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Our family has a favorite recipe for romaine dressing which was developed by our beloved Grandma Jean.  We serve this often at family gatherings, but with all the commotion we tend to forget to write down the recipe.    Since Grandma Jean passed prior to Christmas, not long after marking her 90th birthday, I thought this would be a fitting tribute to her and her culinary skills.  


PS The PhotoFabric material pictured is fully capable to being washed after completion.   These are working potholders, not purely decorative.  

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Step 1: Materials Needed:

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Coordinating seam binding

Insulbright (at fabric stores)

PhotoFabric (at fabric stores)

Sewing  tools:  Scissors, Pins, Needles, Ruler, Sewing machine, chalk or erasable air pen, disappearing ink or tailor’s chalk

Favorite Recipe, Photos if desired

Step 2: Gather Materials and Prep

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Gather materials needed:

Start with your favorite recipe. I typed  the recipe and added the photo within a simple word processing program.  Once I had the layout the way I wanted, I printed it to the fabric sheets.  This can be on a roll or 8 ½ x 11” sheets  which go through your regular home printer.  I added a picture of Grandma Jean on the corner.  Transfer the recipe to fabric following the instructions on the PhotoFabric sleeve. 

Step 3: Mark for Quilting

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Now we can mark the sandwich for quilting. 


Adjust layered sandwich.  Pinning or basting around the edges keeps layers together. 

Start at one corner and start marking diagonally every 1 ½ - 2” away, depending on the size of the squares you wantI use a long ruler to make it easier.  I also used a disappearing ink pen, but you can use tailor’s chalk also. 


Step 4:

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Mark the entire piece of sandwiched material. 

Start sewing on the diagonal. 

Step 5: Continue Sewing

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And continue sewing.  Then mark and sew going the opposite direction.  This is the most time consuming part, but put on some good music and it goes fast.  Not really, but it makes it more enjoyable, and a glass of wine even more so.  You can use matching or contrasting thread for a statement. 

aredhering2 years ago
So Creative, Grandma Jean would be proud.
Maureen5772 years ago
What a great idea.
VanaG (author) 2 years ago
Thanks for the comments.
iamaqtpoo2 years ago
What a super nice idea and lovely way to remember a recipe of a lost loved one, thanks!
ChrysN2 years ago
What a great idea and makes a great gift.
sunshiine2 years ago
This instructable has inspired me to pick up some photo fabric! What a clever idea! I am sure anyone would appreciate a gift like this!
Thank you for sharing!
scoochmaroo2 years ago
I love it! I'm making some oven mitts today. I'd never heard of photo fabric, but will have to find some to play with!
Ysabeau2 years ago
It is an awesome idea.