Sunday, October 31, 2010

Itty Bitty Quilt on Blogger's Quilt Festival

Do any of you like to go to quilt retreats? Do you like vintage quilts and fabrics? Do you need someone to come do a trunk show? If ya do, Read on!!!
Vintage baby quilt, made just 3 years ago! Sorry these pics got in here twice! Click on the pictures to see them up closer.

Howdy!! From the Farmer's Dotter!

Hey ya'all check out all the neat quilts and give aways atAmy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival
Bloggers Quilt Festival. Mine should be in there somewhere, I hope!

This is my 1st attempt at making and selling a pattern! I have called it Itty Bitty, after my 1st grandson, who we nick-named Itty Bitty before he was born. I LOVE vintage quilts and fabrics, so that is what I chose to make his 1st quilt out of. The photo below is the 1st one I made for him and is out of vintage prints.

This is the 3rd one! The 2nd one is at his house, gotta have that special blankie close at hand, right!

I have kits and patterns available for these in different styles: vintage boy or girl kits, or new fabric, boy or girl. For more info check out my blog on August 7th or you can contact me at

These next two pictures are close-ups of Kooper's 1st quilt out of vintage fabrics. I just LOVE the Scottie dogs and the children playing AND of course the Polka Dots too!! My dream job some day is to design fabrics! I have quite a stash of vintage fabrics, if anyone is interested! Also check out my website at!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fall Fun! Just had a group for the day, today. This is the Fletcher family from Bedford, they didn't have to come far! The Dad, Mike, was trying to exit the picture as I was taking it! He joined us for lunch, so he could see his girls for a little while.

I have a special on my website for the locals that don't want to come and spend the night. Let me know if ya want to have a fall or holiday party here. I love to use all my vintage things for holiday decorating and entertaining!BROWN and ORANGE DISHES!! Love to use these for serving in the fall! Today's menu was chili and cheese soup, chips and homemade salsa & spinach dip, homemade whole wheat bread, cheese and crackers, pickles, apples and dip, pumpkin bars and apple fruit pizza. Also had warm monster cookies when they arrived.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Lost another Aunt this week. My Aunt Teddy Runde, from rural Parnell, Mo. My Mom and I just went to see her and my Uncle Bernie on Tuesday, after I took Mom to a doctors appointment in Maryville. I am so glad we did now. Don't put it off people! Sometimes it's not all that pleasant, but you have done your good deed for the day, and isn't that what life is all about? Bernie told us the doctor had given her approximately 6 weeks to 3 months. We just never know. I'm glad she didn't have to suffer too long. She just found out she had cancer a little less than 3 weeks ago.
One thing Teddie said was, "You find out who your friends are!" RIP Teddy, we love ya, and remember what I told ya about giving everyone a hug!

Monday, October 25, 2010


This is our home in Southwest Iowa where we have opened up a Girlfriends/Quilting retreat! We are located 2.5 miles west of Bedford, on Highway 2. Please come be my guests! When you see the polka dots on the mailbox, you know you're at the right place! The main sewing room is located on the lower level. These ladies were my 2nd group of the year, from Beatrice, Nebraska. Notice the gray design walls in the background. They were putting them to good use that weekend with all kinds of beautiful projects.

Two of the bedrooms are upstairs with 7 twin sized beds total. Each bed has different colored polka dot sheets and a vintage quilt! The "ladies" tell me the beds and pillows are SO comfortable! I think part of it is being with friends AND getting your own bed!!

Another one of my recycled projects. I call it an ironing station, it is 2' x 8' and is great for pressing quilt tops. The bottom is an old baby bed that my mom and dad had stored for years in their closet and now I'm putting it to good use! It's also great for storing my unfinished tops in!

The picket fence room. This is also recycled from my parents old fence. I needed two more headboards, so this worked great and got a few more things out of my husbands shed(with a little bit of grumbling)!!!

Grandson, Kooper using one of the two and a half baths available to guests.
The dining room table and old kitchen cupboard are one of the many heirlooms from my husbands side of the family. This particular evening Kooper and Tara were helping me serve ham balls, hash brown casserole, hot rolls, home-grown corn, Ramen noodle coleslaw and layered jello cake with strawberries and cool-whip on top. I plan on starting a comfort food blog/tour sometime in the near future to let ya know what I serve here at the Farmer's Dotter. Also, will have a Tour for different seasons...this picture was at Valentine's. The table runner I made out of an old quilt top.
Keep checking back, as I will add new pictures every once in awhile.


This is the block that inspired the name of my business. I wanted the name of a quilt block and this one seemed to fit the best! I knew I couldn't get the regular spelling for a website, so that's why I spelled it the way I did, and it's been so fun with all the polka dots! I even have polka dots on my mailbox and all the sheets in the house have polka dots! Email me if you would like a copy of this pattern at

I would really like to get my quilts put on the sidebar on a "quilt tour", so I'm going to try and organize them 1st in a blog. If anyone knows how to put home tours on your sidebar, let me know! I'll start out 1st with my Farmer's Dotter quilt and pattern. This is my grandson Kooper enjoying it. Most of the prints are vintage, with the exception of a few added polka dots...had to get a few of those in there! The backing is made of 7 was just a little hard to use them, but for what better cause! It is hand-quilted by me, using a pattern I call the circle of love and life.This quilt is called Little Lacy, I believe. I found these blocks at an estate sale and finished them into this full sized quilt. I am in the process of changing it a little bit and making it baby size. I am planning on calling mine Little Lindsay, after my dotter! I am just trying to get started designing quilts from antique patterns, if anyone has any suggestions or needs a designer, let me know. That's one of my dream jobs! This quilt is a bluebell quilt. I reproduced it from one that a good friend of mine, Diane Ware, owns. All of the prints are vintage. Not too many polka dots in this quilt, as I made it before I started the Farmer's Dotter. These next 3 pictures are of my 1st pattern that I've called Itty Bitty. I decided to make this my 1st pattern, since I made it for my 1st itty bitty grandchild! The 1st picture is a new (not vintage), girl's kit and quilt top made from it.

This is a picture of Kooper's 1st baby quilt made with totally vintage prints I also have kits for these, but I had to add about 3-5 reproduction cutsy fabrics, because I don't have an abundance of them in my stash. That's the pattern laying on this quilt. The instructions are for strip sewing, and I could give a class on this, if anyone's interested. This is a picture of Kooper, just waking up from a nap, he loves his blankie! Bride's bouquet that I remade for my dotter Lindsay for a late wedding present. She actually wanted a wool comforter instead of a quilt, so that's what I made 1st. An applique flower quilt made from all scrap vintage prints. This is probably one of my favorites. It's hand-quilted too. Most all of my vintage fabric quilts are hand-quilted. This my collection of quilts that were spread out on our front lawn for my dotter's wedding. I Do Love Quilts!

I will keep adding quilt picture's, so keep checking in!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Another Beautiful Fall Day!

Wow, what a great fall day! We better enjoy them while we can! I went to Grant City today to a quilt shop that I hadn't been to before. Got some material for some baby quilts for $2 a yard, can't beat that! The store is called Mrs. Pick's--cute name, huh! It is about 40-45 minutes away from here if you're coming from the south or southeast, you could stop on your way here! We also went to the Amish store in Redding and got some of the last tomatoes of the season. I'm never ready to give them up. The picture above is of the last tomatoes and some more snapdragons that I picked and brought in, and some of my fall decorations.

The snapdragons just keep on going and some live-forever too.

The hosta garden is looking like fall too.

Small garden to the back of the house and cornfield in the background.
Can ya tell I like the outdoors?

Cornfield out back and pretty yellow hickory trees in the background.

Another view to the back of the house. Is there anyone out there who can tell me how to make a home tour on my blogsite? I would like to have it on the side bar and also one for my quilts. Any suggestions,

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wow, there are so many things to see on the internet, huh! I have been checking out other peoples blogs and there are a lot of really neat ones! If you enjoy quilting, crafting, etc, check out My Blog List. Lots of really talented people out there! A special thanks to Keren, from Free Pretty Things For You... for all her help! She has a really neat blog...check it out!

Monday, October 18, 2010

More vintage polka dots!

Clarinda Craft Show

I've had a busy few days with the Clarinda craft show. Lots of work, but lots of fun too! Thank goodness I had family to help me get set up and tear down!

I saw a lot of people I already knew and met lots of new people too. Hope some of you will read this! Please leave a comment or become a follower!
Click on the pictures if ya want to see them better. That's my dotter Lindsay with dark hair and my dotter-in-law Tara with the blond hair.

This was my booth...lots of fabric and antiques! It sure seemed like I brought a lot back home with me, but I did sell quite a bit. Thanks to all!

I am considering having a booth at the AQS show next year in Des Moines, so if I do I'll have a lot of stuff ready for it.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

How are your flowers doing? Most of mine are not doing so well, but the snapdragons just keep on going! They just keep coming back year after year! That's the kind I like!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Been away a couple days to a funeral. So sorry, I lost one of my 1st cousins on my mom's side. He would be one of the 67 grandchildren of John and Matilda Runde. (That's their picture for my profile). I'm not totally sure of the total # of grandchildren, but I think it's about 240!!! It's hard to believe 2 people started it all! My cousins name was Richard Andriano from KC, he was a great guy, so compassionate. He gave great Teddy Bear hugs. I'll miss him at the family get-togethers.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Got to meet Eleanor Burns!!!

This is the Itty Bitty quilt that I showed to Eleanor Burns at the show. There is more info on it in my older posts...August 7th.

Wow, I got to meet and visit with Eleanor Burns at the AQS show in Des Moines yesterday! I showed her my Itty Bitty quilt that I made out of some honey buns that I got from her shop in Paducah. She seemed to be a very nice lady and even liked my polka dot--farmer's dotter outfits. Of course, she was dressed up for halloween too, with big glasses and earrings!

Winterset quilt show and Old Crow Show

Happy 10-10-10 everyone!

Went to Winterset yesterday on the way to the AQS show again. We stopped at this fun place called the Old Crow just a few miles north of Winterset. They had lots of neat primitives! I had met this young couple at an auction at my old school in New Market, Iowa a few years ago and had always wanted to go to one of their shows. We seemed to like a lot of the same things at the sale, so I knew I would enjoy seeing their things. Check it out sometime if ya get the chance at This was the cute little display they had as we came in the drive. It was such a beautiful day yesterday for a drive in the country!

I also stoped at the quilt show in Winterset. It was great, I most enjoyed the antique quilts. I hope to go and visit their quilt guild sometime or any guilds that would like to have me come. Just let me know!

This was my favorite quilt, it was the winner last year. Sorry, I got 2 pics of this one, I liked it so well!

Friday, October 8, 2010

What a beautiful fall day....Come enjoy!

Wow, what a beautiful fall day and evening! I just went outside and snapped a few picture as the sun was setting. This week has been homecoming week in Bedford, what a wonderful day for a parade and football game!

This is one of my recycled ideas...I had plenty of old wooden ironing boards, so I decided to make this one into a bench! Good place to take a break from sewing!

This picture is just outside the sewing room. Wish someone was here to share it with me tonight, I'm a harvest widow right now as my hubby helps the neighbor getting his crops in. I still have room this fall for retreaters, just give me a call or email! I am thinking of having a day class a time or two this fall, so let me know if you're interested in that. I could either teach a class or you could just work on your own projects.

The impatience were exceptionally beautiful this year. (Click on the picture to get a bigger image)

This is the view to the north of our house...the corn should be ready to harvest soon, but they need to get all the beans picked 1st.
Going to the AQS show again tomorrow and also to the covered bridge festival and quilt show in Winterset. Hope to see some of ya there!! Please tap me on the shoulder and say Howdy!