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My daughter and I spent a good part of the morning out at the Blueberry Farm – this farm is located at Hagersville, Arkansas – tiny little town I don’t think there is even a population sign Smile but some of the best blueberries around are grown right outside of town at my brother and sister in law’s farm.

Here is the area we were picking at close to the pond.  The sky was clear for a change! Some of the farm needs replanted – they took a hit from the drought of two years.  Right now they are in the process of changing over part of it to vegetables also.  The farm is open for berry picking though for the next 3 to 4 weeks I think.  I might have to make another run out there and get more.  I always say I live in the country – well they really live out in the country!

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Cleaning my berries and a bag of English Peas are waiting for me to shell – those are from Greta’s family garden it was so nice of her to share them.  While she was getting some kale and collard greens for Melanie I was over picking some peas.  Greta is such a busy woman – I really admire her – she is a college professor, mother of two teens, wife to my baby brother! a hardship there Smile – and she has a huge garden almost every year for her family plus helps to run the business end as well.  She is also a published author!  How she finds time to write with her busy schedule is beyond me.  My brother is a very busy guy as well – he is a high school band director of a small town school and co-runs the farm in his off time.  Band directing means he is busy the whole school year with all the games and events the school puts on.  When he retires from teaching he will be busy with the farm.

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I didn’t have a lot of peas to work with as Greta had just picked a whole lot of peas a couple days ago but I decided what I did have I was going to dry in the dehydrator to take with us when we go traveling later this summer – dried veggies take up so much less room – this little bit will take up very little space and well be good put in pasta salad rehydrated or stew.

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I don’t have a fancy expensive dehydrator – I don’t use it that much but I was thinking about it in advance and will start doing up some more things for travel now in the upcoming weeks.  Like dried apples – makes such a wonderful snack – maybe some peaches ect.  And some jerky for the hikes.

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What do you like to drink iced in the summertime?  I don’t like black tea so I do not drink regular ice tea but I have found that I like green tea and mint teas.  Here I have some of my spearmint leaves, three green tea bags and the mesh bag has about a 1/4 cup of fresh blueberries in it.  I fill the container about half full of very hot water and let it brew for about 7 to 10 minutes, then scoop all the stuff out and fill the rest up with cold water and about 1/8 cup of Truvia (sugar substitute less calories).  I have pots of peppermint, spearmint, sweet mint and chocolate mint.  Considering how much I like chocolate I have found that the chocolate mint is the one I like the least.

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The Truvia is the baking blend so it is half sugar about the 1/8 cup equals 1/4 cup sugar, this is a half gallon.  The blueberries added a little color and a light flavor.

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The blueberries ready for the freezer.

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Now I guess since this is a quilting blog mainly I should throw in some quilting stuff – more work on Insanity Revisited Monday night.

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Someone asked about the thread – variegated – YLI, it says machine quilting on it but I have found it is nice and strong for hand work too – it is not glazed though so I am not using really long pieces so it will not tangle – I tried Thread Heaven but see no difference when I use it.

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Finally I got done with the machine quilting for Sunny Days!  It only took me 7 1/2 hours to quilt but about 10 days of actually work – boy was I slow with that.   The binding is machine stitched down and I am working on the hand work part.  It shouldn’t take long, one side is finished and it is only 55 inches square so I might be done in a day or so depending on how much I work on it.  I’ll get a photo of it when I am done.  I am linking to Freshly Pieced today go see all the wonderful quilts and then go on over to Sew Fresh Quilts to look at some more!

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I was busy all day yesterday doing one thing or another starting with cutting grass in some of the dryer areas of the yard – some areas I still can not ride the mower over – standing water – hopefully this will dry out before we get more rain – later in the week?  Got the laundry done and went on to the sewing projects and reading from there – enjoyed time out on the porch as well – such a beautiful day.

Our grandson Utah who turns 14 next month had his testing for 2nd degree black belt in karate last week – here he is doing a practice session warming up – his sister is holding up an X-Ray paper – what they use for practice – he can do a pretty high kick can’t he.  Needless to say he passed and he now has a 2nd degree black belt – he has been at it since he was 6 I think.

I remembered to take some photos of the log planters while I was out there – I hope these will fill in a little bit – They do not look really pretty right now but maybe in another couple weeks they will fill out a little bit.

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I do need to get more mulch and use some weed killer to get rid of some of weeds around them or they will be covered in weeds before the flowers can grow.  This one has a couple pie pumpkin plants growing as well.

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I have the border fabric sewed onto Insanity Revisited – and will get started drawing the scallops on soon – on the first Dear Jane I hand pieced the border also but on this one I decided to machine piece these edges on instead to make it a little stronger.

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144 more tumblers printed out now to get them cut out this week also.  These tumblers are 2.5 inches.  It will bring my total of this color to close to 400 – still a lot of work to do!  I am linking with Sew Fresh quilts and Freshly Pieced Modern today

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Quilting coming along on POTC – this is where I picked up at last night – no rush – lets savor the end.

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Purple clematis on the edge of the deck.

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The trees in the front yard so big and full – they tower over the house.

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It was a rainy day yesterday so my day of rest was easy to accomplish even though I vacuumed, washed the kitchen floor and did grocery shopping – those kind of things really do not take a lot of time for me and Mike came along for the grocery shopping so he carried everything in the house – made it easier.  My daughter Melanie came over yesterday had a late mother’s day together – she does needle work and made this holder for me to stick things in. A cute monkey with such detail work.  She made me lunch and we sat and worked on our projects together for awhile.

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This is Melanie hard at work

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I got the Granny’s Got Style Quilt top done!  I only had two applique corners to finish and I did one on Monday night and another while Melanie was visiting.  Folded nice and neat in quarters and put aside for quilting show and tell on Friday – I will try to remember to get a photo of it laid out on the floor if I remember.  I am linking to Freshly Pieced today and Sew Fresh Quilts.

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Someone – I forget who – sorry – asked how the Diamonds Are Forever going – it is going on forever isn’t it!  I have not worked much on it recently.  This is what I have so far.

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And here are the mini tumblers stacked up in groups of ten – I figured out how many I need for a quilt 104 x 104 – 2,704 pieces!!  so that means I need to cut out 1,352 of prints and 1,352 of this light color batik – won’t this be fun LOL  I already have almost a hundred cut – this is going to take awhile Smile  I’m not sure what the name of this one will be – I already have an “Insanity” (Dear Jane) a “Insanity Revisited” (2nd Dear Jane) maybe this one should be “Gone Completely Nuts”?  Or maybe “Going Over the Edge”These are 2 1/2” unfinished – so 2 inches when done (bottom measurement”)  Any ideas on a quirky name for this tumbler quilt?

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Still feeling a little tired but getting back to normal – a hair cut today and a upper body massage this afternoon – should get me back in shape huh.  I watched the NCIS shows last night so had not had a chance to get back to work on Patchwork of the Crosses but I should get back to it sometime today.

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Back Home

by Karen on May 13, 2014

in family

Oh wow, what a four days that was visiting family – some good some not so good!  Let’s start with the good – I picked my sister and brother up at the airport on Thursday and they were only a half an hour late!  that was good.  Later in the day when taking mom out to lunch we got drenched in a rain storm – try to get an 89 year old women to a car with two umbrellas and a wheelchair!  well we all got dried off and she laughed about it so I guess that was good.  The next day though -BAD–Friday my brother Bob that came out to visit from Maryland went 4 wheeling with one of our other brothers and his son-in-law – not so good – trip to the ER for Bob and he has his left arm in a sling and might have rotary cuff damage Sad smile  in pain, can barely move – well ok, he can move but he is in a lot of pain and as each of the other brothers finds out about it they chuckle and laugh – brothers!! (I can’t even remember all the accidents these guys have been in)  whereas all the women in the family were feeling sorry for him and asking Larry was he was trying to kill his little brother!  Now as I write this Monday night he is flying home and stuck in Chicago with long delays when I know he just wants to get home  – for him the 4 days was not so good.  I dropped them off at the airport at noon and they were to be home around 7 – first a delay at the airport in Arkansas and then delays in Chicago – at 7 PM they were still in Chicago! Another BAD

The brother’s and sister’s that could make it on Sunday – one was out of town and the other was visiting on Friday but couldn’t be here on Sunday.  I’m in the blue and white shirt in the middle the 3rd oldest of the group the two sisters standing next to me are older than me -all the brothers came next and then our little sister – glad 8 of us were there. Mom in the middle of course.  Bob on the left, then Pat, Me, Larry (the trouble maker lol) Vicki, David, and Mary – Lisa the baby is hanging over mom.  Jeff and Mike couldn’t make it. Yes I have a brother Mike and husband Mike and a nephew that goes by Michael.

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One photo of mom with all of the grandchildren and great grandchildren that could make it there – I believe 24 – the guy on the left side holding the little one in the pink shirt is one of my brothers his granddaughter wouldn’t get in the photo unless he was holding her.  Couldn’t get a good photo of children all looking in the right direction for the life of me.  There were more that showed up later but some of these had already gone and another photo never got taken.

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We met out in the country at my brother Larry’s home – he is the one that almost got my brother Bob killed on the 4 wheeler on Friday Smile  all these goats belong to his daughter Meranda  who’s husband Sheldon is one of the trouble makers LOL – she is a farmer and has lots of goats they ate all of her grass and are now working on his field LOL.  The kids sure all enjoyed seeing the goats.

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And like all family gatherings plenty of food & drink, everyone sitting around in the shade in Larry’s big yard -

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Visiting and talking remembering old stories of all the fights and trouble we got into.  Remembering the two brothers that are no longer with us.

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And did I say eating?  Smile

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All except me that is – another BAD!  I got a mild case of food poisoning from the restaurant that Bob, Vicki and I took Mom to on Saturday night (seafood) and I was sick half the night and early morning – I rested up until early afternoon and then drove out to join the party sipping bottled water and eating a dinner roll – I missed all the cake and cookies and barbecue!  Well I’m just glad it wasn’t mom that got sick – I was better by Monday morning – just tired and a little weak feeling – and I had that 2 1/2 hour drive home to make after I dropped them all off at the airport – I will rest up and get back to quilting.

Thanks for all the notes while I was gone and sorry I wasn’t able to answer most of the e mails I got – I can’t for the life of me type decently on a phone – and I have about 200 blogs to catch up on – I have a feeling I will not be reading most of them and start over again today!   I will be back to being a quilting blog Tuesday!

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A Visit To Mom

by Karen on December 18, 2013

in family, quilts, Red & Green Traditional Applique

Woke up to a full moon still up in the sky yesterday morning – this is looking out the sewing room window over the workshop which still has snow on it’s roof!  This was at 6:30 AM

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We were out the door by 9 heading north to see mom for the afternoon.  I brought her quilt back to her that I had brought home with me last time I visited to wash – we were almost attack by old ladies as we walked down the hall – “what is that you are carrying” “let me see” “put it in room #6”   LOL – my goodness these ladies wanted a quilt bad Smile

We had a good day for a visit – it got up to 55 and it was sunny.  Went out to lunch and did some shopping, sat on a bench to visit in the sun for awhile – went over to Barnes and Nobel for coffee and more visits.  I was showing her my iphone and family photos on facebook that she hadn’t seen and Mike posted this photo of us and then other family were hitting “like” as we were sitting there – of course she was a bit amazed by the whole thing – she got a kick out of it.  (my hair might be a lot lighter than the last photo you might have seen of me – I quit dying my hair!  yes I haven’t had a drop of dye on my hair since the middle of July – I got tired of it – can’t really tell that closely in this photo but I have a lot more white than I thought I did – I will have to post another after it is all grown out. At this angle it didn’t all show up lol)

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Good thing I made Christmas cookies for her – she almost grabbed the box out of my hand – “I knew you would bring cookies, I have been looking forward to them”   — good thing I made them!! wow she would have been disappointed if I had not brought that box!

So short post – here is where I left off on the quilt Monday night – will get in a little stitching last night and post it later.

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Package Arrived

by Karen on November 19, 2013

in family, quilts

It used to be that if I ordered something from Hancock’s of Paducah I rarely received the order before 2 weeks were up – the last several times I ordered I received the package within days!  I ordered batting, muslin (on back order which I knew) and to topple the order to free shipping a couple of charm packages on half price sale Smile  The only problem I have with this brand of charm packages – referred to as Tonga Treats by Timeless Treasures is that though they look pretty folded the way they come – it means you have to press Sad smile also what I didn’t know is that you do not receive one of each print/style it is but  two of each.  But they are so pretty I will find something to use them for whether that is a small quilt or use for applique.

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Somehow yesterday just got away from me without a lot of work getting done on a quilt – I did get the binding made but not attached to the quilt – that must have had to do with an hour long phone call with one of my sisters!  Kind of threw a wrench in my afternoon after I got back from grocery shopping and exercise – the afternoon was over!  But was nice talking to her and that was more important than sewing!

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One of my many sisters-in-law is now a published author!  Greta started writing this book sometime ago and persevered.  She is now a full-fledged author.  You can find her book on Amazon – His Promise True – a historical romance that begins in 1823.  I just finished it this morning hot off the presses – well off the kindle that is Smile  I’m very proud of her.  Now besides being Dr. Marlow with a PhD she is also a published author.

More work on the other quilts but not much progress to show – maybe tomorrow?

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