Sunday, June 07, 2015

June ALYOF Goal

My goal for June is lofty, but very manageable, because it has to be done. I should have the King size NACAA quilt back from the quilter mid-month and my goal is to do the binding on it as well as this little wall hanging I made up with the scraps. I have the binding cut out for this one, so I'll get it put on tomorrow night and have it ready for binding during my lunches this week. The convention is in July, so I plan to have the binding done before the holiday weekend.

This month for A Lovely Year of Finishes,  I'll be binding both the wall hanging and king size NACAA quilts. #nacaa #alyof #alovelyyearoffinishes

Today Paul and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. Last night we went out for a fancy dinner and spent some time alone without the kids.
Celebrating our 7th anniversary tonight with a night out to Minervas.

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

ALYOF May Goal Met

May has been a busy month, but boy do I feel like I accomplished a lot. I finished my May goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes.  I was able to quickly finish Mathew's Thomas the Train Sew Together bag. It was super easy and he loves it for all his little trains. I love how easy it is to put them all away and quickly take them with us, especially camping.
A Thomas the Train Sew Together bag for my little train man. He'll be so excited tomorrow.
The zippers are great for his developmental aspect.
The inside of the train bag.
It was so easy that I quickly made Mikaela one as well.
Mikaela's sew together bag got finished this afternoon.
The weekend before and Memorial day weekend were spent camping - with electricity!! I love Mikaela's sewing machine for sewing in the camper. I can quickly set up and sew. I've pieced a lot of HST's for a Jewel box quilt and sewn strip sets for a quilt for my MIL.
My view while the family is fishing and the kids are napping.
Mikaela and I also made taggy blankets for her daycare providers new twin grandsons. We made a couple extra too. Two fat quarters of minkee make 2 taggy blankets.
Mikaela made these with my help for the new babies at preschool yesterday.  She loves Maverick & Ryder.
Mikaela picked out this unicorn fabric, so I made her a basket to put her baby in.
A baby basket for Mikaela's baby, made with two fat quarters and some batting and interfacing. She found the FQ on a shop hop she did with me. No pattern,  just started cutting.
I pulled out the embroidery machine to make a label for the NACAA quilt I made. It should be back from the quilter in a few weeks and I can bind and add it before the end of the month.
Friday night I pulled out the embroidery machine and made a label for the quilt I've been working on since October. #nacaa
I used the leftover blocks from that quilt to make a small one as well.
Leftover blocks make a great mini quilt! Pieced last night, quilted today. #nacaa
My biggest accomplishment is an SDSU Pride of the Dakotas Marching band quilt made from my t-shirts from my band days. I've been planning to make this for 13 years, since I graduated, but it just hadn't happened. It just took a little look at SDSU in a different light to inspire me to finish it. So excited that I made it and quilted it in under 2 weeks and should be ready to bind it this week! Go Jacks!
Quilted my SDSU Pride of the Dakotas t-shirt quilt today at dad and Ann's. It was so fun using a blue and yellow verigated thread and quilting loops. I am so happy to be close to a finish with this kbe. I started it two weeks ago and with any luck will ha

My little jackrabbits are super supportive! Love how big they are growing up to be. Preschool is over for the summer and now they have many adventures to go on. This week is Teddy Bear week, so they are super excited.
Love my little jackrabbits! #jacksalumni #littlejackrabbits #notacoyote


Thursday, May 07, 2015

AYOLF May goal

This month is going to fly! Lots of good things happening in my life and lots of camping scheduled,  so we'll be busy. I hope to get this bag finished for Mathew. It's the Sew Demented Sew Together bag, but I'm making it for his trains. I found the perfect fabric and got it cut out tonight. A couple good nights of sewing and I should be done.  I plan to make Mikaela one too, but not sure it will get done until next month.

Thursday, April 30, 2015


Tonight I rushed to finish my goal for April for ALYOF. I had a few seams left to get the NACAA quilt into a top. All the blocks are together in a top, which was my goal. Tomorrow I leave for quilt retreat with my friends.  Hope to get borders on, so it is ready for quilting. 

Saturday, April 04, 2015

April ALYOF goal

We're enjoying a night in Houston before we head out on theCarnival Magic tomorrow.  I'll try to get my goal posted before we head out. My goal is to get the NACAA quilt into a top so l can send it out to be quilted.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March ALYoF Goal Met

I'm feeling very accomplished this month in finishing all of the little projects I wanted to have done for the trip. I've made a couple small bags, a name tag holder, and a luggage tag. My big goal was to finish my Professional Tote. I modified it quite a bit, but it's lighter and I'm excited to use it as my carry on.

Finished my modified professional tote last week for my cruise carry on. Just 2.5 weeks!

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Saturday, March 07, 2015

March ALYoF Goal

It doesn't seem like I'm getting much sewing done, but I'm slowly working on a commission king size quilt. Hopefully I'll get it pieced this weekend, since all the blocks are done.  My goal for March is to finish my modified professional tote for our cruise. We leave in just 3 weeks! The front of the bag is done and with a little bit of time I'll have the rest made. I've significantly changed sides and the inside pockets, so they should go quickly.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

ALYoF February Goal Met

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This months goal should have been an easy one, since it was just a queen size binding I planned to sew on by machine. I however was short of the dark purple I wanted to use for binding, ended up going to 4 different quilt shops looking for it. I finally gave up and used the border fabric that I only had about 19" of and needed 10 strips from, per my fabric calculator calculations. I ended up cutting the binding 1 3/4", sewing it with a VERY scant quarter inch and hand sewing it down.

I figured I had all the time in the world to sew it down at work this week, since it was really cold and we had some bad weather, so I don't like to leave at lunch. Throw in a few stressful situations, lots of discussions with my boss over lunch and I only worked on it two hours. Today was a very low key day at home, so I pulled it out and worked on it while the kids played and watched movies. Paul went ice fishing, so we mostly stayed home. Tonight I finished it up, in bed, while watching a movie after the kids went to bed. I am so happy to have it done. I gave my customer 2.28.15 as the deadline for when I would finish it, so it's nice to have it completed and ready when she's ready for it.

The binding is a wee bit narrower than I normally do, but it turned out to look very nice. Only problem... I only needed 9 strips, so I could have done 2" binding...grrr! This fabric is no longer available so I didn't want to chance it. Bad lighting, but it's a gorgeous quilt. I love the colors and I hope she will as well. Linking up for my February finish for ALYoF, February Goal MET!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Family Pictures Church Directory

Tonight we took pictures for the church directory. They turned out pretty good for two crazy kids, but I tried to get a quick few after we got home. They weren't very cooperative.
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We used the timer on the camera, but it was kind of hit or miss.
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Paul took one of me with the kids.
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Mommy and Mathew
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Our only one with all four in it. At least we coordinated, score one for mom!
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Monday, February 02, 2015

February Goal for ALYoF

February is already off to a busy start. This month my goal is to finish the quilt I am doing for my customer. It's a custom star quilt. She gave me free reign, only requirement... queen size. I really enjoyed making this as it gave me a chance to do a 6 color star quilt. My February goal is to get the binding on as I told her it would be done by February 28th.

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We're experiencing a lot of changes at my full time work, so it keeps me super busy and exhausted at the end of the day. I'm doing the work of 2 right now, so constantly on the go. It makes the day go fast, but the evening seems to disappear. Since it's difficult to comment on blogs from my phone, I don't comment as much as I would like. I thought I was doing a pretty good job of keeping up with blogs, until I see there are almost 400 in my queue on bloglovin'. Hope everyone is doing well and I really miss blogging and sewing. If you're on instagram I'm moneikquilts, which I tend to update more as I can do it from my phone.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Lovely Year of Finishes January goal met

I worked on my A Lovely Year of Finishes project early in the month and got both blankets done. They turned out super cute, so now I just need to gift them.

Monday, January 05, 2015

A Lovely Year of Finishes 2015 January Goal

January is going to be my month to get back in the sewing room. I have a lot of unfinished projects from just last year and I hope to make strides on them this month. My goal for the ALYoF for January is to make a couple minkee blankets for my cousin's daughter and a friend. I hate working with minkee and the baby was born in Sept. so I should get moving!


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A Lovely Year of Finishes Goals for 2014

This year didn't feel nearly as productive as last, but with the help of A Lovely Year of Finishes I am feeling confident in what I did accomplish.
January's goal was to finish the sashing/borders on my Swoon quilt - DONE!

February's goal was to complete the Merry Go Round table runner - DONE!
My March goal was to finish quilting and binding Swoon - DONE!

My April goal was to make the BQ4 quilt for Mikaela - DONE!

May's goal was to finish the Giant Scrappy Swoon - which finally found a home in our new camper - DONE!
June's goal was to finish the Amish Rubic Star - DONE!
July's goal was to finish the Giant Star Burst quilt - DONE!
September's goal was to finish the pattern testing - it's done, but still can't show it. - DONE!
October's goal was to finish my mini sample for the store - DONE!
November's goal was to quilt both Bridger and Allie's quilts - DONE!


I'm feeling very excited that I was able to make 10 of the 12 months. The other two months I did complete my personal goals, but was busy and didn't get either the first or last post done. I'm feeling confident I can reach even more goals in 2015 with the help of ALYoF!

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