Happy Australia Day!
Gosh, what a relaxing & at the same time busy long weekend!
We spent the most of it up at my parents place in Bendigo which was lovely. Dad has been using the total overload of plums to make sauce & I will take some more into work during the week. We are definitely experiencing the summer glut that comes along with mature fruit trees. No complaints here!
At the moment, MacroBoy has just put a whole duck in the oven for our late lunch & I have just taken a banana cake out. Once that has cooled I will smother it with some passionfruit & honey icing & it will be ready for afternoon tea. I used this recipe, which is out of Annabel’s latest cookbook ‘The Free-range Cook – Through The Seasons’. I have her last 3 cookbooks as well as this one. There isn’t a single dish we have cooked out of them that hasn’t been amazing.
The banana cake also keeps our ‘cook one thing out of a different cookbook every week in 2015’ theme alive & well. Winning!
Even though it’s been a long-weekend here in Australia, I haven’t spent a lot of time sewing. I did go shopping for a whole lot of bits & bobs though & I’ve managed to get everything I need for two more tote bags & two more zipper pouches, so I’m sure they will feature in upcoming posts.
Today I finished off some quilted place-mats. I also made continuous bias binding for them which was a first & not nearly as daunting as I thought it would be. I used this tutorial to help me.
The place-mats are made up of 6 x 5 inch squares in 3 different fabrics plus a neutral beige backing. The fabrics will look familiar as they were used for the bucket bag that I made my Mum & the tote bag I made myself recently.
I used a 1/4 seam to sew all the individual blocks together & then to add a little bit of interest when joining the top, batting & backing I stitched a 1/4 seam to either side of the fabric joins. You can see this in the final photos with the binding attached.
I used 2 inch strips of a steel grey plain cotton for the binding. It was tough to match the colours in the fabrics as a lot of the colours in the Paris inspired fabric are faded. I like the way the dark grey has come out in the end.
My binding isn’t perfect, it is definitely wonky at times but that is OK, it’s only my second time ever attempting to bind something, so I’m pleased that I can see an improvement.
These four mats will take pride of place in our new camper trailer when we pick it up in 6-8 weeks. The bonus of using them in the van is that they are super light-weight & fold down nicely so they don’t take up much space.
Ok, off to finish off my home-made facial cleanser, moisturiser, more sleep-balm & sore-muscle salve. Living a simple life can be pretty darn busy sometimes!