Are you “IN” for the Jaybird Quilts Journey to Nebula?

Have you heard? Are you IN?

First things first. What is Nebula?

Nebula is a super GORGEOUS Block of the Month Quilt pattern/program from Jaybird Quilts that is due to be released in 2021.

Sew…what’s the Journey to Nebula?

I’m so glad you asked.

Journey to Nebula is a FREE sew along program* hosted by Jaybird Quilts pattern designer, Julie Herman. This sew along is designed specifically to prepare you for the upcoming Nebula Block of the Month pattern in 2021 (Nebula is pictured above/left).

*NOTE: Other than the cost of the rulers, patterns, and materials, there is no additional cost to sign up or participate in Jaybird’s Journey to Nebula sew along.

WHY should you do this? Because you don’t want to miss the opportunity to sew along and learn with Julie. PLUS!!!! Jaybird is also offering Plus! ++ Exclusive bonus content for everyone that signs up. But you’ve got to sign up (scroll to bottom of this post for the link to sign up information).

If you haven’t signed up already, you’ll need to sign up. The link to Jaybird’s blog post with sign up instructions can be found at the bottom of this past).

You’ll also want to follow along on Instagram at @journey2nebula, and use the #journey2nebula to share your posts with Jaybird Quilts and be featured in the @journey2nebula posts.

What’s this all about?

As the anticipation grows for the arrival of the Jaybird Quilts Nebula Block of the Month quilt Julie wants to help you use the time to get comfortable with the tools and techniques that you’ll put to work making Nebula in 2021.

Yes, SEW Along With Jaybird Julie…from your home!

That’s right you’ll sew together with Julie through the end of 2020 using a series of tutorials and patterns to get you prepared for Nebula. The goal is to help you familiarize yourself with using the Hex N More & Super Sidekick (or Sidekick) rulers, cutting, & piecing shapes from the rulers. On the Journey to Nebula, Julie will help you work through specially selected small, approachable patterns so that when Nebula hits quilt shops in 2021 you are totally ready to get into it.

BUILD YOUR SKILLS and have a blast during Julie’s Journey to Nebula sew along! Julie’s dedicating two weeks to each skill building pattern.

What’s even better? Other than the cost of the rulers, patterns, and materials, there is no additional cost to sign up or participate in Jaybird’s Journey to Nebula sew along.

If you don’t have the required Journey to Nebula patterns yet…

We are offering a special Pre-Launch Party Pack (image above) that includes all 6 of the patterns you’ll use on the Journey To Nebula sew along with Julie. You can grab all 6 patterns at a special PRE-ORDER price with just one click.

NOTE: Pre-Launch Party Pack Price is valid 8/9/2020 – 8/15/2020. Estimated shipping date is 8/24/2020.

If you need just one or two of the patterns and/or the rulers, click here to select the individual items you need.

Additional NOTE: IF you don’t have the rulers and/or you don’t want to buy the rulers, template images are included in all of the selected patterns (and in the upcoming Nebula BOM so you can make your own) BUT… the rulers will make it SO much easier and yes, they are totally worth it! Jaybird rulers are not one-hit wonders. There are MANY patterns that use Hex N More, Super Sidekick (or Sidekick).

SEW…are you “IN”?

Click here to read more of the specifics on Jaybird’s Journey to Nebula program as well as a detailed schedule.

Click the image below to go to the program sign up form — you can also find the link on the program details page linked above.

SewThankful Calabacitas (Zucchini) With Yellow Squash, Corn & Green Chile

An ABUNDANCE of Summer Squash.
This is approximately 1/3rd of the day’s harvest, end of July 2020.

Sorry I don’t have a picture of the finished dish (yet). I will try to remember to take one the next time I make it — which is fairly often since it’s so easy and super delicious. It is a family favorite veggie dish. Once I’ve got a picture, I’ll add it here. This dish is super easy to make; adjust up or down in quantity or tweak ingredients to suit your needs.

Ingredients:

2 or 3 Medium Size Zucchini sliced into 1/8th inch discs.

1 Medium Size Yellow Squash sliced into 1/8th inch discs. If you don’t have yellow squash, just add another zucchini.

1 small onion, diced

1 – 2 cloves of garlic smashed and finely diced (depending on how much you like garlic)

1 – 2 Medium Size Ears of COOKED Sweet Corn — left over grilled or flame roasted sweet corn is best but steamed or boiled is fine too–slice the corn off the cob(s), you’ll want to have approximately 1 – 1 1/2 cups. OR use approximately 1 – 1 1/2 cups of frozen sweet corn that has been cooked (microwaved corn works fine). Make sure the corn has been drained and is relatively dry.

1/2 cup chopped roasted green chile that is drained/relatively dry — you can substitute roasted bell pepper of any color if you don’t have green chile or don’t care for the heat.

1/4 cup fresh grated Romano/Parmesan Cheese (or use your favorite cheese!)

2 Tablespoons Butter OR Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper to taste if desired

DIRECTIONS:

In a large, heavy skillet (I like to use my largest cast iron skillet) heat butter or olive oil.

Saute onion until it begins to brown/caramelize. Add garlic and toss lightly. You don’t want to burn the garlic.

Turn up the heat a bit and add zucchini and yellow squash. You want to quickly brown the squash on one side before turning, tossing or stirring with out allowing it to become mushy. Once you’ve got a nice golden brown, turn, toss or gently stir to brown the other side of your zucchini & yellow squash.

Add the prepared corn and green chile or bell pepper. Keeping the heat up, quickly toss/stir gently to distribute all ingredients evenly. You just want to heat the corn & green chile (as it has been cooked previously) to the same temperature as your squash.

Remove from heat. Add Salt & Pepper to taste. Sprinkle the top with cheese and allow to melt.

Serve & ENJOY!

EASY No-Sew Squash Hammock upcycle/recycle project

Lakota Squash settling into the good life. It’s all about the squash hammock.

I’m experimenting with trellising some of my squash plants. This Lakota Squash plant is climbing the trellis beautifully, but the squash was starting to get big and heavy and really needed support. I know some people use old panty hose to make slings, but I haven’t worn panty hose in (?) maybe decades so don’t have any old ones laying around.

What to do? What to do? “What would my Grams do?” I asked myself.

The answer was easy. She’d use what she had. And one thing I have is old knit shirts I’ll never wear again. They typically age in a storage container for a while then eventually find their way to the wrag bin.

Problem solved. I pulled out a lovely blue knit shirt, cut some long strips about 5 inches wide and secured it to the trellis. I was mindful to cut the strips wide enough to accommodate growth and still keep the squash secure. I brought the rest of the strips out to the garden and have them hanging/waiting on an empty spot in the trellis. I’ll be ready for the next hanging Lakota that starts to plump up and needs a bit of support. In the meantime this squash is definitely living its best life–carefree and healthy–just hanging out in the hammock. Happy, healthy squash means more deliciousness for our dinner table.

SewThankful Kittens!

Every barn needs kitties. And these kitties needed a home. So we gave them one.

On Thursday morning I picked up some baby kitties that needed a new home. You see, we have a barn and almost everybody knows that every barn needs kitties (rodents are always an issue at farms and I don’t believe in putting poisons out).

Clockwise from the top left we have: Smoky Joe (the gray), Rengar (aka Snowball, the white with one blue eye and one green eye), Pepper (aka Peppa, the tabby), and Stormy (the other tabby to the left…what you can’t see is that his back half is frosted white!). SO CUTE. All of them are semi long-haired. Peppa and Stormy are the runts. Stormy loves to be chill and nap. Peppa climbs like a monkey and comes running every time he sees me coming to the barn!

I am thrilled to have these babies to love and care for. And the kitties are very happy to be here! These babies are so sweet (and maybe I spoil them just a little..wink, wink). Here is a pic of Peppa hitching a ride in my apron pocket the other day:

Peppa hitches a ride in my apron pocket. He’s a Pocket Kitty!

Animals and plants inspire me. How about you? What do you think of these babies? I always encourage and welcome constructive comments!

She Do–> Hedou Tiny Bok Choy (Inspiration in the Garden)

Hedou Tiny Bok Choy – started from seed in March – harvested May 1st

I decided last year after we moved that this year I was going to put in a big garden. So in January I ordered my seeds after being totally smitten by a ton of seed catalogs. I tell you, ordering seeds is as addictive as ordering sewing patterns (for me!).

I love bok choy. I truly adore these tiny Hedous!! To give you an even better look at just how tiny here I am holding one:

As you probably know, bok choy is delicious in stir fry, salads and soups. These tiny Hedous are supremely delicious eaten whole (or maybe 2 bites) as a snack.

Not only are they delicious, the color and texture is exquisite too. It inspires me. How about you? Have you ever had Hedou Tiny Bok Choy?