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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, March 24, 2011

5 Quilts Done

It has been a crazy couple of weeks but thru it all I have been able to continue quilting and what a blessing that has been.
I came down with a cold that turned kind of nasty. Just when I thought I was over it I started getting pains in my upper right side when breathing that continued to get worse and it has been determined that it is Pleurisy. ( Typically it follows Phnemonia)Now for those of you have had it before, I feel for you, and those of you that haven't feel blessed and pray that you never do! The only thing I can compare it to was a few years ago I ended up with a collapsed lung and it feels pretty similar to that.
But on the bright side it is healing! I spend a lot of time with a moist heat pad and warmth and Advil has become my new best friend. (Though am down to two of them every four hours)Yeah!!
Thru it all I have found that I can still stand and quilt with out it bothering a whole lot. Thank goodness or I think I would be going CRAZY not doing anything. I still get pretty tired easily but can deal with that too.

On another note I am pretty EXCITED I have had one of our Local Quilt Store's call and offer me a job!! Now I know I really don't need one, but I am thinking I will, just because I miss working in a fabric store. I have asked the hubby what he thinks and he hasn't really answered me one way or the other so am not totally sure what that means. But will see what the next couple of weeks brings.

Well I better get this posted. I hope this finds all healthy and keeping busy or at least able to put a few stitches together. Take Care and Have a WONDERFUL rest of the WEEK!!

These are the 5 New quilts that I have finished quilting for Project Warmth
I quilted this one with a ferns and feathers Design


#57 Feather Meander Design
#58 Feathers and Daisy's Design

#59 Feathers and Daisy's Design

Have a BEAUTIFUL Week!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Yes I am still here.......Puppies and Quilts.....

Last week I received a nasty Cold again..... So I was told take bunches of vitamin C So how much enough??? Well I am taking 1000 mg but still am fighting the lingering cold......YUCK.....

As many of you know we had to put Shadow our dog down here a few weeks ago. She was a White and Brown Springer Spaniel Mix.
Well last July my oldest Son brought Sierra who is a German Shepherd /Austalian Shepherd Mix. I tried VERY VERY hard not to like her! Now, when I say that it is not because I don't like animals it's the complete opposite! I tend to get way "too" attatched. Well, once again Yep! "too" attatched so I took her to get her shots and all the stuff you do. Well, after we had to put Shadow done I was mad at the world and said that if we have to keep this one tied up she is gone!! Well for some reason she must of got the message because we haven't tied her up since and she is yet to leave. But, to back up a bit while she was in the tied up bit she had a MALE visitor! Yep now she is a momma to "6"... he as far as we can see (the little amount of time he was her) was black with blue specks on his chest so we are assuming Blue Heeler. Well, all of them look like either Sierra or the Dad except one...... You explain this one to me... The other one is mostly white and has markings like Shadow. urgh....................help me here! I said NO MORE DOGS!! I must stick to this!! well maybe........
well hopefully I can get my (NO's) together as these little guys/girls grow.
Thirsty time....

Anyways, Thanks for letting me rave and moan there.... I have been quilting some more Project Warmth Quilts in between coughing spirts. I have tried many times to download #52 but for some reason the camera has decided it will stay where it is. So will have to post that one at a later time.
Project warmth #53. I thought this one here was just darling! It has little four patch blocks in it. This one I chose to do the Alpine Star design,I really like this design to me it is a really elegant design but yet doesn't override the quilt either.
Close up of the front
Another Close up of the design
and another close up
And then the back...
The this one is a puppy and kitty one. I have had a panto of a dog amd bone with swirlies in it and had yet to use it, so thought this would be the perfect one to try it on.
Project Warmth #54
Close up of the front
Close up of the Dog design
And then the back..
I have #55 and #56 ready to take pictures but will post them in another post. Am also loading two twin bug jar quilts so am heading down there to finish them up.
I also have 6 friendship blocks to get caught up on and one of these days I need to get back to my Farmers Wife blocks I have been kind of letting them slide lately too. The quilting is calling me...((giggle giggle)) that tand then the warmer weather is so inviting to sit out on the deck and enjoy....
I hope this finds all well and may you "Keep on Stitchin".......Have a WONDERFUL WEEK!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Design Wall Monday with Bunches of Feathers and Stars

My Design Wall has been on Vacation lately it seems, but I have not been on Vacation.
Does My Design Machine Count?? If so I have added a couple of them.

I have been busy Quilting some Quilts on my LA for our Guilds Project Warmth Quilts, so have not been working on any piecing in a couple of weeks. In fact since the 1st of the year and most of them in this last month I have quilted about 11 of them. I am now working on my 52nd one since I started last year.

This one here I quilted with a Groovy Flower Design

Close Up of the Design

This one I quilted with bunches of Stars and Swirls
Close Up of Stars and Swirls...Back Close up

This one I must Say is my favorite. I quilted it with Bunches of Feathers

Close up of Feather Design.......Back Close up
These quilts will then be takin' back to the Guild, someone else will voluteer to put on the binding and then they will be given to one of the many charities we do. Some are given to the Pediatric unit, Cancer unit, Fire Victims, Wavi, and the Childrens home. I am sure their are many more but you get the idea.
Be sure and pop on over and see some of the Beautiful Designs on "Design Wall Monday" just click on the button on the right and it will take you right there.
I am back to the LA and some more quiltin',
Have a Wonderful Stitchin' Week!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

And Their Were two more.....and a Pool Table

Finished up two more Project Warmth quilts and they will be picked up today, so thought I would get them posted.
This one is #49 and I quilted it in a Groovy Flower Design. Some of the fabrics it is made with had this type of flower in it so thought it would be perfect...
Here is the back...
Close up of the Groovy Flower...
Close up of the back with the Groovy Flower...

Then I also finished up this one and it is #48 and is also a Project Warmth Quilt. It will be picked up today too. This one I did Stars and Swirls which I pulled the stars in the border fabrics.
Close up of the Stars and Swirls...
Another Close up of the Stars and Swirls.

I'm off to town today to possibly sell my Pool Table. It has been with me "forever" but have decided it is just taking up to much space. If I am going to be taking this quilting to a whole new level than will need to be doing some decluttering and moving around of things. I have finally decided after numerous years of being together it is time to part ways.....

So in case you know of someone interested be sure and get in touch with me.. (and yes, it will be minus the dust...sorry about that)

It is a homemade table with Drop Pockets. In fact I made it when I was in Junior in High School.(We won't talk about how long ago that was..) Anyways, it has seen very little use and in fact the last 4 years it has been used as a cutting table for my quilting. It will come with the pool balls, tips, and two pool sticks and chalk misc, and of course the wonderful table top. It measure just under 4' x8'

Another Beautiful Day and we are already 36 degrees warmer than yesterday! Be sure and get out and enjoy it! That is if it is nice where you might be today....
Have a Wonderful Rest of the Week!!