Quilt Block of the Month Club

  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • View this quilt's detailed image
  • Some examples of our quilt designs

Newsletter Archive

QBOTMC News - Resizing Block, Cross Within Cross Block and Choc Coconut Slice
View full details
Hi , We hope its been another good week for you this week. I was looking at my diary this morning, and this year is already nearly 1/4 through. I have crossed off a few things on my ever-growing To Do list, but I got a bit of a shock when I counted out that theres only two weeks of school left (of a 10 week term!!!) before our Easter holidays. Im always happy to have the kids home, but Easter is when it starts getting colder again, and it seems only a few weeks ago I was complaining about our crazy hot summer. Where did THAT time go??? I need to figure out how to bottle time - its the one thing we all seem to want more of. Can you imagine how great it would be to just open a jar and give yourself a couple more hours? Sigh.... Wishing wont make it so, and I need to concentrate now and get some things done today! ------------------------------------------------------ Todays block is called Cross Within Cross Block. Its got a great 3D effect when its laid out together in a grid, although I like it just as much when its separated out a bit too. Please click the link below to download this weeks block pattern. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=cross-within-cross-block.pdf ------------------------------------------------------ And this is a very useful tip on resizing blocks from the APQS blog: Changing the size of quilt blocks is much easier than it looks. Plus, learning how to modify the size of your quilt blocks can open the door to new quilt design possibilities. Once you know the basics, you can adapt quilt patterns to the finished quilt size you desire. Resizing quilt blocks just takes a few simple math formulasno calculus involved! The first step in modifying any quilt block is to decide the size of your finished quilt block. You can arrive at that choice a variety of waysdoubling a pattern, cutting your pattern in half, or by choosing the size based on the fabric you have available. Note: When working from a patterns cutting instructions, make sure you remove the seam allowance before your double or triple the size. For instance, if your pattern calls for 3-1/2 squares first youll subtract the half seam allowance, double the finished block size to 6, and add the seam allowance back in so you cut a 6-1/2 piece of fabric. Here are the formulas to modify a few basic blocks (taking seam allowances into account): Resizing a Square Block: Square blocks are the easiest to resize. Simply add half to your finished block measurement. For example, if youd like your finished block to be a 4 square, youll need to cut a 4-1/2 square of fabric. Resizing Rectangular Blocks: Similarly to the square, for rectangle blocks youll add half to the length and width measurements of your finished block. If youre doubling block that measures 3 x 4 in your quilt, youll cut a 6-1/2 x 8-1/2 rectangle of fabric. Half-Square Triangle Blocks: When you want to change the size of a Half-Square Triangle block, add 7/8 to the desired finished block size. To make a 4 finished block, youd cut 4-7/8 squares. Quarter Square Triangle: Since there are two cut lines and two seam lines in a Quarter-Square Triangle block youll need to add 1-1/4 to the desired finished block size. For a finished block thats 4, youd cut your squares to 5-1/4. -------------------------------------------------------- Chocolate and Coconut Slice Ingredients 3 wholewheat breakfast biscuits (This is a breakfast cereal bar you have with milk usually like weetbix/weetabix or full size shredded wheat - NOT US biscuits. Google weetbix image if unsure.) 1 cup (85g) desiccated(finely shredded) coconut 1/2 cup (120g) caster (fine white) sugar 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour 2 tablespoons cocoa 150g (1/3lb) butter 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1 1/2 cups icing sugar mixture Extra 1 tablespoon cocoa 2 tablespoons hot water Method Step 1 Preheat oven to 180 degreesC/356F. Lightly grease a 16x26cm (6 x 10in) baking pan and line with baking paper. Break up biscuits. Place into a mixing bowl with coconut and sugar. Sift over flour and cocoa and stir. Step 2 Melt butter in a small saucepan over a low heat. Pour over dry ingredients. Add vanilla. Mix well. Step 3 Spoon mixture into prepared pan and press down to level. Bake for 15 minutes or until cooked. Step 4 Sift icing sugar and cocoa into a small bowl. Add water and stir well. Ice slice while still hot. Cut into squares to serve. ---------------------------------------------------------- Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - Widower's Choice Block, Quilting Tips and Double Choc Mousse Cake
View full details
Hi , Phew! We hope youve had a great week. Were back from our quilt retreat, and boy did we get some sewing done!!! Most of what we did will be in our Bumper May Mothers Day Online Quilt Magazine, but between us, we managed to make 2 quilt tops and about 8 smaller projects. And theres still more fabric left! I just need to calm down again now, and finish off these projects, as they still need quilting before I can take pretty photos and write up the patterns. Just see what you can get done in three good days of sewing! ---------------------------------------------------------- This weeks block is quite a striking geometric style block. The Widowers Choice Block looks great laid out in a grid, and you can click the link below to download the block and see what I mean. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=widowers-choice-block.pdf ---------------------------------------------------------- Heres an excerpt from Dawn Cavanaughs lesson about muscle memory from the APQS Longarm Certification Sponsored by Fons and Porter course she teaches, that I couldnt resist sharing. Here are her observations about practicing and a few techniques so you can start building your repertoire of machine quilting motifs: Very few people in the world actually enjoy practicing anything. Most of us simply want to do it. Practice seems like such drudgery and a waste of valuable time when you could be doing the real thing instead. However, it doesnt take long before we become frustrated with the quality of our stitches, the smoothness of our curves or the straightness of our lines if we havent invested the time to train our muscles to perform the way our brain is telling them to perform! To be a successful quilter, you must make your muscles remember what it feels like to make smooth curves, flowing lines, and graceful shapes over and over again. The best way to practice this is by repeating a single design shape multiple times until your mind and your muscles work in tandem together. If necessary, use the ruler (and fabric marker for the fabric) to draw reference lines to help you space the shapes more evenly. Doodle. You can develop muscle memory by drawing as well as by quilting. Use a white board and dry erase marker to practice drawing shapes to scale. Concentrate your practice on only one shape at a time to speed up your quilting prowess. Steal any free moment you have to doodle! Doodling improves your muscle memory and hand-eye coordination. Keep a white board and markers beside your chair when watching TV and doodle during your favorite program. The more you draw, the more your muscles will remember when its time to actually quilt! Employ the Power of 10. Repeat a pattern ten times right on top of previous drawing lines or stitching lines. Drawing or quilting over the same lines over and over etches the motion into your brain and your muscles so that motion eventually requires very little conscious thoughtits almost instinctual. Test. After drawing or stitching a shape 10 times, its time to test your muscle memory. Wipe the board clean or move to a new section of the fabric and try it again. Compare your stitching on this new section to when you first started your practice. Are your shapes better? Good! Still need work? Practice 10 more times and test again. Once youre happy with your motif you can start experimenting with the stitch, or drawn, direction. Do yourself a favor and give this method a try, you might be surprised by how much it improves your machine quilting. -------------------------------------------------------- Its time to start getting ready for Easter too, so why not try this out first... Double Chocolate Mousse Cake Ingredients 175g (6oz) plain chocolate biscuits/cookies 85g (3oz) butter, melted 400g (14oz) dark chocolate, chopped 600ml (1.25 pint) thickened cream 1/4 cup coffee-flavoured liqueur Cocoa powder, to dust Method Step 1 Grease a 20cm/8in (base) springform pan. Line base and side with baking paper. Place cookies in a food processor. Process until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add butter. Process until combined. Press mixture over base of pan. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Step 2 Meanwhile, place chocolate in a large heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir with a metal spoon for 10 minutes or until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Cool for 10 minutes (the chocolate and cream need to be at similar temperatures or they will not mix well together.) Step 3 Using an electric mixer, beat cream and liqueur until soft peaks form. Fold cream mixture into chocolate. Pour chocolate mixture over base in prepared pan. Smooth with a spatula. Cover. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until set. Dust with cocoa. Serve. --------------------------------------------------------- Keep an eye out for this weeks bag pattern arriving shortly too! Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - Machine Quilting Tips, Star of North Carolina Block and Lemon Yoghurt Cake
View full details
Hi , We hope its been another good week for you this week. Todays newlsetter is just a quick one - Im on my way up to Annettes for our quilt retreat. Still a bit more cutting to do, then its going to be full-on sewing for three days straight! These retreats are hard work, but whos complaining?? With all day and half the night to just sew, we get a LOT done! And with someone else cooking the meals, and my DH at home with the kids, its like the best kind of Me Time I know!!! ------------------------------------------------ This weeks block is a stunner. Its a pieced star block and I love the way it looks laid out all together too. Please click the link below to download the Star of North Carolina Block. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=star-of-north-carolina-block.pdf ------------------------------------------------ We have Part 2 this week, of Christa Watsons Machine Quilting Tips: 6. Embrace the walking foot. Although free-motion quilting allows you to quilt beautiful, intricate designs while stitching in any direction, dont forget about the designs you can quilt with your walking foot. Instead of stitching in the ditch, try continuous spirals, organic shapes, and gentle wavy lines. 7. Quilt on real quilts, then give them away. Practice makes progress. What better way to learn by practicing on a quilt for someone who will love it and wont notice the imperfections? 8. Press seams open for a flatter quilt top. Contrary to popular myth, pressing seams open will not weaken your quilt top. Just lower your stitch length to secure the seams, and you can stitch in the ditch with no problems. Each time you quilt over a seam, it helps strengthen the quilt and you wont break a needle trying to quilt through lumps and bumps. 9. Take the time to baste properly. I find basting is the least enjoyable part of making a quilt, but it pays off in the end. All three layers should be as smooth and flat as possible. Spray basters can press the quilt on both sides to set the glue; pin basters should double the amount of pins they normally use. 10. Develop a can-do attitude. This is the lastbut most importanttip. You only need to work with one-fourth of the quilt under the machine at any one time. Take your time with the process and rememberthis is supposed to be fun! ------------------------------------------------ And this one just sounded yum... Lemon Yoghurt Syrup Cake Ingredients 250g/1/2lb butter, softened 3 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind 3/4 cup caster (fine white) sugar 3 eggs 1 1/4 cups Greek-style yoghurt 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour 1/2 cup plain flour Creamy sweetened Greek Yoghurt and Lemon Zest to serve Method Step 1 Preheat oven to 180 degreesC (356F)/160 degreesC fan-forced. Grease a 24cm (9-10 in) fluted ring pan. (You could make this cake in a 8-9 inch round pan instead.) Step 2 Using an electric mixer, beat butter, lemon rind and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Add half the yoghurt and half the lemon juice. Stir to combine. Sift half the flours over butter mixture. Stir to combine. Repeat with remaining yoghurt, lemon juice and flours. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Step 3 Bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack over a baking tray. Step 4 Meanwhile, make lemon syrup: Combine lemon juice, sugar and 1/4 cup cold water in a saucepan over low heat. Stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until sugar has dissolved. Increase heat to medium. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until thickened. Pour hot syrup over hot cake. Top with lemon zest. Serve with yoghurt. ------------------------------------------------- Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
March Online Quilt Magazine Is Out NOW!!
View full details
Hi , Im delighted to be able to let you know that our March Premium Online Quilt Magazine is now available for you to download. This month were thrilled to be able to share Kelly Ashtons tutorial on how to do fuss-free Y seams, Lori has a fab FMQ lesson, and we have a new French Knot Quilt pattern for you as well. If you havent yet, get started on our Exploring Blocks Sampler Quilt project, and theres much, much more!! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please click the following link to download your March Online Quilt Magazine. http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/534/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Enjoy! Regards, Jody http://www.OnlineQuiltMagazine.com
QBOTMC News - Rosebud Block, Banana Nutella Bread & Machine Quilting Tips
View full details
Hi , We hope youve had a good week. This week here has been a bit exciting - I know - small things and all that... but I received a package of Liberty Print Fat Quarters in the post, and with Annette here for a couple of days, weve had a flurry of designing and creating a stack of new projects. Its always exciting when you get your hands on new fabric, especially if you ordered it online, and have had to wait for it to be shipped out. This fabric range is Brand New for Alice Caroline (in the UK), and weve come up with all sorts of fun projects for an upcoming Online Quilt Magazine, trying to use up every last scrap! Im heading up to join Annettes quilt group for their early Autumn retreat, and well be busy sewing Liberty stars !! --------------------------------------------------- In keeping with our loose floral theme this week, this weeks block is a pieced Rosebud Block. Please click the link below to download this pattern. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=rosebud-block.pdf --------------------------------------------------- This week, we share Part 1 of Christa Watsons (a quilter and teacher) tips for domestic machine quilting. 1. Maximize your workspace. Having enough room to work is one of the keys to successfully quilting on your home machine. Many manufacturers offer drop-in tables that allow your machine to sit flush with the work surface. 2. Match thread weight to the proper needle size. With so many choices for threads and needles, heres a general rule: use a size 80 needle with size 40-50wt thread, and a size 90 needle with a 28-30wt thread. Choose needles labeled as sharps, topstitch, or quilting over universal. These needles have sharp tips and will more easily pierce through all three layers of a quilt. When machine quilting, Christa Watson suggests using the same thread in the top and bobbin. Christa usually pieces and quilts with Aurifil 50wt cotton thread. 3. Use the same color on top and in the bobbin. With perfect tension, you should be able to use any combination if colors for the top and bobbin threads, but in reality this is not always the case. If the two threads have high contrast, you may see little dots of thread either on the front or back of your quilt. You can also use invisible thread in the top or bobbin, just not both at the same time. 4. Sketch it, quilt it. Warm up before you quilt by sketching your quilting design on a piece of paper or on a photograph or printout of the quilt top. If you understand the flow of the thread path, you can mimic that motion on your actual quilt. 5. Practice free-motion quilting daily. Prepare several practice samples consisting of two 10 squares with a layer of batting in between. Fill one sample every day and date each sample. Within a week, you will begin to see a noticeable improvement. -------------------------------------------------- Banana, Coconut and Nutella Bread Ingredients 1 1/2 cups plain flour 1 cup self-raising flour 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 3/4 cup brown sugar 2 over-ripe bananas, mashed 165ml / 6oz can coconut milk 1/3 cup golden syrup (or substitute with maple syrup) 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1/3 cup Nutella Method Step 1 Preheat oven to 180C (356F)/160C fan-forced. Grease a 7cm-deep, 9cm x 25.5cm (3in x 3 1/2 x 10in) loaf pan. Line base and sides with 2 layers of baking paper, extending paper 2cm/1in above edges. Step 2 Sift plain flour, self-raising flour, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Add sugar. Stir to combine. Make a well. Add banana, coconut milk, syrup, oil and egg. Mix to combine. Spoon into prepared pan. Step 3 Top with spoonfuls of Nutella. Using a butter knife, drag Nutella through the top of the batter to create a marbled effect. Step 4 Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of loaf comes out clean. Stand in pan for 10 minutes. Turn, top-side up, onto a wire rack lined with baking paper. Cool completely. Serve. --------------------------------------------------- Keep an eye out for this weeks Bag Pattern arriving shortly in your Inbox too! Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - Susannah Var 3 Block, FMQ Design Tips and Berry Choc Meringues
View full details
Hi , We hope youve had a great week. The Quilt Show we went to was heaps of fun, and we met all sorts of wonderful quilty people too!! Thats one of the things I love about going to shows - theyre full of friendly like-minded people, who just get it! Im back home again for all of 2 weeks now, then Im off to join Annettes group for a 3 day quilting retreat!!! I dont even have to feel guilty for not being at home, as Miss 11 is off on her school camp then too, and the boys are delighted at the possibilities of a boys week at home. Just wondering if I should leave them a list of boy-type jobs to be getting on with..... -------------------------------------------------- This weeks block is a third variation on the Susannah Block. Its easy to piece, and a pattern well worth adding to your collection. Please click the link below to download this weeks block pattern. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=susannah-variation-block-3.pdf -------------------------------------------------- This weeks tip is from Quilting Daily - Take the plunge; personalize your quilting style with these tips from expert quilter Susan Brubaker Knapp: Find motifs to suit you and your work. My work is usually realistic, so many of my quilting motifs are, too. If your work is mostly abstract, you may want to develop motifs that are contemporary and non-representational. Build a repertoire. For years, I used some of the same motifs over and over in my work. Maybe you do, too. Thats fine, but it can be boring, it doesnt challenge you, and it doesnt add much to your work. Having a wide range of motifs at your disposal can help when it comes time to decide how to stitch an art quilt. Keep your eyes open at all times for possible motifs, whether you are walking a city street, gardening, or in the grocery store. If you are worried you might not remember the design inspiration, make a quick sketch, or use the camera on your smart phone to take a photo. Keep good records. You might consider purchasing a sketchbook or blank book (without ruled lines) and starting a diary of quilting motifs. Or create stitched samples of your motifs and save them in a book, or on a big quilt. After doodling lots of different designs, I refine and ink the ones I like best onto unlined 4 x 6 index cards. Then I punch holes in the cards, and place them by category onto binder rings. When Im thinking about how to machine quilt a new piece, and nothing immediately comes to mind, I can always consult this little book. -------------------------------------------------- No excuse for these, but they just sounded good.... Berry Chocolate Meringues Ingredients 3 egg whites, at room temperature 1 cup caster (fine white) sugar 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 50g (1.3/4 oz) dark chocolate, finely grated 250g (1/2lb) punnet strawberries, hulled, quartered 150g (1/3 lb)punnet blueberries 1 tablespoon caster sugar, extra 1 cup thickened cream 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Grated dark chocolate, extra, to serve Method Step 1 Preheat oven to 130 degreesC/266F. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Draw 3 x 10cm/4in (diameter) circles on each piece of baking paper. Place onto trays, pencil-side down. Step 2 Using an electric mixer, beat eggwhites in a large bowl until soft peaks form. Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until meringue is thick and glossy. Sift cocoa powder over meringue. Add grated chocolate. Using a large metal spoon, gently fold in until combined. Step 3 Using circles as a guide, spoon meringue onto baking trays. Make a small indentation in the centre of each meringue. Bake on lowest shelf in oven for 1 hour. Turn oven off. Leave meringues to cool in oven with door ajar for 1 hour. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Step 4 Place berries into a bowl. Sprinkle with extra sugar. Stir to combine. Set aside for 15 minutes. Beat cream and vanilla until soft peaks form. Place meringues onto serving plates. Top with cream and berries. Sprinkle with extra chocolate. Serve. ---------------------------------------------------- Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - Tree Everlasting Block, Tips and 2 Ingredient Choc Mousse!
View full details
Hi , We hope youve had a good week. I think I jinxed myself last week with all that talk about how productive Id been. Not only have we had EXTREME heat this past week, but Master 12 ran into a bit of trouble at his school camp. We received a call from a teacher the first night to say hed fallen and hurt his shoulder. A not-so-quick trip with the teacher to the local hospital, and our boy was back at camp with his arm in a sling. Nothing drastic, but it stopped him from the canoeing, abseiling and climbing activities they had planned. We got a second call the following night saying there was another health issue with him. (Hes normally 100% healthy.) This time my DH drove down and picked him up, then I took him to our local hospital to get it checked out. They ended up admitting him for a couple of nights, so we spent most of the weekend hanging out in the kids ward. Hes OK now I think, and even though our weekend (or his camp) didnt go as planned, there was a silver lining... the hospital is air-conditioned! He even mentioned something about wanting to go back, cause it was cooler there..... KIDS! Anyway... Annette and I are heading off to do a local Quilt Show this weekend at Castle Hill in Sydney, so all had better be quiet on the home front! --------------------------------------------------- This weeks block looks like a nice pieceful one to try. Please click the link below to download the Tree Everlasting Block. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=tree-everlasting-block.pdf -------------------------------------------------- Some Machine Quilting tips to try: If you cant lower your feed dogs for free-motion quilting, set the stitch length to zero to reduce their movement. Use a straight-stitch throat plate (single hole) for less puckers while quilting. Use the serpentine or the running stitch as a substitute for the straight stitch when quilting in the ditch. Set at a narrow stitch width, the stitched curves cross from one side of the ditch to the other so you dont have to worry about precise needle placement. -------------------------------------------------- I just saw a recipe too, for Two Ingredient Chocolate Mousse (And whats not to love about that!!) You Need: 250g (1/2lb) Dark Chocolate Melts 600ml (20fl oz) thickened cream Put 200g of the chocolate in a bowl with half the cream and microwave on med-high for 1 minute. Stir every 20 seconds. Whip the remaining cream and fold it into the melted chocolate mixture. Spoon into glasses or bowls and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Top with remaining chocolate (chop or grate for finer size pieces), and enjoy! Yum!! ------------------------------------------------- Keep an eye out for this weeks bag pattern arriving shortly too. Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - Double Wedding Ring Block, Flannel and Peach and Filo Dessert Stacks
View full details
Hi , We hope youve had a good week this week. Im feeling all productive today. We have a new quilt show booked for next weekend at Castle Hill in Sydney, Ive booked flights to get up to Annettes for a quilt retreat in March, Miss Nearly-11 is now Miss 11 (complete with a new Harry Potter quilt!), and Master 12 is off on a school camp for the next three days! Nothing like getting back into the swing of things in a hurry! Ive even covered all the school books with contact too! (Thats one job I honestly could live without having to do at the start of each school year.) ---------------------------------------------------- This weeks block is a classic, and one thats on my quilting bucket list. Please click on the link below to download the Double Wedding Ring Block. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=double-wedding-ring-block.pdf --------------------------------------------------- This weeks tip comes from Keepsake Quilting: Tips for Quilting with Flannel 1. Choose simple designs with large, uncomplicated pieces. Avoid working with tiny pieces. 2. Buy extra fabric if you plan to prewash because flannels shrink and fray more than quilters cottons when washed and dried. 3. Spray starch helps to control stretching. Use before cutting. Flannel has more give than quilters cottons and needs to be handled with a little more care to avoid stretching your pieces. 4. Choose low-contrast plaids rather than high-contrast. 5. Use quick cutting and piecing techniques. Larger flannel pieces make it easier to control the stretching. Choose a pattern like Brick Work or Brick Road, for example. 6. Use a large (60mm), sharp rotary blade . This will make it easier to cut through the layers of flannel. 7. Increase the stitch length to 2.5 or 3 (10-12 stitches per inch). A shorter stitch length tends to stretch the flannel and embed in the flannels loose weave making it much harder to rip out seams. 8. Press carefully to avoid stretching pieces out of shape. Do not use steam when pressing flannel. 9. Be sure to clean your machine often! Flannel leaves a lot of lint behind. 10. Use low-loft batting. Flannel is heavier and warmer than quilters cotton. 11. If machine quilting, increase stitch length. For hand quilting, use perle cotton and utility quilting stitch. 12. Cut French-fold binding 2 1/2 wide. Flannel fabrics are heavier than quilters cottons, so you will need a slightly wider binding in order to have enough fabric to fold over the quilt edges. 13. Start with a new needle when sewing flannel. -------------------------------------------------- I thought these would make a nice summery dessert too: Delicate Peach and Filo Dessert Stacks (Serves 6) Ingredients 4 sheets filo pastry Olive oil spray 420g / 14-15oz can peach slices, drained 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 250g / 1/2lb tub Spreadable Cream Cheese 1/4 cup icing sugar, sifted Icing sugar, extra, for dusting Method Step 1 Lay one sheet of filo on a flat bench. Spray with oil and top with another sheet. Repeat this process with remaining filo. Step 2 Cut into 12 even rectangles. Place onto a lined oven tray and bake in a hot oven 200C/392F for 4-5 minutes or until crisp and golden. Cool on a wire rack. Step 3 Heat the brown sugar and vanilla in a non-stick pan over low heat until dissolved. Add peaches and cook a further minute until coated. Allow to cool. Step 4 Combine cream cheese and sugar, mix until smooth. Place one filo rectangle onto a serving plate, gently spread with the cream cheese and top with peaches. Place another filo rectangle on top. Repeat with remaining filo, cream cheese and peaches to make 6 stacks. Dust with icing sugar. Serve immediately. --------------------------------------------------- Yum!!! Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
February Magazine Out Now!
View full details
Hi , Im thrilled to be able to let you know that our February Online Quilt Magazine is now available for you to download. With Valentines Day just around the corner, this issue we share a fab new wallhanging project from Annette, and Lori demonstrates a great quilting design to suit. Were delighted to be able to also feature a new pattern and walking foot quilting tutorial from Melissa Marginet as well. Anyone can make this! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please click the following link to download your February Online Quilt Magazine. http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/531/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Our Hearty Flowers Wallhanging can be downloaded from: http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/528/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Enjoy! Regards, Jody http://www.OnlineQuiltMagazine.com
QBOTMC News - Scrap Sparkler Block, Fabric Tips and Chocolate Heaven Bliss Balls!
View full details
Hi , We hope youve had a great week. Its been busy again here with getting the kids back to school, but theyre back safely, and now I can breathe again, get my head screwed on properly for work-related-thinking, and really get stuck into this year. I know January is over now, but February and March are going to be great as we can finalise what were going to do for the rest of this year. I actually really enjoy the start of each new year. Its a time filled with possibilities and potential, which leads to the inevitable reams of To Do lists, but its a great creative time I find. Now if only at this point in the year I could figure out how to add a few extra hours to each day, then Id really be set! -------------------------------------------- This weeks block is called the Scrap Sparkler Block. Its a pretty variation on a standard pinwheel block, and I think you could have some fun with fabrics and layouts. Please click the link below to download this weeks block pattern. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=scrap-sparkler-block.pdf -------------------------------------------- Quilter Nancy Purvis shared some advice for designing and making quilts: When designing and planning a quilt, dont be afraid of these three things: your mistakes, your fabric, and other peoples opinions. Mistakes are inevitable, even for the best of quilters. Dont be afraid of mistakes. My best learning has come through mistakes, and it has made me a better designer and quiltmaker. Sometimes a mistake can lead to a new design, so embrace it. Our beloved fabrics. Many people just cant bear cutting into their most precious fabric. If youre one of these people, save your favorite fabrics for designs you feel confident about. When trying out a new block design, I always reach into my scrap bin. After making the practice block, I will then use my good stuff. But please dont let your fabric sit for years untouched. If youre afraid to try something new, you are only limiting your design potential. Cut up that fabric and start sewing! Trying new things can be scary. And what can be even harder is sharing your new designs with other people. People will either love them or dislike them, and if youre like me, you want people to love them. Dont be afraid of what others might think, though. By allowing others to judge your progress, you can set yourself up for failure or become paralyzed, which can ultimately affect your design potential. Your potential will only go as far as you take it, so try not to let others weigh you down. -------------------------------------------- These sounded yummy and easy - a wining combination! Chocolate Heaven Bliss Balls Ingredients 400g (14oz) dark chocolate, chopped 250g (1/2 lb) Spreadable Cream Cheese 1 1/2 cups dessicated (finely shredded) coconut, plus 1 tablespoon extra 1/2 cup almond meal Method Step 1 Melt 80g of the chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat. Step 2 Place the cream cheese, coconut, almond meal and melted chocolate in a food processor and process until combined. Chill for 10 minutes. Step 3 Roll level tablespoon measures of cream cheese mixture into balls. Step 4 Line an oven tray with baking paper. Heat remaining 320g chocolate over low heat until runny. Using a fork, dip a ball into the melted chocolate to coat. Gently tap the fork on the side of the pan to remove excess chocolate. Place on the prepared tray. Step 5 Sprinkle with a little extra coconut if you like. Repeat with the remaining balls and chocolate (reheat the chocolate halfway through if it cools and thickens too much). Step 6 Chill for 20 minutes or until chocolate is set. ---------------------------------------------- Keep an eye out for this weeks new Bag Pattern too, arriving shortly in your inbox. Until next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette

Members Pages