Friday, June 17, 2011

A Slice of Pie (and 4th of July Dump Cake)!

Take a peak at my newest design, "A Slice of Pie", that I introduced to my email followers yesterday!  It's a fun little quilt that shows off hand or machine applique in the center and traditional Flying Geese blocks in the border.  I finished the model using hand-dyed wools for the center, but it can also be done with your favorite quilt fabrics.  Mmmmm, don't you love applique?  I certainly do, especially if it's "cheater" applique I can do on a sewing machine or with the blanket stitch and perle cotton thread!

Now that "A Slice of Pie" is finished, I can feel a new rug hooking project coming to the surface.  I love rug hooking in the sunshine over 4th of July weekend, in between a cold beverage, a bowl of chips and salsa, and my mom's "Fourth of July Dump Cake" . . .

The recipe is ridiculous and simple and your belly will be happy when you try it:

1 box yellow cake mix
1 can cherry pie filling
1 can crushed pineapple in natural juice
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Spread the crushed pineapple and juice in the bottom of a 9"x13" glass baking dish.  Put the cherry pie filling on top (I smoosh it around a little with a spoon).  Dump the cake mix on top, spreading it out evenly, and then sprinkle on the nuts.  Some people met the butter, but I slice it and place it in little pieces everywhere (either way is fine).  Bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until it is lightly browned (watch it carefully).  There you have it--my idea of culinary heaven!

If you'd like to know when I finish that new rug hooking design, drop me a note or a comment, or you can join my email list at the top of this page (don't worry--it's safe and private and I don't share it with anyone).  In the meantime, I'm off to the old drawing board!  xoxo


  1. Hi Melanie. Can't wait to try your cake. Your photo shows cherry mixture on top of cake mix but your instructions say to spread the red stuff on the bottom. Which do you recommend as best?
    And where did you find that great rocker in the Slice of Pie photo?

  2. Your new wooly quilt is delightful! I'm off to sign up for your newsletter!

  3. I love that quilt! Looks to intimidating for me though. So happy to see you back in blogland! :)

  4. I know the pic makes it look I put the cake mix in first, but I usually start with the fruit in the bottom of the dish. However, I've seen it done both ways with excellent results--you really can't mess up with this recipe. And thanks for liking my quilt pattern. It's good to be back in "blogland"!