Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sewing at Sorrento

Have finally come back to earth after a lovely weekend of sewing, eating, laughing, drinking ( tea, of course!!) solving all the worlds problems, and generally having a good time. Chris had brought the complete series of Doc Martin, so we had him playing in the background all weekend. l managed to finish sewing these pinwheels. Each and every half square triangle was trimmed to size after sewing. A mammoth job in itself.
l  sewed  these   6"  9 patches for a swap l am taking part in.

l did  some cutting for the Drayton Hall quilt that l started at Ballarat. While we all acknowledge the time we spend sewing, there is an awful lot of time spent cutting before you can sew. l have cut squares from each fabric that l had pulled for this quilt.

And while l had each fabric out, l cut   2 1/2"  strips from each, for a future quilt. No plans yet, l am sure something will come to mind. Certainly scrappy.  Any suggestions? And yes, after all that cutting, l could see a dint in the bag. Probably cut up about 1/2 the fabric.

All the squares, neat and tidy in a container, ready to take sewing on friday.

l made these Cornish pasties for dinner last night. From scratch. And they were scrummily delicious. Fresh out of the oven, nothing better.

l have some sewing the others had to share, but its on the other camera, so will be back with that soon.
In the meantime, thanks for visiting.

For those of you who asked, here is the

Cornish Pastie recipe.

Makes 6
Oven temperature 220C (428F)

120 g cold butter
2 cups (250g) plain flour, sifted.
4 tbl cold water
1 egg, lightly beaten, Used to glaze pasties.

250 g lean minced beef ( l ground my own in my food processor)
1 small onion, grated
1 potato, peeled and grated
1 carrot, peeled and grated
2 tbl finely chopped parsley
1 tbl Worcestershire sauce
freshly ground black pepper

To make pastry, place  flour in a large mixing  bowl. Chop butter and rub into flour using fingertips till mixture resembles breadcrumbs. ( l used my food processor for this step) Mix in enough water to form a  soft dough. (You may need more than 4 tbl.) Turn pastry onto a floured surface and knead lightly. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

To make filling, place meat, onion, potato, carrot, parsley, Worcestershire sauce and black pepper to taste in a bowl and mix well to combine.

Cut pastry into 6 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of pastry on a lightly floured surface, and using an upturned saucer as a guide, cut out 6 15cm rounds. Divide filling between pastry rounds. Brush edges with water and fold pastry rounds in half upwards to enclose filling.
Press edges together well to seal, then flute between finger and thumb. Place pasties on a well greased oven tray, ( l used baking paper) Brush with beaten egg, and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 160C ( 320F) and bake for 20 minutes or until golden.



  1. Looks like you got a lot accomplished while truly enjoying yourself. I will be looking forward to seeing that Drayton Hall quilt!
    My husband would like to join you for some of those delicious looking Cornish pasties!

  2. great tip for tying up the bundles of strips!
    oh yes a lot of cutting for that quilt but its going to be so worth it
    how did you chose the color palette for this quilt?
    dinner looks yummy wish I could have been there enjoying it too!

  3. Oh my, a woman on a mission! What accomplishments you have to show too! Can hardly wait for future photos/updates! Yum, cornish pasties! Do you have a favorite recipe you'd care to share??? ;-)))))))

  4. Cornish pasties, Doc Martin and sewing with friends. Sounds perfect! Good to have all that preparation out of the way and ready for some sewing.
    Guess who just came home from a machine quilting class in Warrandyte? Yes, me and four others. Had dinner across the road and a really enjoyable and informative evening. This was all a result of an earlier post of yours so thank you.

  5. OMG, what lucious colors! LOVE the blue and white and that box of's gorgeous!

  6. What a great idea to cut those 2-1/2" strips while who have all those fabrics out. It must have been a fun weekend stitching with Doc Martin and the lovely cornish pasties. Happy stitching!

  7. All those little squares and strips look just scrumptious!

  8. All those stacks of things...!! Pinwheels and 9-patches and squares and strips -- wonderful! Combine getting so much done with good food, good music, good friends -- that's my definition of a perfect sewing weekend. Can't wait to see what comes from all your work and fun!
    Mary Lou

  9. Oh how I would love to play with that fabric!

  10. You've been busy! Sounds like you had lots of fun and everything looks wonderful! Your pasties look delicious!! I might have to make some on the weekend.

  11. WHat a great idea to cut the strips when cutting the sq's. Now you are prepared for another project. Your 9 patches are terrific and I love the pinwheels!

  12. Great idea to have your strips and sq's cut and ready to the pinwheels, Have fun sewing all your cut fabrics..
    Julia ♥

  13. You are so organized! What an inspiration. I've just cut up an old and fairly tattered 1910's cadet blue and shirting quilt top and have started making 9 patches. I'll probably have to add some reproductions as alot of the fabric is a bit too worn. Or I could cut up one of my other 1910's tops which I seem to have a bit of a thing for.
    And Cornish Pasties. Nyom nyom.

  14. Love your blue and white pinwheels-- so vintage! 1800 Reprodution fabrics are at the top of my list.

    Your pasties love yummy and thank you for the recipe. I love to cook and I am always up for something new to try.

    Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for sharing your organized idea's.

    :) Carolyn

  15. Looks like you had a great weekend with your friends! Look at how much you got done!! And I have to try Cornish Pastie recipe when the weather gets cooler here... Good quilts and yummy food will do it all!!


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