Friday, January 9, 2009

Table Runner for Sandy

Thanksgiving Table Runner
Its managed to dodge gravy stains and mashed potatoes.

Angel table runner. The year I made this one for me, I made 4 others for friends and family. Three out of four got hand quilted. I ran out of time on the last one and had to machine quilt it.

Fall wall hanging made in the late 1980s

Small wall hanging. Made in the early 1990s.

Welcome Wall Hanging

One of the local thieves liked this wall hanging so much, she stole it from the craft shop. When the police served a search warrant on her house, they retrieved volumes of stolen property including my wall hanging.

Patti's Birthday present

New York Beauty

When I belonged to the Southern California Guild, Beach Cities Quilt Guild, we made a king size version of this quilt as our raffle quilt. The quilt was done in blue and white. The guild printed and sold smaller versions of the pattern. This is my wall size version of it. Made in the early 1990s.

Christmas Kitties

Made this a couple of years ago. Hand appliqued and hand quilted. Pattern is from Janet Kime's Christmas Cats and Dogs book.

Robbie's Quilt

Made this last year for a friend's teenage son who was terminally ill and spending a lot of time in the hospital.

Buggy Barn Crazy pattern.

Catherine's Tent

Catherine's 3rd Birthday present from her Aunt Moe. I made the tent. Now there's a skill you don't often see on a resume :)

Cait in her Santa Hat

Bonnie's Baby Girl's Vest

Bonnie finally had a baby girl. Made this vest and paired it up with some cute cordoroy pants and a white top. Made out of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino using a Debbie Bliss pattern.

Debbie's Scarf

Made this for my friend Debbie in Maine. We went to bootcamp together and were stationed at Annapolis together.

Aran Folk Shawl

Pattern from the book "Folk Shawls" by Cheryl Oberle
Made out of 100% wool.
I made another shorter version of this and put the pockets on it for my Aunt Ellen. She died before she got a chance to wear it so I donated it to the church fundraiser back home.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Korean Steak Kebabs

1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
3 T. balsamic vinegar
1 T. minced peeled fresh ginger (Yeah right. I use the stuff in a jar.)
1 garlic clove minced (Again I use the stuff in a jar.)
1 lb. top round steak trimmed and sliced for stir-fry. (If I can find this at the N.A.S. Hootersville commissary, you can find it anywhere.)

Spray the broiler rack with canola oil spray.

Combine the first 4 ingredients in a bowl.

Thread the steak on 8 10" metal skewers. Brush the kebabs with the sauce mixture. Place on the broiler rack and broil 4" inches from the heat for approx. 3 minutes. Turn, brush with the remaining soy sauce mixture and broil until cooked through.

I let mine marinate in the sauce for about 30 minutes before I cooked it. While it was cooking, I slapped some more sauce on them.

Turned out good.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Crab Souffle Dip Recipe

I need to get out of Maryland soon. I've gone native. I'm actually considering cooking with crab. First the sailing lessons and now this. Please somebody point me to the Jersey Turnpike North before I get my own crab pots and head out into the Bay.

1) 6 oz. can of crab meat drained
8 oz. Philadelphia cream cheese (The kind in a block NOT the stuff in the plastic container. ROOM TEMPERATURE. Do NOT use the low calorie or reduced fat kind).
1 egg beaten
1 t. chopped onion
3 t. lemon juice

Cream mayo and cream cheese together really well.
Add all the other ingredients.
Mix really well.
Put in a greased dish. An 8” by 8” size works nicely.
350 for 30 minutes

Eat it as a dip with Ritz crackers.

Beaded Knitting

My first attempt at knitting with beads. Used a thin hand-dyed Merino yarn and some beads I had in my stash of crazy quilting supplies.

Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit, either. ~Elizabeth Zimmerman