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.

8 thoughts on “Blast from the Past: July 2012

  1. Kate

    It is fun to see your family from years past. You and Kelli made so many beautiful quilts together. Kalissa in her cowboy boots ready to sing fun to see. You certainly have many wonderful memories!

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  2. Gail in Ohio

    Treasured memories – thanks for sharing! I enjoy seeing your pics and reading about them.
    I’ve started saving some of our favorite family photos and videos on flash drives for the next generations and need to do more. I wasn’t sure if the younger bunch would appreciate them but they really have looked at them and commented favorably.

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  3. Judith M Fairchild

    Thanks for the look back into your past. The pictures are lovely even the dirty feet. When you work in the dirt you get dirty naturally. Kalissa looks so pretty dressed to sing. She looks good in her work clothes too. Thanks again for sharing.

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  4. Toni W.

    Your quilts are so amazing! Merle Haggard & Kris Kristofferson – half of the Highwaymen! I love them.

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  5. Jeanne Bugg

    Jo.. Do you happen to have a copy of the sheep embroidery that you did back then .. I love it ! The one with the saying about “ she willingly works …etc

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