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Silk Ribbon Embroidery

A sweet blog reader sent some goodies my way.  In one of the boxes were some skeins of silk ribbon for silk ribbon embroidery.  I snapped it up right away.  It’s been years and years since I touched the silk ribbon but from house to house the ribbon has moved with me.  Years ago, I got rib on my old cross stitch stuff, but this silk ribbon floss I’ve kept right here in this old sewing basket.


I ended up down a rabbit hole.  I checked to see if I still had my books on silk ribbon embroidery.

I did.  Here is one of them… Continue reading

One Pot Beef Stroganoff Soup

Our daughter Kelli works an overnight weekend package for her job as a nurse at a local hospital.  Every Friday she tries to make a meal or two that her husband, Jason, can quickly warm up and feed the kiddos.

This week she tried something new, One Pot Beef Stroganoff Soup.  You can find the original recipe HERE.  Kelli has been being super good and using the last of the meat from the previous time they butchered.  This recipe was the perfect chance for her to use some.

After she made it she realized it was “soup”…not just regular stroganoff so she ended up thickening it with a little more sour cream and a bit of corn starch and water.

Here it is all ready to eat…

If you ask her twin boys Eli and Emmett how it was, they would say… Continue reading

Community Quilts from Karin

I have a fun parade of quilts from Karin today.

Karin writes:
Hi Jo, hopefully you can set back and enjoy the show!  Many comfort quilts have been completed, just haven’t been shared with you yet.  That’s all about to change.

First up, from the Amazing Cresco ladies, we have Frog-a-Palooza.  The backing came in a big box that arrived while I was hospitalized, and is generously donated by Elizabeth W, from Rockville, MD.  The binding is from Susan McC, in Austin, TX.

I did a meandering leaf and loop design, using a deep gold thread on top and bone on the bobbin.  I also experimented with a new hook and swirl design in the striped border and my signature wishbones in the inner plaid border.. This finished up at 42×46.

Next up we have… Attack of Ninjas!  Continue reading

New Free Pattern: Flying Geese Table Topper

Some time ago I finished up this little table topper.

A sweet blog reader had sent me a pile of flying geese blocks that were finished but not sewn into anything.  I went to lay them out to make a little table topper but was short a couple of blocks.  Serendipity, I happen to have the same black fabric in my stash so I made two more blocks.

I sewed them into this table topper.

I had a couple of blog readers ask if I would write a pattern for this.  It sat and sat and I didn’t get to it but recently I decided I wanted to get my Fall stuff out and decorate.  I figured it would be a great time to write the pattern for this so you all could make one too.

Of course, you don’t need to make it black and cheddar.  You could stitch this up in any color for any season…or no season at all.  All you need is… Continue reading