The Day

June 2nd 2019 is the official day noted as the death of my husband Kramer.  It happened in the night so to me and the kids, it seems more like it was the day before.

But officially:  Today is the one year anniversary.

Not so long ago I was watching a Ken Burns’ miniseries on The Roosevelts.  It was noted that this was the diary entry FDR wrote on the day his wife died…

…an “X” and then the words “the light has gone out of my life”.

FDR had is much worse than me.  “On Valentine’s Day of 1884, just 36 hours after the birth of their only daughter, Alice (named after her mother), 25-year-old future U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt held his young wife in his arms as she passed away from undiagnosed Bright’s disease. Incredibly, just hours before, in the same house, he had already said a final goodbye to his mother, Martha. She had succumbed to Typhoid, aged just 48.”

What a incredible man to pull through that tragedy.

…I can say, I fell his sentiment.  I truly did feel like the light was gone from my life when Kramer passed.

What a blow it was to me….what a blow it was to the family and to the kids.  When I married Kramer back in 1986, I had no idea our life would lead us to Iowa…we were Minnesotans.

This was definitely and 80’s wedding, right?? Continue reading

Ask Jo: Scraps and Such

Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to.  That’s when I feature them on the blog.  This is one of those days.

After writing my blog post on how I cut up my scraps to make they usable, I got this question from Karin:
You have some great tips on how to cut strips. I like the idea of ironing at a different time, to make the time cutting more efficient.
I would like to know what pattern the quilt with stars and blocks in RWB on the bed is. Thank you.”

Karin was referring to this quilt….
American Patchwork & Quilting June 2015 | AllPeopleQuilt.com
It is in the June 2015 issue.  I designed it.  Kelli sewed it.  It’s called Stars and Stripes Forever.  Back issue can be found HERE.  This is the cover of the issue.

American Patchwork & Quilting June 2015 | AllPeopleQuilt.com

You can read the Cinderella story behind this quilt HERE.  I went from not liking it, to loving it!

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The next question comes from Patricia… Continue reading

What I’m Working On…

The kids were home a lot this last week so I haven’t had much time to sew.  In fact, I don’t think I really sewed much at all.  When I did get to the sewing room, I mostly organized.

I did finish up cutting up the box of scraps I had….


The Dumbo print was my very last one to cut.  The other fabric went into another spot.  I hope to make some pot holders with it.

Look at my overflowing garbage can with all the slivers of fabric that was left over.


Oh my.  Isn’t that the way it goes?  One mess gets cleaned and in the cleaning we make another mess.

I worked on this cabinet…. Continue reading

What I’m Reading: Sold on a Monday

I just finished up the audiobook Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris.  The book kept coming up for me as suggested by both Amazon and Audible, so I finally broke down and got the book.  The cover looked like something I’d like and the time period looked like something I’d like so I gave it a try.

Sold on a Monday: A Novel by [Kristina McMorris]

The book takes place during the Great Depression and was inspired by this sign.

What happened to the 4 children who were sold by their parents ...
This book was good in several different ways.  Someone does a wrong and they work to make a right.  I love that theme.  Someone’s former beliefs are corrected by maturing and learning the whole truth.  I love watching a book character involve into someone I admire and respect.

Here’s what Amazon has to say: Continue reading