Saturday, 18 April 2009

This is what I have been doing

I have been doing some free motion quilting on my quilt, I still have a long way to go before I can say that it is relatively easy to do but this link FAQ on FMMQ was quite helpful to read. I did a couple of practice squares before I started in for real. Apparently you are not supposed to cross over your stitching lines, but it is my quilt so I can. Things I found out:

  • it is quite addictive but also tiring so I stopped frequently to give my hands and back a rest.
  • it was easier to quilt on a big table to support the quilt.
  • don't try to go slow, go as fast as possible (you get better with practice)
  • when stopping slow down otherwise the needle makes a big, long stitch!!

Before I started the quilting, I cooked some pear halves in a syrup and then brushed them with some leftover spiced red-wine syrup and then popped them in the dehydrator for a few hours, they came out looking rather wizened but were delicious with some Greek yoghurt.

Because I got so carried away with the quilting I had to rustle up a quick meal so I made Chicken Sweetcorn soup: chopped chicken breast, sauteed with chopped garlic and ginger, pour on chicken stock (from a cube if you like, I used a tetra pack), a dash each of sesame oil and soy sauce, big pinch of chilli powder, and 1 can each of creamed corn and kernel corn. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Make a paste of one tablespoon cornflour with a little cold water, stir in and stir well, take off the heat and add 3 beaten eggs and stir well. Serve garnished with chopped spring onion and coriander, freshly ground black pepper. Easy peasy.


  1. Hi Pip

    I love dried fruit and your pears look yummo! So does that soup. You have been industrious.

    Cheers - Joolz

  2. I would love to try free motion quilting but I don't think I could get it running quite as smooth as's looking great!
    And those pears....delicious! Pear season is wonderful isn't it?

  3. your free motion quilting looks great. i love the fact that you break the rules - as you said - it is your quilt!
    the pears look yummy.

  4. These pears look fantastic! Glad you gave it a go and it worked out.

    Did you peel the pears?

  5. Leanne, you should try free motion quilting. It didn't start off smoothly, I had a couple of practice goes first, then just went for it. Put your foot on the pedal and go for it


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