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December 7, 2021
Sage and Sea Glass Stars from Appalachian Quilts

 Another flimsy is a flimsy no more!  When Kim Diehl's Sage and Sea Glass Stars line came in, I just saw this design as a good way to show off all the fabrics in the line.  I love scrappy.  For whatever reason, this one just screamed farmhouse decor to me.  Maybe it is the muted colors.  This line didn't feel like a 'typical' Kim Diehl line, but I did love it!

It was fun matching up backgrounds for the star blocks, but I had to let me OCD go when I worked on the nine patches.  For a ...

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December 3, 2021
A Day Late And A Dollar Short from Appalachian Quilts

I giggle on the insides when I catch myself using phrases or sayings that Pops used to use.  When I started quilting this topper, I knew I wouldn't get it done in time for Halloween decorating.  So, I knew I was going to be a 'day late and a dollar short'.

Now that the house remodeling has progressed to a good point, I really want to get back into decorating for different holidays.  Non-specific quilts are a good addition for this.  What do I mean by that?  For example, red & white quilts can serve for multiple holidays.  They can ...

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November 27, 2021
Bringing it to Life! from Appalachian Quilts

One of my favorite things about being a longarmer is when that quilt is loaded and you start quilting it, there is a 'change' that happens.  The top comes to life as it morphs from being a flimsy to a quilt.  When I am custom quilting I let the quilt tell me what it wants - usually....if a customer has a vision for what they want, I try to make that a reality.  

This time of year there aren't a lot of customer quilts that I get to show you, because they are intended Christmas gifts and we don ...

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November 23, 2021
Lifetime Achievement Quilt from Appalachian Quilts

One year.  That's how long it took me to quilt this quilt.  I don't call it my Lifetime Achievement Quilt because it is hard or anything special.  I call it my Lifetime Achievement because I am proud of myself for persevering.  This quilt has been on and off the longarm for one year.....  I would work on it for a bit.  A custom quilt would come in from a customer and I would take it off long enough to take care of the customer.  Then - back on the longarm it went.  

I like wholecloth quilts as a longarmer ...

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November 11, 2021
Straddlin from Appalachian Quilts

In my quest to finish up more of the UFOs, I grabbed this little guy off the hanger.  He's been hanging out and beckoned to be ready for the holidays.  The name of this pattern is Straddlin Santa by The Wooden Bear.  


I quilted him with stitch-in-the-ditch and added some snowflakes to the background.  He's already hanging up in the shop and ready for the holidays.  Sadly, we are now out of this pattern, but we do have his friend Straddlin Witch in stock.  Here is what she looks like:


They are whimsical patterns and also make great ...

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November 6, 2021
Cheddar & Coal from Appalachian Quilts

It's no secret that Fall is my favorite time of year.  I've talked about it many times on my blog.  When it comes to ordering books and patterns, if there is a pumpkin on it I am a sucker!  As I was shopping for new fall fabric lines, this free pattern showed up.  I instantly saw a cute table topper or wallhanging, and since it had pumpkins....I had to order the whole fabric line!


Just as the food shortages are real, so are the shortages/delays with fabric.  There just isn't a lot of fabric available ...

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November 1, 2021
Eureka! from Appalachian Quilts

There are a lot of quilts hanging in the que that hang there for a long time.  I have it in my head that I want to custom quilt them.  I don't want to tie up the machine for that long because of customer quilts, so they just sit there.  I've always had it in my head that I wanted to custom quilt Eureka.  It told me it wanted lots of feathers.   Momma was in the shop about a month ago and was looking at it.  She thought it would look great in her lake house.  (That's ...

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October 28, 2021
Quilt the Seasons from Appalachian Quilts

If you Google "Quilt the Seasons", you will see that a LOT of designers have coined a book with this name.  (I know it is hard to come up with something unique, and I get it.)  By far our most popular book was the Quilt the Seasons book by Pat Sloan.  We whipped up samples of a few of the projects to sell the books and sold out of books long before we even thought about getting them quilted.  Sadly, the book is no longer available.  I regret not grabbing one for myself.  :(

I've mentioned this before...we keep ...

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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.  So...in 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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