My Foray Into Food Storage

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I’m Back!  Did you miss me?


It’s been a while. I think I’ve just had the craziest 6 months of my life beginning when my father passed away in April. Since then, life has been coming at me nonstop. Here are some highlights:

  • My son, Michael, finished up his Eagle Scout application, had his board of review and his eagle court of honor 
  • Michael graduated from high school
  • We had 4 birthdays and my 25th wedding anniversary. 
  • My husband and I volunteered as youth leaders on a church pioneer handcart trek reenactment. 
  • Michael submitted his paperwork to serve a mission for our church and received a call to Russia with 8 1/2 weeks to prepare before reporting to the MTC.

Last Saturday, I helped give a baby shower for a friend having her first child. I decided to make a rag quilt out of some cute flannel I’ve been collecting for the past 13 years or so. 
Here’s the final product:

Cute, huh?  
One thing I love about these quilts is that they’re super easy to make, and they’re very forgiving. If the seams don’t line up, that’s okay. You’ll never notice. 
To make it you need to be able to do a few simple things: cut fabric in relatively straight lines, sew a relatively straight line, and be able to make many small snips with your scissors. That’s it. 
Here are the basic instructions:

  • Start with 5-6 yards of your favorite flannel.
  • Cut 70 9-inch squares.


  • Sew two squares together, right sides out, forming an X. 


  • Lay out pattern. 


  • Sew squares together in rows with a 1/2-inch seam allowance with all the seams facing the same way. 


  • Sew rows together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance with all the seams facing the same way. 


  • Sew around the outside of the blanket with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. 
  • Snip all the fabric between the seam allowance and edge of the fabric. 


  • Wash in your washing machine and dry in the dryer. 
  • Trim any loose threads and enjoy!

Try it out and let me know how it turns out!


Author: Laurie Nguyen

I am a happily married, stay at home mom with four sons, ages 24, 22, 18, and 14. I'm not a professional blogger, and I'm certainly not a foodie or a chef. But I like food, so I think I'm qualified to write about my own life experience with food. Want to be a little more prepared for the unexpected? Check out my Food Storage Blog, Have a question about Food Storage? Email me:

16 thoughts on “I’m Back!  Did you miss me?

  1. Nice to see you back. The quilt is lovely. So to hear about your dad, but glad there’s been good news mixed in over the six months.


  2. Yes! I did miss you! I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad you’re back, though. I believe I may even have some food storage related questions for you soon.


  3. Glad to see you back on your blog. I was just thinking about you when I was canning up some peppers.


  4. Your quilt is precious and I’m sure very happily received:)


  5. Glad you are back! We still have a beautiful quilt that you made when Wil was a baby. I still haven’t tried to make a rag quilt yet. I guess I will need to try it one of these days.


  6. Congratulations on all the good things in your life.


  7. whoa you’ve been away for awhile 🙂 glad things are well and good seeing you back. i am trying to get back at it myself and am working on moving my stuff to a different site.


  8. I have missed your blog. I’m glad to see you are back.


  9. So sorry your Father passed, but it’s good to see you back. Looking forward to more of your posts.


  10. Welcome back! Yes, I did miss you 🙂


  11. Sorry to hear about your dad, Laurie. congrats on Michael’s accomplishments and all the good that’s going on for you Beautiful job with the quilt. I’m sure your friend is happy.
    and welcome back!!!


  12. Yes, I did miss you, and was just thinking about your blog the other day. My condolences on losing your father.


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