Happy New Year!!!

Wow, I have been blogging for one year! Although it has been quarterly for the latter part of the year due to the craziness that is life.

Christmas was a blast, and I celebrated a milestone birthday in the same week. I made my nieces and nephews reading pillows over the past few months. They are 18 inch pillows with a pocket on the pillowcase and handles. They can hold books or electronics and make a comfy addition to traveling. Here is a photo:

I also made this cute Penquin pillow for my kids’ bus driver. I used a multicolor thread for quilting it. The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman. I just love all her animal patterns.

I also made some other teacher gifts. I made these cute little mug rugs that look like coffee/cocoa cups. The block was a free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop. I bagged them with a disposable coffee cup, some coffee and hot cocoa for a special treat.

As you can see Cinnimon the mini chonk cat approves.

I took two weeks off a Christmas from quilting to clean and organize my sewing supplies and just enjoy my family. I am ashamed to say that I was this years old when I discovered the Container Store online website. I found some very decorative storage bins to store my fabric without looking to messy. They also look great on my shelves as opposed to clear plastic containers. Here are a few shots of my sewing area aka my bedroom while it was clean. Since Christmas it has gotten only slightly messy. I plan to do a bi weekly tidy to put away fabric scraps and keep things organized.

I got a great Christmas gift. I actually bought it in October on sale and saved it for Christmas. It is a quilting frame that I can use with my own machine and kind of turn it into a long arm. It is called a Grace Cutie. I tried it out yesterday and it is awesome. I can use pantographs just like a pro long warmer. I just need to practice to get my speed and technique to make the designs cleaner on the quilts. I practiced on a quilt my daughter made for her dolls.

I finished my two block of the months just before the new year. Toes in the Sand came out beautiful and I cant wait to quilt it later this year.

The A Quilting lIfe block of the month also turned out well. I am not in love with the border fabric. I was looking for a navy floral for the border from the fabric line, but since the fabric is out of print now, I was only able to locate the red. To me it feels too loud but it will be a great picnic quilt.

New Years Dinner!! Hopping John from the Instant pot!

I cook Hopping John every year for new years. Its a Black eye pea “stew” that can be served over rice. I usually cook it on the stove in a cast iron dutch oven, but it takes hours and I really didn’t want to spend all day in the kitchen. Here is a quick recipe for it:

Instant Pot Hopping John

1 lb black eyed peas (if dried soaked for 6-8 hours in water then drained)

2 bell papers one green one another color chopped

1 medium onion chopped

2 teaspoons chopped garlic

Salt and pepper

1 quart of chicken broth4

1 smoked ham hock or a few slices of bacon

1 bay leaf

Saute up the onions, and peppers (us can use the saute function on the instant pot). Add the garlic and cook for a few more minutes. Add the peas, ham hock, bay leaf, salt, and chicken stock. If there is not enoiught stock to cover the peas add a few cups of water. Place lid on instant pot and seal valve and select the beans setting with low pressure for 60 minutes.

I hope you all had a magical holiday season. Next week I will show what I will be working on for long-term projects and some new finishes.

Fall breakfast and new finishes.

Greetings yall! I never intended for this blog to be quarterly but it appears it’s running in that direction. Hopefully, life will slow down soon so I can devote some more time to writing about what I love.

So the past 3 months have been crazy to say the least. The good news is the contractors completed the work on my house to repair where the tree had crashed into it. But during that time, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis. I have been feeling off for years. Joint pain that seemed to run in cycles along with inflammation of my digestive system. I am relieved to finally have a diagnosis and a treatment plan to move forward.

The company I have been working for the fall is our busy season, and on top of all the normal life chaos, I have been working 50-plus hours a week. This leaves little time to blog and get on top of my ever-growing quilt project list. But, hopefully, things will slow down, and I can return to my loves.

I have had some finishes, though. Here they are:

I made this Poinsettia Churndash wreath quilt top. Once it is quilted next year, it will adorn my bed in December. It was a pattern in a Fall issue of Quilters World Magazine 2 years ago. I fell in love with the pattern was have had the materials to make it for a year. I finally got to it.

I did make a baby quilt. I have a cousin who is expecting a baby boy, and I whipped this out in time for her baby shower. It has Minky on the back to make it extra soft.

I also completed the Summer sew along with Caliope quilts using Art East Patterns. The goats were really fun to make but also very intricate with small pieces. They are very adorable, and I can’t wait to quilt them in the new year. I also made a quilt from Vanessa Goertzen’s Charm School Book. It’s called the Modern Basic. I also used her Smoke and Rust line. It is currently on its way back from the quilters. As you can see, one of my project managers has already claimed it.

Banana muffins at last!

I finally remembered to snap a photo of my banana muffins before the kids devoured them all. This is a staple in my home. We constantly have overipe bananas and this is a quick and easy breakfast.

Here is the recipe:

Banana Muffins

  • 2/3cup milk
  • 1/4cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2cup mashed very ripe banana (1 medium)
  • 1egg
  • 2cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3cup sugar
  • 2 1/2teaspoons baking powder

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until just combined.

Place batter in greased muffin tin or use cupcake liners in your muffin tin.

Bake at 400 degrees in oven for 15-20 minutes.

I often sub brown sugar for the white sugar for a deeper flavor.

Add nuts, blueberries, or chocolate chips for even more goodness.

I hope you all enjoy this recipe and my latest finishes. My next post which hopefully will come out later this week will have some quick and easy home made gifts and my favorite fall breakfast.

Adios…until next time.

Spring and Easter Designs and Easter Dinner

Hi Yall! It has been a hot minute since I have had the time to sit down and work on the blog. Kids have been busy with their extracurricular activities. We spend 2-3 evenings at the soccer fields. We have been trying to get our garden going and clean up the front yard which gets strangled by weeds this time of year. I know it is past Easter, but I come to you today with some Easter and Spring Decor I have made over the past two years. I also have some recipes from our Easter dinner.

Here are two of my Easter/Spring quilted items. I made the Bunny table runner last year for Easter. I actually made two of these. I gave one to my mom for Easter. I used the Cottontail pattern by Lella Boutique for the blocks. The original pattern was for a quilt but I modified it for a table runner. The quilt on the wall is a Log Cabin Cross wall hanging made from a pattern by Quiltfox that I found on Etsy. I used all Moda Grunge fabrics. I quilted this on my machine using gold thread. I gave this wall hanging to a family member as a gift last weekend.

More Bunnies!

I also made three Bunny pillowcases. Above two are pillows that I gave my children. They specifically wanted bunnies that sort of matched their own rabbits, Pickles and Gary. My daughter slept with hers for a solid year.

Gary and Pickles best Christmas gifts ever!

This Easter we had a whole roasted leg of lamb. It was crazy delicious.

Here is the marinade recipe I used:


10 cloves of garlic chopped

1 spring of rosemary chopped

1 handful of parsley chopped

1/4 cup olive oil


Black pepper

Directions: Season lamb all over with salt and pepper. Rub oil, herbs and garlic all over the lamb. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Place lamb in roasting pan on rack and roast at 325 degrees for 5-6 hours until tender and falling off the bone.

Greek Ruffled Milk Pie

We had a very springy dessert for Easter as well. I made a Greek ruffled milk pie. I normally make baklava for Easter but having just got back from vacation I thought I might give my gallbladderless body a reprieve from the buttery deliciousness that is Baklava. Greek ruffled milk pie does have some phyllo dough and butter but not as much. I added lemon and blueberries for a springy touch.

There is a link to a recipe I used to make it here. I would also make this for brunch as it is more eggy than custardy to me but it is awesome to eat anytime. My sous chef is becoming an expert with the phyllo.

Don’t worry most of the berries made it into the pie.

I am still working on my blocks of the month and the Sweet Dreams sew along. I should have the sew along quilt finished by the weekend. My next post is going to have some more delicious recipe ideas including my famous banana muffins and an easy and delicious way to preserve strawberries. See yall later!

Spring Finishes

I finally got these three completed. The Koala quilt is a family favorite. I love the spring chickens. The patriotic one is for my husband. I couldn’t find any army or West Point fabric so I used American Gatherings by Moda. His is the largest I have done to date. It is made for a queen-sized bed. I am working on two pillow shams to go with it.

My husband is moving to Maryland for work. The kids and I are staying here because if we moved with him my son would change high schools up to three times before he graduated. This would not be ideal. Plus we are so close to both sets of grandparents. It is going to be a challenge but we know it is the right thing for our family at this time.

The Koala quilt was a sew-along I did last summer. The challenge was to complete an Elizabeth Hartman pattern of your choice. I already had this pattern at the time so the sew-along prompted me to go ahead and start it. I completed a block (Koala) per week. It was a challenge and there were some mistakes. I left one mistake in the quilt. If you notice some koalas have verticle noses and some have horizontal noses. They were all supposed to have vertical noses. But I mistakenly made one horizontal at the beginning so I decided to leave it as it was and make all the second koalas of the colorway with horizontal noses. No Koala is alike anyway right?

Elizabeth Hartman’s patterns are so cute. I have a Llama one and Penguins in Sweaters patterns too. The patterns have lots of pieces but are not overly difficult. The one takeaway I have from this quilting experience is organization. I literally just cut up all the pieces and put them in a project box for this quilt. I spend longer searching for the correct pieces than actual sewing.

When I started piecing the spring chicken I forced myself to be more organized. I used my best friend Ziploc to help me keep pieces together. It really helped me and things went smoother. I plan on making another chicken quilt later this year because I still have a ton of Spring Chicken fabrics left. I will probably do a block a week to make it seem manageable like the Koala quilt.

I enjoyed making all three of these quilts. I am always happy when I finish one completely but also a little sad when it’s finally over…until I begin the next project.

A Quilted Coat in the Grand Canyon

A southwesternish coat in the southwest.

The quilted coat is done. Well, it is almost done. I still have to finish the inside, but you don’t see it when I am wearing it. I took it on vacation with us to the Grand Canyon. It only seemed appropriate. I am glad I did too. At 8,000 feet above sea level it was much cooler than I had planned, so this coat kept me warm each morning.

I learned a lot about making this coat. The first thing I learned is that making clothes is more difficult for me than making quilts. But I enjoyed the challenge. As mentioned in my previous post, the second thing I learned is that my Little Brother Sewing Machine (Bubba) has a limit and 4 layers of fabric, and two layers of batting almost exceed that limit. Hence the need to purchase a larger and more powerful machine. The third thing I learned is to really read pattern directions multiple times and don’t just rely on the you-tube tutorials. Luckily I had enough fabric when I boo-booed that I could keep going.

I made this jacket part of the #FreeSpiritCoatStory challenge sponsored by FreeSpirit Fabrics. Quilted coats are trending in the fashion world and the world of quilting. Although it seems to be coming back in style instead of being a new concept from what I have heard from quilters who are a little older than myself.

I chose to participate because I wanted to challenge myself. I know how to make patchwork quilts of various designs. I have made pillowcases, table runners, baby quilts, wall hangings, and bed quilts. I wanted to try something new that would challenge my skills, and it certainly did.

I chose the fabrics on a whim, really. As part of the challenge, you had to use Free Spirit Fabrics from current lines. I chose Tula Pink fabrics. I used an ombre print from her Daydreamer Line. I just loved the sun, moon, and birds on it. It reminded me of beautiful sunrises and sunsets. I then used some Tula Pink solids for the Lonestar. I chose a turquoise color for the lining because every good southwestern style piece of clothing needs some turquoise. You also had to use QuiltSmart interfacing made for jackets. Quiltsmart interfacing helps you sew together more complicated patterns with ease. I chose the Little Lonestar coat interfacing. Coming from a farm and loving horses, it felt more like me. You also had to use the Tamarack Jacket Pattern by Grainline Studios. I chose the option to add a hood because I love hooded jackets. It gave the coat a more modern look.

I chose to applique the lone stars on the quilted jacket pieces because I wanted them in specific places. Luckily I am a fluffier human, so I could get a full Lonestar on the back without having to modify the pattern or cutting off the points. Fluffiness for the win!!!

The front perplexed me. I tried out doing different layouts to see which worked the best. I ended up on half stars on top and bottom of the front.

The hardest thing about putting the jacket together was the bulk. It was hard to get all the layers through my machine. My husband thought I was getting on to the kids and the cats several times as I was sewing because I kept saying things like, “Behave yourself and stop that.” I tried to get the jacket to behave while going through the machine. I also might have said a few curse words in the process too, but we will keep this blog rated G for the most part.

In the end, though, I really enjoyed making this jacket. It is not perfect by any means, but neither am I. It was a labor of love and creativity that reflects my nature-loving spirit.

Catching Up And a New Sewing Machine

Hi yall! I am back with some big news.

I have bit the bullet and invested in a top-of-the-line sewing machine that should really help me to grow as a quilter. It is a Juki Kokochi DX-4000QVP. It has a very wide (almost 13-inch) sewing space. It has a built-in walking foot. It has a dual pedal that has a reverse function. I love that I can backstitch by just shifting my foot. I might actually backstitch more like I should. It has a thread cutting mechanism so fewer threads all over my house, shirt, pets, etc. It has a big tablet screen with the instruction manual and videos built in for help. You can even watch youtube videos on it. It has so many more fun features I can’t possibly list them all. It’s like going from driving a Chevy Cavalier to a Cadillac Deville.

Meet Judy the Juki, the newest member of my sewing team.

Not to hate on my Brother SQ2785. I love that machine and still have it. It’s great for piecing and small projects but I nearly broke “Bubba” making my quilted coat. He just wasn’t made for that kind of work. I still plan on using Bubba for going to quilt classes since Judy the Juki weighs almost 50 lbs and doesn’t fit in a standard case. My daughter has claimed Bubba because he has speed control and a needle threader that her machine does not.

Judy the Juki is going to help me learn to machine quilt so I can send fewer quilts out to be long-armed. I also want to learn to do some machine quilting so I can really customize some of my projects. With the larger throat space, I will be able to get a larger quilt under the needle with ease.

I have been single parenting most of the month due to my husband having to attend work training so my quilting time has been almost nonexistent during the week. I am committed to binding while watching tv in the morning and waiting for the buses to arrive. I also try to come in on my fifteen-minute breaks from work and get some piecing or pressing of blocks done. I also try to get at least 15 minutes of sewing in on the night that we are not at the soccer field or boy scouts.

I have finished binding the Chicken Quilt. I took some photos but it has been cloudy and nasty here the past week so photographing outdoors has been postponed. Plus its the “pollening” here in Georgia so I am hesitant to take my quilts outdoors and get them full of the yellow stuff as my allergies are already raging.

I also completed a wall hanging. Its the first project I completed on my new machine. It’s a log cabin cross. I also quilted it on my machine but I will have to post pictures later as I am still tearing the quilting paper off of it. I used the quilt paper so I could try out a quilt design with a pencil and erase if needed. I also used it because having worked with grunge fabric in the past my disappearing fabric markers do not disappear quite so easily on them.

Log Cabin Cross made with grunge fabrics.

I also got caught up on Pat Sloan’s Sweet Dreams sew-along. I was two weeks behind. I am loving this retro Halloween vibe of this quilt.

A couple more borders and we are done. Candy Corn and Cats tow of my favs.

I do have my quilted coat done and am working on that post as well. I am also working on some recipe posts if I can ever remember to actually photograph the food before I eat it. I guarantee its coming. We have a great day yall and stay tuned!

Even more cold weather sewing, spanokopita, and cookies!

Hi all! Last weekend it snowed for the first time in the 4 years we have lived in this part of Georgia. It was under an inch but the kids took full advantage and made tiny snowmen. We are used to seeing more copious amounts from our time in New York. But, I am glad we still haven’t had to use the snow shovels for actual snow since we moved here. They are great for scooping leaves in the fall.

It was another cold weekend this weekend as well so I spent most of the weekend working on sewing projects and cooking up some delicious meals.

I worked on finishing my Chicken Quilt. The original pattern did not have a border. I decided to add one. My background is a very pale gray, and the binding is going to be light colors as well. I felt a border would really add definition to the quilt. I like how borders frame a design like a picture. What do you think?

I also completed my first month of the Toes in the Sand Block of the Month.

The first two blocks for Toes in the Sand.

I also completed week 4 of Pat Sloan’s Sweet Dreams sew along.

Block 4 was named chocolate chip cookies. This inspired me to help Danielle make some really large chocolate chip cookies with sea salt.

Cookie monster cookies!!! Nomm Nomm Nommmm!

And now it’s recipe time!!! I made my version of spanakopita. Spanokopita is a Greek pastry filled with spinach and cheese. It is divine. I love all greek food and swear there must be some Greek DNA in my body. Feta is my friend.

This recipe combines two of my favorite recipes for spanakopita Michael Symon’s recipe is filled with goat cheese and herbs. Ina Garten’s recipe is made like a strudel so it’s not making small triangles which can be tedious and time-consuming.

Here is the recipe:


  • 1/2 box frozen phyllo dough thawed.
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 1 box of frozen spinach thawed and squeezed dry or 2 large bunched of fresh spinach
  • 1 package 8 oz cream cheese
  • 6 oz of feta crumbled
  • Garlic salt
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1/2 cup pank bread crumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a sheet tray covered in foil.
  3. Cook onions and fresh spinach in olive oil until soft. Drain any excess moisture.
  4. Place spinach/onions in a medium bowl and add softened cream cheese, feta and garlic salt to taste. Mix to combine.
  5. Melt butter in microwave in 30 second increments and let cool slightly.
  6. On a cutting board or piece of foil lay out 1 sheet of phyllo dough and brush with butter. Layer another on top and repeat the brushing with butter. Repeat until you have 10 layers of phyllo dough.
  7. Place 1/2 of the mixture lengthwise down down the middle of the phyllo dough layer. Fold sides together and to make a long rectangle.
  8. Place seam side down on prepared sheet tray and baste with butter.
  9. Repeat with other 10 layers of phyllo dough and other half of the spinach/cheese mixture so that you have 2 rectangles.
  10. Pierce the rectanges in a few places on top with a knife to vent.
  11. Bake until golden brown about 30 minutes.
  12. Slice and serve. This will serve 4 as main dish or 6-8 as a side dish or appetizer

Cold weather sewing. What I am working on for the next few weeks and the year.

This weekend was a cold one the initial forecast was snow and ice, but we were fortunate to get just a lot of cold rain. This meant lots of time to work on sewing projects and cooking yummy things.

I made 16 chicken blocks for a spring chicken quilt while thinking of the upcoming season. It’s a pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew. The fabric is Spring Chicken from Sweetwater by Moda. I have been wanting to do this quilt since I got the fabric last year, and I put it on my must-do list for the year. I grew up on a farm with cows, horses, chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, and pigs. Now I live in a subdivided neighborhood, and I miss my barnyard creatures. The HOA here has a strict no chicken policy so these will be the only chickens I have for a while.

Here are the first nine of my chickens. I had to stop because I was making too many mistakes and having to rip out too many seams.

I also made a table topper for my kitchen table out of farmhouse-themed fabric. I made it as practice for a block of the month I am starting next weekend. It is Jaybird’s Quilts Gazebo pattern. It uses her Hex and More ruler. I have only ever used a standard quilting ruler so I wanted to “train” my brain on how to position the fabric. I also had to train my brain to piece triangle blocks where I have ever made squares and rectangles. It was a lot like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. I love puzzles.

Here is a picture of the pre-sewn version. Luckily, my cutting table surfing cats stayed off of it until I was able to sew it together Saturday morning.

I am going to be participating in several sew-alongs, block of the months and a challenge this year. The first is Toes in the Sand Block of the Month by Jaybirds Quilts using Tula Pink Daydreamer Fabrics. It is being held through my local quilt shop and is definitely going to be a challenge for me. I have only ever done quilts with squarish blocks. This one is composed of intricate triangles made of smaller triangles and hexagons. Hence why I was practicing for it using the ruler. Here is a link to the pattern and what the quilt will look like here.

I am also participating in A Quilting Life’s 2022 Block of the Month. I am using her Happy Days Fabric. I am trying to decide if I want to make all the churn dashes one color or two colors.

The January Block for A Quilting Life’s 2022 Block of the Month.

I am also participating in Pat Sloan’s Sweet Dreams Sew Along. It runs from January through May. It is one block per week. I am using Kitty Corn by Urban Chiks for Moda. I love the retro/ cartoony Halloween look. This will be my first Halloween quilt.

I have also decided to complete the Free Spirit Coat challenge with my local quilt shop. I’m excited to try something other than a quilt.

Well, I hope all of yall are staying warm. Stay tuned for more exciting updates.


Hi there and welcome to my blog. I have been thinking about making a blog about my cooking and quilting adventures for some time now and finally pulled the trigger on Christmas Day 2021. I am excited to discuss my quilts and my homemade meals.

A little about me:

I am a mother of two wonderful children. I am a wife to a wonderful husband. He is a soldier in the US Army and we have lived in lots of states. We are currently based in my home state of Georgia. I am a pet mom of one dog, three cats, and two mini rex rabbits. You will see pics of my cats, aka project managers on my feed from time to time. They have claimed all my projects as theirs. Table runners are their favorites.

This is Pumpkin and she has already claimed this panel for herself.

I started quilting about two years ago. I was in between jobs and wanted to find a hobby to fill the time and give me purpose. My grandmother was a quilter. She would sit in the evenings in front of the television with a quilt in a loom, and she would hand quilt. I used to sit with her and she even let me make a few stitches every now and then. I have several of her quilts that she gifted me. I have always wanted to quilt but with two small children I never had the time. Now my kids are older and I have a little more free time. My daughter is learning to sew. She got a sewing machine for Christmas and has been making stuffed animals.

I completed my first quilt totally by hand. I didn’t own a sewing machine at the time and didn’t want to invest in one until I was certain I would enjoy quilting as a hobby. Here is a picture of my first quilt. It was a pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Company called Pins and Paws. I hand pieced and them hand quilted it. It took me about 5 months working several hours a day. It has not held up well as my hand sewing was not great for my first try, but I still get it out and snuggle under it from time to time.

This is Pins and Paws. My first ever quilt.

After that first quilt, I caught the quilting bug. My husband bought me a sewing machine for Christmas. I started buying more fabric and supplies and I have made over 30 projects in two years consisting of table runners, quilts, wall hangings, and pillowcases. I have a list of about 30 more I want to complete and two shelves full of fabric.

I could talk all day about quilting, but my first love is cooking. I started watching Food Network at night in college and since then I have enjoyed cooking all kinds of meals. I have a garage full of cookbooks. I like to take recipes and make them my own. I have gotten so accomplished that I don’t really like to go to restaurants anymore. I can make things better and cheaper at home.

Peach Gazpacho

So, that is a little about me and the direction of my blog. I will discuss my makes, the techniques and trends I am seeing in quilting. I will discuss my cooking. New recipes will be posted.

Thanks for stopping by!