Blast from the Past October 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 October of 2013. I’m a little behind and am trying to catch up. Thanks for being patient with me.

I was at the sewing machine working on this quilt…It’s from Scraps & Shirttails II: Continuing the Art of Quilting Green.

I had this BIG container of half-square bonus triangles that needed some trimming.    They are all leftovers from when I made Bonnie’s Hand Me Downs quilt. This quilt ended up coming together so quickly because I had these already sewn.

I was working on some charity quilts. This is one I finished that was sent to me a top from a blog reader.

I bought my first Olfa Splash rotary cutter. I love them for their quick blade change. Now overtime I have gotten rid of my other rotary cutters and only have this brand.

My friend Nell and I were wanting to finish some of our Bonnie Hunter quilts before her mystery quilt came out at Thanksgiving time. We were hosting a challenge to finish up as many as we could before the mystery started. Read the post HERE. I’m happy to say I finished them all including this one that I just finished last year!! HA.

Here is how I finished it.

I just love how I finished it. It was gifted to my son-in-law Craig. For a bit, it bothered me that I had this UFO for so long. Then I realized it just wasn’t the right time to finish it sooner as I could never have finished it like I did…and this finish was perfect. You can read more about the quilt finish HERE.

I laughed right out loud when I read this post…I had bonus triangle leftover from a quilt. I started making pinwheel blocks with them.

I made about six blocks and quit. I still have these in my sewing room in a little container. Still not finished. HA!! Maybe I should drag them out!! Ten years is likely long enough…

I was making some projects with my Accuquilt Go! I have since sold mine and have no idea where this piece went. You can find the pattern HERE.

I was busy working on my Odds and Ends from American Patchwork and Quilting in June 2010. This is a favorite quilt of mine that I keep on my bed. I’m so glad I made this one.

I was busy designing and offering free patterns. Here is my Dash Away Christmas Tree Skirt. You can find the free pattern HERE.

I was using up leftovers and made this quilt…You can learn more about it and get the free pattern HERE.

It was apple day and we were picking apples. This was the best apple tree. Sadly it went down in a store a couple of years later. I miss having good apples.

Our daughter Kelli got engaged in October of 2013.

Later in the month, we went wedding dress shopping for a dress for Kelli… She didn’t pick this one.

Our son Karl was a Homecoming Candidate at the University of Northern Iowa. Here are the two of us together on the day of coronation.

Our daughter Kayla threw herself into the design world with this… It is featured in Winter 2013 issue of Primitive Quilts and More. The project takes wool and then you crochet between the pieces. She has since gifted this piece to me and I love it.

I was lamenting that Ruby was in her toy destruction phase…I would come home and find this in the living room…Thankfully it wasn’t this was all the time.

She was only a year old so sometimes she was really good and others…not so good.

Our old dog Pepper got hit by a car and we had to put her to sleep. She was a good ole farm dog that was very missed. She and my beagle went on many walks with me.

In the kitchen I was making stromboli. You can find my recipe HERE. This is wildly a family favorite.I was

I was on Pinterest and found this recipe for Apple Cream Bundt Cake. It was seriously to die for. You can find the recipe HERE.

I was also busy making homemade onion rings. These are a little time-consuming but SO GOOD. You can find the recipe HERE.

It was Fall and I was in soup/stew mode. I shared my Beef Stew recipe with you all. You can find it HERE.

I was rereading one of my all-time favorite books, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I read it first as a teenager and later read it as an adult. I rarely read books more than once but this one…I just might read it again. That would be the third time!! It’s so good. You can find the book HERE.

We didn’t get a lot of work done at the house as my husband was busy in the field harvesting. We did a big day that the kids came home and helped. This was the weekend they pulled out the old cistern in the basement.

They took the chimney down from the roof.

They pulled down more ceilings of plaster and sheetrock.

That was the happenings at the Kramer house in October of 2013. Oh, I love looking back!

5 thoughts on “Blast from the Past October 2013”

  1. Really fun to see these old posts. So many changes in the family since then. Your family are all hard workers and they learned at young age to work together. I like seeing that.

  2. I haven’t noticed in any of your comments about your rehabbing of your house whether you were living in progress or had a certain level of completeness before moving in.

  3. Love that your kids helped with the renovations in your new home!
    Thanks so much for the beef stew recipe can’t wait to try it!

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