Tuesday, March 26, 2013


I lost a week there! Where did it go?? Probably the same place that the odd socks and biros go I'd suggest! Does everyone else have the same problem, or is it just me?

Anyways, I've been busy appliquéing the hexagon units down on the Mrs Billings border. I think I'm two thirds the way done now.

I'm trying to be super neat, so it's taking some time. See the quarter inch mark on the raw edge there ... that's where I unpicked all the borders before re-attaching them again. I had a brain wave - if I put the old seam on the outside edge it would give me a reference to make centering the hexie units easier. Not bad eh? *grins*

The last part of last week and Saturday were busy preparing for The Big Dinner Party. It was a huge success, and for my usual baffling reasons, I managed not to get any pictures of the event other than a bad shot of the table in progress:

Given that I had such good luck with the candelabras, it stood to reason that the extra Masons Vista plates didn't get here in time for the big day. I had to giggle when one arrived today - yay! I expect six more to arrive this week *lol*. In another life I promise to get hooked on dishes that are current ranges, and not ones that ceased production around 50 years ago :-)

Just for fun I did those cute Martha Stewart napkin folds again - it took a little practice to get them right after such a long hiatus, but it's so effective - totally worth it. Mine don't look quite as crisp as hers, but still cute :-)

The menu consisted of pumpkin soup first. Next, rack of lamb with roasted potato, pumpkin and parsnips, steamed broccoli, carrot and beans. And last of all, my favourite, a double chocolate frozen dessert. This one I should have taken pictures of - it was wonderful. I didn't make it in a loaf tin as the recipe suggests, but made it in a silicone muffin form, so it made individual round desserts, then I swirled chocolate sauce around the plate and added crushed pistachios OMG, it was yummy! One of the guys had three helpings! I'll be making it again for sure. But be warned - it's not Weight Watchers friendly :-)

Before I go, I wanted to mention that I've had a LOT of questions and comments from 'No Reply' and 'Anonymous' users. I do want to answer and say thanks for all of them, so as soon as I'm done with the appliqué I'll go back and answer all your messages. Please be patient with me - I do love hearing from you all.

Well, I need to get back to the appliqué - when I'm on a roll it's best to go with it. I'll check back in soon and let you know where I'm up to. Chatter soon!


Noela said...

Your borders are looking fantastic. Hugs.....

Frances Leate said...

Borders are looking good but oh that table setting is just so elegant. It is a long time since I have been to such a formal dinner party and it must have been a truly memorable night. Take care.

Missy Shay said...

I thought I had fixed my no-reply but someone let me know today that I was still no-reply. I think I've fixed it now!
Your table looked beautiful, and your menu sounded delicious!

Shay said...

Sounds like a very fancy dinner party my friend. Rack of lamb is one of my favourites!

Your table looks like something out of magazine.

Pip said...

You're not the only one losing a week, it must be the month we're in, I don't even know what day it is most days :)

You must be getting excited now that you are on to the borders, not long till you can start quilting. The double chocolate dessert sounds yum, I'll have to bookmark that one.

Every Stitch said...

Lovely border! Such a treat to sit down to a dinner table like that :)


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