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Off to quilt retreat

It is time for our Springtime quilt retreat. I have loaded the car with enough projects to last for three years of steady working. We will have to wait and see how much I actually get done in 4 and 1/2 days. The motel where we go loves us. We aren't whiny. We clean up our own messes and we welcome people to come in and see what we are doing. So far we haven't found a way to explain why we laugh so much.

Added by Barbara Graham on April 18, 2017 at 11:36am — 5 Comments

Spring fever

Our totally unusual winter with the HUGE drifts is moving into spring. The last of the drifts in my yard are not very spectacular anymore. Now they are small and covered with dirt that has blown in. I am developing "garden fever". It is a very common ailment. Yesterday was so bad that I cleaned the garage (okay, half of it) so I could set up my seed sprouting spot.

It is still weeks before the "last freeze", or not. We might be done with the severe cold but we have a long history of…


Added by Barbara Graham on March 23, 2017 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Weird wild winter

I live in what is referred to as "high desert". Our altitude is about a mile and we normally have little rain so almost everything that grows requires irrigation. Snow is a visitor. It will show up and then leave a few days later. Not THIS winter. Holy moly, we still have snow on the ground from about a month ago. It…


Added by Barbara Graham on January 12, 2017 at 11:11am — 8 Comments

Win a Jackalope (toy)

I am blogging on Annette's site. http://annettesnyder.blogspot.com/

It is the end of the 50 states blog tour. Leave a message and maybe you will be the lucky winner of a genuine, toy jackalope. The jackalope is the legendary cross between jackrabbits and antelope. Are they real? No one is quite sure about that

Added by Barbara Graham on December 11, 2016 at 7:41am — 7 Comments

Survived quilt retreat

I love quilt retreat. I am not smart enough to take a reasonable number of projects to work on. No not me. I fill the trunk of the car with my machine and boxes of UFO's. This year though I did a pretty good job of focusing on the applique borders for a long term project. My goal is to get them sewn onto my center so my BFF can help me baste it before she scoots out for the winter.

Next week is my deadline. Ooops, I'd better get back to work.

Added by Barbara Graham on November 2, 2016 at 10:46am — 8 Comments

The wild year continues

Shortly after returning from a quick visit in Seattle with #1 son, I was expecting my Swedish "sister" to come for a visit so I had to clean house. Ick. As long as no one disturbs the dust, all is fine. Once I started the cleaning was brutal. She arrived and stayed with us a week before we headed off to our 50th class reunion in Texas. Because the drive wasn't going to be long enough, we added in a side trip to Grand Tetons. Luckily, they contained the fires and reopened the gate south out…


Added by Barbara Graham on September 22, 2016 at 2:49pm — 6 Comments

Open note to Amanda

Hi Amanda,

I have lost your contact information. I will be signing in Billings on Saturday, August 27 at the Bernina store from 11-1.

Happy Quilting!

Added by Barbara Graham on August 25, 2016 at 11:04am — 2 Comments

Survived Quilt Wyoming

Quilt Wyoming was in our corner of the state this year. The state is divided into 5 districts. Each one takes a turn putting on the state convention. We had three national teachers, Grace Errea, Susan  Cleveland and David Taylor. Because our corner has the fewest members, there were about 12 of us in charge. No real committees. The happy part of that is whatever your assignment was, there was not any bickering  (unless you talk to yourself). We had a wonderful time! But, I'm glad it is done…


Added by Barbara Graham on July 19, 2016 at 8:02pm — 3 Comments

It's been awhile--I'm baaaack

June is the story my calendar is trying is pass off as reality. It can't be. I have lost so many months I don't remember parts of them at all. In that time, I was in Minnesota to babysit DGD all day while awaiting the arrival of her little sister. (A month right there)

Then there was quilt retreat followed immediately by the Paducah trip. Loved seeing BFF's tiny quilt in the big show. Three days at home and then went to Washington DC/Bethesda MD.

MRI on shoulder and then quick…


Added by Barbara Graham on June 8, 2016 at 3:19pm — 5 Comments

I'm baaaack

What a wild couple of months! I checked in when I could but that wasn't often. I was held captive by a two year old for over a month. What a cutie! I didn't try to escape.

When I finally returned home, it was just in time for quilt retreat. Eight hours after returning from retreat, my BFF and I headed to Paducah--her quilt was in the show. We always said we'd go together if such a thing should happen. Very exciting and lots of amazing quilts.

Three days after I returned home, I…


Added by Barbara Graham on May 5, 2016 at 4:48pm — 4 Comments

Paducah here I come

My BFF has a quilt in the AQS show in Paducah. We have always said if either of us has a quilt there, we both go. There was a bit of panic when the shipping tracker lost track of it but it did arrive. (Sound of angels singing). We are headed out before dawn tomorrow.

So exciting!

Added by Barbara Graham on April 17, 2016 at 2:39pm — 10 Comments

Home from baby watch

I have a new granddaughter to delight in. Miss Kendyl arrived a week ago. DH drove to Minnesota to pick me up. Now we are home. I have been away from home for a month, babysitting and running errands and anything extra needed.

Great fun! Exhausting. My 2 year old granddaughter and I spent almost the whole month hanging out together. I guess she was crying for Bubbwa often and on after we left. Poor baby.

Next week is quilt retreat. I'd better quit knitting and get organized…


Added by Barbara Graham on April 7, 2016 at 4:46pm — 8 Comments

We have a winner!

I asked DH to do the drawing for the copy of MURDER BY KINDNESS: The Gift Quilt and the winner is:

Marilyn Garnsey


Added by Barbara Graham on March 1, 2016 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

Fire at David Taylor's home/studio

I'm sure many of you have already gotten the news, but quilt artist (and really nice guy) David Taylor's home/studio burned while he was away. Much has been lost. The priceless personal quilts cannot be replaced.

To cheer him on while he is dealing with insurance, rebuilding and replacements and to replenish his burnt threads, you can send a spool of (cotton only) threads by Superior, Sulky, YLI or Aurifil to:

Threads for David

c/o Ricky Tims

PO Box 392



Added by Barbara Graham on February 20, 2016 at 3:29pm — 3 Comments

New Book releases tomorrow--giveaway in March

Hi all,

After a three month delay on the part of the publisher, MURDER BY KINDNESS: The Gift Quilt will finally release tomorrow. In celebration, I will be giving away a hardcover copy of the book on March 1. If you want to be put into the drawing--send an email to…


Added by Barbara Graham on February 16, 2016 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

Home again (short rant)

DH and I returned home late yesterday afternoon from our visit to North Carolina and Virginia. The weather was beautiful, warm and sunny  (except for one day and I was in a meeting so didn't care). My only complaint, other than the briefness of our visit, was the trees. I experienced this several years ago when I flew to Boston, rented a car and drove to Saratoga Springs, NY--frustration with trees. Driving along, we knew that on either side of the road were important sites and beautiful…


Added by Barbara Graham on October 16, 2015 at 2:14pm — 5 Comments

Eclipse tonight? + feel like I've been on the moon myself

Hi all,

I feel like I've been flying around like a moth. It doesn't seem like I've gotten anything done. The garden is dying, except for the huge weeds and a zucchini that has been hiding out. I'm thinking of turning it into a wagon for my grandchildren. A few wheels and a sturdy rope ought to do it.

September flew by with quilt show, program for a guild at the other end of the state (almost exactly 400 miles from my house, the garden and doctor's appointments. Sheesh--you know…


Added by Barbara Graham on September 27, 2015 at 2:18pm — 13 Comments

July's ending??

What a summer! I'm often surprised when I check my calendar. Evidently I have no sense of time but this year has been exceptional. I feel like I lost February and March. Then April grabbed May and they scooted off together. I guess June and July thought that looked like fun and ran after them. Holy smoke!

Now,  I should be here for a couple of weeks. The garden is filled with weeds. I have done final changes (I'd do more if I was allowed) on new book. Book 7 in the series. How did…


Added by Barbara Graham on July 29, 2015 at 12:45pm — 7 Comments

Heading to Quilt Wyoming

I leave in the morning, first thing to head to Quilt Wyoming--our state quilt guild convention travels around the state. This year it's a maybe a five/six hour drive. So, we're leaving a day early and starting in the opposite direction to shop hop along the way. By tomorrow night we will have traveled many miles, over the mountains and back, so Thursday we'll start driving only slightly further  away from our destination than we would if we drove from home.

Quilters are wacky. I think…


Added by Barbara Graham on June 23, 2015 at 6:09pm — 8 Comments

Waaaay behind on posts (good excuse)

For the past week plus a few days, I've been getting ready for a visit from #2 son, DIL and a 4yr old and an 18 month. Do you know how many truly dangerous toys are in my sewing room? And dangerous dust levels. So, I cleaned and hid things for days. Had a fabulous time with precious grandchildren.

Now they are gone. I'm still looking for some of my carefully hidden toys. Next time--when I stash my iron on the floor in the back of the closet, I'm making a note to myself. I needed to…


Added by Barbara Graham on June 14, 2015 at 2:44pm — 10 Comments

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