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.

Farm Girl Vintage Hen quilt

If you happen to have read any of my earlier posts you may know I picked up quilting just a few months ago and have been busy busy busy sewing myself and numerous other family members quilts.

My newest quilt is one that I'm working on for myself that I'm calling my Farm Quilt.  I'm making about 95% of the quilt blocks from patterns in the Farm Girl Vintage Book.



I want to make the quilt blocks only things we have, love or do here on our little farm.  Also, there will be sashing and an intersection square between each block.  To see what sashing looks like, take a look at this Mean Green Hulk Quilt I made for my granddaughter.

Here are the blocks I've made so far:
The Strawberry: We grow a few strawberries and go strawberry picking every year to make homemade strawberry jam.


The Bee:  My daughter Alexis is a beekeeper (a bee whisperer, really) and the hives are right here on our little farm.  So we have a fondness for all things honey bee.



And this is the Pumpkin: I love fall and all things pumpkin and even grow my own!



Look at this cutey-cute-cute Hen!!  I raise and spoil chickens and one of my oldest and favorite hens (Henrietta) is a Buff Orpington, so my hen is yellow.



Here is the Summer Star (a variation on the Ohio Star).  I'm an Ohioan so of course I want an Ohio Star in my quilt.  This is just a variation on the Ohio Star pattern. I'm also working on an Ohio Star Quilt. 



The Flag:  America, yea for the red, white and blue!



And the Canning Jars I just finished!  I can all our extra garden produce and also make soups, relishes, salsa, pasta sauce and numerous other canned goods.  So this quilt block fits right in. Click on the Recipes heading to see a few of the things I can.


Check out my Farm Girl Vintage Pinterest Board to see a few other Farm Quilt blocks I'll be working on.  A few more I have in mind are:  A black cat, a tractor, a happy farm girl, a barn, a pig and a maple leaf.

Happy sewing and quilting!
Elizabeth

Other Posts:

How to Make a Quilt Label

Vintage Display Shelves 

Making a Patchwork Quilt



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 about the second or third one 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.

Monday

Retro Recipe: Chicken A La King

I love old kitchen utensils, vintage aprons and old recipes from family and friends. I fondly remember this dish from my young adult years but haven’t had it in ages.
I decided to track down a Chicken A La King recipe that would bring back the deliciousness of the dish and this one nailed it.

Many really good recipes have been ruined over the years by all sorts of shortcuts and substitutions and this dish is no exception.
Many recipes also fell out of favor because of trends, fad diets or just people more willing to buy convenient processed foods and not bothering to cook fresh.  
But many people are beginning to realize that a lot of the foods we were told were bad for us maybe are not so bad. And that all that convenient processed food comes with a price:  Americans are sicker than ever.
We try to eat a more natural diet, one which includes many vegetables (and meat) we grow ourselves,  home cooked meals with real ingredients and purchasing organic or foods with very few ingredients. 

Tuesday

Ohio Star Quilt Block


I am in the middle of making multiple quilts. 
I made my very first quilt, a Patchwork Quilt to go along with our Camper Remodel in January and have since been asked by most of the kids and grandkids to make them all quilts! 
In between all those quilts, I am trying to make one for myself from the Ohio Star quilt pattern. And I just love how they are turning out.


Let me state that I am not a beginner sewer, only a beginner quilt maker. I have sewn for years making numerous different items (Halloween Costumes are my fav) but I never attempted a quilt. I have regrets! Why didn't I try this before! Oh well.

Cherry Pie Filling

Growing up we had a large, really old cherry tree and every year my sisters and I would climb the tree to pick as many cherries as we could. We would rush the cherries into my mother who made the best Cherry Pie ever. My mother's pie crust was hands down my favorite and I have never been able to duplicate it nor have I tasted one as good.

That old cherry tree we had growing up finally split down the middle and died and that was a sad day indeed.
I now have my own cherry tree and it was beautiful this year in full bloom.  I'm hoping the crop is plentiful and I'm able to pick lots of fresh cherries! Cherries are usually ripe in June in my area of Ohio. 

Legend has it that George Washington chopped down a cherry tree when he was very young.  I tend to believe the story and that he was truthful about it.  I have a similar tale about an axe, my son, a group of young boy scouts and cutting trees they shouldn't have. My son was very truthful about what happened and who all wielded the ax, including himself, but that's a story for another day. 
Fresh cherries are always best, including home picked or from a farm market but store purchased cherries will work too (even frozen).