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Added by Barbara Graham on February 23, 2018 at 1:25pm — 10 Comments

Paducah news!

I am thrilled. I just learned that my quilt has been juried in to the Spring show in Paducah. I know it will not win anything but it is exciting nonetheless. Squeee!

Added by Barbara Graham on February 22, 2018 at 11:47am — 10 Comments

Happy New Year (although January is flying by)

I hope everyone is enjoying 2018. I am having a bit of a problem remembering the year. What happened to 2017 and many prior years? Eek. And now January will fly by as well.

I got my shoveling and dog walking done fairly early today so I thought I'd start another new project to go with the 900 other UFO's. I think I must be dumb as a brick. I got a gift card for our local shop for Christmas so, in the spirit of the season, I spent it all plus some. 

Here is my wisdom for the…

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Added by Barbara Graham on January 11, 2018 at 5:51pm — 7 Comments

Merry Christmas to all!

I am keeping a close eye on the weather. We are supposed to fly out on Saturday. Each time I check the long range forecast the thing changes. It is looking probable that there will be ice, snow and subzero temperatures.

That's here. And we will be flying into more of the same kind of thing. Maybe we will have a white Christmas. (It could wait until we all get to our destinations)

On the quilting front, I am binding the second "good deed" quilt. After this, I am going to…

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Added by Barbara Graham on December 19, 2017 at 3:54pm — 4 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are having a warm Thanksgiving today. 60 degrees. Now some of you will shiver just thinking about it but we have already had snow and cold. This is great dog walking weather. They will not be joining us for dinner as we are going out. What they don't know won't hurt--right?

Happy Thanksgiving all!

Added by Barbara Graham on November 23, 2017 at 10:19am — 3 Comments

Change in the weather

We have rain today. Welcome lovely, forest fire retardant, rain. I saw blue sky yesterday between moisture systems. I don't remember the last time our sky was that blue since summer began. We have had fires to the west and to the northwest. A horrible summer with 1,000,000+ acres in Montana burned. The smoke has to go somewhere.

Hurricanes, earthquakes, fire--it makes me wonder what comes next on our planet.

Added by Barbara Graham on September 21, 2017 at 5:10pm — 3 Comments

August? Really? What happened to April ?

Wow! I have been staring at my calendar this morning--August? Really? and the 16th? Well, I am behind the times, in a big way.

What have I been doing? gardening, driving back and forth to Minnesota and South Dakota. Quilt Wyoming in Gillette, Wyoming. Green Bay, WI. I feel like all I have been focused on is getting the laundry done and the lawn mowed before packing again and heading off.

Of course, along the way, I have managed to acquire more UFO's. Unbound and rebound a…

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Added by Barbara Graham on August 16, 2017 at 10:52am — 5 Comments

Rain=I got to sew today

I have been running back and forth between baby vegetables and baby flowering plants. Some of you have long growing seasons but not us. June is usually safe from frost but not always. The weeds are exceptional this year, probably because we had heavy snow delivering more moisture than usual.

I may have mentioned my bunny problem. They love my vegetables and eat the necessary flowers, plus leaves. This year I decided that the dogs trampling the small plants would be better than their…

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Added by Barbara Graham on June 1, 2017 at 4:45pm — 3 Comments

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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