Tuesday, October 05, 2010

dutch oven cooking, and a quilt dream

dutch oven cooking
I've had these dutch ovens since my forest service days. Well, maybe I only had one back then. My roommates and I had a few really fun campfire cookouts at our CCC era forest service summer home. Great big tin foil dinners and apple crisp made in the dutch oven.

We recently got the dutch ovens cleaned up and ready to use; they had been neglected and rusty but it wasn't that hard to get them back in cooking order. 
dutch oven pizza
The pizza was really good but a bit overdone in the center. I definitely want to try making it again.
dutch oven brownies
And the brownies were perfect. Box brownies with added chocolate chips. My husband did most of the work, all I did was mix the brownies. Maybe we'll make something yummy in them again this weekend?
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The other night I went to sleep thinking about this quilt. So yesterday I went through all my favorite quilt patterns saved from old magazines and found it:
quilt dreams...
It's from American Patchwork and Quilting, December 2001. I just love the color scheme, the blues, yellow/golds, raspberry pink and a bit of green. I love the scrappy background fabric too but honestly if I make this I'll probably use one solid fabric. And I really love that soft pink border.

The finished sawtooth star blocks are 5" square, and the pattern provides instructions for making 244 of them. Yeah, that's too many. I'm thinking about it, maybe I'll make a small version of it, or maybe I'll size up the block to 6 inches. I did the math and I could make a similar size quilt out of only 147 six-inch blocks. That sounds a lot more doable than 244. Does anyone want to do a quiltalong? Maybe in a couple months?

11 comments:

Tina said...

That quilt made an impression on me too. Depending on what's going on around here, I might join you in a quilt along.

Yummy dutch oven cooking!

Blue Is Bleu said...

Ooh I love that pattern! Stars are always so pretty and fun to make. I'd make the stars bigger too... if I ever make this pattern, I'd go with a larger block for sure! 244 seems a little nutty hehe

Candied Fabrics said...

Bravo with the dutch oven cooking - it's tough to get baking done right!

Clothed in Scarlet said...

So could I just do it scrappy? Sarah

Angela D. said...

I've made that exact quilt many times - just in a baby quilt size. It is such a great way to use up scraps of fabric. Once you get in a rhythm, it goes quick. Chain piecing is a must. Everyone is impressed by the end result. It is bright and cheery.

Lexi said...

Oh yes! A quilt along with less blocks would be fantastic. I'll be in! Thanks for being so inspiring.

lej619 said...

this does sound like fun! you could even make some smaller blocks,too. for variety.Yes??

TaraB said...

Um quilt along... YEA!! I love that quilt. Let me know.

Vicki said...

Sarah- of course you could do it scrappy! Whatever color scheme you want, I'm sure it will look great!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

We haven't "dutch ovened" in a while. Yours looks really fun. Love that quilt!

Melissa said...

We just went camping last weekend and enjoyed cooking in the dutch ovens. You just can't beat the flavor of food cooked over a fire.

I love stars and that quilt is beautiful!