Monday, 1 April 2013

A Happy Easter

With lots of nice relaxed time over Easter I've managed to nearly complete quilting of the plus/cross quilt. Annoyingly, I've run out of thread and can't easily find more of the same, so will have to look more intently when it's not a public holiday. Might just have to stop procrastinating on the straight line quilting that's taking so long!

It's been good to practice my FMQ a bit. Getting even stitches all of the time still evades me. It's all about the ratio between the speed of the pedal and the speed at which you move the quilt. I've been trying to turn down my machine speed a little and then floor my foot and try to get a rhythm with the moving of the quilt. I tend to move the quilt a bit fast and get really long stitches too easily.

 It's also been harvest time. We gleaned some figs from a local tree (on public property, I should add), which were delicious! We've had  our eye on them for some time, waiting for the right moment and hoping no-one else got them first!

On Saturday we joined our friends to help them pick their quinces, walnuts and chestnuts and prepare quince paste, quince and walnut cake. Delicious and convivial. My photos of the collected produce are on my husband's phone though, but there are some quinces left to poach.

These were my favourite Easter eggs, praline ones with a sugar shell. Aren't they beautiful? They were just as delicious!

For Christians the custom of giving eggs at Easter celebrates new life. Christians remember that Jesus, after dying on the cross, rose from the dead. They believe that, through his resurrection, Jesus defeated death and sin and offers people the promise of eternal life

Of course Easter's not complete without Hot Cross Buns and there have been several batches of those over the weekend!

On the rise

Tea and buns with English china-how civilised!

I finished my April block for the Simply Solids Bee for Sally of Salsy Safrano Quilts. Sally sent us the fabric and my central block was pale blue. You can see more from the international bee here.

What did you get up to over Easter?

Linking up with Lily's Quilts for Fresh Sewing Day and Small Blog Meet.


  1. I find it difficult enough to get even stitches with straight line quilting - your FMQ looks amazing. We eat quinces here (when in season) and I love them, and the figs look wonderful too. It looks like you had a great Easter celebration :)

  2. Looks like you did Easter really well. Thanks for the great block for the Simply Solids Bee. I look forward to seeing the blocks together.

  3. I love the quilting on your Plus quilt - I would really like to try and do that FMQ design sometime too.

  4. I think your FMQ is looking great. Also really liking that solids block.

  5. I always think you take such nice photos. Do you mind me asking what camera you use? Thank you.

  6. Your quilting looks great. I love that design and I thought it was fun to do as well.

  7. I really like your April Block and the colours too. I'm visiting from Lily's Quilts and will definitely return!


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