Blast From the Past: October 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 October of 2012.

Wow…October was a busy month.  I spent much of the month working on this quilt…This is our Thanks to You! pattern.  I went on to make this quilt a total of three times.  The one you see, another like it for Kayla and Spencer’s wedding quilt and one in brights.  You can get the pattern in our book HERE.

This was the project for our Quilt Square Quilt Along.

I laid my Pineapple Crazy blocks out hoping seeing them all together might motivate me to get more made.  You can find the pattern in THIS book.

I was auditioning borders for this quilt.  This is a Bonnie Hunter freebie pattern I think.  Maybe Scrappy Mountain Majesties.  I later gifted this to my nephew.

We had two quilts featured in a Moda Bake Shop book called Sweet Celebrations.  You can find the book HERE.

This is what I can a cut once and sew twice quilt.  The second quilt is made from bonus triangles from the first quilt.

Kelli and were participating in a blog hop and this is one of the pictures I used…Oh my.

Notably, the biggest and best news from the quilting front was the arrival of …my APQS Millenium longarm quilting machine.  Oh, I still love this machine.  I bought a used machine…had it for 10 years and no real breakdowns.  AMAZING!

It came delivered and set up.  They couldn’t get it up my stairway so through the window it went.

Kelli and went to a class to learn how to use it.

This is the first quilt I quilted using the machine.  You can find the pattern HERE.

Look how cute I did the quilting.  I don’t know why I was so brave to do that then and now shy away from doing things like this.

It was a baby quilt for a little boy so I put all these insects into the quilting motifs.

This picture popped up to remind me of my days sewing on the dining room table.  I’m so glad I have these pictures to remind me how truly blessed I am to have a sewing room.

I had a punchneedle finish.  You can read about it HERE.  Gosh, I wish I would take the time to learn to punchneedle again.

On the family front, we also had good news…
We found a puppy.  We picked her out at the beginning of the month but had to wait until the end of the month to pick her up.  This was out Ruby in the center of the photo.

Kalissa and I picked her up one day after school towards the end of the month.

She was a tiny thing…
…and quickly stole our hearts.

I bombarded you all with LOTS of puppy pictures.

Happily, no one seemed to mind.

We had Ruby until December of 2019.  She was only seven.  Oh, she was a good dog and I really loved her.  She was definitely “my dog”.  She loved me best.

In other news…we saw Meatloaf in concert.  Kalissa bought herself a back stage pass so she could meet him in person.  What a fun night!!

Last month in the Blast from the Past post I told you that Buck had gone off to fight wildland fires in Idaho.  He was gone for a couple of weeks and then was home again.  I was worried the whole time.  I don’t know how moms who have children in the service on active duty do it.

He came home with lots of stories.

In the kitchen…
Kalissa was making microwave Cookies in a Cup. You can find the recipe HERE.

I shared my recipe for Crustless Swedish Apple Pie.  If you have some apples lying about, this is a quick and easy recipe.  You can find it HERE.

I make this every fall and whenever I have apples that are past their prime.

Soup season had begun and I was making Potato, Cabbage, and Ham soup.  You can find the recipe HERE.  SO GOOD!

Kalissa was dressing up for Halloween.  This was her school costume.

This was her work costume.  Back then she was working as a CNA at a nursing home.  She’s always been in the medical field.

That closes out this blast from the past from October of 2012.

5 thoughts on “Blast From the Past: October 2012”

  1. So fun to see what you were doing way back then!! The quilts are beautiful and of course the daughters are too! Dogs and/or babies nobody tires seeing.

  2. Sue in Maryland

    Hi Jo! Thanks for everything you share with us! I am going to pull out your book to look at the Thanks to You! quilt pattern again and maybe add it to my want-to-make list! I recently bought a bunch of neutral fqs that will be great for it; I already have plenty of colors to make it scrappy. I also appreciate your recommendations for things you buy; I find them very helpful, as I like to hear from people who have actually used the products. Have a wonderful day; so glad to hear baby Anders is doing better!

  3. When I went to your old post about the Swedish Apple Cake, and then followed the link there, to see the recipe, I didn’t get to the recipe, but instead got a “scareware” page that said I had a virus. I knew it was just a fake warning, but I had to force quit my browser and restart my iPad to shut it off. Danged scammers! I guess the recipe site is no longer available, and the scammers have taken it over.

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