The Present Quilt

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 easy to put together. First, I cut all my pieces:...
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Pears, $3.00 a bushel

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 them. They were, however, still very good. Since they had been on the tree...
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Happy Halloween!

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 themselves was a little time-consuming, but not really...
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Sisters, sisters!

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, the best mother...
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Halloween Quilt!

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 favorite....
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Pruning, stacking, and burning limbs on the farm

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 the winter pruning. I don't believe that he enjoyed it, but he...
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Creative Quilting: Fusible Applique

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 fabric pictures of four different balls. Below is my rough...
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Whole Wheat Pancakes with Honey Peach Syrup

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 Honeybee sisters, is timid and cautious, but she’s not shy in the...
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Amish Top 5

As a writer of Amish romances, I am fascinated by the increased media interest in the Amish. I think many of us are attracted to the Amish way of life because it takes us back to a simpler time, when faith and family were society’s most important values and cell phones and computers didn’t distract us from building and strengthening important relationships. There are many things the Amish go...
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The Honeybee Sisters Cookbook is here!

I am thrilled to announce that the Honeybee Sisters Cookbook is now available for purchase! The cookbook is a collection of delicious honey recipes inspired by my Honeybee Sisters book series, featuring quotes and recipes from Sweet as Honey, A Bee in her Bonnet, and Like a Bee to Honey. I am deeply grateful to Tearsa Daines for her amazing culinary talents and to Alicia Johnson for her...
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