Friday, 10 October 2014

Pretty buns

I mentioned this before, but I do bake to relieve tension…Especially when I don’t know why I’m stressed out… or tired… or unable to sleep a full night without flipping in my bed… Philippe has been away for almost two weeks and it does not help the ‘not-sleeping-properly-thingy’… I’m not good at going-to-bed-at-a-reasonable-time on my own, I’m not good at waking-up-early at all…

Well, whatever, Philippe will be back by the end of the week, I will sleep better and in the meantime we will have enjoyed some Chocolate Brioches.

I found the recipe on Pinterest, here.  Then follow the link, which took me here.  Another click and I was on these Macha Brioches which might be my next bake.  Still clicking and I ended up here, which is the recipe I used for my brioche, substituting the Macha powder by cocoa powder.  It was tempting to carry on with the clicking and the exploration of the World Wide Web but I would have had nothing to show for my afternoon.

So here are the pretties.

Chocolate brioches

You have probably noticed that my feuilleté is not too impressive… actually, I skipped the feuilletage step… I know I’m not quite ready for the Great British Bake Off (which I won’t mention again for the next 11 months as the final was on Tuesday).

Chocolate brioches1

And this is a message for my husband from our (my) cat…


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Project Big Love – a dress for Alice

Anything I stitch/knit for my kids and my close family is heavily bonded with LOVE (I can see my daughter rolling her eyes thinking that this sentence does not make sense…)  but I’m sure you understand me or at least the LOVE part.

So when Alice asked for a jersey wrap dress like the one she had years and years ago, which had been worn so much that the seams gave up, the jersey fabric got so thin…  I had no other option but to sew a new one.  And I’m so pleased she wants to wear something I made for her… plus the fact that she is promoting my blog heavily –all her friends have to follow me or she get offended…

The fabric is from Joann: heavy knit with a very nice drape, not to light, not to heavy, just perfect (and believe me it is not often that I find the ‘perfect’ dressmaking fabric at Joann).

The pattern is Butterick 5949. I find that patterns’ sizes are sometimes a bit off, so I had to make sure it will fit Alice once finished.  For the first time ever, I did a muslin of the bodice and tried on Alice before she left.  The pattern calls for lining, but I though the jersey was heavy enough to skip this step.

Blue faux wrapped dress2
Some close up details

I took my time, worked methodically on technical difficulties… and I’m quite pleased with the final product.

Blue faux wrapped dress1Juliette modeling the dress… did I mention that this one is a mad cookie?
I can’t wait to see Alice wearing it.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Wining finishes

Thanks to the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild’s UFOs challenge, I’ve been working on some of my long suffering projects.  And when I say long suffering, I’m not speaking months, but years even decade…  Actually, I even had completely forgotten about one of these projects.

First, here is Lady of the Lake.  There’s a lot of half square triangles, 1 inch wide, all sewed by hand.  That was my easy-to-carry project for our first US road trip back in 2007 which also coincided with the start of my blogging adventure (my writing buddies –Alice and my husband- dished me since then, so now this space is ALL mine).


The quilting is straight forward: diagonal lines and ‘bubbles’ – the project is called Lady of the Lake after all.  After spending so much time sewing tiny stitches, I should have hand quilted it, but it might have had to wait for another 7 years…


This one is even older than the Lady of the Lake… It’s been made before the quilting industry started producing the clever little ruler to obtain the twists from the squares.  I did my own template out of a cereal box… old time…  I’m glad I dug it out of the UFOs pile as it gave me another chance to practice my free machine quilting.

And finally, these Xmas cushions and mat.  Easy to date the start of these projects: November 2010.  It was initially a candle mat swap organised by Michele Foster from the Quilting Gallery (were you one of the participants?).  I did one mat for my partner and decided to make some more for Xmas presents… as somebody said to our Guild meeting, Xmas and B’day come back every year… so I’m on time.