Thursday, April 3, 2014

Benjamin Biggs Block 1 and 2, Love Entwined Update

I have decided to do the BB blocks using machine applique with the Bernina 1530 I purchased second hand a few months ago.  I have had a bit of a practice on scraps to make sure I can do it as invisibly as possible.  I am really pleased with the results and will use this method again for sure.

I am using a mixture of shirtings for the background fabric and I am pleased with the results so far.

                                Block 1 , Apple Pie Ridge with the design re-drawn to refine it a little.

Block 2

I am still prepping all the pieces for Block 3 but I love how the machine applique goes so quickly once it's all glued down onto the background.

I am quite a bit behind with my Love Entwined but I am still enjoying the process, working by hand, in no rush to finish.

Third Vase, in progress, on Love Entwined

On a non-quilty note.  Yesterday I went to a cheese making class, which was wonderful!  I learnt how to make Ricotta and fresh Mozzarella known as Bocconcini.  The cheeses we made were so delicious.  I came home with a kit to make Ricotta, Bocconcini, Feta, Haloumi and Mascapone.  I can't wait to try making Haloumi and Feta.  The tutor had some Feta she had made with the kit I have bought and it was one of the most delicious Feta cheeses I have ever eaten.  The process was not difficult, you just have to be careful with the temperatures and be gentle with the curd.  I actually pulled/stretched the fresh mozzarella to turn it from heated curd to glossy , smooth and shaped Bocconcini!  I would highly recommend going to a cheese making class if you are interested in that type of thing,  I was so enthralled I forgot to take any photos!

Happy stitching,