Monday, September 16, 2013

Hugs & Kisses Quilt

I saw the Hugs and Kisses quilt made up at the Front Porch Quilt Shop in Frankenmuth last winter. It was pieced with batiks and I really like it. I bought the special ruler and fabric and finally 8 months later, I have a completed throw.

I also used batiks in my quilt, perhaps a little brighter than the stores choices.

My daughter Angela and her husband Austin are going to be getting the quilt.  Angela requested a blue back.  I used a variety of scraps to bind the throw.  The quilter and I decided on a modern design since Angela and Austin are both artists.

Thursday, September 12, 2013


When I was in Grand Rapids, I had some wonderful gazpacho for lunch.  My daughter, Angela, gave me her recipe for gazpacho.  She had lived in Spain for over a year.  Angela is very precise in her recipes (NOT), for example her recipe calls for a generous glug of olive oil :)  For lunch today, I made some gazpacho sort of following her recipe.


I used tomatoes, cucumber and peppers from our garden.  Added onion, red pepper, garlic, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper and a generous glug of olive oil.  Topped the soup with dill from the flower bed and homemade croutons.  No exact measurements so like the song says, "I'll never have that recipe again."

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Window Challenge Quilt

We had a challenge at the Millington Quilt Club to make a small window quilt. 
This was my attempt.
I used a panel for the scene in the window.  The window frame is all the same fabric; the lightest was bleached and the medium is the back of the fabric.  I used fabric markers and fabric crayon to darken other parts of the window frame.

The best part of the project was being able to embellish the panel.  The scarf's pompoms are wool felt, the smile on the snowman is made up of beads and tiny black buttons represent the coal down his front. 

The berries are embellished with a variety of different sizes of rhinestones.  The clumps of snow were painted with fabric glitter.