FREE PATTERN: STARS OF HONOR from Debbie Mumm (repost) Posted on 1 Sep 00:39 , 31 comments

 (a repost of a old favorite of mine and a cause near and dear to my heart)

How can any one resist a quilt with stars! This one is a perfect way to celebrate and to say "thank you" to our armed forces service members in appreciation of all their sacrifice to keep up safe and secure.

Just click on the image to be taken to the files of each star block pattern on Debbie Mumm's website. Be sure and drop her a thank you email while you're there. 

No affiliation here on my part ... just love a good star block and especially love the way these blocks a "placed" on top of the big blue stars.

And when you're finished piecing the top, here are some ideas for possible quilting designs. Just click on the image to be taken to the store catalog to see larger images.



GOOD COOKIN" 19: MANGO SALSA Posted on 30 Sep 00:00 , 0 comments


Black Bean and Mango Salsa

Chop and mix the following ingredients together in a bowl. Chill one hour before serving.

  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 mango
  • 1 cup seeded, chopped tomato
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1  jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1  juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper

And another favorite recipe

Mango Salsa

  • 1 mango
  • 1/2 peeled and sliced cucumber
  • 1/4 c. chopped green onions
  • 1/4 c. lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 c. chopped cilantro and 1/8 tsp chili powder (optional)

Mix: Marinate overnight in a glass container with a lid. Don't use plastic or the marinade will pick up a little extra flavor you don't want. Serve cold with seafood, chicken or by itself as a summer salad.

Choose your color palette ... I’ve done one in hot salsa colors, all 30’s, Christmas themed fabrics, and scrappy.
Pull up your playlist up hot latin music.

Gather your girlfriends and great ready for a fun night out stitching and dancing the night away with chips, salsa and those yummy fruity drinks.

Click HERE for a PDF of the piecing instructions to make a SALSA QUILT.

... and a little inspiration ...