning.

Last night was our guild meeting, lots of beautiful quilts for show and tell. I was able to finish my landscape wall hanging, my contribution to show and tell. I am really pleased with the way it turned out. If I did birch trees again, I would do something different with the leaves, they don't look just right to me. The workshop provided lots of different techniques and ideas for the variety of fabrics and fibers to use, which, if anyone was interested in doing landscapes, was very interesting. The information will help me when I start another wall hanging I am doing for the International Ploughing Match competition next year.

The wall hangings that I am making for my two daughters for Christmas are next on my list of "to finish". Both of the tops are completed, and quilting almost done on one, the second top is finished but have yet to sandwich the batting and backing and start the quilting.
Have a great Friday.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Landscape Workshop

I had a great day on Saturday at the workshop. Learnt so many new things. The time went by so fast, and we were not able to complete the entire project in class, have to finish it off at home sometime this week.
The teacher does some beautiful work, using so many different types of fibers, even clothes dryer lint.
I will work on my landscape and when done promise to show a picture.