Friday, 13 October 2017

Disappearing Four Patch

I first posted this on my sister blog and then again here in April 2104.  I am reposting again today to make it easier for my students to find this blog post.

You will need the following to make one block:
A)  One 5 x 5 inch blue plain/tone on tone.
B)  One 5 x 5 inch red plain/tone on tone.
C)  Two 5 x 5 inch white on white.
 Sew together as above to form a four patch block.  Press the seams open.

Cut 1 1/2 inches from the centre seam.  With each cut turn the board not the fabric, this will help to keep the fabric from moving.  Do not be tempted to move the pieces after each cut.  Once you have cut four times then check to make sure you have cut properly.
 Leave the four corners and centre blocks and turn the four outer middle blocks to form a new nine patch block.
 Once you are happy with the new block sew the block back together.  Pay extra attention to matching all the seams.
Next time you could vary the width of the cut from the centre seams.  It will give a different feel to the block.
Well done.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Happy Mothering Sunday

Happy Mothering Sunday.

My Etsy shop discount code for one week only: MOTHERSDAY

Sunday, 8 January 2017

My Word for the Year.

My word for 2017 is 'Balance".

Do you get the feeling I am still a work in progress quilter?

I am reposting the post that I wrote in 2014 as this is how I am feeling today.

I am in need of organising my life, family, work and clutter house/sewing studio. The important thing is to discipline myself to set aside the time each week to each activity that helps me declutter my life.  I love to make lists and cross things off that list as I achieve or complete an activity.  

Any baggage that is weighing me down needs to place in the bin as it is stopping my soul from creating new work.

Make do and use what I have! No unnecessary spending and selling what I do not use or need anymore. It is no use trying to keep things I do not want or use, it is just plain waste.
I have taken bits and pieces from each 'Word for the Year' blog posts to remind myself that this is an on going progess/activity.  

            My word for 2010 was 'Clutter' or rather de-clutter.
            My word for 2011 was 'Frugal'..
            My word for 2013 was Peace.

            My Word for 2014 was 'Opportunity'

Now I am reposting 2013 post.

Peacefully work forwards a quiet family and quilting life.
Be at peace by reducing my commitments and saying no to any new ones.  
Be peaceful about my huge number of UFOs.  It is not going to harm me or anyone else if they remain unfinished.  Just enjoy working on the UFOs when time allows.
Be at peace about my very large fabric stash. Be at peace about using every piece of special fabric in my stash. Just use the special fabric to help turn it into a beautiful item.
Be peaceful when life throws me some curved balls.  A peaceful soul can deal with curved balls.

Now reposting 2010 post for my word for the year.

My word for this year is 'Clutter'. I have clutter in all areas of my life. I need to declutter my clutter! 

The Sewing Room 
The Daisychain Studio
My commitments 
My House

My Possessions

And any other baggage weighing down on my creative soul so I can focus on producing a new portfolio of work. There are many things I would very much like to achieve but time, space and inspiration are passing me by too quickly. I am going to try and set aside three fifteen minute sessions a day to play. It is not important whether the time is spent drafting and designing my new pattern range or catching up with sewing projects. The important thing is to discipline myself to set aside the time.
Ready steady go...

            My word for 2010 was 'Clutter' or rather de-clutter.
            My word for 2011 was 'Frugal'..
            My word for 2013 was Peace.

            My Word for 2014 was 'Opportunity'

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Happy New Year 2017

To all my family and friends I would like to wish you a Happy New Year.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Another Workshop Sample

I made this cushion as a sample for a Redwork workshop I was asked to teach in the Plymouth recently.
I have many samples I have made for several workshops, all of which I love.  I have listed this cushion on my Etsy shop as I have several of this example.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

My Workshop Samples

I made this cushion as a sample for a workshop some time ago. I really love this cushion.
But I made a lot of samples using this pattern.  So I am going to list this cushion for sale on my Etsy shop.
 I used a Moda Charm pack for make this cushion and several metres of white/white tone fabric.
It is machine quilted using Rayon thread.  I loved teaching this workshop.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Etsy Shop Discount

 Etsy discount code for 10% off all order over £1.50, which can be used until Jan 31st 2017.
 Just type in the code when checking out.
 Remember the code: DCQBLOG
 These photos show a few item that I have made for sell on my Etsy shop.
 I also will make custom items.
 These make up bags are ideal for every day use or for gifts.
Remember the code: DCQBLOG

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Christmas Stockings

I hope that all my family, friends and quilting ladies had a peaceful Christmas.  I look forward to sewing with you all in 2017.
I was asked to make several large Christmas stockings.  
When another lady saw them she also requested a set of stockings. 
I made extra so I have listed them on my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Secret Project

This is a small selections of the Christmas Pinwheel decorations the ladies made this week in my classes.
Now I will have to start thinking about the Easter secret project!!
These pinwheel decorations are fun to make and very quick to completed too.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Christmas Pinwheel Decoration

I am teaching a secret Christmas workshop in my classes this week.  The only instructions I gave the ladies was to bring Christmas fabric.
This is a quick end of term project.  The ladies have no idea what they will be making this week!!

Come back soon to see how the ladies coped with a secret project.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Victoria Sponge Cake

Victoria Sponge Cake 

6 oz Self Raising Flour
6 oz Caster Sugar
6 oz Butter
2 Eggs
Vanilla Bean Extract
A drop of Milk

1.     Heat the oven Gas Mark 4.
2.     Grease two 7 inch sandwich tins.  I also line the bottom of the tins with greaseproof paper.
3.     Cream the butter and sugar together until soft and fluffy.  The mixture becomes pale in colour.
4.     Beat the eggs in a cup.
5.     Add the egg a little at a time, whisking well all the time.
6.     I like to sift my flour twice. Once while measuring and the second time whist adding it to the
mixture.  Fold the flour into the mixture gently. One tablespoon at a time.
7.     The cake mixture should be soft, light and fluffy.  I often add a small spoonful of milk if the
mixture is not soft.
8.     Add a teaspoon of the vanilla bean extract.
9.     Divide the mixture between the two greased tins.  Spread the mixture with the back of the spoon around the tin.  Make a small well in the centre, this helps the cake to raise more evenly.
10.    Cook in the centre of the oven until golden brown (about twenty minutes).  The sponge should have risen and begin to shrink away from the sides of the tin.
11.  Turn the sponges out onto a wire rack to cool.

Butter Cream

2 oz Butter
4 oz Icing Sugar
Vanilla Bean Extract

1.    Cream the butter.
2.    Add the sugar a spoonful at a time until all the sugar is mixed into the butter.
3.    Add a teaspoon of the vanilla bean extract.
4.    Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Once the sponges are cold.  Spread butter cream on the top of the bottom sponge.  Turn the other sponge over on the wire rack and spread strawberry jam.  Then place the jam sponge on top of the butter cream sponge.  Sprinkle with icing sugar.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Runner Bean Soup

We grow runner beans every year.  We eat lots of beans fresh through the summer and freeze a lot ready for the winter months.

Mr Daisychain likes to make runner bean soup.

1 lb Runner Beans
1 large Carrot
1 large Onion
or 1 small Leek
4 oz Potatoes
1 oz Butter
Pinch of Mixed Herbs
1 1/4 pints of Stock

1. Peal and chop all the vegetables as needed.  Make sure all the vegetables are cut into even size pieces. 
2.  Melt the butter in a large saucepan.  Slowly saute the vegetables in the pan over a gentle heat until soft.
3.  Add the stock and herbs and give a good stir. Season with pepper.  I do not add salt as I find some stocks are salty.
4.  Simmer on the gentle hear for about half an hour or so.
5.  Puree the mixture.
6. Sieve the mixture.  Do not be tempered to miss this step.  Some runner beans can still be 'stringy' even after cooking.
7.  I like to add a drop of milk before I reheat to serve. 
7. Reheat and serve with flat bread.

Any vegetables that needs using can be added.
This soup freezes very well.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Tromboncino Fritters

Tromboncino,  also known as zucchetta or tromboncino courgette, is a type of squash most often used as a Italian summer squash.


I love courgettes but Mr Daisychain is not a lover of courgettes.  Mr Daisychain's sister gave us a little seedling several months ago. It has now taken over the raised bed and producing lots of fruits.
I have found lots of recipes that have courgettes as an ingredient and very few that uses tromboncinos.  So I have replaced the courgettes for tromboncinos.

Tromboncino Fritters
1/4 to 1/2 tromboncino grated
5 smal plum tomatoes chopped
1 small onion chopped
1 tbsp mixed herbs 
4 tbsp of flour or more if your fritter mix is too runny.
2 eggs
Chorizo or bacon chopped
Salt & pepper
Vegetable oil

1. Mix the courgettes, tomatoes, chorizo/bacon, onion, salt and pepper and herbs  in a bowl. Add the eggs and stir the mixture until all the ingredients have combined.
2. Add flour to bind the mixture together. 
3. Heat oil in a shallow frying pan until fairly hot.
4. Spoon the mixture into the pan. Cook for 5 -6 minutes on each side, until golden on a medium heat.

This recipe is very flexible as you can add any vegetables or ingredients that need using or to suit your taste.