Friday

Child's Batman Quilt

My most recent finished quilt was a request for a one-year-old boy's Batman quilt.

I'm not really into Batman (or any super hero) fandom so after finding a batman print fabric, I used Google to come up with coordinating colors.
The original request was just no blue colors.

There are actually a few Batman costumes, with the newest one clad in all black. I'm old school and I grew up with the vintage batman.  A plain black batman quilt or a gray-black one was just not very interesting in my opinion, so this quilt is inspired by the vintage batman costume.

Below are examples of multiple different batmans and the vintage batman.

  


I started with a sort of log cabin block variation. A square and then 1 inch of fabric pieced around the square.
The batman print square was cut at 5 ½ inches square and the gray trim was cut at 1 ½ inches wide.
Sewn together the block ends up at 5 inches and the trim at 1 inch, making a 6-inch block.

Block and trim

Once the blocks were finished, I cut 2 ½ inches of black sashing to go around all the blocks with a 2 ½ yellow intersection square. The sashing after sewn is 2 inches and the intersection squares are 2 inches.

Finished 6-inch block

I then sewed the rows together. Once I reached the desired size quilt, I just thought the quilt needed a little extra “pop” or contrast fabric to wake it up.


Sew rows then sew the rows together

Rows are sewn together

And even though I was asked to not put blue in the quilt, I just felt the blue from the vintage Batman's costume was exactly what the quilt needed.

So I cut 1 ½ inch wide blue fabric strips for the first border to go around the quilt. (sewn it comes out to 1 inch wide)
It was exactly what the quilt needed. Lastly, I added a 2-inch batman fabric border. (cut at 2 1/2 inches)

Blue border added

A second border added out of the batman fabric

Once the quilt top was finished I needed a coordinating backing.
If I'm lucky, sometimes I find the backing for the quilt when I'm buying the fabric, but not usually. The majority of the time I have to wait until the quilt top is complete to find just the right backing.

Starry night fabric for backing

For this quilt, I picked out a black, gray and white “Starry Night” fabric, which I think goes well since bats fly at night.

Finished quilt.  The blue is showing up wrong in the outside photos.  It's really matches batman's costume. 

For stitching, I chose small flying bats and the binding is solid black.
The quilt was completely done once I added the quilt label.


   



The quilt was a gift for a birthday and they loved it, even the small blue border.
I also had enough batman fabric to sew a small pillow and I gave him my toy batman I used as a model.

Elizabeth


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Wednesday

Sausage Corn Chowder

I make this soup 3 to 4 times a year during cool fall days and cold winter months and it's usually requested for our Annual Fall Party.

The original recipe came from a 1992 cookbook called Campbell's Simply Delicious Recipes I found at a second-hand store. I changed the recipe a little, making it a little more natural by leaving out the Campbell's soup and substituting my Homemade Chicken Broth and a little cornstarch for thickener, which also happens to make the soup Gluten Free.  

The directions are for making the original recipe and also how to substitute ingredients to make the soup Gluten Free; the soup is excellent either way.

Canning Kidney Beans

Having precooked jars of beans on the shelf is a great convenience and canning dried beans yourself is really easy. Also, knowing what's in the food I'm eating, or NOT in the food is really important to me. Plus there's the money saving side to canning, and the great fresh taste and the sense of accomplishment knowing I did it myself.

Then there's forgetting to soak the beans the night before to use the next day. And freezing them poses the same problem. It happens. So having beans already cooked and ready to go means I can whip up something at the last minute if needed.

I like to can beans at the end of summer, right after finishing up canning my garden harvest. Canning the beans in late summer means they are ready to go for autumn and winter cooking of soups, stews, and casseroles.

These directions can also be used to can navy, pinto, peas and other dried beans. 

Tuesday

My Newest Project: A Farm Quilt

So here is what I have been working on for a few weeks.
Recently I discovered a blog called Bee in my Bonnet.  I found the blog and blogger, Lori Holt while pinning away quilt ideas (and recipes, and DIY's, and fall decor, and.....and.... the list is endless) on My Pinterest and happened to see Lori's Hen Quilt Block.  I just looove it!

And then, early this spring my husband and I stopped at a quilting shop in Indiana on our way home from Wisconsin.
And there in the shop, hanging on the wall was a completed Hen Quilt! It's a poor quality photo taken with my cell phone, but isn't it so amazing  and cute?  And even more exciting, they had the book with the hen pattern in it.

An Old Favorite: Parmesan Chicken

I have about a kazillion chicken recipes, but this recipe for Parmesan Chicken seems to get requested again and again. 
I love collecting and trying old retro recipes, like Chicken A La King, WWII Chocolate Mayo Cake, and Johnny Marzetti but this Parmesan Chicken is one of the best. 
It's quick and easy to make, the coating is light and very flavorful and the ingredients are items I usually already have on hand.
We like to pair this with roasted rosemary red skin potatoes and a fresh garden salad.
The recipe comes from an old cookbook I found at a local thrift store.

Cooking the chicken in the butter along with olive oil really adds lots of extra flavor so don't be afraid to use the butter!
For breadcrumbs, I like the 4C brand best and I use the Japanese Style Panko seasoned  bread crumbs. But use whatever is your favorite.  
This is not Chicken Parmesan with the red sauce and topped with cheese, although you could turn it into that dish.  This recipe is flavorful enough to stand on its own. 

Monday

How to Make a Quilt Label

I recently picked up the art or craft of quilt making and I love it. I've been sewing and crafting for years and years but just never attempted a quilt.
In the last few months I've made quite a few quilts, like a Patchwork Quilt for our camper, a Large Block Quilt with sashing as a graduation gift for my granddaughter, quilts for two other grandchildren, a Hexagon Quilt (the hardest so far) for my daughter Alexis the beekeeper, and an ocean themed quilt for my son Daniel.  All those in between working on a Reproduction Civil War Ohio Star Quilt and a Farm Girl Vintage Quilt for myself.

After completing the second or third quilt, I read somewhere that a quilt should have a label. A label that will tell generations to come why and when the quilt was made and who made it.

Wednesday

Vintage Display Shelves

My daughter Alexis at our farm market booth
My daughter Alexis and I decided to try our hand at running a booth a the local farm market. We wanted to sell eggs, produce, and vintage kitchen gadgets, while also advertising our farm and showcase Alexis's beautiful Champagne D Argent rabbits she breeds.

We decided right off to go with a “farm vintage” look and had plenty of time to come up with ideas for displays and gather together needed items like chalkboard signs, vintage tablecloths, a journal, baskets, etc. 

And I made really inexpensive homemade price tags from brown paper grocery bags and twine. We also each wore a flowery skirt/dress and vintage apron.

Thursday

Apple Pie Moonshine

Recently I read a popular book called "The Wettest County in the World," a 2008 historical novel by Matt Bondurant, an American writer who features his grandfather and two great-uncles as the main characters. (The movie is titled “Lawless”). The book tells of the trio during the Depression and Prohibition in rural Virginia, who made a living bootlegging moonshine.
The book again renewed my interest in the “moonshine culture” and historical events and places surrounding moonshining and stills.

And a few months ago, on one of our adventures off-roading with our ATVs and Polaris Ranger we ran into a group out riding the same trails, (we usually do).
After small talk and introductions, they asked us if we'd like a taste of their homemade Apple Pie Moonshine. I'm a light weight when it comes to booze and usually never venture far away from a glass of wine or a cold beer. And I usually never taste someone else's home brew, I'm just too leery of their process and standards, but that day I took a little sip. It was extremely smooth and yes, tasted just like apple pie!

Monday

7-Up Biscuits

Someone sent me this recipe for 7-Up Biscuits, probably one of my kids. They are always asking me to try a new recipe they have found on-line or from a magazine.

It's hard to believe that these biscuits only have 4 ingredients, especially after tasting them! They come out light and fluffy and mix up easily so are great if you're in a hurry or short on time.

We rarely have soda (or pop as we call it in most of Ohio), and try to stay away from high fructose corn syrup, which is what 99% of soda is made with. I did find a soda made with real sugar called Sierra Mist so I used that in the recipe instead of 7-Up and the biscuits still came out delicious.

Tuesday

Easy Block Quilt with Sashing

I started making quilts for the first time in January 2016, and I love it! I have been sewing for years and years, but never attempted a quilt. (Baby quilts not included).  
My first full-size quilt was a Patchwork Quilt for a Camper Remodel I was working on.
And after making 5 or 6, my granddaughter Kelsey asked me to make a quilt for her as a high school graduation gift. She wanted purple and “hulk” green fabrics and NO floral prints. 
I used a lot of Batiks fabrics in her quilt, which is really trendy right now and black as the sashing to make the blocks stand out.

The pattern I decided to use to make the quilt is large blocks with sashing between each block.
I cut 8 ½ inch square blocks, 2 ½ x 8 1/2 inch sashing strips, and 2 ½ inch square intersection blocks.
This is a pretty easy quilt to make and you can make the blocks and sashing any size you want, bigger or smaller.