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Blast from the Past: September 2012

**Ooops.  I’m totally fine.  I had a scheduling error**  Here is the morning post.

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about things I was working on in September of 2012.

On the quilting front, I had just finished up this quilt Blue and Gray from Country Threads.  I just love this quilt and still own it.  I would so love to make another only make it bed sized.  Hmm.  That’s a thought.  You can find the pattern along with many other great patterns in THIS BOOK.


I was busy working with recycled cotton shirts and had made this quilt, Hip to be Square.  You can find the FREE pattern HERE.

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Blast from the Past: August 2012

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about things I was working on in August of 2012.

Not a lot of sewing happened.  It never does in August.  The gardens are busy.  School starts…and Kramer, my husband always took vacation time in August.

I did manage to work on my Nine in the Middle quilt.  It’s a Bonnie Hunter quilt from the book  Adventures with Leaders & Enders: Make More Quilts in Less Time! (This is $2.99 in the Kindle version)

I was chugging along on sewing my Pineapple Crazy blocks.  I managed to get 18 done that week.  That was a lot!!  Here’s a link to the book with the pattern: String Fling: Scrappy, Happy and Loving It!

I was also gearing up to sew a Moda Bake Shope project with this jelly roll.

I finished up my mini quilts for the Quilt Square Quilt Along…


I was patching Karl’s childhood Harry Potter quilt that I tied for him.
I told the story of how I came to buy my long arm.  You can read about it all HERE.

I did a sewing room tour of my small space.  You can read about it HERE.

I remember being SO-SO embarrassed to have to do this.  Moda Bake Shop, who we were working with so much at the time, asked their designers to do sewing room tours.  BLAH.  We were living in an old farmhouse that we lived in as part of my husband’s wages.  We had no control over the space but I made due.  I was sure all of the other designers were going to have fancy spaces.

I felt very uncomfortable showing my space.  I’m sure all of you who are sewing in a space you can’t control can relate.  But…I did it.  You can read about the tour and see my sewing space from then HERE.

August of 2012 is when I first started my “Ask Jo” posts.  This was one of the questions… Annie M asks: “BTW, please tell us about the quilt pattern on the wall behind your pretty daughter and the quilt.”

I decided to include this in this current-day post because this is a question I still regularly get asked.  The quilt is one of my all-time favorites.  The pattern is from Country Threads.  You can find it in their book Civil War Remembered.  HERE is a link to the book.

I purchased some Purple Hyacinth Bean Flowering Vine Seeds and planted them around our mailbox.  This reminded me that I should find a place to plant them here at this house.  Hmm.


Crops were bad in 2012.  It was so dry and hot.  The guys were busy and made corn silage in August.  Typically it doesn’t happen until mid-September.


Since we moved to town, people always ask me don’t you miss the farm and peace and quiet.  NOPE…I don’t.  It wasn’t peaceful and quiet.  The yard often looked like this.  Of course, there are a few things I miss but for the most part…I love where I am at.

There was an updo happening at the farm house that year…

They poured a spot for a fire ring.  I really enjoyed that and actually miss having a fire in the evenings.


I was busy in the garden.  This was the onion harvest.  We had purple onions too.


I was making salsa…

Kalissa had her annual salsa party at our house.


Kramer, my husband took some time off work.  We went to Oronoco, MN for their Gold Rush days.

We went antiquing in Wisconsin and crossed the Mississippi via the ferry in Cassville, WI.

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Kalissa was our only kiddo left at home.  Karl was headed off for year two of college…

It was Kalissa’s senior year of high school.


We went to our annual family picnic.  It must have been cold that year because we were all wearing coats.  I am on the far right.  I still have those shoes…These are my siblings.


Kayla was getting married in the fall and we all got together and made the coursages.


I was berating myself for having such a messy work desk.  It’s about 50% better now…but still bad.  Somethings don’t change.

I was complaining about having to do paperwork…something else that doesn’t change.  I miss that calculator.  It was a good one.


Are you ready for a good funny story?  I was reviewing this book on my blog.  You can read the review HERE.


You can find the book HERE.  It’s only $5 now.

The book was filled with a variety of projects from quilts to wall hangings to needle books…and even cross stitch.

In the blog post, I showed this picture from the book and wrote…


“I don’t cross stitch anymore…it’s too taxing on my eyes.  For anyone who does, this little sampler is cute.”

HA!!!!  This old dog picked up cross stitching.  Ten years ago I didn’t think I ever would.  HA!!

Well, that proves that some things actually do change…my messy desk and hating paperwork.  That has stuck but me and cross stitch, we’re good friends now.

That wraps up the happenings at the Kramer house in August of 2012.

Blast from the Past: July 2012

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about things I was working on in July of 2012.

A blog reader had sent her version of our quilt A Touch of Red…

only she did her’s in yellow.  We loved it.  You can find the free pattern HERE.

I was working on UFO projects.  I finished my version of Bonnie Hunter’s
My Blue Heaven.  You can read all about that quilt and how to find the free pattern HERE.

Kelli and I were busy sewing.  She was working on her Smith Mountain Morning quilt.  You can find the pattern in Bonnie Hunter’s Book Scraps and Shirttails.  You can find it HERE.  (The Kindle version of the book is only $2.99 now)
She had finished her quilt and it was on the quilting frame.  Back then I was longarming (midarming actually) on a Pfaff Grand Quilter.  I don’t miss that setup at all.
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While she was doing that, I was busy sewing on my Nine in the Middle quilt.  This quilt is in Bonnie Hunter’s book , Adventures with Leaders & Enders: Make More Quilts in Less Time! (This is also $2.99 in the Kindle version)

I adore this quilt…likely on my top ten list.  It isn’t fancy but it’s a favorite.

I was learning how to use Transfer Ease for transferring words and such for stitching.  I haven’t used it since.  I do miss wool applique.  I should do another project sometime.


I was working on my Scrappy Mountain Majesties quilt.  It’s a free Bonnie Hunter pattern.  I went on and gifted this to my nephew as a graduation present.

Kelli and I were busy making a Perkimon Daydreams quilt.  We’ve made four quilt tops…and finished three of these quilts.  They are in Bonnie Hunter’s book Scraps and Shirttails Book One.  You can find it HERE.

I finished my mini quilt for the Quilt Square Quilt Along I was hosting.  You can read about it HERE.


Bonnie Hunter came out with her book String Fling.  I did a review of it.
You can find it HERE.  It is likely my favorite of all of her books.  You can find it HERE on Amazon.  The reason I can say it’s my favorite of all of her books is that I made every quilt in the book and I even made one of them twice!!  You can see all of my quilts from the book in THIS blog post.

I was working on Pineapple Crazy blocks from the book.  These were so fun.  I think I need another paper piecing project…Hmmm.

Kelli and I finished up a charity quilt.


Kelli made the top using Judy at Patchworks Times pattern Making Ends Meet.  She didn’t add all the borders so it’s a big throw or could go on a single bed.

We were happy to announce that Kelli and I were going to be published in this book.  It was so fun to be a part of the project.  You can find the book HERE.


In family news…Kalissa, our daughter, was singing at all of the local fairs.

She was also busy bailing hay.  We lived on the farm back then.


It’s fun to look back and see she’s now married and has two kids with one on the way.  I can’t help but think in another 10 years she’ll have an almost 16-year-old!!  It makes me treasure this time even more.

I was busy being farm wife.  Here I was helping sort cattle and came back to the house looking like this.

The weather was terribly HOT and DRY.

The crops really suffered including my garden.  I ended up with dry rot with my tomato plants.  Ah…I was so sad.  All that work for nothing.


Well, not completely nothing.  The chickens enjoyed my bottom rot tomatoes.  I miss the chickens too.

Life wasn’t all work and no play.  Kramer, my husband, and I checked something off of our bucket list.  We went to see Merle.


I love looking back on these posts.  There are so many good memories.  They remind me to treasure the moments in life in whatever stage we are in.

…and that’s what was happening in the Kramer family in July of 2012.

Blast from the Past: June 2012

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about things I was working on in June of 2012.

We had a Moda Bake Shop project.  It was called Peaks and Valleys.  It was a fun quilt to make.  We have it listed as a free pattern here on the blog now.  You can find it HERE.  You can read the original post about the quilt HERE.

I didn’t remember where I had gifted this quilt.  Then last week I saw a picture my niece posted of their cat wall.  Notice the quilt in the rocking chair.

I gifted it to my niece!!  I love that she still has it and is using it.


Don’t you love the cat wall??  So cool.

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