What I’m Working On….

I’m later than usual posting today.  We had a whirlwind weekend.  I’ll tell you more about that tomorrow.  I can say this much…not a sewing machine was touched BUT lots of cookies were made.

Did you see my parade of all the finished quilts from Bonnie Hunter’s String Fling book?  I posted it on Friday.  It’s here if you missed it.   So many people commented and said nice words about the quilt.  THANKS everyone!!  I think the book was a great quilt book and can’t say enough good words about the design.

I also reviewed Bonnie Hunter’s new book String Frenzy.  Check that out here if you missed that.

Previous to the weekend, I got lots of sewing done.  I got TWO of these sewn together to this point.  I really want them entirely finished by next Block of the Month check in day which is the first Saturday in January.  Over Christmas and New Years I have a few days off work and I don’t want to spend all of my time working on these…so, I’m pushing to get them going now.

The Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt had been clipping along.  I love that the clues aren’t intense so I can get other sewing done in between them.  I seem to remember previous years that it seemed that working on the clues was much harder.

I cut out the clue over naptime on Friday and then sewed the pieces Friday after supper.
Here’s my mystery stuff so far…

Over last week after I finished clue #2, I went on to sewing other things.  I tackled my Block of the Month shown above and I kept working on my Hunter’s Star quilt.

It just so happened that I’ve been working on the EXACT same units as clue #3 was!!  See them on the right??? Continue reading


Stash Report

The thrift stores have had slim pickings lately.  I got these over the course of two weeks worth of stops.

This one came from my favorite store.  Yep it’s a Wal-mart fabric…see the price $5.96.  I didn’t pay that.  I paid 50 cents.  This one is feels like a quality quilt store fabric so it’s going in my personal stash for a bit anyway.  I’m working up to another big clean out and it might go then…we’ll see.

This one came from a thrift store I usually don’t get to.  I was thrilled to find this one….See? Continue reading


Chicken Gravy

I had this post scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend but for some reason it didn’t go.  I’m adding it here now.

This morning I gave you the recipe for Baking Powder Biscuits. (Recipe HERE) Now I’m giving you a recipe of sorts for the chicken gravy we had over the biscuits.

Yes there are biscuits under that chicken gravy.

I used a rotisserie chicken to make this.  Karl deboned it…I made the gravy.

Of course I forgot to take pictures.  You’ll have to read the words…

I started with a little bit of butter and a half of chopped onion in my pan.  I sauted the onion.  Sometime I saute some carrots in there too…or add peas but Kelli was home and she doesn’t like either.

Next, I added the secret ingredient….this… Continue reading


Book Review: String Frenzy

A blog reader asked if I had plans to review Bonnie Hunter’s new book String Frenzy…well yes, of course I do.

I’ve had mine for a bit now…first as an ebook edition sent to me by C&T Publishing and then my hard copy.

So do I like the book….YES!  I was thrilled when I heard that Bonnie’s book was going to be a STRING quilt book.  I loved the quilts from the first string book so much that I made them ALL!!  One might think I was “strung out” but NOPE.  I was itching to get my hands on a copy.

There are 12 quilts in the book and I don’t have a bad thing to say about any of them.  Bonnie out did herself on the designs.  I can see myself making all of them.

Geese on a String is the first in the book.  Happily Bonnie featured the string triangles on her blog a couple years ago and I jumped right in.  I have 400 string triangles already made.  I’m thinking I might make two of these quilts for two of my childcare kiddos….we’ll see as things settle down around here a bit.

I’ll need to change some colors up as my strings are in brights.

A few others from the book that I’m highlighting are Straits of Mackinac.  I LOVED this one when Bonnie was working on it on the blog.  Oh my, I have a basket of fabric waiting for this one.

As per Bonnie style she included the Directions at a Glance.  This feature is one of the reasons I love her books.  I can quick reference anything.  I love this.  It makes quilting easier as I’m not reading through all of the directions to find out how many of something I need to make!!

This is one of my favorites in the book…. Continue reading