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1  COOKING / Dessert / Help with Dad's birthday cake please :) on: September 29, 2008 12:50:59 PM
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.

Thanks darlings x
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Fresh Squeezed Disappearing Nine Patch-or Ode to Summer on: September 29, 2008 12:40:34 PM
That is sooo scrummy, I love that range of fabrics but my quilt store here has never had them in, must go and order some I think.

I wanna take this sherbert thing and run with it, I wonder if its possible to make an orange sherbert sorbet? must investigate Cheesy

Free-motion rocks doesn't it, I don't do anything else these days.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Golden Crane Pocket Plane on: September 29, 2008 12:34:47 PM
Wow thats a really nice first quilt, the crane fabric is lush.

Well done you x
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Dinosaur quilt all finished! (pic heavy - but we all like pics right?) on: September 29, 2008 12:32:39 PM
Your messages are all so lovely, I recommend everyone makes a quilt and posts it here just to get the warm fuzzy glow I have  Grin Thank you sooooo much  Kiss

He is still loving the quilt, every morning we have the "Why can't I take it to school?" trauma, bless  Cheesy

I don't know when the dino phase will pass, he is trying to convince me that my Dad would love a dinosaur cake for his birthday, heh nice try!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: quilts for Hurricane Ike victims on: September 20, 2008 11:46:03 AM
Hiya Kittie Smiley

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 Cheesy

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?

Keep up your charitable thoughts Smiley
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: basting tips please on: September 16, 2008 01:28:45 PM
Yes, never trust a man with your quilts Cheesy

If you are worried about the fumes from the spray, maybe get one of those masks from the hardware store. You can pretend to be Wacko inbetween sprays.  Grin

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Dinosaur quilt all finished! (pic heavy - but we all like pics right?) on: September 15, 2008 10:03:08 AM
Awww thank you, thank you, thank you for all your lovely comments about my quilt Cheesy
(madmonkey you made me cry  Kiss)

You guys rock  Grin
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Art Quilts... on: September 13, 2008 02:25:35 PM
When does a quilt become an art quilt, surely they are all an expression of art? Smiley

Good luck at learning to quilt though Cheesy
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sampler quilt - what do you think about a border? on: September 13, 2008 02:19:46 PM
What a gorgeous quilt! Well done you Smiley

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.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: basting tips please on: September 13, 2008 02:08:46 PM
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 Cheesy
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