Sunday, May 26, 2013

QMC Part 4 #1

For this last part, I wanted to work on the pieced block first, using fabrics from other blocks to get some kind of balance and also adding one reddish checked textured fabric to give the block some light. And when finished, I actually loved the block! Don't you ?

Unfortunately, put beside the other blocks, I realised that it wasn't fitting well with the rest of the quilt blocks. Look at the photo just below and you'll undestand what I mean.

So I decided to get rid of the  last surrounding row and the triangle corners of the row before last and stitched these rows again with other fabrics. That's what I got....

And I think that goes right with the overall harmony of the quilt... Do you also think I was right ?


One last block to make! The background fabric I will use for it is the same as the background fabric for the cat block.

Now I am wondering.... will I leave the quilt like this or will I add a large border all around ? For now I am tempted to add a very large border... So as soon as the quilt top is finished I will  go to my LQS to find the right fabric.

BTW, I hope you have enjoyed the London series posts. All the photos were taken between April 20th and April 29th 2013.

Have a nice Sunday,

Until later,

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

QMC Part 3, London and a recipe.

It's been a long time since I last posted on my blog. I have been busy all that time. I spent 10 days in London during my spring break and this is the reason why I didn't go to the quilt show in Nantes this year.

First, I'd like to show  you the third part of the QMC project.
 All the challenge for me in the QMC project is to coordinate the fabrics so that everything will go well together in the end. This is a beautiful block. At first, I wanted to change the girl inside the medallion, but this quilt is for my daughter and she told me she liked the girl so I didn't change anything... that suited me perfectly well ;-)

Now, my trip to London... Well, it was fantastic and I enjoyed every single minute of it. I went to the David Bowie exhibition at the V&A and I really recommend it.

A short walk from the flat I had rented was the Fashion and Textile London Museum and they had a special exhibition of  Kaffe Fasset's works. So I also went there.

On home decor, I completely fell in love with Rashel Ashwell's home furnishing. Her shop really reflects the atmosphere in her books.

I went to my favourite places : Notting Hill, Hampstead, but also discovered new places in the Eastend. It seems that many artists have found their home there and I saw different artist studios in the area.

London, is a place I often go to. I love the atmosphere, the energy there. But though I have been to london regularly for many years, I had never visited the Houses of Parliament before. This time I did. It was fascinating. That was just 10 days before the State Opening of Parliament which happens once a year. Knowing the places, I watched the ceremony yesterday with a different eye.

Well, you have guessed that it was a perfect holiday! And we got to see our cousins twice which was the "icing on the cake".

I am ready to leave home again for a week, but this time for work. If I find time before leaving on Sunday, I will upload photos of London to be posted everyday this coming week.

And last but not least, the recipe!

Having friends coming over on Friday for dinner, I tried  a new recipe yesterday to see if it was good enough for cooking it again for them. Test passed... it was flavourful : Prawn Curry in Coconut Milk Emulsion. So, you know now, what I'm having for dinner on Friday.
This recipe comes from a magazine, but I cannot tell you which one, as it was given to my wife and I only have a teared page with no reference.

Ingredients :
800g of raw shelled prawns
2cm (less than 1 inch) of fresh ginger
1 garlic clove
1 shallot
1 tomato
1 lime juice
1/2 teaspoon caster sugar
1 lemongrass stalk
20 cl coconut milk
1 tablespoon sesame oil
fresh coriander (cilantro)
1 teaspoon curry powder.

  • Finely chop ginger, shallot and garlic. Set aside.
  • Quarter the tomato and remove the seeds and dice it.Set aside.
  • Put lemon juice, sugar, sliced lemongrass and coconut milk into a saucepan. Heat to a boil. Turn off the heat and let infuse for 5 minutes. Strain through a sieve. You get flavoured coconut milk, ready to emulsify.
  • In a stir-fry pan, warm the sesame oil, add ginger, shallot and garlic. Add the prawns. Stir. 
  • Add the curry and stir  until the prawns are cooked (don't overcook them)
  • Emulsify the coconut milk.
  • Put prawns into large bowls, pour emulsified coconut milk into the bowl, add diced tomato and coriander leaves.

Until later,