Category Archives: Blast from the Past

Blast from the Past: November 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 November of 2012.

It was a busy month.  I was still hosting the Quilt Square Quilt Along.  I had a lot of fun with that.  This was the October block.  I made if from leftovers from my FREE pattern School Spirit.  You can find that pattern HERE.


These were the November blocks.  I did one in Christmas colors.


Kelli and were tag teaming and making Perkimon Daydreams quilts.  I took them and pinned the in the car ALL OF THE TIME.

Then when I got home I would sew everything I had pinned.

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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 … Continue reading

Blast from the Past: September 2012

**Ooops.  I’m totally fine.  I had a scheduling error**  Here is the morning post.

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 September of 2012.

On the quilting front, I had just finished up this quilt Blue and Gray from Country Threads.  I just love this quilt and still own it.  I would so love to make another only make it bed sized.  Hmm.  That’s a thought.  You can find the pattern along with many other great patterns in THIS BOOK.


I was busy working with recycled cotton shirts and had made this quilt, Hip to be Square.  You can find the FREE pattern HERE.

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Blast from the Past: August 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 August of 2012.

Not a lot of sewing happened.  It never does in August.  The gardens are busy.  School starts…and Kramer, my husband always took vacation time in August.

I did manage to work on my Nine in the Middle quilt.  It’s a Bonnie Hunter quilt from the book  Adventures with Leaders & Enders: Make More Quilts in Less Time! (This is $2.99 in the Kindle version)

I was chugging along on sewing my Pineapple Crazy blocks.  I managed to get 18 done that week.  That was a lot!!  Here’s a link to the book with the pattern: String Fling: Scrappy, Happy and Loving It!

I was also gearing up to sew a Moda Bake Shope project with this jelly roll.

I finished up my mini quilts for the Quilt Square Quilt Along…


I was patching Karl’s childhood Harry Potter quilt that I tied for him.
I told the story of how I came to buy my long arm.  You can read about it all HERE.

I did a sewing room tour of my small space.  You can read about it HERE.

I remember being SO-SO embarrassed to have to do this.  Moda Bake Shop, who we were working with so much at the time, asked their designers to do sewing room tours.  BLAH.  We were living in an old farmhouse that we lived in as part of my husband’s wages.  We had no control over the space but I made due.  I was sure all of the other designers were going to have fancy spaces.

I felt very uncomfortable showing my space.  I’m sure all of you who are sewing in a space you can’t control can relate.  But…I did it.  You can read about the tour and see my sewing space from then HERE.

August of 2012 is when I first started my “Ask Jo” posts.  This was one of the questions… Annie M asks: “BTW, please tell us about the quilt pattern on the wall behind your pretty daughter and the quilt.”

I decided to include this in this current-day post because this is a question I still regularly get asked.  The quilt is one of my all-time favorites.  The pattern is from Country Threads.  You can find it in their book Civil War Remembered.  HERE is a link to the book.

I purchased some Purple Hyacinth Bean Flowering Vine Seeds and planted them around our mailbox.  This reminded me that I should find a place to plant them here at this house.  Hmm.


Crops were bad in 2012.  It was so dry and hot.  The guys were busy and made corn silage in August.  Typically it doesn’t happen until mid-September.


Since we moved to town, people always ask me don’t you miss the farm and peace and quiet.  NOPE…I don’t.  It wasn’t peaceful and quiet.  The yard often looked like this.  Of course, there are a few things I miss but for the most part…I love where I am at.

There was an updo happening at the farm house that year…

They poured a spot for a fire ring.  I really enjoyed that and actually miss having a fire in the evenings.


I was busy in the garden.  This was the onion harvest.  We had purple onions too.


I was making salsa…

Kalissa had her annual salsa party at our house.


Kramer, my husband took some time off work.  We went to Oronoco, MN for their Gold Rush days.

We went antiquing in Wisconsin and crossed the Mississippi via the ferry in Cassville, WI.

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Kalissa was our only kiddo left at home.  Karl was headed off for year two of college…

It was Kalissa’s senior year of high school.


We went to our annual family picnic.  It must have been cold that year because we were all wearing coats.  I am on the far right.  I still have those shoes…These are my siblings.


Kayla was getting married in the fall and we all got together and made the coursages.


I was berating myself for having such a messy work desk.  It’s about 50% better now…but still bad.  Somethings don’t change.

I was complaining about having to do paperwork…something else that doesn’t change.  I miss that calculator.  It was a good one.


Are you ready for a good funny story?  I was reviewing this book on my blog.  You can read the review HERE.


You can find the book HERE.  It’s only $5 now.

The book was filled with a variety of projects from quilts to wall hangings to needle books…and even cross stitch.

In the blog post, I showed this picture from the book and wrote…


“I don’t cross stitch anymore…it’s too taxing on my eyes.  For anyone who does, this little sampler is cute.”

HA!!!!  This old dog picked up cross stitching.  Ten years ago I didn’t think I ever would.  HA!!

Well, that proves that some things actually do change…my messy desk and hating paperwork.  That has stuck but me and cross stitch, we’re good friends now.

That wraps up the happenings at the Kramer house in August of 2012.