Thursday, November 28, 2013


Where do you put your binding while you are attaching it to your quilt?

In your cleavage?
Yeah, me too.
Perfect place to keep it tidy and stop it from dropping to the floor and tangling.
Abbe x


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Step Back in Time

Mr CP is not a baker. He's not a chef. He's never been trained but....
if you recall, he made this masterpiece for Harvey's birthday earlier in the year
In June he made this for my step-son who is of course a Dr Who addict.
It was brilliant!
My favourite part was that instead of fondant he made the icing with chocolate that he coloured. Soooo gooooood!

Mr CP's birthday is a few weeks before mine. I figured I had to go all out in order to encourage him to make me a special cake in return.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, I decided to make my first ever choux pastry and have a bash at making a croquembouche.
But oh, the pressure!
Mr CP had to spend the first few hours of his birthday sequestered in our bedroom while I filled the choux buns with decadent chocolate mousse and burnt the first batch of caramel.
Fortunately, he loved it and we all thought it tasted like it was worth the effort. 
Birthday boy and the candle blowing helpers.

Then it was my turn.... 
Check out my Janome 6600!!!
A lovely lemon cake with a licqourice power cord and tic tac buttons.

Apparently, Mr CP has exhausted his cake making abilities but with Lachy's first birthday next year, he's still got at least one more to do before he hangs up his apron.

Mmmm I feel like cake....
Ab x

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Breath of Fresh Air

Two weeks ago I went and visited a friend for lunch. I took the boys and we met up at her mums house as her mum hadn't yet met Lachy and basically I love her mum.
Then just last week I received a message from my friend to tell me that her beautiful mum, who has been very, very sick, had received a very special phone call.

A double lung transplant kind of phone call.

According to the surgeons, it has been a "text book case". If you're going to ace something, it mose well be your lung transplant. 

It's one of those situations where it's hard to know what to do so I decided to do what I know.
A quilt, of course...
I've quilted it with hearts and loops. 
I finally finished the binding this afternoon.
I swear the binding took longer than the rest but you can't beat hand sewing it down.
Now I just need to label it and send it with all my love and healing wishes to this very special lady. 
I'm hoping she'll have the snazziest bed in ICU.

On a personal note, I implore you to 'have the conversation' with your families. You do NOT need your organs when you're dead. I have made sure my dad and Mr CP know my wishes. Life is so precious and losing someone at any time, but especially too soon, is hell on earth but honestly, organ donation is one of the few, possibly the only good thing that can come out of death.

My thoughts are with the family that were so thoughtful and giving in the midst of their tragedy. 

For more information or to register as an organ donor in Australia please log on to 

Abbe xx