What I’m Working On…


Remember the wedding quilt that I need to get done?  Well some progress is happening.

First off let me show you what I’m making….  this…  (the picture is courtesy of Mary over at Country Threads blog)  The idea is Mary’s….Me I love it.  Simple yet striking.

She made her’s lap sized.  She used a jelly roll plus added strips.  You can read her post here to catch all the details on making it.

I loved the idea.  I also am excited to do some straight line quilting on this too.

Anyway….I decided to rummage through my solid prints and clean it all out.  Anything that was pastel shades or yellow was getting cut and thrown in.  Then I hit my 2 1/2″ scrap bin and away I was sewing.

I want mine bed sized so I calculated that I would need 54 blocks.  That meant 54 solid strips and 54 printed strips.

In no time I had them sewn and ironed….then it was time for cutting.  You can see my strips all stacked for the cut.

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Stash Report


If you read an earlier post you know that Kelli and I visited Lou Ann’s Quilt Garden and Retreat in Oelwein.  We had a fun time and really enjoyed Lou Ann’s hospitality and the goodies she had in the shop.  I wrote a post earlier about the visit.  (find that post here)

You might remember that I liked this quilt that was shown in the window.


Well I caved and bought the goodies to make the quilt.  I bought the fabric, layer cake and even the book with the directions. [Read more...]

Back to School with U.S. Cellular


Every month I team up with U.S. Cellular and share a little about my Samsung Galaxy S6 Smart Phone.  This is one of those posts.  If you have a kid or grand kid with a smart phone you might want to check out this parent child agreement on cell phone use.  I think it would be very useful when opening a discussion on phone safety with your children. You can find that here.

It’s that time of year again…school is about to start.

It seems that being I don’t have children living with me at home, the school calendar shouldn’t be a big part of my life but it still is.  Our daughter Kayla is a teacher.  Our son Karl is going to be a teacher and is at college.  Our daughter Kelli and Kalissa are continuing their nursing education…all are on a school calendar year and me…I have childcare kiddos that keep me interested in the school calendar.

It seems that one of the big back to school purchases now days is a cell phone.  I’m a little naive and that wasn’t one of the first things that came to mind for me…I’m thinking shoes, back packs, school supplies and the like..but not cell phones.  But in a recent U.S. Cellular survey, respondents said the average age of children getting their own cellphone from a parent is 11, whereas five years ago this age was 14. That same survey showed that safety was the primary reason. The appropriate time varies from family to family, and parents can be challenged with how best to introduce their child to their first phone. Back in the “stone age” when our kids got phones we were a “when you have your license” you can get a phone family.

Here is something that would have been handy if it was around when our kids were younger, U.S. Cellular’s Vehicle Monitoring System.  It is a new device that can be installed in your teen’s car. Parents can use the app on their 4G LTE iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S7 or any tablet, to check a vehicle’s location on a map, as well as decipher engine codes to be aware of any mechanical issues. You’ll know where your teenager is at any time of day, and whether the car needs servicing like an oil change.

I know, as a teacher, that our daughter Kayla has struggled with cell phone use in the classroom. Phones and tablets are being used in the classroom in a variety of ways. At first she really fought with them but now she has started to embrace them.  When she was in a high school setting truly-every student had a phone.  She would often set up review quiz type activities where the kids buzzed in with answers using their phones.  It’s amazing to see all the things phones can be used for now days.  Who ever thought?

If you are a parent or grandparent and you have someone in your life getting a new phone at the start of the new school year I HIGHLY recommend and encourage that parents set up cellphone guidelines for their teen using U.S. Cellular’s Parent-Child Agreement. While accessories such as Bluetooth headsets are helpful, it’s important that drivers remain focused on the road and let calls go to voicemail and texts get answered once the car is parked. I think it’s sad the often the reason parents want their children to have a phone is to keep them safe then they forget to teach phone safety.

Happy wishes to all on a bright new school year….for me the school year starts on the 23rd…back to work starts the 22nd.  It’s going to be a big week for me.



Monday with Kelli, Debbie and Lou Ann


On Monday Kelli was home and we went on a little adventure.

It all started with a note from Debbie.  She’s a blog reader who lives in Florida but has family in Oelwein.  Often when she’s home Debbie sends a note and we go down and meet her for lunch.  I love it.  Debbie is so sweet and I always have a fun time visiting her.  Anyway, Debbie was in town and wanted to know if I was up for a visit.  This time she said she’d come to me.

I told Kelli about that and Kelli said that as long as I was laid up, how about we go that way and meet in Oelwein.  We had other business in town and it would work out well.

We called Debbie and she said it would work…so off we went.  First stop, Mexican with Debbie.  The photo didn’t turn out the best but it was fun.


Then off to Lou Ann’s Quilt Garden and Retreat.  If you’re a long time reader you might remember that Lou Ann’s is one of the places that we hosted the Bonnie Hunter quilt retreat at last year.  We are hosting Bonnie Hunter again in 2017 so it’s time to get some planning done.

This wonderful quilt met us at the window.  I love the colors.  But you can’t see it very good…RIGHT?


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