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Make, Bake, Sew, Grow – A Monthly Roundup September 2017

29th September 2017

Wow, where has September gone? I am writing this from a few days away in Dorset to share a little roundup of my crafty activities. 
Make
Preserving has continued this month with my most recent making being some pickled cucumbers.  I didn’t manage to grow any myself but one of my husband’s colleagues shared a glut. 
Bake
I managed to do some baking this month!  At the beginning of September I made a St Clements cake to take to an afternoon tea party – and yesterday I made a chocolate hazelnut cake for hubby’s birthday.  Both were gluten and dairy free, from Hugh’sLight and Easy book (AFFILIATE LINK).  
Sew
I have made a few gifts this month, including a cushion for someone heading off to university and this little bag for a special friend, who is celebrating an “0” birthday today (Happy Birthday if you are reading this!).  I also made my sister-in-law something a bit different as a housewarming gift but haven’t seen her yet to deliver it so the photo will have to wait.  I have been hopeless at making progress with the Ercol covers and really must stop procrastinating.  When I left my last job my lovely colleagues gave me a gift voucher for a local fabric shop.  Last week I stopping by and chose some beautiful Tilda fabrics and have started making a Giant Star quilt from Jeni Baker’s tutorial. 
Grow
I have harvested most of the pumpkins from the garden, which are now being either eaten or cured.  There are a few still on the vine but I will bring those in shortly.  The courgettes are still producing and I have planted out a few spring veggies.  The runner beans have been doing very well through September and my freezer is full of them for the winter months. 
My plans for Christmas gifts are coming together and I hope to start making them this month (I have never been this late before!).  I also hope to make progress on the Giant Star quilt in October and make a Christmas quilt for charity.  What are your crafty plans for October?  

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