Monday, October 17, 2016

Uneven Log Cabin Quilt

It took me a while, but I finally finished the BIG quilt I have been working on!  It is a queen size quilt and it the largest I've made.  It took me a long time, but mostly because I started and stopped on it so much.  The sewing part wasn't hard, but cutting all the pieces took a really long time!

The pattern for this quilt was published in the Better Homes and Gardens Quilts and More Magazine, Summer 2015 issue.  It was designed by Natalia Bonner (

Here are a few in-progress shots:

And, the finished quilt!

I tried to do a project without any green in it, but it just didn't happen!  I ended up going with a solid green for the edge-banding, and I'm glad I did.

It took me a long time to select a backing for the quilt.  I finally found this blue gingham print,and I think it works perfectly with the front of the quilt.

I want to point out that I quilted this using my standard size sewing machine.  It was tricky, but after watching a few instructional videos on YouTube, I was able to figure out how to work with a quilt this large on my standard machine.  

On to the next quilt...

Monday, October 3, 2016

Fall Decorating - DIY Tablescape

Last weekend I worked on a Fall Tablescape.  It was a lot of fun to put together!  I started with the DIY centerpiece box I build last year (Find the easy tutorial HERE) and then filled it up with a whole bunch of fall goodness.

The white pumpkins are real, but the gold ones are inexpensive plastic ones I bought at Hobby Lobby and spray painted gold.  

The gold leaves are from last year too.  I found some oak leaves in the yard, pressed them flat for a few days in between books, and then spray painted them gold.  Quick and easy!

The green hydrangeas might just be my favorite part.  My mom cut these from her yard earlier this summer and dried them.  She brought me over a whole bunch - they are so pretty!

The purple-blue flowers are some type of thistle, I think and came in a grocery store bouquet.  They were in water, but I think they will dry really nicely here in the centerpiece.  The other bits of greenery are Lamb's Ear, a perennial we have growing in the yard.  They were  a perfect filler for the centerpiece box.

The place mats are brand new - I just bought them from Crate & Barrel.  Find them here.

I'm sharing this post with Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Summer Sweet Corn and Black Bean Salad

Did you all have a good summer?  I can't believe it's over and we are nearing the start of fall!  Why does summer always go by so quickly?

I've really been loving all of the sweet corn this year.  I made this easy corn salad for a picnic on the beach and it was delicious.  We ate it as a side with tortilla chips, but it would make a great main meal if you added grilled chicken breast or shrimp.

Recipe adapted from Live Eat Learn.

Dressing Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup of plain Green yogurt
- 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp cumin

Salad Ingredients:
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 cups fresh corn (approx 3-4 ears of corn)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup red onion, diced
- 1/2 cup canned mild green chilies
- 1/4 cup packed chopped cilantro
- Avocado, cubed
- 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese

1.  Mix all dressing ingredients and set aside.
2.  Heat oil and garlic over medium heat.  Add corn and cook about 10-15 minutes or until corn is tender and slightly browned.  You could also use frozen corn for this - thaw and cook until slightly browned and slightly charred.  Toss in lime juice and salt.
3.  In a large bowl, combine beans, pepper, onion, chilies, cilantro, and corn.
4.  To serve, top with avocado and cheese.  Drizzle desired amount of dressing over top (you may have some leftover).  Garnish with sliced limes and additional cilantro, if desired.  Enjoy!


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