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I live in the Black Hills of South Dakota with my husband Bill, 3 sons, 2 dogs,, 2 horses-now 1, bottle calves and Chicks. I love to Quilt. I enjoy Horses,Gardening, Flowers, Archery, Camping, Fishing, Bottle Calves and all things with animals. I started sewing when I was 8 for 4-H, and have sewed off and on since. I discovered how fun quilting was over 7 years ago. I still sew on a Kenmore that was a graduation gift in 1981. I have a New Kenmore 385.19, and a Viking 400, a Singer Treadle, a Featherweight. and a Viking Ruby. In February 2010 I purchased an APQS Longarm , and Love everyone of them. I taught my 1st paper-piecing class, it was such a blast!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Our Newest Family Additions......and another UFO Flannel/Minky Finish....

Well it started out with the FFA class needing to find a home for some.....Chicks... And then it ended up with Carl buying some to bring home so Yep Sunday we became owners do 12 little "Cluckers" or I this case maybe I better say "Chirpers"
 Enjoying the Warm outdoors

 This Black one is Ferdinand
I have managed to finish up another UFO.
This one was also a sample for the LQS and just needed to get it quilted and the binding on. Managed to finish it up this weekend. Yea ME!
It is a Flannel 5 Yard Quilt with a Gray/Black/Red/White Plaid Minky on the back. On this one I quilted it with a Feather allover design.
I was hoping to have two more UFO finishes to post, BUT though I took them with when we went campingto bind  this last weekend I neglected to work on them.  BUT it was OH SO relaxing!
 5 Yard Flannel Quilt. Quilted this with Feathers design
 Close up of Feather design on Front
 A Plaid Minky Back
Back of the Flannel Quilt- Minky Fabric.
Well that's all I have for now....I am loving getting back into blogging, and finishing up some UFO's. I recently did a UFO count and came up with 37 since I started working back in 2010 soooooo... have vowed to change that to a very minimum!!
Have a wonderful Evening!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Boys and their Toys.....

Last Month the boys were doing the 3rd leg of a Archery Shoot that they had entered. I tagged along to take pictures and watch them shoot. This first picture is of one of the twins Casey
 and this picture is of the other twin Carl. They are both into Archery and do really well at it.
 Another of Casey scoping out the target....
 Carl shooting down at the 3D Big Horn Sheep
 Casey taking his turn at it.
Casey and Carl have just recently qualified at the state Archery Meet to go to the National one in Grande Island.  Casey placed 3rd in the state for Compound Bows and Carl placed 2nd in the state for Recurve Bow. Pretty proud of both of them!
Just a little update on the guys.....They have grown a bit in the last 3 yrs....

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Some Completed UFO's and more

Wow!  I have managed to not only finish one UFO but 2......
The first one I actually started back I think in 2007, in fact looking back I think I showed a starting picture of it here.  Well here it is now completed:
 This is actually the back and is Minky fabric, I quilted it with the All over Snoflake design
 Here is the finished Snoman Quilt
 And another UFO Finish My Halloween 5 Yard Quilt and the backing of it is a Marbled Orange Minky. This one I quilted with a Cobweb design, with Whisper Monofilament thread with Bottom line in the bobbin.
It has also started to warm up a little so have been spending a little more time outside.  Started planting the garden....and yes once again I got carried away with tomatoes, ended up planting 15 plants......Oh well I love to can them so maybe will even get enough to make some more salsa and all that yummy stuff.
Well I hope to get a couple more finishes done yet this week so will close this for now.    Take Care and wish you blessings!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Some of My Newest Quilting and Piecing Pieces.....

Here is one of the many 5 Yard Quilts that I have made this last few months. This one is made with the Horse Pond Fabric and was made as a sample for the store.  Which reminds me I am still working at a Quilt Store but believe I actually pay them to work there.... LOL That is I'm not sure I make it home with a paycheck sometimes..
 These are some of my more recent quilting  playtime results. We ordered in the Frenzy Runner Pattern and have become obsessed with the many different border prints and what can be made with them and a 60 degree ruler, Christmas, Metallic, or Flowered...they all turn out so neat.
 Above: The Metallic Frenzy...
My Spring time flower Frenzy Runner.
 These two are my Favorites of the Frenzy Runners!!
Well, that is a start of what I have been up to lately. I know it  doesn't begin to cover 3 years, there's many more to go. But I am thankful that thru the last three years I had my quilting and family with me all the way.  The Boys are all doing well and amaze me everyday! It is hard to believe the twins are Sophomore's and will be juniors by the end of next month.

Wow! Has it really been 3 Years?

I still can't believe it has been 3 years since I last posted on here.
Life sure gets interesting with it's turns and twist.
Yes, I Am still quIlting and working so will do an update of all soon, we have lost some very special people which has resulted in the non existing post.
I must go now but will be spending more time here soon.

Nice to be back..

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Summer, Life, Quilts and Chairs....

My gosh how fast this summer has been going! We were talking last night and realized school starts here in 17 Days..... I am not ready for that!....but then I guess I never am. I enjoy having the boys home, but know it's once again almost time to get use to the quiet of them being gone most of the day. The we will be running to this and that (football..cross country..basketball..track.....eek help!.....LOL.......
Our Summer has been filled with comings and goings, whether to Sturgis taking the boys to weight lifting 4 days a week or down to the ranch or as the following couple of pictures show to Hot Springs. The twins are enjoying a few minutes of cooling off time...... (We had been to Edgemont to the quilt store and were going to the Guild Meeting in HS) These pictures were taken at the park up behind Evans Plunge.

Carl and Casey "toe cooling"... checking out the swings

C & C again


I have also been keeping busy with quilting some more Project warmth quilt these two are my 67 and 68th ones....


Then I believe I mentioned before I started working at a LQS Quilt Connection in Rapid. I have been piecing and quilting some store samples, this one is a Christmas Holiday present, which I quilted with a Christmas Cookie design.

Earlier this Spring I had received a call from a gal wanting to know how to make lone stars with the individual diamonds. In fact she wanted to eventually make about 21 of them for the kids in her class. So I agreed to "try" an attempt to learn how these are done. Now

Many of you will say "But you have done 3 lonestars that should be a piece of cake".... and this is where I will remind "myself and you" that my stars were all STRIP Pieced and sooooooo much simpler that this one little guy will ever be!

My results....

But I did make one and figure it out! Yes, Was it Easy? absolutely NOT! This little star after much unsewing was this far after 3 1/2 hours.....

So the next day I thought hmmmm." let's try one of these again and put the set in in and see how it goes"..... This one did get this far and after a "Whole" day it made it to a 18" block. It has since been donated to the Rapid City Police Department as we are making a Quilt for rememberance of the 2 Police Officers that just recently lost their life in the line of duty here.

Then on one of our not so busy days the twins decided they need a room color change.... Casey had picked out Orange and Carl Blue so off to paint they went.......

And yep! It is as Orange as it looks.....( this is where I will add "I am so glad that someday it will recover"....LOL.... I inadvertently didn't get Carl's color loaded so will do that on another post......

Our lives are never Dull as I am sure you are figuring out if you already haven't....lol

One day while I was at work I received a call from the boys with "mom, how do you cook a pie crust? --Me: "Excuse me what pie crust" --boys: "Well we are making an apple pie and have it ready to go in the oven and can't remember how long or hot to cook it?" --Me: "telling myself to remain calm they CAN do this"!

So I went on to let them know the "important information" and the following picture is what awaited me when I arrived home....... Isn't it BEAUTIFUL!

It was scrumptious and like hubby said "wow they even did a lattice top....

This is a Friendship block that I made for Janet N for the BHQG group I am in. She requested any type of star, with the strip of fabric at the top being her color choices.

This is a Kit from QC that I pieced to gether and then quilted small little bats all over as a Sample for the store. I loved making the little 4 patch border strip and such fun to do.

As if I didn't have enough going on... I found these lovely chairs up in Sturgis at a second hand store..(actually I had taken the boys up there for their weight lifting and I had an hour to bum while waiting for them). These pictures are suppose to be from beginning to end but I can't get them to change around so you will see the end result before the begining... of the stripping... A couple of the chairs had set outside so needed a little more "loving care". I found this Set of 6 for a total of $125.00. They are very heavy and Birch which will go beautifully with my oak table..

Here are two of the chairs after being stripped and restained. I have stained them with a Watco medium walnut stain and am now ready to start varnishing them. (The Sturgis rally is in town though, so am putting off making a trip to town to buy some sponge brushes)

The set of 6 all stripped and restained waiting for Varnish
At the begining of this project.....Before Stripping the Captain chair....

What they looked like before they were stripped...... If the finish wasn't so bad on a couple of them I would of probably not refinished them...... But am Loving them now.....

Well I am not sure how many more they will let me post so I will stop here and be back again when time allows.... Our Anniversary was yesterday so will have to load cake pictures that my boy's made us...

May you all have a Wonderful day, May your week be full and bright and Drive safe........and May your Month be full of excitement and happiness.

til then.....


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

My Entrant in the Quilt Show

Back towards the end of May after many days of (actually a year) of trying to decide how to quilt I finally took my McCommas Beauty (Pattern designed by Karen Stone)which I have fittingly named mine"Feathers and Scribbles" and put on the Longarm. I had practiced and practiced feathers since that is what I wanted to have some on this quilt. Well, I finally put away all that tablets and dry erase markers and "Just did it". Now I know it's not perfect but it is done and it does have feathers. It is my FIRST totally freehand and though I would do a couple of things different I do LOVE how it came together.

laid out on our bed
"Feathers and Scribbles"
another front view

Close up of the blocks

The back close up

And to to My total excitement! it received a 2nd Place Viewer's Choice Ribbon at the Black Hills Guild Quilt Show in June.

I wasn't going to enter it and a few people (Rosa Lea (my inspiration)and Joan) really pushed me to do so, so let this be a reminder to all Do it you just never know..........

It is on it's way to the Pierre Quilt Show and Phillip Quit Show along with the ULS2 that I made a couple of years ago.

I really do enjoy Paperpiecing and definetly recommend you try it. Give me a call and we can get you started!!

Have a Wonderful Week!!