Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Busy with Fair

This month seems to be consumed by fair time. First we attended the Custer County Fair in Hermosa and this week it's the Central States Fair in Rapid City. I took several quilts to both fairs. There's a big difference in the quantity and types of quilts shown at the smaller versus larger fair.
At the Custer County Fair I received a 1st on my wolf

A first on Swoon and a second on Crown Royal as well as a first on my mystery quilt.

A first on my Amish Rubic Star


At the CSF I received a 3rd on Crown Royal and a 2nd on Swoon.
A second on the mystery quilt
A second on the miniature quilt.
A second on the wolf.
A first on the Amish Rubic Star
My friend Tammy got a first on her Christmas Celebration Table Topper, her first entry in the fair.
This week I haven't done much sewing at all. I did get this baby quilt sample done for the store.
I also made this bag for a sample for a class I hope to teach in the spring.
Sunday night Paul and I had a date night and went to Billy Currington at the fair. He was so good and we had awesome seats.

Yesterday I was super excited to receive my passport in the mail! Now I'm anticipating where we'll be going on our cruise with my husband's company.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

August Sewing & Quilting

August really has flown by for me! I can't believe we're almost to the middle. I made this Spirograph table topper from some of my remaining blush fabric. I am loving the pattern and may have to try it again.
I finished it up with a machine sewn binding, but I'm not really liking it, so may take it out and hand sew it down. I used wool for the batting in this one.
To add to my samples for an upcoming class, I made two more Lazy Girl runaround bags. They are quick and easy and make great gifts.
Mikaela and I worked on a couple bags for her. She got distracted pretty fast, but was certainly ready to fill them when I was done.
A co-worker asked me to fix her sons jacket. Her mom had put the zipper in, but it was really puckered.
I took it out and re-did it. There were three different layers to sew, re-sew, and then topstitch. A complicated way to make a jacket for sure, but it's done and she's happy.
I made another sample for class from a new fabric line at work. I just love how I was able to fussy cut to make it work.
The back pocket is also fussy cut.
I finished a third mini swoon block, so only 1 remains. I love making these little blocks. With the corner clipper ruler it's been a breeze to sew them too.
Last week I quilted a couple quilts for my friend Emilee. I did an allover stipple in white king tut with a taupe bottom line.
I love how she made her scrappy swoon longer. I wish I  had done that to mine as well.
I also quilted this happy houses big block quilt with a large stipple in a verigated green/teal/yellow/red thread.
A co-worker is leaving today for a trip with her husband and she'll be doing a lot of waiting, so I made her a big bag to carry all her things. My co-workers and I made a big old care package of things she might need. I was kind of fun seeing what everyone put in it. She loves leopard print, so I picked the fabric especially for her.
With the leftover fold area I made a little makeup bag for a bunch of toiletry things. The orange is in the other bag as well. It's so bright and fun.
Saturday I whipped up this little Star-burst table topper for my dad's wife's hair dresser. She gave me a bunch of Crown Royal bags, so I wanted to do something for her.
Last week my aunt and I took a trip back to my hometown for a 60th anniversary celebration. It was fun to visit with so many neighbors and friends. It would have been my mom's birthday, so we stopped at the cemetery as well. I don't get back real often any more, so it was nice to have the time to visit.

While I quilted last week Mikaela and Mathew played with Grandpa and Grandma. Mikaela thought she would take over my dad's chair, but he made her share. It was so cute to see her playing with Grandpa.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ALYOF July Goal Met

This month I made it my goal to bind the Giant Star Burst quilt. I made this quilt with Packers colors, but haven't felt the need to gift it, so I just left it. This month I got the binding completed.
I'm happy to have it done for when I need to gift it.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mikaela's Sewing Weekend

This month has flown by and I've been remiss to get in any sewing time with Mikaela. It's actually been a few months since we have been home long enough to get some sewing time in.
I'll be teaching a couple quick sew projects in December and the gals asked if it was a project that could be done with kids. I believe the runaround bag is one of the best patterns for kids. So I decided to see how long it would take with a 3 1/2 year old at the helm.
We set up her small sewing machine next to mine and I help her sew. She pressed all the fat quarters and I did the cutting. She puts her foot on the pedal and helps with the guiding. I have to do most of the prep work aka cutting, detailed pressing, and pinning. She does like to trim the threads though. She helped put in the zipper in the and did the topstitching.
She loves her new bag and we made the handle short just for her. She loved trying all the zig zag decorative stitches on the handle.
She was so excited that she "did it".
Her bag
The back of the bag
On Sunday she went through my stash and found this fabric from her aunt Jane and made a bag for her friend Rosie. I couldn't find a contrast, so it's all the same. The first one took about 1 hour 15 min. The second took about 45 min. I set up the machine/area both times, so the second day she had more patience.

She wanted to photo bomb my pictures. She had a lot of fun sewing and this will definately be a quick and easy project for kids and adults.


This is a very long, photo heavy blog post, covering the last month. I've been sewing and quilting a lot, just haven't taken the time to blog. I used to blog during lunch or before work, but work has been crazy and I haven't had a chance.
I've been busy keeping up with my class samples and am actually for the most part ahead.
I'm working on a mini swoon. This is block 1 and is about 8.5"
I quilted the queen size log cabin that my quilty friends and I are donating to Outlaw Ranch.
My photo bomber loves to get in on the action.
I also quilted a quilt for a friends SIL. It's all family photos and made with batiks.
A close up of the quilting. I used a lime/blue/purple King Tut thread.
My ALYOF quilt goal was to put the binding on the Giant Starburst quilt. It's done and ready to give to Mathew's godmother when the time is right.
I made a Granny Square Pillowcase for a sample for a class I am teaching.
I made this sample from the Moda reference book for the store.
I worked on my advanced piecing class sample, which should actually have been called an intermediate piecing class.
Here's the finished sample. The blocks were fun to make and I'm glad I made a sample.
This minkee blanket was made as a sample for the store. I love the ruffled edge created with the fluffy minkee.
A runaround bag made as a sample for the Mad Stash to Christmas classes in December.
Another mini swoon block done. I'm hoping to get this quilt together by the fair, but we'll see.
On a whim last night I made Mathew a book bag and a toys clutch. Love how quick they were.
I was looking for some fabric and found these binding sample placemats. Since I am no longer doing binding this way and I had black thread on the machine I quickly finished these up last night.
I took a bit of sewing time for me and made this spirograph table topper. Well I started to make it and was loving it, but midnight was fast approaching. Hopefully I can get the top done tonight. It may be a sample, but we'll see.
A few pictures from the past few weeks. Paul and I are going on a cruise for his work in March./April, so we've started working out/walking/jogging. We've been taking the kids to the playground, so here's a picture of us one night, enjoying the school playground.
We took the kids to the sprint car races and they loved it!
Mathew is quite the climber and loves to get up on his daddy's 4-wheeler. Look at all that lush green grass/hay behind our house. It's the end of July and it's STILL green! It's been an amazing year of moisture.
Mathew got his first haircut.
He wasn't so sure, until he got a sucker and didn't have to wear the cape.
So all in all a very busy month. I didn't even post my goals, although I did make them. Here's hoping next month is a little slower and I'll get a chance to blog a bit more often. I sewed twice with Mikaela this weekend, so I'll have to do another post with those pictures. Check out my flickr account and follow me on Instagram @moneikquilts to keep updated on what's happening.