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QBOTMC News - Texas Tears Block, Longarm Prep Tips, Salted Oat, Peanut Butter and Choc Cookie Slice
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Hi , We hope youve had a great week this week. I now have three quilts on the go, and they all need to be finished pretty much by the start of next week, so guess what Ive been busy doing? My father-in-laws birthday quilt looks fab - it came together really well, and Im going to quilt it in the next couple of days. Miss 11 has been making a cot quilt for her pregnant teacher too, and that needs to be done before the end of term, next Friday. And the fun, quick quilt I started at the beginning of the month has been shoved to one side, but Im hoping to finish it too in the next couple of weeks. I just need to remember which blocks go with which quilt, then Im OK. That could make for some interesting (!) unpicking.... Tomorrow Im off to the Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair with a quilt-y friend, and I cant wait! New venue, and some interesting exhibits promised, and a fully indulgent girls day out with all things quilting!!! ---------------------------------------- This weeks block is interesting too. Not my favourite, but I do like the secondary patterns you get when a few are laid out together. Please click the link below to download this weeks Texas Tears Block. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=texas-tears-block.pdf --------------------------------------- I found these handy tips too, from Tia Curtis, on collaborating with a longarm quilter: Do your research: Work with a quilter whose technique and price match your expectations. Ask for references: Or look at the quilters websitea picture is worth a thousand words. Put it in writing: This clarifies things for both client and quilter. Trim backing to size: Make sure the back of your quilt is square and the size requested by your quilter. Prep before shipping: Press the quilt and trim away loose threads. Spread the word: Always credit the quilter on your quilt label and when you show your work. --------------------------------------- I just found this too, and it sounds WELL worth trying out: Salted Oat, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookie Squares Ingredients 150g butter (1/3lb), chopped, at room temperature 100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar 100g (1/2 cup) caster (fine white) sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 egg 130g (1/2 cup) smooth peanut butter 150g (1 cup) plain flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 90g (1 cup) traditional oats 190g (1 cup) dark chocolate chips 50g (1 cup) pretzels, coarsely chopped, plus 30 extra, to decorate 300g (10.5oz) dark chocolate, melted Method Step 1 Preheat oven to 180C (356F)/160C fan forced. Grease a 20 x 30cm / 8 x 12in (base measurement) slice pan and line with baking paper, allowing long sides to overhang. Step 2 Use electric beaters to beat the butter, sugars and vanilla in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add egg and beat until well combined. Beat in peanut butter. Sift over flour and baking powder. Add oats, choc chips and chopped pretzels. Stir to combine. Press into prepared pan and smooth the surface. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden. Set aside in pan to cool completely. Step 3 Spread melted chocolate over cookie bar. Top with extra pretzels. Place in fridge for 20 minutes or until set. Cut into 30 squares. --------------------------------------------- Keep an eye out for this weeks Bag Pattern arriving shortly too. Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - Double X No 3 Block, Quilt Labels and Carbonara
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Hi , We hope youve had a good week. Its been more settled here this week, except that I had a flash of inspiration... You know, those ones that make it seem like a genius idea to make a quilt for a present for someone? Its my father in laws birthday at the end of this month, and I figured since its winter here that he might like a snuggle quilt for when hes watching TV at night. Typically, its bigger than Ben Hur now, and Im flat out trying to make it in time. If only my flashes would come with shorter deadlines.... ----------------------------------------- This weeks block is the one thats caused all the problems. Of a good kind that is. When I saw how this block went together in a quilt layout, I fell in love, and thats the basis of my dad-in-laws quilt. And since I cant just make a quilt, itll be in a future Online Quilt Magazine too, so this way you get a head start! Please click the link below to download the Double X No 3 Block (!). http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=double-x-no-3-block.pdf ----------------------------------------- I found some comments on quilt labelling too: Label all your quilts-even the not important ones: simple labels for simple quilts (maybe just with fabric marker), more complex labels for fancier quilts. ~Lori Baker, Acquisitions Editor, Golden Quilting Community, F+W Media Appliqu shapes-a flower, an apple, a childs traced hand-print-can be a really sweet way to personalize a quilt label. Embellishing a quilt label with embroidery can also take something utilitarian and turn it into something special-it might even become your favorite part of the quilt! ~Vanessa Lyman, Content Director, Fons and Porter group I always like to add something from the quilt design to the label. Since I do loads of appliqu, that isnt usually too hard since I always have a spare flower laying around. When my quilts are pieced I make sure some of the fabric makes it on to the label. ~Erin Russek, Associate Editor, Quiltmaker, McCalls Quilting, Quilters Newsletter Quilt labels can come in all shapes and sizes. Spare quilt blocks not used on the front, or complementary appliqu shapes, make wonderful backgrounds for labels. ~Caitlin Dickey, Video Content Strategist, Quilting Community, F+W Media I believe its a good idea to label a quilt, however, I dont make separate labels. I like to write my name and date on the back of a quilt, in one corner, using a fine-point permanent marker. The signature cannot be removed, and its inconspicuous. ~Deb Finan, Quilting Quickly Editor Ill be honest - when it comes time to label a quilt, Im usually so ready to be finished with it that I just write directly on the backing with a fine-tip permanent marker. In addition to being fast (if not particularly pretty), doing so offers me the reassurance that the label cant be removed without leaving an actual hole in the quilt. ~Mary Kate Karr-Petras, Associate Editor, Quilters Newsletter I always tell my quilting friends to sign their full names, not just Granny or Aunt Susie or SJM, because years from now, no one will know exactly which Granny it was that made that wonderful quilt. Your ancestors will thank you for signing the quilt that they cherish. ~Bonnie Knott, Copywriter, Keepsake Quilting ------------------------------------------ This is a comfort food favourite - Creamy Bacon Carbonara Ingredients 500g/1lb Fettuccine pasta 1 tablespoon olive oil 80g / 2.3/4oz butter 1 large onion, finely chopped 250g /1/2 lb shredded bacon 200g / 7oz button mushrooms, sliced 300ml /2/3pt pure cream 1 cup grated tasty cheese Method Step 1 Cook pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water according to packet instructions. Drain well. Step 2 Meanwhile, heat a large frypan over high heat. Add oil, butter, onion, bacon and mushrooms. Cook, stirring for 5 minutes or until bacon is crisp and mushroom is tender. Step 3 Add cream. Bring to the boil. Simmer 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add pasta and cheese to pan. Stir through sauce until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. --------------------------------------- Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - Double X No 1 Block, Pin Basting and Chicken Soup
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Hi , We hope youve had a good week. Its a bit Brrrr here today. Its officially Winter now, and today the rain is driving down with squally wind...nice to be indoors sewing... Speaking of which, technically, I havent quite finished this weeks new bag, so Im going to make this newsletter brief, get back to sewing, write up a pattern and hopefully get it to you later today! Im not going outside...!! ----------------------------------------- I did find a new block pattern for you this week too. Its simple, but really rather great when you lay a few out together. Please click the link below to download the Double X No 1 block. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=double-x-no-1-block.pdf ----------------------------------------- I found these pin basting tips on Craftsys blog recently and though you might like them too: 1. When pin basting, use 1 1/2 curved basting pins. Otherwise, 1 1/2 straight safety pins will do. Craftsy instructor Wendy Butler Berns, recommends about 100 pins for a twin-size quilt sandwich. 2. Sharon Schamber uses two boards to baste her quilts, which simulates a longarm quilting frame. She shares her board basting technique in a video. (Google it) 3. If you have a large carpeted area, you can pin your quilt backing to the carpet with T pins. If you have a hard surface, packing tape or duct tape works fine to smooth out the fabric. 4. Dont like working on the floor? Try clamping a large piece of plywood to a dining room table or pool table and use this as your basting surface. 5. Are you using enough pins? Some quilters recommend using the hand test. If you can place your hand on the quilt surface without touching any pins, use more pins! 6. While pin basting, Leanne at She Can Quilt says she trims the backing and batting to the same size rather than leaving the backing larger. This allows her to center and straighten the quilt front more easily. The batting and backing layer is about 3 to 5 larger than the front. ----------------------------------------- And this will be for lunch today I think... Feel-good Chicken Soup Ingredients 3 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger 2 carrots, halved, thinly sliced 1L (2 pints)chicken stock 1 1/2 cups shredded Hot Roast Chicken 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley Method Step 1 Heat a large greased saucepan over medium heat. Cook the garlic and ginger, stirring, for 1 min or until fragrant. Add the carrot and cook for 3 mins or until softened. Step 2 Add stock, chicken and 2 cups water. Bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 mins or until carrot is tender. Step 3 Season. Ladle among bowls. Top with parsley. (Im going to add Angel Hair pasta to mine, for a chicken noodle soup!) ---------------------------------------- Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
June Magazine Out NOW!
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Hi , Im happy to be able to let you know that your June Premium Online Quilt Magazine is hot-off-the-press and is now ready and waiting for you to download your copy. This month weve included a few new features that I think youll like, including a page of free patterns that you can find online and just download. Weve also featured our last Liberty quilt pattern - a simple but stunning log cabin design that leaves lots of negative space for you to try out some FMQ quilting. Lori has a fab FMQ tutorial, Leah answers more common questions, theres more patterns and more articles, as well as lots of reader quilts for Show and Tell. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please click the following link to download your June Online Quilt Magazine. http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/547/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Have a great month Regards, Jody http://www.OnlineQuiltMagazine.com
QBOTMC News - Crosses and Star Block, Applique Tips and Sweet Potato Tart
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Hi , We hope you had another good week this week. Its almost officially winter here now, and I still cant really complain. Beautiful clear and not-too-cold days, and chilly nights. Perfect for all things fabric (and yarn) indoors!!! Its a quilt-y friends birthday too this week, and Im tossing up what to give her. Im leaning more towards something Ive made, as she already has lots of her own fabric. Maybe a bag? Really not sure, but I need to put some thought into this sooner rather than later! Weve got our big Sydney Quilt Show coming up too in only a few weeks. After three years at a different venue, were heading back to the brand new Convention and Exhibition centre, and Im quite excited to be able to go and check it out. OK - so Im looking forward to checking out all things quilty too at the show, but it will be all new and exciting, thats for sure! --------------------------------------------------- This weeks new block is exciting too. Its the Crosses and Star Block, and its pretty cool what happens when you put a few of them together... Please click the link to download this weeks block: http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=crosses-and-star-block.pdf --------------------------------------------------- This week we found some Applique tips from author Kevin Kosbab: 1. In general, for both hand and machine appliqu, start sewing an appliqu along a straight or gently curved edge rather than a corner or point. The corners look neater this way. 2. To reduce stiffness from fusible web, cut the center away from your fusible shape, leaving a border of about 1/4 inside the traced outline. 3. Try different types, sizes, and brands of hand needles to find the best one for you. I use a size 11 sharps for hand appliqu, but you might find it easier to manipulate fabric edges with a longer milliners needle. Ask for recommendations from friends or quilt shops, but ultimately its a personal decision. 4. Cross-wound spools of thread generally feed better on your machines horizontal spool pin, while stacked (parallel-wound) spools work best on a vertical pin. If your machine doesnt have a vertical spool pin, try a thread stand-also a good idea if you find monofilament thread tangling when sewing invisible appliqu. 5. When combining piecing with appliqu, press the pieced seams in the direction that makes sense pictorially-that is, press seams away from whichever fabric is supposed to be the background. When prepiecing fabrics to sew down as a single appliqu shape, press the seam allowances open to reduce bulk in the turned edges. 6. Interior points are the most difficult to sew by hand, so if you have a choice, it may be easier to sew two layered pieces instead of a single one with a deep point. This trick from Jean Ray Laury adds extra visual depth too. 7. For pieces that would be difficult or impossible to turn, use a nonfraying fabric like wool felt or Ultrasuede instead of quilting cotton. These fabrics also offer different texture possibilities. 8. Appliqu doesnt really come to life until its quilted. Quilting just outside the motifs or sections of them really helps them pop dimensionally. You can also ad detail to the appliqu shapes with quilting, but be aware that all-over quilting designs that run over appliqus often ruins their effect. ----------------------------------------------------- We wanted to try something savoury this week, and this sounded good: Sweet Potato and Pancetta Tart Ingredients 250g / 1/2 lb kumara/sweet potato peeled, cut into 2-3cm/ 1 inch pieces 4 large (70g) eggs 1/3 cup (80ml) pure (thin) cream 1/3 cup (80ml) milk 2 tablespoons grated gruyere cheese Pinch of nutmeg 5 Pancetta slices or bacon rashers, rind removed, cut into 1cm/1/2in -wide strips 1/2 cup wild rocket leaves Pastry 1 cup (150g) plain flour, sifted 75g / 2.2/3oz chilled unsalted butter, chopped 3 tablespoons chilled sparkling mineral water Method Step 1 For the pastry, whiz flour, butter and a pinch of salt in a food processor for about 10 seconds until it forms coarse crumbs. Gradually pour in mineral water, pulsing for 1-2 minutes, until it forms a ball. Enclose in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour. Step 2 Cook kumara in boiling salted water for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool. Step 3 Preheat oven to 180C/356F. Place pastry on a floured surface. Cover with plastic wrap to prevent sticking. Roll out to about 5mm/3/8in thick and use to line a 20cm/8in loose-bottomed tart pan. Trim excess. Prick base with a fork, line with baking paper, then fill with uncooked rice or pastry weights. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove paper and weights, then bake for 5 minutes or until golden and dry. Step 4 Increase oven to 190C/374F. Step 5 Beat eggs, cream and milk with a whisk until just combined. Stir in cheese and nutmeg, then season. Arrange pancetta and kumara in pastry case, then scatter with rocket. Pour in filling and bake for 30-40 minutes until set. Serve warm. ------------------------------------------------------ Yum! Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - Bat's Wings Block, Scraps and Choc Peanut Butter Cheesecake!
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Hi , We hope youve had a great week. This week here has been one of those weeks when time passes, and things happen, but you feel like theres not much to show for it at the end of the week. Nothing bad, and nothing extra good, just more of the same. I did get a fun new bag made, and Im still quilting a new quilt (for the magazine, so I NEED to finish that this week!). The kids are behaving, and the puppy not so much, my DH is back after a few days away, and my jonquils are out in the garden outside my window... a peaceful happy week then. ---------------------------------------------------- Im in like with this weeks new block. The Bats Wings Block is not that exciting by itself, but I think its kinda great when you put a few together. Please click the link below to see what I mean. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=bats-wings-block.pdf ---------------------------------------------------- I found these tips for adding to your scrap quilting fabrics from the Quilting Daily Blog too: Here are a few tips from scrap quilter Lynn Harris: 1. Let your sewing and quilting friends know youre interested in scraps. Many sewers dont like to use scraps or small pieces of fabric and will be happy to give you their leftovers. 2.Precuts are an easy way to add some variety to your scrap pile. Jelly rolls, layer cakes, charm packs, and even mini charm bundles will add a bit of variety. 3. Pick up scraps off the floor or out of the rubbish bins at sewing retreats. Yes, even tiny pieces can sparkle in a quilt. I am often surprised at the sizes of fabric some people toss in the trash! 4. Resale shops and garage sales often have inexpensive clothing that you can cut up and add to your stash. Look for lightly worn woven cotton fabrics that you like. ---------------------------------------------------- This recipe sounded like something worth trying too... Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake in a Glass Ingredients 1/3 cup roasted unsalted peanuts 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup thickened cream 110g / 1/4lb dark chocolate melts 250g / 1/2 lb block cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter 1 teaspoon gelatine, dissolved in 1/4 cup boiling water 1/2 cup thickened cream, extra, softly whipped Method Step 1 Spread the peanuts on a baking paper lined baking tray. Step 2 Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Boil, without stirring, until golden. Remove from heat and carefully pour over peanuts. Allow to cool and harden. Step 3 Heat the cream in a saucepan, bring just to a boil then pour over chocolate and stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Step 4 Beat the cream cheese and brown sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Stir in the gelatine then the peanut butter. Fold through the whipped cream. Step 5 Finely crush half of the peanut brittle in a food processor. (Break other brittle into pieces for decoration.) Spoon half of the crushed brittle into the base of each serving glass. Pipe or spoon in cheesecake mixture. Top with chocolate sauce and remaining crushed brittle. Decorate with brittle pieces. Serve immediately. ---------------------------------------------------- Keep an eye out for this weeks bag pattern too! Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - Wheel of Fortune Block, FQ Cuts and Cherry Ripe Bliss Balls!
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Hi , We hope its been another good week for you this week. Well, I now have a teenager all of my very own! Master 13 is now just that, and weve had the party to prove it! Hes a fairly low-key kind of kid, so it was mostly family getting together, with lots of food and presents. Much to Miss 11s disappointment, it really is just too cold to swim, so they all had to play other games and amuse themselves instead. My young Master is pretty good really - we do have arguments, but Ive discovered that with boys you know where you stand. If theres a disagreement, you have a fight then its over. Girls, on the other hand..... Were still a couple of years away from being a teenager, but shes practicing hard right now... :( Its really only now that I can have proper sympathy for what my sister and I put Mum through.... ------------------------------------------------------------ This weeks block sounds like a game show. The Wheel of Fortune Block is actually quite a pretty star block, and youll see what I mean when you click the link and download the pattern from the link below. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=wheel-of-fortune-block.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------ Ive shared these before, but theyre always handy to know... Fat Quarter Cuts How many squares you can get from an 18 x 22 piece of fabric? 6 - 6 1/2 squares 12 - 5 1/2 squares 16 - 4 1/2 squares 30 - 3 1/2 squares 50 - 2 1/2 squares This was at the bottom of an email I received, and I just love it! (I can out-teenage my teenager/s!) Women are Angels. And when someone breaks our wings, We simply continue to fly...on a broomstick. We are flexible like that. (And theyd better believe it!!!) ------------------------------------------------------------ I couldnt go past a recipe called this: Cherry Ripe Bliss Balls Ingredients 100g / 3.5oz dried cherries 100g (about 6) pitted dates, chopped 45g (1/2 cup) desiccated (finely shredded) coconut, plus 2-3 tbs, extra 2 tbs cacao powder, plus 2-3 tbs, extra 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 tablespoon honey Method Step 1 Place all the ingredients in a food processor and process until well combined. Roll tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls. Roll in extra coconut or cacao to coat. Easy, healthy, and yummy! ---------------------------------------------------------- Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - New Star Block, Batting and Strawberry Swirl Cake
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Hi , We hope youve had a great week. Its been getting colder here this week, and weve finally reached the point where the electric blankets are on at night, and were snuggling up with blankets and the heater on. This is of course, kind of good for me - Im still working on a crochet blanket, and snuggling up with all that wool is oh-so-nice on a cool night. It is a bit like going over to the Dark Side, but I am alternating with some hand stitching, and I do play with fabrics during the day... -------------------------------------------------------------------- This weeks block is a kind of surprising one. The New Star Block is a modern looking pieced block, but the wow factor really kicks in when you lay a few out together in a grid. Please click the link below to download the block and see what I mean. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=new-star-block.pdf -------------------------------------------------------------------- I found this interesting too - a look at some of the main types of batting available: 100% Cotton The loft, or puffiness, tends to be lower in 100% cotton batting so quilting lines dont rise up as high, making the quilt much flatter. When washed, cotton shrinks 5-8% so the quilt top will have more of a crinkle, giving it an air of shabby chic. This shrinkage means your quilting will look significantly different once washed. This batting may not be the best choice if your aim is to highlight your free-motion quilting skills. Polyester Polyester has a higher loft making your quilted lines pop up more, showing off all that hard work spent quilting. This batting also doesnt have the shrinkage of cotton, leaving your quilted motifs crisp instead of crinkly. If you really want to make your quilting pop, layering a high loft with a low loft polyester batting will give the visual punch you desire. Cotton/Polyester blend This is a batting most often made in a ratio of 80% cotton and 20% polyester. There is a little bit of shrinkage, only about 3%, but the batting has enough loft to help make the quilting stand out. Wool The reviewers personal favorite is to use two layers of batting, one layer of cotton/poly blend with a layer of wool on top. The wool has wonderful loft that makes the quilting pop! The addition of the 80/20 blend is really helpful because it prevents the wool from bearding, or getting punched, out the back of the quilt when its quilted. Unlike cotton, wool doesnt remember its fold lines making it perfect for quilts you plan to ship or store. ------------------------------------------------------------------- And since its Mothers Day this weekend, its time for a special cake. Strawberry Swirl Cake Ingredients Melted butter, to grease 150g /5 1.3oz unsalted butter, at room temperature 215g (1 cup) caster(fine white) sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 2 eggs 300g (2 cups) self-raising flour 300g (10.5oz) ctn sour cream 160g (1/2 cup) strawberry jam 300g (2 cups) icing sugar mixture 15g (1 1/2 teaspoons) butter, at room temperature, chopped 1 1/2-2 tablespoons hot water 2-3 drops pink food colouring Method Step 1 Preheat oven to 160C/320F. Lightly brush a 2.5L (10-cup) capacity bundt pan with melted butter. Step 2 Use an electric beater to beat the butter, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Use a large metal spoon to fold in the flour and sour cream, in alternating batches, until well combined. Step 3 Pour half the mixture into the prepared pan. Spoon over the jam. Use a skewer to make a swirl pattern. Top with the remaining cake mixture. Step 4 Bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Step 5 Sift the icing sugar into a medium bowl. Add the butter and water, and stir until smooth. Stir in the food colouring. Spoon icing over the cake. Set aside until set. ----------------------------------------------------------------- This weeks bag is a bit of fun, so keep an eye out for it to arrive in a little while. Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
May Magazine Out Now!
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Hi , Its Here!!! Im delighted to be able to let you know that our Super-Duper, Extra-Big-and- Pattern-Heavy May Mothers Day issue is now available for you to download. With a special issue dedicated to Mothers, we were thrilled this month to get our hands on a fab new Liberty fabric collection, and weve been busy dreaming up a wealth of projects for you to make this month! Theres quilts, a cushion, pincushions and more!!! We are also up to the fourth block of our Exploring Blocks Sampler Quilt, and you need to try out Loris stunning Noras Rose FMQ motif. It IS as easy as it looks, and it does look just beautiful as a quilted design. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please click the following link to download your May Online Quilt Magazine. http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/543/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- You can download our Taking Liberties Wallhanging Pattern from: http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/540/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Have a Happy Mothers Day! Regards, Jody http://www.OnlineQuiltMagazine.com
QBOTMC News - Star and Chains Block, Covered Jars and Roasted Berry Apples with Meringue
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Hi , We hope youve had another fab week this week! Its May, and were practically halfway through the year again. Its enough to get me in a bit of a flap, as Im still working through things I was going to get done last year! Trouble is, my list keeps growing, and I keep re-prioritising (and finding whole new projects to jump in and make), and I find Im ending up with UFOs and piles of fabrics designated for projects now on the back burner! Oh well - need to get good at delegating I think (look out Annette!!!). Miss 11 was sewing something in here with me on the weekend - she marched in to my studio, announced she wanted to make something, raided my scrap bag, and started cutting. She and I shared sewing time on my machine (I WAS in the MIDDLE of a project!) and she actually made quite a lovely little fabric book cover. Not sure whats happening to it next, but she did say that shed like to help me sew more often... Just got to get those 1/4 inch seams down pat, then I might just put her to work.... ------------------------------------------------------- This weeks block will take some work too. Its a great pieced block, but is a bit fiddly. Please click the link below to download the Star and Chains Block and see what I mean. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=star-and-chains-block.pdf ------------------------------------------------------- I found this quick how to online and might just give it a go... Lotta Jansdotters Fabric-Covered Lids Materials: Jar with a screw lid Spray adhesive Fabric scraps Directions: 1. Cut out a circle that is big enough to cover your lid. Make sure that you include the inside lip too. 2. Position the fabric circle right side down and apply spray adhesive. tip: Spray adhesive can be a bit sticky, so make sure you cover and protect your work surface. 3. Center the lid on the fabric, making sure that the fabric adheres nice and flat. Smooth and stretch the fabric a little by gently pulling the edges of the circle. By folding and gluing the fabric under the lip of the lid, you give them a clean and contemporary look. 4. Fold up a section of the fabric so it adheres to the outside of the lid lip. Now you need to snip a slit every 1/4or so on the remaining fabric. This way you can fold the fabric over the lid easier. Press the flaps over the side of the cover and adhere them to the interior of the lip. These jars also make pretty storage containers for the kitchen or studio. Fill them with buttons, bobbins, pins, or thread spools, and they make perfect gifts for quilters. ------------------------------------------------------- Roasted Berry Apples with Meringue Toppings Ingredients 2 teaspoons cornflour 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 cup raspberry jam 8 golden delicious apples, peeled, cored, cut into thick wedges 1 vanilla bean, split 250g / 1/2lb fresh strawberries or frozen strawberries, hulled, halved 8 egg whites 2 cups caster (fine white) sugar Method Step 1 Preheat oven to 200C/180C (356F) fan-forced. Step 2 Blend cornflour with 2 tablespoons of water until smooth. Place in a small saucepan with cinnamon and jam. Stir over medium heat until jam has melted. Bring to the boil. Boil for 1 minute until mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat. Step 3 Place apple and vanilla in a 5cm/2in-deep, 22cm x 26cm (Approx 8 x 10 in) roasting pan. Pour over jam mixture. Toss. Roast for 20 minutes. Stir in strawberries. Bake for a further 10 minutes or until apple is tender. Cover loosely with foil to keep warm. Step 4 Preheat grill on high. Using an electric mixer, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition until sugar has dissolved. Spoon meringue over apple. Spread evenly with a spatula to form peaks. Step 5 Grill for 3 to 5 minutes or until meringue is light golden on top. Serve. ------------------------------------------------------ Until Next week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette

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