Charity Quilt Finishes from Ronda


I recently got an email from Ronda- the amazing charity quilter!

Ronda writes:

Hi Jo,

   I have three more finishes to share with you.  These came to me from Cynthia Emerson in Ohio.  They were all finished quilt tops.  She included the backing and binding for the disappearing 4-patch.  I provided the backing and binding for the first two.  These three are headed for the CSADV (Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence).  I am so happy to be able to work with other quilters and to be able to provide someone who is hurting with the comfort that a quilt gives. ”

Check out the work that Ronda and Cindy teamed up do to make these wonderful quilts.


Ronda-66 (2)

This quilt looks like a version of Scrappy Bargello.  That pattern is in Bonnie Hunter’s Scrap and Shirttails I.

Ronda-67 (2)

The backing is perfect!!

Here’s another fun quilt that Cynthia sewed and Ronda finished….


If you look close you can see that the batiks are irregular shaped with some thin and some thicker.  I love the look…do you? [Read more...]



A post from Kelli–

Reember a while back when mom told you all about making strawberry pie?  Well I had the pleasure of delivering and helping to serve the pie to the Ragbrai riders as they came through my adopted hometown of Castalia.

Prior to the Ragbrai Riders coming through town, my church discovered that they would need to do some extensive repairs to their steeple and had decided that selling pie when Ragbrai came through would be a great opportunity to raise money to do so.  There were a few different groups that got together to make pie in the days before Ragbrai and boy-oh-boy were there pies!

Pie 2 (300x400)

This was about halfway through and only one of three tables upstairs and another downstairs.  I believe that their goal was 1000 pieces of pie, but that was definitely surpassed.  They ended up having closer to 1250 pieces I believe.  I headed up there at about 8 to sell pie as I had to work the overnight that night and I would be able to sneak home in the afternoon to grab a quick nap before my weekend of overnights.

Ragbrai rider had already been going through since before I got there.  This meant that they had about a 40 mile bike ride already done for the day.  As the morning went on and turned to lunch time, there were more and more bikers.

Pie 7 (300x400)

Castalia is a very small town–population 173 at the 2010 census kind of small.  There’s a church, a bar, and a post office that is open a few hours each day.  It almost seemed like the population was doubling every 10 minutes or so!

Pie 4 (300x400)

If you look close, there was a gentleman riding more of an eliptical styled bike in the red shirt.

Pie 5 (300x400)

There was even a family riding!  The little girl that was on the back of this bike couldn’t have been any older than 3 or 4!

Pie 3 (300x400)

Oftentimes, groups come up with fun costumes too–All the ladies here had glitter sequined skirts!

Pie (300x400)

This is where I got to hang out most of the day–Selling pies!  It was really fun to see where the riders were from and how they ended up hearing of Ragbrai.  Most explanations included a family member from Iowa or a relative from Iowa that they were joining!  How fitting that the stopped in our little family friendly town.

A not so little known secret about mom is that she likes to cook.  One thing that she does is decide that she is going to master something and then will continue to make and tweak it until she has it perfect.  Pie is one of those things that she has worked hard at mastering.  One of the coordinators of the pie sale said they talked to someone and they said that in the many years they had ridden Ragbrai, the strawberry pie that she had made was the best that he had ever had–hands down!  Needless to say, I think we can place “Pie Mastery” on her list of accomplishments!

UFO Challenge


I knew I wouldn’t get much done this week.  August is always the busiest month for me and this one is no different.

In the UFO department….I think I might as well add two more to the list.  I started Spider Web string quilt at retreat.  I got a few blocks made but that’s it.  Then I cut out part of Moth in the Window but didn’t even sew a stitch in it.  I’m sure I won’t get to it any time soon so…add two to the list of UFO’s.  I am leaving these down stairs.  One day I’m hoping to get a little free time during nap time to trim them down.  Then I’ll let the kids help de-paper them if they want.



That’s okay though.  I can’t make the quilts if they aren’t started right?

Even thought it’s not much, I’m wonderfully happy with any progress and I did have a little see? [Read more...]

We’re Ruined!


Hubby and I had a wedding in July.  We took the Friday off hoping to antique our way to the wedding in Minnesota.  Before we went though, we stopped at an estate sale…and yes, we ended up with a truck load of stuff….nothing that I’m super excited about.  It’s mostly things for resale.

We did stop at a garage sale and I came up with two things I wanted…the sock monkey and the book.  Both things were cheap.  I don’t remember how much-  $1 or $2.


I also picked up these cute coasters and the Pyrex bowl.


I’m not into Pyrex but my daughter Kayla is so I watch for it and pick it up when it’s cheap…these two items, 25 cents each.

I was happy with our finds and Hubby was too.  We unloaded and the next day we headed out to the wedding with the intention of stopping at antique shops along the way….  We saw lots of fun things.


I love Raggedy Ann dolls.


Nice highchair….


Love the little ladder….


Great refinishing on these….



Oh and sock monkeys….  $18 each!!  Check out the collection!

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