Monday, February 19, 2018

Trimming Blocks

Somehow I never got around to stitching yesterday. I had planned to hand piece last night, but I was tired and just vegetated in front of the television. But I did get these blocks trimmed, so that's something anyway.

... a lovely bucket of trimmings!

Let me show you my newest Instant Pot accessory. I bought a yogurt strainer on Amazon and used it for the first time. It works so well to strain out the whey and thicken the yogurt.

Look how thick this yogurt is!

Here is half the whey I ended up draining - a LOT of whey! So of course I had to research what I could do with the whey and I found a recipe for Whey Bread. The recipe gives instructions for proofing the dough in the Instant Pot. What fun!

It worked! This is the easiest bread ever to make!

Here's my crusty loaf.

Of course I cooked dinner in the Instant Pot, too.

I'll definitely make this bread again, though I may use less salt in the recipe next time. 

Have a great day!

Sunday, February 18, 2018


What a busy week I had! Lunches out, dinners out, meetings, workshops, and a quick trip to Birmingham! Oh my!

Friday afternoon I rushed back from B'ham and went straight to an Accuquilt workshop taught by an Accuquilt educator - Niki and sponsored by Stitch Therapy, our local quilt shop. Since I've owned my Studio for 10 years or so I wasn't sure I'd learn anything. But I did!

Niki did such a great job of explaining the different cutting systems and giving tips.

Niki also brought several quilts cut with the Accuquilt. I loved this one!

I stayed after for another workshop for the shop employees. Which leads to my next news! I'm going to be leading the new Accuquilt Club at the shop! So excited about this! We will meet monthly and I'll be sharing tips and ideas to make the most of Accuquilt cutters and dies.

I recently got my first Qube. A Qube is a set of 8 dies designed to work together to cut many different quilt blocks. When I say MANY, I mean MANY! I have a book (more later) that shows 72 different blocks that can be made. BUT wait, there's more!

There are really many more blocks that can be made with a QUBE - I learned how at the shop employee workshop. My Qube is for 12" finished blocks. I love it so much that now I want another Qube - trying to decide between the 6" Qube and the 8" Qube. (There's also a 9" Qube.) Oh, the possibilities! Did you know that die cutting with an Accuquilt is 90% faster than cutting with a rotary cutter?

This cute car was across the street from our house yesterday. Don't you LOVE it????

Maybe I'll sew later today??? I hope so!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Lucy Boston Quilt

Yesterday was a BUSY day! Hubby and I had to go to a meeting in the morning, followed by an afternoon and evening puppy sitting two of our 'grand dogs'. AND I had a quilt guild meeting last night.

There were so many gorgeous quilts shared, but this Lucy Boston quilt was absolutely stunning!

I wish you could see this in person. The fussy cutting and the quilting are amazing! I love the colors she used.

It's a bit difficult to see in the photo, but here are all four dogs together yesterday. Little Mickey is hiding under the dining room table - hahaha!

Today is another busy one - I'm making yogurt this morning. There is an Accuquilt official educator in town and I'm going to a workshop all afternoon. Yes, I know how to work my Studio 2 cutter, but I'm sure I'll pick up some tips. I LOVE my Accuquilt!

Have a good one!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Spiderweb Quilt!

Yesterday I machined sewed...all day long! Yippee! And look what I got done! I finished making strip sets, cut triangles, and made the remaining 9 half blocks. And then I sewed the halves together to make all 25 blocks. BOOM!

I was hoping this quilt would make a dent in my Kaffe Fassett fabric, but it didn't. Haha!

I can't wait to sew these blocks together to see the entire quilt, but I don't think I'll do it today. I'm in the mood to hand stitch so that's what I'll do!

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Chunks of Scraps

I made some chunks for my scrappy quilt - here's one.

And here's another. These got stitched in place onto the mother quilt.

I came up with this layer cake in my stash - I have two of these. I think I'll use white as the strips for that Periwinkle Quilt I showed yesterday.

By the way...the find the Lasagna Soup recipe HERE!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Instant Pot? And Periwinkle Quilt Pattern

Are you wondering if I'm still loving my Instant Pot? YES! I now plan all my meals around it - I cook everything in it! This is a lasagna soup I made Sunday evening. It tastes just like traditional lasagna and only took minutes to make. SO GOOD!

Last night I cooked a whole chicken (in only 25 minutes). While I deboned the cooked chicken, I cooked brown rice in the leftover broth (in only 4 minutes). Then I added the chicken back into the pot. The broth made from cooking a whole chicken in a pressure cooker is so rich and tasty!

I typically select 3 recipes per week to make in my Instant Pot. We have plenty of leftovers to make it through the entire week.

Are you old enough to remember getting your first microwave oven? I remember the excitement of a new tool to cook faster. Well, that's the way I feel about my Instant Pot!

Yesterday I woke up with a severe headache and didn't feel like sewing. Or reading. Or anything. No worries, I'm fine. I started sneezing and realized it was a great big allergy attack. I even determined the cause: someone had given me a lovely candle. I never even lit it, but it gave off a strong, yet pleasant, aroma. That was the culprit. The lovely candle is now sitting outside until I gift it to someone else. It cannot live here, unfortunately. 

All that was to explain that spent some time yesterday on Pinterest. Typically my Pinterest time is spent looking for new pins. Yesterday I actually went through some of my own quilting boards. I found the pin for the above pattern HERE. This quilt is made from layer cakes (10" squares). I happen to have a few layer cakes in my stash (of course, I do!). 

I'm thinking I want to make this! So I may dig out the layer cakes today and figure out a fabric to use for the thin strips. 

And since I feel so much better today, I plan on sewing!!!! Yay!

Monday, February 12, 2018



So by now you have probably heard of this new word - hangry - meaning explained above.

I have decided to invent my own new word: QUANKY, meaning is irritable as a result of lack of quilting.  I've been quanky lately - until yesterday I had not sewn in a few days!

But I finally got back at it and have this block almost done - just need the vase section and stems.

Hubby and I have had a very social weekend. We went out to dinner Friday night with some neighbors - we went to a new Italian restaurant and it was so good. Veal Piccata for me was delicious!

Saturday night we attended our neighborhood Mardi Gras dinner. Jambalaya, Red Beans and Dirty Rice, chicken, vegetables, salad, garlic bread, King cake, cheesecake were served along with lots of beads and masks to go around. Another fun and social evening. We have become quite the social butterflies as of late. Haha!

And this is the paint-by-nunbers kit I'm working on. Do you think I'll ever finish it? I hope so because I've already ordered another one!!!!

Enjoy your day!