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Another Update

by Karen on October 18, 2014

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I have had so many nice comments and emails about my mother and her stroke that I wanted to update you all that she died this morning and is not suffering anymore.  We placed  her in a hospice house on Wednesday and she died this morning around noon – she never woke up from her stroke on Monday and just stayed asleep the whole time.  All of my siblings, one of my daughters and almost all of my nieces and nephews and quite a few great ones also were able to spend time with her before she slipped away from us.  I can’t say enough good things about the Circle of Life Hospice House in Bentonville Arkansas – they not only take care of the patient but they take care of the family as well even when it is as large of a one as we have.  She had 12 children – 4 girls and 8 boys – 27 grandchildren and 31 great-grand children and 1 great-great-grandchild – she also had 2 son in laws and 6 daughter in laws that she counted as her own children and they all loved her too.  She lost two of her sons over the years and a daughter in law also.  (I think I have all the numbers right).

Mom was 89 – would have been 90 in December.  Here she is back on her wedding day.

My mom and dad together – Dad died on October 16, 1993 and Mom on October 18, 2014 – we kind of thought for sure that subconsciously she would slip away on the anniversary of dads death just because she wanted to but she hung on for two more days until all of her children were able to be at her bedside and then within hours she was gone.

this photo is one that my daughter Melanie took of her Granny about 5 years or so ago.

I came home for a couple days of rest and then a couple days away for the funeral and packing up of her assisted living apartment with my brothers and sisters and the sons and daughters in law- we will work on this together – I will be back to blogging soon.  I had hand work with me with so much sitting and chatting and waiting and made progress on my hexies I will show progress when I get through the next week.

I’m doing alright – Mom lived a full life and truthfully I have been expecting this for a long time – sadness of course – depression no – she suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis for years and had been in a lot of pain – it was hard to see her in such pain.  She had gotten very frail in her last 15 years being wheelchair confined for the last 12 years or so and using two canes before that – she was ready to go and we had to let her.  I guess I am a realist – you face life, live it while you can and then you leave memories built up over those years for those who loved you.  It is just the way life is.

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Blogging Break

by Karen on October 13, 2014

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I will be out of touch this week – my mom had a stroke this morning, we don’t know what the outcome will be right now — she is almost 90 years old.   She lives 2 and half hours from me so we will be doing some running back and forth.  Keep her in your thoughts please – this is a photo of mom from several years back.  I can tell you right now hospitals need more comfortable chairs to sit in and let the family have more access to the doctors!!  Trying to get information from them has been driving us crazy.

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A Bundle of Fabric

by Karen on September 28, 2014

in family, quilts

Quite a few years ago I went on a bus trip to a quilt show with the Rogers Arkansas quilt guild.  My daughter’s mother in law, Nancy belonged to the group and she asked me to come with her as a guest – a chance for us to get to know each other better.  Last year on September 24th (my birthday)  she passed away– way to early and never got a chance to use up her small stash of fabric and patterns.  She always referred to herself as a “wanna be quilter” she wanted to quilt but only made a few small pieces here and there but always wanted to do more.  After she passed away my daughter and the other daughters in law helped her husband go though her things to decide what was going to whom and what was being packed up for Goodwill or whatever.  Jessica (my daughter) got some fabric and quilt patterns – she wasn’t sure if she and Ciera (my granddaughter) would eventually use some of the things or not as Jessica is not a quilter.

It was decided that they would ask me to make a quilt out of some of the items for Ciera.  It was funny seeing what they had picked out though as it was the pattern and bundle of fabric that Nancy had picked out when we went on the bus trip to St. Charles MO about 10 years ago!!  I recognized it right away.  I remember encouraging her to buy it as she was eyeing it and then putting it back then picking it up again.  She said she didn’t know if she would ever make it and sadly she didn’t.  But I will make it for her and give it to our shared granddaughter – what better tribute!  I will make up a label for the back of the quilt saying something like “pattern and fabric purchased by Grandma Nancy and quilt made by Grandma Karen”  don’t you think something like that would be a good way to put it on the label?  I could entitle the quilt “Nancy’s Stars” or something like that.  I know I have some white fabric or other light color to use for the white in the pattern and I’m pretty sure there is enough in the bundle to make it – if not I can find enough from my own stash.

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So Nancy this quilt will get made! I’m not sure who you had intended it to go to – but one of your granddaughters will have it.  I am linking to Kathy’s Quilts: Slow Stitch Sunday – getting in the mood for quilting again as soon as we get home in a couple more days.


Don’t forget about the Craftsy‘s stash sale – the right time to buy fabric.


Craftsy‘s Stash of Possibilities Sale!

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Visiting with Family

by Karen on September 26, 2014

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It’s a good thing that I decided to not go shopping at the local quilt shop while visiting our daughter – I really had to remind myself to stick to sales only like I said I would at the very beginning of the year – and Craftsy is having a fall sale on fabrics, yarns, kits – get your supplies now!!  I am going birthday shopping Smile my birthday was on the 24th just a couple days ago and I get to pick out my present(s)  I have already been looking at the sales recently and wondered when the big sale would start – things well sell out fast so don’t wait for the last minute.


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You know you are in Wisconsin when you see these kinds of signs:

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The trees are turning to fall colors

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Our campground here is nothing special, some KOA’s can be attractive and have lots of trees, this one doesn’t – they are growing some but it will be awhile before they start to provide a lot of shade – our spot has no tree Sad smile but that is ok, we are barely here anyhow.

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Instead we are with these people!  we are lucky the campground is only a couple miles from our daughter and son in law – here they are with our granddaughter – our grandson was teaching karate lessons that morning so he wasn’t with us – he is 14 and a 2nd degree black belt – he teaches all ages!  He has been doing karate since he was 6 years old.

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Here he is is – relaxing after working all morning!

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This is Ciera she is 12 on Oct. 1st.

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We visited a farmers market in Madison that we do every time we come here – love it!

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We attended a high school football game as the family supports the local team and it is something they do so we came along.

Ciera’s birthday is one week after mine (mine was the 24th) so we went birthday present shopping, she picked out a book and fleece fabric so that I could help her make a “tie blanket” I didn’t even know what that was mainly  being a quilter – but she found a video on line and we figured it out – Joanne’s had a sale on fleece and she picked out her colors.  Evidently the kids all like to have these for sleep overs and she didn’t have one.

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Utah demonstrating how the dog Marley likes to get in the trampoline with him – he just jumps on up through the opening there and jumps around too.

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As you all know I have been traveling and scheduling posts in advance so I could keep up with my daily blog – as you read this we are on our way home finally, we are in the last week of travel having left our daughter and Wisconsin behind us this morning.  I will be back to all my quilts soon and back to work on them too.  My thumb is finally feeling better.  I have barely sewed in almost 2 months now and will need to make sure I don’t over do it when we get home.  I will need to start making more of my quilts with the sewing machine and take my time with the hand quilting – those two hours every evening quilting might need to be cut back to one hour instead.  It really helped my thumb taking a break from quilting.

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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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Craftsy has several quilting classes on sale.

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