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Tales of a Frustrated Farmer — The Pig that Flew

Over fifty years ago, my older brother Lewis and I raised pigs for an FFA project. When a pig was ready to take to market, we would load it into our one-and-a-half ton truck with four-foot high sideboards and haul it to the auction in a neighboring town. One Saturday, we loaded up a big old sow and headed out. After a pleasant ten minutes of driving, we noticed that the pig had propped her front...
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Quilting Bee — Spring Table Runners — Week 4

We get to quilt today! And with a twin needle! Here is a beautiful example (above) which I think I’ve shown you about 50 times—it’s my favorite. Before you begin quilting your table runner, I highly recommend that you practice using your twin needle on some sample quilt sandwiches. This will allow you to see how the twin needles work and if you like the look of the stitching. Note: I always...
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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe was passed to me through 2 generations of very capable cookie makers. I’ve tried MANY oatmeal chocolate chip recipes, but this is my favorite. These cookies are soft, chewy and so delicious. I ALWAYS double the batch (it makes approx. 5 dozen cookies), it fits just perfectly that way in my KitchenAid, and I love freezing the extra dough or cookies. So if you’d like to do a smaller...
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Quilting Bee — Spring Table Runners — Week 3

I love machine quilting! And I’m excited to show you a new quilting technique that I saw on WeAllSew.com by Bernina: quilting with a twin needle. A twin needle gives you twice the stitches in the same amount of time. Remember that photo above? The double quilting lines look tedious to sew, but they are super easy with a twin needle. Here’s another example. For those of you who have used a...
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Author’s Corner — Save the bees

My neighbor used to have the most delicious-smelling honeysuckle bush right up against her house, and the bees loved it! She eventually cut it out because it got too unruly, but I was always fascinated at how many bees hovered around that bush. I could hear them humming all summer long. When I came up with my concept for “The Honeybee Sisters” series, I thought it would be so fun if the...
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Quilting Bee — Spring Table Runners — Week 2

Hello, fellow quilters! Last week, we pieced our quilt top out of jelly roll strips and picked our border fabric. (Find these instructions here.) I picked two border fabrics, by the way. I couldn’t decide which I liked best. Today we are going to make our quilt sandwich in preparation for quilting the table runner next week. Don’t run away! I know this doesn’t sound very exciting, but this...
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If you want romance, try Rhode Island

Dear Anna and Felty, I would like to have a girlfriend, but girls think I am boring. Do you have any suggestions for making myself more exciting? Boring on Bonduel Dear Boring, Anna says: It takes practice to be exciting enough to attract the girls’ attention. You probably have a small mirror at home for shaving. Take a few minutes every morning to practice making different faces in the...
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Quilting Bee — Spring Table Runners — Week 1

You’re starting to wonder if I sew things besides table runners. Yes, but I couldn’t resist showing you two more runners that are just simple variations on the Valentine Day table runner. (Find that runner here.) As you may have noticed, I like quilting projects that are easy—beautiful, but still easy. And nothing is easier than taking a pattern you already know how to sew and, by making a...
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Tales of a Frustrated Farmer — Spring Time Pruning

Spring time. The snow has melted, the birds are flying north, and the grass is beginning to turn green. It is also time to prune our fruit trees. It is very important to prune some varieties of fruit trees. Peach and apple trees need substantial pruning. Pruning does for a fruit tree what exercise does for the human body. In order to produce quality fruit the peach tree needs to have much of the...
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Quilting Bee—Table Runner—Week 3

It’s week 3 here at the Quilting Bee, and I have promised to show you some absolutely fun, straight-line, machine quilting. And it looks spectacular, to boot! By now, you have sewn the back, front, and flannel lining together, turned this inside-out, given the quilt a good press, and added a few safety pins to help hold everything together. (Questions about any of these steps? Click here to go...
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