Quilting Bee: Two Ribbon-Star Quilts, Part 2 February 20, 2017 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 ... Keep reading!
War from the perspective of a nine-year-old boy February 13, 2017 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 ... Keep reading!
Valentine Pizza February 6, 2017 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 ... Keep reading!
The License Plate Game January 30, 2017
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 ... Keep reading!
What we need… January 24, 2017 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 ... Keep reading!
Two Ribbon Star Quilts January 17, 2017 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 ... Keep reading!
Strawberries and Seagulls January 9, 2017 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 ... Keep reading!
The Finished Quilted Present Quilt December 19, 2016 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 ... Keep reading!
Delicious Christmas Sandwich Cookies December 8, 2016 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)
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 ... Keep reading!
A Simple Amish Christmas November 28, 2016 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 ... Keep reading!
The Present Quilt November 21, 2016 I know that last month I promised to show you a Thanksgiving table runner this week, but I just couldn’t resist starting my Christmas sewing. I love this present quilt! It is very happy, almost whimsical, and you can make this pattern for any occasion, using happy birthday colors, baby colors, really, anything you want. And this quilt is fairly ... Keep reading!
Pears, $3.00 a bushel November 14, 2016 By Richard Gappmayer (Jennifer’s dad)
In September of each year after the pears had been picked, sorted, boxed and shipped, I would walk through the orchard and observe that many of the trees had a few pears left on them. Because there were just a few in each tree it would not be worthwhile to carry a ladder around to pick ... Keep reading!
Hawaiian Sweet and Sour Chicken November 7, 2016 This is my husband’s very favorite meal. He always requests it for his birthday dinner. It’s different from a typical sweet and sour chicken because it isn’t as sticky, but it is delicious. The recipe comes from Grandma Vicky and my mother-in-law Lisa. Her five sons eat two pans of this chicken any time she makes it.
4-6 chicken breasts (cut each ... Keep reading!
Happy Halloween! October 31, 2016 Happy Halloween, fellow quilt lovers! And just in time for this fun holiday, here is the finished Halloween quilt top I promised to show you:
I love it! I think it is worth all the time it took create. And guess what was the hardest part of the quilt? Creating the long, green panel that says, “Happy Halloween.” Appliqueing the letters ... Keep reading!
Sisters, sisters! October 24, 2016 When I envisioned “The Honeybee Sisters” series, I wanted it to be about a trio of sisters who shared a special bond. There is nothing like the friendship, closeness, and love of a sister.
I have five sisters and no brothers. Growing up, our house was filled with prom dresses, sewing lessons, curling irons, school work, singing around the piano, heart-to-heart talks, estrogen, ... Keep reading!
Halloween Quilt! October 17, 2016 Halloween can be such a fun holiday, but, unfortunately, my house is sadly lacking in decorations. I decided to remedy this problem by making a Halloween quilt, pattern courtesy of Amy Bradley Designs. The pattern is available for download on Amy’s website. (amybradleydesigns.com)
I love the way this quilt includes 12 different Halloween characters, so I wasn’t required to choose my ... Keep reading!
Pruning, stacking, and burning limbs on the farm October 10, 2016 Peach and apple trees need a substantial amount of pruning. Too much foliage on peach trees will result in small peaches and unhealthy trees. The same is true of apples. This pruning is usually done in the winter after the leaves have fallen and the trees have become dormant. My father would spend many very cold and dreary days in ... Keep reading!
Creative Quilting: Fusible Applique September 26, 2016 A few weeks ago, my niece Jessica asked if I would help her make a quilted wall hanging for her toddler’s new bedroom. In the photo below, he’s holding his favorite ball, wearing his favorite jacket, trying to decide if he approves of having his picture taken.
This little guy loves balls, so Jessica decided to make a small quilt with ... Keep reading!
Whole Wheat Pancakes with Honey Peach Syrup September 19, 2016 This recipe was originally posted on Amish Wisdom a few weeks ago, but I’ve had several requests to feature it on my blog too. It’s delicious!
The newest book in the Honeybee Sisters series, Like a Bee to Honey, came out on August 30, and I am as excited as a bee on a honeysuckle bush! Rose Christner, the youngest of the ... Keep reading!
Codling moth, lead, and DDT September 12, 2016 Apples and pears can both be victims of the codling moth. This moth lays eggs which hatch into worms which eat their way into either apples or pears as well as some other fruits. This, of course, ruins the fruit and makes it unsellable. My father fought this problem in his orchards for as long as I can remember. Some ... Keep reading!