Under my needle… It’s just panel that I put some borders on, but I need a new wall hanging for outside my door. The only winter one I have is my snowflake one that I made years ago, and I want something different this year. This one is going to be a quickie, and I’m getting more practice with my longarm machine — Stitching around the tree, outlining some of the details inside the tree, then I will probably try to mimic some of the swirls in the outer border fabric and quilt them in the background behind the tree. That’s the plan anyway… lol!  🙂

The fabric panel is called Starry Night by Northcott, the same company that makes the Stonehenge line of fabrics.


Orca Bay Quilt

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Orca Bay is another quilt pattern from Bonnie Hunter (she’s awesome!) at Quiltville.com. This one is couch-sized, about 60″x80″ and I used the batik Tonga Treats Spice Market fabric collection.



Lady of the Lake Quilt

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This pattern is called Lady of the Lake. I’m making it for Stephan’s dad, my future Father-in-Law. It’s a King-sized quilt, so I had to lay it out on the livingroom floor because my design wall upstairs wasn’t big enough.





Wine-themed Placemats

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I made these using separate panels of different wine bottles and sayings.  I cut them apart and then sewed them to the middles of the nice background fabric with more wine themes.  The backing fabric is a beautiful display of grapes on a neutral background.  These can be used either side up.


Desert Sky

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Desert Sky is a pattern by Judy Niemeyer at Quiltworx.com.  I modified her pattern a bit to fit the dimensions that I wanted.  I used a Stonehenge fabric collection called Sonoma.  Still waiting to be quilted.  It hasn’t talked to me yet to tell me what it wants…  🙂



Celtic Solstice

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Celtic Solstice is a pattern from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville.com.   I use batiks for the colored fabrics and a white-on-white butterfly print for the white fabric.  I wasn’t sure I liked it as I was working on it because I thought the fabrics blended too much together.  Once I got it all done though, I really love it.  I have gotten many compliments on it as well.  Thank you, Bonnie, for another fantastic pattern!


Kitchen Wall Hanging

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This is one of the first quilted items that I made for my home.  It’s a quilted wall hanging for the kitchen.  I also made matching curtains.   It’s a Carpenter’s Wheel pattern, very traditional.  My kitchen is done in a “modern-country” mixture of styles.  This fabric is a combination of Jacobean flowers and bandana-type fabrics.  Yes, I mixed them.   I’m nuts like that…



Smith Mountain Morning

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This is a quilt that I made for my brother.  It is a Bonnie Hunter pattern from Quiltville.com.  I had him look at one of her books and pick out the pattern that he wanted, along with the color selections:  blue and brown.   I chose batik fabrics for this — Rockport Tonga batiks from Timeless Treasures.


Pieces in progress:

SmithMountainMorningPieces SmithMountainMorningPieces2

The finished quilt:



Catching Up…

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I can’t believe the last time I posted was in 2012!

A lot has happened since then, and I’ve been continuing down an awesome path.  I bought a new home back in 2012 and have been renovating it (which basically is why I stopped posting so suddenly), and I found a wonderful man and we will be marrying soon!

While renovating, and painting, and decorating the new space, I reconnected with a previous love:  Quilting.  I have jumped back in with a passion and have been learning so much — fabrics, colors, techniques — and CREATING!  Not just bed quilts either…  wall hangings, placemats, pot holders, couch quilts… the sky’s the limit.

I’ll post some of them in separate messages.  In the meantime, check out my Pinterest page here.


Lasagna Roll-ups

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Lasagna Roll-ups

1 box Lasagna noodles
1 large jar Spaghetti sauce (or make your own)
1 container Ricotta
1 package Sausage
Parsley (dried or freshly chopped)
Shredded Mozzarella cheese
Grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh tomatoes

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

While the noodles are cooking, take the sausage out of the casings (or buy bulk sausage) and cook in a skillet.  Season to taste.  Drain and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the Ricotta, a handful of the Parmesan, a larger handful of the Mozarella, and some parsley.  At this point, you can add anything else to the mix that you want — some spinach for veggies (frozen and thawed), or some chopped hard-boiled egg, or some grilled eggplant strips…  get creative if you want.

Cook the noodles according to package directions.  Set aside in cold water so they don’t stick together before you get a chance to work with them.

Lay a noodle out flat.  Add spoonfuls of the cheese mixture and spread it out along the length of the noodle.  Sprinkle the cooked sausage on top.  Add thinly sliced tomatoes (you don’t have to do this, but I like the added freshness).


Carefully roll the noodle and filling, and put in a baking pan with the seam side down.  Continue with the rest of the rolls until the pan is full.  Wine is not on the ingredient list, but a few sips in between each of the roll-ups make it a lot easier to do.  Or, at least it seems to…  lol!

Cover with sauce, top with Mozarella, sprinkle some Parmesan, and sprinkle some more parsley on top.  Cover with tin foil.

Bake at 350 – 375 degrees for about 40 to 45 minutes.  Remove foil and continue baking for another 15 to 20 minutes to brown the top.

Let cool a little, then you can scoop out servings a roll or two at a time.
If you don’t want to do roll-ups, you can lay the noodles flat in the pan and layer the cheese mixture with noodles and sauce and tomatoes and build it up like a regular lasagna.  Cook the same.