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A Stunning Bucket-List Quilt

Do you have a bucket list? Tom and I have a bucket list of places to which we would like to travel -- the Czech Republic, Alaska, Maine, San Diego, and central Oregon. We hope to start checking some of those destinations off our list in the next few years. None of you who regularly read this blog will be surprised that I have a bucket list quilt. I have been collecting fabrics for it for the last few years and have even made around 15 of the blocks. With 15 blocks completed you might think that the quilt is almost finished. Well.....far from it. Let me explain. Several years ago I discovered the Dear Jane quilt. I can't remember for sure how that came about, but I began my fascination with

The Undeniable Appeal of a Furry Friend

The last week has been a bit rough for the Hottovy household. On Monday we put to sleep our fine, furry friend of nine years. Rusty was the most loyal, trustworthy, and loving dog that anyone could ever ask for. And because he was each of those things and more, he became a very big part of our family. I saw a post on Facebook recently that said "If you think that it's 'just' a dog, then I think you are 'just' an idiot." I have probably been that "idiot" a time or two, but now I completely understand and agree. Looking back -- as we have been doing quite a bit this week -- Rusty almost didn't even join our family. Our youngest daughter, Lindsay, begged us for about three years to get a dog. (



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