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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Pieceful Sunday

First up - progress on the Dallas NY quilt that I wrote about in my last post, which I am making for Bruce.  I had the "bright idea" I hope, of getting some of Bruce's old cohorts to sign signature blocks to incorporate.  Just have to get husband to contact them and start the ball rolling.  Once he has told everyone I will get a list of emails off them and start asking them to send me their addresses so I can send them a block to sign etc.  I have also come up with a basic design incorporating two blocks appliqued with the NY logo and two appliqued with the Dallas Star and also a long block appliqued with NO WORRIES which is something Bruce and his wife Barbara say a lot.  I will surround those with a mix of pieced blocks, signature blocks and whole blocks - depending on what I end up with!  Somewhere I even have some Texas fabric, I think, left over from my trip to Houston - Bruce is a Texan!  I was hoping to get some NY Yankees fabric online from eBay but it became too expensive - man did the price go up!  Anyway I think I can away without it.

What else have I been doing today?  I finished a gift for a friend, can't show you yet - you will have to wait till Wednesday.  And then I finished this quilt top by adding the borders.  This is my Rainbow Scrap Challenge piece for this month.  The colour for the month is yellow but I decided to finish off one of the quilts I have been making along the way.  Each month, except for the green month I made a few flower blocks and scraps of yellow.  This month I decided to put them together.  Quilting is going to have to wait a while - join the queue so to speak.

I am really pleased with the blue that I settled on for the inner border - took me a while to make a decision - but i still don't like this block in the corner.  I left it there though coz I really like the fabric!

Guitar hero went to a friend's last night for a sleepover and so today I made a Mars Bar Mudcake - a huge recipe - and sent half home with the Mum after she dropped Guitar hero back.  I will include the recipe - but I warn you!  It is deadly!  It is really nice to eat it luke warm with icecream but it is really hard to cut if it isn't.  The solution is to let it cool completely, cut it into portions and then zap each serving in the microwave for ten or fifteen seconds just before you serve - top with ice cream and don't blame me if you come back for more! 


400g butter
400g good-quality cooking chocolate, chopped
½ cup cocoa
2 cups caster sugar
6 eggs, lightly beaten
1 ½ cups SR flour
3 or 4 x 60g Mars Bars chilled chopped

Preheat oven to 160°C.  Grease a 4cm  deep, 22.5cm x 28cm (base) slab pan.  Line with baking paper, allowing 2cm overhang at both long ends.
Combine butter and dark chocolate in a large heatproof microwave safe bowl. Microwave uncovered on a medium high for 3 – 4 minutes, stirring every minute or until almost melted. 
Add cocoa and whisk until smooth.    Add sugar and mix well.    Add one third of the egg and stir to combine.  Repeat with egg in two batches.  Sift flour over chocolate mixture.  Stir gently until just combined.    Pour mixture into prepared pan.  Sprinkle with Mars Bars and press in slightly.   Bake for 60 – 65 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre has moist crumbs clinging.  Cool completely in pan.  Cut into squares.
I am still sewing tonight but I am working on one of the round robin quilts so I  can't show you what i am doing .......just yet!

Till next time........happy stitching!


  1. Your Rainbown quilt is really nice.. Wish I was as productive as you. I worked on a couple of projects but not enough to blog just yet as I tend to show show when at least an entire top is finished... perhaps next week...Have a great week.

  2. The blue fabric was the best choice it really accentuates the flowers... it looks fantastic... and that cake looks DEADLY hahahaha buts so good xxx

  3. The plans you have for Bruce's quilt sound wonderful! Love your flower quilt, I really like the blue border, and there's nothing wrong with that block! I don't know whether to thank you for the recipe or not!


  4. I love your plan's for Bruce's quilt. The borders you pick for your flower quilt are great.
    Have you thought of how you are going to quilt it? Your recipe sounds awesome.

  5. Your plans for Bruce's quilt sound just fantastic for its intended recipient! Such a clever idea! Also, I am in love with your flower quilt - that blue border has really just brought all the colours in the flowers out brilliantly!! Don't worry about that corner flower - it fits and looks just as lovely as the others!!
    And, like LaDonna I'm not sure whether or not to thank you for that recipe - it looks like something I could go back to for not only seconds, thirds, fourths .... lol! I have written the recipe down though...now just have to finish off all the goodies and cake left over from my daughters' birthday party before I add another temptation to the fridge's contents!!
    Have a fantastic week!!

  6. Love your flower quilt and the border colors are perfect, looks like a fun pattern! Your quilt for Bruce sounds very interesting, can't wait to see what you do with it.

  7. Yes, I agree that Bruce's quilt is going to be GREAT and one that he will truly appreciate. Your choice of blue for the narrow border is perfect and you know, it's just not right how many wonderful recipes you have in your arsenal. Your friends are truly lucky!!


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