Blast from the Past: November 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 November of 2013.

I finished my Stars over Shallotte quilt. You can read more about it HERE. The pattern for this is in the book Scraps and Shirttails II.

I was busy working on my Smith Mountain Morning quilt. This quilt was later finished and lives at my son Karl’s house.

I was on a roll working to try to finish many of Bonnie Hunter UFO quilts. I finished my Blue Ridge Beauty quilt. You can find it in Adventures with Leaders & Enders: Make More Quilts in Less Time!  You can read more about the quilt HERE.

My Odds and Ends quilt from American Patchwork and Quilting became a top.

I was doing some community quilts at the longarm. This one was from Pam.

I finished this table runner and wrote a pattern for a free pattern. You can find it HERE.

I made the Layer Cake Lemonade quilt from the Fat Quarter Shop. You can learn more about the quilt and get the free pattern in THIS blog post.

In between other projects I was busy making spool blocks.

My son Karl was hanging out in the sewing room with me. He was doing some sewing of his own.

I was busy working on community quilts. Here is one I finished.

Here is another I finished.

But wait…there is more! Another community quilt finish!

I was really on a roll with community quilts.

I think this might be the last one…

At the longarm, I was having thread problems on a deadline quilt that was later published in Quiltmaker magazine. Oh, that quilt caused my daughter Kelli and me so many headaches. Look. The thread was all stained with this purple dye. The thread came that way!!

My daughter Kelli was working on her Pieceful Nights quilt along. I find is so funny that I was just working to finish the quilt a month ago.

I was getting a lot of questions from people who had a Pfaff Grand Quilter. I still get questions because when they Google that, my blog posts show up. It was my old longarm set up. I wrote some comments about it that I still believe to be true this day. You can read my advice about purchasing a longarm HERE.

In the kitchen, I was making Ground Beef Grand Style. You can find the recipe HERE. This is a family favorite that is easy to prepare ahead and then just add the biscuits on top and bake when needed.

I was busy making Donut Holes. They are a family favorite. You can find the recipe HERE.

I made German Apple Rolls…another family favorite. It’s a great way to use up some apples that are a little past due. You can find the recipe HERE.

We were also enjoying 5 5-minute Cake in a Cup. Our family has loved this. It’s so quick and easy. The original recipe came from Country Threads’ newsletter. You can find the recipe by following this link.

I took my first leap into foster dogs. This was Daisy. I almost kept her but Kramer was opposed to two dogs in the house.

I took this picture of Ruby on Thanksgiving Day. Oh, she was a good dog.

One of my VERY favorite memories from then is that it was the first time we met Ila our blog reader friend from the neighboring state of Illinois. Ila has been so sweet to us all. I always tell her that I feel like she is my fairy godmother…I really do. I don’t think I could find a kinder more thoughtful (yet spunky) person. I just love her.

8 thoughts on “Blast from the Past: November 2013”

  1. I really enjoy looking at your ‘Blast from the Past’ posts. You always seem to have done so much in the month, I don’t know how you managed it!

  2. I love your stroll down memory lane – I remember reading about some of these quilts. Beautiful! And thank you for reminding us of all your wonderful recipes!
    Love and prayers

  3. I love when you do the Blast from the Past, always so much fun to see what you were doing. Really love the Blue Ridge Beauty quilt, I have the book I just need to get going on it! What fun it was to see Karl sewing, nice to know he would know how to sew a button or patch up his pants if need be! Thanks also for the yummy recipes, can’t wait to try them, especially the German Apple Rolls.

  4. So fun seeing your “blasts from the past” posts. So many beautiful quilts! I enjoy seeing pictures of your family from back when and loved seeing Karl sewing. Great looking foods too!

  5. I like the Snowman table runner and printed the pattern but there is no appliqué piece for the snowflake. Was it part of the pattern? Thanks Jo.

  6. I just saw the Quilt Strip Calculator on the right hand side of your blog and decided to check it out. When I clicked on it I got a message that said “This Page Doesn’t Seem To Exist”. Did you do away with this feature or is something wrong with the link?

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