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Christmas Tradition?

I confess that I don't yet have a tree up or decorated. No letter written. No packages wrapped. No baking done. While I feel like I dropped the ball on upholding family holiday traditions, my kids, however are keeping their tradition alive and well. Their annual tradition, unfortunately, seems to be the stomach flu. I can recall very few Christmases where one or both kids haven't been sick on Christmas. Mind you, they are RARELY ill - not even sniffles or colds - except for… Continue

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on December 23, 2009 at 10:34am — 10 Comments

Bridal Shower Gift

Just finished up my niece's bridal shower gift this afternoon/evening. Just in time, because the shower is Saturday. Nothing like waiting until the last minute. The white fabric has tonal snowflakes that catch the light. The ice blue is a Fairy Frost fabric. The outer border is white with silvery airbrushed-like snowflakes. I'm not all that "into" sparkly, but I think she'll like it and it was a good way to use up some unusual fat quarters. I really drug my feet on whether or not to turn it… Continue

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on November 25, 2009 at 5:28pm — 8 Comments

Casserole carrier

Here is a quilted casserole carrier made from a free pattern. I don't like that the inside flaps do not meet in the middle. It seems to me that heat will escape. (When you are as far away from town as what we are, it makes a difference.) I think a towel will still need to be laid in here to keep things warm. If I were to make it again, I'd change the pattern so those flaps overlap and use a velcro closure or modify the ties. I do like the little spoon pocket, though and it was a fun way to use… Continue

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on November 19, 2009 at 6:00pm — 14 Comments

Latest fabric find



I actually went to town on Friday and made a quick stop at the quilt shop for Pellon fleece to support my newly acquired tote-making habit. This was my couldn't-leave-the-store-without-it find. (I carried the bolt around for quite awhile before deciding on my… Continue

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on November 15, 2009 at 5:50pm — 6 Comments

Quiet, foggy morning'

My day started out pretty early. Up before dark to throw together & bake cinnamon rolls before we rode out to gather yearling steers. The horses were saddled while the rolls were baking. We ate and then rode out in a heavy fog before daylight. It was such a quiet, peaceful morning. The jangle of spurs, the swish of the grass and the squeak of saddle leather accompanied the quiet banter of the men as we rode through the pastures. The fog was thick, so when dawn turned the black to gray, the… Continue

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 14, 2009 at 8:44am — 11 Comments

What's wrong with this picture???

Last night my DD and I went for a power walk while DS went for his nightly run. DH's Border Collie always tags along. We got a mile from home before realizing the clouds were pretty ominous. DH thought it looked like rain and came with the pickup. Pretty thoughtful, huh? I thought so, too.



Wait.



It gets better.



When it started sprinkling seriously, we decided to take him up on his offer of a ride. When he pulled up alongside us, he let the dog in the cab with… Continue

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on August 13, 2009 at 1:40pm — 19 Comments

Almost lost him...

This is Tell. He's 17.





Yesterday he was horseback moving cattle in a pasture that runs along a highway. DH came home and said, "Honey, we almost lost him today..."



My heart caught in my throat imagining a wreck.



"...to a couple a girls in a yellow Mustang… Continue

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on August 6, 2009 at 7:10am — 14 Comments

Why is it?

Why is it that with an abundance of stash fabric (probably more than I can quilt up in my lifetime - which concerns my husband, but that's another issue), I never have just the "right" piece when I go looking for it? Drives me crazy.

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 21, 2009 at 9:16am — 10 Comments

TED's thumb thimble

I just received a Ted's thumb thimble in the mail a few days ago. It is a ring-type thimble with one deep well where the needle sits and won't slip. I think it works like a dream!



I am a hand quilter who has always quilted in a lap frame, so I've never had to learn how to quilt in several directions. I'm just now learning how to quilt in a floor frame, so I'm having to learn some new techniques. I'd tried some other thumb thimbles, but none have worked as well as this one. I seem to… Continue

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 12, 2009 at 3:20pm — 5 Comments

Fireworks on the prairie...well, sorta

We have no plans for store-bought fireworks, but this year the lightning bugs (fireflies) have been putting on their own light show for us every night after sundown. They are so fascinating and especially thick this year. My husband and I just sit, watch and appreciate. It is a perfectly peaceful way to wrap up these long summer days. What a blessing. Happy Independence Day! PQ

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 4, 2009 at 8:57am — 2 Comments

Wish I'da had my camera...

Those who've read my profile know I work from a home office. The great thing about working from home is the flexibility. No clothing expense, no office drama and no travel expense. The bad thing about working from home is that the work is always THERE. I have a hard time leaving it when there is still work to be done. (Which is why I'm still at my desk at 8 p.m. instead of quilting!)



Yesterday, however, I stopped what I was doing in the middle of the day and went with my son. He'd… Continue

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on June 7, 2009 at 5:54pm — 12 Comments

Storms on the Prairie

Good morning quilters! Last night I had a little time to applique stems on blocks for a new quilt while waiting for my husband. He'd been to a funeral some distance away and was going to be late getting home. The kids had gone to bed and it was a still, peaceful evening to stitch when suddenly the wind started shrieking. It was eerie in its abruptness. Our homestead is tucked up next to a hill in the bottom of a canyon, so we are usually pretty protected from the wind. This morning my MIL who… Continue

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on June 6, 2009 at 8:40am — 4 Comments

A Post from the Prairie...

Hello everyone from cool and rainy Nebraska. Things are nice and green here. It smells so fresh and clean! The cattle are out on grass and calving is half done. Branding day has been set for the 19th of June.



My girl is back from her 2 week study abroad trip to London and Scotland. (Thanks to all who prayed for her safe trip.) She is not a huge fan of flying, but enjoyed her time. She wished she could have had more time in Scotland, which was her favorite part of the trip although… Continue

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 27, 2009 at 9:17am — 10 Comments

Small prayer request...

My 19 year old daughter left for a 2 wk study abroad trip to London and to Edinburgh. She is a country girl who has hardly been out of the State of Nebraska. She is a confident, capable girl, but is self-admittedly WAY out of her comfort zone. Any prayers you'd like to send up for her while she travels would be appreciated by both her and her parents.



PS: I suggested she stop in at the Loch Lomond Quilt show in Scotland while she was there, but she just rolled her eyes. She was… Continue

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 11, 2009 at 3:55pm — 18 Comments

Horses and cowdogs...

The men saddled up and headed out to a branding early this morning. The horses were feeling frisky and the cowdog was going berserck - could make for an interesting day.



The good news is - I have the day to myself. aaaahhh! No meals to fix and nowhere to go. Yesterday was housecleaning, laundry and lawn-mowing day, so outside of checking the first-calf heifers in hubby's absence, I'm looking forward to a nice, quiet day of quilting. Of course, it would be my luck to have calving… Continue

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on May 9, 2009 at 6:08am — 4 Comments

One down, one to go...

One of the graduation quilts is finished. I used the Hobbs wool batt ordered from CT during their March Madness batting sale. (Thanks, CT!) One thing to note - I plan to label it "air dry only" on the quilt label, because I note in the batting package that heat dry may cause shrinkage. I really like the feel of it and will probably use it again sometime. With my batting scraps I plan to see how it "needles" with hand quilting. Anyone else have experience with handquilting through… Continue

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 19, 2009 at 12:13pm — 4 Comments

Triple Irish Chain - quilted

Hi all,



I just got my Triple Irish Chain scrap quilt back from the longarm quilter. (I can't seem to type LA quilter - for the longest time I thought everyone was talking about a quilter in California.) I think it looks fabulous. It just needs a binding and a label and it will be finished. Right now I'm just enjoying standing and looking at it. It makes me happy.…



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Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 17, 2009 at 4:57pm — 13 Comments

A New Sport

My chatterbox 6 year old niece was playing with her dolls and talking nonstop for each of them, when my sister-in-law overheard her say, "Let's have a talking contest." Then she said, "Talking is my favorite thing. I wish talking was a sport, 'cause if talking was a sport, I'd win every time!"

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 14, 2009 at 7:03am — 9 Comments

A Fun Day

A couple of friends braved our muddy roads and came out to help me pin-baste one quilt and tie another. My mom and a couple of nieces came over, too. We started about mid-morning and were able to get the first quilt pin-basted before time to get dinner on for the men who were sorting and moving cattle. Then we started in on the tied quilt after dinner and finished it mid-afternoon. It was a fun day to sit around the quilt frame and visit. Now all that's left is getting my living room back in… Continue

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 10, 2009 at 1:59pm — 2 Comments

Be warned...

I had the opportunity to visit the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, NE, last week and view the antique chintz quilt display. It was wonderful. I knew nothing about the history of chintz quilts before I went in and found the display educational and fascinating. I love antique quilts and their stories. The oldest quilt on display was from 1809. The artistry in the applique and the quilt designs were amazing.



Everyone knows that touching the quilts it strictly forbidden. When I… Continue

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 6, 2009 at 5:20pm — 6 Comments

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