Hiya, my darling Papa is coming to visit at weekend, it's his birthday on Sunday and I have a urge to make him a trout cake.
So far in my head it's looking good but things don't always end up looking like I plan.
I think I will make a chocolate sponge, then carve it into the shape of a fish, so far so good... The decorating is where I need help. I plan to make some light grey icing and roll it out and then fit it onto the cake.
Q1, Do I need to stick it to the cake with something, jam? Or chocolate goo maybe?
I just got some nice powder stuff and a can of colour you spray onto the icing. So I thought a light stripe of red across the middle, then I'll paint on some of the silver powder stuff to make it shimmer and look scaly.
Q2. Can anyone think of an easy way to make a scale pattern on it? I tried on a bit of icing with a pen lid and it worked well, but it'll take hours to do the whole fish!
Then I have a black pen you can write on cakes with, to make the black dots.
Q3. How far in advance can I ice and colour it? My Dad will be here all day Saturday so if can do it on Friday for Sunday or will the colours run or bleed? If not I'll just have to try to do it late Sat night, unless that's still too early?
Any help is greatly appreciated, I've worked with fondant before but only on cupcakes. I'm worried I won't be able to get a smooth finish on the fish.
I think it's a nice idea you've come up with, I think whats holding people back is quilting can take such a long time. Wouldn't they need the quilts immediately? It would take a while to make blocks, send them to you and then goodness knows how long would take it you to quilt them all, you crazy quilter
I'm all for charity quilts but I think they work better on a long term ongoing basis rather than something that requires immediate help. If that makes any sense?
It can be quick and easy to make blankets from knitted or crocheted squares because they don't need the quilting. How about asking people to donate old quilts instead maybe?
I like it as it is, I also think a border could add to it. I would lay it with some fabric underneath, kinda a pretend border and see how it looks.
I hate the idea of quilting it in quarters, it is never going to look that great when you stick it all together afterwards. Your teacher obviously has a lot of talent to teach you so well but I think she is wrong about the quilting. I machine quilt all my quilts, and I only have a normal crappy machine, I can stitch in the ditch or with a free-motion design. Do you have a plan yet as to how you will quilt it? If you're nervous about it you can always make a practise sandwich to quilt first.
I've got one of the little guns with plastic ties, I absolutely hate it. They move about too much. Also you think you've cut them all off but you still find them for ages afterwards! They're hard to handle too, you really need to have a hand on the back, if you see what I mean?
Personally my favourite method is to use the basting spray, just a really light cover and it's stuck well, I also add a few curved safety pins, but you don't need many. One can did about 6 quilts for me. We have a really shaggy rug in the room where I lay out my quilt to baste it, it's always stuck to the rug with the safety pins, I just give it a tug and that frees it, I don't recommend that method on a carpet though