Sunday, September 26, 2010

Quilt blocks and afternoon tea!

I got busy in my sewing room on Friday night and made these two cheerful quilt blocks for the lovely Simone of Quilting & Stitchery Diary, as a contribution towards a children’s charity quilt.


Simone sent me the main feature fabric some time ago along with the block designs. I’ve not pieced blocks before – but I can see how it could become very addictive – already, I’m itching to make more!


Simones blocks


The weather has been absolutely glorious in Melbourne today – the sun came out, the skies were blue, and the temperature was PERFECT! I’ve been out in the garden the last couple of days and picked a whole heap of lemons from our tree.


Basket of lemons


What you see here is a third of those picked, some have been given to friends – and some were made into refreshing Lemonade! Would you like the recipe?


Lemonade and cake


Home-made Lemonade


Ingredients


1/2 cup of caster sugar, 1 litre sparkling mineral water, 4-6 fresh lemons (to extract approx. 1 cup of juice)


Method


Pour one cup of water into a small saucepan and add the sugar. Stir on high heat until all sugar has dissolved – and then boil for a further two minutes. Set aside.


Juice the lemons with a manual juicer and then add the juice to the sugar water and refrigerate for an hour.


When you are ready to drink the lemonade, pour the lemon juice into a jug and top it with sparkling mineral water, sliced lemon and ice cubes. Then enjoy your drink!


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Outside we enjoyed cake and lemonade…


Rosie lemonade and cake!


While soccer was played…


Kayla in goal



Aaron and Kayla play footie


And memories were made!


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What did you get up to this weekend?!


Hugs! Vikki xo

18 comments:

Cyndi loves to stitch said...

beautiful kids, blocks znd lemoms. thanks for sharing recipe! we hsve to buy lemons, too cold for lemon trees here.

Vicki ♥ said...

Yes blocks can be addictive and yours are fabulous sweetie..looks like you have been doing them forever! Love home made lemonade :) Your cake looks yummmm too :) Hugs Vicki xoxox

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Fresh lemonade - sounds delicious! (especially when paired with that wonderful looking cake). Glad to see you are enjoying the spring weather. love your quilt blocks - for such a great cause too.

Maria said...

Love the colour of those blocks. Looking forward to seeing them put together when you have done more.
Thanks for the Lemonade Recipe.
Yes there are some great memories there.

Dawn said...

Fabulous blocks... so nice and bright too... Well done sweetie...Love the lemonade and cake..... Hugs Dawn x x

KaHolly said...

That's your first time piecing blocks? WOW! You are a natural! I can't imagine picking lemons from my own yard. Thanks for the recipe, for making me wish I had cake to eat, and for sharing your beautiful blocks for such a good cause! ~karen

Elyte said...

Yes it was a gorgeous day today. I had to work most of the day but stole some time to sit outside and read with a cuppa. Your blocks are lovely so bright and cheery, any child would love them. Any cake left?

Cyndi said...

Wow, Vikki! Those blocks look amazing for someone who has never before pieced blocks. It looks like you've been doing them forever...and they are such fun blocks, too!

What a beautiful day you had with your family. I love days like that!

XOXO,

Cyndi

Simone de Klerk said...

Those blocks look perfect! Thank you so much, Vikki.
And what beautiful pictures of your children. Your daughter really looks like you with that wonderful smile (o:
Wish I could have joined you for the cake and lemonade.
Have a lovely week, lieve Vikki!

Handmade by Mai said...

What a beautiful blocks, I saw some from Simone a few months ago. I love the pitcures of your childeren, your son is getting big. I like the cake. Shame I couldn't join you.

Joy said...

I love piecing blocks too ... and yours turned out fabulously!! The piccies of your weekend are terrific, I can't believe how much your puppy has grown. What wonderful memories you're making with your darling ones ... choccy cake and home meade lemonade ... mmmm :o).
Love n hugs dear one,
Joy :o)

GerryART said...

Vikki, your blocks POP ! ! !

Hugs & ♥♥♥s
Gerry

Micki said...

Fabulous blocks nad looks like you all were having a good time.
Micki

Kerryanne English said...

I'm so glad the weather has improved Vikki. Looks like the SUD's clan had a wonderful day. Mmmm... homemade lemonade and chocolate cake - does it get any better than that!!!
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Allie said...

You've never pieced blocks before? You'd never know it - those are beautiful!
And your lemons look so yummy, thanks for the recipe, I'll never make it but it's nice to know I could if I wanted to, lol. Your kids are just beautiful - what a lovely weekend of memories!

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Vikki,
Thats very sweet of you to sew for a charity!
Yum, fresh lemonade and chocky cake!
Sounds like you had a great weekend.
Hugs,
Anna

Jude said...

The blocks look great and i can taste that lemonade now and know what to do with the lemons my DD has brought over.

Sharon (Stitches on Mars) said...

Hi Vikki,
What a wonderful week-end :)
Your blocks for Simone are gorgeous...the fabrics are just great.
Hugs, Sharon

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