Thursday, July 28, 2011

Summer Fair: A Quilt and A Recipe

Gen X Quilters Summer Fair
Summer Fair is being hosted by AnneMarie of Gen X Quilters, and it looks to be alot of fun! Quilts and recipes together - how can you go wrong? There's even prizes - an added bonus! Link up on her post to see other lovely quilts and yummy recipes!

The quilt I want to share is my newly completed Dream Big. Made for my daughter dear for her birthday, the pattern is from Simply with Camille Roskelley: Quilts for the Modern Home. I'm sure you recognize the fabric - Central Park by Kate Spain. I used my daughter's very favorite fabrics from the line, adding some KONA solids to round it out.
The back was pieced with leftovers, including an accent of pluses.
The swirly quilting was done by my friend, Darlene of Girton's Quilting. You can't see it very well in these pictures, but the quilting thread is purple.
All in all, I'm very pleased with the quilt, continue to be a big fan of Central Park, and can't wait to hand Dream Big over to my daughter the next time I see her.

My recipe is very versatile. It was first given to me by a friend as an appetizer recipe. I've tweaked it to my family's tastes, and have used it both as a dip (great with Frito dippers) and as a side salad. Either way, great for summer!

                           CORN RELISH DIP
2 cans corn kernels (or fresh corn, cut off the cob!)
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 Tb. each fresh lime juice and lemon juice
1 small  onion, minced
5 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 c. oil
2 Tb. cider vinegar
1 tsp. dry oregano
salt and pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients and refrigerate. It's fine to do 1 day before serving. 
Just prior to serving, add 4 avocados, chopped. 
See you at the Summer Fair!


  1. That recipe sure seems tasty! i didn't realize that quilt used purple thread for the quilting, I bet it looks really amazing in person!

  2. Your quilt is lovely, I also really like the back. A very nice birthday present!

  3. I saw your quilt on the GenX Quilters Fair page! Love it!
    My sister has on in there too, the Off-Square.
    Good luck Debbie!

  4. Hi Debbie!

    Your daughter is soooo lucky to receive such a fabulous quilt.

    The dip looks so yummy and fresh for summer!

  5. Beautiful quilt! I still can't get enough of Central Park, and I'm trying to get it out of my system before Terrain hits! :)

  6. That's such a beautiful quilt! I'm always impressed by that pattern because you have to make sure you get all the squares in the right place. I always seem to get something upside down :). The fabrics work so well to make such a dreamy quilt. I'll have to try that dip, it looks delicious!!

  7. Love it! That pattern always looks tricky...and time consuming! -Al

  8. Your quilt is fabulous! Central Park is a great line, and I love the swirly quilting. Your daughter is very lucky to have such a talented mom! And I think I could eat the whole bowl of that dip. It looks delicious!

  9. Lovely quilt! I love the pluses you added to the back.

  10. I love the way you did the back of that quilt, it looks fantastic!

  11. Love the plus quilt - I really want to make one of these!

  12. Lovely plus quilt! Central Park is such a wonderful line. Recipe sounds yummy too! Thanks for sharing with us at Summer Fair! AnneMarie

  13. Wonderful quilt - I love the plus design. I also love the central park fabric...I'm such a sucker for Kate Spain fabrics.