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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.


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.…


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

Quilt Fever

The second graduation quilt top is finished and I'm already itching to get started on another quilt. The graduation deadline doesn't seem so intimidating now. One will be tied and the other one machine quilted. I'm looking forward to using the CT wool quilt batt for the first time. There is snow on the ground and the wind is howling, so it will be a good stay-inside-and-quilt day.

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 31, 2009 at 6:14am — 1 Comment

Stuck in the Kitchen...

I'd hoped to spend the day quilting, but it wasn't meant to be. Right now I have pies baking in the oven. My men are moving cattle home from cornstalks tomorrow (their winter grazing feed ground). They will be glad to get back on grass. It is probably a 10+ mile cross country cattle drive, and I will have extra men to feed. I knew my oven would be busy in the morning, so I wanted to get the pies made today. They will saddle up before dawn, so breakfast will be early, early. I won't have to look… Continue

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 20, 2009 at 2:30pm — 5 Comments

Grace Snyder exhibit

There will be an exhibit at the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska, from April 10th through June 14th titled "Grace Snyder: A Life in Extraordinary Stitches." For more information, you can visit this link:


It will feature many of her show quilts, including the Flower Basket quilt and the Mosaic quilt. Just something worth seeing if you are in the area or want to plan a quilt trip.

Let me… Continue

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 19, 2009 at 11:48am — 5 Comments

The hardest part

Okay, ladies, I'm in between graduation quilts and the clock is ticking with mid-May as the deadline. I have decided on a pattern...finally, and my fabric combinations...finally, and now all that's left is actually cutting into the fabric. I don't know why, but making that first cut is always the hardest part for me! After I've agonized over the pattern and fabrics, you'd think that actually GETTING STARTED would be a piece of cake. Once I've made that first cut, I can usually whip out a pieced… Continue

Added by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on March 18, 2009 at 4:53pm — 2 Comments

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