Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Picnic Blanket Quilt

This is my Picnic Blanket quilt - perfect for summer picnics or for winter picnics in front of the fire.  I had a lot of fun collecting all of the different food fabrics for it.  In the upper corners, you can catch a glimpse of the watermelon border - an inner watermelon rind border and an outer border of red watermelon with seeds.  I used a pattern called "Cottage Romance" that I found in the magazine Quilts and More!, Summer 2007 edition.  I could not find anything exactly like it online, but there are two large blocks in the pattern that are similar to these:  http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projects-ideas/bed-quilts/fusible-daisy-quilt_3.html     

This first picnic recipe came from my good friend and former neighbor Anita:

Tavern Sandwiches
2 pounds ground beef
1 can tomato soup
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons vinegar
¼ cup ketchup
2 tablespoons mustard
1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
½ teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon dried onion
½ bell pepper, diced

1.  Cook ground beef in a 3-quart saucepan until browned stirring to break up meat.  Remove visible grease with a turkey baster.
2.  Add remaining ingredients.
3.  Simmer 20 minutes.
4.  Serve on hamburger buns.

This recipe for baked beans came from my Aunt Joan.  She gave me a handmade book of recipes for my wedding, and this recipe was included. 

Baked Beans
6 slices bacon
2 pounds canned pork and beans
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon dried onion
½ teaspoon dry mustard
½ cup ketchup

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Cook bacon until crisp.  Crumble into small pieces.
3.  Grease a 1-1/2 quart casserole. 
4.  Combine all ingredients, stirring well.
5.  Bake for 1 hour. 

I got this recipe for my favorite salad from my mother:

Orange-Avocado Toss
1.     Combine the following ingredients in a large salad bowl:
        1 medium head lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
        1 small cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
        1 avocado, peeled, seeded, and sliced
           1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained

2.     In a screw-top jar, combine ingredients for salad dressing:
        ½ teaspoon grated orange peel
        ¼ cup orange juice
        ½ cup salad oil
        2 tablespoons sugar
        2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
        1 tablespoon lemon juice
        ¼ teaspoon salt

3.     Cover the jar tightly and shake dressing ingredients well.

4.     Just before serving, pour dressing over salad.  Toss lightly.
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  1. Love your picnic blanket. Hmmmmm, thinking about it....

  2. Wow, Susan, that looks so scrumptious, aren't you afraid someone will eat the *quilt*, right along with the goodies thereon?! :-D

  3. I love it! Will you use it on the Fourth?

  4. Love the picnic quilt! What pattern did you use? Thinking it would work for a Turning Twenty also. I have some food fabrics to do something with. Thinking of a jar quilt but need wood for the shelves for that.

  5. Love the idea of using food fabrics for a picnic quilt! I've got to do this!

  6. I have used food fabrics a number of times in table cloths ad runners but the picnic quilt I made my daughter was an "I-Spy". I told her it was meant to be used in that way. I have seen it on the sofa and the bunk bed when I sieep there and she says it does get to go to picnics too.


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