Friday, April 18, 2014

Hot Cross Bun Fun and a Bit of Quilting.


I felt like a sleepy koala when I got up early this morning to make Hot Cross Buns.  
Making my own has become a tradition in our household. Making Gbf wait utill I've taken photos for the blog has also become part of the tradition :) He's learnt to be patient. 
I like to add extra fruit and extra, extra cinnamon. They don't look quite as perfect as the ones that you can buy but they sure do taste delicious!
Especially with a nice cup of coffee, and the morning chatter of birds in the background. 

Gbf and I have a garden oriented Easter ahead of us. Our yard has been ambushed by weeds and overgrown pumkin vines. It would be great to get the garden beds prepared for some winter veggie seedlings and the sooner the sweetpeas and pansies get planted the sooner we'll see their cheery flowers. 
We're also hoping to fit in a day trip to visit some gardens full of autumnal blooms and golden Fall tones. It's such a beautiful time of year. 

 When I'm not working in the garden I'll be quilting my Conversation quilt. 
As you can see I'm enjoying emphasizing the geometric shapes of the blocks with my stitches. I'm using a mix of threads - perle8, some tapestry yarn and some embroidery floss.

The catch, quite literally, is that I'm using batting with scrim, it was what I had in my cupboard. It's fine for the perle8 thread which easily glides through but I'm finding the tapestry yarn gets caught in the batting. The result is I'm not going to use the yarn as much as I thought, but I'll still use it in a few place because I like the big chunky stitches.


Last but not least - An enormous THANK YOU!!! to everyone who wished me a happy blogiversary and left such wonderful comments! There are lots of daisies with names on them. The giveaway is still open until midday Monday, Blue Mountains, time so you still have time to be part of the fun. 
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28 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

I love that you make your own Hot Cross Buns! My mum always made ours! Of course, in those days you couldn't buy them in the shops on Boxing Day! Enjoy your gardening weekend! I'm thread basting my Museum Medallion! I've spent over three hours on it and I still have three hours to go! UGH!

smazoochie said...

Easter is so different in the different hemispheres -- ours is rejuvenation after the winter, yours is restoring for the winter to come. Have a lovely weekend, you two!
p.s. I've never had a hot cross bun :-( And I had forgotten your conversation quilt, eager to see it done!

Terry said...

I can smell the cinnamon and hear the kookaburra's.
Conversation is looking good happy stitching in between the garden.

Lynne Shandley said...

Your tablecloth reminds me of the tea towels Mum used to buy, the calendar tea towels.
Happy Easter to you!

Jeneta said...

I LOVE your tablecloth and your hot cross buns look scrumptious! I always add extra cinnamon too - I'm not sure why recipes seem to skimp on it. I've just prepared some apples to make pies tomorrow and have added extra cinnamon to those too! Happy Easter and happy gardening.

Swedish Scrapper said...

I've never had a hot cross bun, but those look and sound fabulous! And I am completely taken by that wonderful tablecloth.
Most of all- wow! The Conversation quilt is really coming along! Bummer about the scrim, but it feels good to work with what's at hand too, eh?
Happy Easter and have a good garden!

Jess @ Elven Garden Quilts said...

My mum makes hot cross buns every year, and my siblings and I all go to mum and dads for lunch on Good Friday - it's a lovely tradition (although a bit hectic with all the partners and offspring there as well!) Yours look delicious (I love the sound of extra, extra cinnamon!) Your quilt looks wonderful, your big stitches are fabulous!

Fran said...

I'm with you all the way on the extra cinnamon! How lovely to make your own :-)

quiltzyx said...

Your Hot Cross Buns look delish! I'm with you, extra cinnamon is always good. I'm working on Easter Sunday, but then going to a friend's house for Easter dinner. She's a great cook & I always have a lot of fun there too! Happy Easter to you!

Karen said...

What a perfect way to start the day. I can almost smell the baking buns!! I bet they are delicious.
Good luck with the garden. You didn't choose to meet the royals instead?
Love seeing your quilt developing.

Katy Cameron said...

Enjoy your buns, and the rest of your weekend, sounds like a great plan :o) Not so sure that koala's tied so much as grumpy mind you ;o)

pandchintz said...

Clever you to make your own HCB's - they look so delicious! Enjoy your gardening weekend - hope the weather holds for you.

Colette said...

They look so delicious, I've never attempted to make my own, but now I'm tempted!
Your quilt is looking stunning, I love that you're handquilting it with different threads, the texture will be fabulous. Have a great weekend! x

Mary said...

Yum! They look yummy and hopefully will hold you through the gardening. I can't wait to see your quilt all stitched! You always do a magnificent job, Rachael!

Vickie said...

What wonderful fabric and linens ! I love your style Rachael ! Your GBF is one lucky fella to have such a talented quilting sweetheart and she can cook too !

Judy said...

Those buns look delicious and I bet that your house smelled wonderful especially with that extra cinnamon. I like the quilting that you're doing.
Have a great weekend!

audrey said...

Only my daughter would wait for pictures when there was hot bread available around here! Can't wait to see your wonderful stitching. You have such a knack for the details.:)

Pinkadot Quilts said...

I have never made those but they sure look good. Is that a vintage fabric in the background? So adorable.
Your quilt is looking good, I love the red thread...

Nifty Quilts said...

Can't think of a better Easter tradition than home made hot cross buns. I've been drooling over your beautiful table cloth in all the photos. Looks like your "Conversation" quilt is coming along well. Thanks for the tip about scrim. Have fun in the garden!

O'Quilts said...

Happy HCB and Happy Fall and happy Easter...well, just Happy:) Good job on the hand work.

Shay said...

Your buns look fabulous ( he he - I felt a bit naughty typing that )

Have a wonderful Easter Rachael . I was planning some gardening but dont know if I'll actually follow through- quilting is beckoning!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

I can almost smell that bun from here Rachael! My you are busy with your quilting and garden....fabulous!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Sounds like a lovely Easter weekend. Homemade hot cross buns are something of a tradition here too - someone is making some right now.....

Barb said...

what a wonderful tradition and your hot cross buns look yummy! I love that fabric, is a home dec or cotton? what great colors and the birds are fabulous.
It is always surprising to me how our season are opposite. I'm looking forward to getting the garden cleaned up, while you're putting yours away -
have a great weekend and enjoy the autumn color.
Your quilting looks great - I love the big stitch but I find it hard to do. Your stitch is perfection!

DeborahGun said...

I made my own hot cross buns too (out of necessity!). They were yummy! Have a Happy Easter :-)

Susan at TheBoredZombie.com said...

Your yummies look very yummy! I love that you're using such big threads for the quilting. Brilliant plans, it will be beautiful I'm sure!

Karen said...

Home made hot cross buns! They look great! It would have definitely been lovely savouring them with your coffee and birdsong.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Oh I forgot the seasons are different. Pansies are such a cheerful flower, but my kids are hung up on their demeanor in Aljce in Wonderland and don't share my appreciation.

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