Quilting

march 1st

I know the old saying is...in like a lion and out like a lamb...when it comes to the month of March, but right now our March is pretty lamb-like.  I'm excited to be getting back into blogging again, I've really missed it a lot, though I must have needed to have a break since I had been gone so long from the blog.

I have been doing a bit of quilting and finished my Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage Quilt.  Although I didn't do the sew along, I had gone on a local quilt shop bus shop hop trip and the theme was Midwest Farm Girls featuring the Farm Girl Vintage book and that was in 2016.  It only took me two years to get it done :)

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One reason why I had been MIA from the blog was that at the Madison Quilt Expo last September I had purchased a Baby Lock Crown Jewel 3 long arm machine and in the first part of November I had gone to a getaway down in St Louis Missouri to learn my machine, it was a 4 day training on my machine and frame.  It was awesome! 

Longarmquilting

My mom had made quilts for all her grandchildren when they had their first baby and when she passed she had left 6 baby quilts not done.  So, I took all the fabrics and her pattern ideas and I'm finishing them for her, so now I have 2 down.

Lennysquilt

Adamsquilt

So, this is some of what I have been doing since being gone from the blog and it's great to be back.


weekend of sewing

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I stole away for the weekend to sew with some friends. The weather turned bad when we all settled in for our weekend of sewing. We didn’t mind, we were warm and had plenty of food, and lots of sewing projects to work on. I got done what I wanted to get done.

The place we stayed at is exactly the same driving distance for all 4 of us. It’s an area where there are many people who come to ice fish in the winter and fish in the summer. 

It was really a nice getaway especially with winter still hanging on tight. 


staying busy

First off our Texas kids are all fine and stayed dry during Tropical Storm Harvey.  It was close for our son and his family with the water flooding their street and starting to creep up the driveway a bit, but it receded before any damage was done...whew!

I quilted a quilt that a friend pieced together and donates to an auction, I donated my quilting services.  This is the third one she's done and the second one I've quilted for her.  I've also been working on a quilt I was asked to make for a friend who wanted a quilt for their cabin here in Wisconsin, that top is finally finished and will go on the frame soon, I will post a photo of that one when it's all done.

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I've been eying up this barn sweater to make and finally I'm starting it.  The yarn is actually a mocha color but doesn't look like it in this photo.

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I've been trying to keep busy with my hobbies that I love to do, and with the cooler weather we have been having, I'm enjoying cuddling up underneath my quilt in the evening and just knitting.


hello again

Wow, two posts in one week, hopefully I can keep it up.

I am so loving the cooler weather we have been having of late, the whole summer has been absolutely awesome.  I skipped out for a weekend getaway to do some sewing with a friend last month.

This cute table runner was just one of the projects I finished and sitting out on the porch with a cup of coffee was totally relaxing.

Tablerunner

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I started these socks last January and finally am getting them done.  We planted some Minnesota Midget melons and I just couldn't resist a melon break when Mr. brought a melon in to try.

Socksandmellons

I've had this quilt in the back of my mind when I saw the panel in the quilt shop I frequent.  I plan to donate this quilt for a Gala/Dinner held in South Dakota.

Donationquilt

I am working on another quilt right now but it's really in the early stages to post about.  Though I've not been blogging I have been keeping busy sewing and knitting.

I'm still having a hard time believing that school has started and summer is almost over.  I do love fall though and can't wait to get apples from the orchard and make applesauce.


mug rugs

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I've been making things for my booth and these mug rugs turned out so cute and my little swim fish pincushion find, I'm just loving him.  Gasp!!!! There's a loose thread in my bottom photo LOL!  

I'm still posting from my iPad and this post is from my phone. Let me know what you think, especially if you are viewing my blog from your computers or laptops. Are my photos ok?  I'm thinking if I can post from my phone or iPad I just might post more.

Thoughts?


this and that

I've got a little bit of this and a little bit of that in this post.  Tho I've not been blogging regularly I have been busy and all these photos are from my cell phone.

From my walk the other day.  Did I say before that we are green and lush? Well we are and as you can see the vegetation almost covered this fence post.

Fence post

Our pumpkin harvest was really good this year.

2016 pumpkins

Over the summer I joined a Mystery Block of the Week and made a picnic quilt.  I went outside the box a bit and added the flying geese and the 4 patch strip on the ends to make it just a tad bigger.

Picnic quilt

This Missouri Star tumbler quilt went to Alaska.

Masons quilt

Another pattern from Missouri Star, the Everything Bag.

Bag

One of my daughters wanted me to make this for her, so before I mailed it out I had to model it.

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This is just a little bit of what I've been doing and I'll leave you with a photo of some visitors that we had come by the other day.  Our neighbors cows got loose and they meandered over to our place (LOL).

Visiting cows


log cabin hidden stars quilt

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Hidden stars quilt

Ontheground

Fishpattern

I'm so happy I've finally got this done and in time for any camping trips we hope to take in the near future.  I quilted it with a fish pattern that I thought was very fitting for the "glamping" theme.  Camping and fishing they pretty much go hand in hand.  I fell in love with this pattern a couple of years ago.  I'm a huge fan of the log cabin block pattern and this just had a bit of a twist to it.

Now on to the next one.


another one off the frame

I feel like I'm finally getting the hang of using my mid-arm and I'm LOVING it!!  This one is by Fons and Porters pattern...By the Sea, tho I had bought my pattern down at the Missouri Star Quilt Co.

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I have such a wonderful holder of my quilts, he patiently waits until I'm done taking photos, boy I love that man.

Wyatts quilt

So, another one done and time to head down to start the next one.


some cell phone shots

Cut field

Cherries

The farm

Storm clouds

Chickens in crates

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The hays been cut, the lawns been cut and the cherry trees are full of cherries.  There was a thunderstorm raging outside our log walls the other night and there is thunder in our hills right now.  It went from almost 90° yesterday to barely 60° this morning and I love it!  It seemed like spring came late this year and now it's here. The meat birds have been processed and are either frozen or canned, and that feels so good to have our pantry and freezer getting full.  I've been quilting a lot and this quilt went to a family member who is battling breast cancer, it's an X's and O's Quilt Block from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Well that's it in a nutshell for what's happening around here.


hamilton missouri

I didn't mean to be gone from the blog for so long.  My excuse is that I have been busy :)  I took a bus trip down to Hamilton Missouri, the home of the Missouri Star Quilt Company...and...I was in heaven!!!!  I got to go to her trunk show and it was AWESOME, plus shop in all 11 of her quilt shops for a couple of days.  There also was a meet and greet at the end.  I have to say Jenny and her husband Ron are so very down to earth.  I took so many photos with my phone but thought to just make a collage of just a few of them.  Ron and Jenny were so cute together during the trunk show, you can see Ron goofing around behind Jenny's back during the show.  Seeing how she put the blocks together really is just so simple and easy.  I left there being very inspired.

MSQC collage

One of my purchases was a coffee mug and on it it says "Make Something today". 

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So I did.

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I hope you all are doing great and I hope not to be gone as long as I have from the blog.