Anniversary Weekend

My in-laws have celebrated their 60th anniversary.  We live near each other so we planned to join them that Sunday for church.  P shared that with our kids (as a point of info) and they both wanted to come as well.  We decided to keep that part a surprise.

MIL & I talked the week before and she asked if we could join them.  I said we were already planning to be there and that dinner that day would be at our house.  She was thrilled!

They were so happy to have us there.   Grandma exclaimed to K that we wouldn’t tell her the kids were coming.  We tried for a surprise but I’m sure she assumed this.

After the service, their church has a fellowship time with snacks but my in-laws provided cake, cider, nuts for their celebration.  Most of the congregation stayed for nearly an hour.

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K got to see her life-long friend that has also moved away.  They haven’t seen each other in YEARS but grew up together at church, 4-H, each other’s houses, etc as they are only 6 weeks apart and we are friends with her parents.  Great bit of visiting!

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The grands enjoyed a few more hours to visit with the kids around the dinner table.

Special Tour

The company where JP is serving his 1st session of his co-op hosted an open house.  All FT-ers including co-ops were invited to bring family & friends.  We were quite excited for this opportunity.  The grands joined us.

This is such a big deal that we shut down harvest on a lovely fall afternoon — this is NOT something to be missed!  JP enjoys his work and has a fantastic team & manager this session.  We are so thankful.

No photography was allowed, our names were pre-screened the week before, we showed our birth certificates for proof of citizenship at the door, and there was a lot of security.  We even wore safety glasses!  It was a limited access tour but we saw more than we’d ever imagine or be able to ever comprehend.  The huge room with the layout for all the electrical systems of a new jet was so impressive.  Part of that list of things I never think about.  The myriad of wires, generators, and electrical work needed so many places.  It was all mind-blowing!  Over the months, he has explained some of it to us but it was great to see where he works, how the plant functions, the massive work done here – not so far away.

Quick photos afterwards as we headed out….



(I begged…. “please, a selfie in front of the fountains”….)







Once home, we were in the house for exactly 4 mins to get P changed and I delivered him back to the tractor.  JP came home as well and helped with hauling loads.   As the Great Creator would have it, we finished soybeans and got all our wheat planted before it was quitting time that night.  The next day, the rains began that took us out for a week.  Quite thankful for those big things done.

A Room Redo

I started to repaint another bedroom late this summer.   The room has oak laminate flooring that is still in good condition so we kept that.

I can do a lot to get ready for these jobs but really P has to have the time to get the big work started.  He scraped the ceiling (we have popcorn ceilings and whereas we have repainted them before, we’ve learned that a better scraping is much better and leaves a touch of texture to hide any ceiling flaws but doesn’t hang down and get dripping!) and then he painted it.  It is not his favorite job (at all!) but after 2 coats he is pleased with his work.

K & I had talked about ideas and she gave me a good starting point with some “inspiration” and here is a nugget of that.

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From that we occupied ourselves in the paint dept at a big-box hardware store once while P was shopping and we chose paint chips.  Over time, I got paint cards from S-W because I only use their paint.  :)  It really is good paint and if I’m not buying during a 40% off weekend (often) then I’m getting 25% off with our Farm Bureau discount.



This has been several years in discussion!  Finally choosing the wall color was a bit of a challenge!  I ended up buying 7, yes SEVEN, paint sample containers from Sherwin-Williams.  (So if you are local and want a quart of one of these colors, I will give it to you!  :)  S-W uses real paint in their samples now so you can use it for a small project.)  Here are some of the choices ~ (and this is the only “before” photo you get… no need to show you how old the decor really was…)



And there were others!

A good suggestion from the paint store was to keep the baseboards consistent throughout the house to avoid buying lots of extra paint, especially for touch-ups.  I’ve now done 2 bedrooms and not finished one gallon of trim paint so that was a wise choice.  (trim paint: Sherwin-Williams Eider White)  (As I’m repainting this time, all the trim is changing and getting the same color.  Love me some painted trim!!)

Finally, I mostly was OK with 2 of the samples, told myself I wasn’t to buy anymore samples, bought another just to be sure, and just picked a paint.  If it turned out awful, well, I’d paint again, I suppose.  I was debating between one with a buttery base or one with a green base.  (either side of the window for the samples) I liked the greenish base better but felt it was too close to what I just did in JP’s room and K & I had talked of more a yellow undertone, so that is what I chose.  (Sherwin-Williams Ionic Ivory)


Up on the wall, with the room finished… it is a greenish undertone.  Seriously, I can’t win for losing!  (not a very accurate photo but this was an in-process one)

It is as finished as finished will be for now.

The rugs are new and add lots of the color punch we want.

The nightstand is from a curb or Goodwill and I painted it.  That was also a challenge… I had the paint chip I wanted, started painting, and it was too light.  Took it back to S-W and they added to make it darker… 3 times… and I just gave up.  There is a better color in my head but this is it for now.  (My outside painting days were decreasing fast!)  And my strong-arms all but disappeared to the fields by this point.  So much that the closet doors are painted and in the room but not hung.

The next big adds will be a dark fuchsia quilt (fabric & dye are purchased but shown is the couch quilt in the winter), some bedskirt, and then dark purple shams or ?  Some thoughts for the window (Phil needs to put the mini blinds back to start with) include a bronze or our accent colors in a valance, drape, or ?   Time will tell on that.  I flunk at window treatments!!  And I’d love to change the ceiling light too.

I really like having the room repainted.  It is cool & calm and just fresh & new!  K liked it when she was home last!!  Yeah!!  I’m eager to get more repainting done but have to wait for my ceiling worker to be able to help me.

Quilts from the show that I liked and have close-ups as well.


I really like this pattern, Carpenter's Star and this quilting is great!

I really like this pattern, Carpenter’s Star and this quilting is great!

I love quilting like this that has its own design across the quilt.

I love quilting like this that has its own design across the quilt.


Swoon blocks with great quilting!

Swoon blocks with great quilting!

Dear Jane inspiration - great in batiks!

Dear Jane inspiration – great in batiks!




More quilts that I liked from the quilt show….



Beautiful quilting in a wide border



From Judy Martin’s book, Scraps. Great use of scraps!



Churn Dash blocks = 4″






Quilt shows are so great for inspiration!

These are some house quilts (one of my favorites) at a recent show.




Kaffe houses! Great show of his fabrics!



A barn quilt! Fun and the details (windmill) are great!






Sarah’s Quilt

Another summer project was a quilt for a dear friend.  I saw a Disappearing Nine Patch arranged in a colorway of strong color diagonally that I liked and immediately thought that could be a good plan for her.  I know her favorite color is purple so that was my first thought.  However, I sent her an email asking about colors and style.  Her reply, “Purple, black, and white.”  Yeah!!  Just as I had orginally thought.

After much waiting and mix-up and seriously I was lost by Hancock’s of Paducah :(  (never again!) so then waited on a reorder from Fat Quarter Shop (yeah!!) until I could begin.

Once I finally had all the fabrics, I could start on it the end of August.  I used notes from various pinterest links for ideas and layouts.  (Warning, scrolling through these photos does tricks on your eyes!)

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Layout of 30 blocks

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Close up showing the very dark purple used in the smaller squares & the border, another purple for binding.

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Do you want the hilarious part of the label? (If you read this part, you are sworn to secrecy to not bring it up to anyone! And yes, some is in code.)   I’m strict about labels on my quilts.  Very.  I drew an arch with blue wash-out marker on the fabric as a guide for the lettering across the top that was in straight lines.  I wrote the whole label with my black pigma pen (.08).  Before heat-setting the writing, I spritzed the blue marker with water so as not to set the blue guide line.  The WHOLE label ran!!  Ha!  After a break, I made an arch on paper and put that on the bottom layer of my lightbox and then traced the lettering along the arch and the rest of the label.  Success!  

I stitch my labels in a corner with the binding often as this shows.  Many layers of stitching for security.

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I was happy to see her and deliver in person.   :)  Besides quilt delivery, we shared hugs and much conversation over a long lunch!

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Thank you, MM9!!


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