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AnnieT

Pate fermentee

I have been rushing to finish a quilt and haven't baked since last week. The quilt is nearly done and I just couldn't stand it another minute - I started the pate fermentee (I LOVE those words!) to make the PR Pane Siciliano. I made it when I first bought the book and managed to overbake the loaves. They tasted good but looking back I don't think the dough was right. Probably not proofed long enough which is one of the things I have learned here. One of the neighbors is having an open house on Saturday and if the loaves are presentable I will take one with me. May have to trudge throught the snow which is forecast, brrrrrr. A.

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subfuscpersona

fun to know another baker also makes quilts - here's one I'm working on now

 

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AnnieT

Wow, what a beauty - but very complex. Do you use triangles on a roll? I find that if I work on a quilt while I'm baking bread it helps me to leave the dough alone to do what it needs to, where otherwise I tend to try to rush things along. Also keeps me out of the bars and off the streets! Glad to meet another baker/quilter, A.

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subfuscpersona

hi AnnieT

I'm not using triangles on a roll. In fact, the basic block is very simple. It is a slight variation on the Ocean Waves block, with a diagonal set and a little piecing on the inner border to help create the overall pattern.

Here's the basic block

And this is the piecing diagram for the blocks (without borders)

I like to use traditional patterns and explore rearranging them to make a different overall effect. I also like to explore color so I generally work with solid fabrics rather than prints.

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AnnieT

I think you are way too modest - that really looks like a complicated pattern to me. Is it for you to keep or for a gift? I spent most of today putting the binding on the second of four quilts I am making for great nieces and nephews in England. Today happens to be my birthday and I was feeling quite neglected as my family were away for Christmas and won't be back until Tuesday at the earliest. So it was so nice to find a note from a fellow loafer! I had planned on baking but then I read Rosalie's comment about eating the bread in the freezer and my conscience won out. Tomorrow is another day and I fed my starter a few minutes ago ready to make Susan's Sourdough. No, I didn't empty the freezer! A.

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Paddyscake

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR ANNIE T

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU..and many more...

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AnnieT

Thank you so much, Paddyscake! I guess I was being Poor Pitiful Annie because it is a big one this time and I was quite surprised to have made it. But as we say in my over 55 community, better than the alternative! I did buy myself all of the available Elizabeth David books and got a note to say the bread and yeast one has been shipped at last, yay. I have dipped into the others and look forward to some serious reading. Baking tomorrow will help me get over my snit and I can't wait to see my grandaughters. Thanks again for the greeting, A.

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subfuscpersona

How do you quilt the quilt? by hand, by machine or just with ties?

I always think it is "done" when the top is done, but of course it takes 3 times as long to quilt as it does to piece the top.

Do you like the naturalistic blocks or the geometric ones?

If I ever finish this one, I will give it to one of my daughters.

Your nieces and nephews are lucky to be getting quilts from you. 

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edh

Happy Birthday AnnieT!

I haven't posted on many of your threads, but I've read lots, and thoroughly enjoy your take on baking.

I had a round number b-day this year too; it's funny how we give them weight, isn't it? I like the "better than the alternative" attitude; I'm going to try to remember that every year!

So many happy returns of the day, and twice on Tuesdays (with apologies to AA Milne)!

edh

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AnnieT

Thank you so much for the good wishes. I went to the neighborhood party last night and they all sang Happy Birthday to me so I'm all done pouting, A.

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browndog

Happy Birthday, Annie! Wish we could all tumble into your home and eat cake together--we will in spirit, anyway.

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AnnieT

Browndog, I would LOVE to have you come and eat cake with me - but it was shortbread! I made a batch and one cracked as I took it out of the pan so I had to taste it to be sure it was good. I took one to the New Year's party and it was all gone but a few crumbs. The kids should be back today and they are definitely out of the will! So nice to have greetings from the TFL family. Happy New Year to all, A.