Our last Sew Wot meeting of the year incorporated a lovely lunch out at a local café, and a gift exchange. Each year Mary comes up with an idea for a hand made gift, two previous ones that I remember were mug rugs and a toilet bag. This year it was to make a full length apron with a pocket, and include a favourite recipe in the pocket. All the wrapped parcels were placed in a big bag, while we enjoyed our lunch together.
We all chose a parcel and had fun unwrapping the paper to see our aprons - and what a lovely assortment of colours and fabrics there were. One of the other diners from an adjacent table kindly took a photo for us.
Sew Wot ladies – Helen, Heather, me - Jenny, Mary, Carol and Moira
I had stitched a pink chintz apron with ruffles and a matching hot pad which went to Carol. And Mary had made my apron, black fabric covered in colourful fruits, also with a matching hot pad.
Pink apron gifted and black apron received
We all received an extra gift from Mary, she had made us each a hot pad in the shape of a pear, all with different fabrics. Mine is so pretty, covered in grapes, flowers and fruit.
I received some extra parcels too, wasn’t I a lucky girl! Because I hadn’t caught up with the Sew Wot ladies for a while with traveling around and was away for my birthday, there were extra gifts waiting for me. Two lots of caravan/camping fabric, a couple of metres of pale blue neutral which will be great for background or backing, and a blue fabric shopping bag as all those plastic supermarket bags are being withdrawn. And in the yellow packet was something quite new to me – a clear vinyl cover to slip over your sewing machine to keep the dust out. That will be handy, my machine never gets put away and is always in the sewing cabinet ready to use at a moment's notice.
Birthday goodies, thanks so much girls
We will all get to try the recipes we received too. I’ll share the one I put in Carol's pocket, as it is something I make at Christmas. If you have a sweet tooth and like almond icing, you will love these. I know I do!
1 packet Red Glace Cherries
Almond Icing (Marzipan)
Drain the cherries. Cut off a knob of almond icing and roll around each cherry, covering it all.
Place in fridge to set and dry while melting chocolate.
Prepare chocolate melts. Dip each almond covered cherry in warm chocolate using a spiral dipping spoon if you have one, and place on tray lined with baking paper to set in fridge.
Perfect for Christmas for those with a sweet tooth. Enjoy with coffee.