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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 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 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 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 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 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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May 3, 2020
The Problem with YouTube from Appalachian Quilts

About a year ago I was looking for info on something garden-related.  I don't even remember what it was.  I went where everyone goes - YouTube.  I found the homesteading network.  I found a channel with a 'girl' the same age as our girls.  She talked about gardening like a spiritual journey....I found my mini me!  I binge watched some of her videos and saw so much of myself in her that I subscribed to her channel.  She talked about all the books she had read and how she studied for so long just waiting for them to be ...

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April 29, 2020
Challenging from Appalachian Quilts

Remember this post ( What's Holding You Back ) where I challenged you to complete something you had started but hadn't had time to finish?  This was my UFO.

This thing was a hot mess.  There were wrinkles that were beyond pressing and it took me a bit to figure out where all those strips went.  While the strips were marked "top", the big piece and the side that was pieced were not.  

As I look at my UFOs, I justify the pile with "I never have time".  Well, we are all stuck at home and we all have time ...

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April 26, 2020
Mini Farm Update from Appalachian Quilts

I apologize for not posting this week.  Between working and making masks, I've been running around like a crazy woman!

I ran out in the rain this morning and took a couple pics.  Friday evening I planted potatoes and moved some broccoli, cabbage and beets out into the garden.  We lost a few things in the high tunnel due to a freeze this week, but it's fine.  We will just plant again!  :)

When I went out to plant the potatoes there was a Killdeer just raising fits!  She wanted no part of me out there.  For those who ...

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April 15, 2020
Stellar from Appalachian Quilts

I made the little girl quilt....but what about a boy??  The most recent baby quilts I have sold have not at all been what I thought people would be shopping for in a baby quilt.  In listening to the shoppers, I took mental notes.  That's how I came up with Stellar.  Stellar is a commercial pattern that utilizes 12 fat quarters.

I probably spent more time fiddling with these background pieces that I did piecing them together.  I was so thankful to have that new design wall!

After I laid out the background, I had to put the ...

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April 13, 2020
What's Holding YOU Back? from Appalachian Quilts

I was concerned this morning when I saw all the social media posts with pictures of family gatherings for Easter.  My heart ached to be with my family, but we just couldn't do it.  There are so many of us that have compromised immunity, we have no choice but to follow the rules.  I get it.  Some of us have been 'quarantined' for a month.  We are getting antsy.  We want our world to go back to the way it was....but it won't.  Nothing will be the same.  This will have been a game changer.  Sure, we ...

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April 6, 2020
Keep Calm and Mask On! from Appalachian Quilts

Our Governor, and now the President, have asked that we wear a face mask when we go out.  I don't go out.  Hubs has gone to the grocery twice since we have been asked to stay home.  He asked me to make him a mask.  I sent a text out to the kids to see if any of them needed a mask.  We have several in the family that are considered higher risk.

Our Governor has also asked that we fly the state flag as a sign of solidarity.  I decided our masks should also be symbolic of our ...

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April 2, 2020
Oh Baby! from Appalachian Quilts

It's still a little too cold to plant the rest of the seeds in the high tunnel.  We have a heater, but with the economy and life in general being what it is, I'm just too cheap to heat it.  So, a girl needs to entertain herself while she patiently waits to be able to start seeds.

Speculation is that there will be a baby boom in 9 months.  It's been kind of funny reading the social media memes on what we call this generation of babies....Coronials is the one that stands out. Names, well they ...

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March 31, 2020
Because He's My Favorite..... from Appalachian Quilts

Prodigal Son is the 'baby' of the family.  Nurse Daughter and Army Son have always maintained that he was the "favorite".  I don't have a "favorite", but I don't think I will ever be able to convince them otherwise.  I didn't help matters much....

When they were younger, I would listen in as the older two would convince the baby to ask for things.  They knew that if he was the one asking, they would get what they wanted.  I would play up on those suspicions.  My response was always, "well, since it is you who is ...

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March 25, 2020
So, How Are YOU Doing?? from Appalachian Quilts

A month ago none of us would have known that we were going to be where we are today.  If you had known, what would YOU have done differently (besides stock up on toilet paper...LOL)?  How are you doing right now?  My prayer is that you are all doing well.  I have watched the sometimes funny social media memes depicting everything from how parents are handling new-to-them homeschooling to concerns about grocery shortages.  Would you have lived your life the same way?

I never knew how to 100% explain the rationale why Hubs and I live the way we ...

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