Friday, March 05, 2021

Second Block/Macarons/Wildlife

This week I've managed to get the second block of Lily Rosenberry put together, and last night I started stitching the pieces down. I am loving this project!

Only a few of the pieces are stitched down, you can see that a few are sitting a little proud and wonky, but it'll look wonderful in just a few days.

And here are my two blocks sitting together as they will be placed in the finished quilt:

Both blocks are well oversized - I'll trim them to their finished size after I've completed all of them, and then soaked the glue out ready for pressing. I'm using scrap red and green fabrics for all of the blocks, and I'll run out of some of them as I go. So that I can scatter all the different fabrics across the quilt top, I'll leave construction until all the blocks are made so that I don't have clumps of all the same fabrics together. Did that make any sense? Haha

Last week I promised I'd share the results of my macaron baking session:

You can be sure I share pictures with you warts and all - the results above are certainly not perfection, I still have a lot to learn. I'm still very puzzled about why my macarons prior to baking have a lovely pink hue, after baking they've definitely browned. With this batch I experimented with a lower oven temperature for a slightly longer baking time, and it's still happening. Research will continue until I get better piping results and more vivid colours. In the meantime, the results of my experimentation are delicious! :-)

And last of all for today, two pictures that Marty took in the garden (he is a much better photographer than I am - also with much fancier equipment!)

We have a couple of conifers in the rock retaining wall, and the Rosellas just love them. There are 12 birds in the photo above, they are so pretty! They make such a lot of noise, you definitely know when they are around.

How fun is that cutie there posing for his close up?

So that's all from me for this week - I'm hoping I'll have some more exciting quilty content for you next week. Let's see how that goes! Chatter soon :-)


Gretchen Weaver said...

Your blocks are beautiful! You are making fast progress, happy stitching!

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Oh those blocks are amazing! So beautiful. And, your Rosellas are unreal. We have nothing here to rival those glorious colors.

Rebecca said...

On the macaroon front it might be the type of food coloring you are using.
The pictures of the birds are a color inspiration!

Janet said...

Wow, I cannot believe you are on the second block. I've tried Teresa's applique technique and for some reason it doesn't work for me. Maybe more practice. Macaroons still look delicious. I cannot believe the birds. I tickled when I have an Oriole or a Grosbeak, you have tropical birds. Wow.


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