Made By Gina's Custom Creations

Made By Gina's Custom Creations

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Canyon Twilight BOM

I'm one of those people who love to participate in Block of the Month and Mystery Quilt programs quite frequently.  But my biggest problem however, is that I tend to get involved in too many at a time, then fall behind in all of them, most of the time resulting in never get a single one completed.

However, the Canyon Twilight BOM, which was  previously offered online through Stitchin' Heaven, Texas' Premier Quilt Shop, is a paper-pieced quilt that I have a strong desire to see finished!  I have long-awaited the chance at making a paper-pieced quilt, but never had the confidence to try one until this year.

We are on our 3rd block/month (September) in the program at this time, so I'm not behind yet!  HAHA!

Here are my first two completed blocks so far...

                    Block 1                                                         Block 2                                    

Can't wait to start my third block!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Mini Heart Pillows!

With Valentine’s Day soon approaching, I’m making s few themed gifts for a couple of craft swaps that I’m participating in.  And one of my favorite things to make are these heart pillows from a pattern called Box ‘O Chocolates on the Sew4Home site.  This particular pillow is smaller than the original size so it’s easier for shipping to my swap partner.  I made it smaller by printing the template smaller.  So fun to make and give as gifts!

Brownie Poops

I can’t help sharing...I found a silicone poop emoji bake pan at Joann Fabrics on clearance, so I bought it. And I made these... I used a store-bought brownie mix and milk chocolate frosting.  The eyes are edible candies that I also purchased at Joann’s.  They turned out so doggone cute!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup with Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream

I was having a craving for chicken noodle soup today, so went to the fridge to take out the celery and carrots, when I saw the cilantro.  I thought to myself, "There's gotta be a way to incorporate cilantro into chicken noodle soup!"  I went online to look for a possible recipe.  I saw one that sounded good, but I didn't have the right ingredients on hand, plus it was a rice based soup, and I didn't want rice.  So I created this...

Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup
with Cilantro Lime Sour Cream
By: Gina Koston – 3/2/2017

·         6 cups of water (plus 1 soup can of water)
·         1 can Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup
·         2 boxes Mrs. Grass Chicken Noodle Soup
·         2 cloves minced garlic
·         1 pint salsa
·         1 teaspoon dried oregano
·         1 or 2 cans canned chicken
·         1 can (15oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
·         1 can (15oz) Sweet Corn with Peppers or Southwest Style
·         1 cup frozen green beans
·         1 carrot, peeled and sliced
·         1 small onion, diced
·         1 celery stalk, sliced
·         3-1/2 ounces soup noodles
·         4 ounces diced green chilies
·         Fresh Cilantro, chopped
·         1 scallion, sliced, including the green stalk
·         2 teaspoons lime juice
·         16 ounce container sour cream
Combine canned soup, water, seasoning packets from boxed soups, minced garlic, frozen green beans, carrots, celery and onions in a soup pan: bring to a low boil.
Add salsa, oregano, chopped cilantro (as much or as little as you prefer for taste), canned chicken, black beans, corn, soup noodles and the noodles from the boxed soups, plus ½ of the can of diced green chilies.  Stir together then lower heat and simmer, covered, until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.
Serve hot with a dollop of Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream (see recipe below), and some tortilla chips.
May also top with shredded cheese if desired.

CILANTRO-LIME SOUR CREAM:  Combine the remaining diced green chilies, chopped fresh cilantro (as much or as little as you want), sliced scallion, 2 teaspoons of lime juice and sour cream in a small bowl.


This recipe is great because you can change it up a few different ways if you want.  Fresh chicken can be used instead of canned.  Chicken broth or stock can be used in place of the canned and boxed soups.  Additional seasonings of choice could be added, depending on personal taste preferences. Etc., etc.  Have fun with it!  But most of all, ENJOY!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Heirloom Photo Memory Quilts

2016 was the year for photo memory quilt making for me...wowzer!  I had an order for 8 photo memory quilts to be done on time for Christmas.  Normally this wouldn't be such a big deal, but we moved last year, so I wasn't able to start working on them until October.  Needless to say, with the help of Dorie, an friend of mine who does long-arm quilting, we were able to get them all done, just in time for Christmas, with 3 days to spare!

And here they are...

Thursday, October 27, 2016

I'm Still Here!

For anyone who actually does read my blogs, (chuckle), I haven't fallen off the face of the earth!

 It's actually been an amazingly busy year for me and my family... which included buying a house and moving, a number of long weekend trips with family and friends to my parents' lake house, and having serious internet/wi-fi issues making it hard to get online using my laptop.  

Now that we are finally moved, and summer has come to an end, things are slowly calming down and I will have some catch-up posts in the near future.

Thank you to anyone who takes an interest in what I have to blog about from time to time!  :)

And BTW...

Monday, January 18, 2016

Photo Memory Quilt Block

It's been awhile since I've had time to write a post...even a small one!  I have been on mandatory overtime at work since November, and I've literally had no time whatsoever in my life to sew for the past couple of months.  It's been quite disheartening, to say the least!
This past weekend I finally had some time to spend in my sewing room.  One of the projects I've just started working on is a photo memory quilt featuring photos from my boyfriend's family's life on the farm from the late 1960's.  We found a poster in the attic from when his parents auctioned off the farm, and I've had that put on fabric through  We also found an aerial photo of the farm from before it was sold.  And his eldest sister scanned in some photos and emailed them to me, since she was the only one with a camera taking pictures way back then.  So anyways...  My hopes for this quilt are to have it completed by July so I can display it at our first ever quilt show during the Rosholt Thresheree.  I want the quilt to represent a piece of Rosholt, Wisconsin history, featuring my boyfriend's family.

Here's the very first quilt block, featuring a photo of one of my boyfriend's older sisters...

... this block is paper pieced, and the reason for the orange color-tone is because the poster is actually orange, so I am sticking with the color theme.
I can't wait to see how this quilt turns out...I have it imagined in my mind, but things don't always turn out the way we think they will.  Only time will tell!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

A Polka Dot BOM - October 2015 Block

As mentioned in my last post,
I just LOVE participating in BOM's!

Here's my 2nd block from
Melissa Mortenson's BOM over at PolkaDotChair
October 2015 Block

Saturday, September 26, 2015

A Polka Dot Chair BOM

I just LOVE participating in BOM's, and I'm actually currently active in a few different ones at this time!
The most recent BOM that I joined is with
Melissa Mortenson
over at the

Her September 2015 Block, was a simple, yet a very fun pattern for me:
Plus Quilt Block
Here's my version of her block:
Wouldn't this look awesome in a quilt, if every block were a plus block?

Can't wait for the next one to come out!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Fun with Quilt Blocks!

I have recently started getting into making wonky house quilt blocks due to a swap I've been participating in on, called the "BOM Wonky House Block Swap."  So far I've participated in two of the Wonky House Block Swaps this year, and am really loving how fun these blocks are to make!  Of course, they are paper pieced, so it takes some patience to make them, but they are so adorable when they're finished!!

Here's the two I've made so far...

"House in the Woods"
Block pattern design by Regina Grewe

"Wonky House Block"
Block pattern tutorial by SewCraftyJess

This year has been busy for me...
I haven't had a lot of time to spend in my sewing room the past couple of months,
so unfortunately I've got a lot of UFO's piled up. 
About all I've had time for was a quilt block here and there.
So here's a few more blocks I've managed to squeeze in since the beginning of 2015:

 "Butterfly in the Sky"

"Let Them Eat Cake"
Snapshots QAL: Block 1

"Sew On & Sew On"
Snapshots QAL: Block 2

"Put the Kettle On"
Snapshots QAL: Block 3

"The Penny Arcade"
Pat Sloan's 2015 Vacation Time QAL: Block 4

 "The Beach Bag"
Pat Sloan's 2015 Vacation Time QAL: Block 5

"Summer Nights"
Pat Sloan's 2015 Vacation Time QAL: Block 6

"The Hot Dog Stand"
Pat Sloan's 2015 Vacation Time QAL: Block 7

And although I posted about the first 3 Vacation Time blocks in a previous post,
here's a reminder of what those first three blocks look like...

Block 8 just came out on August 1st, so I have yet to make that one!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

"A Person's A Person No Matter How Small!"

...a Dr Seuss crib quilt

A friend of mine is soon to be having a baby, and she asked how much it would cost to have me make her a Dr Seuss themed crib quilt.  There was no way I was going to make her pay me for a quilt for her baby-to-be!  I told her I'd make one as a gift for her and baby.

So I found a variety of fabrics to put into this quilt...  One fabric was from JoAnn Fabrics, a couple I purchased on eBay, a couple others I purchased at Herrschner's in Stevens Point, WI, and a couple were found right in my stash!

The photos show what I came up with for her baby's crib quilt,
which I named after one of Dr Seuss' quotes:

"A Person's A Person No Matter How Small!"  ~ Dr Seuss

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

"Dancing Stars"


Last fall I was contacted by McCall's Quilting with the exciting news that my name had been drawn as a winner in one of their online contests.  "YAY!"
What I won was a Moda Layer Cake... "Atelier" by 3 Sisters for Moda, to be exact.  

I was super thrilled and couldn't wait to get started making a quilt with it!  I decided right away that I would make myself a quilt, as I'd never made one for ME before.  The fact that I won the layer cake made me decide to treat myself to a quilt called
"Dancing Stars"

... a pattern I found in the book
by Pam & Nicky Lintott.


Progress went quickly, as I was very diligent at sticking to my guns on this one and not letting it end up on the UFO pile!
It took me one week to make the quilt top...

Then off to the long-armers it went, where it was on a waiting list to be quilted.
I just got it back 4 days ago, and finished it off with the binding, took a few pictures, laundered it, then took some more pictures!
Finished...before laundering...

a view of the back...

It is already getting a lot of use (by me!), and I couldn't be happier!
AND... it's Jasper kitty approved!  ;)

Here's a closeup photo of my quilt after I laundered it...
I just LOVE the look and feel of a quilt after it's been laundered!
Didn't the long-armer do a GORGEOUS job of quilting this?!?!
*Credit for the long-arming goes to Meandering Mary of New London, WI.

(Note: For first time washing of any quilt, I use and recommend Retayne to help prevent colors fading and bleeding, especially if the fabrics used in the quilt were not pre-washed).

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Two years ago my son asked me to make him a food themed quilt, featuring some of his favorite snacks and food.  I struggled with how to go about doing this since the only patterns I could find were canning jars.  I didn't feel that a quilt with canning jar blocks would be appropriate for a boy... Haha!
Then I found a pattern called "Lunchboxes" and just had to buy it! 

Today, January 27th, 2015, my son turned 15... We celebrated his birthday over this past weekend, and I gifted him the long awaited for food themed quilt.  I am so glad he still loves it and didn't feel too old for it!
Here are some pictures...
The next two photos are closeups right after it was long-armed, but before binding was added.

The next three photos are pictures of just the quilt top before it was long armed.