Wednesday, September 14, 2011

When I Don't Sleep......

My sewing machine is very happy when I have problems with insomnia - we play all night.


I am playing with Jo's Crumb Along that will be every Tuesday, so naturally the faithful tub comes out.

Very easy free form geese blocks - just two for the day. Easy peasy.


I finished the 'Chrysalis' quilt that I had tutorial for here and here.

And I put together my 36-patch blocks from Crazymomquilts block along.

And I always love when quilter's show the back of thier quilts - so important to press those seams correctly and neatly - adds to the neatness and squreness of your top.


I'm part of the Ghastly fun and just love this fabric design line. I can't show what I am working on - you'll have to wait til' October.


I finished up block #9 from The Raspberry Rabbits. Still haven't decided how I am going to set these.

And block #7 from Clover & Violet's embroidery/quilt along.


It's been a while since I posted a recipe - I like quick meals. So I am sharing my Cornmeal Deep Dish Pizza.


1 (8 1/2-ounce) box Jiffy brand corn-muffin mix
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 (26-ounce) jar of your favorite pasta sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional pizza ‘toppings’ of your choice - cooked sausage, hamburger, pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, etc.
1/2 pound shredded cheese of your choice - I like the 4-cheese mix packs

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9- by 13-inch baking dish. Prepare the muffin mix using the egg and 1/2 cup of milk. (Note: this amount of milk is different from what's called for in the package directions.) Blend in the Parmesan - then spread the batter evenly across the bottom of the pan.

Heat the oil in a large skillet, then sauté the onion and garlic until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the pasta sauce, oregano, and salt and pepper. Cook the sauce until it thickens, about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Arrange half of the toppings on the cornmeal batter. Pour the sauce over and spread it evenly, then layer on the remaining toppings. Bake for 15 minutes, then top with cheese and bake until the cheese is bubbling, about 10 minutes. Cut into slices and serve. Makes 6 servings.


A flock of sheep that leisurely pass by
One after one; the sound of rain, and bees
Murmuring; the fall of rivers, winds and seas,
Smooth fields, white sheets of water, and pure sky -
I've thought of all by turns, and still I lie
~William Wordsworth, "To Sleep"

Sewingly Yours,


  1. Wow you have been busy!

    When I can't sleep I blog hop -- like tonight! Too tired to sew, but not tired enough to sleep!

    Love all your little embroidery projects too!

  2. You do get so much done! I like that 36 patch. I have never seen a quilt like it and it just looks very inviting.

  3. You get more work done while your sleeping than I do while I'm awake.

    Nighty night.


  4. I sometimes stay up all night sewing too. Better than lying in bed awake and feeling bored. Might as well be productive.

  5. I have just got up but reading all you have done has made me tired again!!! You are so productive...yawn. Love your little embroidery. Hugs Linda xx

  6. lovely post Sharon i enjoyed my visit,have a great day

  7. I've been having trouble sleeping lately too. I should just get up and get sewing like you! Boy did you get lots done! :)
    xx, shell

  8. You make me tired just looking at all you have accomplished. Everything is beautiful.

  9. I admire all your productivity while sleepless. I, unfortunately, have a new mattress that keeps calling my name - it's s-o-o-o-o-o-o-o comfortable........;-)

  10. I know having trouble sleeping is not fun, but man! What I couldn't get done if I didn't sleep! LOL

  11. All of your creativeness is amazing. You sure use your time wisely.
    Your closing poem may not induce sleep but it sure does help me relax.

  12. You have gotten alot accomplished and unfortunately not much sleep. Wonderful projects - love that 36 patch and may need to give that one a try. How did I miss Clover and Violet? I must have been napping. Judy C

  13. I wish I had your energy! Sleepless in New York, has a whole new meaning! (wait..that was Seattle, o, well).

    When I can't sleep...I feel like only my brain is body still feels so tired.

    Did I miss (very likely!) what you do with your fabric "crumbs"? It looks soo-sew fun!


  14. At least I am not the only one lying there wide awake! I will sometimes get up and read to get drowsy, sometimes go and sew! Hope you can rest more in the nights to come!

  15. I am loving your glad you joined us.

  16. Your crumbs are great. And I love your 36 patch quilt. That one I did manage to resist, unlike the crumbalong

  17. I love, love your posts!! You always get so much done and they are so positive and upbeat, and a recipe too!!!! Great post.

  18. I think those 36 patch blocks would give me a heart attack... and I want to "line" everything so nobody ever has to see my seams :D Thanks for sharing your wonderful work and the recipe!

  19. Love your first blocks and all your blog :)

  20. All of your finishes are great! Ya know, I think my 4 yr old just might like the pizza recipe - thank you. He's at that stage where he's picky from one minute to the next.

  21. You've got a lot of fun things going on! Sorry about your insomnia, but at least you have something to show for it. Pretty quilt finish!

  22. Wow you really have been busy! Can't wait to see what you are doing with the neat Ghastly fabrics!

  23. Blocks, embroidery, recipes - what a great post!

  24. Okay! Not only am I feeling somewhat challenged by my inability to do wonky geese blocks, I'm feeling lazy too. Nice job on EVERYTHING!

  25. wow with all you've gotten done, you must have been up all week! Love the crumbs and the quilts.

    I'm working on mine, can you send me the address so that I can send my quilt to your LQS for donation? I'm making two, one for your area, and one for here.

    I always admire and am in awe of the handwork you do!!

  26. I like your Crumb Along blocks. Crystalis and 36 patch quilts are GREAT! LOVE squares!
    I'm tempted to join Ghastly fun. I've tried to figure out why that fabric line appeals to me so. haha
    Lovely hand work. Yummy recipe.
    When I can't sleep, I read. That usually makes me sleepy. Perhaps I should take a page from your book and sew.
    Great post, Sharon. Have a good weekend.

  27. I'm always amazed at how much you accomplish, Sharon! Just wanted to tell you, while I don't always comment, I love looking at your blog!

  28. Oh my have accomplished so must not be sleeping at all!! I am impressed with the back of your 36 patch quilt... I wouldn't dare show the back of my quilts!

  29. Looks like you got LOTS done. Almost makes me wish I had insomnia.

  30. I play at the computer when I can't sleep--trying not to awake DH with my sewing until at least 6 a.m.

    Love the tones in your 36 patch quilt!

  31. I'm amazed by how much you accomplished! Such pretty stuff, too - I'm always so mad when I can't sleep, I wouldn't be able to create anything nice. I usually fold laundry! So whoop whoop for you for all those pretty finishes!!

  32. I love your Chrysalis quilt and deep dish pizza yum--haven't made any in forever!

  33. Hi Sharon, how's it all going over there in Schoharie? I have had my head down and bum up for the past couple of weeks, donated a couple of baby quilts to help out.
    Wish i could sew on nights like that, but i am in the basement now and i am told sounds like ww3 when i do!
    love the knitting gals fabric a LOT!!! and the recipe. :) ty

  34. I like that quilt you made with the Chrysalis fabric. I'm hoping to purchase some on sale. I really like that fabric.

  35. I love the embroidery. I have to learn how to do this one of these day. Now if I just could find the time.....oh well. Sleep well.

  36. I was up late last night...doing what...sewing....on more blocks for the Crumb Along.