Sunday, 9 August 2020

playing with the layout with a photo.....

Playing around working out if things are placed right..... I did this before but goodness knows where the pics are at.... They had been grouped but what was supposed to go where???
Anyway I wanted to sew more of this and I was at a stand still till I did this.......
Hope you are all well.
My holidays got cancelled since we can't go thru Queensland now. When will I get to see my kidlet? 
So P%) _#=%ED off as we had 1 covid case back in March in our area. Probably only a couple in our region way back then also..... Punished by the happening in Victoria and Sydney.
So since I have no life maybe next weekend I'll zoom again since it's going to be wet again and I won't be able to have visitors for lunch either.....
I'll keep you posted..... 

It's a cool damp day drying the washing in front of the fire.... 
Have a lovely Sunday..... 
Stay safe
Catch you later
Chookyblue

Sunday, 2 August 2020

stepping out of life

This weekend I needed to step back and take a breath. So I did. 
I had a massive day chatting and sewing on zoom and sew I did. I achieved heaps.......
I started at 6am and went thru til 10.30pm......yes very long but it was so much fun catching up with everyone........it's like they were all sitting in the Chookshed with me stitching away.......with lots popping in and out around the globe as the day progressed.......it is weird working in all the time zones and that someone packed up and went to bed and when they woke they joined back in......but so much fun.........and we all have the common link of patchwork and quilting.....And there may be another person coerced to make Trail Mix with Maria and Janice.....
Early on I added the green and white block into the gap. 
Goodness knows why I had a gap anyway it's filled now.........
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Not having the next block prepped I moved onto another long time project.....see below.....
Scarily I looked it up and in August 2011 I started this one........I remembered Leanne @ The Stitching Room had shared a photo of hers finished just after I had just got the pattern and papers. I didn't even know she had been making it. 
I should have taken a photo when I started today but at this point I had added 4 blocks on the top part of this section...........I have all the cream and blue blocks made for this quilt except the edge ones. 
By 9.30pm I had added 15 blocks and I would have added the last bottom right blue block but my hand was starting to cramp after so many hours of EPP so I thought I best stop.....
Yes yes I know what you girls are thinking who have been on retreats with me...........
THIS IS A MIRACLE.........I was a top achiever........lol........
Thanks to all the girls who popped in......with no distractions other then a quick trip into the house to find food or use the bathroom it was so good to be out in the Chookshed......
(I tidied and cleaned a little more on Friday afternoon - still more to go)
Sew sew sew.........
I will be doing another one. We all love it. 
Stay Safe.........
Catch you later..........
Chookyblue.........




Saturday, 1 August 2020

international coffee time

So who's on at present..... 
Holly in Canada
Gail in USA 
Lou in New Zealand
Raedene in USA 
I'm currently doing some hand stitching on Edwardsia. 
Karen can you get on on your phone? 
Catch you later..... 
Chookyblue..... 

Friday, 31 July 2020

zoom invite

Check your emails you should have the zoom invite sitting there. Hope I haven't missed anyone. If you want to join its not too late. Leave me a comment or flick me an email and I'll send you invite. Can't wait for another long day sewing and chatting with all of you.
Pic from yesterday morning going to work.
Stay safe..... 
Catch you later..... 
Chookyblue..... 

Monday, 27 July 2020

zoom... zoom...

About all I have time for is pics of the chooks and sunsets..... So since all fun stuff in my life keeps getting cancelled I need to escape to another world..... 
So this Saturday I'm going to do another zoom marathon. Birmingham quilt show should have been on this week and there was a good chance I was going to end a holiday there. 
So lets just pretend I'm jetting opps I mean zooming around the world this weekend. 
So who's free.... 
Who's locked down..... 
Got nothing better to do in life..... 
Want to hang out with a bunch of quilty friends? 
Join me on Sat 1st Aug my time. I'll probably start at 6am AEST. So work that out for your part of the world.  Friday afternoon/evening for some of you in Canada /USA. 
It was heaps of fun last time so leave me a message and let me know if you want to join in so I can send you an invite. 
Don't be precious and needy this is an open invite. 
Catch you later..... 
Chookyblue..... 


Saturday, 11 July 2020

flat bread the screen shot version

flat bread.....

Its a nice rainy cloudy day.......we've had about 28mm of rain here mostly over night. Soft and gentle all soaking in........my neighbour rang me to check the directions for the flat bread and I just had to make some too...........and I remembered to take some pics to share with all of you..........
Combine 3/4 cup/ 185ml of milk and 50g butter in a saucepan just until the butter has melted.....don't over heat it.....add 1/2 teaspoon salt........add 2 cups/300g plain flour (all purpose flour)........combine together and turn out onto a floured surface.......knead gently and then you can wrap in plastic and leave it for 30 mins then back onto the floured surface and cut into 4 equal parts. I have not noticed the difference of leaving it or just going straight into cooking the bread.........
this is one ready to roll out...........
My Nan's old rolling pin.........
place into a nonstick pan with a little oil...3/4 heat...watch it start to cook........sometimes small bubbles......
Some times big bubbles.....
this one is now ready to turn....you will see the flat bread has changed a bit..........it only takes a few minutes.....you can use them for wraps........you can keep some uncooked in the fridge for a few days roll out and use baking paper or plastic wrap between each bread.......
cooked ones I kepted in the fridge and ate the next day...few seconds in the microwave and it was great..........none have made it to the freezer but they freeze well I am told.....
so variations
add a dash of minced garlic......that was so delicious.......wish I had remembered that today.......
dairy free use oil and almond milk.......
Gluten free use gluten free flour......

Let me know how you go.........
Catch you later........
Chookyblue.......

Sunday, 5 July 2020

hello.....

Just busy with work..... Nothing exciting...... 
The new chooks are going great and laying heaps of eggs..... The Guinea fowl babies are almost full size..... 

I've been making some flat bread.... Never done it before but it's so easy,  quick and delicious..... Let me know if you want the recipe..... 
finally we've had some great sunsets and colours.....
Stay safe..... 
Catch you later...... 
Chookyblue......