Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Diamond Rail Fence Quilt

Quilt Club Block of the Month Participants:
In your bag you will find 3 jelly rolls and four 2 1/2" white on white squares. There will be extra fabric leftover after you completed your directions. I will need all that fabric for a border.
1. Iron all three jelly strips.
2. Sew three strips together using an EXACT 1/4" seam. Remember to measure from the TOP of the pinked edge of the jelly strip, NOT the valley of the pinked edge when sewing your 1/4" seam.

3. Press seams away from the center strip.
The width of the strip should be about 7".

4. Trim selvedge edge.

5. Cut FOUR 7" blocks. (I know I have five blocks in my picture...oops! ) Remember to save all leftover material for my border.

6. Mark the 2 1/2" white on white squares diagonally or iron in half on the diagonal.

7. Place white square at the bottom right hand corner...it should be the same placement on each block. Sew on the diagonal.

8. Trim leaving a 1/4" seam. Press the seam to the dark side.

Thank you for your help with this quilt. You can see how the blocks will form a diamond when I put it together. I will put the squares together after I receive all the blocks!
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Grandma's Bits and Pieces: Refreshed and Ready

Grandma's Bits and Pieces: Refreshed and Ready: Today we returned from our anniversary trip to the beautiful California central coast. I'm refreshed and ready to start blogging once again...

Refreshed and Ready

Today we returned from our anniversary trip to the beautiful California central coast. I'm refreshed and ready to start blogging once again.

There are so many projects waiting on my sewing table. Some for gifts and many to challenge my skill. My placemats using the Lil' Twister are so darling. If you haven't tried the Lil' Twister get started! It is so much fun! Also a Tumbler (template available from Missouri Star Quilt Company) quilt is waiting to be quilted and finished.

Location:Coarsegold, CA

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Old Kentucky Home

We traveled across Kentucky today. What a gorgeous ride! Traveled by the Shaker Historical site...no pictures, just drove by because of the thunderstorm we tried to outrun.
No luck...but it is perfect here. We did see a pink elephant at our turn!

We are now at Kentucky Lakes/Prizer Point resort. Absolutely beautiful. We have lakeside site with full hook ups.

Our Internet was strong enough to visit with Jessica, Sean and William. We traveled to Mammoth Cave National Park and took a tour...only picture that came out was coming out of the cave.

Now we are just 50 miles from Paducah! Woohoo!
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Thursday, May 3, 2012


Gettysburg Visitor's Center!

Gettysburg is an amazing destination for everyone. We spent the morning at the Visitor's Center that screens a wonderful film "We are Met on a Great Battlefield", presents the "Battle of Gettysburg" cyclorama, and leads to the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War.

Then we took a self-guided car tour with the help of a CD that was to take 2 1/2 hours, but we took almost 4 hours and enjoyed every minute.

Put Gettysburg on your bucket list...another inspiring location....not for little ones, but for children over 9 or 10 years old.

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Location:Knox Rd,Gettysburg,United States

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

We Love Washington, D.C.

The last 9 days have been a treasure to both Steve and I.
Now we are ready to head out to the Amish country and Gettysburg.

Before we leave, we spent time at the Capitol and Arlington. What inspiring places for both of us. We are already planning a return visit in the near future to finish all the museums, revisit the Archives, and take time to walk around some of the neighborhoods.

There is a tremendous bakery right out of the Archives stop on the Metro that is calling us to return! All Americans should have the opportunity to visit such a majestic center of government. I want to bring each of my grandchildren one by one to share the splendor and history of our great nation. That's my goal!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Discovering Washington, D.C.

Today we started our adventure in Washington, D.C. Our first stop was the National Archives! No photos are allowed...but the documents, videos, and sound recording were so informative. So very impressive and interesting. We were there for 2 1/2 -- 3 hours. We then walked over to the National History museum. The size and quality of the exhibits were outstanding! Took a special picture just for you Jessica!

Loved the gems and minerals exhibit that housed the Hope diamond. All the jewelry was stunning.

Our legs began to give out, so we headed out to the mall and enjoyed the view of the Smithsonian castle, the Washington monument, and Capitol.

We headed back to the metro through the sculpture garden. What a delightful first day. Tomorrow is our special tour of the Library of Congress before the doors open...we have to be there at 8:15. Must get plenty of rest tonight!

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Had to make stop on the way to Kathy's home at Granny B.'s Quilt Shop. We saw an interstate sign for her shop. Our GPS sent us on a wild goose chase....we were leaving town and heading back to the interstate when all of a sudden we drove right by the shop.

So glad we stopped in. The staff had connections to California. A brother lived in El Cajon and another relative lived in Rancho Bernardo. It always surprises me how we are all connected!

This shop also sold heirloom sewing supplies.

It is housed in an old two story home with a LARGE screened on porch. You enter through the back door, just passed the garage with a painted quilt block on the garage.

It felt like visiting an old friend.

It had so many treasures among it's many nooks and crannies.

Check out the online store at:

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Spent the evening with our niece Kathy and her son Steve.

We talked for hours! Her sweet home is in the middle of upgrades with beautiful hardwood floors, the outside being power washed, and exquisite art projects in progress.

Must admit sleeping in a bed and taking a shower in a full sized bathroom was a simple pleasure we won't forget.

Murfreesboro is a bustling city. But the homes are just like the homes of my childhood dreams..front porches with rocking chairs, large grass yards, big green trees, and quiet streets to play in.

Just love Tennessee! The extended Brannon family has another educator in the making. Steven is working on his masters with a teaching license in mathematics. I think four generations of educators is simply wonderful!
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Location:Hummingbird Ln,Wytheville,United States