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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!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Directors Dream # 16 Wisconsin Quilt Block on Barns

Here is my #16 Quilt Block on Barns " The Directors Dream" I think this would be wonderful in a Queen size quilt....... Love this one too.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Archery Quilt Wallhanging Completed

Sturgis Archery Wallhanging

Whew hoo! I got it done. I wasn't sure that I would since I was doing it all as I went. I really like the red, I was hoping it would bring out the flame arrow that was in the center picture. If I had more time I think I would of done a mini meander in the white border to make the pictures pop more, next time maybe....

Now onto my barn blocks...... and guild blocks......

4/28 Twin Teddy Bear Quilts, Calves, Archery Quilt,

Here is My Archery Wallhanging that have been working on these last two days to give as a gift for Gary and Theresa that are doing the 4-H Archery up in Sturgis. The brown border is from a border print that was on a pheasant border. Then as the memory part of it I printed off pictures and put in the white border pictures of the all the kids that I had taken during practices and the state meet that was this last weekend. The kids all did really well. I am in the process of sandwhiching and quilting today.

Tuffy without his braces

Tuffy and his twin brother
Surprise! Surprise!
Misty and Tuffy
The first picture is of the set a twins that were born on the 25th, one of them (the one laying down had some problems entering into the world and needed help from the local vet. They are both males and weighed in at 104 and 105 pounds. The one laying down was unable to walk due to it's front feet not working correctly. Dad and Mom put braces on and I brought him home to work with and love.... (Tuffy) hehheh. Anyways yesterday we were able to take the braces off and he is doing wonderful! (Running and getting stronger everyday) The second picture is of Misty ( nicknamed the flower monster(I can't imagine why!!!!)LOL and Tuffy with his braces, they are now best buds. (Misty wasn't sure of him at first)

This must be the week for twins..... Calves and now quilts. These I finished up and are another set for Project Warmth. I just did a large overall puzzle piece meander in red So Fine thread.

Close up of the Puzzle Meander

I have pictures from the Chadron Quilt show this last weekend, and the boys' Archery State Meet but will get them posted at a later time. Also my Barn blocks and a couple more quilts. I think there needs to be a couple more hours in my days lately........

Have a Wonderful Day

Thought for the day:

There are glimpses of heaven to us in every act, or thought, or word, that raises us above ourselves........A.P. Stanley

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Staining ,#15 Wisconsin Quilt Block and More Quilting

Yesterday I decided it was time to get the deck stained, and you know how things go .... It was going so well I went on to the front of the garage, doors and all lattice work.(Boy if that isn't a bugger)

It looks so much nicer I was really amazed at the difference. Ok, so it doesn't take much to get me excited..

Now it's on to the rest of the house, but will take a break today. It's a good thing it's oil stain because we got a shower during the night but it was pretty much dried so all is well.
Now it's back to more fun things: like Wisconsin Barn Blocks and such!!!! Here is the fixed # 15 Wisconsin Quilt Blocks on Barn. The Purina Nine Patch from Green County. Boy I love these blocks! My first one I messed up the colors in the tiny border, I really don't know what I was thinking so redid another one.

Quilting on a project warmth quilt meandering stars, looking at the back.
# 4 of my quilting with the long arm. I am so enjoying this machine. This is another project warmth quilt. I did the meandering stars in the center of it.
Well I'm off to town today, I will be attending the quilt guild meeting, and then need to pick up some calf manna and try and get this little gal eating some solids heh heh.....
Then I have dreams of cleaning and organizing a quilting room, (oh My!!!!) and my guys have decided that the cupboards could use some restocking too. hmmmmm............
You would think that out of 4 guys at least one of them would like to go shopping????
No WAY!!(unless it's Cabellas')is my answer.
I guess ya gotta love them.
The twins qualified to go to state in Pierre for their 4-H
Archery, am so EXCITED for them!!!
Hope everyone has a SUPER WEEK! and keep on Quiltin'.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Block #15 Purina Nine Patch Wisconsin quilt block on Barn

Block # 15 Purina Nine Patch
From Wisconsin Quilt Blocks on Barns, Green County, Block of the Week

Red and White Quilt Quilted

I finished quilting this red and white quilt for project warmth and am just about done with the binding. I did all of the quilting on this one freehand, it was very fun! The lattice work in the border was done by using adding machine tape and when I first started I thought, OH NO what did I get into(or should I say what did mom get me into). Anyways, I continued on with it and I really like how it turned out. On top of that I learned some thing new. Sometimes we just need that extra push. Thanks Mom!!! This one will be ready to go back to Guild tomorrow.

I will be loading another one on this afternoon after I pick up the boys from school. I really need to get some more thread ordered.
Hope this finds all enjoying this wonderful weather, will see what this afternoon brings. The thunder has just started. No moisture as of yet though.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Calves, Spring Beauty, Quilts and More

Okay.......What a Week! 4/15

It's been one of those weeks were you start out slow, end up running, onto a roller coaster, and then you swirl wondering when the calm will take affect........
I would like you to meet Misty, the newest addition to our lives.

1 Week old (Life is Good)

She came into the world and then her momma meant some complications so she was left mommyless.

Day 2 (not feeling so well)

Day 3 brought her not doing well at all, we were not sure that she was going to survive the next hour let alone the night. We did all we could think of and then called a friend, he recommended an anti toxin. An noon on Sunday we gave the shot, by 5pm she started to lift her head. At 8pm the Carl (one of the twins) came out of the house down to where she was, she got up and followed and chased him like the world was new, bright and hers for the taking.......Bill and I just shook our heads in disbelief. Now she is thinking my flowers are hers to feast upon........We WILL have words on this!!!!!

To be honest, I don't give up easy, but at 3 I figured we were fighting a losing battle, my heart just broke from seeing her laid out and nothing more could be done. Such is life with it's many twist and turns......

I loaded this quilt on the long arm and is the second quilt I have quilted on my machine. It was quite fun to do. It is a project warmth quilt, and I was really happy how the quilting turned out and the tension was super.

Then I loaded this one and did it all freehand I really enjoyed quilting this one. It is also a
project warmth quilt. I finished putting the binding on and will return it this Tuesday.

On Monday we lost a very dear friend of ours Tony Howie, due to a accident at work. He was only 32 and the shock is yet something beyond comprehension. I just keep running thru my head that there is a reason for everything and it's not always for us to understand, he will be sorely missed. He always had a kind word, and never judged, or complained. Forever in our memories.................

I could not end this post without sharing some of our Spring beauty. The tree is our Apricot tree in the backyard. It always blooms beautifully, but we have only been graced with 1 apricot since we moved here. The weather is just to cold at the wrong time, it seems to always freeze right when it blooms. Could it be possible to make it this year? hmmmmm.......

I love these flowers! They are always the first to appear and the late snows and cold weather don't seem to give them any ill effects.
Don't mind the grass in them I am in definite need of some flower bed management yet this Spring.

Well, I am headed out to check on baby, then will start some much needed weeding and then want to get the rototiller working on the garden. Hopefully I will be able to have time to get another quilt on the long arm, I brought 3 more home from the Guild for project warmth so have 4 now to do. Am anxious to try out some more designs. Plus, I am hoping to get my block of the week done from Jen's from Cre8tive Quilter.
I have also been trying to do the shop hop that is going on with our Quilt shops. Will try and get some pictures posted yet this week, this has been my first one and it has been quite fun. I was able to go to a couple of the shops I had never been to, so have really enjoyed it.
Until next time may your days be filled with sunshine and your dreams come true............

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wisconsin Quilt Blocks on Barns #13 and #14

Good Afternoon!
I have gotten Blocks #13 Cornucopia Racine County and # 14
Crossed Canoes Green County done. Number 13 was a little interesting putting together but really like how they both turned out. I really enjoy doing these blocks and love to paper piece too.
I am so glad that Jen started this block of the week!!
I have another Barn Block of the Month to do and then will be doing some blocks for the Guild that will need to be getting done. Then, I will get after these other two quilts that will be putting on the long arm. Then I have my Rodeo Log Cabin that will be putting on after those. I have been having so much fun learning my APQS!! I have the binding I'm putting on the second quilt I quilted and then wil get it posted. It is such funnnnnnn.......

Monday, April 5, 2010

Deer Quilt

Good Morning,

Wow, One day I was fine and then the next I felt like I was hit head on... you name it chills, headache, no voice, and sore throat whew... It is definitely on the mend now.Thank Goodness!
Hope this finds that everyone enjoyed their Easter Holiday. We had a very nice and relaxing time.
Here is my deer quilt which I made for my brother in law. My mother did the quilting on it for me and I really like how it turned out. In fact I would love to find the deer panel again.
The pattern I used was from Autumn Visitors by Michelle Mara, South Seas Imports.
This morning I will be making a shop Hop down to Edgemont's "Nuts and Bolts" Fabric Shop for some So Fine Thread and of course my "new fabric" touching needs....LOL.
I love Earline's shop!
The twins are off school today so they will be joining me. I can hear "OH NO MOM DO WE HAVE TO?!!" NOT ANOTHER FABRIC STORE!!" already, hmm..... actually their not that bad, as long as we stop stop somewhere on their list of important to do's also. My plan this week is to get my barn blocks done, basket blocks, and maybe work on my Nevada Star, and will be picking up a couple of more quilts on Tuesday to quilt from the Quilt Guild. Thursday will be another Dr.'s appointment day, so will be keeping busy . Hope this finds all well and enjoying everything....