Kept In Stitches

Confessions of a fabric hoarder

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Comfort Food

potatosoupWe haven’t seen much cool weather here in sunny California…last Saturday it reached 87 degrees here in Los Angeles.  The weather is a bit cooler today, but it’s still beautiful outside.  I was planning on making burgers tonight on the barbeque, but I’m craving soup!  I thought I would share a favorite recipe of mine, for all of my friends who are braving the VERY cold winter…creamy potato soup! And, I probably don’t need to say that everything is better with a little bacon.  Enjoy!


  • 7 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 quart water
  • 4 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 quart milk
  • Sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese, optional


1. In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, combine potatoes, celery, onion, water and bouillon; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Cool slightly. Place half of the potato mixture in a blender; cover and puree. Repeat with remaining potato mixture; set aside.

2. In the same kettle, melt butter. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk; bring to a boil. Boil and stir for 2 minutes. Return potato puree to the pan and heat through. Garnish individual servings with sour cream and cheese if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings

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Antelope Valley Quilt Association Workshop 2015

I was invited to Lancaster, CA this past week to lecture and do a workshop for the Antelope Valley Quilt Association.  A great group of people turned out for the meeting and the workshop on Saturday was a lot of fun.  The workshop was the ‘Dresden Garden’ quilt. It showcases an easy dresden plate technique along with bias tape making and several different appliqué methods.  My students’ work always impresses me with all the different color variations.   A huge thank you to AVQA for their hospitality.  I’m looking forward to seeing their guild again in the future.


Ventura Modern Quilt Guild, 2015 Opportunity Quilt

At some point last year, I suggested to my guild that we make an opportunity quilt as a fund-raising project.  Since it was my idea, it became my baby.  For our first ‘raffle’ quilt we decided to keep it simple.  But, simple sounds much more simple than it is.  I asked the guild members to create blocks within blocks…any size and shape would be fine.  The Ventura Modern Quilt Guild members came to the rescue and turned in many blocks.  Then, we designated a day to get together and work on a possible layout.  With so many set-in seams our work was cut out for us.  We managed to get about one third of the quilt pieced and at the end of the day the quilt was showing promise.  I took it home with me and continued working on it a few days later.  Somehow the quilt would not lay flat, and I had to take the finished portion back apart and start over.  I spent 2 days piecing the top and it was ready to go to our longarm quilter.  Georganna Hawley is our longarm quilter extraodinare.  She took a great looking quilt top and added so much beautiful quilting and visual interest to the quilt.  I already have a spot for the quilt in my home.  Next, buying enough tickets to win it!