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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!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Whew hew!! Two 2nd Places at Nuts and Bolts Fabric Shops Edgemont Fall Festival Quilt Show!!

How Exciting!! This last weekend I entered 2-tops and quilts in the Quilt Show at the Edgemont Fall Festival put on by Nuts and Bolts Fabric Shop.

If you've never been there or haven't been there in a while and you get the chance you really should! I just love Earleene's store, her and her husband Jerry are such wonderful people!! Be sure and check out her site.

This is the top I entered, it is my Mccommas the pattern is a paperpieced one by Karen Stone. I finished the top but am "still" unsure how I wanted to quilt it, so haven't done that part. It Won 2nd Place in the TOPS Division!

Following are pictures of the 2nd-SECOND Place Winner.
This I entered under Misc. and is a Kitchen Set including: Table Topper Piece, Reversible Placemats, Pot holder(2 kinds)and Napkin set. With this set I also made chair pads and cup/glass mats (but didn't enter them)

This is the Center Stage Pattern By:Pieced Tree Patterns and then I added an the additional Border of the Brown Brands.
This is the quilting around the center fabric of the horses, Then did a round the brand loops on the outer brand border Fabric, with a lot of Stitch in the Ditch.
Another picture with the Reversible Placemats. The fabric with the horse heads are one that I also made matching Chair covers with and reversible cup/glass holders.

This picture includes the potholders and Napkins that I entered.

Close up of the Running Wild Placemat.

Close up of the Reversed side of the above Placemat.

Chair pad also made for matching set (looks like my chairs need refinished) he hee
Another shot of the chair pad.(lighting is different same chair)
They were are such fun to make! (you can't tell what I like hmmm)
"Stars and horses" Both favorites of mine.

Which reminds me Have you seen the new pattern coming out in Dec/Jan of Judy Niemeyer's called "Glacier Star" It is definetly going to be on my TO DO LIST! Absolutely beautiful!! and Just Amazing!! WOW! I tried to post a picture but need to repaste it. Be sure and Google it, I Believe it is worth the effort it is STUNNING!! You will not be disappointed.

Well hope this finds all well and happy stitching!
Take Care,

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Rollin' Rollin'Rollin'

Rollin' Rollin'

I have just been Rollin' right along on these little guy's today. Here are a couple more of the Wisconsin Quilt Blocks on Barns.

This one is # 38 and is called the Interwoven Star from Green County

This one is # 39, called 54-40 or Fight and is from Racine County

They were both really easy to piece together and as you've heard before I love stars!
It's still rainy and chilly out so guess I will go find some more blocks or something to do.

Wisconsin Quilt Block On Barn # 35

Here is my Block #35 of the Wisconsin Quilts Blocks on Barns that Jen is posting from Creative Quilter. I think this one is really pretty (but then I LOVE stars) so might be a little prejudice. I had 4 set in points on this one, I don't know if that's the way it was suppose to be, but that's how I ended up doing them. I had one point that gave me a problem but the other three turned out GREAT!

Today it is cool and rainy out, so since I got the garden stuff taken care of yesterday thought I would work on some blocks today. All 3 of them are star blocks so am pretty excited!!
Hope this finds all well and Happy Stitchin'.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Wisconsin Quilt Blocks on Barns #37

I finished the Wisconsin Quilt Block on Barn #37, Queens Jewels the colors I used are actually an aqua, creme, and brown but they show up pretty green. Will try and get another picture. This is sure a pretty block with lots of pieces.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Ohio Quilt Blocks on Barns & "Fan"tastics Class Results "Maybe"

Here is My #6 Ohio Barn Block " Grandmothers Garden" that is being done by the "Golden Thimble". This one has an inset of Englich Paperpiecing of Grandmothers Flower.
Here is another one, and it is #8 and is called Crowns. We are getting close to putting all of these together, but I am thinking I will be adding a couple more to make the finished quilt a little bigger.

Last Saturday I took a class using the 60 degree ruler, the class was called "Fan"tastic, we had a Wonderful group of gals! We sewed strips of fabric in groups of 4 strips and then cuts them using the 60 degree ruler. Then we were to lay them out in "fan" shapes making our own design as we went. Try as I might, I could not like what my fabrics and the shapes were designing, in fact so much that it was and had been (for a day) banished as a "FUFO" (a Forever Unfinished Object). Well I dug it out again ((I hate giving up) but remember this one just wasn't working for me!) Hey, I can do this! I decided all wasn't lost, maybe I could make them into lots of little Star table Toppers, then I started putting the star sections together and below is what I have come up with so far. Hmmm...... maybe it will work after all. It is slowly growing on me.
So, I will keep playing with it and see what happens, but I do believe it has been taken out of the Forever Undone section.(I really didn't want to start one of those anyways)

It just goes to show, hang in there, something good may come of it after all.......

Wisc. Barn Block #36

Good Morning!!
Here is my next block on the quilt trail, #36 of the Wisconsin Quilt Blocks on Barns that Jen is doing for us. This one is called the Lamoyne Star and is from Walworth County. It is very easy and is also paperpieced went together pretty quickly.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Chicken Table Topper

I just had to show this Table Runner. I think it turned out really cute!
A friend of mine Pieced this table topper for her mother.(It was her first) and then I quilted it, and my Mother Binded it and now it is ready to go to the intended Birthday Girl. She will be receiving it Thursday Night at our Guild Meeting.

I am really excited about our meeting. Once a month they pick a name and we get to request a block theme that we would like the participating members to make for us. Well, I won last months drawing, so I chose 12 1/2" Unfinished Christmas Sampler Blocks,.I can't wait to see them! I will post them tomorrow for all to see.
Goodbye for now, I am headed down to the Long Arm to put another quilt on, Hope evverybody has a Great Rest of the Week!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Saturday was my Birthday, How old am I you may ask?
Well, let's just put it this way I am old enough to need stronger reader glasses, and getting where I am going to need another trip to the eye Dr. to update the far away glasses. Does that help? hee hee
Anyways, Bill (my husband for those that didn't know) and I have an agreement that we buy our own gifts. Now some may say what fun is that, but this way we get what we both really want or like, and exactly what we want. Yes, we go together to get them but it works for us and there's no question about what or anything. Quite often it ends up not even being our birthdays when a item comes up so it may be early or late how ever you may percieve it but nevertheless it's there.

Anyways I have been wanting this book of "Sylvia's Bridal Sampler Elm Creek Quilts" By Jennifer Chivaverini and her reading books for quite some time. Well I have found them and now own some of them. I can't wait to start on the Sampler Quilt! I am done reading this book as of this morning and am definetly hooked!!
and 2 more
My Mom and Dad gave me this book also for my Birthday. It has really neat projects in it. In fact their is one called Prairie Point that may have to be tried yet this week.
I didn't get a picture of them before they got attacked and ate, but both my Mom and Mother-in-law made me Birthday Cakes. SoooYes! I got 2 Angel Food Birthday Cakes with 7 minute frosting and one had almonds! yummmmmmmmmmmm Can't tell their my favorite can you?
And last but not least I have needed one of these for some time but have been to cheap to purchase one. I have been using a suitcase for quite a while but decided these were on sale at 50% off and after all it was my BD so wala....... I will get to use it this wekend when head down south for a Guild Class I will be taking. There are 6 outside pocket and also two movable pouches inside, and is definetly on wheels.
It was a WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY and even got to go to the MUSTANG RALLY (that will be another post later).
I hope this find all well and enjoying their quilting and Life..............

3 1/2" Unfinished Farmers Wife Sampler Blocks #7-13

Here are some more of my Farmers Wife Sampler Blocks(Authored by Laurie Aaron Hird) I am doing my blocks paperpieced and in 3 1/2" unfinished blocks and trying to use only 30's fabrics.
They have been a lot of fun to do, and must admitt a couple were a little interesting making sure my points end up where they should be. I think I will be doing some looking for a few more solid colors to use with these also.
I am also doing a set with the 4 1/2" Unfinished Blocks but are being done in Scrappy fabrics. When done with the blocks thier will be 111 blocks. I have enjoyed the Farmers Wife Yahoo group site and also reading Laurie Hirds site with the letters from the 1920's.
(I put a quarter on one of them so you can see the size compared to it.)

#7 Birds in the Air

#8 Bouquet

#9 Box
#10 Bowtie

#11 Broken Dishes #12 Broken Sugar Bowl
#13 Buckwheat
Hope all are enjoying the Week and had a wonderful holiday last Weekend.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wisconsin Quilt Blocks on Barn # 34

Wowser! This one about beat me! In fact it will be up for a rerun. The Dark Triangles didn't want to fit right, it is lopsided and not liking how it turned out, so will try again tomorrow. It sure is a pretty block though, and can see this one being done in a bed size quilt.hmmmm....... I Better get it right first though before that happens. Hee hee.....

Carolina Lily Wisconsin Quilt Block on Barns # 34

It's Official! Boredom has set in!

Ok, Well maybe not Drastic Boredom! But.... Since the twins started school this last Monday My house is sooooo........ quiet it is UNREAL!
What is a mother to do?? I guess I am so use to the constant goings on of 2 thirteen year olds that this week has just been total unnormal and now they usually get home about the same time Bill does. (unless of course Cross Country practice come in which make it even later 4 out of 5 days.)
hmmmmm..... I guess I will continue to throw out the Guild Project Warmth Quilts. It is definetly for a good cause.
I don't know on most of the quilts I quilt for Project Warmth who pieced them, though I try at our Guild Meeting to show them and sometimes people will mention that they are the ones that made it. They do get labels put on by the Gal in charge and "somehow" she remembers who has made them. I love to see how they look in the end with Binding and all.

Here is my 29th Project Warmth Quilt, I believe this is my fourth one of these little Teddy guys. They sure are cute and really like how the red border sets the red off in the panel.
Close ups of the Front and Back
Another view of the back
On to another one I reckon. Have a WONDERFUL rest of the day!

Maple Leaves and Swirls

Here is my #28 Project Warmth Quilt that I have quilted for our Guild. The design I used is The Maple Leaves and Swirls. It was a really fun pattern to quilt and loved doing it.
Maple Leaves and Swirls: Project Warmth # 28


Front Close up of Maple Leaves and Swirls