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October 26, 2021
Cover Story from Appalachian Quilts

Everyone who knows me well, knows that Fall is my favorite time of the year.  I love the smells, the textures, the tastes....  putting the garden to bed (pardon the pun) is always bittersweet.  I've picked just about all I am going to pick.  I have canned, dehydrated and froze about all I am going to preserve.  Seeds are saved.  What I have not done is clean up the beds and prep them for Spring.  I choose to pick a few Saturdays where the air is crisp and my body feels the need to be out there.  If you ...

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May 28, 2021
The Decision Has Been Made.... from Appalachian Quilts

 You have probably noticed I am posting fewer blog posts.  It's gardening season!  :)  When it's gardening season, the only quilting I am doing is usually for customers.  (I do have a sewing project to do that I will post pics of, but it's not your usual project....)

Keeping up with all the social media platforms is time-consuming.  So, I have decided the blog will be for quilting posts mostly.  Gardening posts will be posted on our YouTube channel.  Being able to watch a video is so much more informative for the gardening than just the pics.  You ...

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May 17, 2021
Before and After from Appalachian Quilts

Hubs asked me what I wanted for our anniversary.  I'm not a 'present' kind of gal.  I know we are in the middle of the remodel and I hate to ask him to do anything, but.....

I enjoy our back patio.  There is a huge tree for shade.  I have my porch swing out there.  We have all kinds of furniture out there, and I love having my morning coffee, listening to the birds and having my devotions....all out there.  There is an area I just stare at.  I can't stop thinking about what a mess it ...

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May 10, 2021
This One is For the Birds! from Appalachian Quilts

When I was younger, I remember strolling through craft fairs and admiring the painted gourds.  I loved how something so simple could be made so beautiful.  The talent that some of those artists could exhibit on something so simple as a birdhouse gourd was awe-inspiring.  Having young kids, it was never really 'in the budget' to be able to buy one.  I've always wanted one, though.  I've seen everything from all natural to painted to artists who have burned patterns into the outside of them.  (Google some pics - you will definitely end up in a rabbit hole!)

While ...

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May 7, 2021
"She" tried!!! from Appalachian Quilts

We got hit with a surprise snow.  Mother Nature was up to her usual tricks of trying to put a bump in my road.  Usually if your trees or veggies have put out buds, you will lose them.  It has caused many a farmer concern about how much fruit they will lose.  Not the case in my strawberry bed.  Look at all the blooms!

As the saying goes, it was like these strawberries said "here, hold my beer".  I was a tad anxious when I went out to check them, but all is well.  They need thinned AGAIN!  I'm ...

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May 5, 2021
Farm Life from Appalachian Quilts

 I posted this pic on Instagram from Saturday with the caption "I think his tractor's sexy".

There is just something about a Saturday here on our little farm.  Saturday is about us doing 'farmy' things together and working toward our goals.  Truth is - if I ask for something, he usually finds a way to make it happen for me.  I try to do the same for him.  When we take our little stroll in the brisk air of a Spring Saturday morning and figure things out it's like all of the planets align and the birds start singing ...

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April 26, 2021
Everyone Needs A Friend from Appalachian Quilts

I got my love of gardening from my Granny.  I've talked about that a lot.  While I wish I could reach out and ask her how she dealt with pests, fertilization, etc., in her garden, I can't.  She is no longer with us. my down time I study.  Whether it is winter - a stormy summer day - while I was patiently waiting to move to my little farm - whatever that down time was, I studied and took notes.  (Did you know that writing things down actually increases your memory of those facts?)

I've studied permaculture a ...

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April 23, 2021
Will It Ever Be Enough?? from Appalachian Quilts

 Help me understand why we have all these animals and I am still buying compost - that is the conversation I had with the Hubs.  He moved the compost 'bins' further away from the chicken barn and closer to the garden.  It does create a little more work when I clean out the barn, but I'm thinking I will eventually adjust.  (It's outside the garden fence, so he's not bound to the 'my garden, my rules' commandment.  LOL)  He did make it stronger by using the pallets and recently added the third bin for obvious reasons.  We had ...

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April 20, 2021
Let's Get This Party Started! from Appalachian Quilts

I love Saturdays!  Saturdays are work until you drop days for us.  We try to get a weekend worth of work done in one day since we don't work on Sundays.  Morning chatter/planning this weekend started with Hubs telling me that we need to plant a lot more corn this year.  Prodigal Son and Army Son have also said they want us to plant more corn.  As Hubs was telling me what his plans were for the day and I was telling him what my plans were for the day, he brought up the whole 'where can we ...

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April 7, 2021
Babies!!!! from Appalachian Quilts

Spring around a homestead is an exciting time.  As you watch the bulbs start to bloom and the seeds you started peek through the soil, hope and excitement fill your soul.  While trees start to bud out and grass starts to green, birds start building nests and breeding season brings even more life.  

Our first attempt at breeding the rabbits didn't "take".  Olaf had never been in that position before and really didn't know what he was doing.  Sadly we have no baby bunnies, but everything happens for a reason.  As we scrambled to make sure we had ...

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April 5, 2021
Soooo.....I did a thing! from Appalachian Quilts

 A few years ago I started looking into vermicomposting - growing compost/fertilizer with worms.  I joined a social media group and watched the posts.  We got so busy here that I 'unjoined' and decided that would be a project for later.  Recently Hubs started talking about it, unbeknownst to him that I had already looked into it and put the idea aside for later.  He had read that using rabbit manure was a good way to do it.  Hmmmm

Someone I follow on YT started raising worms and I watched the video.  Hmmmm  One of our grandsons got a worm ...

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March 25, 2021
To Garden or Not to Garden.... from Appalachian Quilts

I've spent over *ahem* 40 years in the corporate foodservice industry.  Admittedly I know way too much about food, where it comes from and how it is processed.  Being a part of the industry has, however, helped me in making decisions regarding our food and where it comes from.  I've seen more than my share of recalls and have seen what they can do to a company as well as the consumer.  I've seen entire restaurant chains put out of business because of one bad decision an employee on a produce line made.  Recalls come more frequently ...

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March 22, 2021
The Land Before Time from Appalachian Quilts

When the kids were little one of their favorite movies was the Land Before Time series.  I think there were 3 or 4 movies and my kids had them all.  Even as small kids they would quote lines from those movies.  (They still talk to each other in movie lines as adults!)  The boys had dinosaur sheets on their bunk beds and we had all the soft plastic hand puppets that came out at the same time.  Kids are always fascinated with dinosaurs.

You can imagine how tickled I was when this quilt came in to the shop for us ...

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March 19, 2021
Shades of Grey from Appalachian Quilts

In the 18 years that I have had a shop, there is one thing that has remained constant - having a nice variety of greys and a nice variety of yellow is never as easy as the other colors of the spectrum.  I don't know why that is, but it is.....

For that reason I had ordered in this line months ago:  Songbook Praise & Joy  

(Sorry, this picture just stinks!  LOL)

So, a lot of times when I am online ordering fabric I will look for more yellows and greys just to fill in an order.  I was excited to ...

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March 17, 2021
Giving the Dog A Bone from Appalachian Quilts

 The more quilts I longarm from this designer, the more I love them.  The same designer who brought us the cute hedgehogs and koalas also designed the quilt I am showing you today.  This customer chose the 'dog paw bone' allover and wanted a dark blue thread.  This quilt is absolutely adorable for the dog lover!

I tried to pick a point where you could see all of the elements of this allover design.  Sometimes I just watch the machine stitch out the designs.  This was one of them.  It's hard to explain, but I'll try.  You would ...

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March 15, 2021
Luck of the Irish from Appalachian Quilts

 Hello beautiful people!  How are you adjusting to the time change?  

My weekend was phenomenal.  I got to spend it quilting.  I longarmed all day Saturday and actually started piecing another quilt Sunday.  I'll post pics later this week....

Today's post will be short and sweet.  In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, I will be doing a "Luck of the Irish" promotion.

Everyone who spends $50 on books/patterns/kits will go in a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to the shop.  Here are the rules:  $50 in merchandise purchases, not to include shipping.  Orders placed ...

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March 10, 2021
Variety is the Spice of Life from Appalachian Quilts

We are still in the process of remodeling....Hubs finished his bathroom and mine is gutted.  Tile is laid and grouted.  Putting the tile around my tub is next.  Our house hasn't been updated since it was built in the 70s.  EVERY house we have lived in - we have remodeled.  It seems like we just get them finished and we have had to move.  *sigh*  Between job transfers, Pops getting sick, etc. there has always been something.  This little farm is supposed to be our retirement home.  We started with the outside because that was important to us.  Through ...

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March 8, 2021
Don't Do It!!! from Appalachian Quilts

I'm in growing zone 6A.  Last year I felt like I was behind everyone else in my seed starting.  Scrolling through the local gardening groups posts and pics of their seedlings all ready to go made me feel somewhat lax in what I was getting done.  I lurked and watched as they all got their seedlings in the ground while mine sat in the high tunnel.  Then 2020 showed just how contrary she could be and sent us that late frost and the rains.  I lost my first round of pumpkins from flooding in an area that doesn't ...

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February 22, 2021
Feeding the OCD Beast from Appalachian Quilts

I spent Saturday longarming in the shop.  Truth be told, I couldn't wait to get the quilt that was on the allover machine done so that I could put my Vacation Houses quilt on there.  I had an allover in mind.  I had been eyeing this allover for a while waiting for the 'right' quilt to put it on.  Finally I finished the beast of a quilt, got the customer invoice done and was ready to load my little quilt on there.  I just didn't want it to end up in the UFO pile for you to read ...

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February 17, 2021
Vacation Houses from Appalachian Quilts

 With all this crazy weather, we can all dream about vacations right?  We can dream about sitting on the beach with our toes in the sand watching the tide come up just far enough to tickle our feet, then rushing back from whence it came.  We can dream about the smell of suntan lotion or the rays of the sun kissing our skin just enough to give us a golden glow.  We can dream about that drink in our hand with the little umbrella floating off to the side - I'm thinking sweet tea with lemon.  We can dream....

I ...

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