Jeannie Wright wins our Facebook Fan Giveaway!

Congratulations Jeannie! You’re the random Facebook fan chosen to receive a gift basket of quilting goodies. Thank you everyone, for helping us get to 15,000 Facebook fans!!

Jeannie, please follow the link to our blog and give us your email address, shipping address and phone number in the Comments section, so that we may ship you a bag of fabric treats!  Your contact information will not be made public.  We will contact you to confirm your information.

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Recipe from the KQ Cookbook: Gazpacho

Gazpacho

When gardens are overflowing with the bounty of summer, quickly whip up this refreshing, cold soup for lunch or as a starter at suppertime on a hot night.

Gardeners are so generous and willing to share that, if you’re lucky like we were, you’ll probably only have to shop for a couple of the items.

The recipe is from the out-of-print Keepsake Quilting™ Cookbook published as a charitable fund-raiser in 2001.

Gazpacho
2 tomatoes
1/2 zucchini
1/2 summer squash
1/4 teaspoon minced onion
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 cup thick and chunky salsa
3 T. balsamic vinaigrette dressing
1 (48-ounce) can vegetable juice cocktail
Coursely ground black pepper to taste
Croutons

Seed and chop the tomatoes and place in a large bowl or pitcher. Peel and chop the zucchini and summer squash and add to the tomatoes. Add the onion, garlic, salsa, vinaigrette dressing and vegetable juice cocktail. Add the pepper and mix well. Refrigerate, covered, for several hours. Pour into soup cups and garnish with parsley or basil sprigs. Serve with the croutons.

Note: For a little more punch, you might wish to change the original recipe above to 1/4 cup minced onion, and 1 medium garlic clove, minced.

Yield: 6 servings

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A Note From Flo Flo

Toni Whitney, the designer of our most recent back cover quilt, and Flo Flo, the inspiration for the quilt, wrote in after seeing the catalog. Here’s what they had to say:

“Just wanted to send you an image of how honored we (especially Flo Flo) are that we made the back cover of the best quilt catalog out there!

Thank you to all at Keepsake!

PS Flo Flo wants you to know the haircut was NOT her idea!”

To view Toni’s lovely Flo Flo quilt, click here

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From the Hungry Quilter Archives: Garden Vegetable Casserole

Overwhelmed with veggies from your garden? Try our Garden Vegetable Casserole. Have an abundance of summer squash? Substitute it for the zucchini. Have some of each? Try it with both!

The nutritionists tell us that, if we want to live a long, healthy life, we need to eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Well, you’ll find four great vegetables in just this one casserole. For added appeal—and to get the kids on board the veggie train—it has a delicious and satisfying topping of cheese and croutons.

The recipe is from the out-of-print Keepsake Quilting™ Cookbook published as a charitable fund-raiser in 2001.

Garden Vegetable Casserole
3 large potatoes
1 large zucchini
4 or 5 small tomatoes
3 large carrots
1 cup chicken stock
1 to 2 cups seasoned croutons
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Peel the potatoes, slice thinly and place in a greased 2-1/2-quart casserole. Cut the zucchini into small chunks and layer over the potatoes. Cut the tomatoes into chunks and layer over the zucchini. Slice the carrots thinly and add to the casserole. Pour the stock over the layers. Bake, covered, at 375 degrees for 1 hour. Toss the croutons with the butter and spread over the vegetables. Sprinkle the cheese over the top. Bake for 15 minutes longer or until the cheese is melted and brown.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

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Recipe from the KQ Cookbook: Apricot Coconut Squares


Here’s a sweet treat to pack for a day hike, a picnic lunch, or a sew-in at your quilt guild. The apricot and coconut is a yummy combination, but we think it would be tasty with other flavors of preserves, as well.

The recipe is from the out-of-print Keepsake Quilting™ Cookbook published as a charitable fund-raiser in 2001.

Apricot Coconut Squares

2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 (12-ounce) jar apricot preserves

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine the flour, salt and sugar in a bowl and mix well. Add the butter and mix with a fork until crumbly. Add the egg and the vanilla, mixing well. Stir in the coconut and nuts. Press about 3/4 of the mixture over the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ baking pan. Spread the preserves evenly over the coconut layer. Sprinkle the remaining coconut mixture over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool and cut into squares.

Yield: 35 squares

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Employee Luau

It has become a tradition here at Keepsake Quilting to have a summer employee party. Each year we choose a different theme, and come up with related activities and games. This year we had a Hawaiian Luau, and a few of the ladies from the Cutting Room were even creative enough to make ‘grass’ skirts out of fabric strips (our bag ties)!

We grill hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers, and also have a food competition with categories for main dishes and desserts. This year all entries had to be “Hawaiian” dishes. For the main dishes, we had Hawaiian Wings, Hawaiian Chicken Casserole, Ambrosia Salad (Second Place), and Hawaiian White Pizza (First Place). Desserts included Hawaiian Wedding Cake, Hawaiian Sweet Bread, Hawaiian Pineapple Cake, Coconut Chocolate Chip Blondies, The Next Best Thing to Don Ho! (a pudding cake, Second Place), and Pavlova (First Place).

Activities this year included eating (and judging) the entries in the food contest, snow cones, bingo, water balloon volleyball, ladder ball, and a dunk tank. The dunk tank proved to be quite popular, as it was quite warm out. I’m not sure who enjoyed it more; those being dunked, or those of us watching!

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The Thursday Night Quilters

houses quilt and patternOne night a month, Bonnie and Nancy from Keepsake Quilting get together with some of their quilting friends for a small, informal gathering where they work on their latest projects. There’s always tea, cookies, camaraderie, and great show-and-tell.

This month Roberta brought in the 1930’s quilt that’s she’s currently quilting. Her aunt made the appliqued and embroidered house squares back in the 30‘s, and Roberta joined them with sashing and borders made from a Keepsake Quilting 2-1/2” strip collection and reproduction scraps she had in her stash. She machine quilted along the sashing and is hand quilting inside the house blocks.

Roberta even has the original paper pattern that her aunt used when she made the blocks. The pattern and the 1930s house quilt patternmulti-generational quilt are both real treasures.

Katie worked on a folk-art wool-applique, and Kathleen helped Bonnie choose a 12” block pattern and Bali fabrics for a sampler project.

Diane brought in a fabulous little art quilt that she’s just finishing up. She creates her own unique fabrics by dyeing, stamping, screening, and doing all sorts of innovative techniques. Take a peek at her blog (www.dsignsbyds.blogspot.com) to see what she’s been up to, and check out the burgundy-colored leaf quilt that was her latest show and tell.

The Thursday Night quilters may not always get a lot of sewing accomplished in the two hours that they meet, but they sure take away lots of inspiration.

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From the Hungry Quilter Archive: Jambalaya

JambalayaOur taste testers, Pam, Karen, Josh, Pat and Katie gave a thumbs-up to this not-too-spicy, quick version of jambalaya. We also made a second version that was a hit, substituting Italian-style chicken sausage, turkey kielbasa, and chicken broth. 

This jambalaya recipe is from the out-of-print Keepsake Quilting™ Cookbook published as a charitable fund-raiser in 2001.

1 pound sausage
3/4 cup ch. onion
1/2 cup ch. celery
1/4 cup ch. green bell pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons margarine
2 cups cubed cooked ham
1 (28-ounce) can ch. tomatoes
1 (10-ounce) can beef broth
1 cup uncooked rice
1 cup water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (or more if you like it spicy)
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Cook the sausage in a skillet until brown, stirring until crumbly; drain well. Sauté the onion, celery, green pepper and garlic in the margarine in a Dutch oven until tender. Add the ham, sausage, undrained tomatoes, broth, rice, water, sugar, thyme, chili powder and pepper and mix well. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat. Simmer, covered, for 25 minutes or until the rice is tender.

Yield: 8 servings

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Recipe from the KQ Cookbook: Olivada Crostini

Here’s a great appetizer for a bridal shower, a baby shower or a graduation party. It’s always nice to be able to bring an appetizer, like this one, that doesn’t need to be heated. The olive spread can be made way in advance and is great on pita bread as well as on the toasted baguette called for in the recipe.

The recipe is from the out-of-print Keepsake Quilting™ Cookbook published as a charitable fund-raiser in 2001.

Olivada Crostini
2 (6- to 8-ounce) cans pitted black olives
3 tablespoons pine nuts
2 large garlic cloves
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 baguette
2 roasted red peppers
2 slices mozzarella cheese

Drain the olives and combine with the pine nuts and garlic in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture is chopped to the desired consistency. Add the olive oil, and process for several seconds to mix well. Place the mixture in a container and chill, covered, in the refrigerator. The mixture may be prepared up to one week ahead of time.

Slice the bread into 1-inch-thick slices, and arrange on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until toasted. Cut the roasted red peppers into 2-inch strips and the cheese into 1-inch strips. Spread the olive paste on the bread slices; add the roasted pepper and cheese strips; and garnish with a fresh parsley sprig.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

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2011 Summer Sale Fun!

The 2011 Keepsake Quilting Summer Sale was this past weekend, and it was a huge success! The weather was a bit cool in the morning, but both days warmed up nicely. We had so much fun, and everyone who came had a great time—and snatched up some terrific bargains along the way!

Keepsake Quilting Summer Sale

Keepsake Quilting Summer Sale Porch

Here are Tina and Heather choosing the three lucky early shoppers:

KQ Sale Entry Winners

Announcing the KQ Sale Entry Winners

Here are the lucky ladies who were first in line:

Ready to enter Tent

Entering Tent

Entering Tent

Here’s some action from inside the tent:

Shoppers in Tent

Shoppers looking at fabric

Shoppers looking at Fabric

Look through our gallery for more Summer Sale fun, you might even find a picture of yourself!

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