Community Quilts from Ray

I tell you all I love getting emails from Ray.  It’s so true.  Read this post and you’ll see that the emails are always filled with happy, quilty, goodness.

Ray writes:
I finished one of the Cresco ladies’ sampler quilts that they sent me earlier this year. They never cease to amaze me.

As I was long arming the quilt, I had time to look at the quilt in a bit more detail. That is when I discovered that several of the blocks had been cut down to a smaller size to get them to fit in the size needed for the quilt, Amazingly they did not take away from the original blocks. I never would have thought to do that. These ladies definitely know what they are doing. Nothing like experience.

I found the blue floral fabric for the backing in the stash from Deb and Pat in FL.

What a blessing to have that resource to go to!! Thanks, Deb and Pat.

I decided to use a stipple motif for the quilting and bone-colored thread.

Oh my!! Love it! My continued thanks to you, the Cresco ladies, Deb and Pat, Never could have done it without your support.

Finished up this cute, little quilt that I received from… Continue reading

Cooking with Buck

You might remember a bit ago that I posted some videos from Buck.  Well, he’s been a sweetheart of a kid and listened to your requests to film more videos.  I have two for you today.

Buck is the primary cook at Buck and Lora’s house.  I’ve had his food and he is a natural cook that makes meals I’d love.  I only wish I lived closer and could sample more of them.

Lora does a lot of the clean up so he sometimes finds himself in the dog house for making a really big mess.

One Pan Pasta with Kasjen Kramer.  By the way, we all call him Buck but his real name is Kasjen.  He’s named after his Great Grandpa Kramer.

He sent another video too. This one is done in the Instant Pot and is for… Continue reading

Blast from the Past: Quilts of October 2011

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 projects I finished in October of 2011.

Here is my Jamestown Landing Quilt.  You can read more about it HERE.

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At the time it was only published in a magazine.  The quilt was later published in Bonnie Hunter’s book String Fling.  You can find the book HERE on Amazon.  Of all of her books, this one is my favorite.  I made every quilt in the book.  In fact, I made every quilt in the book and one quilt I made twice!  You can see all of the quilts in THIS blog post.

This was taken back when we still had our beagle, Gracie.  Have you read the blog that long?

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I pieced the funkiest backing ever for this quilt…

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This is my version of Judy at Patchwork Times’ quilt Making Ends Meet.  It’s a free pattern on Judy’s site.  You can read about it HERE.

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Back then I had my old Grand Quilter with Next Generation frame.
MeetinthemiddleI am so glad I upgraded to my APQS Millenium.

Kelli and I had a CRAZY weekend sewing on our… Continue reading

In the Mail

Two mail posts in one day!!  Can you believe it?  I got flooded with boxes at the end of last week.  I didn’t expect that but it all has been processed and portioned out.

All I have left to do is write the blog post so here goes…

The first box of the bunch came from Florida.  There were orphan blocks, a UFO, and a project bag filled with stickers.  How fun.  The project bag was really neat and I’ll likely use it for cross-stitching. So cute!!

Joyce sent a striped flannel quilt top.


Carolyn sent two boxes of sleepers.  There were 100 in the box.  Carolyn sent a note and said she was counting the sleepers as she packed the boxes.

When all she had made were in the box she realized she had 99 made.  She thought she was so close to 100 that she went to the sewing machine and made one more so she could say she sent an even 100 gowns.  SO FUN!!


Carolyn is so creative and does an AMAZING job at making these.  When I sent fabric to Carolyn, I often think “how is she ever going to make this cute”…but she does every time.  Isn’t this black and red check so cute?? Continue reading