RSC 2017 and Genealogy

Good Sunday Morning to all.  We are half way to August and now time will really speed up!  Still dry, but some showers here and there.  Last week I took 3 days to work on the Smith family line.  By Thursday afternoon I was DONE.  A lot of brain cells burned up!  LOL.  It was time to get back to relaxing and sewing the Purple 4 patches for RSC 2016.

The plan was to sew the 28 blocks for the purple and start on the blue for this month.  So far I have 16 blocks sewn and have decided to cut out some blue 4 patches this morning before Melissa comes for a Sunday visit.  This next week will be devoted to RSC 2017 blocks.  I want to catch up with the schedule and then finish the purple and start on February which was teal.  It takes a lot of time to make 28 blocks.  Once the 4 patches are ready it takes about 25 minutes to put a block together – of course that is if one is perfect and makes no mistakes like turning the 4 patch the wrong way!

I have decided to use this as my setting and my blocks are just placed on the design wall as I finish them.  I have 3 different purples in each block.  I try to put the darker ones in the middle and two different colors on each side.    Some of the colors that are given each month will not be used, I may take advantage of that and work on the ones I have not completed yet.

RSC 2017 Purple Blocks (Color for January)

Now for the Genealogy.  My cousins and I have been trying to find our GGGGrandfather Henry Smith – WELL – try to find someone who just did not want to be found, OR he went by another first name.  What a mystery.  I did research my GGGGrandmother Mary Polly Kimmel and was pleasantly surprised to find that I could trace her family all the way back to Germany!!!  I think it was her GGGrandfather Jacob Kimmel that fought in the American Revolutionary War!  This line will qualify me for DAR if I am interested in submitting the paperwork (not sure about wanting to do more paperwork).  I started with a 2 page typed written letter by a family member years ago.  It is like unraveling a mystery.  Names spelled wrong, no birthdate, etc.  But there is enough information to give me some sort of paper trail to start on and I do love research but it can be so time-consuming.  But most of the time when researching one can find one sibling, child, husband, etc and it opens up the entire world.  The DNA from Ancestry is great to find some distant relatives.  I also was surprised to find out that the Smith’s were Mennonites and they all located in Pennsylvania.  The information that I had been given was that Henry Smith was born in France and came here to escape the Napoleonic Wars.  I am not sure that is a fact.  I believe that he was from Germany and that when he came to America he came through France – that is where most of the ships came from.  I will continue on, but only after I have cleaned up my Ancestry trees and loaded Family Tree Maker.  So much information available.  I am 98% European and now I know that the French and Swiss side is from my Father and the German side is from my Mother!  She kept telling me I was Pennsylvania Dutch!!!  I also understand now why I was so at home when I worked in the Washington DC area – that is where my ancestors on my Mother’s side started out in this great country!   I hope you enjoyed this little jaunt through my family history – I need to start a separate Blog for this!  Hum!!!

I have been very successful in getting my walking in at 6:30 AM.  It is so humid even then it ranges from the mid-70’s temp and anywhere from 88 to 94% humidity.  I took the day off today because Melissa is coming and I decided to fix a pot roast in the crock pot.   It is in the crock pot cooking and then I will make a blackberry cobbler and a cherry cobbler for desert.

The recipe I use to make a cobbler is so easy.  Melt a stick of butter in the glass pan while mixing up a cup of flour, sugar, milk, 1 tsp baking powder.  Take the pan out with the melted butter and pour the batter into the melted butter (yummy).  The batter is enveloped by the hot butter.   I use Lucky Leaf pie filling and randomly drop tablespoonfuls  of the pie filling into the mixture.  There is no stirring involved in this recipe.  Cook it at 375 for 45 minutes.  Today I am going to cook it at 350 for 1 hour and see how it comes out.  The crust will be crunchy around the edges from the butter.  Hungry yet?  Maybe I will remember to take a picture of the results and post it and make everyone hungry for sure!

Today I can start working without the brace for my hand – 2 hours on 2 hours off.  I will be glad when I do not have to wear it all day long.  I still will have to be careful for while, do not want a “re-do” on my dominate hand again! I am missing my appliqué so much, but taking the time to just relax in the evenings.

Have a great day!

15 Replies to “RSC 2017 and Genealogy”

  1. The purples look so nice and yes, they do take time to make when sewing 28 complete blocks. Doing the ancestry gives you something to do and take your mind off your hand. Maybe you’ll feel like doing the paperwork sometime later. Enjoy that cobbler, I’d opt for the blackberry, with vanilla ice cream of course.


    1. Thank you Gretchen. I am documenting how many 4 patches I get out a strip set and I know that it takes 224 4 patches to make the 28 blocks. I am headed to do a test case for blue. Wish I could get my link to take on So Scrappy.


    1. Thank you, this will be a rainbow color quilt. I made one to show in San Antonio for 2014 and it placed first, but this one is for home and not for show. YUP I had been thinking about those cobbler’s all week! They were yummy, I only ate a small piece of the pineapple.


  2. The Smith name must be hard to trace back as it seems a fairly common name. I know nothing about how to search genealogy. I associate the Smith name with England but don’t know that is true.


    1. I tell you this guy just dropped out of thin air. I will find him eventually but it will take time. Not sure if they were English – I think he did come from Germany and left from France to come here. Who knows! Thx for the comment. I love genealogy, but not ready to really do it everyday.


  3. Could you please tell me how much a stick of butter weighs? Would really love to make the cobbler but have no clue about the ‘stick’ of butter! Thanks Denise


  4. You can buy a pound of butter like Land O’Lakes brand. It comes in 4 large sticks individually wrapped. Each one equals 1/4th of a pound of butter, OR they now sell it in 8 small sticks which means you need to use two small sticks that would equal a 1/4th of a pound of butter. Do you ever buy margarine in a package?

    One thing – if you use regular white sugar cook the Cobbler at 375 for 45 minutes.
    I have used Sugar in the Raw, an organic sugar and it browns faster so I would cook it for 1 hour at 350 degrees.


  5. That’s a lot of 4-patch blocks!! Nice job. 🙂 It would take me a long time to get those sewn up, and that’s without a brace. And your cobbler is making my mouth water – I want to try your recipe out.


    1. YI have no idea where I am going on this, just some easy stitching until both hands are well. It is an easy recipe. I used regular sugar (not the sugar in the raw organic) this time and it does well for 45 minutes at 375 degrees. Enjoy!


  6. If you do go with a genealogy blog please be sure and mention all the links on this blog several different days so I pick up on it….. Isn’t the “hunt” just fab!!!!


    1. After I finish getting the 2nd hand surgery, I may start a Blog on my family line. I love the research, but I tend to overdo and sit all day long finding the next hint, or find! Will do. Have a great day and sorry for the delay in posting.


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