For the thirty-second or thirty-third year in a row (I'm not sure which) DH and I have made his mother's Christmas Pudding recipe. Only today did I learn that it had been passed down from her mother.
Nowadays we have lots of helpers. Which is a good thing ... even if slightly messy.
Once again, I share photos from a family tradition that I hope someone will take up when we're well and truly past mixing puds. I've suggested that The Most Adorable Granddaughter#1 be in charge but she wasn't too keen on the idea. I wonder why?
What better way to begin 2018 than with a family picnic at the beach/creek? Some of the older adults had gone fishing in the river mouth prior to the family gathering at the beach but with no success (we'll I'm assuming they weren't successful as I haven't heard otherwise). As we started collecting in the crowded carpark near the beach, it began to rain. Undeterred we continued with our plans and the rain soon stopped, the monster waves that were predicted didn't eventuate, and we had a wonderful time. There may even be some new contenders in the master kayakers' league now!
I have a love-hate relationships with my sewing machine. No, that's not quite true. It's more of a hate-love-hate relationship. Until I bought my new machine several years ago, the thought of using a sewing machine would reduce me to tears. I only used it if I really, really had to. Like sewing the binding onto a king sized quilt.
And then I bought my sewing machine - replacing my thirty-year-old machine - and things changed. I no longer cried whenever I sat down at the machine ... but I still couldn't sew very well and I knew it. The machine was used for sewing long straight lines that are rather tedious by hand, attaching binding, mending a seam if I couldn't convince DH or myself it was time to throw the item out, and whipping up the occasional Christmas stocking.
I never seriously contemplated using it to quilt (as opposed to piecing) a large quilt that I didn't want to be ashamed of ... until today.
The quilt top that may turn out to be the guinea pig for mach…