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2013 Amish Retreat - Page 3

Lynda O. working very diligently. You'd think she was back in her shop.

Susie and her black/white quilt.…


Added by Linda Koller on June 23, 2013 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

2013 Amish Retreat - Page 2

Sheila's paper pieced Dresden plate and her mug rug

Dawn and her new amazing sewing machine. Photos of her work are on…


Added by Linda Koller on June 23, 2013 at 7:18am — 1 Comment

2013 Amish Retreat was Great!

I highly recommend the Rural Thimble by Miller's Dry Goods in Charm, OH for a quilt retreat. They thought of everything....about the only complaint was they needed some padding on the ironing boards. We had so much fun and if you ran out of something, all you had to do is run next door to Miller's and buy it plus they gave you a 10% discount the whole time we were there! Needless to say we ran in there quite a bit!!!

We surprised each other with gifts throughout the weekend and had…


Added by Linda Koller on June 23, 2013 at 6:54am — 2 Comments

Sneak Peak at Remodeled Sewing Room

The moment is almost here when I can finally move back into my sewing room.  Right now I can move in the Elna, but I'm trying to figure out a way to bring in the Pfaff too. I have a friend who comes over and sews strips and/or squares for me. I.m trying to figure out if the small table will fit and still give me enough room to move around without being too constricted. . Let me explain some of the changes. I've had new windows put in. They've already been tested thanks to Mother Nature; and…


Added by Linda Koller on March 17, 2013 at 2:00pm — 14 Comments

Identity Theft - Don't Be a Victim

I'm not a technical person. To prove it my computer was at the computer hospital for 5 days with the black plague...."oh no, not the black plague." But Dr. Chris, how could this have happened?? Did I download anything recently? Well, yes. Norton did their usual check and said there were 16 drivers that needed repair or replaced. They suggested  XYZ Company. So I bought XYZ software for $35 and downloaded it following the wizard instructions. After it was downloaded, it went to work and fixed…


Added by Linda Koller on February 12, 2013 at 2:55pm — 10 Comments

2nd Annual Amish Country Retreat

June 19-22, 2013 at the Rural Thimble (located behind Miller's Dry Goods). Limit of 10 participants. There are 4 openings left. Go to www.theruralthimble.com to see the facility. $30. deposit due with registration, $184 due at check in. Contact Linda Koller for further information.

There is one opening left. If interested, please contact me asap.

There are now 2 openings available.…


Added by Linda Koller on January 25, 2013 at 5:00pm — 11 Comments

I've been sorting and sorting. Last evening I found this poem that my dear friend Elaine Waite wrote for me in March 2008. I would like to share with you. She did not title the poem.   Mourning tears…

I've been sorting and sorting. Last evening I found this poem that my dear friend Elaine Waite wrote for me in March 2008. I would like to share with you. She did not title the poem.


Mourning tears called on the Lord.

Save her! Restore!

Let her live, she loves you!

She has many quilts to do!

Bless her days, comfort the nights

Bring her back from death's sight.


You, oh Lord, are the One

Who gives life and the…


Added by Linda Koller on October 30, 2012 at 9:47am — No Comments

Life Goes On

I haven't written in such a long time. Words just quit coming. They still aren't really coming. I finally accepted what happened to me 5 years ago and all the pain and misery that has come with it. So now the words aren't coming and I'm just learning to deal with all the health issues the accident has created. The Lord God is here helping so I have nothing to fear.

Meanwhile life goes on. In August, I hosted an Amish Country Retreat at the Berlin Grande Hotel. The hotel did a…


Added by Linda Koller on October 16, 2012 at 4:18am — 10 Comments

Amish Country Quilt Retreat in Ohio, August 23-26, 2012



Some of you may know that I am also a member of Quilters Club of America. I am hosting an Amish Country Quilt Retreat August 23-26, 2012. Currently I have several openings left that I would like to fill. Altho the deadline is May 31, I will extend the deadline to June 5 if there is anyone interested. Please contact me by private message as…


Added by Linda Koller on May 21, 2012 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Happy Mother's Day, Grandma!

Paul wrote, "I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also."  (2 Timothy 1:5) NIV

The above verse was in one of the 3 devotions I receive in my email each morning. My Grandma Koller definately nurtured the beginnings of my faith journey. She was also my Sunday School teacher. Almost every Sunday after church I went home with Grandma and Grandpa or Uncle Skip would pick me up and take…


Added by Linda Koller on May 13, 2012 at 1:41pm — 5 Comments

Secret Sister Garden Party

Good morning! It's just after midnight, so I think that qualifies for morning. Yesterday morning was our LWML (Lutheran Women's Mission League) Garden Party. It is always on the 1st Saturday of May, which is also Kentucky Derby day. A few of the ladies wore their fancy hats. Can you  guess which one won the hat contest?



Added by Linda Koller on May 8, 2012 at 12:48am — 2 Comments

Indy is Back to Normal

Just realized that I haven't written a blog for quite some time. Actually I've been very busy taking care of Indy because he was very, very sick. Two weeks ago he was so lethargic that I thought I was loosing him. The little stinker had eaten some peanuts shell and all that the neighborhood squirrels left after robbing my birdfeeders. It had been raining, so Indy also had a helping of worms. Who knows what else he had eaten off the ground outside?!! Needless to say, Indy got very ill. By the…


Added by Linda Koller on April 24, 2012 at 3:41am — 4 Comments


Changes. I'm Lutheran...we don't like changes. Just ask Garrison Keillor! I love that man's humor!! OK I'm getting off the subject here. That's because I don't like change and there certainly has been a lot of change in my life in recent years!! I've uprooted myself and moved across country once again. Only this time I know people...or do I?? They say you never can go back...take my word for it, it's true! It's definately not the same. It has definately changed...maybe it's me. What? I've…


Added by Linda Koller on April 4, 2012 at 1:43am — 2 Comments


I was talking to Barb, my caregiver, the other evening, and out of the blue she says she hears joy in my voice. Joy? Now that's something I haven't heard in a long time! Do I really have joy in my voice again? Could that little 4 legged ball of fur have anything to do with it? Indy sure has made me laugh these past few weeks. As he is settling in and beginning to explore his new home, he no longer wants me to  hold him all the time. He now likes playtime and is…

Added by Linda Koller on March 31, 2012 at 5:04am — 3 Comments

A Few Blogs Back....

A few blogs back was one titled "We make plans, God laughs". No truer words when you have an 18 month old rescue puppy who has had no training!! Indy has been with me 2 weeks and he has come a long way in those 2 weeks. However......God is rolling on the floor of heaven laughing out loud!! Any plans I've had to get projects done have totally gone down the tubes with my Indy around!!!

Everytime I think I'm going to sit down and sew the binding to my granddaughter's quilt and watch a…


Added by Linda Koller on March 18, 2012 at 12:33pm — 7 Comments

Had a revelation the other day...


Had a revelation the other day...

When I was in Arizona, Jim and I were at the shopping center where my accident occurred. I had a post traumatic stress episode and just started sobbing and then got angry. I've been to the area several times since my accident and felt nervousness, but have never reacted like this before. Poor Jim had no clue as to what is going on, why is Linda sobbing like that, and then why is she yelling? Meanwhile, he's trying…


Added by Linda Koller on March 8, 2012 at 7:27pm — 11 Comments

Me an Evangelist?

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations...     Matthew 28:19

I had the most wonderful and awesome worship experience on Amtrak between San Antonio and Chicago on my way home from Arizona this past weekend. There were a group of Korean missionaries traveling the United States blessing the cities and the Christians of this country. One of the women of the group had been in Israel and felt called to perform this mission. So here they were…


Added by Linda Koller on February 27, 2012 at 5:49am — No Comments

1 Chronicles 17:26

You, Lord, are God! You have promised these good things to your servant. (1 Chronicles 17:26)

He has given me some good things during these last few days in Arizona. It all started on Friday, Feb. 17 at noon with the Quilters Club of America/Reap What You Sew Luncheon held at my church Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Scottsdale. We had a great turnout and I was able to introduce the QCA members that live in Phoenix to each other and to Reap What You Sew. RWYS is a large quilt group…


Added by Linda Koller on February 20, 2012 at 10:21pm — 2 Comments

For when I am weak, then I am strong

2 Corinthians 12:10 ...For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I remembered those words last night. Why? I think I was actually listening to God for a change. I can be pretty "bullheaded" as Grandma Koller used to tell me. When I graduated from lay leadership training and became parish ministry assistant at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Scottsdale, I had to chose a verse from the Bible. The verse I chose was 2 Corinthians 12:9..."My grace is sufficient for you,…


Added by Linda Koller on February 13, 2012 at 10:13am — 2 Comments

Psalm 116

Good morning, Heavenly Father! Actually I've been up all night again coughing and here it is 5:00 am, no sleep for a second night, and I'm saying "good morning". Well, at least it's positive. God, I haven't been too positive for many months now. I'm overwhelmed with health issues again and it's been so long since I've had a "good" day. The Bible says "ask and ye shall receive". God I'm asking for good days so I can have a positive outlook again. I need that positive outlook. I need…


Added by Linda Koller on February 5, 2012 at 5:32am — 2 Comments

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