Saturday, March 24, 2012

''Another one finished."

1 & 2
Pincushion number 2 is also finished. I just had to have another go making these after looking at others on flickr group. Here is my pic of this one.  It is  a little bigger than the last one . I will probably make a few more too.
number 2 pincushion

Sunday, March 18, 2012

block 12- the last one

 I have finished my last blocks in the fqsqal . Now to get it finished !  I always find other things to distract me from the main this cute little pincushion only took me about an hour to play around with it...but it's finished! rather easy and you can go to this tutorial it's easy.  I think I will do a couple more .

On saturday I took myself off to the local quilt show. "Quilts across the ranges". The western quilters circle have there annual show at this time of year....Yes, I remembered to take my camera along and took 3 pics and then....beep beep beep ...oh no, flat battrys! " I really hate it when that happens".  When I got home to download pics I realized it wasn't flat battrys but a full memory card!  ...Should have put my glassess on!!  So if you would like to veiw some of the quilts that the guild have on display please go to their blog over here.  There are some really lovely quilts and wall hangings to see..  I liked these 2

a beautiful quilt as you walk into the room
a bargello quilt
block 12-my block
block 12-chey's quilt
close up of the pretty button
the back view
my cathedral pincushion finished!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

mozzarella cheese

Mozzarella Cheese in 8 Minutes

2 Litres full cream milk
1 teaspoon citrus acid
2 teaspoons renco
Boiling water

In a deep and microwave-proof dish place the milk and 1 teaspoon citrus acid. Stir well.
Place in the microwave for 6 minutes on high.
Remove from microwave and stir through the renco.
Place back in microwave for a further 1 minute.
Remove once again and drain excess liquid.
Place back in for a further 45 seconds then drain excess liquid off in a colander.
You can then put into a cheese basket to allow it to set. The cheese will seem bland, so you will need to make a Rock Salt broth.

Place one cup of Rock Salt in a large pot of of water and simmer for an hour until all the salt has dissolved.
Cool then place your cheese in this broth for 20 minutes. This will help to flavour the cheese.

You may need a mould to help you to create the right shape for the cheese.
Once you have drained the excess liquid, place boiling water over the top and with a wooden spoon gently press juice out of the cheese.
Remove and place in a cheese mould.

(Broadcast: 23 Feb 2012)

Saturday, March 03, 2012

"'I've got lots of these"....

 I have been making these star blocks with Konda.  We are on the last block now but I have not made my one yet I've just finished block 11  x2 . This is for  Chey's quilt. I found this cute fabric on Trademe (nz)  .It's nice and bright .Now I'm just waiting to see what  the finishing directions konda has decided to do.

I have ended up with a lot of half triangles that are waste really but I never throw mine out as they are a decent size to use in other projects .  I save them all up and throw them into a spare shoebox just for these leftovers.  This little pile is just from 2 or 3 blocks!  They do accumulate rather quickly in these quilt-alongs.  I made a quilt with a snowball block and had  heaps of these triangles over but I sew them up straight away after I have done the block . I started joining them up and thought I would turn it into a cushion or it might become a table mat....I'm still deciding ....

scraps of half square triangles from qal

block 11- Chey's quilt

close up of he brown lines
close up of jacket fabric

I haven't done much patchwork except for the blocks. I have been working on some winter coates for work.  They are a dark grey/black plaid with a purple line ...   Where you see the browny stripe, some have a purple stripe ..quite a nice style .They have 2 pocket with flaps on the front a jet pocket at the shoulder and a vent at the back and shaped side panels and the sleeves have a vent also but no buttons so the sleeves can be turned up ....There is heaps of matching up to do!!  There is quite a bit of work in these coats too. Not sure on how long they we are given yet but more work than the other one and that was about 2hrs and 20 mins so these would be abit  more I think. The blue is the lining. I will try and take some pics of pockets when they are done.