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QBOTMC News - Sweet Gum Block, Tip and Healthy Orange Chocolate Truffles
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Hi , We hope its been another good week for you this week. Its still summer here, and boy has it been a hot one! I love summer usually, but Ive had enough, and am looking forward to the cooler days of autumn. Even my sewing machine has been finding it hot! OK, so it is overdue for a service, but it REALLY didnt like sewing with heavier weight glow in the dark thread to finish Miss 12s now-quite-late Birthday Harry Potter quilt, so guess who is having to now sew it by hand? Cause snuggling up under a big quilt while hand-sewing is always fun on super hot (no airconditioning) days!!! I must love her!!! ------------------------------------------------- This weeks block makes me feel cool anyway. The Sweet Gum block is another pieced tree block, but I really love the effect when you rotate a few together in a quilt design. Please click the link below to download this block. http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/610/ ------------------------------------------------- Youve probably heard this before, but its such a great idea, that its worth a reminder. A handy hint for those who enjoy quilting or stitching by hand (normally, yes!)- Thread a whole packet of needles onto your spool of thread-- one right after the other, then knot the end. All of your needles will stay on the spool. As you need one, pull one needle with the length of thread needed and cut and tie another knot on the thread still attached to the spool. You will get fewer knots and tangles in your thread and will not have to stop for a while to thread a needle. ------------------------------------------------- And just in case youre trying to be good... Healthy Chocolate Orange Truffles Ingredients 2 tablespoons black chia seeds 60ml (1/4 cup) fresh orange juice 85g (1/2 cup) dry-roasted almonds, plus extra 1 tablespoon finely chopped 2 teaspoons finely grated orange rind 200g /7oz medjool dates, pitted, coarsely chopped 45g (1/2 cup) desiccated /finely shredded coconut 2 tablespoons cacao powder 150g /1/3lb dark chocolate (85% cocoa), chopped Method Step 1 Combine chia seeds and orange juice in a small bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes to soak. Step 2 Process the almonds in a food processor until coarsely ground. Add the chia mixture, orange rind, date, coconut and cacao powder and process until evenly combined. Roll level tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls. Step 3 Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water until melted. Place 1 ball in the chocolate and use a fork to roll the ball around until coated evenly. Use the fork to transfer truffle to prepared tray, draining off excess chocolate over bowl (use another fork to gently push the truffle onto the tray). Step 4 Repeat with remaining balls. Sprinkle with the extra almond. Set aside to set. If its warm, place in the fridge to set. Keep for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container in a cool place. -------------------------------------------------- Enjoy! Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - Tumbling Star Block, Tips and Berry Chocolate Meringues
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Hi , We hope youve had a great week. This week started off good - then it all went wrong on Miss 12s Birthday... I had a special afternoon tea planned, and she had a couple of friends home after school to help celebrate. Id made a cake, had the table decorated and even made fairy bread (as was requested!). When they arrived home I was met at the door with my husband and nearly collapsing Master 13. Ive never been so scared in my life - he couldnt talk - just couldnt get words out and looked awful. Poor Miss 12s party was forgotton as we called an ambulance for him, and he and I went to hospital, with lights and sirens and them querying stroke. Thankfully it was not a stroke, but the poor guy had every scan and test known to man while they tried to figure it out. He started talking properly again about 6 hours later and is now completely OK again. They seem to think it was some kind of Acute Confusional Migraine. Grateful its not anything worse, but know we dont know if it was a one-off, or if this might happen again. Meanwhile at home, a subdued afternoon tea happened, until Miss 12s best friends mother arrived to collect her daughter, and announced theyd bought a house an hour away, so the kids will have to change schools. Both girls in floods of tears, and not a great end to a birthday. Some days you just cant win. All is OK again now... ----------------------------------------------- This weeks block is a tricky, but really lovely pieced block, and I LOVE the effect when you rotate a few together. Please click the link below to download the Tumbling Star Block. http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/609/ ----------------------------------------------- A few tips to make your quilting easier and better: A border should be kept simple. Too grand a border can over-power the central sections. Shapes and colours in the borders should echo those in the quilt blocks. With each quilt top you plan, look for pairs of patches and units that can be chain pieced or strip pieced assembly-line style. Choose the quilting design that is best for your quilt without worrying about how much time it will take. If you dont you will spend that much time wishing you had. Sometimes less is more, and never be afraid to think outside the box - try a twist on something, or mix and match techniques as you like. ----------------------------------------------- Its Valentines Day here today, and what better excuse to try this recipe? Berry Chocolate Meringues Ingredients 3 eggwhites, at room temperature 1 cup caster (fine white) sugar 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 50g / 1 3.4oz dark chocolate, finely grated 250g / 1/2lb punnet strawberries, hulled, quartered 150g / sm 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. -------------------------------------------- Its bag pattern week again too, and this is one of my all-time favourites. Please click the link to download the Boston Backpack. http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/608/ -------------------------------------------- Have a great week! Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - Crab Apple Block, Doodling and Orange Syrup Cakes
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Hi , We hope youve had a good week this week. Am I allowed to say that Ive had another of those weeks this week? Harry Potter is still in pieces, and the birthday is tomorrow... Mother of the Year...not! Fortunately Miss-Very-Close-To-Being-12 is heading off on school camp for a few days, which buys me some breathing space to get this quilt finished. I was on track until I had a fab idea for a Hot Cross Buns quilt for next months magazine, and you know how easy it is to go off any play with the next bright, shiny object.... Its nearly done now too anyway! --------------------------------------------- This weeks block is another pretty pieced tree block. Please click the link below to download the Crab Apple Block http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/601/ --------------------------------------------- As Ive been thinking a lot about quilting this week, its worth remembering what Lori Kennedy says about doodling too. Shes a huge advocate for doodling designs, and she has several blog posts on this at www.theinboxjaunt.com . As she says - If you can draw it, you can quilt it. Susan Brubaker Knapp says: 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. -------------------------------------------- These just sounded good too... Orange Almond Syrup Puddings Ingredients 1 1/3 cups almond meal 3/4 cup caster (fine white) sugar 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 250g/1 cup thick vanilla yoghurt, to serve 2 medium oranges, scrubbed, quartered 4 eggs Syrup 3/4 cup orange juice 3/4 cup caster sugar Method Step 1 Preheat oven to 180C/356F or 160C fan-forced. Grease six 3/4-cup muffin tins, and line the base of each with a disc of baking paper. Place oranges in a single layer in a microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 8 mins or until very soft. Uncover and stand until cool enough to handle. Step 2 Remove any pips and discard, leaving skin intact. Transfer orange and any juice from the dish to a food processor. Process until pureed. Step 3 Add the eggs, almond meal, sugar and baking powder, and process until smooth. Pour evenly among the prepared tins. Bake for 35-40 mins or until lightly browned and the centres are just firm to the touch. Cool in the tins for 5 mins. Run a knife around each pudding to loosen, and place a board or rack over the tin. Quickly invert to turn out the puddings. Step 4 Meanwhile, to make the syrup, stir the sugar and juice in a small saucepan over low heat, without boiling, until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil and cook, without stirring, for 6 mins or until syrupy (it thickens as it cools). Step 5 Drizzle the puddings with the syrup, and serve with yoghurt. ---------------------------------------------- Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards Jody and Annette
February's Issue is Out Now!
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Hi , Im delighted to be able to let you know that our February Premium Online Quilt Magazine is now ready and available for you to download. With Valentines Day in the calendar this month, what better way to celebrate than with our new Have a Heart quilt pattern, and even better - you can use the offcuts to make another TWO bonus projects too!!! Lori shares a gorgeous FMQ design, Rose has tips on where to find quilting inspiration, and theres our Framed Hexie Clutch for you to make as well. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please click the following link to download your February Online Quilt Magazine. http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/607/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- You can download our Framed Hexie Clutch pattern at: http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/603/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- You can download our Seaside Row BOM Month 8 templates at: http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/604/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Have a great month!! Regards, Jody http://www.OnlineQuiltMagazine.com
QBOTMC News - Colour, Secret Star Block, Flapjacks and Blue Lotus Tote!
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Hi , We hope youve had a good week. Aaaarrgh.... The days are flying by, and the Happy Potter quilt is still in large-ish pieces in my sewing room, and I still have to finish it, quilt and bind it before Monday night, so its done for Tuesdays birthday!! This week, its one of those weeks! Id rather be sewing and quilting with my special glow-in-the-dark thread, but Im having to get my head around fun things like migrating servers, and updating nameservers.... Its about as clear as mud to me, but we are getting through it, and theres an end in sight! On a positive note though, both kids are finally happily back at school after their big Christmas break. I reckon Ill have about a weeks grace, then the homework sagas will kick in again... ------------------------------------------------- This weeks block is a more tricky pieced star block. Please click the link below to download the Secret Star Block. http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/600/ ------------------------------------------------- These tips were on the AQS Blog recently: Here are some tips to help you build a color palette with confidence. Consider your light source. Like a painting, you direct light with the values of your fabric selection. Use value to create depth, drama, and focus. Frame a quilt by going from darker outer borders to a lighter center. Open a quilt by going from a darker center to lighter outer borders. Ground a quilt by using a darker value background fabric. Create focus in a quilt by using a light value background fabric. Work with what you cannot change. Is there some part of your quilt that must be a certain color? Start there. If there is a huge green tree in the center of your quilt then you know green is in the palette. If your daughter wants a quilt in hot pink, hot pink it is. If you have a white cat and you want to camouflage the fur on the quilt as much as possible, your cat is in your palette. (Thank you to the quilter who explained this important color deciding information!) Pick a color. If there are no constraints or dictates, pick your color. What is the predominate color for this quilt? Consider the mood the color will convey. Work with a color you have enough variety and yardage of to complete your palette and project. Pick your favorite color of the day. Use your main color to influence the rest of the palette choices. To create strong contrast or movement, add fabrics of the same color but that have a lighter or darker value (monochromatic). The stronger the value contrast the more the drama. Arrange your stash in Roy G. Biv order. (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet) Select colors beside your main color (analogous). This creates a cozy palette. If you are looking for pop, split your stash in half. Put the greens under the reds, the blues/indigos under the yellows. Add the color above or below your main color to your palette (complementary). This will add pop! This gives you a good start to building a color palette you will love for your next project. Play around and have fun. If you dont like something, try again. If you get stuck, it always helps to ask a friend. ------------------------------------------------------ Flapjacks Not to be confused with fat breakfast pancakes, this flapjack is a Scottish slice and is incredibly simple to make. Oats are very nutritious and Flapjack keeps well, its perfect with a mug of tea or glass of milk - or try it crumbled over ice cream as a crunchy topping. Makes 24 pieces 400g/14oz medium porridge oats 175g/6oz butter 150g/5oz brown sugar 1/3 cup golden syrup Pre heat the oven to 180 degreesC/356F (Medium oven). Line a Swiss roll tin with non-stick baking paper. Melt together the butter, golden syrup and brown sugar then mix in the oats. Press into the prepared tin and compact the mixture pressing down firmly with a spatula or palette knife. Bake for approximately 20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and score into pieces with a sharp knife. Cool completely before removing from the tin. Store in an airtight container. ------------------------------------------------------ And its Bag pattern week again too! This week is our Blue Lotus tote - its a roomy over-the-shoulder bag with all sorts of fab outer pockets to tuck things in. Please click the link below to download this pattern. http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/602/ ------------------------------------------------------ Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - Jungle Block, UFOs again and Chocolate Slab Cake
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Hi , We hope its been another good week for you this week. This week Im trying to frantically make good on a birthday promise. Actually, its technically a promise from last year, but its cool... Miss-almost-12 loves the Harry Potter books and movies, and I promised to make her a quilt on that theme. I did collect some fabric, but with the birthday here (again) in just over 2 weeks, I really need to get cracking and hurry up. Im just making this one up as I go, but I bought an extra large t-shirt with the Hogwarts crest, so thats going in the middle, with the 4 sets of school house colours in squares patchworked around that. Im excited about the quilting though! I have a secret stash of glow in the dark thread, and Im going to quilt it with all sorts of spells from the books that will only show up (like magic) when its dark. Hopefully that will make it all worth the year-long wait... ------------------------------------------------ This weeks block is one with unexpected effects when you lay out a few together. Im a bit in love with this one actually... Please click the link below to download the Jungle Star Block. http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/599/ ------------------------------------------------ And heres Part 2 of our dealing with UFOs article from AQS - Project Too Ugly Not everything comes out like we imagine. Has your project gone from a beautiful swan to an ugly duckling? Stop cringing and try the following: Make your color palette cut out 1 squares from each fabric and glue in them side-by-side on a line on a piece of paper. Cut the strip out. Are there any colors fighting with each other? Are the values too similar? What is your neutral? Research similar color groupings do an online search for color palettes like your own. Are you missing a magical accent color that will make everything pop? Find a color literate friend take your palette strip along with an open mind and visit a friend with color confidence. Ask for color suggestions. Consider scale and pattern If color isnt the problem, take a look at the patterns on each fabric. Each fabric should have its own job, make sure they arent all trying to do the same thing. Project Too Painful From headaches to sore muscles some projects can take more of a toll on you than others. If a project is giving you too much pain to continue, consider the following: Change the lighting bright, vibrant or repetitive patterns can lead to headaches. If this happens, change your lighting. Take your space from blue light to warm light with a change of a light bulb. Turn lights off or add more, whatever helps alleviate the stress on your eyes. Shake it out getting stiff? Stand up and shake it out. Gently stretch out the parts that have been in one place too long. Move, get your blood flowing again. Take frequent breaks Set a timer to limit your time and then take a break and do something else. Work with different materials or try a new position. Each of these things puts you at risk of abandoning a project. When a solution cant immediately be reached, try putting your project in time out before packing it up and launching it into a black hole (ie the craft closet). How to Put a Project in Time Out Put it where you can see it Pin your progress to the design wall or lay it out on the guest bed, somewhere you can take a moment every now and again and give it a look. Keep the parts together Take all the bits and pieces and put them in a basket. Set them, along with the instructions, near the displayed portion. Take your time to think give yourself time to look at the quilt and think of solutions that inspire you to complete the project. If none appear after a couple weeks, pack up the project and notify NASA. There were a couple of helpful reader comments too: One- can you down size your project. That is, can you reduce the dimensions from perhaps King size to twin or lap size? Two-can you find the project a new home? Admitting you will never finish this particular project may be disappointing but realistic. By using the guideline you provide, the quilter should understand why this project wasnt a good choice for them. Once they understand, find it a new home with someone who will be delighted with the project. Lastly-this relates to question two. If you dont want to finish the project and you love your fabric, consider repurposing the fabric for another project you would enjoy doing if it is possible to repurpose the fabric. -------------------------------------------------------- Chocolate Brownie Slab Cake Ingredients 300g/10.5oz dark chocolate, chopped 375g/13.25oz butter, chopped 3/4 cup self-raising flour 3/4 cup plain flour 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 3/4 cup cocoa powder 2 cups brown sugar 4 eggs 1 cup buttermilk Chocolate frosting 320g/11.25oz butter, softened 3 3/4 cups icing sugar mixture (powdered sugar), sifted 1/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted 2 1/2 tablespoons milk Method Step 1 Place chocolate and butter in a heatproof, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM (50%) for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds with a metal spoon, or until melted and smooth. Set aside to cool. Step 2 Preheat oven to 180 degreesC(356F)/160 degreesC fan-forced. Grease a 5.5cm/2in-deep, 21cm x 30cm (8 x 12in)(base) baking pan. Line base with baking paper. Sift flours, bicarbonate of soda and cocoa in a large bowl. Add sugar. Stir to combine. Whisk eggs and buttermilk together in a jug. Stir buttermilk mixture, then chocolate, into flour mixture. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean (cover with foil if over browning). Cool in pan. Step 3 Make Chocolate frosting: Using an electric mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add icing sugar mixture, cocoa and milk, beating constantly until combined. Spread top of cake with frosting. Cut into 24 pieces. Serve. ----------------------------------------------------------- Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - LeMoyne Ray Block, UFOs, Choc Caramel Bars and Flower Messenger Bag
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Hi , We hope youve had a good week, and that youve had a chance to read the Important email we sent out yesterday regarding the future of the QBOTMC. That aside, its still been a busy week here. Ive spent a small fortune on school shoes and stationery, and I have to deal with school uniforms tomorrow. The joys of back to school!! And then I have to start the morning routine training again too. Not sure how to change them from getting up at 9 or 10 am (!!!) now to getting out of bed at 6 - 6.30am. Im obviously going to need to become some kind of super mum to get them into bed at night so they can get up in time. We might spend next week practicing before they start school again at the end of the month. I do love having them home on holidays, but it really is time they were back at school so I can concentrate on writing up my stockpile of new BOM patterns! ------------------------------------------------ This weeks block is the LeMoyne Ray Block. Its a pretty star block, with great secondary patterns when you put a few together. Please click the link below to download the pattern and see what I mean. http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/598/ ------------------------------------------------ I read this recently on the AQS blog and thought it well worth sharing. (Part 1 of 2) Can you tell when your project is at risk of becoming a UFO (UnFinished Object)? Here are some signs to alert you and steps you can take to prevent an alien invasion! Project Too Big Are you suddenly aware of the fact that the project you fell in love with could take the next decade to finish? That common feeling of being overwhelmed could stop you in your tracks. When you get that feeling of drowning in a sea of a 1000 half square triangles, try the following: List the steps write out each step of the project from your current point to the end. Make it manageable group the steps together into achievable goals. Organize your project according to your goals. Schedule grab your crafty calendar and schedule deadlines for your goals. Some of us find deadlines motivating and satisfying. If thats not you, replace the word deadline with guideline. Take one step at a time. Project Too Hard If you have taken apart a block so many times you no longer recognize the fabrics, it might be too hard. When a project fills you with frustration the fun is gone and returning to it is torture. In lieu of packing it up burying it in the backyard, try the following: Identify the problem make sure you know what is giving you all the trouble. Reread the instructions, call up a friend and explain the problem in case youve overlooked something simple, be sure you have the right tools and equipment for success. Try Youtube.com find a couple videos showing the technique you are struggling with and watch them. Sometimes seeing someone else do something is all we need for it click for us. Take it to guild at your next guild meeting or sewing day with friends, show them your problem and ask them for solutions. One-on-one help is always great. Take a class whether online, at a local shop, or at a quilt show, equip yourself with knowledge to help you master the technique. Project Too Boring Is your project putting you to sleep? Is it taking the joy out of your quilting day with too much repetition? Break the monotony with the following: Break it down set little goals of 10-15 minute durations and then reward yourself. Distract yourself hit play on a book youve been wanting to read or your favorite podcast. Go to a friends house pack up your machine and head to a friends house where the two of you can talk, laugh, and sew away the hours. If your friend is extra wonderful they might even pitch in! Well finish with part 2 next week... ------------------------------------------------ Chocolate Caramel Bars Ingredients 125g/4.4oz butter, softened 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 egg 1 1/2 cups plain flour 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/3 cup caramel Top n Fill 100g/3.5oz dark chocolate, chopped Method Step 1 Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and vanilla for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add egg. Beat until combined (mixture may curdle). Sift flour and cocoa powder over butter mixture. Stir to combine. Remove 1/4 of the dough. Shape both portions of dough into a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Step 2 Using large portion of dough, shape level tablespoons of mixture into 2cm x 4cm /1 x 2in bar shapes. Place on prepared trays, leaving room for spreading. Using the end of a wooden spoon, make a 1cm x 3cm /1.2 x 1in indentation in the centre of each rectangle. Fill each indent with 1 teaspoon caramel. Step 3 Preheat oven to 180 degreesC (356F)/160 degreesC fan-forced. Roll remaining dough between 2 sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Using a small sharp knife, cut into 3cm x 5cm/1 x 2in rectangles. Re-roll scraps and repeat to make 15 rectangles. Place 1 rectangle on top of each caramel-filled bar. Press lightly to seal. Freeze for 15 minutes. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Stand on trays for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Step 4 Place dark chocolate in a heatproof, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM (50%) for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds with a metal spoon, or until melted and smooth. Dip top side of 1 bar into chocolate. Gently shake off excess. Place bar, chocolate-side up, on a wire rack set over a baking tray lined with baking paper. Set aside for 30 minutes or until set. Serve. Yum!! ---------------------------------------------------- Rather than a separate email, this weeks bag pattern was a favourite too. Dad threatened to use this Messenger Bag as his fishing bag (!), so I fixed him.... Please click the link below to download the Flower Messenger Bag http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/593/ --------------------------------------------------- Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
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Hi , I did say that 2018 was going to bring some changes, and Im afraid this ones a biggie. After much soul searching, I am really sorry to have to tell you that we have come to the sad decision that we need to close down our Quilt Block of the Month Club, as it is now. Weve had a great run for quite some years, but website issues dating from the end of 2017 and ongoing hosting problems have meant that we cannot continue to support this Quilt Club as we would like, and we would rather stop it nicely now, than have it all come crashing down in a matter of months. What does this mean for you? The good news is, although this website is going, this doesnt have to affect your membership at all! We just need to juggle a few things around instead. * The main point to note, is that once the website is gone, you will no longer be able to login to the Members Area to download the quilt blocks you have already received. Please, please, PLEASE make sure you have downloaded and saved your quilt blocks to your computer, so you can access them whenever you like. Please Download what you need to before Friday 26th January. * Secondly, please email me (info@quiltblockofthemonthclub.com ) and let me know if you are part-way through receiving and downloading any quilts (and which month you have just received), and I can email you the remainder of the blocks separately, each month in turn. * The Bag Making Patterns Club has also been affected in the same way, and although there will be no new bag patterns for a while, I will continue to send you a pattern every two (2) weeks, from a selection of our Members Favourites. * Your complimentary upgrade to our Premium Online Quilt Magazine will remain unchanged - I will still email it to you each month as I have been doing now. * Moving forward, we have been working on an exciting New Quilt Pattern website for a while now, and it is (finally) really close to being launched. We currently have something like 25 new BOM quilt patterns to write up, and as they would have been added to the QBOTMC for you to download as well, I will automatically send you the patterns for each of these new quilts (block by block) when they are released. There will be no separate charge as it is all included in your monthly membership. * Our weekly newsletters will still continue for a while longer too. We have a blog coming that is attached to the new website, and once its launched, you will be able to catch up there with our news, patterns, blocks and hints and tips (and full colour photos too!!) 2018 is turning out to be the Year of Change, and we hope you will continue to share these changes with us, as we move forward on a bigger and better quilting adventure together! With Best Regards, Jody and Annette www.QuiltBlockoftheMonthClub.com info@quiltblockofthemonthclub.com
QBOTMC News - Trading Post Block, HST's and Pork Steaks with Apple Mash
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Hi , We hope youve had a good week. Oh my goodness - were a third of the way through January already and Im still getting myself organised!! It doesnt help that (and I hate to say it), but the kids only have 3 weeks left of their long summer holidays, and Im going to miss having them here with me. OK - so working around holiday mode is not always productive, but its all gone so fast this year, and weve been doing all sorts of fun things together. Miss nearly 12 is starting High School this year too, and thats going to be a big change for all of us. I dbe willing to bet she will be much better at the organising-yourself-to- do-your-own-homework-in-time-for-your-next-class gig than her brother was/is, but well see... Is it bad to admit now that his Year 8 maths homework was past me? I did advanced maths through school too, but looking at what he was doing last year was like trying to decipher some kind of numerical foreign language. I guess what they say is true - Use it, or lose it... ------------------------------------------ This weeks block is something I can do! The Trading Post Block is a geometric pieced block that looks quite lovely when you play around with the colours a little bit too. Please click the link below to download this weeks block. http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/590/ ------------------------------------------ And this info is always handy to have - To make a half-square triangle unit: 1. Decide on the measurement of your finished squares in the piece you are making. Once you have that measurement, add 7/8. For example, if the finished square = 2half?, the cut size of your fabric squares should be 3-3/8?. (For the math challenged, you convert the 2half to 2-4/8ths, add 7/8s, and that gives you 3-3/8ths.) Cut your squares to this larger measurement. 2. Choose two squares you want to piece together to make a half-square triangle unit. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the lighter of the two squares. Place the squares right sides together. 3. Sew a one fourth seam on each side of the marked line. Cut the fabric apart on the marked line to create two half-square triangle units. They should now measure your finished size. 4. Open and press to the dark side. (Ha! We just saw the latest Star Wars Movie, and this just seems appropriate this week.) ------------------------------------------ Crumbed pork steaks with apple mash Ingredients 1 tablespoon basil pesto 50g/1.3/4oz butter, softened 700g/1.5lb potatoes, peeled, roughly chopped 300g/10.5oz Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, roughly chopped 1/3 cup milk 1/3 cup plain flour 1 egg 1 1/2 cups panko breadcrumbs 8 (500g/1lb total) pork sizzle steaks 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 300g/10.5oz green beans, trimmed Zest of 1 lemon Method Step 1 Combine pesto and butter in a small bowl. Set aside until required. Step 2 Place potato and apple in a large saucepan. Cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high. Boil for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain well. Return to pan. Mash until smooth. Add milk. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well to combine. Cover to keep warm. Step 3 Place the flour on a plate. Whisk egg with 1 tablespoon water in a shallow bowl. Place breadcrumbs on a plate. Working with 1 steak at a time, coat in flour, shaking off excess. Dip in egg mixture, then coat in breadcrumbs, pressing to secure. Place on a plate. Step 4 Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook steaks for 2 minutes each side or until golden and just cooked through. Transfer to paper towel to drain. Step 5 Meanwhile, cook beans in a saucepan of boiling water for 1 minute or until bright green and just tender. Drain well. Toss with lemon zest. Season. Serve steak with mash, beans and pesto butter. ---------------------------------------- Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
January Online Quilt Magazine Out Now!
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Hi , Happy New Year, and we hope 2018 will be a great year for you!! This months Premium Online Quilt Magazine is a big one, with all sorts of fun projects to make, and new things to learn. Pauline shares her fun Quilters Horoscope, Lori shows us how to quilt her spools of thread design and theres ideas for starting a new Quilting Challenge this year. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please click the following link to download your January Online Quilt Magazine. http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/588/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- You can download our Summer Meadow pattern at: http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/579/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- You can download our French Braid Bag pattern at: http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/581/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- You can download our Seaside Row Month 7 templates at: http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/592/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Have a great month!! Regards, Jody http://www.OnlineQuiltMagazine.com

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