Charity Quilt


I live such a good life…my email box is a happy place…so is my mailbox.  I love it.  What a blessing to have more good in the boxes than bad.

I recently got a note from Lori L.  signed her note “Day care grandma and farm wife, Lori”…she sounds like a kindred spirit already.  Anyway, Lori is one of our volunteer binders.  A bit ago I had sent her a quilt to be bound…and bind it she did!


This quilt originally was made by Brenna in Wellman, Iowa.

What an quick and easy pattern but great looking too.  I was a little bit nervous about quilting it.  I did a square design in the white area.  I did straight line quilting in the colored section.

The backing was donated by Forest Mills Quilt Shop.  The girls were cleaning out the shop one day.  They had fabric that was on the clearance rack but still didn’t sell so they passed it along to us.  It’s a big print floral that has all of the EXACT colors that were on the front of the quilt.  It’s like it was meant to be.

We found binding fabric to match.

This was a fun project to work on.  Thanks so much Brenna and Lori for helping this quilt come to be.  Lori has donated this quilt to Sharehouse in Fargo, ND.  Sharehouse provides chemical dependency services.  They prefer twin or single sized so quilts.  If anyone has a quilt top they’d like donated to Sharehouse just send it on to me, I’ll get it quilted and sent on to Lori to bind.  Remember…many hands make light work.




Normally I would have had a post written by now but that wasn’t meant to be….We’ve had what I would call a crazy day here.

It all started last night after supper.  What we thought was going to be a small amount of rain, turned torrential.  As we went to bed we didn’t think a lot about it.  Hubby checked the gauge and we had gotten about 1.5″.  It was a fast rain but it looked like it might be over soon…but as I adjusted the radar we saw that there would likely be another wave on it’s way.

We went to bed.  In the night I woke up to go to the bathroom and checked the radar again.  The next wave did hit.  In the countries north of us it was training over the same grounds.  When all was said and done, we had about 3.5″ of rain total.  That wasn’t horrible.  I looked out the upstairs window towards the river two blocks away I could see that it was out of it’s banks.

Before long reports started coming in.  Just 10 miles north of us they had rain and rain and rain.  Some places reported over 10″.  All of that rain was coming our way.

By mid morning the firemen were called out.  They could tell it was going to be bad.  They’ve been out sand bagging and working before when we’ve had floods so they know which families will need help.

Sadly there is no way to stop running flood waters.

This is what came to be from the time I woke, to the time we had supper.

This is the home of a wonderful family that lives in our town.  They have a beautiful home….


Here is another friend of ours home….they have three little ones.

I feel so awful for these families.  I can’t imagine looking at my home and not knowing what will be in store for me once I get there.  Both of these homes belong to people who actively help our little town.  I’m not too able bodied right now so I don’t know what help I can be.  That makes me a little sad.

Sadly there are other homes that were damaged too…

This is the street I take the kiddos down when we go to the park.


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UFO Challenge


From now until Bonnie Hunter’s new book comes out in September you’ll find me right here on Wednesdays sharing my progress on a UFO (unfinished project).  My hope is to get some finished so I won’t feel guilty sewing on new projects from her new book.  It’s not to late to join in the fun.  You can find my first post about it here.  You can see my listing of all my Bonnie Hunter UFOs here.

I did it.  FINALLY.

I’ve been sewing and sewing on my Texas Braids.  As I’ve been working on the quilt people have said they started and stopped because they thought it was a tedious process.  In fact, Kayla and Kelli have both started a Texas Braid some time ago and both have it in a UFO pile.

Mine, it’s still in the UFO pile but it is LOTS and LOTS closer to a finish.

I started it in my UFO challenge when it was simply this…


Only cut out and not a stitch sewn.

Now it’s this….

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What I’ve Been Reading: Woods Runner


I just finished up the book Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen.  I’ve long been a Gary Paulsen fan.  It all started when reading to my children when they were little.  Some of our favorites are Hatchet, The River, Brian’s Winter, The Rifle, Soldier’s Heart, but our favorites by far where the Tucket books, Tucket’s Travels: Francis Tucket’s Adventures in the West, 1847-1849.

The Tucket series I’ve read twice.  Once I read them to our kids and another time I read them to the childcare kids.  Everyone has LOVED them.  How can you not when a boy gets stolen by the Indians and saved by a one armed mountain man?  If you have younger elementary kiddos in your life they are a must read.

Anyway..back to my book I just finished….Woods Runner.  I was hoping that Gary Paulsen wouldn’t let me down and of course, he didn’t.

Gary Paulsen is children’s literature of the best in my opinion. [Read more...]