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Grab a cup of coffee! 10-17-20

So many new things to talk about – this will be a long post of new things available in the online store. First, here are the Dirty Dozens:

Connie calls this one of the best Jellyroll patterns she’s ever used!

Here is her quilt top.

An easy block combined with a great setting = a great quilt!

Here is the Moda fabric I’m working with on the red/pink project – from Minnick and Simpson, the fabric line is called Roselyn. I’m not finished but I’m really enjoying this color combo!

And here are the new patterns Kayla has ready for you in the online shop. Just click on “shop” at the top of our home blog page. Payment is by credit card and PayPal. Instructions for downloading your pattern are also included at the top of the home page.

Little Black Hen

Ring Necked Pheasant – I hang this up every year about this time. I hate hunting but I know pheasant season will open in early November. Take cover, Fellas!

Wild Turkey – I know I have a single block wallhanging but where is it when I want it?

Gobbler’s Roost – Connie just made this cute pillow with one block. Here it is in multiple settings because I couldn’t decide which one I liked best.

And then there’s Heidi!

So that’s what’s new in the store as of this morning – hope you find a fall project you like! Next up is Christmas!


I can’t help but admit I’m feeling quite overwhelmed with Nala and the puppies. Here they were weeks ago in the dog bed.

Today only six of the eight puppies really fit in the bed at once.

Nala is turning out to be a very sweet calm dog – I am even going to try her with the cats – I think maybe the lunging was a temporary interest. I am ever so thankful for nice weather when the puppies can get outside during the day. It makes cleaning the kennel soooooo much easier!

I am torn between wanting my life back and worrying about all of them going to their new homes. The puppies have to be weaned which I thought was happening last week only to see Nala letting them nurse again just this morning. Ugh. Now I need to put a call into the foster coordinator. I dread the day that’s coming when they will all be separated. I am not a good foster mother – I don’t want to love them this much.

My evenings have been spent watching the baseball games out in the shop so I can keep Nala company. Anybody else watching baseball? Next week is the World Series. A couple nights ago was the 32nd anniversary of the Kurt Gibson “bases loaded home run” and I remember where I was as I watched him circle the bases with an arm pump to celebrate the win. My life continues to be marked by sports events and I am thankful that during this pandemic we still have sports to get excited about. Today it’s baseball again as well as college football. Rick has gone farming so my day will be spent watching tv, sewing and taking care of dogs!

Now here’s a stupid question – I am looking for a non-greasy hand cream and everything I buy leaves greasy fingerprints on the IPad screen. Suggestions?

Whew! Aren’t you glad I suggested a cup of coffee while you read this?

Be still, Everybody!

Java 18, 10-15-20

I have not had coffee at the local coffee shop, Java 18, since last winter….until this morning. Oh, it felt so normal again – I loved it! Now I wonder why I didn’t take a picture.

I posted earlier that the winner of The Old Farmhouse kit is Maggie from Northern Minnesota and she has emailed me her mailing address. This was a very successful give away – I gotta remember how I did it so the next time it will be equally as successful.

Someone asked about Sock It To Me.

I used all the new fabrics that I bought on our shopping trip to Gruber’s – just because I wanted to play with them. Here is my version – a bit smaller than the original.

The puppies were very interested in what I was doing.

Here’s a closeup. Such an easy pattern – I loved making it and wouldn’t some little girl like this for a TV quilt?

Now to the quilting machine!

And here is Kathy’s quilt again with the pattern she used.

And here’s a little surprise recipe for you – Connie’s Jack O’Lantern Jumble snack mix. I wouldn’t dare make this because it’s just too good!!! I want a bowl full right now! Haha!

Now I think I’m truly caught up! I’ll leave you with another look at Nala and her puppies. Nala will be spayed next Tuesday and go to her adoptive home on Thursday. The puppies will follow that schedule the following week.