Blast from the Past: March 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 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 March of 2013.

A quilt guild contacted me and asked me if I would go to their retreat and teach them how to make a quilt.  I said yes.  Then they asked if I would teach them how to make this quilt from Aardvark Quilts.  Well I had made it years ago and gifted it.  I figured I just make another one.  Then I didn’t have enough leftovers to make the quilt so then I had to hunt for the fabric…it was a mess.  I was new to teaching and made the mistake of being too eager to please.  I got the quilt made.  We taught the class.  It was all good but I learned a lesson through it all.  That lesson:  Make sure if I commit to something, it’s actually something that I want to do.


My niece Jody came for a visit and played show and tell with a project she was working on.  She explained that she found a blog that had a quilt along that was making quilts with the characters from Super Mario (it’s a video game for those who don’t know).  She explained that she cut squares.  She put them onto a product called Stitch and Wash Away.  Then she folds along the line and sews first vertically-then horizontally.

Here are her blocks in progress.



Here the one she is holding now has been sewn on the horizontal lines making the character look flat but she will sew the vertical lines and he’ll be proportionate again.

If you are looking for more information on making this quilt you can find it at Cut to Pieces.  The pattern to make this is for free.

Kelli was playing around with these blocks… They are itty bitty.  I don’t think she ever finished the quilt.

Bitsy Blocks

Each block will finish at 4.5 inches and has 45 pieces in it.   Off-da!

I designed a quilt and Kelli sewed it together.  I did the longarm work and eventually I bound it too.  You can find the free tutorial HERE.


Puppy with Quilt 1

I was working on this project, “Hand Me Downs” from  Scraps & Shirttails: Reuse, Re-purpose, Recycle! The Art of “Quilting Green”.   The stars are made from recycled shirts.


It was super fun to make this.  I just love working with shirts.  It’s an all time favorite of mine.  I love any quilt I make from recycled shirts!!

I was working on these blocks.  I never did finish the project.  I need to add it to my UFO list so there’s a chance I’ll finish it!

I was working on this quilt, Odds and Ends from American Patchwork and Quilting.

I finished my tumbler quilt.  You can read more about it HERE.  This one I gifted to my niece.  It’s so fun to occasionally see it in pictures that she posts.  That makes me want to make her another quilt someday!!

I was making one of my favorite prep ahead meals, Beef Enchiladas.  You can find the recipe HERE.

I shared a story about inheriting my mother-in-laws Buffalo pottery.  You can read the story HERE.

My beagle Ruby gave me a big scare.  She had been sick the previous month and then she scared me again.  Read the whole story HERE.

My son Karl was out picking rock in the field.  He found this little piece.  I was asking if anyone knew what it was.  This is the front of it…

This was the back of it…
It looks like it was sitting on a potty chair.  What a weird piece!

That was the news from the Kramer family from March of 2013.

5 thoughts on “Blast from the Past: March 2013”

  1. I’m pretty sure that Jody’s Mario blocks & quilts were the reason I first found your blog years ago. I must’ve been searching for ideas for video-game-themed quilts at the time … But I was so happy to find your blog (and the blog Jody had at the time, too) … Thank you for sharing your life and your quilts and your ideas. Like you, I love thrifting and quilting and cross-stitching.

  2. Wow! I clicked a couple of those links from 2013 and they’re still working!! Amazing! :-) I’ve just recently started following you, and I’m finding and learning all kinds of neat things from you, so thanks for that!! Blessings!

  3. The figurine looks like it may be “USA” pottery in a satin glaze. Don’t know the title of the piece. Look very closely on bottom for a ‘pressed ‘ in mark. Outside chance it’s english, but not likely. Still it’s a very interesting piece. Probably 1925 to 1940 in age. Ohio, and several mid country states had large china & pottery manufacturing companies. It’s likely to have been made in your corner of the US. Nice piece, you have an unusual treasure.

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