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Thursday was a nice day – started May off with being in the 60’s – it felt pretty good.  We went to the state park for a hike to the falls.  The hike itself is not real long but going to the falls is pretty much down hill for a mile or so – so you know it is going up on the way back!  It does have some areas of level ground to walk on, lots of rocks to walk over though too – but at least the whole thing is not a continued downhill slope the whole way or straight uphill the whole way back.  With all the rain from the storms that we had we figured the falls should have plenty of water going over them and we were not disappointed.

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This is just one of the many down hill sections of the trail.

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A pretty bridge going over the river in one area.

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Part of the run off from the large pool under the falls.

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We did have our first of the month quilting group last night but we didn’t get home until close to 4:30 and truthfully I was a little tired – so I skipped the group – two months running now, but there you go – maybe I will go next month?

I did manage to get more done on Patchwork of the Crosses and rolled it down again – it is getting closer to being finished and I think I might have it done by the end of May.  I will be taking 4 or 5 days off next week as I am going to visit my mom for a longer than normal visit.  My sister and brother who both live in Maryland are flying out for a visit for Mother’s Day and we will be having a lot of family visits going on so my sister and I will share a hotel room and our brother will have his own space at the same hotel.  Lot’s of family but few have extra room so it is nicer to just stay at a motel and have some down time when staying more than a day.  My quilting stays at home when I go visit with the family as no else quilts and usually so much going on it really kind of just gets in the way.  I bring my kindle for reading in the evening or early morning while we are waiting around for each to get themselves put together and then usually busy the whole day.  I haven’t seen this sister for almost 2 years and we are close (only 1.5 years apart in age too) so I image we will be talking from the first moment I pick them up at the airport until I drop them back at the airport for their flight home five days later.

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I am linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict today for her Whoop Whoop Friday and if you go check her out you will see she is having a give away also.

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I imagine I will have some time today  and this weekend to look at the stripy quilt some more – thanks for all the opinions – I kind of like the  uneven sides though with one side having more strips lengthwise than the other – I’m not sure what I am doing about the flowers at this point though  – applique or not – white or colors – but will look at it some more and also get busy on the corners of the Granny quilt.

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I finally got all of my rows done for the Granny Square quilt – I am adding a border to make it queen size but I am not 100% positive what it will be – I thought I did and then I had another idea LOL  – it will be a white border like the background but will have some applique or piecing on it from all the varieties and more of scraps that are now in it.

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Monday nights session at the quilting frame on Patchwork of the Crosses.  I realized Monday night when I rolled the quilt down that I can now see the half way point of the quilt already! over 40 hours of work in it already.

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A Give Away is being held at Patchy Details…;Cathy Daniel she is from the UK and has quilted ceramic designs, all kinds of things in her shop.  I am linking up to WIP Wednesday at Lee’s Freshly Pieced.

Tuesday was such a pretty day that my daughter and I took a hike – we drove to Mt. Nebo a short drive from where we live – less than 30 miles and took a 4 mile hike that I hadn’t been on it years.  It goes around the middle of the mountain and is called the Bench Trail – it used to be a road in the late 1800’s and used mainly until the 1930’s.  There actually used to be vacation homes then nestled in the mountain – none now in that area but now at the top of the mountain– I guess they were all dismantled for some reason and no longer there.  This is a state park now and beautiful scenery – has been a state park for close to 90 years.  Keep in mind this trail is much prettier when the leaves blossom out on the trees – mainly hardwood here in this area – the leaves will be on the trees before you know it.  Storm damage from this winter and all the ice storms hit it hard – you could tell they had to have gotten vehicles in to clear the trail, piles of wood alongside here and there and broken tops of trees and tree limbs – more than I had seen in a long time.

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I don’t remember what the weird knots are called that are on this tree – we saw several like this

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The scenery you can only see in some areas of this trail

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there is another trail that goes around the top of the mountain that we have not done in awhile it is called the “Rim Trail” and is beautiful too – maybe this spring we will do that one too?  We have been hiking this mountain park ever since we moved to Arkansas almost 34 years ago.

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Morning started out chilly but we knew it was supposed to warm up.  My daughter Melanie and I had plans to talk a walk!  Yes it was that kind of weather yesterday.  But first because the morning was chilly I got some sewing done.

Two Granny Blocks yesterday – yahoo I’m on a roll.

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I have decided to do queen size and continue making blocks.  I will start to work on color arrangement when I get the sixth row done and then start to sew rows together so I will have more room on the design wall.  I will still be able to control the layout colors because I am working with scraps and will be able to just step back and see what colors will work.  No sashing.  I’m not sure about a border still.

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The scrappy baby quilt is growing also – this is laying on two pieces of flannel that for the time being is laying over part of the quilt on the frame – a very temporary design wall LOL.

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Wednesday night I took a little break from the Olympics – they do not seem to be holding my interest as much this time as they do sometimes – I did have the tv on in the room and glanced at it now and then but went to bed early and just wasn’t really paying attention to it – I did get more done on Patchwork of the Crosses though Smile

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Here are photos from where Melanie and I took our walk – the temperature!  52 degrees when we finished.  This is not a really long walk but by taking the little side trails it is probably about 1.5 to 2 miles – it took us an hour to walk it.  It is not just straight in and out, it does have inclines and areas to walk down to the river to look at scenery – which is why it took an hour – we look for birds and critters – this is a fairly new park on the edge of town – about 12 miles or so from where we live.

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This is a walking/bicycle trail with benches here and there to enjoy the scenery.

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And here at home up on the ridge we still have snow that is disappearing rapidly.

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And the daffodils are still growing

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My sister in law Greta is running a Valentine Day sale on her book - His Promise True, available as a Kindle download for only $.99 – the link goes to her blog with a link to Amazon there.

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Millhouse Quilts

by Karen on September 28, 2013

in places, quilting links, Travel, weather

I have rarely come to visit my daughter here in Wisconsin without running over to Waunakee (about 10 miles from her ) to visit Millhouse Quilts.  A fantastic quilt shop – I would almost refer to it as my local quilt shop LOL except I have to travel 14 hours to get here!! go to the link above and you will see the inside of the shop – an old mill converted into a store.  (on their web site if you go to the about us – you can see the inside of the shop through a series of clicks.

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I stuck with not getting any fabric unless it was on sale and I found this little bundle of fat quarters that will go with my Japanese Taupe’s for Love Entwined – needles, and batting that I needed to restock as I only have a partial batting left and would have to order on line to get the Quilters Dream that I like.  I did noticed that the store had not marked their batiks up to $15 a yard yet like some stores that I have seen the past 6 months or so – most of theirs are still in the 11-12 dollar range.  I have two quilt tops at home – Carousel and a 9 patch that are closer to a double size than twin size so I got two double size batting’s.  I think I will try to machine quilt the 9 patch but I am not sure on the Carousel yet –

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the other side of the bundle

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The cheese sign is in the distance from the campground but nearby – but what I wanted to show was this monster custom RV that someone has here at the campground! can you believe this thing – the size of a semi truck!!  3 or 4 slide outs – must be the same size as some very small homes that you see!! Wonder what kind of gas mileage this one gets? They sure can’t get into most state park camping sites I bet! They would have a hard time negotiating some of the roads inside the state parks for sure and to get in the campsite – no way!  I have never seen one so large before. (I do wonder how it looks inside – some of the big ones are very, very nice) but I wouldn’t want it – we wouldn’t be able to go to the parks we like.

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Today (the 21st) is cold, cloudy and windy – 56 degrees and wind chill in the 40’s I would say.

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Yesterday Mike and I took a day drive – we drove over towards North East Arkansas to a town called Batesville which has Marshall’s Dry Goods.  I posted about this store  a couple years ago here.  I hadn’t been back to that area since then it is about 2 1/2 hours from us.  I have been running low on white and white prints and I was hoping to find some more really good deals on that type of fabric – but no luck – they had very little in white on white prints – darn – couldn’t let it be a wasted trip though so I bought some other things instead – 16 1/2 yards of fabric for $52!!  and 3 yards of that is a Riley Blake at 3.99 a yard – how sweet – it is the polka dot fabric in the stack below.  I know I said I wasn’t going to be shopping for fabric much this year but I meant full price stuff – not sale stuff Smile  my stash today – the top is a 2 yard piece of white that is 120 inches wide – they had pieces prepackaged I will be able to use it for the back of something.  The next from the top is a “moda marble” type of fabric with a pale yellow 3 yards I think.  The polka dot is Riley Blake 3 yards, the a 1 1/2 yard piece of white on white from the dollar table, then a 3 yard piece of a RJR? fabric and the red/white batik is 4 yards.  I do not know where all they get fabric from – some of it is good and some isn’t all that great – you have to feel it to know if you like it – I think anyhow as some will have a bit of a stiff feel to it – these that I picked out I liked.  I don’t always like to buy yardage with no plan in mind but I should be able to use these for something even if it is backs.

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So that took up a big part of yesterday then last night I put Netflix on – I am watching 3 series on it right now, last night I watched 2 shows “Nikita” I am on the first season and I finished one more of the Patchwork of the Crosses blocks.

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And I got started on another one -

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Friday I made more of the diamond hexies – here are all of them up on the wall that I have done -  and thank you all so much for your opinions on the background fabric – right now I am leaning towards white – with the brown as a second choice.  I well decide on that much later.  I think I still need about 200 of these!!

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On Friday I also got more quilting done on the Bow Tie Medallion – which I have not been doing a lot of work on – still having a little arthritis problem in my right thumb so I have not been able to get a lot of quilting done (at the quilting frame I tend to use my thumb a lot) – it doesn’t seem to bother me when hand piecing though as I do not use my thumb so much.  So I think this catches me up on what I have been doing the last couple of days – a little yard work was thrown in also – I was going to go to the fitness center on Friday afternoon but then changed my mind and worked in the yard for about 45 minutes instead two times.  I really need to start doing more of that.

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So how is your weekend going – everyone out east digging out from the storm? hope you all have your power back on if you lost it – sure is too cold to be without it!

Ok I just proof read all this and I’m tired! I think I have done enough – I might have to rest today!!! LOL  (I doubt it – I don’t know how to sit and do nothing) Smile

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A Little Shopping While Traveling

by Karen on September 30, 2012

in places, Travel

I managed to stop at 4 quilt shops while traveling.  I  went crazy!!  What can I say – I celebrated my 60th birthday while visiting my daughter.  I get to pick out my presents from Mike – he doesn’t like to pick things out as he knows quilt shops are my favorites and it is better that I choose from from quilt shops myself as I know what I want!

On this trip I stopped at 4 shops as I said – 3 were in Wisconsin and 1 was on the way home in Hannibal, Missouri.

I visited Millhouse Quilts in Waunakee, JJ Stitches in Sun Prairie,and  My Sister’s Quilt Shop in Sheboygan and Hickory Stick in Hannibal.

I must admit I went the craziest in Hickory Stick, MO — they had a good sale room – what can I say -I have no quilt shops near by here– I had to make up for it seeing as that store was right across the street from what we went to visit there on the way home – Mark Twain’s boyhood home.

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I love these two books – the Bowtie Medallion quilt needs a little applique on the border and I thought what better than some hexie’s! tiny ones of course – that means it might not be done when Joseph’s Coat comes off of the frame but that is ok, I have two small quilts waiting in line also – one of them can go on it while I work on the border.

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I’m not sure what this bundle will be used for but it was half price 20 fat quarters for $30.00

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I have 20 fat quarters of these prints – I think it is called “Grace” by Moda – 3 sisters?  I can’t find anything on the salvage.  Not sure what to do with them at this moment but at half price I will find a pattern.

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I thought these would go well with the brown bundle that I won awhile back – maybe a log cabin – the pieces in the back are 1/2 yard cuts and the others are fq’s.

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These I thought would go great with the Common Bride quilt.

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I have wanted to try these sticky thimbles for awhile – I will let you know how they work.

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Hard to get a photo of these – 1 inch hexies in plastic with a punch hole in the center to pin while you baste.

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So yes I went crazy – at least I can say a lot of it was on very good sales and I paid no shipping and handling like I usually do Smile

When I say I have no quilt shop near by I really mean it – to me near by is less than 30 miles and the closest shop is about 85 miles from me – I don’t like to drive that far and then not find what I want – in all directions the shops are about 85 miles from here.

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