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Easy Strippy Rag Quilt

I recently made a quilt for my friend's new granddaughter. It is a really easy quilt to make. I should know because I'm not a master seamstress, and it was easy for me. And it turned out so cute! Here are the instructions I got from the fabric store. As you can see, you need 1/3 yard of one fabric and 2/3 yards of 4 other fabrics. I used cozy flannel. Cut the fabric into 6 inch strips. The...
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An Amish Farm in Ohio

When I went to Ohio in June for Shelley Shepard Gray and Amy Clipston's Girlfriend Getaway, I got to visit an Amish farm. It was so much fun to feed the animals, take a buggy ride, and eat the ice cream. There was also a very gute cheese factory nearby. Don't worry. I got some cheese too. I really liked the goats. I did a lot of research on goats when I wrote "The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry...
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Happy New Year!

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Happy New Year! Do you ever wish someone a “Happy New Year” without really thinking about what it means? I believe that God wants us to be happy, and I believe that God wants us to be happy now. As I have contemplated what the future has in store for me, I truly want 2019 to be a “happy new year.” I...
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Every Quilt Tells a Story

I absolutely love quilts. When I was growing up, my mom would often set up a quilt for my sisters and me to tie. We grew so close as a family as we tied quilts and visited with each other. One of the reasons I love quilts is because each quilt has a story to tell. I want to share just a few of my family’s quilts with you. This is a t-shirt quilt I made for one of my daughters. She played...
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The Tractor Mishap

| By Alesha Thompson, Jennifer's sister | I love it when spring comes to Wisconsin. It takes awhile to get here and we don’t get to enjoy it for too long, but when it comes it is stupendous! The one drawback to spring is the tractors. Don’t get me wrong, I fully support Wisconsin farmers, but there is only one way to get a tractor from a farm to a field and that is via the roads. During...
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Cover Reveal for Andrew!

I am so excited to report that I have a new series coming out in June of 2019! The series is called The Petersheim Brothers, and it is set in the same town where the Honeybee Sisters live. And Aunt Bitsy definitely makes an appearance. The first book in the series is Andrew, about the oldest Petersheim brother. Here is the beautiful cover! Things at the Petersheim house are getting too crowded...
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays of the year. I love getting together with family and taking time to reflect on our bounteous blessings. God has been so good to all of us, and it's nice to have a holiday set aside to remember and give thanks. One of our family Thanksgiving traditions is gathering around the table and reading the story below. I put five grains of corn at everyone's...
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Deer Oh Deer

| By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer’s dad | Our hometown is a beautiful place to live. My wife and I have lived here for about twenty years, and we love it. We have spectacular views of the mountains and the lake, great neighbors, beautiful skies, quiet surroundings, and deer. Our lot seems to be a thoroughfare between where the deer are and where they want to be. While passing through our yard,...
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Yum! Banana Muffins

| By Nicole Thorpe, Jennifer’s daughter | It's FALL y'all!  We moved down south just over a year ago, so my "southern" is coming along nicely. The weather here is still warm and muggy, but this just may be one of my favorite months anywhere in the world. Maybe it's because November is the prelude to the holiday season, and there are some wonderful flavors I start to crave. So for the first...
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My Shipshewana Trip

On October 5 and 6 I had the wonderful opportunity to be in Shipshewana, Indiana for two fun and exciting readers’ events. My dear husband and faithful traveling companion came with me and took lots of pictures. On Friday, Oct. 5, Sarah Price, Patricia Davids, and I participated in a book signing at J. Farvers Bookstore at “The Big Red Barn” in Shipshewana. Sarah Price, Patricia Davids,...
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