String Challenge and Mystery Sewing


Last week between working on the gray Claudette quilt I finished (see that here if you missed it) and then scrambling to get the wedding quilt finished, I didn’t get a lot of sewing done.  The wedding quilt did get finished.  Stop by and Friday and I’ll show it off!!

On the mystery…I don’t have it all the way done but CLOSE.  I knew we would have a busy weekend so Friday at nap time I cut our what I would need.


Then I stayed up late Friday night and was up early on Saturday morning to get it sewn.  I’ve completed the sewing.  I’ll need to iron these which I’ll likely do over nap time one of the days this week.


Kelli and I had a sewing day with plans on my birthday quilt.  I’ll tell you more about that tomorrow.

Since Hubby got done with the field work he’s been home more….I’ve appreciated that!!  He’s asked me to watch television with him a few of the nights…and I’ve set my things aside and watched.  The new season of Longmire was out so I didn’t mind. (I recommend that series if you haven’t watched yet).  While we’ve been watching, I’ve been stitching on my Daylilies applique quilt trying to get some of the applique done.  I’m watching more than stitching so it’s taken more than an episode to finish one block.


I’ve also got more prepped.  When my child care kiddos are sleeping I’ve managed to press the stems and pin them in place on several more.

I have all of them marked for placement.


I’m so thankful that there are only 16 of these blocks in this quilt!!  It makes the applique do-able for the non-applique girl that I am!!  I am celebrating that I do have the applique for four of the blocks done….that means I have 25% finished!! Yahoo.

I noticed that in the original pattern there are leaves on the block….I’ve been debating about leaving them off.  I’ll get some pictures taken next week and you can help me decide.

You’ll find my back here on Monday with hopefully more work done on a string quilt and more mystery things to show!

What I’ve Been Reading: Little Mercies


I’ve been on a roll reading books by Heather Gudenkauf.  You have to know that I like them if I’m burning Amazon credits to listen to them!!  The latest I’ve listened to is Little Mercies .

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This book had my attention right away.  I kept wondering if the author missed something as I caught something and then in a few pages later, I realized it wasn’t the author who missed something, it was the characters in the book that missed something!!  From that moment on…I was hooked.  I stayed hooked and did all I could to find chances to listen.  I even woke up early one morning and stayed up late one night.

Here’s what Amazon has to say: [Read more...]

Stash Report: Cotton Creek Mill


Yesterday I told you about our visit to  Cotton Creek Mill Quilt Shop in West Branch Iowa….

When we visited I had been doing so good and not buying much at all and the next thing I knew, I had a bag full.  Oh my!


I had picked the orange batiks for my mystery quilt and they were long ago cut into.  I also picked this one…just because.


All of the rest of this happened….Cotton-Creek-Mill-STASH-2

and all of that happened because of this. [Read more...]

Instant Pot: Scalloped Potatoes and Ham


To make my life a little easier with cooking I’ve gotten into a good habit of making a supper with the intention that there will be leftovers and the childcare kiddos can eat the leftovers the next day.  I always pick something that I’m relatively sure they will eat.  I like to make it in the  Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.  Typically I prep it during nap time and then turn it on to cook whenever I need it for supper.   After supper I pop the leftovers into a microwave safe container and then the next day I warm them in the microwave.  It’s so good for days when I have extra babies and won’t have time to cook.

On my most recent cooking adventure I decided to scalloped potatoes and ham a try.


It was one of those days when I had potatoes that needed to be used up.  I had ham that needed to be used up.  This was the obvious thing to make!

I have LONG made scalloped potatoes and ham but my recipe was a crock pot recipe.  I wondered what would happen if I tried to convert it use with the pressure cooker.  There was no time like the present to give it a try.

Here’s the original recipe that first started my scalloped potato making: [Read more...]