Saturday, June 11, 2016

Swapaholic's Retreat goodies for my Secret Sister

Yay! I can finally reveal the goodies I made for my Secret Sister at the Swapaholic's Retreat!! The retreat was held last weekend the June 2-5th at Farmington, Minnesota at the Mount Olivet Retreat and Conference Center. The center had beautifully wooded grounds, a lake, a snapping turtle laying eggs and other wild life. I have so much to share about this weekend, but will break it up into separate posts.

 I had been secretly sewing for the last few months for my Secret Sister. She ended up being this great lady named Amanda from Southern California. She was a precious, kind and fun lady.


I have a sister that lives in Huntington Beach, California and know plastic bags are shunned upon in there and I actually made my sister this same bag, it's a version of a Market Bag. I made it with Bonnie and Camille fabrics as she had expressed that was a favorite designer for her. I love this bag because it folds and snaps up so you can just stick it under your arm as you go to the store and then it unfolds into this large bag, great for doing your shopping with.  

This is when it is opened up. 



This is folded up and snapped, ready to go. 

           
This wall hanging was actually my reveal gift. She had requested either a mug rug or wall hanging she could use where she works to brighten up her work area. I thought with Spring and Summer around the corner she could use some butterflies to gaze at when she was inside working.


This little basket was made for Jan for the Kitchen basket swap. It had to have a kitchen theme and then you were to place 4 fat quarters kitchen themed. I also added some hand crocheted dish clothes I had made, some bamboo spoons, a rubber spatula and a basting brush that were purple. 


For the 1 inch Hexie swap we had to make 25 hexies, I did fussy cut some of them and then we had a pattern to make a draw string bag to put them in. 





This is a little zippy pouch I made for Michelle. I stuffed it with goodies.  She said Red and Aqua were some of her favorite colors. Who doesn't like polka dots?


She also stated she needed a thread catcher and loves Cinderberries fabrics ( I am crazy about hedgehogs myself), so I made her a thread catcher/pin cushion with walnut shells so she could use it at the retreat. 


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I also made Michelle a pillow with B & C fabrics, I pulled all the red prominent fabrics from a charm pack and used this broken dishes pattern to make her a 20 inch pillow. A down pillow form was went with it, I just knew she had to fly and didn't need a puffed out pillow to try to travel with. 



 
We also had a hoop swap and I had a lady, Deb, that LOVES peace signs. So I drafted a paper pieced pattern and made her a rainbow Hexie peace sign, I see I didn't take a picture of it hooped and sized up, this is the rough cut. She was very happy with it and said I hit her right on. Glad she liked it. I was most nervous about this project.


Again, there is so much more to share, I had a secret sister that spoiled me too, so I will share that soon!

 Enjoy the heat wave! I'll leave with Little Debbie sleeping on my machine last night. She had never done that before! What a sweetie fur baby!























Saturday, May 21, 2016

Secret Sewing, all the hush!

Happy Saturday, wow, this week has been the most beautiful week here in America's Dairyland. The farm bought a brand new Chopper and it is headed on it's maiden voyage today, my precious hubs Mike is the man behind the wheel. We have been John Deere people since this farm has existed and here is our new chopper, a Claus, German made. Everything else here though has a different shade of green! =0) This is the view out my back door, I always know when something is being worked on/repaired.



Last fall I had signed up to go to the Swapaholics Retreat being held from June 1st thru the 4th in Farmington, Minnesota. I have been on other quilt retreats but thought it would be nice to try something with a different twist so I have been diligently sewing away, secretly, for my Secret Swap Sister along with some other swap gifts and boy, I have been a busy little hornet, but I just can't show you yet, but once the retreat is over, I will post my creations with joy! I have had alot of fun and worked with some colorways I have truly enjoyed and probably would eventually get around to, but just hadn't. So that's why so silent related to my creativity.

Had a wonderful evening last night with Celia, Johnathan and sweet Esther baby. We made food on the grill and enjoyed the most wonderful evening sitting outside, no mosquitoes here, enjoying the spring air and the wonderful fragrance of the Lilacs floating towards the patio.


Here is Esther, with Grandpa, aka Pop pop. You can see the Lilacs, she is strangely afraid of flowers at this time, grass too, but she loves being outside. 



Here I am with her, Esther chillin' with Mimi. I so love this little sweetie. Grandchildren give you a whole new perspective on life, very different from when you have your own children. 





Celia and Johnathan, enjoying a Spring evening with Brats on the grill and all kinds of good food and  relaxation after a long week.

                                   And finally , here is our little Cheese Puff Queen!

 We had a hard frost the other night, the apple trees are behind her, not sure if we will get anything now, some of the orchards in our area are saying they lost 90% of their apple crop, I guess we will have to see what happens. Fingers crossed we will be blessed with an abundance to share with all. Enjoy the beautiful Spring and all it brings in greenery, flowers and the joy of outdoor living!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Minion Madness - My Magnum Opus!!

I had so much fun this winter, I joined the Despicable Me Craft Swap 2016!!!! I got to make something Minion themed and I have to say, I really love what I made!! My swap buddy received her goodie from me, so now I can show you what I created! I love it!!

                                   I made a wall hanging for Joy @quilty_joyjoy.


See, my crazy Minion Bob as hiding in the bushes of Central Park!! 


I wanted it to look like the sun was setting in the city. It makes me think of New York City. I had so  much fun planning my city view, the violet of the setting sun and the clouds......


 I then thought it would be fun to make a little mug rug for her to enjoy a good cuppa and a treat also with the Minion theme. 


I really enjoyed quilting this too. I started in the center and kept going in a circular motion. I had fun with it!

I also have a new job now and had to go down to Madison, WI the last week of January for training. It was cold, but I sure was surrounded by some amazing women and really enjoyed the ladies! The Wisconsin State Capitol behind me!!  

My sister blessed us with her presence as well. She brought her son Zechariah whom we hadn't seen in a very long time, more then a year. He got to give Molly cat some loving!! So glad they were able to make it!!


We also said good bye to a very precious furry friend the end of January. Milo, our orange tabby, had been battling diabetes for a few years and also was just about 16 years old went to kitty heaven. He was a very easy going kitty that put up with alot and unconditionally love us all. My kids grew up with Milo and it's like they lost a sibling, not a pet. 

This is when he was first diagnosed with Diabetes. He got so much better looking and looked like the old Milo, 


Happy Valentine's Day!!




Monday, January 18, 2016

A New Year and new Blessings!

Oh, the New Year brings new joys, revelations and hopes. January so far has been a great start!!

Esther, my sweet Grand Baby turned 6 months old now. She can roll any way she wants, I taught her to do raspberries and it's fun to watch her! She is doing so well and my daughter has been such a wonderful mother to her sweetie.


We went shopping beginning of December, I just love this face!!



This was visiting Mimi's house this past week! PS. I'm Mimi! 

Christmas was a wonderful time. All the family was here!

Matthis and Rachel!

My Mikeypoo!!

John and Esther. Esther enjoying the wrapping paper!


Celia with some Christmas goodies!


Esther, taking task to Sophie the Giraffe!

I have snuck in some sewing as well. Trying to get some UFOs done too. Here's what I've been up to!

These two blocks are for Audrey, aka: #hotpinkquilts for the Stash Bee Hive 5 for January It's called the 5 crosses block. 




My Nephew Zechariah is coming from California and I'll get to see him tomorrow!! Him and I share a similar item, we both own Minion Fart Guns!!! I just had to make him a Minion pillowcase to take back to California with him! I can't wait to see him! 



My husband and I were going through a box of quilt tops and I found this heart UFO in there, so being Valentine's Day is coming up what better time to finish it, right? Well, Molly likes it too, when she decides to move, I'll get back at it 




Finally, my last and youngest child had his Wisdom teeth pulled so I'll post a before and while still coming out of anesthesia pics, gotta make memories, right? Hehehe




I am sure you can tell which one is which! I just love this kid!! He did real good and when ever I would try to wake him up, he would roll his head and smile and giggle. It was so funny! He's doing fine tonight. Had some Greek yogurt, pudding and lots of liquids! 

One final Blessing along with a great family, warm house, a great fabric stash...I was offered a new job at the end of the year, so next week I will be going down to Madison, WI for the beginning of a new job and I think it will be wonderful. I am tickled pink I get to work from my home still helping people to be able to remain in their homes as long as possible. One of my best buddies also works for them and just loves it. 

Remember, it's winter, keep your stick on the ice!! (As said by Red Green) 


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Life is a Joyful Adventure!

As we come to the end of the beautiful Autumn and the last leaves change color I feel so thankful for the beauty God has provided. We get so used to seeing the trees green or no leaves at all we don't realize how fast this blurb of color passes, I also am enjoying the love of my family and dear friends.


This is a picture as I drove past one of our hay fields. 

My precious Granddaughter Esther is truly a delight. She is trying so hard to try to roll over. She is 3 months old.  I am so Blessed to be able to spend 2 days a week with her and my daughter. She comes down on my days off. Here are some pics of my little sweetie!



This is my 50th Birthday Picture!!! October 1st was the big day!! 

I have been busy sewing, Bee blocks, and trying to get some UFO's finished!! 

We have a lot of babies being born, so I am having so much fun making baby bibs that have flannel backings. Esther modeled one for us the other day. I like how they fit!! There are 21 bibs here!! 

This Ship block is for the Stash Bee Hive 8. It went together a lot quicker then expected. 


These blocks are for Andrea in the Coast to Coast Bee. These were fun!! I'll have to do something like this someday, add it to the bucket list!! 


I also on a whim signed up for the No Tricks, all Treats Swap. We had to make a Halloween themed draw string bag and fill it with $10-15 of goodies!! I made this one and had a blast thinking about my swap buddy as I filled it and sent it her way! 


I had some quilts in a Quilt Show in Alma, Wisconsin. I haven't shown anyone these quilts so I'll post them here!







This is a quilt from the book Sunday Morning Quilts. I was in a Bee by the same name and these are some of the blocks I received from the ladies. It makes a wonderful throw/twin sized quilt. I just need to quilt it now, but it is pieced!!! 



I hope you are having a great harvest season!! Enjoying all the pumpkin, apple  and spiced yummies available this time of year!!, 





Friday, August 7, 2015

Bundle of Joy and Summer Creations

Oh my, Little Esther, my grand baby, is growing like a weed!! She and her mommy came to visit today and I could tell how she could see me so well today. She just looked me over so well!! I also sang to her and she would be so still and listen. She seems to like music.  She also is a rooting, tooting baby!! She has some gas pains, but once she lets them rip, she sure feels a lot better!! I am so pleased that my daughter feels so comfy coming home and spending the day with me at least once a week I am honored to watch this little sweetie grow!! She is 3 1/2 weeks old now. I can definitely tell she is growing!!




Esther and her mommy, Celia.


I have also been sewing my Bee blocks for August!!

In the Coast to Coast Bee we were asked by Nancy to make Sparklette Blocks from the Fat Quarter Style Book from the Fat Quarter Shop. I just love how these turned out. I was also blessed to receive this book in June as a gift from this Bee. I just love everything in this book!! 


In the Stash Bee, Hive 8 Celeste asked for these Quasar Star Blocks done in patriotic colors for her to use in the Quilts of Valor she is making. I had so much fun making these, and that they go to Service Personnel that have served in the Military, who fight and protect our freedoms here in the US. I am honored to participate. 



For July in the Stash Bee Karyn asked for a bookshelf block and I chose to make this for her, a kitty in the shelf!! My kitties love to get into my bookshelf, so I couldn't resist!! 



My son's girlfriend, Rachael, likes blues and yellows so I made this wall hanging for her as a present. I love it and I am happy to report she loves it too!! She will be moving into her own apartment soon and says she can't wait to hang it up in her new place. 

I am also finishing up a quilt for little Esther. I was so sure she was a boy I finished the boy quilt, but didn't get the girl one done! Opps, I goofed on that one!! I will show that one when I get it done!! Stay cool and enjoy August!!