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Quilting Bee: Two Ribbon-Star Quilts, Part 2

Quilting Bee: Two Ribbon-Star Quilts, Part 2

Last month, I showed you these beautiful ribbon-star quilts and explained how I made the stars. Now let me show you how I finished the quilts.

First, I laid out all 18 stars so I could decide which stars I wanted in each quilt. I tried to divide the stars evenly by color, trying various arrangements until I found two patterns that I liked the best. Then I numbered every star. (I had spent so much time finding the perfect arrangement that I didn’t want to risk forgetting what star went where.)

Next, I added a strip of the white background fabric…

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February 20, 2017  |  Quilting Bee  |  1 Comment

War from the perspective of a nine-year-old boy

War from the perspective of a nine-year-old boy

My father, Roy, was born in 1900.  He was too young to serve in WWI and too old to be in WWII. (I wonder how high those numbers will go.)

Many of the young men from our small town served in the war. Wesley Graff came home burned and disfigured. Every time I saw him I was reminded of the war. George Rohbock spent much of the war in a German POW camp.  He came home and became a florist. Phil Shumway was a P-38 pilot, the Cadillac of WWII fighters, whose plane had engine failure while flying over the Pacific Ocean and…

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February 13, 2017  |  Faith, Family, Farming&Gardening  |  No Comments

Valentine Pizza

Valentine Pizza

I love Valentine’s Day.  I know I may be in the minority here, but I do.  Even the years I didn’t have a significant other I loved celebrating love.  I’d buy the cheap cardboard valentines and hand them out in my school classes along with delicious candy for everyone.  I did this well into college…seriously.  I would have girls’ night with my friends almost every year where we would order Chinese and watch romantic movies and enjoy the love and bond we shared as women and friends.  I love me some love.

The tradition of Valentine Pizza started after I got…

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February 6, 2017  |  Cooking, Family, Uncategorized  |  2 Comments

The License Plate Game

The License Plate Game

As many of you know, Felty Helmuth, one of the matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill, loves to play the license plate game. I made that part of Felty’s character because I adore the license plate game. So, I have decided that I want to play again in 2107 starting today! Would you like to join me? I’d love to hear of your license plate searching adventures and I would also love to hear when you find all fifty states.

In 2016 I found my last license plate in November. My daughter had been having a rough time with her pregnancy, and I…

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January 30, 2017  |  Amish, Author's Corner  |  11 Comments

What we need…

What we need...

Just sharing one of my favorite quotes today. I want to thank the many women in my life who embody this: my mother, my daughters, my sisters, my aunts and cousins, my dear friends, and very special readers. I would not be who I am today without you. Thank you for your quiet and loving example!

“The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender. There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind. There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined. We have enough women of…

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January 24, 2017  |  Faith, Family  |  8 Comments

Two Ribbon Star Quilts

Two Ribbon Star Quilts

This past Christmas Eve, my husband and I hosted a dinner for some wonderful friends who had never before been to Utah. I wanted to give the mother and grandmother something special, and to me, “special” is always a hand-made quilt. The quilts in the photos below are Ribbon Star Quilts.

The pattern is fairly simple, and I used fabrics from my stash. (Yes, quilters call an extensive fabric collection a “stash.”) The only fabric I purchased specifically for these quilts was the border and backing fabric. The resulting quilts are stunning!

I didn’t make one quilt and then the other, but worked…

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January 17, 2017  |  Quilting Bee  |  4 Comments

Strawberries and Seagulls

Strawberries and Seagulls

By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer’s father.

My father  planted fruit trees and while waiting for them to mature, he planted strawberries in rows between the trees. We would plant the berries one spring, and then they bore fruit the next spring and several springs to follow. We used a horse-drawn cultivator to stir up the ground between the rows of plants to remove weeds and to make the ground more water absorbing. I took my turn holding the cultivator and guiding the horse. This old horse had done this many times and knew the routine very well.

When the berries began to ripen, seagulls from…

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January 9, 2017  |  Farming&Gardening  |  1 Comment

The Finished Quilted Present Quilt

The Finished Quilted Present Quilt

Last month I showed you my beautiful present quilt top. I had sewn together all the fabric pieces to create the beautiful top, but I had not yet had a chance to add batting and backing and sew it all together. Today, I’m excited to show you the finished quilt, with top, batting, and back, all stitched together with the edges bound.

After I finished the quilt top, I picked a backing fabric, and then I basted together my three-layered “quilt sandwich”: pieced top, batting, and back. I used a spray adhesive to hold the layers together, but as you’ll see…

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December 19, 2016  |  Amish, Quilting Bee  |  3 Comments

Delicious Christmas Sandwich Cookies

Delicious Christmas Sandwich Cookies

These cookies are easy and delicious! They never last long at my house!

What you’ll need:
One chocolate cake mix (any kind will do, but for me, the more chocolate the better)
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 can of frosting (I used vanilla, but any flavor will do.)

1. Mix cake mix, eggs, and oil in a bowl until combined.

2. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray. Preheat oven to 350.

3. Roll dough into 1-2 inch balls. This recipe makes about 24 cookies–or 12 sandwich cookies total.

4. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

5. Let cookies cool on rack then frost cookies on the “bottom” of one…

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December 8, 2016  |  Cooking, Family  |  No Comments

A Simple Amish Christmas

A Simple Amish Christmas

I love Christmas. I love the decorations and the lights. I love being with family and eating good food and singing Christmas carols. But every year around this time, my chest gets tight and I start to panic about all the things that need to be done before Christmas. December is such a busy month that the busy-ness often overshadows the joy of the season. I always wish it could be different, but I seldom figure out a way to make it that way.

The Amish celebrate Christmas simply and without a lot of fanfare. The lowly stable of Bethlehem is…

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November 28, 2016  |  Author's Corner, Family  |  1 Comment