Everyone predicted grey skies and rain but as we came in to land at Goteburg airport in Sweden the sun was out making the forests and gorgeously cute houses that we flew over seem as if from a fairytale.
Our hotel room is comfortable and quiet. To walk off the long hours of plane rides we explored the shops close by our hotel, walked to the harbour to admire the boats and enjoyed the warmth of the sun on our backs.
Tormorrow I am going to be visiting a quilt shop in Goteborg called Quilt Studion, Pia the owner is kindly picking me up from the hotel and I will be enjoying the afternoon in her store. If your close by please come as I would love to meet you, I have brought some of my quilts with me for show and tell.
bye for now
PS. Thanks for all the wonderful Crow tales that you have sent me, we have enjoyed reading them a great deal. Keep the stories coming.
Leave me a message and tell me something about crows, maybe what you love/hate about crows or which project from the picture above is the one you would like to make if you had a copy of my new book 'Gathering of Crows'.
Only two more sleeps before we leave on our big adventure..... I am so excited....
Its so good to be home, we arrived back on Sunday having had an amazing Quilt Market.
I got to see all my friends and to meet some bloggy friends in person which makes it so much more fun (Jaybird thanks for making my market such fun). I had dinner with some good friends, Barri from Bareroots and Kathrine and Heidi from Katherines Quilt Stue in Norway.
Then we spent a wonderful family filled three days with my brother and his family in the Bahamas.
I was invited to meet some local quilters whilst we were in the Bahamas and took some show and tell for them.
I have so much to tell you but so little time.... because yes, the suitcases are already being re-packed...this time for a cold weather adventure.
Vince and I are off first to Gothenburg, Sweden where Vince has been invited to attend a 2 day conference. I will be being a tourist for those two days and hope to find some great places to visit, museums, quilt shops, knitting wool shops (if any one has some suggestions, please let me know. If you have a quilting group nearby maybe we could meet for coffee?).
Then we are heading to Oslo where I will be doing a mini workshop on Monday 2nd November at Kathrines Quilt Stue in Oslo.
Followed by a trunk show presentation in the evening. If you are interested in coming to either the mini workshop or the trunk show please contact Kathrine ASAP as places are limited.
Here are some of the samples I need to squish into my suitcases! Luckily for me Kathrine took some samples back to Oslo with her from Houston.
Then we are off on our big adventure, train to Trondheim where I will be dropping in at the quilt store Quiltegaarden. You can contact Siw to find out more. From there we head off on a coastal steamer for a dog sledding adventure and perhaps if we are lucky we will see the Northern Lights and I am sure there will lots of snow!
Hoping to get to meet lots of wonderful stitchers in Norway...
With Quilt Market in Houston over, Eddie (my son) and I headed to the Bahamas to visit my brother and his family......this is where we found ourselves yesterday....the lone tree on Harbour Island which is one of the most beautiful pieces of driftwood I have ever seen.
This beach on another part of the island has the palest pink sand.
This morning I am going to meet a group of quilters from Corona who are also visiting these islands.
A good friend of mine sent me a txt to say there was a little parcel in the post from her, I was so excited.....when it arrived I ripped it open, she always finds fun often inspiring things for me plus she knows I love choklit.
Hmm, well the mini frames on easels are gorgeous and they made me want to get my paints out. The purple stuff does smell like something I would like to eat....but....its to help with my maths!
It will be dads birthday on thursday 8th which is the day I get on the plane for Houston TX. So over the weekend we had a birthday dinner for him, there were 12 family members present and we had a great evening filled with laughter and good wine.
Vince and I cooked a family favourite Whisky Chicken with parsnip mash, the recipe came (I think) from an Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine a few years ago. We had to multiply the recipe by 3 to feed us all but here are the instructions for 4 people.
Chicken with Parsnip Mash
4 chicken breasts
80g unsalted butter
2 tbs olive oil
Pared rind of 2 lemons
Juice 1 lemon
1 1/2tbs honey
2/3 cup chicken stock
1 bay leaf
1 tbs plain flour
4 parsnips, peeled and chopped
2 medium potatoes, peeled
Pinch nutmeg, fresh if possible
1/4cup thin cream
Grilled pancetta slices, one per person
Boil the parsnips and potatoes together until tender.
Drain water. Put into a food processor with 30g butter, nutmeg and cream until
smooth. Season and place into a microwave bowl, leave aside until required.
Season chicken with salt and pepper, cover and chill.
Melt 30gms butter and oil in electric frying pan,
medium heat. Add chicken and lemon rind, fry chicken for 3 mins each side until
well browned, remove from pan.
Add pre measured whisky (warning, do not pour whisky
straight from bottle as it could be a fire hazard). Cook for 1 min, then
carefully ignite using a long match or lighter.
(here I am setting fire to the whisky...the flames were wonderful and its a bit of a fun)
When the flames die, add juice, honey, stock and bay leaf. Stir occasionally.
Soften butter in microwave and stir in the flour. Slowly
add this to the pan to help thicken the sauce. Return the chicken to the pan
and simmer for 8-10 mins, keep stirring occasionally.
Once the chicken is ready, microwave the
parsnip/potato mash until hot. Spoon mash onto plates and top with chicken and
a slice of grilled pancetta. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with fresh
The centre page is going through the final drum (yellow) before popping into the tray for me to look at.....its so exciting....... my heart is racing.....
Jason the printer and I are checking the first proof, do we like the colour etc??
'Gathering of Crows' looked great, which means that next week I will be able to take delivery and hopefully be able to squish a few copies into my suitcase to take to Quilt Market. Although I have to say my suitcase is already bulging so I may have to bite the bullet and take 2 suitcases which on an international flight you are allowed to do, the problem arrises when you switch to internal flights within the US where you are only allowed one bag and have to pay excess for the second!
Just to tempt you and to tease you a little, this is one of the photos we used inside the book.
The afternoon we took the photos Miss Freckle offered to help model the quilt, we think she did a great job!
Miss Freckle gave the quilt her seal of approval for snuggleability (is that a word??).