Annie's Ramblings - 6th April 2022 - Machine Magic !
Hi there. The car, the trailer and the bags are packed and we are on our way to a very special part of the country for our Hand Stitching Retreat at Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park. I am very pleased that we are finally on our way after much mask wearing, holding my breath and praying that we would not contract any kind of virus that could put the whole thing in jeopardy over the past few weeks!
My friend and book woman Jack thought it was hilariously funny last week to pop her head in the door of the classroom and tell me that she was not stopping as she had tested positive...followed up by “Aha...April Fools!!!” Seriously NOT funny and she did get a two word response!
(By the way, there will be no Thursday morning class at the shop this week.)
We had some great new books just arrive in yesterday including my new favourite from Australia quilter, author, teacher and Bernina Educator Deborah Louie. Following up on her very popular “Glamorous Clams” book, Deborah’s latest book is called “Machine Magic”.
Her writing style is clear, easy to follow and gives step by step instructions on how to make the most of your fancy stitches on your sewing machine to create stunning floral applique designs. The book ($59.00) includes four projects and 22 flowers, leaves and clam shells that you can combine to create your own designs – I can’t wait to make a sample for the shop!
We have also been busy cutting Fat Quarters, and Charm Square packs of the stunning new range called “Eden” by Sally Kelly for Windham fabrics – bright, fresh, quirky and fun it holds lots of possibilities from shirts and tops to quilts and bags and everything in between. I loved this fabric so much I bought the whole range, so there is plenty to choose from! Check out the range here and also the free pattern that will soon be available.
Before I forget the March winner of the $50.00 voucher from Annie’s is Robbie Walker from Christchurch. Congratulations Robbie, your voucher is waiting for you!
Now...on to the recipe which is sure to be a winner for those with a sweet tooth. J
- 125 g butter
- 200 g chocolate
- ¾ c caster sugar
- 3 lightly beaten eggs
- 1 cup flour
- 380 g tin caramel condensed milk
- 50 g white chocolate (chopped)
Preheat the oven to 180C or160 C (fan bake) an line a slice tin with baking paper.
Warm the butter and dark chocolate until just melted and then stir in the sugar followed by the eggs and flour.
Pour the mixture into the pan and marble spoonfuls of the caramel condensed milk through the mixture and then sprinkle with the white chocolate. Bake for 25 minutes or until the mixture is just set.
Take care and happy stitching,
Annie’s Country Quilt Store
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