Monday, March 31, 2014

Great News!! My only daughter is betrothed!!!

I am so happy and excited!!! I am now officially helping my lovely daughter, Celia, plan a wedding for August 30th, 2014!!! We went to David's Bridal and found a dress right away. I would love to post pictures of her in it, but I am so concerned her Fiance' would somehow find the pictures so I can't do that at this time. This is her after we went dress shopping, then we were hungry so we went out for a Bento Box at Fuji!! It was so good and we had so much fun!!

My husband also had a hernia repair beginning of February. No wonder I haven't posted for a while! There has been alot going on!! He had a laproscopic repair. Here he is freshly awake from his anesthesia. 

The scary thing is, when he was like this, I really believe he didn't not know who I was. It was so unusual. I also realized he looks like no spring chicken either. I do believe I look alot younger then he does, he is just a cradle robber!! He is all grey, and I barely have a grey hair on my head!! LOL! 

Now this is the guy I know!! He looks just like he should!! Still old, but now he knows me!! Haha.

Matthias' Rachel came to visit us as well at the Beginning of March. She had spring break and wanted to spend it with him. We tried to sneak her here, She wasn't going to tell him she was coming, we had plotted for me to come pick her up at the airport and watch him walk in with her here. He said "I would of dropped dead." Here they are hanging out on the couch!

Rachel with my precious putty Molly. 

I have indeed been sewing. I have been busy with my bees and trying to use my stash, even though I did splurge on some fabrics until the very beginning of March, now I am committed to a fabric fast, I hope! 

Here are some of the works I have done:

This is a throw size quilt using the BQ pattern and fabric by Basic Grey - Little Black Dress by Moda. 
I totally adore this line. Since then I have come across Little Black Dress 2 and I love it even more!! Molly is modeling on it for you. There is no quilt like one with a kitty. 

This quilt was created with the intentions of being a Plus quilt, however, the pattern I used had the dimensions wrong so the blocks wouldn't go together as intended so I pieced it with hopes of making a scrappy large throw size and it worked!! I based the colors on a few fqs I had from Chez Moi. I love how this one turned out. Milo is modeling on this quilt. He is getting a little too big for his britches. He is our fattycat! He likes to lay on his back to sleep. He snores real good too!

Here are some bee blocks I have made for the I Love Lucy International Bee

These blocks are for the Sunday Morning Quilts Bee: We use the book by the same name and I have to say this is an amazing book to use up scraps and it is so creative, so check it out!!

For the Coast to Coast Bee I got to make these amazing Elephants for Jan!!

I have gotten to know a very precious woman who is 90 years old who made this quilt. She has vision problems and I absolutely adore her and just want to share with you what she made for a great-grandchild that is only an infant and she feels will never know her, but that the baby will know was made by her.

It is a twin size quilt and I think she did an amazing job!! Not bad for being legally blind!! I do truly love her, she has such a beautiful and fresh perspective on life. God Bless you my dear friend for making my life better by knowing you!!

Well, I think that is a real quick synopsis of it all. I will leave you with a wonderful picture of a barn quilt that I found here in the Rural landscape of Western Wisconsin. The owner was kind enough to let me take a picture!! Can't wait to tell you more of the adventure ahead!!

Everyone needs a good laugh too!! This was posted on a convenience store the end of January. Notice the snow and we had -20s for temps!! They have the best signs!!  

Tata for now!! 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Disappearing 4-patch Block Variation Tutorial

I had cut some squares to make a wonky star quilt, but when I started sewing the blocks together I was amazed at how much fabric was being wasted and I just didn't find it as inspiring as I had hoped it would be, so I made a few blocks and decided that was it. In the mean time I thought to myself, what can I use these blocks for? So I scoped out my Quilting Tutorials I had on my Pinterest Board and decided to make a disappearing 4-patch, I wanted to make it, but the measurements didn't fit the blocks I had, so I adjusted the block size and the cuts as I thought the center strips were too narrow. Here is the first one I made as a sample. I am very satisfied with it.

For February in the Coast to Coast Bee it is my month to have some blocks made. I thought these blocks would be quick and fun for everyone to make. So here goes, these are my directions for making this block. All seams are sewn using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

To begin this block you choose 2 fabrics. For each block you cut 2 - 6.5inch squares from two different fabrics:

Sew two contrasting blocks together and press seams to the aqua side so the seams will lock when sewing them together:

Now, sew the top row to the bottom row, locking seams and sew them together to make one
        4-patch block

Now get your rotary cutter and ruler and measure 2 inches on each side of the center seam and cut the length of the block.

 Now turn the block a quarter turn (90 degrees), I always rotate the mat and then do the same. Cut 2 inches on both sides of the center seam. You will end up with what looks like a cut-up 9 patch.

Now you will take the center square(the 4 patch block) and give it a one-quarter turn to the left so the 4 patch is matched up with the opposite color as below:

Now take the 4 single fabric corners and swap the solid aqua for the pink pezzy fabric as displayed below.

Now  sew your rows together so your final block looks like this: 

That's all there is to it. The block ends up measuring 11.5 inches when assembled. I hope you enjoy making these blocks. Happy sewing!!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Joy in the New Year

     Christmas Eve at my mom's house was a lot of fun, but we were missing quite a few family members. My sister and her family and my brother and his wife were all missing. It was my parents, my children and Celia's man John. It had a whole different feel as the boys came after chores were completely done. They used to come around 5:30pm, but not till 8:30 this year and it was much more casual. The food however was amazing as usual!! Here are some family highlights!

My mom just loves Deer and antlers so my husband decided to give my mom her own Deer Mount!!! My husband at first stood in the living room window when he arrived and had the deer looking in the window, she didn't see him, but she immediately spotted the deer and his horns! You should of seen her! She was like a little school girl, getting so excited wondering, is there a real live Christmas deer looking in the window? She was tickled pink to have her own deer to hang somewhere in her home. She was so fun to watch. She even gave me a good picture and if you know my mom, she does NOT like to have her picture taken! I love this picture.

Eliah is my little man, however, he is taller then any other man in the house!! Here he is at Grandma's house.

This picture is Matthias, my eldest and the University Graduate. Not sure what he will do with his degree if anything, you know how that goes. But it is so nice to have him back home too!

This is Celia with John at Omi's house sitting on the sofa. These two celebrated their 1 year "going out" anniversary on
December 28th.

New Years Eve brought a house full!! I couldn't believe it! Prior to New Year's my son's sweetie, Rachel, came to visit us from Ohio!! She flew into Minneapolis and spent 5 days with us. It was so nice to have her here. She is so kind and has good insight. She got a peek into our world here in Wisconsin. It didn't help we didn't get above 0 degrees for a high, but she had a good attitude and it didn't seem to bother her at all. She had some good adventures here and even got to go for a tractor ride with Matthias.

Eliah had his sweetie, Lexi come over for New Years Eve festivities and threw her like a sack of potatoes over his shoulder. She is so petite! 

All 3 children were here with their boy/girlfriends and we all played games. I made pizza compliments of Papa Murphy's and we had all kinds of munchies and sparkling grape juice to bring in the New Year. 

I found out something about myself. I love having people in my home and I am most satisfied when the children are home and we are interacting together having fun. There is a certain satisfaction in that somehow. 

On the quilting side of things I had to put my machine away for the Holidays. So I have not used my machine, however, I have been doing some English Paper Piecing for the I Love Lucy International Swap and made this lovely Lucy Boston Block for Gina, our lovely French member. It is the first time I fussy cut and I think it turned out well. The joy of creating and trying new things always is inspiring for me. 

Well, here are a few smiles to close with. This is Matthias who doesn't like to smile and always gives me a stern look, so as you see he tries to hide his smile, just to get my goat! LOL.

Here is Christmas granny Eliah, with his putty Milo at his feet in the rocking chair! 


Blessing and renewal to you as we start the New Year!! May all things be refreshed and may God Bless you!! May this year be the best yet! 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Ohio Road Trip, a College Graduation and Surprises from Secret Santa!!

I took a long weekend off from work to drive down to Ohio with  one of my best friends, Teresa. It was a miracle she was able to take off and we left after work on Thursday evening! We drove almost to Milwaukee and spent the night. We planned on heading out fairly early in the morning in hopes of making it to Ashland, Ohio around dinner time.

Why road trip to Ashland, Ohio? Well, my oldest son Matthias, who turned 23 years old on Thursday December 12, was graduating from Ashland University with a double major in Political Science, International Politics and a minor in Business Administration. At first he didn't want me to come but decided it would be alright so I got real excited and couldn't resist the adventure! I was so proud and happy to watch him walk across the stage.  The realization that he wouldn't be going there anymore really sunk in. He spent 4 1/2 years there, working hard, longer then he was in high school and now, he needs to figure out what he wants to do with himself. He currently has no real plan, he came home last night after visiting with friends for a few days and today he worked on the farm.

Another joy of this journey was finally getting to meet the special woman in my son's life. He has been spending the last 3 semesters with Rachel, she is a sweet, outgoing, precious young woman from Ohio. She has a big heart and I opeo she will be around for a long time. I found out she is coming to visit the end of the month!! I am so excited!! Here is the lovely couple!

While in Ohio, Teresa went and got us matching nighties. They say "Is it too late to be good?" I realized she is a freer spirit then I am. She was so much fun to have along! Here we are in our matching nighties!! She was ready for mischief! We played some games and enjoyed a cocktail. It was a lot of fun to have along! I love her dearly! 

When I got home I was surprised to find a most wonderful package from my Secret Santa from the Coloradolady's Secret Santa Soiree!! It couldn't of better topped of a great weekend!! 

It is a Hexie fest!! I was amazed to find the most wonderful handwork created by my Secret Santa!! Isn't this the most amazing pin cushion? I love her fabric selection!! Thank You, Thank you!! I love it!!

Look at this beauty!! She made a hexie table center piece, I also see it as a mug rug! It is absolutely gorgeous and again what great fabric selection!!  I feel so spoiled!! 

Now, look at these beautiful coasters!! I am telling you, she must have the most fantastic fabric stash!!! I love these too and really like using them in the living room!! 

This is one of two panels of cute Christmas Stockings on it! It says I can embroider names at the top of the stockings. I think I will do that and by sending two panels she actually allows me to personalize one for each member of our home as there are 5 of us!! Thank you so much Secret Santa!! This will be fun to work on!!

 She also sent these cute Christmas towels and Christmas knives for spreads and dips! I have already used them for a Pate' my mom made for us!! 

Dear Secret Santa, I can't thank you enough for all the time and effort you put into the goodies and I so appreciate your work and that you thought enough of me to spoil me with such goodies!! I am overwhelmed and truly thankful!!! What a great week it has been!! 

God's Blessings be on you all and a Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Baby it's cold outside!

This may sound funny, but I am a home care nurse and get to tootle around the rural countryside of Western Wisconsin and I came upon an old outhouse. Now, why would I even mention such a thing? Well, our young'uns don't really know what one is any more and I found one!!  One of my clients still had one standing out in the back yard and it looked so natural, so I just had to post a pic of it. Imagine sitting in there today on a -11 degree morning? Brrrrr! Frozen buns, literally!! 

My husband shared a story with Eliah, our youngest, this morning that back in the late 70's and early 80's his highschool used to do a bonfire after the homecoming football game at his school and they would go around the countryside collecting old outhouses to burn in the bonfire. They don't do that anymore here in town. I think I can remember one when I first moved here, but what fun that must of been on a cool autumn night with a nice roaring fire to hang out with your buddies. Faculty and families all participated. Memories....

I have been seduced by my fellow  Coast to Coast Bee members to join the Catvent Quilt-along hosted by Oh fransson! It can be found here if you find yourself also so tempted:

 It was an easy seduction. They just posted it on one of our threads and I was hooked!! You know I just adore kitties if you couldn't tell. Molly and Milo are dear members of our family. So I just had to do it!! I have made the first 4 kitties and plan to get caught up on the next 3 today. 

This log cabin quilt was made by a friend of mine, she shared with me she found these fabrics all cut out at a thrift sale for only $2 dollars!!! What a find! She was told an older woman had lost interest in quilting, in her late 80's and had all the pieces cut out and all she had to do was sew the log cabin blocks together. She decided block placement and I was so impressed she let me take a picture to share!! Nice job Judy!! 

As I mentioned before, here is Ms Molly. I had started this quilt in 2012 and it sat around always in my visual field, but I just couldn't make myself finish it, well, it must of yelled real loud because all of a sudden I had the inspiration to finish it and quickly I did. Yes, Molly is always my quilt inspector. I guess she approves!! Hope to quilt this one real soon! 

In the last post I posted pictures of Karen's Holiday apron, well I had a wonderful surprise from Lyanna!! I could not believe it!! I absolutely love it and I have been using it in my cooking and baking. During Thanksgiving I even used it and it really helped me keep clean!! I am a wild woman in the kitchen, especially with my hand mixer! I had whipped cream everywhere!! Thank you so much Lyanna!! I really love it! She made these awesome potholders too. She really spoiled me. I am not worthy! Thanks again!!

         Here is the other side of the apron!! It is reversible and I am crazy about both sides!!

Deer Hunting was very successful at out house!! All 3 of my fellas got a beautiful buck!! They all weighed around 200 pounds. There is a smaller doe in the middle which will be used for making our favorite Venison recipes.  The bucks go to the locker for processing as the bucks always have such a gamey/wild taste to them. Here is a picture of 3 out of the 4 deer harvested. Eliah's was shot the day before so it isn't here, but I will try to find a pic to post for him. I even have a picture of all 3 of them with their beautiful bucks. I have been told 2 out of the 3 will be head mounted as a wall decoration. I already have 2 hanging on my walls, one dressed up as a Green Bay Packer! 

This is Matthias, my oldest, with his buck. It was also a very very cold day for hunting, plus he prides himself in never smiling for me. You should of seen him on Thanksgiving day! We all laughed so hard as he tried not to smile for a picture, he couldn't keep a straight face either.

Matthias graduates from college next Saturday from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. My best friend called me yesterday and said she will road trip with me to Ohio to see him graduate!! I am sooo pumped! It should be a blast, her and I. We have done this before, but it has been many years, since before we had children. He will have a major in Political Science, International Politics and Business Administration. No wonder he needed an extra semester to finish! Now he just needs to find a job! Any takers? Hard working farm boy!! Great work ethic, that is one thing I can say, all my kids have a great work ethic!  Congrats Matthias! I love you so much!!

I made this block for Svea in the Fat Stash Bee. It is a feather block from AMH. She wanted it scrappy in these color ways. I am happy with how it came out.

In Coast to Coast Bee we were given freedom to make any block as long as it was autumn oriented so I chose to make these two for her. The Ozark Maple and then an appliqued block with a crow in the middle. On the farm the crows like to steal corn from the corn field. 

 Stay warm out there!! I am thankful for heated car seats when I drive! That's all for now!