Anniversary Weekend and The Great American Eclipse

8.22.2017

Saturday, Russ and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary. Yay us!! It was purely by accident, but we can pretend that all that we did this busy extended weekend was an extended celebration of us!

Thursday we went with friends to the lovely Paramount Theater to see Tim Hawkins. If you have never heard of him...run, don't walk...and Google him and watch some of his videos. He is hilarious!!



Saturday was spent on the motorcycle. It was a day trip touring around the Yellow River Forest area.


But the big event was on Monday! The day we had been waiting for...The Great American Eclipse! We traveled to Missouri to get to a place to watch where we could see the eclipse in totality and it was so worth it! I did not take many pictures because I wanted to soak up as much of the experience as I could without looking at my phone. 

I took this one picture of Russ as he was looking at the sun just as it went behind the moon and we could look without the glasses. 


The picture doesn't show how dark it really was. The street lights came on, the cicadas began to sing, and the ambient light was eerie. It was amazing to see the sky in sunset mode 360 degrees around us. But, seeing the sun covered by the moon...Wow...I was so surprised to see how just the tiniest sliver of the sun showing lights up the earth was surprising! It showed to me just how powerful the sun is! That's why you need to go to a totality zone. It's a whole different experience. There really are no words to describe it...I am still in awe of the spectacular beauty and awe of God's majesty that was on display in such a magnificent performance. 

source: NASA

In April of 2024, there will be another eclipse that will touch parts of the US. Russ and I are already making plans to go to that one, too. We are thinking of traveling to Texas. We shall see! 

In case you haven't seen this great quilt called Eclipse Sky that was designed by Canuck Quilter Designs just for The Great American Eclipse, I thought I would share. I think it is pretty special. You can read about it on her blog Canuck Quilter Designs


Thanks for stopping in and sharing life with me. =) Next time I will get back to sharing some quilty goodness! 

Have a happy Tuesday!! 


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Dolly Dresses and Dogs in Sweaters

8.14.2017

 The Dogs in Sweaters quilt has been finished and delivered. I love how it turned out and rumor has it, the baby boy is enjoying it. 


I quilted it using free form wavy lines which is my favorite quilting. It's fast and easy! The texture is always amazing!


Dolly Dresses is also quilted and it will be delivered this later this month. For this one, I chose to do spiral quilting. I used a bar connected to my walking foot to keep the distance between the lines consistent. I usually just eye ball it. One of these days I will share the other two Pam Kitty Morning panel quilts I made using the Perfect Ten pattern




This month's Sew Sweet Bee queen bee is Gracey @ Burlap and Blossoms. This is her own design and you can purchase it in her Etsy shop. She has many cute patterns, so be sure to look around! 


Have a happy Monday!


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Scrap Vortex - Bonnie & Camille style

8.11.2017

 Crazy Mom Quilts is the brain child for the Scrap Vortex quilts and I fell in love with the style the very first time I saw it. It's a great way to use up the tiny scraps you can't throw away, which is how I feel about my Bonnie and Camille scraps. I save nearly every one. 

And I love how this quilt turned out....





You can read more about this quilt here.

Have a happy weekend!!


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B.I.G. bag!

8.10.2017


Monday I made myself a B.I.G. bag. I used the free pattern by Nana Company called Riverside, except I super sized it. Why? Well, Tuesday I was teaching my first class at Cotton Creek Mill on how I bind my quilts fully by machine and I needed a bag to haul my sample and the quilt I was going to use to demo my technique. It was perfect! I have a feeling I will find many uses and excuses to use it. =)  

The stats:
28" across the top
21" across the bottom
19" tall
7 1/2" deep
Straps are 30" long


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Ambleside baby quilt ~ a commissioned quilt

8.02.2017

A sweet baby quilt for a new great granddaughter. 


The fabric is Ambleside by Moda.


Quilt measures 51" x 60".
The free pattern is called Avalon Scrappy Summer and can be found on the Moda Bakeshop blog


I got to use my new Ikaprint lables! You can read about the labels on this post


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Yellowstone Vacation

7.31.2017

Warning! Vacation photos, but only a few. =)


We enjoyed the wildlife...(I was disappointed to miss seeing the wolves and bears. Next time!)



the colorful springs...




the exciting geysers...


the relaxation at Shoshone Lodge and Guest Ranch...


and breathtaking scenes and snow on Beartooth Pass



The very best part was being together...


On the trip home, we stopped to see Dignity in Chamberlain, South Dakota. So beautiful!



If you are planning a trip to Yellowstone, the Gypsy Guide app for Yellowstone is a must have!  Having our own "personal tour guide" made our trip more enjoyable and we saw things that we would have missed. I highly recommend it!

We also visited Devil's Tower, Battle of Little Bighorn, Buffalo Bill Cody Museum, and the Badlands. Aren't you glad I only shared a few pictures?! ;-) 

Have a happy Monday!! 

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Dogs in Sweaters

7.19.2017


Something I rarely do is buy a kit, but when I saw this quilt hanging up in a local quilt shop, I had to have that exact same one. Seriously, it's so awesome!! 


Those glasses!!! 


 When it is all finished, it will go to a baby boy. I will have to make it again! 

Size: 53" x 63"


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Baby Girl Quilt - Perfect Ten Pattern

6.21.2017

I don't know if there are any cuter fabric lines for baby girl quilts, than Pam Kitty Morning fabrics by Holly Holderman of Lake House Dry Goods

So seriously cute!!


My husband's co worker and wife are expecting a baby girl in August, so it was a good excuse to dig through my fabrics and make a baby quilt for them. I rarely have baby quilts ready to give away. I like to make them special for a family. The Dolly Dresses panels have been in my stash for at least six years. You can see another quilt I made using it here.


The pattern I used is the Swirly Girls Perfect Ten pattern. I love how versatile this pattern is and it's a quick fun one, too. I changed it up to make the frames scrappy instead of one consistent fabric because I didn't have enough of one fabric that would work and the goal (game I play) is to use only stash. That's what makes this pattern so fun! A simple change like that makes the quilt look completely different. 


I have another panel of the dolly dresses in my stash, so I am going to remake this one again. It's so cute!! 



Have a happy Wednesday!! 


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