Grilled Cheese #grilledcheese #llfoods #verona

My favorite Wisconsin cheese on a soon-to-be grilled cheese sandwich.  It’s fun to photograph food with nice colors and patterns.


My favorite everyday cheese is Bucky Badger Calico by L&L Foods in Verona, Wisconsin.

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Fromagination Cheese Shop – Madison, Wisconsin #fromagination

Fromagination is a wonderful, classy cheese shop on the Capitol Square (this means near the Capitol building) in Madison, Wisconsin.  Lots of amazing cheese and gifts to purchase, with a European style slant.  I love being in a cheese shop in Wisconsin but feeling like I’m really in a cheese shop in Europe.

I loved the twine that they use to wrap gifts.  Nope, didn’t photograph the cheese!

Take me away!


12 S. Carroll St.

Madison, WI 53703



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Quilted Pillowcases #quilt

I decided that I didn’t want to make a quilt because I don’t need one.  I already have enough bedspreads in my house.  But what I really need is more pillows on our deep couch to support our backs.  I have extra bed pillows and decided to make pillowcase covers for my extra bed pillows.

And then I will put them all on my couch and it will be super psychedelic! 

It was really fun to choose the fabric.  I used 5″ squares.  For each pillowcase I used 6 squares across and 4 squares down.  Each pillowcase is lined.

Here is the first one I made:

I had a “friend” who sent me an email after I moved to Wisconsin.  She said that

every time and and her girlfriend see cows or cheese on a TV commercial, they think of me. 

Well, that was a major faux pas (MISTAKE) to say that to me.  What an insulting generalization!  And, at the time I had only lived here for one year.  I was really pissed off that they would say something so shallow.  So I didn’t answer their email for a couple years.  All I got out of their faux nice, long email was that

they now associated me with cows and cheese.  Ugh!!! 

Couldn’t have been a worse insult to a city girl like me.

Oops, is this post supposed to be about quilts, sewing, and being creative?

Well, then why do I have the farm fabric?  I was being rebellious and bought it.  The other cute fabric of a fisher boy and girl swinging is from my mom.

Here is the lining:

I bought some bug fabric in New Jersey and thought that some day I would make my son a quilt with a bunch of bugs and animals on it but of course that never happened.  So, I put the bug fabric inside the pillow.  Cute, huh? And the bug lining has nothing to do with the outside of the pillowcase.

The green pillowcase is slightly annoying but it gives me pleasure somehow.

Here is my second pillowcase:

When you quilt it’s important to use your favorite fabrics that mean something to you.  The troll/gnome/elf fabric is from Nick & Nora pajamas that my mom gave me.  There is a lot of troll merchandise in Southern Wisconsin, so I thought it would be perfect to cut up the jammies and use them for this purpose.

The lining I used for this pillowcase is a navy blue flat sheet from Lands’ End.  I had bought a queen sheet set from them and the fitted sheet never fit our bed properly, even thought I measured everything before purchase.  And to make things even more annoying, the flat sheet was huge for the bed!  It was really annoying to put that fitted sheet on our bed and one end of it only partially covered our mattress.

I couldn’t take it anymore and sent the fitted sheet back to Lands’ End and got my money back. 

And then I was stuck with a big flat navy blue sheet.  It felt really good to rip it up and turn it into a lining for a pillowcase.

Although I do think it’s more fun to use fabric with a print on it as a pillowcase liner.

Rag, rag, rag!

If I need some more pillows, I found these cute pillows in a local store:

I love the logo:  Grandma’s Jumbo.

I love the print colors of the pillows – they have green, yellow and blue.

The pillows are nice and plump!

I’ll post the next pillowcase I make.  It’s in the works already.

Thanks for reading!