Monday, December 11, 2017

On Ringo Lake Clue #3

It's week 3 of the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt for 2017 and I'm a bit behind, but still making progress. Last week I was able to get my flying geese cut out. I'm trying Bonnie's method of using strips and cutting them with her ruler. I've never done this before and I'm excited to learn a new technique (which is why I do the mystery in the first place). I was able to get them all cut out and only 20 sewn, but I feel like that's progress.

This week I got quite a few of the bricks cut out and the end pieces cut as well. Again I'm using the Essential Triangle ruler as well as the Simple Folded Corners ruler to make these. It was a busy weekend and I'm fighting a cold, so I didn't get a chance to sew on them yet.
Last weekend we were at my brother and sister in law's to butcher pigs, so we had the grandparents watch all 6 grandkids and we went to town for the night. We had a lot of fun and a few drinks, but the town was pretty dead.
Paul and I were celebrating the SDSU Jackrabbits winning the FCS football playoff game and making it to the quarterfinals. This weekend they won that game and are now on to the semi-finals next weekend. This is a first in school history, so pretty exciting!

Five of the cousins with their gloves so they could help butcher
Waiting by the pickup so they didn't get run over by the tractor. The other 2 kids are in the tractor.
The girls in their matching pjs. Molly's are almost too small, but they had fun matching.
Mathew loved celebrating his 5th birthday with his cousins.

I'm linking up with Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville who is providing this amazing mystery quilt. Hope you'll join in the fun and share your progress as well.
#onringolakequilts #quiltvillemystery

Monday, November 27, 2017

Mystery Quilt Time! On Ringo Lake Clue #1

Black Friday was the start of the annual Quiltville Mystery and I'm excited to be participating again.

All week I worked to finish piecing En Provence. I spent most of Thurs. and Friday nights getting it all webbed together. I cut out the pieces for On Ringo Lake Clue #1 Friday and hoped to get it sewn this weekend.
My husband had other ideas! We went Black Friday shopping, all day, including home twice to switch vehicles! His long box 3500 just didn't fit well in any parking lots. Saturday it was 55 in South Dakota with no wind... unheard of for November, so he took out the front window of the house and replaced it. I kept watch over the kids and went Small Business Saturday shopping to my favorite quilt shop. 

After a wild weekend of home repair and fall cleaning, I was ready to sew. I was able to get all of the strip sets sewn last night. I love all the batiks and I'm using fat quarters which give me some variety.
I made quick work of the 1.5" sub-cuts using my Stripology Squared ruler. It's been such a great new ruler for me as it keeps everything cut perfectly. See the little stars at the bottom? Those tell me where to cut the 1.5" cuts. It was super slick and I could cut 3 strata sets at a time. All my strata sets are about 21" as they are from fat quarters.
See how awesome they turn out when they are sub-cut?
I was able to get 15 made last night before calling it quits for the night. I have to work today, so no staying up all night. I'm excited about how they turned out. I have the rest cut and I should be able to finish piecing them tonight.

I'm thinking I might have to finish the rows of En Provence while I am sewing these or it will never get done. I really want to finish it up, now that I've gotten this far.

I'm linking up with Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville. #quiltvillemystery #onringolakequilt

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

September Quilting Accomplishments

September was a very productive month!! I was able to bind the June Quilt It's made entirely of scraps from our wedding and honeymoon quilts. I made it entirely from the stash. I still have plenty of purple scraps.
Mathew and Mikaela wanted minkee pillowcases, so I made one for Mathew. He loves it, but it didn't turn out as well as I expected.
My dad and his wife wanted to give our little "bro" a wedding present to go with the quilt I made him, so I made pillows to match.
My oldest UFO is finished. I made this wall hanging from my Ahhhh blocks. They were all EPP blocks. The entire top is EPP. I started it in 2013.
I made my friend's sister a tag blanket for her new daughter. She loves UK Basketball, so I made it to represent those colors.
A picture of me the day I gave a presentation about myself to our staff.
I made a goal to work on 1 block a week of En Provence. I was able to get this block made this week.
My brother's best friend married this month and we all went to the wedding. They are huge Harley fans, so I used this panel and Crown Royal blocks to make the quilt. It has black minkee on the back.
They opened it the next morning.
It worked out for Paul and I to go to my dream/bucket list concert Garth Brooks in Sioux Falls the day after the wedding. My dad and his wife took the kids home. We didn't get home until 11 PM Sunday night, but it was so worth it. I loved it. My hubby isn't a big fan, but he did indulge me!
This just made my year!!
My numbers are still looking great! I would like to use 150 yards this year.

Yards In this Month: 18
Yards Out this Month: 26.25
Yards In this Year: 77.75
Yards Out this Year: 200.75
For a total of 123 yards used!

August Family

Paul's grandpa passed away in KS in August, so we went to his funeral. This picture is our family with Paul's dad Mike.
We got to see Great Aunt Lil as well.
My MIL with Aunt Lil
My MIL, Aunt Lil, and I
Paul, Mikaela, and Mike
Our family
Grandpa Mike and the kids before we left.
We also traded our camper for a bigger one with a separate bedroom in the back for the kids. We love it so far.
This is with the slide in, but it's really pretty and has a nice hardwood looking floor.

Central States Fair

Central States Fair takes a lot of planning and organizing for me as I am the Superintendent of the Sewing Division. I was able to enter a few projects in the bags category. I won Best of Class, Best of Show and a People's Choice.


My quilts didn't do as well, so I was rather disappointed.


My only blue ribbon was on my Winding Ways quilt. I entered 13 quilts.






Mikaela wanted her picture taken on open house night which was the last weekend of fair.

August Accomplishments

August was incredibly busy for me! I was able to get a few finishes, but my sewing machines felt very neglected.
I was able to finish the Sakura table topper. It's English paper pieced and I really enjoyed making it. It's using 1 3/4" 6 point diamonds. I used a charm pack and background fabric.
Mikaela wanted to make a bag, so she picked out the fabrics and I made the bag for her. She had picked out the fabric a while ago, but we finally got it made.
I made some quick bags out of the scraps of a Tudor bag. I've given several away as gifts. There was no pattern and I simply cut strips and made them work. I ended up making 12 with the 1/2 yard of heavyweight decorator fabric I had left from making Tudor sample. These have no interfacing.
I also made two wreathe samples for a class I'm teaching in November on how to make EPP ornaments.
I made a little tree skirt from the center of a big one.
I made Mikaela a couple little bags.
I finished a tree skirt I had quilted for a customer.

Yards In this Month: 1
Yards Out this Month: 5.75
Yards In this Year: 59.75
Yards Out this Year: 174.50
For a total of 114.75 yards used!