Blast from the Past: June 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 June of 2012.

We had a Moda Bake Shop project.  It was called Peaks and Valleys.  It was a fun quilt to make.  We have it listed as a free pattern here on the blog now.  You can find it HERE.  You can read the original post about the quilt HERE.

I didn’t remember where I had gifted this quilt.  Then last week I saw a picture my niece posted of their cat wall.  Notice the quilt in the rocking chair.

I gifted it to my niece!!  I love that she still has it and is using it.

Don’t you love the cat wall??  So cool.

Kelli started working on ……her Talkin’ Turkey blocks.  They were a Bonnie Hunter block in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks.  The blocks later went on to be a Bonnie Hunter Quilt called Turkey Tracks.

She later went on and finished the quilt.  You can find the pattern in the book String Fling.  You can find it HERE.


I was hosting the Quilt Square Quilt Along.  This was the assignment for the month.

With this finished mini quilt, I did a little tutorial on how to add a sleeve hanger to the back of quilt.  You can find the link for that HERE.

Kelli had sewn this quilt together.  She made it to donate it for a benefit.  This is made using our Self Sashing Disappearing Nine Patch pattern.  You can find that pattern HERE.

I think I’ll make another of these for an upcoming benefit.  I’ve been collecting the Iowa Hawkeyes fabric and this would be perfect!  I had forgotten we had made this.

I spoke at a local guild.  As their quilt challenge for the year members made our Jewels in the Curio pattern.    You can read about that HERE.  After I spoke, all of the ladies showed off their version of my pattern.  I had to be the quilt judge and pick a winner.  SO FUN!

If you are interested in the free pattern, you can find that HERE.

I was working on a quilt for a wedding present.  You can read about Haillie and Trent’s wedding quilt HERE.  The quilt is from Schnibbles Times Two: Quilts from 5″ or 10″ Squares (That Patchwork Place).  It was a simple quilt to sew and it went together over a weekend, backing and all.

It was fun because last week I also saw 10-year anniversary pictures of the couple.

I was also working on this…It is Troops in Formation from Country Threads.  You can find the pattern in Mary and Connie’s book The Blue and the Gray.  You can find it HERE on Amazon.

I pulled out my Nine in the Middle quilt.  It had stalled out and had fallen into UFO status.  I hadn’t worked on this for over a year.  This quilt is from Bonnie Hunter’s Scraps & Shirttails: Reuse, Re-pupose, Recycle! The Art of “Quilting Green”.

I later went on and finished the quilt.  It’s one of my favorites.  You can read about it HERE.

Want to read something funny…Ten years ago I was talking about how this quilt was on my bucket list.  I was talking about wanting to work on this.  HA!!  How funny is that?  This is the UFO I am trying to finish now, 10 years later.  Oh my.

Kramer and I had been in Minnesota and I had bought these two bags of quilt books and goodies for $1.  I still have several of these and they are in my reference library.  Many quilts have been designed using a block from some of these books.

Kelli was working on her Winter Wonderland – Quilt Pattern embroidered quilt.  She had finished the embroidery portion.  Here she is showing off the pieces…

I had purchased the pattern for her for Christmas.

I wasn’t sure when I bought it for her if she would actually get it stitched.

Her stitches were really good too.

Aren’t they just SO cute?

Kelli has never finished the quilt.  Someday I hope!!  Once the kids get a little older we can tackle that.  I’m sure it will take a little push from me to get it finished.

As I was paging through the pictures and blog posts from 2012 I came across some of my garden pictures.  This was the year I had my best garden ever!

It was big and beautiful.  I can’t grow anything like this here in town.  The soil just isn’t what it needs to be.  BLAH.

I had just finished listening to the book Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landy.

This is a book that has stuck with me.  I just loved it.  I later went on and watched the movie based on the book from Apple TV.  That has stuck with me as well.  I highly recommend the book.

Our beagle at the time was Gracie.  She had taken off through the corn field chasing a rabbit and cut her eyes on the corn leaves.  Poor dog.  A few days later, she was good as new.

I say this all of the time but I just love that I have the blog.  I love going back and seeing what I was working on at the time.  It’s really a great trip down memory lane for me, and for you, I hope too.  I know some of you have read the blog for all of those years and for new people, it gives them a taste of what I was up to back then.

If you’re old or new, thanks for reading.

15 thoughts on “Blast from the Past: June 2012”

  1. i really really like the Schnibbles quilt. the borders are so nice. they have a bit more to the pieces. sometimes i see the itsy bitsy ones and feel distracted. those just add such depth to the quilt. This was in general a very ice trip down memory lane.
    I follow another blog that the writer really enjoys having her blog to chronicle special and every day events in her family’s life. special needs child, physical challenges connected with that and the other 5 that might be forgotten in the busyness of Life. When you all love your blogs it really shows in what and how you write. Thank You.
    Oh the cat wall reminded me of the time i went to someones downsizing apartment and the cat wall was the cat apartment. !!

  2. I just adore this peaks and valleys quilt this blast from the past series you’re doing is so much fun. I hit the link for the free pattern on your menu and it really doesn’t give the free pattern there cause mo to bake shop is closed it doesn’t have the pattern on their website

  3. Again, all your quilts are beautiful! Do you have a count of how many quilts you have made? I can only imagine the number! It amazes me how many are in you “blast from the past” and then how many you have finished each year that I have been reading your blog. I think your garden in the city always looks great, but maybe in comparison not as good or as big.

  4. Your quilts are so pretty I want to make them all. I don’t grow vegetables but I do grow flowers. When I started my very extensive gardens, I read constantly about the best way to do it. One book said if you have $20 to spend on your first garden, spend 75% on the soil and 25% on the flowers. So I bought all kinds of soil additives and we worked it into my flower garden with a rototiller borrowed from a relative. Then I bought some really good Shasta daisies and Black eyed Susan’s and planted them. They grew over 3’ tall and everyone was amazed at how they expanded from one pot to about 20 pots in one season, Maybe this fall when your garden is dead, add more nutrients into your soil and it will do better.

  5. I’m working on the Winter Wonderland quilt. Mainly just stitching when we road trip. I’m on the big stitching part now. Don’t know how mant years I’ve been working on it.

  6. I’ve been following your blog for about 4 years now. I don’t know how you keep up with all your projects. It gives me do much inspiration but not the energy and time in my life now as I’m 80 years old. I could have used your “get up and go” about 20 years ago but I do follow and enjoy all you do. I love hearing about your life. Kids and grandkids, garden. Hand stitch hing and quilting. I’m doing cross stitching now thanks to you. But slow. My eyes
    aren’t what they use to be. Keep up the go power in you. You are amazing.

  7. I also LOVE YOUR BLOG, I think of you and yours as friends. I’m not even close to being a “farm gal” but
    that doesn’t chage the way I think! Thank you for what you do and who your are.

  8. Meredith in Cincinnati

    Love your blog, and love this Peaks and Valleys quilt. When I click the link, nothing happens, and it’s not listed in your sidebar. Can you help? Thank you!

  9. Diane in Durham

    Love the Peaks and Valleys quilt…did a little hunting and finally found the instructions on your blog. Yippee. You are a genius! Can’t wait to give it a try…as soon as I hunt down the tri-recs ruler I already own. How in the world do you get so much accomplished each week? You are an inspiration.

  10. Enjoyed reading about all of your projects. Just like always— all beautiful!! Love Kelli’s special blocks!!!
    Your garden– oh my– looked wonderful. A tad upset here-as son hasn’t tilled any space and not 1 thing planted. It is WAY TOO LATE!!!
    It’s just TOO HOT to do much of anything. I just want to be lazy.

  11. Love looking through my blog for the same reason! Bonnie’s blog was the first quilting blog I ever went to.
    Loved making your Jewels in the Curio quilt. One of my favorites with nice big pieces of repro fabrics in the blocks.

  12. I concur with you about the book, Defending Jacob, it is excellent. I reread it a couple of years ago, and it was still good, sometimes a reread doesn’t work for me. It stuck with me too.

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