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August 2, 2020
An Attitude of Gratitude from Appalachian Quilts

Every morning when I go out to the garden I give thanks.  I thank God for my peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, beans, pumpkins, flowers....I pray over my whole garden.  That's why I call it Coffee with Jesus.  Whether I am watering or just strolling, I give thanks.  I even give thanks for those pesky insects that I battle as a gardener.  Afterall, He had a reason to create them.  Sometimes, I think he created them to keep my humble, because my garden would be amazing without them! 


When the rain comes, I thank Him.  I thank Him for sound ...

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July 19, 2020
Tea Time from Appalachian Quilts

When my granddaughter (Puddin Pop) comes to visit, we talk about having a tea party with her 'dolls'.  She has Anna, Elsa and many other babies that she still likes to hang out with.  We finally got serious about it and decided we needed to have a tea party.  I invited one of her aunts, her cousin and her Momma and we set a date for our Tea Party.  It was today.

She loves the color pink, so 50 yards of toule later, we had our tent set up.  I set it up between two big trees so we would ...

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July 13, 2020
Monday Morning Garden Stroll 07.13.20 from Appalachian Quilts

Macedonian Neighbor's daughter came over yesterday to see my garden.  She was telling me about the 5 gallons of pickles she did this week and various other harvests.  I felt so incompetent.  My green beans have flowers but no beans.  My tomatoes are not ripe.  There I was, again comparing myself to another gardener.  Just stop.  My garden is fine, just not as far along....

We had a few pretty good storms come through this weekend, so I had to go out and check the damage.

The sunflowers out by the pumpkin patch held up pretty well.


We have ...

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July 11, 2020
Koala from Appalachian Quilts

Back in the 90s, I was one of those Craft Mall Vendors.  I also did a lot of craft shows.  I made a lot of wreaths, fabric dolls, fabric bunnies, painted wood items, birdhouses, etc.  I guess I have always been a crafty one.  I remember Nurse Daughter coming home from school one day and finding a bag of my supplies on the kitchen table.  She was upset that I was using eucalyptus.  It would seem that my crafting career was starving the koalas in Australia to death.  Whenever I smell eucalyptus now, I remember her devotion to their habitat ...

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July 9, 2020
The Grape Project from Appalachian Quilts

A few years ago we bought grapes - Syrah grapes.  We planted them and walked away.  We mowed and weed whipped around them, but that was it.  Last year we finally put up the trellises.  We should have been harvesting grapes.  Homesteading got in the way.

That's the thing about homesteading.  There's always something to do.  There's always something that changes your priority list.  The grapes kept sliding down the list.  We were building chicken barns, goat barns, high tunnels, raised beds...the list just goes on and on.  This year we moved them up on the list ...

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July 7, 2020
Chevron from Appalachian Quilts

I couldn't help myself.  I went through my old e-mails from fabric sales reps until I found the video on how batiks are made.  I'm literally on my 6th batik quilt in a row, so there must be some interest in them.  :)


99% of the batiks in my shop are from Hoffman.  They have a high quality standard and I love their fabrics.

This batik quilt that I quilted is called Chevron.  It also looks like you could bust through some serious stash.

This customer chose to have an allover design quilted on it called Chinese Dragons.  I ...

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July 5, 2020
En Garde! from Appalachian Quilts

While fencing (which we will now refer to as sword fighting, because it just sounds way cooler) actually is believed to trace it's roots back to Spain in the 12th century, France has actually dominated the sport for hundreds of years.  En Garde signals to your opponent to be ready - or as we like to say when we play "ready or not, here I come".

We have a grandson who is obsessed with all things 'manly'.  He loves power tools, tractors....and swords.  His birthday is this month, so Hubs thought it would be a good idea to make ...

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July 3, 2020
Arrows from Appalachian Quilts

I've been longarming a lot of batik quilts lately.  I love the variation in the colors and the whole process of making them.  One day I will find the link for you to watch them being made.  It is fascinating!

This quilt is called Arrows.  It looks to be a good way to use up a lot of leftover scraps and could be a real stashbuster.


The customer chose an allover design called Leaf Pano.  I love this one, probably because of the swirlydips (my word, but you can use it) in the leaves.  She wanted a teal thread ...

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June 29, 2020
Monday Morning Garden Stroll 06.29 from Appalachian Quilts

Last week was the anniversary of my paternal father's suicide.  It also would have been my step-dad's birthday.  It's always a tough week for me and especially my Momma.  When Pops was alive, I would always have to plan his birthday party as Momma just wasn't feeling it.  I never minded.  I'm usually pretty withdrawn, not in sadness but I get wrapped up in memories.  I was blessed to have a step-dad who loved me as much as, if not more than, any paternal father could  Today I again reflected on how happy he would ...

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June 25, 2020
Just Beet It! from Appalachian Quilts

Did you know....Packed with essential nutrients, beetroots are a great source of fiberfolate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. Beetroots and beetroot juice have been associated with numerous health benefits, including improved blood flow, lower blood pressure, and increased exercise performance.  (This was taken from HealthOnline.)  They even contain moderate amounts of protein.

You know how there are foods that as a kid you just couldn't eat, and then as an adult you love them?  I have always loved pickled beets - even as a kid.  Growing beets is pretty much a given around here.  I ...

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June 22, 2020
Monday Morning Garden Stroll from Appalachian Quilts

We got a nice little rain last night, so there was no need to water the garden.  Today, I just got to stroll.  A garden, whether flower or vegetable, always looks beautiful after a nice rain.  

For Father's Day we had a cookout to celebrate the Hubs.  Three of the six kids were able to come over.  I am very passionate about birthdays, Mother's Day and Father's Day.  Hubs does so much for us and has done so much for us that it is pretty important to me to make sure that he knows how much we ...

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June 19, 2020
Sage, Oregano and Thyme! from Appalachian Quilts

Remember the song from the 70s....Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme??  We can't grow Rosemary here as a perennial, but I've got the rest.  I harvested some sage, oregano and thyme to dehydrate.


First up was the oregano.  My new strainer from Lehman's was awesome for this task.  After it has all been washed, you remove the leaves from the stem by sliding your fingernail reverse up the stem.  (It looks like there are brown spots in this pic and I don't know why.  You only harvest the clean leaves.)


Next up was the thyme.  Again ...

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June 17, 2020
In a World Full of Roses, Be a Sunflower! from Appalachian Quilts

I had to wait to post this one, as it was a gift for my Daughter In-Law "Auntie Mo Mo".

For her wedding Nurse Daughter bought her this banner (in the background):


She wanted to be able to use it and make it last longer, so she dropped it off for me to work my magic on.

She is the sunflower queen and wanted to see that theme continued.  I ordered a cute bolt of sunflower fabric with a blue background, because she likes bright colors.  I auditioned it.  It looked awful.  I found another bolt I had at the ...

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June 14, 2020
Road Trip! from Appalachian Quilts

For about a month (maybe longer) I have been needing to go to Lehman's.  Something has always come up and I haven't gotten to go.  Yesterday Hubs loaded me up and off we went.  We took the back roads up and back for a nice peaceful day.  I guess I should put a bit in here about us....we enjoy quiet.  It's not that we don't enjoy people, it's just that when we go somewhere like Gatlinburg or Amish country, we aren't in to the touristy things.  Gatlinburg finds us on the artisan trail ...

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June 10, 2020
Almost Amish?? from Appalachian Quilts

I have some Amish friends in Berlin, Ohio.  When the kids were younger, we used to take a weekend and camp on their farm.  There were 3 farm ponds for them to play in and it was a great getaway for us.  Sometimes my sister and her 3 kids would go with us.  Sometimes my almost brother and his 3 kids would go with us.  Sometimes it was both.  (Alvin even asked us once when it was ALL of us if my almost brother was Mormon to have 3 wives and 9 kids.  LOL)  We were awakened in the mornings ...

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June 1, 2020
As Requested... from Appalachian Quilts

We try to take Sunday as a day of rest.  Grandpa & Granny never let us work in the garden on Sunday - especially planting.  They said "nothing good wood come of it".  So, we try not to.  It's hard for us.  Yesterday we kept talking about all the things we needed to do.  I knew we would fall into the trap of working, so I suggested we take a little drive.  I was antsy to get some work done and knew I didn't have the willpower to hold back.  I always feel that way after I have had a ...

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May 30, 2020
Grow Baby Grow! from Appalachian Quilts

Bear with me, I have a LOT of photos today, but the sun was shining during my little morning walk.

As I was pulling the pics off, these were still on from Monday.  Two of the grands came to see the baby bunnies - Stella and Luciano.  Visitation is done in the garage on a moving blanket to keep them from escaping and becoming wild bunnies.  LOL




This bed has Roma tomatoes, sunflowers in the middle, zinnias on the ends and basil coming up along the long sides.  You can barely see it, but it is purple basil.  It kind of ...

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May 26, 2020
Finally, the Moment I've Been Waiting For! from Appalachian Quilts

I was patient.  I waited.  I was chomping at the bit to get the garden planted.  I am, however, so glad I waited because of this crazy weather we have had.  I would like to start off by saying how thankful and grateful I am that Hubs built me all these raised beds.  Had he not, we wouldn't be planting until June!  Our yard is still like a wet sponge.  There are still ponds everywhere and we still can't even mow.  It stresses me out to see how tall the grass is....but I digress.

Flats of flowers ...

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May 24, 2020
ANOTHER New Addition to the Farm from Appalachian Quilts

I would be fibbing if I said we don't think about the grandkids when we consider adding new animals to the farm.  That is why I want some of these:


Thank you Google for the pic
These are called baby doll sheep.  While I do not have any yet....aren't they just the cutest?  The ones that are black and white look like a poodle.

Hubs came to me and wanted me to start looking locally for rabbits.  I had a traumatic experience harvesting rabbits with Princess Sassypants (aka Momma) when I was in high school.  I don ...

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May 22, 2020
Memorial Day Sale and Going Alaskan from Appalachian Quilts

I'm a fan of the Alaskan shows.  My favorite is probably Alaska the Last Frontier.  I love how they work as a family and have such a strong work ethic.  While watching Life Below Zero a LONG time ago, I fell in love with the Alaskan Ulu knife.  I told Hubs I just had to have one.  He offered to make me one, but time passed, we were busy and it just didn't happen.  He surprised me with one for Mother's Day.  He had started one for Christmas when he got his shop all set up, but ...

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