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Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Jan 2, 2009. 2 Replies


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I am a person that loves to sew & keep busy with all types of crafts. I was raised in the heart of Amish neighbors but I was never interested in learning the art of quilting until just recently. I am having a hard time with finding anyone to teach me basic quilt making from start to finish. I just received the catalogue in the mail today & loved the looks of it so decided to check out the website. I own a Bed & Breakfast which is my love. I just became a grandmother for the first time 3 months ago so I am wanting to make everything for him. I will probably ask alot of questions and envy other quilters work. Happy New Year!
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quilting, applique, machine quilting, general sewing
My pets are awesome!
We have 5 dogs & 2 horses that are very spoiled!

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Need quilt pattern idea in Kansas

Posted on April 30, 2009 at 7:25pm 5 Comments

I have not blogged for a very long because I have not done much quilting this winter. I have bought A LOT of fabric for my "quilt store closet" because my favorite quilt shop went out of business. I bought a lot for 75% off. I could not pass it up. Since I babysit my 7 month old grandson while his parents teach at our local high school I don't get to sit at the machine much. I plan to hit it hard during the summer though. I do have some exciting news to share. My youngest daughter & her… Continue

I am sick & tired of being sick & tired!!!

Posted on February 27, 2009 at 5:43pm 3 Comments

I got home from the doctor's about an hour ago. The news is, I can look forward to another 5 days of feeling like this! Ahhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, at least I keep up with the blogs. I don't feel like doing anything else. I do sleep alot which is what he said I need, but good grief! I bet that everything will still be waiting for me anyway! :) I haven't seen my grandson for a week now & that is really hard for me. I sure don't want anyone to get this flu that sticks to you like glue. Hope… Continue

You would think I'm a man! :)

Posted on February 25, 2009 at 7:47pm 4 Comments

I have been sick since early Monday morning with a fever over 101, cough & aches. I'm starting to get pretty wimpy about this. You would think I was a man since I'm complaining. I was to fly to south Texas to see my sister tomorrow morning, but that is not going to happen. I am disappointed but will go later in March. There is so much sickness around. I hope to feel better tomorrow. I would like to sew, but have not felt like getting out of bed. Hope everyone else is well! Take your Vitamin… Continue

Not the best of Monday's

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 12:53pm 2 Comments

My daughter came home early from school Friday with the flu. I took the baby home with me so he would hopefully not be exposed. My son-in-law came and got him later that night. On Sat. my grandson woke up sick too. So, my dear sweet son-in-law had to take care of 2 sick ones. Wouldn't you know it, both my husband & I woke up sick this morning. I was so hoping to sew all day since I was not going to have the baby but not to be. I did try alittle bit this morning but then decided to go back… Continue

Wanting the quilt larger

Posted on February 21, 2009 at 6:51pm 4 Comments

This may seem like a silly question for me to ask, but since I am new to quilting I'm sure it won't be the last one I ask. I have found a quilt pattern that is 45x45. I would like to make it for a king size bed which is obviously much larger. How do I go about altering the pattern? Thanks!

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At 8:30pm on August 6, 2009, Sandy M said…
Hi, Karen - I'm new here and still nosing around trying to get the lay of the land. I've found so many interesting profiles, but couldn't resist commenting here on yours. I am a native Kansan, and am always alert whenever I see/hear of anyone else from the Sunflower state. Where in Kansas do you live - and you run a B&B? I am from Wichita originally, and my husband is from Wellington (30 mi south of Wichita) but we are living in Kansas City (Missouri) now. My kids think we are from Missouri, but really we're not - in my heart I'll always be a Kansas girl. I see you are a new quilter - hope you are sticking with it and loving it as much as the rest of us do.
At 6:23am on April 26, 2009, Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN said…
Thank you for your comments on Samuel's baby quilt and congrats on the new baby coming. There is nothing like grandchildren. I love your picture on your page. That says it all!!! I used to wonder what it would be like in Heaven praising God for all eternity and one day He spoke to my heart and told me, Linda you know how you could stare at a baby all day long and never get tired of it? That is how it will be with me!! I have never thought about that again. He explained it to me. He knew I would understand that example. Have a wonderful day!!
At 6:53pm on April 22, 2009, Vera said…
Sorry, hope you get to feeling better soon.
At 4:19pm on March 20, 2009, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…
Karen, Thanks for your comment on my "stuck in the kitchen" post. You'd be welcome to come ride along. Then I could come to Kansas for a retreat at your B & B! :0) We are moving around 300 head with 5 riders and one older man to drive a pickup, so I won't have too many extra to cook for. I always used to ride, but now my role has been relegated to chief cook & bottle washer...which is a good thing sometimes if the weather is really cold!

My husband's grandparents were from the Collyer/Quinter, KS area. His uncle still owns the family wheat farm there, although it is just a hobby/weekend farm. He lives in the Denver area.

Enjoy that new grandbaby!
At 12:38pm on February 24, 2009, Kathy Marie said…
A week ago we went thru the same thing. We had our granddaughter (5 moths) for 3 days 2 night before they took her home. My husband came down with the flu the morning of the day they took her home and I came down with it after she left. It was not fun. I said to my grandson 2 1/2yrs., why do you share a cold or flu but not your toys!! Never knew what he said. Take care. Kathy Marie
At 9:38pm on February 18, 2009, Suzanne L/WA said…
Thanks for your comments on hand quilting. That $75.00 sounds like a steal. I just charged $400 to take old flower garden blocks and put them together into a wall hanging arrangement, and I think that each of these quilts would at least that much as well. Basically, people who need hand work done around here and finding very few people who will even do handwork like this.
At 7:48am on February 7, 2009, Elaine said…
Karen - You asked about the patterns for the baby quilts I have on my page. The pink one is an Amy Bradley pattern named Funny Babies that also includes a blue boy version. The aqua bear one is a Patrick Lose pattern. Both can probably be found online easily or may be in your LQS. I like to do baby quilts because they are just so cute and the smaller size is faster and easier to get done. Hope you enjoy making these - I sure did. Love your B&B. I'm in Kentucky and don't have plans that include Kansas but if I ever do, I'll make reservations with you. Have a fun day & sew something!
At 7:47am on January 28, 2009, Mel said…
Hi Karen,
I wasn't in a big hurry to get a long arm either. With the high price I wanted to make sure I got a good deal. I researched online, viewed other people's opinions/experience of their machines and then requested informaiton from the top three and narrowed it to two and then chose Gammill. I liked the way it handled better and the quality, imo, is better. What options are included, what's the warranty, etc. Then I took another year to research dealers and found one that wasn't the closest to me, but one I felt comfortable doing business with.
I hope this helps.
At 4:59pm on January 27, 2009, Donna Webster said…
Hi, Karen. I used an old Simplicity pattern called, "Pillow in a Quilt" for my quillow. It took 2 1/2 yards each of two different fabrics at least 45' wide and one piece of polyester batting 45' X 72' and one piece of batting 18 inch square for pillow. for pillow: Cut one 18' each of fabric A and fabric B. Cut 18" square of batting. for quilt: cut one 45" X 72" piece each of fabric A and fabric B. Cut one 45"X 72" of batting.

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