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What did I accomplish 8 and a half weeks in a 25 foot 8 inch motorhome- pieced by hand – this much!  “Tumbling into Insanity” is off to a good start.

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75 inches wide by 20 inches high

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I should have been able to get done with more – but what can I say I was looking at the scenery more than I thought I would and I was giving my thumb time to stop aching – and it is almost 100% better since I tossed the thumb brace to the bottom of the sewing basket – guess it just didn’t work for me.  Yes I brought way too many projects with me and it didn’t take up much space so it worked out fine.

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As I write this Saturday night in northern Iowa we should  be getting  home in Arkansas sometime today-Tuesday- late in the afternoon if all goes as planned – I didn’t know if we would have internet in both the areas we plan on camping at in Missouri (one night each stop) – sometimes those Ozark mountains in Missouri interfere with computer plans – so I thought as I have internet right now I will get my post done for Tuesday.

Another Dutch Oven meal on Friday night –beef stew and crescent rolls – take the stew  out of the oven and put a lid on it to keep warm and put the crescent rolls in on parchment paper for 12 to 15 minutes and instant dinner – I usually don’t go with flowers on the table while camping LOL but this is the rose the kids gave me on my birthday on the 24th and it traveled home with us.  I put it in this water bottle with a little water in the bottom and put it in the refrigerator on the door shelf and it has traveled well.  When we get to the campground I take it out of the fridge add more water and it is ok.  Yes the picnic table quilt got spotted up some here and there with food and debris – at one time bird poop possibly with purple huckleberries! (more than you want to know?)  But it has been washed numerous times and it is pretty darn clean other than a stubborn stop or two – but you know I made it for the outside table expecting it to get spots here and there and these wild fabrics hide them pretty good.

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Fall foliage in Northern Iowa

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A pretty walking park along the river.

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Egret in the river at the campground.

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One of our last campsites – nice and shady and no neighbor next door. Corp of Engineer parks – always clean and usually level ground or pavement to park on.  Only electric – but water near by to fill up the water tank and a dump station near the entrance to take care of tanks when you get ready to leave – a plus is the parks go with Mike’s senior pass (which I now need to pick one up too having turned 62 last week – only $10 for life and sometimes tickets for tours ect. want a pass from each person – best $10 you spend when traveling) C.O.E. parks with pass are usually $8 a night!  A good camping price.  That pass is needed also for admittance back into the park if you leave to go do laundry or grocery shopping ect at the national parks-we normally go together outside the park but can never tell if you do it yourself you need your own pass.

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So we are back home and give me a day to get things in order and quilting at home will begin!  I’m ready to get back to my routine before winter comes!  Thanks to all of you that stuck with my blog as it became so much more a travel blog than a quilting blog – I loved reading the comments and answering the questions some of you asked about the places we saw and questions about camping – it is not for everyone and I do not know if I will ever go for longer than the 8 weeks again like this trip – we will see.  It was great to see so many wild animals – the bears sure were a big plus we had never seen so many on one trip before and never the grizzly bears.

EDITED:  I write this postscript at 7:45 PM at a campground near Springfield MO.  We are 4 hours drive from home so for certain will get home on Tuesday the 30th.  I just read a blog post from “A Sentimental Quilter” about her trip to Vermont to see the original Dear Jane quilt and wanted to link to it – it looks amazing for the age of the quilt – someone took care of it well before it went to the museum.

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A New Quilt Shop

by Karen on September 27, 2014

in places, quilts, Travel

New to me quilt shop that is.  I hadn’t really intended to stop at a quilt shop while here in Wisconsin but Mike and I were taking a drive the other day while the family was busy with work and school and drove though the town of Belleville and just happened on.  I wondered inside for a look and ended up buying a book – no fabric I didn’t see any on sale.  It was a cute shop and had lots of antique sewing machines around although I didn’t get a photo of them.  The store is called “Patches and Petals”(the Quilters General Store”) they are also on line so I will need to check them out some more.

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One area of fabric – the big room is kind of divided a little into separate areas of “types” of fabric.

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The bathroom was decorated in Halloween theme – have never seen one quite so decked out before!  And very large.

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The little black things on the sink and also some on the floor are plastic black beetles – creepy Smile

I don’t know about you but I love free patterns – here is one for this design that I saw on pinterest – go to RJR Fabrics to see a lot more – wonderful site for sure!!  This quilt would be a great one for using up scraps – all free patterns  are pdf files so you will need a printer to print them out.

My purchase for the day – another Schnibbles book – I love Carrie Nelson’s books and they are some of the few books that I use more than one pattern – so they do get used and always worth the price!

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


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Visiting with Family

by Karen on September 26, 2014

in family, places

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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Mt. Horab, Wisconsin

by Karen on September 24, 2014

in places, Travel

Norwegian Heritage has a history with trolls or so we hear in this little town of Mt. Horab that we passed through on our way to our daughter’s house.  It was time for a break and we wanted to get some photos of the cute town and also stop at the store called Duluth Trading Company– we like the t-shirts and I wanted to try on the jeans to see how they fit – we normally order on line and I don’t want to have to order several sizes to try on — instead I tried on several pair on to see what size fit – neither in my case – one too tight one too loose! darn it.

So here are just some of the trolls that live in this town – most of them are stored away for the winter so the winter weather will not damage them but they enjoy being out in the warmer weather and people enjoy stopping to take their photos.  This town is located in the lower western area of the state of Wisconsin.

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In Wisconsin

by Karen on September 23, 2014

in places, Travel

First off thanks too all of you who have been ordering Craftsy classes and products through my links – I appreciate it.   Also here is a question I asked yesterday:   Would anyone like to take part in the around the world blog hop – I have been nominated by Michelle at the Jypsy Quilter and I thought I would participate but can not find more bloggers who wish to do it – you can go look at her blog and see what it is about.  I had been asked last month about it and at that time I knew I wouldn’t be on line much so declined, now I am mostly back on line and a lot of the bloggers I would have asked have already done it!  So if you want to participate let me know.  I just don’t have time for more follow up going through list to try to find people who would want to do it.

I am not back to quilting yet but I am linking up to Esther’s blog anyhow – I’m sure some of you will enjoy the links given.

Our first night in Wisconsin would you believe we camped by the railroad tracks again!  Looked like a good park and we got there about 2 in the afternoon and it was quite, nice, peaceful – no trains running – then all of a sudden about 8 at night it was one after another for hours –finally around 11 it was down to about one an hour and I fell asleep and by 6 it started all over again!  Even though it was a pretty park it went on my “do not come back to” list – too many trains!

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Next to the Mississippi River – a beautiful day.

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When we left we stopped at a little town we had went through – we had seen a Catholic Church that had a park next to it that was interesting.  I wanted to get a closer look.

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A priest back in the 1930’s built all of this with no blue prints or design in mind, just started making mosaic art.

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All of the color here in this photo that looks like clusters of flowers are colored rock

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Never saw anything like it and is interesting in it’s own unique way isn’t it.  Free to the public to wander though – much more that I didn’t take photos of – too much for a blog post.

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Going Across Northern Iowa

by Karen on September 22, 2014

in places, Travel

Would anyone like to take part in the around the world blog hop – I have been nominated by Michelle at the Jypsy Quilter and I thought I would participate but can not find more bloggers who wish to do it – you can go look at her blog and see what it is about.  I had been asked last month about it and at that time I knew I wouldn’t be on line much so declined, now I am mostly back on line and a lot of the bloggers I would have asked have already done it!  So if you want to participate let me know.  I just don’t have time for more follow up going through list to try to find people who would want to do it.

We found several places to stop when traveling across Iowa and we needed those breaks – the cornfields are endless and we needed something to break the monotony.  And this is the Iowa welcome center on the west end of the state!  Great a free museum to wander through but first a visit to the bathroom.  Sometimes I use our own of course but this time the place looked nice so I wandered into the ladies public restroom and – get this – I found an elderly lady laying on the floor almost 100% unconscious. I knelt down to talk to her and ask her what was wrong, how could I help ect, she was cold & clammy, confused – I saw a name tag around her neck and had seen a tour bus in the parking lot – I went to the door to yell for help just as another tour bus lady was approaching the restroom – luckily by that time the lady was beginning to come around.  She thought she had fainted but wasn’t sure, I asked if she was diabetic but she wasn’t sure.  We had difficulty assisting her from the floor and she was determined to get up  – the other lady got help from the bus  – 2 men from the group helped get her to her feet and help her to the bus.  I don’t know what happened after that the bus took off so I hope they were taking her to the hospital.  It was my most startlingly visit to a public restroom let me tell you that and I was just so glad I hadn’t found a dead woman.  As they were leaving she looked at me and said “do I know you” (confused!) I said “no ma’am I just walked in and found you on the floor” and she thanked me – I hope she is alright.

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After numerous stops  & delays – some long with road construction along the way that day we finally got to our campground.    Nothing really special about this Iowa State Park but there is a lake and a trail to a dam spill over that was very pretty.

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I got in more steps in our walk.

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A nice walk – not a long one but just enough so that after a day of travel you can get moving a little.

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And we are back into tornado country and to make the campers feel safe there is a big siren right here in the middle of the campground to alert you to bad storms – I didn’t see a storm shelter of any kind around but at the public restrooms are concrete so that is better than nothing!  It was a perfect day though for our visit so that is all that mattered to me.

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Last Day For the Classes Sales!!  I ended up getting two knitting classes on how to make socks – now lets hope when I get home I can figure it out and make some!!  I’ll let you all know how it goes.

The links in the post here will lead you to the sale of the classes – all classes!!

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