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QBOTMC News - World's Fair Puzzle Block, Quilt Backings and Tuna Potato Croquettes
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Hi , We hope you had a great week this week! After writing last week how its getting colder here now, weve had a glorious few days here, with lovely warm days and not too cool nights. I just looked out my studio window too, and saw my first Jonquil flower of the season! Im going to ignore the fact that its not really supposed to be flowering just yet, and Im going to pretend that were having lovely spring-y weather now too. (Anzac Day was warm, and thats unheard of here - its always FREEZING when were standing at the early morning service.) I do know why its still warm - its because the kids have just gone back to school... in full winter uniform! Theyre going to be warm little munchkins for the rest of the week!!! ----------------------------------------------------- This weeks block is called the Worlds Fair Puzzle Block. Its an interesting pieced block, and one that would make a fab scrappy quilt I think. Please click the link below to download this weeks block: http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=worlds-fair-puzzle-block.pdf ---------------------------------------------------- We found a few great tips for quilt backings this week too - Angela Pingel shares this handful of quilt backs to consider next time youre finishing a quilt in her book, A Quilters Mixology: Option 1: Four large cuts pieced to meet at the quilt back center.(Like a big 4-patch) Option 2: A strip pieced horizontally into a single seamed pieced back. This is a useful option when you have a good amount of yardage but not quite enough. It gives you the extra length you need. Option 3: A back composed of fat quarters. I often end up with a collection of fat quarters that Im not quite sure what to do with. The bonus with these is that they can be from the same fabric line and have a natural cohesion. Option 4: A back that uses up those extra blocks you may have made for the quilt front. Waste not, want not! Put those blocks to good use and enjoy them, even on the back. You are only limited by your imagination! Backings can be as simple as you like or as creatively complex as you like. Its entirely up to you and your personal preferences. AP ----------------------------------------------------- Im going to try this recipe for a fussy boys school lunches, but I think it sounds yum for dinner too! Tuna and Potato Croquettes Ingredients 500g/1lb potatoes, peeled, diced 2 x 185g / 6.5oz cans tuna in oil, drained, flaked 125g /4.5oz can corn kernels, drained, rinsed 3 green onions, sliced 1 egg, lightly beaten 1/3 cup plain flour 1/4 cup canola oil Salad greens and lemon wedges, to serve Method Step 1 Place potato in a large saucepan. Cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until tender. Drain. Return to pan. Roughly mash. Transfer to a shallow bowl. Place bowl in the freezer for 5 minutes to cool. Step 2 Add tuna, corn, onion and egg to potato. Season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Using moist hands, shape 3/4 cup mixture at a time into 8 croquettes. Step 3 Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place flour on a plate. Roll croquettes in flour to coat. Place on prepared tray. Cover. Place in freezer for 5 minutes. Step 4 Heat oil in a large, non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Cook croquettes, turning, for 4 to 5 minutes or until golden and heated through. Serve with salad greens and lemon wedges. ------------------------------------------------------ Maybe a nice Spring meal!!? Keep an eye out for this weeks bag patterns arriving shortly. Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - Chicago Star Block, Quilt-y Quotes and Satay Meatballs
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Hi , We hope you had a lovely Easter, and that you managed to have a nice break over the long weekend. The Easter Bunny visited here again this year, so two not-so-little-anymore kids are happy. Its getting more and more wintry here now, and I even had to turn on the electric blanket this week! Ive been pulling out all our cold weather clothes this week too, and as the not-so-little arms and legs have grown lots, well all be participating in another much-loved school holidays outing (NOT!) to go and buy clothes that fit! Ill fix them - tie it in with a movie they want to see, and thatll keep the complaints to a minimum! -------------------------------------------------- This weeks block is a stunner! Its fairly fiddly, but I think the results are just Wow! Please click the link below to download the Chicago Star Block. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=chicago-star-block-var.pdf -------------------------------------------------- And today I liked these quilt-y quotes too... Quilting is a gift you give yourself. Quilting is cheap therapy. Quilting with a friend will keep you in stitches. Quilters know all the angles. ------------------------------------------------- And to get right away from chocolate this week, Im going to try this - Satay Noodles and Meatballs Ingredients 4 green onions 500g / 1lb pork mince 3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs 1 egg, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons peanut oil 1 small red capsicum, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter 270ml /9oz can coconut milk 2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce 1 tablespoon kecap manis 2 teaspoons fish sauce 1 tablespoon lime juice 450g / 1lb packet fresh thin hokkien noodles Baby pak choy, steamed, to serve Lime wedges, to serve Fresh coriander leaves, to serve Method Step 1 Finely chop 1/2 the onions. Thinly slice remaining onions. Set aside. Place mince, breadcrumbs, egg and finely chopped onion in a bowl. Season. Mix well. Roll 2 level teaspoons of mince mixture into balls. Step 2 Heat 1/2 the oil in a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook meatballs, in batches, turning, for 4 to 5 minutes or until browned all over. Drain on paper towel. Step 3 Heat remaining oil in the same pan over medium heat. Add capsicum, garlic and sliced onion. Cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes or until capsicum is softened. Add peanut butter, coconut milk, chilli sauce, kecap manis, fish sauce, juice and 1/3 cup water. Cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes or until heated through. Step 4 Return meatballs to pan. Bring to a simmer. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Step 5 Meanwhile, prepare noodles following packet directions. Drain well. Serve noodles with meatballs, steamed pak choy and lime wedges. Sprinkle with coriander. ------------------------------------------------- Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - Easter Cake, Magic Circle Block and Hand Sewing Tips
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Hi , We hope youve had a great week. Its school holidays for Easter here right now, and after two days (one of which was spent at the big Sydney Easter Show), already theyre bored! What wouldnt I give for two whole weeks off???? I was hoping theyd find some fun and creative things to do with their time, but unless fighting with each other counts (and yes - thats often creative!), then were at a dead end. Going to be a loooooooong holiday this time I think.... Im in hiding in my studio this morning anyway. Sorry - not hiding - working.... newsletters to you and checking my emails, then working on my latest quilt! --------------------------------------------------- This weeks block is a simpler style one, but I really like the effect when several are on point together in a quilt layout. Please click the link below to download the Magic Circle Block and see what I mean. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=magic-circle-block.pdf -------------------------------------------------- In case you need some quiet downtime for the next week or so, try some hand stitching. These tips are courtesy of the APQS blog: Hand stitching tips By Marianne Burr Milliners needles are long with a small eye. The advantage of using them in hand stitch is that several stitches fit at once, making for a straight line of stitches. The small eye means the thread is not likely to pull out. Hints for threading: Waxing the thread really helps reduce tangling.Pull the thread over the block of wax. Pinch the very end of the thread between your thumb and a finger and put the needle onto the thread. Just push the needle over the thread, between your fingers, without moving your fingers The needle eye is different on each side, and one side is easier to thread than the other. If youre having trouble, turn the needle over. The thread has a twist just like a rope. One end of the thread will enable the needle to slip over it more easily than the other. If youre having trouble, try the other end of the thread. ------------------------------------------------- This sounds good for your downtime too.... Easter Cake Ingredients 350g /3/4lb unsalted butter, softened 350g /3/4 lb caster sugar 6 eggs 350g / 3/4lb self-raising flour, sifted 1/4 teaspoon pink food colouring 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons cocoa powder Icing 500g /1lb cream cheese, softened 180g /6.1/3oz unsalted butter 300g (2 cups) pure icing sugar, sifted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 8-10 small chocolate eggs, to decorate Method Step 1 Preheat oven to 180 degreesC/356F. Grease and line the base of two 22cm/9in round cake pans with baking paper. Step 2 Place butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition until just combined. Fold in the flour with a large metal spoon and divide the mixture evenly between 2 bowls. Add the pink food colouring to one bowl, and the cinnamon and cocoa to the other. Stir each to combine. Place the pink mixture in one pan and the chocolate mixture in the other, spreading each mixture evenly. Step 3 Bake on same shelf in the oven for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Set aside to cool slightly, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Step 4 Meanwhile, to make the icing, place the cream cheese, butter, icing sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl and use an electric hand beater to beat until smooth. Step 5 Halve the cakes horizontally by using a sharp knife to slice through centre of each cake. Spread 3 tablespoons of icing on one cake half and place a different coloured half on top. Spread with another 3 tablespoons of icing, then repeat the process. Use the remaining icing to completely cover the cake. Use a fork to make zigzag lines over the surface of the icing. Decorate perimeter of cake with eggs. --------------------------------------------- Keep and eye out for this weeks Bag Pattern arriving shortly too. We hope you and yours all have a Very Happy and Safe (and chocolatey) Easter! Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
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Hi , It seems like some kind of mean April Fools joke, and I am sorry, but I didnt mean it... Yesterday I accidentally sent you out the wrong link for our Easter Daisies Wallhanging pattern in the Premium Online Quilt Magazine. Turns out you couldnt login to download that one, and I didnt mean to tease you with that. The CORRECT link is: http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=easter-daisies-wallhanging.pdf Please try again, and I hope you like this pattern! Thanks and Regards, Jody
QBOTMC News - Baton Rouge Block, Quilt-y Quotes and Hot Cross Buns
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Hi , We hope its been another good week for you this week. Were now into April, and here, that means cooler weather, school holidays, Easter, (the Sydney Easter Show!), and chocolate. Not necessarily in that order, and we have Anzac Day in there somewhere too, but thats what the calendar on my fridge is showing right now. At least the parent-teacher meetings and other after school events are over for a little while, and Master nearly-13 has handed in a couple of assignments before the holidays. How do you get to Year 8 in High School and still think homework and assessments are optional???? Maybe its the teenage boy thing, but Im sick of being stressed about his work, when he apparently couldnt care less! Im not doing it for him, so have decided to stop stressing on his behalf, and just put in place no electronics kind of penalties if they arent done! Am I allowed to say how much I love it when theyre on electronics bans? They find other things to do then, like read books and play creatively... Im really happy with pretty any much excuse these days to turn the ipads off. Enough frustrated mother ranting for one day... --------------------------------------------------- This weeks block has rather taken my fancy. Its a pieced block with so much design potential and I have added it to my quilt design pile. Get a head start, and download this Baton Rouge block pattern at: http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=baton-rouge-block.pdf --------------------------------------------------- These quilt-y quotes are especially relevant to me this week! * Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, youre a mile away and you have their shoes. * Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing...the days pass quickly when I am sewing! * Caution: Enter this Sewing Room at your own Risk --------------------------------------------------- And in case you need a head start to practice before Easter: Traditional Hot Cross Buns Ingredients 490g (3 1/4 cups) bread and pizza plain flour, plus extra, to dust 170g (1 cup) sultanas 2 tablespoons mixed peel 2 tablespoons caster (fine white) sugar 1 teaspoon (1 sachet) dried yeast 1 teaspoon mixed spice 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg Large pinch of salt 250ml (1 cup) warm milk 50g (1.75oz) butter, melted, cooled 1 egg, lightly whisked Cross paste 40g (1/4 cup) plain flour 2 tablespoons cold water Glaze 70g (1/3 cup) caster sugar 80ml (1/3 cup) cold water Method Step 1 Brush a baking tray with melted butter. Combine the flour, sultanas, mixed peel, sugar, yeast, mixed spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a large bowl. Stir to combine. Make a well in the centre. Step 2 Add the milk, butter and egg to the well. Use a wooden spoon to stir until just combined. Use your hands to bring the dough together in the bowl. Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface. Step 3 Knead for 10-15 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Brush a large bowl with melted butter. Place dough in the bowl. Turn to coat. Cover and set aside in a warm place to prove for 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size. Step 4 Preheat oven to 200C (392F)/180C fan forced. Punch down dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface for 2-3 minutes, until smooth. Divide into 12 balls. Place on prepared tray. Set aside in a warm place for 30 minutes. Step 5 For the cross paste, combine flour and water in a bowl. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a small nozzle. Pipe lines on buns to form crosses. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and hollow when tapped. Step 6 For the glaze, place sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves and mixture thickens slightly. Brush the tops of the warm buns with the glaze. ------------------------------------------------- Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
April Magazine Out Now!
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Hi , Im thrilled to be able to let you know that our April Premium Online Quilt Magazine is now available for you to download. This month as we celebrate Easter, we have a fluffle of bunnies too (I just looked up what a group of bunnies is called, and I think its a fab word!!). Try our Easter Bunny Quilt, our Cute Bunny Doorstop, quilt a FMQ bunny with Lori or make some Easter Bunny Cookies instead! If youre not that into bunnies, then youll still find all sorts of great articles and quilting hints and tips right here. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please click the following link to download your April Online Quilt Magazine. http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/539/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- You can download our Cute Bunny Doorstop Pattern from: http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/535/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Download our Easter Daisies Wallhanging Pattern at: http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/536/ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Have a Happy and Safe Easter! Regards, Jody http://www.OnlineQuiltMagazine.com
QBOTMC News - Navajo Block, BOM survey and Sausage Rolls
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Hi , We hope youve had a fab week. This week Ive been busy finishing up some Easter projects, and Ive had heaps of fun pottering away in my studio making them. It feels like Ive had a productive creative week, and I LOVE it when that happens. Trouble is, Ive just added to my to Quilt pile, so guess what Im doing this weekend??? I love that bit too, so its win-win here!! Looks like its going to be another rainy weekend too, so quilting during the day and crocheting in front of the TV at night and Im all set! ------------------------------------------------ This weeks block is a fairly straight-forward one to piece, and it looks great in different quilt layouts too. Please click the link below to download the Navajo Block. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=navajo-block.pdf ----------------------------------------------- Recently the American Quilters Society did an online survey about Block of the Month Quilts, and I thought you may be interested in some of the answers they received: We asked what you thought about Block of the Month projects over 600 of you shared your passions and opinions! Thank you for the fantastic response. For those new to the monthly ritual known as Block of the Month, let us take a minute and explain. A Block of the Month is a pattern shared one block at a time, usually in monthly intervals. Known as BOM for short, some BOMs share a portion of the quilt pattern each month rather than just a block, others include multiple blocks monthly. There are a variety of lengths of programs as well. Ranging from 4 to 12 months, a Block of the Month pattern can be shared very quickly or over an extended range of time. The patterns may or may not include fabrics depending on the program. How many participate in Block of the Month projects? 4 out of every 5 quilters reported having participated in a Block of the Month in one form or another. How many BOM have you participated in? 25% of respondents have participated in 5 or more Block of the Month programs. Thats some committed quilters! Nearly 30% have taken part in 3-5 BOM. Over 27% are just getting their BOM feet wet having participated on only 1-2 BOM programs. Another 12% say they cant wait to get started. If there are 12 months in a year, how many BOM do you work on each month? For those bitten by the BOM bug, 2 out of every 5 stick with one Block of the Month program. Nearly 28% of participants reported doing 2-3 BOM projects per year. 5% of the ultra dedicated do more than 5 BOM projects each yearthats more than a block a week. Nine of you said you couldnt get enough you want to do them ALL! Whats so appealing about Block of the Months? According to those responding Number ONE on the list Quilters do Block of the Months because they want to learn new skills, try out a new technique, and expand their quilting horizons. With an eye for detailed instructions and lots of pictures showing every step of the way, its no wonder BOMers are adventurous! Rounding out their top three, quilters resoundingly declared that they want a fun Challenge! ------------------------------------------------ And when rainy weather means comfort food.... Best-Ever Homemade Sausage Rolls Ingredients 4 sheets ready rolled puff pastry 1 tablespoon milk 1 egg 500g (1lb) veal mince, or beef mince 500g (1lb) sausage mince 1 small brown onion, finely chopped 1 small red onion, finely chopped 1 medium carrot, coarsely grated 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato sauce 1/4 cup (60ml) Worcestershire sauce Method Step 1 Preheat oven to 220C (428F)/200C fan-forced. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper. Step 2 Thaw puff pastry. Meanwhile, combine milk and egg in a small jug. Whisk well. Combine veal mince, sausage mince, onion, carrot, garlic, parsley and sauces in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Divide mixture into 8. Step 3 Lay a sheet of pastry on a flat surface. Cut sheet in half horizontally. Spoon 1/8 of the mince mixture down along the long side of one pastry half, shaping mince into a long sausage shape. Brush opposite long edge with a little egg mixture Step 4 Roll up pastry to enclose filling, finishing seam side down. Brush top of log with egg mixture. Cut into 6 short pieces. Place pieces, seam side down on prepared tray, 2cm/1in apart. Repeat with remaining mince mixture, pastry and eggwash. Step 5 Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and cooked through. --------------------------------------------------- Keep an eye out for this weeks new bag pattern too. Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - Resizing Block, Cross Within Cross Block and Choc Coconut Slice
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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
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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
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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

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