Pumpkin Quinoa Chili a WIN!

After taking in the enticing aroma of the Pumpkin Quinoa Chili all afternoon, in the final moments before dinner last night, I decided to add a bag of frozen sweet corn to the mix.  I often add corn to my “regular” chili.  I like the additional sweetness and texture that the corn adds.  It worked well in the Pumpkin Quinoa Chili, too. The Pumpkin Quinoa Chili scored big at our house! Just as I’d hoped, this delightful concoction was hearty and great comfort food, healthy and satisfying!  DH Jeff and I both loved it, and it is definitely on the Read More

What’s Kelly Cooking?: Pumpkin Quinoa Chili

I was talking with my friend, RaNae (RaNae Merrill, ranaemerrillquilts.com, author of Free-Motion Mastery in a Month) the other day, and she told me about this great recipe that she found online:  Pumpkin Quinoa Chili.  She RAVED about it.  I had a little medical procedure yesterday (the routine screening one that requires a “prep” – you know the one….), and today, I was feeling like something hearty, warm, and comforting would be just the ticket.  I had all the necessary ingredients in my pantry, so I whipped out the crock pot, dumped the ingredients, and dinner is simmering away! The Read More

I love a good (fabric) mess!

Here’s what my cutting area looks like today!  Don’t you just love a good fabric-scrap mess???  I sure do! What’s happening on your cutting mat today?  Whatever it is, I hope you’re loving what you’re doing!! Here’s to happy scraps!  Cheers! Kelly

Houston Quilt Festival 2017

I am thrilled and excited to be teaching at International Quilt Festival in Houston again this fall!!  For those of you interested in and registering for my classes, here are the supply lists.   Seven Fancy Sisters:  You will find the supply list here.               Inner City:  You will find the supply list here. If you’d like further insight on selecting value families of fabrics, download my article here.                 I look forward to seeing you at Quilt Festival – Houston!!!      

The Joy (and lessons) of Unstitching

When I’m teaching machine-piecing classes, I always tell my students that, in the unlikely event that unstitching need occur, I am happy to do the unstitching for them.  I mean it, sincerely!  After all, we have limited class time, and I would much prefer that the students spend their valuable time doing “the thing” (whatever we’re in class to learn) than spending time unstitching.  Besides, I have experience – LOTS of experience – at unstitching.  Trust me, I am qualified to offer this service. Having said that, I found myself gaining more experience just this morning!  Look at that beautiful Read More

Descriptors: Quilter, BERNINA Ambassador, and more….

We are all multi-faceted individuals, and there are many words that help to describe who we are.  Some words that will give you a glimpse into who I am:  woman, mother, daughter, wife, friend, Nana.  A few others:  Quirky.  Simple and complex.  Loyal.  Compassionate.  Curious.  Stubborn (sometimes).  Independent (always). More descriptors: Quilt-maker:  For more than 30 years!  Whew!  I LOVE making quilts!!  Favorite parts of quilt-making?  Designing, fabric selection, and construction.  Least favorite?  BINDING!!!  So, a while back my DH, Jeff, offered to whip stitch my bindings if I’d just show him how!  I did.  He does (at least sometimes!).  He is a “rock Read More

Happy New Year!

Yes, I’m aware that January is almost over! (BTW, how the heck did THAT happen!  Seems I blinked and nearly four weeks have passed!)  January has absolutely been a “hibernation” month for me.  The short, often sunless days and the long, dark nights have yielded early bedtimes and more sleeping than usual.  “Creative Sleep” instead of “beauty sleep”!  I’m well-rested, for sure.  And, I’ve been making good use of my awake time by designing and piecing (of course!!) some new blocks and doing some (long overdue, much-needed) studio reorganization.  🙂 Here’s one of my newly-designed quilts that I finished in December.  I Read More

Day 31: Now…

    Ah, time.  The thing we often believe we don’t have enough of (“I’m out of time!”  “Where has the time gone?”  “Time flies!”  “I don’t have time!”) or have too much of (“I have way too much time on my hands.”  “I’m just killing time.”  “All I have is time.”  “Time to spare.”), or don’t have the “right” bit of (“Not this time.”  “Another time.”  “I’d like to go back (forward) in time.”  “This is the wrong time.”)  Please, allow me to wax philosophical for a moment. Yes, a New Year is about to dawn, and many of us, myself included, are Read More

Day 20: Knitted Knockers. Yes, really!

(Image borrowed from the Craftsy website.)   Knitters and Crocheters (or wannabes), if you are in a giving spirit and are itching to make a difference, have I got a great idea to share with you!!!  Knitted Knockers!!!  Yes, really!!! If you have ever known someone who has undergone mastectomy, then you likely also know the challenge of breast prosthetics for women.  Most “traditional” prosthetics are made of silicone or other similar materials.  They are hot.  They are heavy.  Basically, though better than nothing (usually), they suck (often). Well, I have learned of an organization that offers a FABULOUS ALTERNATIVE  to traditional Read More

Day 18: Spectacular Antique Quilt Sunday

    I wish I could make this photo such that you could see more detail.  However, you can, at least, get the idea of this incredible quilt. This beauty comes to us from the collection of the National Museum of American Art.  I find this quilt absolutely stunning.  Constructed of silk, circa 1840-1860.  Maker unknown.  AWESOME!!! Enjoy!