Friday Finish: Jimmy John and Free Pattern


We have had lots of wedding and celebrations this year…six weddings is a lot.  I think we are “just at that age”.  Our friends and my siblings all have kids that are the marrying age and several happened to have gotten married this year.  I really like to make a quilt for the weddings we are invited to but all that takes time and money.  Kelli and I were talking about it and she said, “Mom-why don’t you design a few easy quilts that just use a jelly roll?”  Great thinking on her part…right.  In a little over a day I had three designed.  We had a jelly roll here so we quickly started sewing.  We completed the top in a day….

Here it is….  Jimmy John.


The name “Jimmy John” came as this one was designed for my brother, Jim, and his wife who were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary.  Growing up my mom always called him “Jimmy John”….so that’s the name.

The quilt is so easy to sew and the beauty…it uses one jelly roll plus a little yardage…and not even that much of that!!  We do have to warn you though…you need to use every single strip in the jelly roll so cut carefully.


When I first started playing with the idea on the computer, the design didn’t have the top of the bottom piece on the quilt.  I thought it looked okay.  Then I got the pieces sewn together and it just didn’t seem quite right.  I called Kelli and we chatted.  I told her I thought it needed some type of top and bottom to give the quilt a finished look.  We agreed….Oh the quilt top looked so much better.


I have to confess I got a few blocks twisted around and needed to rip them out.  I thought that while I was ripping I would go over to Youtube and watch a couple machine quilting videos to see if there was something that caught my eye for this quilt.  There was…..  this!!


That’s what I ended up with and it was my first time ever doing this design.  I will be doing this many more times…I love it!  I figured some of you might enjoy the video as well so I am adding a link here.

I was so happy when I got it off the machine that I had to send Kelli a picture….this was it.  Boy I love the quick easy quilt…I love the quilting too.

For anyone wondering this is an OLD Moda fabric line called Tranquility.  I am sure there is no way to get it anymore as the line is likely 5 years old.  We have made many quilts with this line and have liked each and every one…The few fabric scraps of this we have left are going to be retired.  R.I.P. Tranquility we loved you.

I bet you’re looking for the promised free pattern…no fear.  I didn’t forget.  Here’s the link to the printable pattern for Jimmy John.  As always we’d love to see your completed project!!  Feel free to share it with us.

To see other quilt progress and finishes check out  Confessions of a Fabric AddictLink a Finish FridayFreedom Fridays and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Feeding a Farmer: Sloppy Joe Potatoes


I have a series called Feeding a Farmer. It’s food that can be prepared in a few minutes to make a meal for those last minute meal times.  To find out how this all originated, check out this link.  Keep in mind, none of these foods are glamorous…they are fast…and not bad tasting.

One of my favorite things to do is cook once and eat twice.  That just means the first time I cook, I cook with leftovers already in mind.  That’s what I did with this quick meal.  I made potatoes in my pressure cooked because I wanted to make Smashed Baked Potatoes (recipe can be found here) only I added extra potatoes to the pressure cooker knowing I’d have extra potatoes.

Then the next day I made Sloppy Joes meat for Hubby.  I was going to be gone that day and he could warm that up himself for lunch.  Rather than making one pound of hamburger’s worth, I made two pounds knowing I would have left overs.

The next day I took the leftovers from those meals and made Sloppy Joe Potatoes.

An hour or so before I expected Hubby in for lunch, I cut up the leftover potatoes.  I sprinkled the left over Sloppy Joe mix on top and put shredded cheese over the top of that.  When Hubby walked into the door I popped the whole plate into the microwave for about 4 minutes until everything was warm and the cheese was melted.

In the meantime I pulled some cottage cheese and cut fruit from the refrigerator and Hubby had a meal in five minutes.

These are really good…the kids love them too….and that’s how I feed my farmer.

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