Sunday, October 04, 2015

country roads sew-a-long with Humble Quilts

Lori held another great sew-a-long and I jumped it.
I have my 30's repros out for another sew-a-long and used them.
It measures 21 1/4 inches square. The blocks finish 5 inches.

Thanks, Lori!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

the extent of my creativity

It is another busy semester and I've discovered that when I do have time to sew, my creativity is nowhere to be found. So, bindings and knitted dishcloths it is until the class load eases up in November.

Friday, August 21, 2015


Seth and I  have a garden this year!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

block party! chili cook-off winner!

It is once again block party! Our block's 58th anniversary party--one of the first and longest running block parties in Chicago. It is Andy and my 29th.
The theme this year was County Fair. As usual, I hang several of my quilts on our porch railings.
 We collected ketchup and toilet paper for the neighborhood food pantry.
  I won the chili making contest! We also had a pie baking contest.
 Dunk tank, bouncy house, pony rides.
Just a day enjoying our neighbors. The band and dancing in the streets starts at dusk.

Lynn's Award winning Chili!

(all amounts are estimates)
3-4 lbs ground beef--browned and drained (collect, discard fat, return liquids to meat)

To the pot of browned meat, add the spices and stir until the meat is evenly mixed with the spices.

Spices: (vary amounts by your taste  preferences)
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground red pepper
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Rinse and drain three-four 15 oz cans of beans.
I use a variety, including black Beans, light red kidney, and dark red kidney

In a large crock pot, place
1-2 chopped onions
2/3rd of the meat
the beans
the rest of the meat

Pour over top:
One 29 oz can petite dice tomatoes
One 8 oz can of  tomato sauce
1-2 small cans of diced mild green peppers
I rinse out these cans, adding the water to the crock pot to bring liquid level to 1 inch from top.

Put above ingredients into large crock pot. Cover and cook for 4-5 hours on low.

About 1/2 hour before serving, add:

1 cup of frozen corn
about 1/2 cup of dried polenta mixed with about 1 cup of water (if no polenta, use corn meal)

Cover and cook for 1/2 hour, stirring twice

Serve sprinkled with grated cheddar or jack cheese

Friday, August 14, 2015

ten years!

August marks 10 years of blogging for me here at klein meisje quilts. Above is a picture of me at about age 8 with my Grandpa Scholten, who called each of his 12 granddaughters klein meisje because it was easier than remembering our names.

I enjoy having this record of my quilting life, with a bit of our family life and family history and a little cooking and my work life.

Thank you for reading!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

churn dash--top completed

It is set 8 by 10 blocks, measuring 72 by 90 inches.
80 blocks, 9 inches finished.
It was so much fun again using the wild prints from my stash and many from my neighbor.
The solids were also in my stash including quite a few from my mother's fabrics.

Early in my nursing career I cared for a man with Jakob-Creutzfeldt disease. The first neurologic indication of his disease was his uncharacteristic repainting his garage a different bright color for every board. He bewilderingly asked me what was so wrong about doing that and I explained it wasn't the act of painting it that way, it was that this was a sudden change in how he was expressing himself.
I told Andy that with my recent change of making very bright quilts, he may want to keep an eye on me for a prion disease.