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QBOTMC News - Daisy Petal Fan Block, Domestic Machine Quilting & Orange and Creme Fraiche Cake
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Hi , We hope its been another great week for you this week. I cant believe how fast the past couple of months have gone. Its the kids last week of school again now, and theyre on holidays (again) for another two weeks come Friday. It was a 9 week term this time, and it still feels like they just went back. Its good actually - its lovely and Spring-y now and we can get out and do some fun things in the great outdoors. Then when we pack them off back to school, weve got our much-awaited trip to Houston for the Quilt Festival, and by the time were back, were starting the big run-down to Christmas. Another year done, just like that! ---------------------------------------------------- This weeks block is actually rather gorgeous. It will take some perseverance with the templates, but I think in a quilt, the results are fab! Please click the link below to download the Daisy Petal Fan Block. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=daisy-petal-fan-block.pdf ---------------------------------------------------- This week we have some great tips from Lori Kennedys Blog ( http://theinboxjaunt.com/ ) on Quilting the Big quilt with your domestic machine. Today, lets focus on managing the bulk of the quilt. First a few pointers: Remember, it can be done! This is criticaldont give up. Persevere! Also, quilting a big quilt, takes time25-50 hours is not unusual. Plan for that timeif you are rushed, the quilting will be more difficult! Quilt from the center out. That means you will only need to fit 1/2 the quilt into the harp space at a time. But that also means you will have to stitch some of your motifs upside down or sideways. Plan for that too. Choose motifs that can be stitched in any direction or plan to draw the motif and follow the lines. Provide as much support as possible to your quilt. Place tables and ironing boards all around your sewing table to support the weight of the quilt. If possible, place your sewing table in a corner of your room. The walls will help keep the quilt from falling off the edge which creates tugging while you are stitching. Use your elbows. When stitching a big quilt, place your hands in the normal position, and use your left elbow to help move the weight of the quilt and to keep the quilt from tugging. Stabilize the long axes. Stitching from the center out, stitch from the top of the quilt to the bottom of the quilt along the seam-lines to stabilize the long axes of the quilt. Then go back and do the same along the horizontal axes. Once this is complete, you can stitch anywhere in your quilt in any order without worrying that the quilt will be twisted. Small motifs on big quilts. It is difficult to stitch large, sweeping movements when you have to slide a queen size quilt. Keep the motifs fairly small for best results. Take frequent breaks. Stitching a big quilt can be physically challenging. Take frequent breaks to release the stress in your shoulders, neck and wrists. Have fun while you are quilting. Dont take yourself too seriously. If there are mistakesput a pin in it and decide later if you want to go back to correct it. Often a mistake in machine quilting wont be noticeable once the entire quilt is complete. Rememberpersonality is more important than perfection when it comes to quilting (and maybe in life?!) ------------------------------------------------------- Orange and Creme Fraiche Cake Ingredients 250g/1/2lb ctn crme frache 3 eggs, lightly whisked 2 oranges, rind finely grated, juiced 375g (2 1/2 cups) plain flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 200g /7oz unsalted butter, chopped, at room temperature 215g (1 cup) caster (fine white) sugar 150g (1 cup) icing (powdered) sugar 2 teaspoons milk Orange zest, to serve Method Step 1 Preheat oven to 180C(356F)/160C fan forced. Grease a 2.25L (4-4.5pt) bundt pan. Step 2 Combine the crme frache, egg and 80ml (1 3 cup) of the orange juice in a bowl. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and bicarb in a separate bowl. Step 3 Use electric beaters to beat the butter, caster sugar and 1 tbs of the orange rind in a large bowl on medium speed for 12 minutes or until very pale and creamy. Step 4 Gradually fold in the flour mixture and crme frache mixture, in alternating batches, until the mixture is smooth and combined. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the cake comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Step 5 Sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Add the milk, 3 tsp of the remaining orange juice and the remaining orange rind. Stir until combined. Drizzle over the cooled cake. Sprinkle with orange zest. ---------------------------------------------------- Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - Wild Goose Chase (and) Block and Spinach Ricotta Pasta Bake
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Hi , We hope youve had a great week this week. This week we had some fun (NOT!). It is not quilting-related, but as a direct consequence Ive been busy running around, and not had a lot of time to sit and sew. We recently got a new (old) SUV for my DH to cart all his stuff around in. It started making a funny ticking noise as we drove it - sounded like something knocking on a back wheel, so we got out and checked, but couldnt find anything. It stopped making those noises, and last week my DH called me to say Guess what happened to me? He was driving, felt a lurch, then watched his own back wheel keep rolling forward down the road at 80kph! Whoops indeed!!! Fortunately he was able to pull over, and the car, and wheel neither caused nor suffered any great mishap. A fact we are VERY grateful for! To cut a long saga short, its back and fixed now with not much damage, but lots of double driving and running around for both of us. We can laugh about it now - just wish he had a dash cam - wed be right for Funniest Home Videos!!! --------------------------------------------------- This weeks block is a bit like my week - a Wild Goose Chase. Please click the link below to download this classic block. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=wild-goose-chase-block-2.pdf --------------------------------------------------- Since were a bit off the quilty track today, Ive strayed to the dark side, and discovered crocheting over the past year. For those of you who like to mix things up a bit, if you havent already found her, do check out Lucys Attic 24 blog. She is wonderfully generous with her free patterns and tutorials (and theyre great for beginners too!), and Im in love with her Moorland blanket that Im currently hooking my way through. Youll find her at: http://attic24.typepad.com/ --------------------------------------------------- This recipe sounded worth a try too... Spinach, Ricotta and Broccoli Pasta Bake Ingredients 50g / 1.3/4oz butter, chopped 1/4 cup plain flour 2 cups milk 250g / 1/2lb smooth ricotta 1/2 cup grated mozzarella 1/2 cup grated parmesan 500g /1lb packet dried rigatoni pasta 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 small head broccoli, trimmed, cut into small florets 120g /1/4lb baby spinach 2 green onions, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 3 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill leaves, plus extra to serve 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves, plus extra to serve 1 egg 1 teaspoon sea salt 2 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs Method Step 1 Place butter, flour and milk in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk constantly for 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture simmers and thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in ricotta, mozzarella and 1/3 cup parmesan. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes. Step 2 Meanwhile, cook pasta following packet directions until just tender. Drain well. Step 3 Preheat oven to 180C(356F)/160C fan-forced. Grease a 6cm/2.1/2in-deep, 22cm/9in round (base) springform pan. Step 4 Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add broccoli. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add spinach, onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant and spinach just wilts. Remove from heat. Add pasta, lemon rind, dill and mint. Step 5 Whisk egg into milk mixture. Stir in salt. Season with pepper. Add half the milk mixture to pasta mixture. Mix well to coat. Spoon half the pasta into prepared pan, pressing firmly to compact. Dollop with half the remaining milk mixture. Top with remaining pasta, pressing to compact. Dollop top with remaining milk mixture and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Sprinkle top with remaining parmesan. Step 6 Bake for 40 minutes or until pasta is golden and set. Stand for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and transfer to a serving plate. Serve sprinkled with extra dill and mint. ------------------------------------------------------ Keep an eye out for this weeks new bag pattern arriving shortly. Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - Sawtooth Fan Block, Resources and Zucchini, Bacon and Feta Spaghetti
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Hi , We hope youve had a good week again this week. Hooray!!!!! Its FINALLY Spring again here, and Im so happy I could sing! Well, I wont do that to you, but I can now put Winter behind me, and start feeling happy about going outside again. Still a bit cool at night, but Im looking forward to those early mornings when you wake up and can just tell from the sun and sky that its going to be a good day. The air is warm, and the smell of flowers and sounds of happy spring-time birds... Ive gone all lyrical! Maybe I need to design a proper spring-feel quilt?? I know some of you are now heading into Autumn/Fall, and thats a nice time of year right now too, so we should all be happy this week!! ----------------------------------------------- This weeks block is a pretty pieced fan block. It could be a little fiddly, but I think its worth the effort. Please click the link below to download the Sawtooth Fan Block. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=sawtooth-fan-block.pdf ----------------------------------------------- This week I came across a couple of rather cool online resources that you might like. The first - The Digital Research Team at the British Library has curated this set of highlights from more than one million public domain images from within our digitised collection of over 65,000 books from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. https://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/sets/72157638544764936 These could be fantastic for ideas for designing your own quilts/appliques/embroideries... And being Public Domain works now, theres no copyright issues in using them at all! The second - Ive had a big hexie quilt on my quilting bucket list for a while now. I have mostly designed it, but am still fiddling around (and dragging my feet) before I get started. I used this hexie calculator to figure out how many I was going to have to make (4200+!!).... just in case you need it too... Hexie calculator http://www.cddesigns.com/PaperPiecing/number.html ---------------------------------------------- I might have a go at this one night for dinner too - Zucchini/Courgette, Bacon and Feta Spaghetti Ingredients 1 regular packet spaghetti 2 tablespoons olive oil 125g/4oz short-cut bacon rashers, trimmed, cut into 1cm/1/2 inch-thick strips 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 4 zucchini/courgettes, cut into thin ribbons 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves 100g/3.5oz feta, crumbled Method Step 1 Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water, following packet directions, until tender. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Step 2 Heat oil in a large, deep frying pan over medium- high heat. Add bacon. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden. Add garlic. Cook for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add zucchini. Cook, tossing, for 3 to 4 minutes or until tender. Step 3 Add pasta and 1/4 cup cooking liquid to zucchini mixture in pan. Toss for 2 minutes or until heated through. Add parsley and feta. Season with salt and pepper. Gently toss to combine. Serve. -------------------------------------------- Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
September Magazine Out Now!
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Hi , Its out now! Im delighted to be able to let you know that your Free September Standard Online Quilt Magazine is hot-off-the-press and is now ready and waiting for you to download your copy. This month we continue with our Exploring Blocks Sampler, and tackle Month 3 of our New Seaside Row BOM, as well as make our delightful Dresden Bed Runner on the cover. Lori shares how to quilt her poppies design, and we explore a couple of different quilting techniques as well. Theres a couple of new free quilt patterns available to download, and all of your regular favourites too. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please click the following link to download your September Online Quilt Magazine. http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/557/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Our Dresden Bed Runner Pattern can be downloaded from: http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/554/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Have a great month Regards, Jody http://www.OnlineQuiltMagazine.com
QBOTMC News - Berry Basket Block, Poem and Chocolate Hummus
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Hi , We hope youve had a good week this week. Its been a bit upsetting this week to hear about the ongoing dramas caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. We can only send our best hopes and wishes for those dealing with the huge flooding, and hope it ends soon, so they can start the not-at-all-fun task of the big cleanup. Houston has been on our minds these past few weeks anyway, as weve been booking to go to the Quilt Festival again in October/November this year, and with this flooding still unfolding, were just going to have to wait to hear about if its been affected at all. Small dramas I know compared to what those going through it now are dealing with, but its still a small world, and these disasters seem to have far-reaching effects around the world. -------------------------------------------- On a happier note, this weeks block is another fun basket block. Please click the link below to download the Berry Basket Block. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=berry-basket-block.pdf -------------------------------------------- Ive been hanging onto this poem I found for a while. Ive just put it on the quilt label for a quilt I made for one of my best friends, and I thought you might really like it too... ******************** Our Friendship is a Patchwork Quilt Author Unknown Our friendship is a patchwork quilt, a beautiful design, stitched with heart-made patterns, uniquely yours and mine. Its made of scraps of memory and joys of every hue, colorful together times, with laughter woven through. Our friendships stuffed with kindness and filled to overflowing with heartfelt understanding, warmly comforting and knowing. Our friendships bound to last the years, for every cherished part is seamed with care and sewn with love... an heirloom work of heart. ******************** ------------------------------------------- I was thinking this was the week for more chocolate, but then I came across a healthy alternative. Sounds a little funny, but I bet its delicious! Chocolate Hummus Ingredients 400g/14oz can chickpeas/garbanzo beans, rinsed, drained 1/2 avocado 2 pitted medjool dates 2 tablespoons maple syrup 2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder 60ml (1/4 cup) warm water Pretzels, to dip Fresh fruit, to dip Pita chips, to dip Method Step 1 Process the chickpeas, avocado, dates, maple syrup, cocoa powder and water in a food processor until smooth, adding 1 tbs extra water, if necessary. Step 2 Spoon the chickpea mixture into a bowl. Serve with pretzels, fresh fruit or crispy pita chips as a starter, dessert or after-school snack ----------------------------------------- Im going to make this dip and not tell the kids whats in it , and see if they like it... tricks Mums have to try! Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - Cross 5 Block, Quilt-y Quotes and Lemon Creme Meringues
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Hi , We hope youve had a great week. This weeks been good here, and Im counting down to all sorts of fun things. The kids are (already) halfway through this school term, so well have them home for holidays again soon; Spring is only about a week away (Yay!); were going to the Quilt Festival at Houston again this year at the end of October (Double Yay!!); then its cherry season again, and Christmas! And just like that, my year is done.... Just got to figure out how to fit in HEAPS of pattern writing, bag and quilt making etc etc etc... You know how it is... Besides, thats what To Do lists are for - you fill the list with what you want to get done, then you choose the ones you most like the look of, and you keep the others for a head start for next year!!! ------------------------------------------------------------ This weeks block is simple, but smart. Itd be great for a mans quilt design too. Please click the link below to download the Cross 5 Block. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=cross-5-block.pdf ------------------------------------------------------------ We have a few Quilty-quotes to make you smile... Quilting forever...housework never! Quilting is my passion ... chocolate comes in a close second. Behind every quilter is a big pile of fabric. A messy house is the sign of a happy quilter. Any time is stitchin time. As ye sew, so shall ye rip. ------------------------------------------------------------ This is a fab low-fat dessert recipe to try too - Lemon Creme Meringues Ingredients 3 egg whites Pinch of cream of tartar 100g (1/2 cup) caster (fine white) sugar 2 small ctns Low Fat Lemon Creme Yoghurt 80ml (1/3 cup) light thickened cream Fruit of your choice to top dessert. (Try passionfruit, mango, peaches or strawberries) Method Step 1 Preheat oven to 150 degreesC/302F. Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Draw four 8cm/3in discs on each lined tray. Turn the paper ink-side down. Step 2 Use an electric beater to beat the egg whites and cream of tartar in a bowl until firm peaks form. Add the sugar, 1 tablespoonful at a time, beating constantly until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is thick and glossy. Step 3 Divide mixture among discs and use the back of a spoon to smooth surfaces. Bake for 30 minutes or until pale golden and slightly crisp. Turn oven off. Leave meringues in the oven, with the door ajar, to cool completely. Step 4 Place the yoghurt and cream in separate bowls. Use an electric beater to beat the cream until thick. Use a large metal spoon to fold the cream into the yoghurt. Step 5 Divide half the meringue discs between 4 plates. Top with half the yoghurt mixture. Top with the remaining meringue discs and remaining yoghurt. Top with your fruit of choice. ----------------------------------------------------------- Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - Amish Basket Block, Hand Sewing Tips and Cauliflower Cheese Cups
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Hi , We hope you had a great week. I hope Im not being premature, but I think Spring is coming!!! Its still August and we should be cold, but its definitely warmer, and the spring flowers are all coming early. Hooray!!!! Spring is my favourite time of year, and the prospect of being able to shed a few layers of clothing is always a good one. I have my fingers crossed that this is it now, and theres no nasty weather surprises around the corner. ------------------------------------------------- This weeks block is another basket block. You may like to collate the basket blocks weve had so far (and collect those still to come) and try a basket sampler quilt for yourself. Please click the link below to download the Amish Basket Block pattern. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=amish-basket-block.pdf ------------------------------------------------ I found these tips for helping hand stitching recently too from the Quilting Daily Blog: Long upholstery needles can reduce finger fatigue. If you do a lot of hand stitching, consider using long upholstery needles, like fiber artist Lynn Krawczyk. I find that it reduces the fatigue on my fingers and wrists because there is more needle to grip. I can work much longer when I use these needles, she says. Use a thimble. Speaking of fingers, you will have less pain and better leverage when pushing a needle through dense material if you use a thimble. You might have to try several types and sizes before you find one you like, and then practice with it, but it will be worth it. Match the needle and thread to the project. Hand stitching goes faster with the appropriate needle and thread. If your fabric is very fine, youll want to choose slimmer needles and slender but strong thread or floss. Likewise, if you are stitching hand embroidery designs on tapestry or upholstery fabric, you can use a thicker needle and heavier thread. Lasso floss with a key ring. If you do a lot of hand embroidery and therefore a lot of floss, avoid tangles by looping the skeins by color on a large metal key ring, which you can hang on hooks in your studio. ------------------------------------------------ These sounded nice too - Cauliflower Cheese Cups 50g/1.3/4oz butter, melted 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs 500g /1lb cauliflower, cut into florets 1 egg, lightly beaten 250ml /1/2pt light cream for cooking 1 1/4 cups almond meal 3/4 cup grated reduced-fat tasty cheese 2 shortcut bacon rashers, trimmed, finely chopped 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, plus extra to serve Method Step 1 Preheat oven to 220C (428F)/200C fan-forced. Step 2 Using 1/2 the melted butter, grease the holes of a 12-hole (1/3-cup-capacity) muffin pan. Spoon 2 teaspoons of breadcrumbs into each hole and shake to coat base and sides. Shake out any excess. Step 3 Reserve 1/2 cup cauliflower florets. Place remaining cauliflower in a food processor. Process until finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl. Add egg, cream, almond meal and 1/2 cup cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Divide mixture evenly among prepared pan holes. Step 4 Thinly slice reserved cauliflower florets. Place in a bowl with bacon, thyme and remaining cheese. Toss to combine. Top cauliflower cheese in pan with bacon mixture. Brush with remaining butter. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden and just firm to touch. Step 5 Stand in pan for 10 minutes. Using a butter knife, carefully lift cups from pan. Serve sprinkled with extra thyme. -------------------------------------------------- Its bag pattern week again this week too, but Im still writing up the pattern, so please watch this space, and Ill get it to you as soon as Ive finished it! Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
QBOTMC News - Checkerboard Basket Block, Binding and Peanut Butter Choc Chip Skillet Cookie
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Hi , We hope its been another good week for you this week. This week Master 13 found himself all interested in the hexies Ive been making. He helped take out basting threads the other night, and last night he had a go at sewing a hexie. He found it a bit tricky with the cardboard as well, but to his credit, he persevered and managed to make one. Hes occasionally a bit insomniac at night, and Im wondering if something like this might help him calm his head down before sleep. I am in the designing stages of a big hexie quilt right now, and hes promised to help with the 4000+ hexies I think Im going to need to make. Ill need all the help I can get! He asked then about crocheting, so I might show him some easy stitches tonight and see what he thinks about that. Ill make a proper crafter out of him yet! ---------------------------------------------- This weeks block is another pieced basket block. Please click the link below to download the Checkerboard Basket Block. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=checkerboard-basket-block.pdf ---------------------------------------------- I found a couple of different opinions on ironing binding too: When I iron my binding,I put a large elastic band or a headband around the small end of ironing board and run the unfolded binding up under it and iron to the right. It holds it stationary. and Try skipping the ironing in half altogether. You dont need to iron the binding in half to sew it on and the fold wont be in the right place. As the fabric wraps around the edge of the quilt, the two halves are no longer equal. If youve ironed it in half, sewing it down on the crease will cause the inner part of the lining to buckle. As you bring the doubled binding over the edge of the quilt, it will naturally fold so you can stitch it down and have a flat binding. (Nothings easier than being able to skip a stepand getting a better result!) ---------------------------------------------- And who could pass up an opportunity to try this??? Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie Ingredients 150g/5ozunsalted butter, chopped 100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar 55g (1/4 cup) caster (fine white) sugar 1 egg, lightly whisked 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 265g (1 3/4 cup) plain flour, sifted 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, sifted 90g (1/3 cup) crunchy peanut butter 100g 3.5oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped Method Step 1 Preheat oven to 180 degreesC/356F. Stir butter and combined sugar in an 18.5cm - 7-8in (base measurement) ovenproof frying pan over medium-low heat for 3 minutes or until the butter melts. Set aside for 15 minutes to cool. Step 2 Stir egg and vanilla into butter mixture. Stir in flour and bicarbonate of soda until just combined. Randomly drop teaspoonfuls of peanut butter over the mixture. Sprinkle with the chocolate. Gently stir until just combined. Smooth the surface. Step 3 Bake for 25 minutes or until crisp and golden. Set aside in the pan to cool completely. Cut into triangles. ---------------------------------------------- Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette
August Magazine Out Now!
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Hi , Its published! Im thrilled to be able to let you know that your August Premium Online Quilt Magazine is hot-off-the-press and is now ready and waiting for you to download your copy. This month its another super issue - we continue with last months new Seaside Row BOM quilt, as well as our Exploring Blocks sampler. Theres a great half square triangle technique that you can practice on our new Summer Garden quilt, and Lori even shares some ideas for how to quilt it! And theres so much more... ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please click the following link to download your August Online Quilt Magazine. http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/553/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- You can download our Bohemian Bucket Bag Pattern at: http://www.onlinequiltmagazine.com/members/content/f/id/550/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Have a great month Regards, Jody http://www.OnlineQuiltMagazine.com
QBOTMC News - Cross 3 Block, Sewing Tips and Jam Macaroon Tart
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Hi , We hope youve had a great week. Ive coasted through the school holidays with the kids, and now that weve reached August, its hitting home that I actually have a whole set of deadlines looming, and Im going to have to do some tricky time management to get them all done. I will manage, but wasnt thinking that this week would be quite so busy. (I think in my perfect world in my head, I just get to cruise along, doing what I want, when I want....) Anyway - kids are back at school, and homework fights have not yet erupted, and for once, Ive even planned the Magazine Christmas projects for later this year, and have made a start on them. This is where the time management bit comes in though... Making Christmas projects shouldnt really be in front of quilting my DHs quilt for his birthday NEXT WEEK! Oh well...Ill hustle on Friday! ------------------------------------------------ This weeks block is another quick and fairly easy Cross Block. Please click the link below to download the Cross 3 Block. http://www.quiltblockofthemonthclub.com/download.php?file=cross-3-block.pdf ----------------------------------------------- I recently came across a couple of tips for hand sewing with 6 strand floss too: * Only cut a length 12-18 inches long to avoid tangling and thread wear. * I knew you were supposed to separate the strands before you stitched with them, but this can be easily done by pinching the top and drawing out one thread at a time. The rest will bunch up behind your fingers, but wont knot or get twisted up. ----------------------------------------------- I found this recipe too, and couldnt not share... Jam Macaroon Tart Ingredients 220g (7.3/4 oz) unsalted butter, softened 250g (1lb) plain sweet cookies 3/4 cup caster (fine white) sugar 2 eggs 1 cup almond meal 2 egg whites 2 cups shredded coconut 1/2 cup raspberry jam Method Step 1 Preheat oven to 180 degreesC (356F)/160 degreesC fan-forced. Step 2 Place 90g (3oz) butter in a heatproof, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, covered, on MEDIUM-LOW (30%) for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until melted. Cool for 5 minutes. Place cookies in a food processor. Process until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add melted butter. Process until just combined. Press into base and side of a 3cm/1in-deep, 24cm/8in (base) loose-based round fluted flan tin. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Step 3 Using an electric mixer, beat remaining butter and 1/2 cup sugar in bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs. Beat to combine. Fold in almonds. Spread mixture evenly into prepared case. Smooth top. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Step 4 Meanwhile, combine egg whites, shredded coconut and remaining sugar in a small bowl. Step 5 Spread jam over almond filling. Spoon over coconut mixture. Bake for 25 minutes until set. Cool in tin. Carefully remove from tin. Serve. ----------------------------------------------- Yum! Im off to write up this weeks bag pattern now (another time management casualty), but keep an eye out for it soon. Until Next Week - Happy Quilting! Regards, Jody and Annette

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