Quilt Studio is flooded

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Life along the Mississippi river!

We spent last week working on our new house while keeping an eye on the river levels and Monday we came back home as it was time to sandbag. We didn’t have internet in Maquoketa and honestly…..after working all day I was too tired to blog if I could have. Ironically, our internet was turned on yesterday.

Sandbagging for the flood

Bob built a wall and then we sandbagged around it. We are so grateful to all of the friends and family who helped us. We have a pump in the basement and yesterday Bob put another pump behind the wall.

We are just downriver from the Davenport, Iowa and they had a breach in their wall yesterday. We have also had tons of rain and for the first time, ever ground water is seeping into our basement and……my quilt studio.

quilt studio flooded

Fortunately, I have been moving a lot of my quilting stuff to the new house.  Most of my things were already in plastic containers and yesterday morning when I first saw some water at the back corner I decided to move everything upstairs. I didn’t lose a thing.

Bob worked on putting in the new pump and also trying to suck up the water while I did the stairs about a million times. We can’t park anywhere close to the house or else I would have filled up the van with my things. I am grateful that I got everything out or up as this is what we saw this morning.

Here is the wall and the corner that Bob is getting ready to dig out and put a sump pump in (this was yesterday).

Sandbagging for the flood

We won’t be getting any mail for a while. You can barely see our mailboxes below the Rosebud tree in this photo.

Sandbagging for the flood

Life along the Mississippi river! Looks like we live on a houseboat!

Sandbagging for the flood

This morning we will start sandbagging my brother’s house next door. His house is built back just a little; each house here is affected by the flood waters a little differently. Some have several feet of water in their basements already.

Sandbagging for the flood

This reminds me of 2014 when we rescued little Pelly the pelican. The water didn’t get as high that year.

I doubt if I’ll be on much right now as so much is going on. I miss all of you!

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  1. Connie, the weather Gods are very unpredictable and they say this is going to continue to be something we need to watch out for. I do not live on the Mississippi River but I did live in Pensacola, FL for 20 year and 8 Hurricanes that all went within 50 miles of our house. When we moved there we wanted water view but opted for Brick house high and dry. And other than trees on our house and a new roof needed we were OK. Just lots of cleanup and no power for weeks. After those 20 years we moved to South Carolina and built on a Lake. Only one time have we had any flooding in 10 years because the lake has a Dam that closely controls the water levels. I would Cry if my house flooded because most of my Quilting fabric is in my Quilting Area in our garage. I completely understand how natural disasters can devastate an area and I Pray you will get back to normal soon.

  2. Oh my, I like water but not that much. I live high upon a hill side. Never a flood threat here.. One of my fears are floods and fire. My heart goes out to you. Wishing you back to normal and dry,,,then back to quilting. Like all your photos. All the best on dry land.

  3. Genevieve says:

    My prayers are with you & builder Bob. Glad you both are ok didn’t loose anything.

  4. Marsha Welch says:

    Prayers for you and your community. Keep dry and safe.

  5. Oh no! I was wondering what life is like along the river. Well, now I know! When this was happening, where were the dogs, and how are they doing? While this happened, was Mickey at my house? I’m Brandy’s daughter, by the way. I hope everything ends out okay.

  6. I hope all is better now, we’ve been out of town and no internet for a few days. I don’t know if you know this, but your blog post has six animated ads on this one post and I never remember seeing that on your blog before.

  7. Grace Compton says:

    So sorry to hear about this Connie. I will be praying that the water subsides and no harm comes to you or your neighbours. We are having flooding in some areas of Canada as well. I feel so bad for the people whom are affected. Stay safe.

  8. Oh, Connie, how awful! Glad you are all okay and didn’t lose your quilty things. Such a mess! Wishing you and your neighbors fast-receding waters and a quick cleanup. And no rain!

  9. So sad, but good thing you had studio packed up already. . I was actually thinking about you and your home on the Mississippi early this week as we have flooding here in NE IN.

  10. Kathleen McCormick says:

    Oh Connie, what heartache in the middle of all that you are doing. Good thing you were kind of packed up already but such a shame. Glad you were able to keep things safe and hope the water recedes quickly.

  11. I thought about you right away when I heard about the breach! Thank God you were able to rescue your sewing things and take the precautions you did to prevent further damage.I sure hope the river recedes quickly.

  12. Oh my, I thought surely you would be spared. So grateful you had a jump start on saving all your stuff! Prayers for quick recovery!

  13. Hi Connie, so sorry to read about the floods. I’m so glad you are all well and able to preserve everything stored in the basement. It’s amazing you had the foresight to get the remaining items packed safely into plastic boxes.
    I wish you and builder bob all the best. Our thoughts are with you. 💕

  14. Prayers for all in the flooding.
    You be careful!

  15. So sorry to hear about the flood problems. This certainly has been a crazy Spring.
    Hang in there and take care. Please tell Builder Bob to be careful as he prepares to keep your home safe.
    Good thing you were able to save your quilting goodies. God Bless.

  16. Hi Connie,
    So sorry for that flooding but grateful too your things are all safe. Here in Ottawa, Canada we had a state of emergency for flooding also. It was topped off by the effects of a Texas low that moved through and brought heavy rain…who knew these weather systems could reach so far! Meanwhile, our property in woods is fine. Hope you are not too stressed.

  17. So sorry for all the flooding. We have street flooding in our area due to the heavy rains (more today). Hopefully things will dry out soon for everyone. Good luck.

  18. hello, Connie! When I saw the Davenport breech, I immediately thought of you. I am so sorry this is happening to you and your neighbors! I might mention… I saw your shop vac there to suck up water. I used my Hoover carpet cleaner when our son’s home flooded. it sucked the water up faster and drier than a shop vac. Unfortunately it only has one gallon capacity, so I was constantly emptying, but it truly did a super job. I’m so impressed with your Bob the Builder, and I thought a little one had to name him. I made my grandson a Bob the Builder quilt almost 20 years ago! Best wishes to you!!!

  19. Oh no. I’m so sorry. I’m glad everything is safe for now. Please take care.

    Love, Hugs and Prayers coming your way.

  20. Virgil Bentley says:

    Prayers for you and your family remain safe … keep us posted…

  21. This flooding is getting way out of hand. Please be safe. Water moves way to fast.

  22. Sue Suplicki says:

    I am really sorry to hear about all of the flooding. It seems like rain is everywhere and it keeps coming even here in NJ. I was encouraged to know you had been so proactive with all of your supplies. Take heart in the knowledge we will support you. I really love the way you share things. I am just trying to organize my things cloth, machine, accucut, etc. Just stay safe!

  23. How fortunate that you were able to move all the quilt related things and that yur husband could sand bag. I went through a flood many years ago and it’s not fun. Sending warm thoughts to you.

  24. Sharrin Bacon says:

    Thanks for keeping us posted as to your circumstances. I know it must be exhausting trying to keep yourselves and those around you safe. The Mississippi can be a be a tough adversary but sounds like you are doing the very best you can. My grandmother lived in Davenport and suffered the effects of flooding many times. My prayers are with you and others going through the same thing. Stay safe and rest when you can… we will be here when you get back to some sense of normal.

  25. Connie Dear my Prayers are constant for you and Builder Bob Nd all affected by this flooding. So grateful you have saved your quilt studio treasures. Fortunately all your work ahead to moving saved you lots of time right now in this crucial flood stage. Blessings and Prayers for your safety.

  26. My dear sweet Connie! May you all be safe and secure! Praise God you had moved your quilting gear and did not lose a thing! Take good care!

  27. Sherry Creech says:

    Prayers for the water to recede. I am so sorry this is happening. My Dad lived in Mo. very close to the Missippi river. It is an awful situation, but thank goodness your stuff is safe now.

  28. I am so sorry about what has happened. Fortunately all of your things are safe. So glad Bob is there getting things behind your wall. Please be safe and post when you can. My prayers are with you.

  29. I remember Pelly! Was it really that long ago? I’m so glad you got your stuff out, but what a bummer to have to deal with water in the house like that. I hope it recedes soon.

  30. Karen Poole says:

    I’m so sorry you and your family and neighbors are going through this. But I’m really glad, like others said, that you got all your quilting supplies safe! We all miss you but totally understand! Please get rest if you can and be safe.

  31. While I’m happy for you that all your sewing stuff was not harmed and that you and Builder Bob to do such a great job building the temporary wall and adding sandbags, I’m still so sorry this has happened to you and all your neighbors. I hope the waters quickly go down and no serious damage is made. In the meantime, you, your brother and all in your community are in my thoughts and prayers.

  32. Margaret A Burnett says:

    What a relief that you and your family are all safe! And an extra bonus that your quilting & sewing supplies were not damaged!

    Take care, Connie, and stay safe.

    Kindest regards,

    Margaret Burnett

  33. My thoughts are with you and your husband, Connie. I hope the river recedes quickly and everyone is safe and sound. Take care of yourselves first!

  34. Sylvia E Anderson says:

    You are fortunate, in that you took the precaution of moving whatever was left in your studio, to the upstairs. While it may be a beautiful place to live, you will always have to deal with Mother Nature, especially when she decides to go crazy. You are also lucky to have Builder Bob who is able to most things around the house. We will miss you too, but will look forward, with anticipation to your return Connie. Hugs and prayers.

  35. I wasn’t looking too much for your blog posts as I knew you were so busy with the new house. I didn’t expect to see this! I’m really glad you had already removed or packed your quilting stuff and didn’t lose anything. It sounds like you have the situation under contro, but I know it just has to be exhausting. I really miss your posts, but am so glad you are okay. I know all your other followers feel the same. Hugs to you and Bob; stay safe and get some rest if you can.

  36. Betty Campbell Madden says:

    It sounds like you have things under control, but it’s certainly an exhausting drudgery dealing with it. If only Davenport had seen fit to build a dike, as well as other towns along the river, back when there were federal funds. I sense that Clinton has never regretted building it.
    Take care of yourselves. . .and pass the next Pelly onto your brother as you get ready to leave the river. It’s so unfortunate you have to go through this. And wonderful you have such supportive friends.

  37. Monica Kostak says:

    oh my gosh..my fist thought was the titanic after seeing your water seeping in and talking about quilt stuff in plastic containers probably afloat by now… I’m so sorry to see this. Thinking about you as you are weathering the storm–no pun intended… Take care and I hope to be getting that basket done soon!!! 🙂

  38. Prayers are with you. Be safe.

  39. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Connie, Sorry to hear about the flooding. But I am so glad that you were able to get everything out and that Builder Bob and everyone that was helping were able to get the wall built and the pumps going. Looking at the picture it appears that there are quite a few homes that were flooded very badly, always sad to see that people loose their homes and so many important items. I am so glad that you shared your post with us so we know what you are both dealing with. I hope that your day gets better.

  40. Connie, I am so sorry you have to deal with this. Any idea when the crest is expected for your area??

  41. What a blessing that you’re in the process of moving and didn’t have to move ‘everything’ all at once! Sorry you and your neighbors have to deal with this mess. Hoping the water goes down sooner than later. (No worries about responding….you have enough to deal with!)

  42. Lori Smanski says:

    Oh my. Prayers for all of you.

  43. 🙏sending good thoughts your way. Take care and don’t overdo. The stress level must be off the charts so take big breaths and lots of rest breaks. Sending hugs🤗😍🙋‍♀️

  44. Rose Post says:

    Prayers to you and your family and all affected by the waters whether they come via the river or rain. Happy you are all safe and that you were able to safe your inventory. Even though it’s under such circumstances, I thank you for your pictures. Even over flowing the river is still beautiful.

  45. So glad your sewing stuff was all safe! We miss you, too – hope this flooding stage passes quickly and without too much damage to your house.

  46. I am so sorry to hear of your flooding. I live just outside of St. Paul MN and it is flooding here too. Prayers for you.

  47. Thank you Connie for keeping up posted. Looks like you’re doing all that you can to stay a float and be safe. I will be keeping you close in prayer…be assured that God will take care of the rest! At times like these, it’s a blessing that neighbor is helping neighbor. Continue to keep up informed when you can. Sweet Blessings to you!
    P.S. Thank you for having a sale on my birthday!!!!

  48. Tonya Reichard says:

    Prayers for you and everyone in the path of the flooding. Keep safe and take care.

  49. Good luck Connie. They finally opened up the main road down in town last week but with all the rain we are getting it’s sure to be closed again soon. I’d say happy bagging but I know how exhausting and physical that can be.

  50. Oh my goodness! That river is beautiful but not when it’s flowing through your home. I’m so glad you had the chance to move things. A horrible winter has become an equally horrible spring for too many people. Take care!!

  51. Jacqueline says:

    I am glad that your quilting things are on the upper side of your house. Is the new house out of reach of the Mississippi ?
    And am also glad youreselves aren’t in problems . As we live on a hill, 130 m above some water, we don’t know that ! But I can imagine it is certainly not nice to get this.

  52. Diana cornhill says:

    Glad you are safe, from a riverside dweller across the pond
    Diana
    London Uk

  53. Anna Branch says:

    Thank you for letting us know how you are doing, Connie. How dreadful all the flooding is this year. Here in Canada, we have had houses float off their foundation. States of disaster declared in some communities.
    Stay safe and focus on what needs to be done. Prayers going your way,

  54. Claudia W says:

    Oh No! It’s good that you all are on top of it, but I suppose after living on the Mississippi, you’ve learned what to do and when to do it! Happy that you saved all your quilting goodies! That is essential!
    Stay safe and keep us posted when you can!

  55. Becky Gulley says:

    Nothing worse than water coming into a house. I woke up to a trickle and just about lost it – your pictures make my little bit of water look insignificant. Stay safe!

  56. So sorry this is happening. Fingers crossed that you and yours stay safe and dry as possible.

  57. I am so sorry that the river is causing you all this messy prevention and cleanup. Glad you are safe and you got your sewing all evacuated in time. We’ll miss your posts also but know you are busy so we’ll all be okay. Take care and hugs to you.

  58. OMGOSH, Connie. That is dreadful. I’m glad you were able to rescue everything, but it’s been a lot of work for ALL of you. Prayers that everyone stays safe are coming your way.

  59. It is so wonderful that you were able to get all of your fabrics and machines before the flood came in. Truly Truly sorry.

  60. I’m so sorry, Connie, but glad you are all OK and that you got your stuff up out of harm’s way. I’d love to live on a river (so I could fish when I wanted to) but seeing all the flooding this year has definitely made me rethink that! Stay safe, my friend.

  61. Babs Grand-Scrutton says:

    So glad that you’re all safe and sound, quilting stuff included. Just as well you’re moving!

  62. Vicky Boyd says:

    So sorry about your troubles. We have a lot of flooding in our small town of Tipton, IN as well. Good luck and glad you were able to save everything!

  63. Donna Mullen says:

    I truly feel your frustration Connie. We are in thevsme boat up in Bracebridge Ontario. We live on the Muskoka River and this is the worst flood in history. Many people have lost their homes and others completely flooded. We are so fortunate to be able to control the in coming water with our sump pump. We did loose our water line but now have a temporary one. My fabric is in plastic bins as well all ready to go upstairs if needed. Hopefully your waters recede soon and life gets back to normal. We are looking at another week.
    Donna

  64. sorry for all your flooding – I sure hope you won’t have too much trouble selling this house though!

  65. Oh no! But I’m so glad you had your stuff out but still, won’t that makeit tricky to sell?

    1. barbara woods says:

      praying for it to go down fast, hugs

  66. Toni Vitrano says:

    Oh, my goodness, Connie. I am so glad to hear that you and your husband and brother are okay and that you had moved most of your quilt studio. But, the mess and damage from the water, not to mention the inconvenience is more than unfortunate. I hope that the rain subsides soon and that you are able to dry out. It has been a very interesting winter/spring this year. Prayers.

  67. Good luck. I love you updates and all the pictures. Best of luck to you and your neighbor.

  68. Terri Patterson says:

    Stay safe! Glad you are okay and I hope the flood waters recede soon!

  69. Patricia Farrer says:

    Oh my goodness so sorry you have to go threw this! Take care. I’m in the middle of repairing my beach house after a hot water failure, what a mess. so hang in there. thanks for the pic’s. Pat