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The Cascade Quilt

It’s been a little while since I made this modern Cascade Quilt which turned out beautifully.

I purchased the kit that included all of the fabric except for the backing from the Craftsy website. It was easy to put together and I’ve received many compliments on it.

The Cascade Modern Quilt
The Cascade Modern Quilt

I love the bold colors of the varied fabrics.

For the backing, I chose a variegated green fabric. I sent the quilt to a long-armer and asked her to do swirls for the quilting.

What do you think of this quilt? Do you like modern or more classic style quilts?

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The Boxcar Children – A Favorite Children’s Book

Somewhere in my early teen years I came across a book called The
Boxcar Children.

This book, written by a first grade school teacher by the name of
Gertrude Chandler Warner, was aimed at children in grades 2-6
yet I can’t remember reading it as a younger child.

I must have stumbled across it at the local library near my home.

We never had books in our house growing up. My mother, who
didn’t make it too far in grade school, never read us story books.

I fell in love with the book and the story it told of 4 orphaned children who fled what they thought was a cruel grandfather although they had never met him. They found and made a home in an abandoned boxcar and thought they were being self sufficient when it was a doctor who the oldest boy was working for who was helping to supply odds and ends for them in addition to what the older boy was able to get on his own.

The grandfather had put an ad in the paper looking for his grandchildren but the doctor remained silent until one of the young girls got sick. The doctor then notifies the grandfather of the situation and when they meet this kind man they move in with him and he, being wealthy, moves the boxcar to his backyard for them.

There are so many ways I enjoyed this book. Although not a negative word is said about the children’s decision to run away from their circumstances, I sense the stubbornness in them ~ one that I also was familiar with growing up. Yet, the way the book tells the story, it was more about the children learning and being given opportunity to work things out for themselves.

I read the series of these books to my boys while they were growing up.

Sometimes, as an “older” adult in need of sanity in this world, I’ll go back and get the 1st book and re-read it a few times.

Do you have a favorite children’s book?

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A Baby Girl Quilt

Babies, babies ~ lots of babies being born.  So I decided to gift a baby quilt and purchased a baby girl quilt kit called Lily & Loom Candy Splash from the Craftsy website.

The quilt was quite easy to make and came out very pretty.

Since the mother’s favorite colors are pink and purple I decided to make the back of the quilt pink and have it quilted with hearts ~ because it I made with love. Awwww … special.

Alondra’s Baby Quilt

It came out quite cute, wouldn’t you say?

Alondra’s Baby Quilt

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Grain Free Paleo Puffs

Grain Free Paleo Puffs

I’ve been searching for snack-y foods for a friend to munch on that was paleo friendly and came across the Grain Free Paleo Puffs at Whole Foods. Why not try it? I said to myself.

Although they don’t look very appetizing (beige food never does), they actually tasted quite good to me. There’s a small hint of cheese although there is no cheese in them.

Reviews varied though ~ out of four people who tried them at our house, 1 said “quite good,” another “alright,” the third said they weren’t good and the fourth said “okay.”

Grain Free Paleo Puffs

So ~ it will be up to your taste buds as to whether  you like them or not.

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A Barn Quilt Tour

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

As I was reading the Sunday paper awhile ago, I saw an article about a barn quilt trail. Hmmm …. I said to myself.  What is a barn quilt trail?

As I continued reading the article I learned that it’s like a “tour” of barn quilt, and I was inspired to head on out to see it.  Turning to my husband  I said: “Let’s go for a drive today.” Poor thing.  He didn’t know what he agreed to ~ at least not initially.

My expectation of what a barn quilt trail was is quite different from what it actually is.  First, not all of the barn quilts are on barns.  Actually, none of the ones I saw were on barns.  Second, although I expected to see real fabric hanging from a “barn” (why would I think that?), the quilts are mainly painted on the side of buildings.

Off we went to the Chisago, Minnesota area.

Below are some of the ones I took pictures of ~

See the first one in the top right corner?

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

The colors are so vibrant on this one, eh?

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

Some of the barn quilts were smaller than I expected.

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

This next one seems kind’ve bland to me ~

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

I really like the pattern on this one. I wonder what the story behind it is …

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

This next barn quilt pattern reminds me of many I see on “regular” quilts.  This one was located at the Chisago Lakes Area Library.

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

Do you like this blue and yellow pattern?

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

The simple pattern and vibrant colors on this barn quilt make it stand out against the beige building.

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

The one below is one of my absolute favorites.

Barn Quilt, Minnesota

It was a pretty unique way to spend part of an afternoon.

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A Walk in Afton State Park

Afton State Park, Minnesota

Sabbath – a day of rest and gladness.

As the end of summer nears, the air has gotten crisp with deep blue skies overhead.  A walk today at Afton State Park is the perfect way to enjoy one of Minnesota’s “top ten days.”   The label is given to days that are almost perfect.

The sound of small waves crashing onto the small beach is quite refreshing to the mind ~ a stark comparison to the “noise” in the world that leaves one with a feeling of unrest.

Afton State Park, Minnesota

It’s good to hear the laughter of people on their boats in the water.

Afton State Park, Minnesota

People walking dogs, animated talks among friends as they stroll down the trail, a couple looking out at the water and enjoying a gentle breeze ~

Quite a respite on the Sabbath.

Who could argue that God “got it right” when he said “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work.  But the Sabbath day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God.  In it you shall do no work … ”

 

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Minnesota Acorns

This year we’ve had a bumper crop of acorns in Minnesota.

The last year I remember so many acorns falling was when my mother and aunts were visiting about 5 years ago.  We’d sit on the porch and it felt like it was raining acorns.

Minnesota Acorns

The walk to the mailbox down the long driveway is rather crunchy now.  I’ve spent many hours sweeping up these acorns and one thing I can tell you ~ in bulk, acorns are quite heavy!

Minnesota Acorns

At first, I thought that perhaps we were the only ones in the neighborhood having the oak babies falling but then I saw a news feature and it’s happening across Minnesota.

According to the article, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says this is quite normal. It’s called masting and means that oak trees are having a bumper crop this year.  One thought is that oak trees drop a bumper crop every now and again so that the squirrels (and any other critters who eat acorns) will not be able to eat them all so that baby oak trees can grow.

Perhaps this is God’s way of making sure trees continue to grow in spite of all the trees that are cut down.

About 3 years ago, I had quite a few saplings growing and had them all removed.  We already have so many trees that we didn’t more.

Are there other areas that are having bumper acorn crops this year?

 

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