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Finishing Some UFOs

Finishing Some UFOs

By Allison Sharp

In the quilting world, UFO stands for UnFinished Objects, and most quilters have several lying around, just hoping someone will work on them. One of my goals for the summer was to get rid of some of mine. Here’s the first:

This is a hand-embroidered Christmas wall-hanging that my daughter made when she was 13, about 15 years ago. I wanted to display it at Christmas, but the edges were fraying, and I worried that the embroidery thread on the back would come loose. In order to protect this little project and make it easier to hang, I decided…

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July 17, 2017  |  Amish, Family, Quilting Bee  |  2 Comments

The Great Rooster Rescue

The Great Rooster Rescue

Written by Jennifer’s sister, Allison Sharp. Yesterday morning, after my husband had left for work, he called me. “Have you been outside yet?” “No.” “Walk out the front door and look in the window well.” As I got out of bed and walked down the hall, I noticed that the rooster seemed especially loud that morning. He lives in the back yard with the four hens, well away from the house, so his crowing is usually fairly faint. When I opened the front door, I understood why he seemed so noisy: he was sitting in the window well, about five…

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July 10, 2017  |  Family, Farming&Gardening  |  4 Comments

Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon Lemonade

This is a delicious, refreshing drink perfect for that 4th of July party or barbecue. It’s so easy, and my family loves it!
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July 3, 2017  |  Cooking  |  No Comments

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

In Return to Huckleberry Hill, Reuben Helmuth’s best friend, John, steals Reuben’s girlfriend right out from under his nose. Reuben is deeply hurt and flees to Huckleberry Hill to nurse his wounds. Reuben clings tightly to his resentment and vows to never forgive John for what John did to him. But John’s sister Fern is determined to make things right, and she comes to Wisconsin to convince Reuben to forgive her brother.

One thing I love about the Amish is that they truly try to live their faith. When an Englisch milkman in Nickel Mines, PA went into an Amish schoolhouse…

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June 26, 2017  |  Author's Corner, Faith, Family  |  3 Comments

Embroidered and Quilted Patriotic Wall Hanging

Embroidered and Quilted Patriotic Wall Hanging

Probably one of the most visually stunning quilts I have ever made is this patriotic wall hanging by Anita Goodesign.

It is made up of nine embroidered panels which were created by my daughter on her ten-needle embroidery machine. Each panel is embroidered individually with about an inch of seam allowance on all sides so the panels can be sewn together.

You can see in the photo above that this panel includes parts of words and about one-quarter of the eagle. The “d” above is the last letter in the word “God,” followed by the first part of the word, “indivisible.” Here…

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June 19, 2017  |  Quilting Bee  |  4 Comments

A Good Old-Fashioned Barn Raising–Sort Of

A Good Old-Fashioned Barn Raising--Sort Of

(This post was written by Jennifer’s sister Alesha, who lives in Portage County, Wisconsin)

My husband hosted a good old fashioned barn raising a few weeks ago. The only difference was that it wasn’t a barn, but a high tunnel he was constructing. Have you ever heard of a high tunnel? I hadn’t either. Essentially it is a very large greenhouse. My husband is a closet farmer who works his day job as a director of an IT Consulting firm only to rush home to spend as many hours as possible in the garden. He LOVES to garden. And for him,…

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June 12, 2017  |  Family, Farming&Gardening  |  No Comments

Anna and Felty Top Ten

Anna and Felty Top Ten

Return to Huckleberry Hill comes out tomorrow, and I am so excited! In celebration of the book release, I am posting Anna and Felty’s top ten quotes from the book. Enjoy! And be sure to pick up Return to Huckleberry Hill at most online retailers and many in-store retailers.

#10 Anna: “I just throw this and that into the bowl, and it usually turns out well.”

#9 Anna: “I’ve invented a recipe for peach venison stew and one for Chinese dumplings. If you substitute tongue for the pork, it makes them nice and chewy.”

#8 Anna: “Barbara has an extra toe on her left foot,…

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May 29, 2017  |  Amish, Author's Corner, Romance  |  18 Comments

Babies-and-Bears Quilted Wall Hanging

Babies-and-Bears Quilted Wall Hanging

This small wall hanging is for one of my darling nieces. In fact, it is the center panel in a group of three wall hangings that include all of the baby’s vital statistics. Yes, I have covered up some of the details to protect the baby’s privacy. And don’t miss the saying across the bottom of all three little quilts.

The baby’s mom wanted animals on the quilt, so together we agreed on the three bear patterns. (Yes, I realize that only one of these is really a bear. The sources for these designs and any others used in the quilts…

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May 15, 2017  |  Family, Quilting Bee  |  2 Comments

German POWs

German POWs

By Richard Gappmayer, Jennifer’s father

In previous posting I have discussed experiences with the German WWII POWs. Now the war is over and it is time for them to go home. My father, my sister Beatrice, and I had developed a rapport with these men and were sad to see them leave. They were all very nice, polite men who were victims of this war just like many others. My experience with them made me realize that good people are forced into bad situations not of their choosing. Many of them gave us their home addresses and encouraged us to maintain…

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May 8, 2017  |  Family, Farming&Gardening  |  No Comments

Homemade Chocolate Cake

Homemade Chocolate Cake

This chocolate cake recipe is a must-have for cake lovers. Unlike most box cakes, the cake is moist and absolutely delicious. My daughter Haley made this for me, and I was blown away at how much I loved it. She made the cake from scratch and used store-bought frosting, but you can use your favorite frosting recipe if you like.

This recipe is adapted from the recipe you can find here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/marcela-valladolid/decadent-chocolate-cake

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May 1, 2017  |  Cooking, Family  |  No Comments