More Quilt Kits

In my continuous cleaning, I came across these two “block of the month” kits.  If our local quilt shop had a block of the month quilt kit going on, my co-worker and I were all over it.  Even if we didn’t make it right away, we got the block and “put it up” for a later make.  Well….you see I didn’t get to these.

Both of these are the same pattern, just different color palates.   These blocks would be so pretty with some strip piecing, a pretty border, and some binding and you have a very nice quilt!

The blocks are not too hard, some very simple, but all seem to go well together.  Each month contains the fabric for that block, plus the instructions for that block.   You will need your thread, and any any other embellishments, such as any fabric for strip piecing if you choose to do that, or any border fabric, backing, and batting.  These are just the 12 blocks and pattern and fabric for that month.

Blocks included:  Ohio Star, Old Maid’s Puzzle, Clay’s Choice, Martha Washington’s Star, Amish Star, Indian Puzzle, Free Trade, Air Castle, Churn Dash, All Hallows, Carrie Nation, and Aunt Dinah.

So including the four kits from yesterday’s post, and these two, this will be Quilt kit five and Quilt Kit six:  Post if you are interested in either and I will include with yesterday’s post.  If you didn’t see yesterday’s post, you can comment on either post which of the six kits or multiple ones you are interested in. Thanks for stopping by!

Quilt Kit Five  Block of the Month:


Quilt Kit Six Block of the month: (different color scheme):



All About Quilts

If you are looking for a recipe, look another day.  Since I only have one blog, i will use this for recipes, travel, and my quilting treasures.

Today, I am hoping to reach some quilters, as I have been cleaning out some of my quilting stuff, and I use that term loosely.  We quilters seem to “stash” our stash and keep on stashing! I know I did when I was working so I would have plenty to work on when I retired.  And boys howdy, do I ever!  I have four plastic boxes, or totes, with “WIP’s” going or fixing to get started.  That’s nothing new for us quilters.  We never, NEVER, have just one project going.

I have one on the quilting frame, two in the process of being hand quilted, one that is being hand pieced (no hurry on this as it goes traveling with us) and a top that needs to be pin based for machine quilting.  And that is how us quilters roll!  Never a dull moment. It was such a nice day yesterday I sat on the patio and quilted –


But I did need to get some stuff I knew I would never get to, or have lost interest in completing, off the shelves and see if someone had an interest in, and if not, that’s ok, too. I have a wonderful animal shelter they can be donated to if no one shows interest.

I also have quilt books I need to go through – that’s next.  And I have some fabric I know I won’t use that I need to get out of the quilt closet.  That’s next.

So here goes….If you are interested in any of these, just leave a comment and say which one (i.e., quilt one, quilt two, etc.) you like or would like.  If there are a couple that caught your eye, you can list that.  I plan on making a list and putting the names under the quilt and picking a name from that list for each quilt package. Easiest way to do it so be sure and list if you have an interest in more than one.

QUILT ONE: Finished size I think it said 38×45- includes backing in package – a Christmas design – comes with a panel – can keep whole as panel, has a piece that can be used as border – real cute – and fabric for corner stars – all you need is thread and batting.

QUILT TWO – 62×84 – has all fabric to make the log cabin aanels and cabin borders – includes the fabric panels for center log cabins and large blocks  – and for the borders – I don’t think this has the backing included – I don’t remember that it did.

QUILT THREE – 20×26 – a wall hanging or a cute table top – again a Christmas theme –


QUILT FOUR – 48×64 – this is a raggedy log cabin – you only need your batting and thread on this one since it self backs – great colors – and no binding!

So if you are interested, just leave a comment and say which ones you are interested in – I will pick recipients Saturday, January 21st but won’t get these in the mail until Monday January 30th.  That will give me plenty of time to get addresses and get everything to the post office!


Thanks everyone! And Thanks Karen for the shoutout!

These birdies will be happy

Because #4…Margaret will be feeding them all winter long in her new bird feeder made by J & S Creature Comforts- (and since I am not sure about loading the pic on this mobile device I won’t but I have it in case anyone needs it!)

Congrats Margaret and I will get this to you as soon as I head back toward town!

Everybody get ready to share a favorite recipe from their Thanksgiving eats!  And have a safe, happy and blessed Thanksgiving.  Remember to pay it forward and help someone less fortunate!  Do an “act of kindness” anonymously!

Gobble Gobble

Thanksgiving is just around the corner!   It seems it came quick this year or maybe its because I am now retired and home.  I am just as busy retired as I was working!  And that’s a good thing because it sure is a lot more fun doing the things I now do!

Have you pulled those pumpkin pie and pecan pie recipes out yet?   What about mom’s dressing recipe?  Will you be the one roasting the turkey or taking a side dish “over the river and through the woods?”  Or are you traveling this Thanksgiving holiday?

Whatever your plans, I pray for a safe, happy and family-filled Thanksgiving for each and every one of you!

And while we are feeding the whole family that includes all the aunts, uncles, cousins, and those twice removed, let’s not forget about those less fortunate and remember to donate a meal or get a bag of food to donate or even donate time to help feed those in need.  And if you think about it, drop off a bag of dog and/or cat food by your local humane shelter.


AND lest we forget our feathered friends!  We buy bird seed by the 100 lb bag!    See this bird feeder?   It can be yours to help keep your little flittery friends fed this winter!


The lid flips up to add bird seed and and the shield will slip out if needed for some easy clean up!


If you want a chance to win this hand made bird feeder leave a comment below and let us know what you will be doing your Thanksgiving holiday!


A winner will be selected Friday and posted and birdhouse will be sent out next week!   I pray that all will have a safe and happy Thanksgiving for all of you and for your family and friends!


Cookbooks are my passion

Y’all.  This cookbook.  Man oh man.  I already picked out my first recipe to make.


Cinnamon Roll Layer Cake.  And that’s just to start!  What cakes!


What Cupcakes!


What Cheesecakes!


And this Blueberry Oatmeal Icebox Cake may make its way to our Sunday School Breakfast! Man! It has to be good for you! Oatmeal, right??!!


And techniques to boot are included inside!  Another winner in my book!  I may have to cook my way through this one, too!

And since i am catching up on things around here by quilting a quilt top on the machine yesterday, among other things, and because I haven’t had a give a way in so very long time, I am giving away two of Lindsay Conchar’s “Simply Beautiful Homemade Cakes” cookbook to two of you who may just want a copy!

If you are interested in winning one of the two cookbooks leave a reply and tell us what your favorite dessert is!

Two winners will be selected by and posted Saturday!  Good Luck and have a great rest of the week!

Winner, winner, Christmas winner!

Well, that was quick!

Thank you for those who entered as I thoroughly enjoyed all the responses.  Safe travels to all who are traveling-whether just over the hill, county line, or many miles to celebrate gathering with our family for Christmas.

And I guess you want to know who won….duh!

OK – winner of the Birchbox e-gift certificate…#4-Lynnie!  You are going to enjoy the monthly surprises, Lynnie!

Winner of the e-gift certificate for the dollarshave club-# 3-Cody Lide! was the selector and I have the pictures of the winning selections if anyone needs them.

I will contact the winners and give them 24 hours verify an email address with me to send their e-gift certificates to them.

Merry Christmas to all!  May your celebration be safe, and may the true meaning of Christmas remain in our hearts through the hustle and bustle of the season.

Act Quick-one day give-a-way!

It’s Christmas! Well, almost.  And have you seen the weather?? While it is cool today and the next few days, our wonderful snowman plans on upping the temps to a balmy 79 degrees in our area for Christmas day!  With our crew over I can see air conditioning back on! Man.

I do hope you and yours have a safe and wonderful Christmas and memories are made, not in the presents received or given, but in the time spent together, whether in person, or by phone for those who can’t be together, laughing, reminiscing about Christmases past, eating too much, and just getting away from today’s technology to enjoy one another.  God Bless each and every one of you!

Now… must act fast…like today… like now…as winners will be picked and posted today…like late this afternoon…like around 4:30 pm Central time…!!!

Today, because I so appreciate each of you, I am giving away:

  1.  For the ladies (or their girl child) a one-year subscription to Birchbox.  If you are unfamiliar with them, this is a monthly little gem of a box, you personalize to your liking, and receive 5 products to sample.  So fun and so worth it.  I have found some wonderful products I didn’t know existed and now use.  An e-gift certificate will be sent to the winner! So go to and look them over, ladies!
  2. For the gents- a $100 e-gift certificate – they can select their plan they want – to the “DollarShaveClub” – You will be able to personalize this to your likes – the blade, the product, and the number of monthly plan, depending on the plan you choose – and the frequency you will need – and you can change the frequency you receive them once you get your first box.  They look like they have some good products!  Go to and look around!  Good stuff, there is!

To enter, just leave a comment and let us know if you are having family in or going  “over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house” – or both!

Good luck and remember hurry!  Winners will be selected and posted today around 4:30 pm!


Jingle bells…

Jingle bells, jingle bells jingle all the way Right down to the comment line for this  here give-a-way!   It’s getting closer to Christmas and that means more cooking! Whoop woop! I don’t know about you but I have baked in my pans so long I would hate for someone to see them. Today, because … Continue reading

Winners and Spiced Applesauce

First, the giveaway winners….I know you would want to know that first!

The two winners who will be enjoying the Taste of Alabama BBQ are: first pick:  #16-Charlotte second pick: #13-Denise

I will get your prize to you sometime next week!  Congratulations! And let us know how you like your sauces!

Now…. This applesauce. Man.  Chunky, and oh so easy.  Crock pot easy!   No kidding.   Your kiddos will love it.

Serve it on toast, serve it on pancakes, Smear it on a big old biscuit, on top of some yogurt, or as a side dish with some grilled pork tenderloin.   Good stuff.  And you know I made mine healthy with Splenda so hubby and I could eat it.

Try it and I am telling you…you will love it.  So much more flavor than any you buy in the store and with the apple slices left chunky you are getting the best of both worlds.  Like eating apple pie without the crust.

If you want to make it the regular way, just leave out the splenda sugars and use 1/2 to 3/4 cup of regular sugar, and everything else is the same.  The recipe below is what I used.

Spiced Chunky Applesauce

12 cups peeled, cored ad thinly sliced apples = recommend using either Fuji or Golden Delicious apples and it will take about 9-12 apples depending on the size of the apple to get 12 cups out of the apples-

(a trick to keeping them from turning brown while slicing all these apples up is have a big bowl of salt water handy and put the thin slices in them as you slice them – won’t turn.   You can use this method to slice your apples and put in refrigerator overnight and then pack them for your kiddo’s lunch the next day.  Won’t turn. And the salt adds a great flavor to the apple.)

1/2 cup Splenda sugar (or 1/s cup regular sugar if you prefer)

3 Tbsp Splenda brown sugar (omit if you are using regular sugar – I used this to help thicken the sauce)

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (I used a little more and you can, too, if you want a little more spice flavor in it-i thought it needed it)

1 cup water

1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Fresh ground nutmeg (optional, but I recommend a small bit- sure added just a bit more flavor)

Add apple slices to crock pot.  Combine sugar(s) and cinnamon and add to apple slices and stir to coat apples.

Stir in water, lemon juice and the nutmeg if using.  Cover and cook on high 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours or on low 5 to 7 hours.  Stir for a chunky sauce.   Serve hot or cold.


Doesn’t that look good?   I let mine cook 6 hours and it is perfect.  So good.   Try this. I can assure you it will please every member in your family.  Enjoy this beautiful weather this weekend!