Blast from the Past: August 2013

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 2009…WOW.  Over fourteen 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 2013.

I sat down to write the Blast from the Past post for September and realized I forgot the Blast from for August of 2013 so I’m doing it now.

My daughter Kelli and I were busy making quilts. The is our Oz quilt. I think the fabric line was named Oz and that’s how it got it’s name. For some reason, Kelli and I were both overly excited about this fabric line and made several quilts from it. This one is a free pattern on the blog you can find that free pattern HERE.

I was getting a little more adventurous with my longarming. I did freehand flowers in the border with a yellow thread. Hmm. I wonder where this quilt ended up going? I haven’t seen it in years.

By the way, this pattern is jellyroll friendly so if you have two lying around, this might be the perfect quilt to make.

I was busy working on deadline quilts. There were two in this box. They were being sent off to Quilty magazine. The quilts were later published in the 2014 Jan/Feb issue and the March/April issues. I’m sure I’ll be showing them off in the upcoming Blast from the Past editions.

I think these had something to do with the projects that were sent out for publication.

Maybe these too. I don’t remember. I guess we’ll have to wait for upcoming Blast for the Past posts to know for sure.

I finished this baby quilt. This started out as a project from a blog reader. You can read all about it HERE.

I finished this quilt…

It was a long-term UFO. It was part of an online sew-along with sampler blocks. I can’t find a link to it anymore. You can read more about the quilt HERE.

I did a little teaser about a project I was working on for Moda Bake Shop. I actually think Kelli might have sewn this one.

Kelli and I scrambled to make a quilt for my niece Jody. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer. You can read more about it HERE.

Kelli was working on her Pieceful Nights Quilt Along. These were the blocks for the month.

I was busy working on the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt, Lazy Sunday. The quilt was later featured in one of her books but I don’t remember which one…

I finished my first Double Wedding Ring quilt ever! It was my son Buck and his (then) wife Jen. It was their wedding quilt.

I’m happy to say in the divorce settlement, he got the quilt. HA!! You can read all about it HERE.

We had published our Chain of Faith quilt at Moda Bake Shop. A blog reader made it and shared her version. So pretty.

You can find the free pattern HERE.

We were busy making a snack mix for the wedding reception. It’s a family favorite for huge parties. You can read more about it HERE.

I was doing a pantry challenge. We had bought this house in town and we had planned to move at some point once it was ready. I preparation for the move, I realized I had 17, yes 17, cake mixes in my house. I challenged myself to use them up. This is one of the recipes I made in an effort to use them up. You can find the recipe HERE.

I made these pumpkin muffins from one of the box cake mixes too. These aren’t pretty but they are super easy and super delicious. They are a family favorite. HERE is the recipe.

Speaking of the house remodel, many of our weekends in August were spent working on the foreclosure house we bought. Here is our son Karl helping out.

This is how it looked when we bought it…

We met with an architect and he suggested this remodel…

You can read all about that HERE.

There are many pictures and posts about the house in the month of August. HERE is another one.

I was busy cooking. In THIS POST I was making twice-baked potatoes. Oh, now I’m hungry for them.

Our daughter Kalissa moved off to college.

As I was reading through the old posts to write this post, I ran across this picture…In the front is my beagle Ruby. She was a great dog…expensive but a great dog. In the back is Kelli’s dog Puppycat. Sadly, Puppycat had to be put to sleep last week. She was an old gal and things just weren’t working the way they should. It was a sad day.

August of 2013 was a busy-busy month for us…lots of sewing, a new house to remodel, sending one off to college, and a family wedding. So FUN. I’m anxious to write the September edition of Blast from the Past as I want to see what else we were doing on the remodel. It’s so fun for me to go back and read it all.

4 thoughts on “Blast from the Past: August 2013”

  1. It is always fun to see what you had done in the past. You made so many beautiful quilts. Fun to see the family in their various stages too.

  2. I’m so sorry to her about Puppycat! I know how much the grandkids loved her! It’s so cool that you have the blog to go back and remember all these special things…especially the fur babies we have known and loved. Thank your family for having the compassion to let her go. I hate when people keep an animal around because they don’t want to see it go, but it’s more compassionate on our part to do what’s best for our pets. Prayers go out to the kiddos and the rest of the family.

  3. Wow, I’ve been reading your blog for over 10yrs! I remember when you bought the house and moved doesn’t feel that long!
    So sorry to Kelli and her family for the loss of Puppycat

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