October 9, 2011 at 3:56 pm #509758KasaliaMember
That is what it is I am doing a single bed quilt which has a pocket at end in the identical material. You fold 1/3 side then other side the same and roll up to fit into the pocket. I hide a strap inside so you carry it on your shoulder. Great for kids doing stay overs,and curling up on cold winter days.October 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm #509759
I really like the idea of them! I suppose you’re using quilters cotton fabric which would make it very expensive! Is there a pattern on the internet (I guess I should Google ‘quillo DIY’), or have you made your own pattern? Are you piecing the quilt, or using the one fabric design? Sorry for all the questions!October 9, 2011 at 5:50 pm #509760KasaliaMember
Forest Raven, here is a site that is close to what I am doing. I am piercing the top to fit in the requirements. :tup:
purchase 2.3 metres of everything and cut off the top 50cm.for pillow
Final measurement is quillo 173cm x 102cm pocket size is 43cm x 48cm
Whether my grandaughter is going to get it for her birthday in 17days is another matter :laugh:October 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm #509761
The link doesn’t work for me, but the measurements are very helpful! You’ve got me wondering about when I can fit in making one. Yet another project on the to-do list! But I’m sure my goddaughters could use one each, and I think I could too!October 9, 2011 at 9:10 pm #509762
So many good ideas! Kasalia, I made small quillos (lap quilt size) for my boys when we travelled overseas one year — a pillow for the plane or a rug to snuggle up under. You are great making a single bed sized one. I love the idea of a strap for carrying!
Forest Raven, the rose syrup is definitely my pick too! The website I got the recipe from has removed that page, which is a shame, but I did copy it out!
250 g rose petals — ones with a good scent, tea roses or even good dark red ones are best
2 cups sugar
5 cups water
3 cups sugar
When you remove the petals from the rose bush, grab the whole rose in your hand and pull it off. Have some scissors to trim the white part off the base of the petals. I then weighed mine, so I could wash the aphids off them. Mine were quite small, and one rose was about 8 – 10 grams.
You then put the petals and 2 cups sugar in a bowl and mush them together quite well. The technical term is “macerate” lol if that helps. Let the bowl sit overnight, then the next day dissolve the 3 cups sugar in the 5 cups water. Add the rose petals and bring to a boil. This is where it gets tricky because I didn’t write down all the instructions. I’m pretty sure you let it boil for 10 minutes. Now you can bottle it with the petals in or strain it. I strained mine, then re-heated it and put it into hot sterilized bottles. Will post some photos if I can tomorrow.October 9, 2011 at 10:06 pm #509763
Hmmm…you mean there’s actually a reason to grow roses? Where can I put them in the garden? And will that mean I can make my own Turkish Delight too? That would be awesome? How long until a rose bush gives you roses?October 10, 2011 at 7:41 pm #509764
Don’t worry, Forest Raven, I too am totally impressed that roses can actually be useful for something lol! If you get a bare-rooted rosebush now, or even a potted up one, and plant it, you will have roses this summer. Put them in a sunny well drained spot and you will be rewarded. I had a lovely Mr Lincoln at one place we lived, a gorgeous red and very perfumed.
Here’s a recipe I found for Turkish Delight: http://mideastfood.about.com/od/dessertssweetspastries/r/turkishdelight.htm
If you give it a go, do read all the reviews, as they contain some very useful advice too. Technically it uses rose water rather than rose syrup, but I think rose water is very easy to make yourself. I’m going to use the syrup I made and just cut back on the sugar marginally.
Here’s what I put together today:
I sponged green paint over my white felt, cut out the circles (about milk lid sized) and stuck them on with a flat silver sequin and pearl head pin. I had trouble working out what to do with the top of it, ended up putting a small piece of green felt up there to cover the top of the styrofoam, but family think it needs a star. Will have to get out my Christmas box and see what I can find. Nice and light to put in my going overseas parcels.October 10, 2011 at 7:45 pm #509765froot_loopzMember
looks good mudhen :tup:
I agree it needs a star on topOctober 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm #509766
Whew, finally finished another lot of fabric shopping bags this morning. Out of king sized doona cover I got 7.5 bags, was surprised I didn’t get more!
I also made a couple of I spy bags for my nephews:
I think they’ll be kept busy for a while! They were made out of some of hubby’s old shirts (I love a man who wears checks!) but next time I’ll do them out of polar fleece, as it’s so stretchy and easier for little hands to manipulate. Total cost was 90 cents for the clear vinyl, which will make about 20 of these things, and a few dollars for the rice, I only used a couple of cups, so very negligible costs. The most time consuming thing was running around the house looking for things to put in. My sister collects rubber ducks, so I splurged on some ducky buttons to add in, and that was the most expensive thing. I’m going to do a few more up for friends who’ve had babies recently and have a toddler as well.
Found more styrofoam trees at Spotlight too (20% off!) so will do up some button trees this afternoon as well.October 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm #509767JaimeKristeneMember
I’ve collecte bottles for marmalade so that’s my task today, to put up enough bottles of marmalade to give everyone one at xmas and have a few for the next year for us.October 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm #509768karyn26Member
Love the tree and bags Mudhen and the I Spy’s look great too.
Definately a star on top of the tree.October 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm #509769smurfyMember
Yes, its not far off really. I made my Christmas cake today – a big heavy fruit cake (Grandmothers recipe) with 10 eggs!!!! Will leave it wrapped and stored safely to ‘ripen’.
This year will be lots of homemade aagain here too. Last year, I found friensa really enjoyed homemade goodies.
MIL loves frogs…does anyone have any bright ideas. I am not a sewer, but am arty crafty otherwise.
Well done to everyone – so creative!
Love smurfy.October 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm #509770missy71Member
We’re going on a long-saved-up-for Christmas trip to Disneyland so that’s our present. So no presents to bother about here.
But, I made a chocolate cake today using a new recipe to donate to the school’s cake stall at an upcoming fete (I was going to freeze it then ice it on the day). I left it on the bench to cool while we went horse riding. When we came home I went straight to the loo and one of the dogs ate the cake off the bench! :jawdrop: Not happy. Oh well, gives me an excuse to make another.October 16, 2011 at 1:46 am #509771JaimeKristeneMember
I bottled 10 bottles of marmalade. 7 good ones, the second batch burnt. I put pics on my blog http://widgetgrove.com.au/2011/10/marmalade . I love the cookies in a jar idea in another thread tho maybe in plastic bags or something. I’m already sick of hunting for jars. Will put more thought into my gifts after we settle into our home. I am thinking I’ll use water colour paints to create home made xmas cards. Lots of work ahead.October 16, 2011 at 10:07 am #509772
Yum! Love the flavour combos! Shame about the burning…but if it does taste okay, at least you have an excuse to keep it for yourself!
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