Happy International Cat Day

Greetings to all cat lovers and their furry feline friends.

I completed my first kitten block last night. I started with a ginger cat in memory of my beloved Rufus. I’m not sure I made the correct choice for the background fabric, but I’ll do a couple more before I make a final decision.

Rufus kitten

Of course “the boys” wanted to help.

Quilt helpers

But then they decided it was all too much and decided on a nap instead!

Have a great day and give a cat a cuddle! 🙂

Snoozing helpers


The Kittens: a new project

While I am waiting for the fabric to arrive from the States so that I can finish the placemats and table runners I’ve decided to start on a new project.  It’s no secret (!!!) that I’m a cat lover and when I saw Elizabeth Hartman’s pattern  (see her photo of her version below) for a kitten quilt I knew it had to be on my to-do list.

Kittens quiltI’ve decided to do it as variations of orange, grey and white, and black and white kitties in homage to my dear departed Rufus (a ginger cat) and my beloved “boys” Cosmo (grey) and Pepe (black and white).

RufusCosmoPepe on pilow






I’m not a big fan of doing blocks as I always seem to have a struggle with accuracy, I joke that’s why I like improv quilts, however I’m going to do my best for this one.  I’m thinking of doing more of an alternate grid layout with more negative space, but that may change as I go along.  I might even add some embroidered whiskers if the blocks turn out well! 🙂

However my first stumbling block was last night when I realised (duh) that I had to choose the backing fabric before I could begin piecing the kitty faces!  I have a large stash of solids, but when I started looking for something suitable I discovered that most of them are fat-quarters, 1/2 yards or at most one yard pieces – so not enough.  I’m also having trouble deciding on the colour – my initial thought was a light grey, but I’m not sure how that will go with grey kitten faces as I think they may just merge into the background.  So I’ve lugged in a bag of fabric to work today and I’m going to test out some piles of fabric in the daylight. I might even go really bold for the background … more soon!

A small finish

I’m slowly working through my housewarming gift for my colleague which I blogged about recently.

I have now finished the first table runner and five of the six placemats. Just as I was about to finish the 6th I ran out of the fabric for the binding – don’t you hate it when that happens! As they are a set I needed to use the same colour. None of my local shops sell it so I had to order in from overseas.

Table runner 1 imageThe front fabric is Loulouthi by Anna Maria Horner. I did freestyle irregular wavy quilting quite densely so that it will lay flat on the table.

Table runner at Alana'sHere it is in-situ on my colleague’s table and four of the placemats are also being put to good use.Table mats at Alanas 2

A SweetFest for sweet tooths

SweetfestIt’s Good Food Month here in Sydney and on Saturday I decided to indulge myself by going out for a day of cooking demonstrations and sweet treats.

imageThere were many stalls selling incredibly tempting sweet treats, but I managed to restrain myself to just one cloud cake to bring home.

imageI also got to meet one of my baking heroes, Dan Lepard an Australian-born baker who now lives, bakes and teaches in London.

Dan LepardI turned into a bit of a groupie for the day and took in my copy of his baking bible,  Short and Sweet, and got him to sign it.

It’s a fantastic book if you are interested in baking. It has easy to follow recipes, plus some science to help you understand why things work (or why not) with a bit of old-fashioned wisdom as well.

Short and Sweet


If you like baking bread he also has several great books on handmade bread.

Handmade BreadThe Handmade Loaf

Hmm … I feel the urge for a sweet treat coming on!