My Blog/My Life

Recently a couple of my readers have been a bit unhappy with me because I’m not posting a lot of quilting stuff. I understand that many of you came to my blog because of the quilt related content and I also understand that many, if not all, of you don’t give a hoot what I’m fixing for dinner or what Chad is doing or what Speck is doing or what Vince is doing. But, my blog is about my life and my life is quilting, cooking, my family and whatever else comes along.

Because I’m not posting a lot about quilting doesn’t necessarily mean I am not quilting. I’m a longarm quilter and I rarely post pictures or information about the quilts I’m working on for customers. Often I’m working on projects for a book or magazine and I cannot show you what I’m working on .. not because I’m such a secretive person but just because that’s the way it has to be.

If you’re only here for the quilt related posts, I can’t promise you that there will be a ton of those in the near future. I do have a lot of things going on that can’t be shown here yet. But, if you just want to keep up with my goofy life and get a glimpse of quilting as often as I can share it, stick with me and sometime in the next 11-1/2 months, I’ll get back to showing more quilt pictures!

In the meantime, here’s what I did today:

1. I made this Blackberry Wine Cake. I’m going on a retreat next week and I want to bring a Blackberry Wine Cake. Mom gave me a neat pan but it’s smaller than my regular cake pan so I made the cake today to make sure it all works. I’ll make another one on Sunday to take with me on Monday.

Blackberry Wine Cake

2. Started my day out with this ugly rascal.


Put it in the smoker most of the day and this is what we had for dinner:


Sorry . . I forget that taking a picture with my old camera without a flash makes things come out orange. But, this was one good turkey! We had it in the freezer and I’m trying to eat as much as I can from the freezer so . . the turkey is no longer in the freezer!

Even though I won’t show a picture, I’ve spent a lot of the day at the longarm so I am still quilting! ๐Ÿ™‚


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    While I very much enjoy your quilty posts….I find them so motivating….I love the snippets of your life that you share with us. I loved seeing Chad cutting out his pattern, hearing what Vince has done and the oh so cute pictures of Speck. I love the lime green kitchen recipes too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    mereth says

    Good Grief, who only cares about One aspect of a friends life? I f you like someone you’re interested in everything they do, not just quilting. I love reading about your cooking, even though we can’t get some of the ingredients in Australia, I like keeping up with the family, the different weather conditions and dear Speck. You write whatever you want and most of us will keep coming back for more!

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    Nicky says

    Aww… keep doing EXACTLY what you’re doin’. I love reading about your life, quilt related or not! Makes you human and personal. I have to say, I laughed at your post about Chad and his shirt.

    My palms get sweaty and the hairs on my neck stand up when Martin invades *my space.*

    You’re such a good Mom!! I hope I’m that patient with my kids when they want to start learning how to do the stuff I usually do.
    Until then, MINE! lol


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    One turkey – busted!! LOL

    Oh, fiddle-dee-dee to those folks who complain! My favorite bloggers are those who share other aspects of their life with us besides quilting. I mean, we all have that life, don’t we?

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    Karen L says

    Judy, I’m glad you contribute other things besides quilting. Quilting is what we do, not who we are. So keep on telling us about your transplated around the country life.

    Karen L

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    Traci says

    Yummy!!! Love to have a piece of that cake…and a drumstick too.

    I love your blog Judy!!!


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    Well, none of us spend as much time as we’d LIKE to when it comes to quilting. Those darn kids and the husband get in the way of REAL life….so, just keep sharing your life knowing there are a few of us that understand about kids and hubbies!!!

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    I love reading your blog and want you to keep doing exactly what you are doing. I think it’s great that you take the time to share with us. I have learned a lot of things reading blogs and I thank everyone for sharing. I really want to know how that plaid shirt is coming along! I say go for it Chad!!

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    I love hearing about other things, too. I have so much fun being a part of the fabric stashbusting group, and the quiltathons have been so much fun!

    I appreciate everything you do for us to make blogging/quilting fun and exciting.


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    I can’t believe people complain about what you write about on your blog! I too love to read the quilty stuff, but I am happy to get to know you and your life (and all the bloggers I read about) as you feel like posting about it! Keep on blogging whatever YOU want! Smile!

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    Stephanie says

    Keep doing what you are doing, I’ll still be here daily. You are doing good girl.

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    pdudgeon says

    i agree to all the above.
    Being able to come and read your blog is the next best thing to going over to a friends house and sharing a cup of coffee together.

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    Evelyn says

    Keep up the good work Judy! I love you blog and all your stories about everything that is going on!!! As far as I am concerned, your quilting is just an added bonus (great bonus too!), but I will always keep coming back to read about YOU and your family doings!


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    Jan says

    Ha! Your busting your freezer stash. Love the blog, quilting, food and family. Keep it up.

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    Annie says

    I like your blog in all its aspects. One can read just so much about quilting then it gets boring. I like to read about what goes on in the life of a good blog writer.

    : )

    Keep up the fine writing

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    I can’t believe some people…whose blog is this anyway…theirs? Good life…good writing…makes for a good blog. Keep up the good work!

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    I agree with all the other ladies. I love hearing what you’re doing quilting or otherwise. No-one is forcing anyone to read anyone else’s blog so we should all do our own thing. Looking forward to the photo of Chad wearing his shirt ๐Ÿ™‚

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    I can’t believe someone would complain about that. For crying out loud, it’s YOUR blog…blogs are personal spaces to fill as you will. They are not a “customer satisfaction” thing. Post what you feel like posting. I love reading your blog, the quilt related and not quilt related. It’s the little glimpses into our “other lives” that make it that much more interesting, and makes it feel as if we “know” each other a little better. To those complainers…Get a life already!”

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    Donna says

    Oh, for petes sake!! You do what YOU love to do and forget about pleasing others! This is YOUR blog, and if people don’t like it, let them find somewhere else to go. Please don’t let those few who complain distract you from doing what you enjoy.

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    Just Me says

    So—if I read this all correctly, YOU take the time to set up the blog, YOU take the time to do the entries and post the pictures, YOU lose time that could be spent with family/quilting/cooking and then SOMEONE has the nerve to complain.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I have to agree with all that has been posted in the other comments–who cares what the “SOMEONE” thinks.

    This is about YOU and we love reading all aspects.

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    Happy Easter Judy!
    Please keep sharing about your life. I try not to post customer related quilts myself which means my blog tends to be more about the rest of my life than quilting.

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    Cindy Kuipers says

    I love your blog just the way it is. Your blog is one of the few I read everyday. I LOVE that Chad is interested in sewing. Let us know how his shirt turns out.
    Cindy Kuipers

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    Kathleen says

    Judy, I read your blog as if we’re chatting on the phone. I refer to you in conveesation as a friend even though we’ve never met. I gotta know about Chad, Vince and Speck. And meatballs. Need that recipe! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Anna says

    Your blog is always interesting whether you are writing about your daily life or quilting or cooking or travelling in the South. I choose to read it because its like stopping to visit with a neighbour or a friend- Your blog has led me to new recipes and other’s blogs as well as interesting quilt patterns and other quilt related items.
    Like you’ve said before its way of journalling about your life. Thanks for giving others the opportunity to share a little bit of your life.
    Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,

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    My view of this is that you don’t really owe anybody any explanation for what you do or don’t post because it is entirely voluntary for you. And entirely voluntary for anyone to choose to read or not. I thank you for putting yourself out there for others.