Community Quilts

I have quilts from Ronda…Oh she’s a treasure.  She sent me a note that said, “Sometimes your world turns upside down, and you need somebody to show you how to walk on your hands before you can find your feet again.”
Oh my.  Isn’t that the truth!!

Now onto quilts- Ronda writes:
I have three more quilts to share with you.  First up, is a top that was sent to me from Jean D. in Seguin, Texas.”

She also sent the blue polka dot fabric that I used for the backing.  It wasn’t quite wide enough, so I added a strip of the brown/blue striped fabric that came from July M. in Lynchburg, Virginia.  I also used that stripe for the binding.

It could actually be used as a reversible quilt as there isn’t a lot of piecing, which also makes it very soft and drapey.  It is a nice baby size at 43 X 52 and will make a good boy quilt for the Ronald McDonald House.

The second quilt was one that Roxanne H. in Virginia started.  She made four blocks and sewed them together into about a 24″ square.  She sent enough of the pink/mauve dotty fabric to make some additional blocks.  I used scraps from Jean D. in Texas and Nancy K. in Florida to make four patches, which then turned into 16 patches.  I found a neutral background fabric in my stash that came pretty close to the cream color Roxanne used in the 1/2 square triangles.  I added the blocks that I had made around the ones that she had made to try to blend them all seamlessly as far as color goes.  This is also a baby or child sized quilt at 48 X 56 and went to the Ronald McDonald House.

Roxanne also sent the fabric that I used for the two borders and I’m pretty sure the backing came from her, too.

The last quilt was sent to me from Evie H. in Los Angeles, California.  She made the top and sent the backing and binding.  It was a Mystery Sampler from Fat Quarter Quilts by M’Liss Rae Hawley of That Patchwork Place – 1990.  I love the colors and fabric choices she made.  I think this will do well at a fundraiser.  It is a good lap size at 54 X 70.  I will take this to the Annual Humane Society Quilt Auction which is coming up next month.  They use the funds they raise from this event to help feed and care for all the dogs and cats that are up for adoption.”

WOW…what a bunch of busy quilters, donators and finishing.  All of them are really nice.  I love the colors in them all.  It’s such a blessing for us to see that good things are happening in the world.  Great work everyone!


Easter at the Hanken House

A post from Kelli–

Yes, this post is a little late, but if you know me, you also know that I’m usually a little late….and sometimes more than a little.

Usually we have Kramer Easter on Palm Sunday.  This year with everything going on, we had scheduled a Meet the Baby get together with my mom’s side of the family the weekend after Easter and Gannon’s baptism the day after and decided that we would add an Easter celebration to the mix.

Per tradition, Georgia and I got up and went to Sunrise service at our church.  Isn’t her dress the cutest?  I was all worried about not having an Easter dress for her.  I ended up finding one at a garage sale, but it was pretty much a tanktop and diaper cover.  I had decided that I’d try and fine a sweater and tights which I did, but both were so big for her that she was literally drowning in them.  You can imagine how excited I was when our neighbor stopped over with a gift and I opened it up to find this outfit!  I absolutely love it!  It was a newborn size, so she also wore it to Good Friday service to get as many wears out of it before she outgrows it!  Thanks so much Kim and Mike!

Afterwards, we went home to finish up some food as we would be heading up the road to Jason’s parents for dinner.  Once the food was finished up and ready, we were both able to sneak a little nap in.

Up at Grandma and Grandpa Hanken’s we had a wonderful meal and got to do lots of visiting!

Here is Georgia with her Great Grandma Lois, Jason’s Grandma.

Here she is getting some cousin time in!  This is her oldest cousin Joshua.  He is so sweet with her.  After she was born, his mom Rachel brough him and his sister Addy and brother Landon to visit.  She said that when they left, he started crying because he missed her!

All in all, it was a nice day.  Getting together for a meal and to chat and catch up is always a welcome time!



Kramer Strong Shirts

Hi All…
Kalissa here.  I have been heading up the sales of Kramer Strong T-shirts.
I packaged a ton of shirts last night and I are delivering a TON today, and I’m still waiting for invoices to be paid on some!

Many people missed the deadline for ordering the first bunch of shirts and asked that we offer them again so here we are!

Please use one form per shirt order – $20 per shirt – all proceeds go to the Kramer family to help cover expenses – $3 shipping per shirt up to $9 – true to size Gildan t-shirts! Kids T shirts available!

If you already ordered a shirt I just took about 20 packages to the post office this morning!

Fill out the link below 👇🏻


Update from Tuesday

Today Kramer’s radiation appointments were early in the day.  He left at 6:30am and Kalissa was his driver.  I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to stay home and not worry about any of it.  The problem, that all makes me feel a little bit guilty.  Kramer still has to do it all.  I get the luxury of staying home and doing childcare.  Today we have a late afternoon appointment so Kalissa will take over and do childcare from 2:30pm on.  We’re working to get someone to take the Thursday appointment.  Kalissa picked up a shift at work and Kelli has to take Georgia in for her check up.  It’s a never ending juggle of who can go where when.  I am ever so thankful for the girls.  They have made all of this possible.

EVERYONE is counting down the days to Friday.  We are so eager to have the radiation hurdle jumped.  I’ll be honest, all of us are happy but also a little disheartened that we didn’t get the BIG finish of radiation that we had hoped for.  With the cancer having spread to his bones, we are a little anxious still.

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