Thursday, March 22, 2012







My sister reads a cookbook the way I read a novel. The last two books I have read are a blend of our two loves. "Girl Hunter" by Georgia Pellegrini and "The Feast Nearby" by Robin Mather are a collection of essays and recipes. Ms. Pellegrini is a French trained chef who decides to hunt her own meat. The recipes sound delicious. I would have to say Robin Mather's book is my favorite because she has good recipes and tips for eating and preserving local food. I have marked some recipes to try soon. I will let you know the outcome!

Monday, March 19, 2012







The weather here in NE TN has been about 10 degrees above normal making it really hard to do my housework! I am headed to a new friend's house to gather some of the plants she no longer wants in her yard. Yeah!





I have been working through "Cathedral Window Quilts" by Lynne Edwards. There are a couple of seams sewn on the machine but the rest is handwork. It is really fun to pick out the little piece that goes in the window. My chicken fabric has been on my cutting table so it gets first glance. I will be teaching this technique at TN Quilts Saturday, April 28th. I am thinking it will be a three hour class, 9:30 - 12:30 since people like to get outside in the afternoon and have trouble committing a whole day to a class.

Saturday, March 10, 2012







A friend stopped by and I had her look at my quilt. We decided it mushed together on the border. Who would have thought that red would have tamed the beast!

Friday, March 9, 2012







I am working on a sample for a simple Irish Chain basic block class. This pattern also has a simple star block. I fell in love with this Moda fabric. It looked great laid out on the counter at the store, famous last words! When I added the gray striped border, it wasn't strong enough to stand up to the main part of the quilt. I think adding the narrow red strip on either side of the gray border may be my solution. I am open to comments and suggestions.