Thursday, 23 October 2008

Autumn Scarf

My sewing machine was collected yesterday for its much needed service. I am hoping it will come back working like a dream. The man said it could be two weeks though! A whole two weeks! Luckily I did manage to get a bit of sewing in last week.

I made myself a scarf for Autumn, although, it will probably have to do me winter too. I patchworked a front piece, and used brown linen for the back. It also has a brushed cotton interlining to give it some body and cosiness. I then hand quilted the patchwork with some lovely pink variegated thread. I've been wearing it every day and although I wasn't sure about the bright colours at first, I am now won over. I think this may be one for the Christmas gift list... Mum and Mum-in-Law.

I also managed to knock up some labels for the chutney, so it can finally be stored away in the cupboard.And, Fancy Picnic has asked for the recipe, so here it is, let me know if you try it!
Chilli Apple Chutney
2 fresh red chillies, seeded and finely chopped
10 large apples (2kg) peeled and coarsely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
375g raisins, chopped
115 glace ginger chopped finely
1kg brown sugar
1 litre white vinegar
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp mixed spice
2 tsp five-spice
1 tbsp turmeric
1 bay leaves
Combine ingredients in large heavy-base pan, stir over heat, without boiling, until sugar dissolves. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, about 2 hours or until mixture thickens. Discard bay leaves. Spoon into hot sterilised jars, seal while hot.
Makes about 1.75 litres.


'fancypicnic' said...

Oooh, you little love...thanks so much!!
The woodcutter'll have his hands full now - he's been itching to do something a little different with all of our apples.
Really nice of you to post this, thanks xx Will let you know the results!

Kyoko said...

The scarf is really lovely. It's good to have a bright colours to match with less bright colours. I tend to wear lots of brown, black, white (safe colours) but I am starting to find colourful accessories are very useful.
I don't eat a lot of chutneys - when do you eat them except for curries?

dottycookie said...

Love the scarf - and your labels are very cute indeed! Apple & Chilli, eh? Mmmmmmm.

jay670120 said...

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x jayne x !!!

Anonymous said...

Really lovely scarf and the chutney looks good, like those labels.

Bettyjoy said...

what a pretty scarf:)