Monday, August 31, 2015

ALYOF August Goal Met!

Just as the month is coming to a close, I finished the Winter Wonderland quilt top, which was my ALYOF goal for August. It's a sample for the store and turned out pretty cool, just very time consuming and a lot of little pieces. So glad it is done and I can move on to other projects. I did get quite a bit done this month, considering how much I traveled.
Last night I put the Winter Wonderland top together.
I also made this fun little baby quilt using 8 fat quarters. It's super simple, yet is good practice for doing Y seams. I quilted it with baseballs. I'll be teaching the class in a few weeks.

Baseball 8 point star quilted today. It turned out super cute.
While I was on my first work trip this month, I pieced this rail fence. It's scraps from quilts I made about 5 years ago. Friday while I was at my dad's I quilted it up. It'll make a nice baby quilt.
Scrappy rail fence quilted.
The leftover pieces went into this quick little doll blanket, which also got quilted at dad's last week.
Scrappy twirl quilt is quilted.

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Friday, August 07, 2015

August ALYOF goal

This month is going to fly by since I have 2 work trips, the fair, and camping planned. Plus there are visits with each of my college roommates. My goal is to finish the stars of winter quilt top sample. Linking up for the AYOLF goal setting party.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

ALYOF July Goal Met

I'm feeling quite proud of the accomplishments I had for this month. I finished these baskets for Mathew during my "stay cation" at Hart Ranch. The Buzz one needs a little bit more stabilizer as it is limp. The Cars one stays up pretty good. They make great baskets for gathering up the small toys in the camper.
Finished up my baskets earlier this month. The bags also got done,  goal met.  #alovelyyearoffinishes #alyof
I also finished this bag for my co-worker Diane. She was an office mate for the last few months, but we've worked together for 8 years, so I wanted to do something for her. She's always wearing the brightest heels.
Another bag finished this week. This bag took on a life of its own as leftover fabrics were just being used as a test to figure out what size to make another bag. I love that I don't follow a pattern and just use the fabric I have to make it whatever size
I couldn't leave out my co-worker Kay who I have worked with just as long and so when we were in town on our vacation, I picked up 2 half yard cuts and made her this fun little bag. From buying the materials to making the camper, it was done in a half day.
Not sure why I felt compelled to make this today, but it turned out pretty good.  Hope it makes a great gift to remember me by.
Mikaela loved pigtails one week, so she had them almost every day and wanted her picture taken. She was so fun this morning. One of my last at my old job.
Mikaela actually asked for pigtails for preschool today. Luckily we had time to do it this morning,  then she had to have her picture taken, which never happens.
Two weeks ago I started my new job with these... a hand made pottery vase and flowers with a car from my two co-workers. Such a great way to start the day. I am getting into the swing of the job, learning lots, and planning to head to Brookings next week for training, while the Rally is in full force here in western SD.
What a great way to start my new job! Excited to begin my new position as a Program Coordinator for SDSU. #gojacks
I am so excited that I was able to complete my 3 bag goal for ALYOF and I think I have done so far for every month this year. August is going to fly by with training's in Brookings twice and the fair. We're planning another weekend at Hart Ranch with family and hopefully a weekend at the lake. I am almost glad Labor Day is SO late this year... more time for summer fun.



Tuesday, July 07, 2015

July ALYOF Goal

This week I'm busy making bags and baskets. I've got several cut out and in progress. All this work... so I can do a demo tomorrow night at The Sewing Center. Super excited to show different interfacing and zipper techniques. I think I should have called it the Wing It Bag... I completely winged all these bags, using the fabric I had and made them work.  By the end of the month I should have three bags made! This will be a basket for Mathew. It's a half yard basket for his cars. So my goal is to complete all three bags. This one is the cut out and interfacing/fusible fleece/handles done prepped piece. The other two are ready for final seams, so they will be completed as soon as the demo is over or in the next week or so... Lots of good things happening this week. 
The count down begins tomorrow as it is my last week of work at National American University. After 10 years with the university I am taking a position as a program coordinator at the BHSU Rapid City campus working for SDSU - my alma mater. I am excited and nervous at the same time, but it's a great opportunity to advance my career and use my masters degree. I hate to leave my friends behind, but know that it will be worth it in the end. Next week at this time I'll be a Jackrabbit again!

Today I delivered the King Size Logo quilt for the NACAA National Convention to my SIL Adele to take with her to the convention. I am so pleased and proud of how it turned out. Now I hope it raises a lot of money for the organization.
One last picture of the quilt before it heads to the convention.  Paul helped me hang it up.
I even designed and embroidered a label for it.
And it's DONE! The NACAA quilt took right at 10 months to complete. It's 101" x 109", king size, with beautiful buffalo quilting by Marie Brewer.  It will make its way to the 100th anniversary NACAA national convention in Sioux Falls being held next week.
Here's a super cute picture of Mikaela at my brothers ranch... before their house got ruined by tornado like winds. They have to have a major portion of the house completely rebuilt and lost their new camper. Keep them in their prayers. I went down one night and helped them pack up their stuff. Praying the remodel goes quickly.
A quick stop at my brothers in Saturday and Aunt Adele helped her hold the kitten.  So precious!
Last weekend we took the kids to Storybook Island. It was so fun to see their reactions as they played on the toys I played on as a child.
The kids first ride on Storybook Island train.
Linking up for A Lovely Year of Finishes!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

ALYOF June Goal Met

My June Goal for ALYOF was to bind both the large and small NACAA quilts. The binding is on both quilts! I had to work very diligently to finish the binding on the king size quilt. It's massive and binding when it's 90 in the house is NOT fun!
So pleased with how this little wall hanging turned out. I have the binding machine sewn on the king size quilt and am ready to hand sew 420" of binding down.
Tomorrow the label will go on and it will be a finished quilt, just in time for the conference.
Friday night I pulled out the embroidery machine and made a label for the quilt I've been working on since October. #nacaa
A few weeks ago I ordered this frame as my graduation present with the money I received for graduation. It will hang in my new office very soon!
Love the new frame and mat! It's going to look great on the wall.


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.