Block 2 of the Southern Gentleman Quilt

July 31, 2010 § 6 Comments

Here is my second block. As you can see I haven’t made my mind up on colour just yet but I’m contemplating using lots of it and making multicoloured sashings, but we’ll see.

Block 2

Block 2

Thank you for all the kind feedback I’ve had on my first block.

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Back-basting and Art Gallery fabrics in Australia

July 30, 2010 § 2 Comments

Back-basting

Since posting the Southern Gentleman block I have had lots of enquiries about what it is and how to do it. To go into detail would necessitate a tutorial which would require quite a bit of prep work. I might do one when my visitors leave but for now here is a quick explanation of what it is and how to do it.

What it is

Back-basting is a method of transferring an applique pattern to the background fabric.

How to do it

You draw the design, or trace it using a light box or window, onto the wrong side of the background fabric. Then you take a piece of the fabric you are appliquéing and pin it on top of the right side of the background fabric. Using the design you have drawn on the back you baste along the lines using a basting thread (you can use any slightly thicker thread but YLI make a very nice and cheap white basting thread) and a thickish needle. Then you trim the top fabric within 1/4″ . To sew, you snip a couple of the basting stitches and turn the 1/4″ under and stitch using invisible stitches. Then you remove the basting stitches one at a time as you needle-turn the rest of the shape.  You will be able to see where to turn the upper fabric because the holes of the basting stitches will be visible and you can see where to stitch to the background fabric for the same reason.

This is very difficult to understand without pictures so I’ll see what I can come up with in the next week or two, God Willing.

Pat Bravo and Art Gallery fabrics – where to buy in Australia

A few weeks ago we had a wonderful give-away where Pat Bravo kindly offered a fat quarter bundle to one of my readers. Everyone who visited her site really adored her fabric designs and I had many enquiries as to where we can get these fabrics in Australia. Well Pat has sent me a list of places you can buy Art Gallery fabrics here. Click here to download the list.

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Southern Gentleman quilt blocks

July 29, 2010 § 12 Comments

I have been collecting the patterns for the Southern Gentleman Quilt from Fat Cat Patterns and have done three of the blocks. The BOM patterns are released on the first of the month and are free until the next one is released.  I missed a couple and bought them but have downloaded the others. I have hand appliquéd them using the back-basting technique. Here is the first one:

1st block

1st block

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A trip on the Nepean Belle

July 28, 2010 § 2 Comments

No sewing again but we had a pleasant, if rainy, trip up the Nepean River on the Paddle wheeler Nepean Belle.

Nepean Belle

Nepean Belle

After a yummy Devonshire morning tea we all got to steer the boat which went down well with our junior family member.

If you look closely you can see me having my turn through the windscreen. 🙂

A capable pair of hands

A capable pair of hands

The Nepean Gorge is stunning even in the rain. Here are  some of my photos. By the way they aren’t hazy because they’re out of focus it was actually like sailing through clouds.

Sandstone cliffs

Sandstone cliffs

Nepean Gorge

Nepean Gorge

Nice weather for ducks

Nice weather for ducks

Misty mountains

Misty mountains

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Not much sewing going on…

July 27, 2010 § 2 Comments

There’s not much sewing happening at the moment while my family visitors are here but we are putting the sewing tools to good use. My large cutting board makes an excellent Jigsaw puzzle board.

Dual purpose cutting board

Dual purpose cutting board

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Smoked chicken and leek quiche – free recipe

July 26, 2010 § 3 Comments

Last night we had smoked chicken and leek quiche and I thought you might like the recipe so you can try it for yourself. It really was tasty.

Smoked chicken and leek quiche

Smoked chicken and leek quiche

Quiche pastry ingredients

260g plain flour

40g self-raising flour

60g butter

8-9 tbsp water (depends on the flour as some are drier than others)

pinch of salt

1/2tsp oregano

1/2tsp paprika

Quiche pastry method (for an 11 inch quiche dish)

Mix the flours, salt and herbs in a bowl. Cut the butter into the flour and then rub in until the mixture looks like coarse bread crumbs. Add the water and mix in with a round-bladed knife. Knead the pastry gently until it forms a ball and leaves the sides of the bowl clear. The less kneading the better as the more you work the dough, the more you will develop the gluten and the pastry will become tough. Turn it out onto a lightly floured board and roll out to fit your quiche dish.  Grease the dish lightly and line with the pastry. Don’t cut to size until the filling is ready. Set aside and leave it to rest while you make the filling. Turn your oven on to preheat it to 200C.

Smoked chicken and leek quiche filling ingredients

1 small pack of smoked chicken (you won’t use all of it so some will be left over for sandwiches)

2 medium leeks

1 tbsp olive oil

1 small carton of sour cream

4 large eggs

Smoked chicken and leek filling method

Cut the dark green tops and the roots off the leeks, remove the outer layer and then split lengthwise.  Wash under running water to remove any grit that is between the leaves. Slice the leeks and sauté in the olive oil until the leeks are slightly caramellised then remove from the heat. Remove the skin and any fat from the smoked chicken breast and slice. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk lightly then pour in the sour cream and whisk gently until homogenous. Don’t be too vigorous here you just want the sour cream mixed in thoroughly.

Place the leeks in the bottom of the pastry case and then trim the pastry. Layer the smoked chicken on top of the leeks. You need enough chicken to cover the leeks. Pour the sour cream/ egg mix over the chicken. Sprinkle either a little paprika or a little oregano on the top. Place the quiche in the middle of the oven for around 40 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve with fresh salad.

Note about seasoning: I don’t add salt to this recipe because the smoked chicken is fairly salty and I think if people want it saltier then they can add it themselves.

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Stripes for the baby quilt

July 25, 2010 § 4 Comments

Well although I’ve been busy doing other things these past few days I still managed to fit in a little sewing after a frustrating afternoon with my new Janome which appears to be sick. In fact it became sick during my free motion quilting class. I thought we had fixed it but it appears not, so it will have to take the long and winding road back to the dealer’s to see what’s wrong. 😦 I have a feeling that this time it’s not operator error but time will tell. Sigh…

Anyway my trusty old (36 years old) Bernina came through for me and I managed to sew the stripey strips for my baby quilt. Want to see? Here they are.

Strips for the baby quilt

Strips for the baby quilt

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