Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tasty Tuesday is now Tasty Thursday~ Asian inspired

* changing to Thursdays as I love to link up to a couple of linky parties and don't always want the linked posts to be food related. :)

Paleo Asian inspired that is.

Stir fry veggies, pork tenderloin, cauli/broccoli rice 

 Sugar snap peas, carrots, mushrooms, bell peppers, zucchini, squash, onion

sauteed with olive oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper & sesame oil if you'd like

in the back ground you can see riced cauliflower & broccoli cooked up with same seasonings just a tad of water too

2 pork tenderloins, one with a black pepper rub and the other with sesame oil, garlic powder, coconut aminos or tamari.

Totally hits the spot when I want stir fry or Chinese buffet (which sadly is a death trap for me even if I took the family out the possible cross contamination of shellfish alone is too much of a risk)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


 Kicking off on the 1st of February!!!

For every pack of Farm Animals purchased, One Farm Animal will be Donated to the Fluff Project @Hopeful Threads

Patterns by: My Funny Buddy

Purchase the pack of Farm Animals HERE

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

scrappy charm coasters

These are quick and easy and great for those left over charm squares.
I admit these were needed as I seem to have coffee cups & water glasses breeding in my office/sewing room.
 9- 5 in charm squares will make 4 coasters
 cut all in half
 arrange three piles of three halves
 sew together
 cut in half again
 arrange into 9 patch
 sew together
 I arranged each one differently
 cut batting to size and backing an inch bigger on all sides
quilt as desired and use backing as binding

linking to
 Freemotion on the River Linky Party Tuesday
Fresh Squeezed Fabrics Show & Tell Tuesday
Quilt Story Fabric Tuesday

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Jan Goal~ Complete

Great start to a great new year.
My January goal for ALYoF was to complete this quilt top.
Done did :)
This is my Penny Patch worked up in vintage sheets from this QAL at Stitched in Color

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Grow Your Blog

Hi and welcome.
I'm Jessica, Ret. Army wife to Mike and mom to four great kids aged 6 to 19. 
We just relocated for the last time, still getting settled a bit and back into our groove. 
Luckily I have "my room" my own space to sew, craft, chit chat on line, watch tv in peace or just hide away if I need to.
I have always loved to sew and craft and then in adulthood I learned to love cooking (and eating). 
Here I keep track of yummy recipes that the husband says "write that one down" normally I'm a toss,chop,sprinkle kind of cook. 
I also post about the dresses, dolls, toys, bags that I sew up. 
Just this past year or so I have gotten into quilting, I'm self teaching by following blogs and participating in block swaps to tone my skills. So of course quilts pop up here and there too.
I'm excited to be able to show to you the things I make, through pictures and tutorials. 
I try different things out here and there so items I post about will vary throughout the seasons. 
So glad to partake in Grow your Blog this year. 
Look around a bit, follow if you'd like  :)
Noguchi Designs is also on Facebook

Comment to enter if you'd like to win one of two giveaways, post which one you'd like

1. Sewing
(2 large cut fat quarters, pins, needles, measuring tape) 


2. Scrapbooking
(cardstock, charms, tags, 2 stamps) 


Friday, January 24, 2014

Rainbow Love ~ Finished!!!

On Tuesday I posted my WIP then went to town on the quilting.

I did change out the second to last row to include a rainbow of charms.

As for quilting I straight stitched the width of the foot all throughout the heart.

 I changed the thread to coordinate per section. Pink for the pink & red, yellow for the orange & yellow, green on green, blue for blue & purple. I then stitched a grid on the black to mimic the charms, so every 4.5in per say, then did a diagonal across to finish it all off.

On the black I used a Rainbow thread as well as on the back. I did the binding with the backing.

This sucker is huge for me. 67.5in prior washing.

The note book writings afterward

Washed, folded, sitting pretty

linking to Finish it up Friday

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Zippy Pouch...

with a touch of Hexie love

 fully lined

has a fun zipper pull

stands on its own

 wide bottom

This was made for a swap and it will be headed out soon.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Rainbow love!

Yes the rainbow bug has biten :)
A long while back I swapped rainbow charm squares in dots/stripes/solids swap over on Flickr.
Here & there I've used one or two for swap blocks or applique then I came upon this pixelated heart.
I knew instantly that I had to use the rainbow charms to make a quilt. A large one at that.

Progress so far

linking to
 Freemotion on the River Linky Party Tuesday
Fresh Squeezed Fabrics Show &Tell Tuesday
Quilt Story Fabric Tuesday

Tasty Tuesday~ Infused Olive Oil

This past holiday season I gifted these Infused Olive Oils.
 They are pretty easy & quick to work up.

If gifting I prep them about a week prior so they can infuse and marry and be ready to use the day of gifting.

You will need:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
empty glass jars (I recycle syrup jars)
jar lids or corks
whole peppercorn
fresh garlic
fresh rosemary

(I apologize~ I cannot get this picture to turn properly)
 I measure oil in jar stopping at the bottom of funnel- I did this three times for three jars worth.
I then pour all oil in pot and cook on low just until it ripples then I turn it off.

As oil is heating I add the peppercorns (10-12), garlic (2-4 cloves sliced in half) & rosemary (2-3 sprigs) to each jar.

I slowly fill jars with oil again, some bubbling may occur, let oil sit and top off the jars in a few minutes if needed.
 Once cooled to room temp, cork or screw on jar lid. Store in cabinet for about a week.

 If using at home you can refill with oil one more time before having to discard the herbs, just fill when oil gets to garlic and store for a week again.

We make these for ourselves often. We top off a salad with it, fry an egg in it, sprinkle some onto tomatoes & cucumbers, even dribble some onto grilled chicken. Options are endless.

linking to Yesterfood  Treasure Box Tuesday

Thursday, January 16, 2014

? stacked strips ?

Heres a baby size quilt I worked up and finished a while back, its made from left overs of a throw quilt I have yet to finish.
Not exactly sure what to call it as it does have a resemblance to a few things I've seen out on the web. Which is were inspiration came from for sure, to include a pillow pattern that's in a book I own.
I tried a few things out, stitch in the ditch throughout the middle, random peaks all over the borders, red thread on the back side for fun to show on the sold grey.