Sunday, May 20, 2018

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

So has anyone ever told you to wash your face?  Maybe when I was little. My mom would say wash you face and hands before dinner.  Of course I never did.  I only pretended.
I just finished a book entitled Girl, Wash Your Face.  By Rachel Hollis.  I listened to it on audio. Most of yesterday and today. I couldn't put it down.  Instead of me trying to explain what its about I copied and pasted below right from the website.  Every women struggling or not struggling with their identity should read this book.  Her life journey will make you laugh and make you cry. And most of all it makes you believe that you can be anyone you want to be or do anything you want to do if you put your mind to it.

I know you think this has nothing to do with quilting.  And maybe it doesn't but, for me it does.  I went through some pretty tough times where I let my surroundings control who I was.  I didn't do any quilting for months, probably more like over a year.  I pretty much sat on the couch and felt sorry for myself, anxious, and scared.  For months I did nothing.  I read a lot of self help books and devotionals. I would attend Naranon and Family Anonymous.  I prayed a lot.  God always listened.  The self help books and devotionals helped for the moment but, not in the long run.  What I love about Rachels story is her faith. I could have easily lost my daughter and lost my soul at the sametime. I might never sat at my sewing machine again. But, she explained so many losses she had through her life and because of her faith and attitude she got through them. My faith gets me through everything.  And because of God's love for ME I'm back to quilting and teaching and loving life.
The whole book is not about faith but, it plays a role in her life.

If you need a little pick me up.  If you are struggling with something in your life.  Or even if you aren't, this book will put you on a pedastal that you didn't even know was there for you.  If you let it.
I usually don't write about my personal life issues in my blog but, after listening to this book it really got me thinking. And I just had to share. On a side note my daughter will be 2 years clean in June.  Her son, Brayden will be 8 months old June 11.  She is the best mom on this planet!! We are sooo blessed!!

With wry wit and hard-earned wisdom, popular online personality and founder of founder Rachel Hollis helps readers break free from the lies keeping them from the joy-filled and exuberant life they are meant to have.Founder of the lifestyle website and CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, Rachel Hollis has created an online fan base of hundreds of thousands of fans by sharing tips for living a better life while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own. Now comes her highly anticipated first book featuring her signature combination of honesty, humor, and direct, no-nonsense advice.Each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mind-sets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward.From her temporary obsession with marrying Matt Damon to a daydream involving hypnotic iguanas to her son's request that she buy a necklace to "be like the other moms," Hollis holds nothing back. With unflinching faith and tenacity, Hollis spurs other women to live with passion and hustle and to awaken their slumbering goals.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Quilt Expo 2018

Quilt Expo 2018 

If you haven’t been to Quilt Expo in Madison yet you really need to go.  I haven’t missed a show since it’s beginning 14 years ago.  My first couple years I was in awe with meeting the teachers and taking classes and lectures.  I would say to myself some day I’m going to teach here.  Well    I did start teaching at Quilt Expo and I haven’t missed a year since. They graciously  accept my proposals now every year.  Some years I lecture everyday. Some like last year I lectured once. Many years I entered quilts in the show.  And seeing your quilt in a show is so amazing. 
Last year was a big year for Expo.  Ricky Tim’s came to Wisconsin to share his art. 
Ricky is know for Caveman Quilting. Convergence quilts, Kaleidoscope quilts among a few.  But most importantly Alex Anderson and he are hosts to “The Quilt Show”. An amazing online quilt community with his fantastic show.  It’s not just the shows on the website but you can have access to everything quilting.  It’s. A huge family with one thing in common.  QUILTING. For me I love looking at the albums of quilts made by people all over the world.  Yes it’s  international !!  It’s where I go when my creativity goes south.  Hours and hours of international and national teachers sharing their techniques with Alex, Ricky and the audience in over 250 hour long shows.  Check it out.

Getting back to Quilt Expo.  I have been asked again this year to teach and lecture.  This year I will be teaching Ricky Tim’s Convergence Quilts.  Thank you to Ricky for allowing me to teach his technique.  A fun way to take 4 fabrics, cut them up in a way to converge them into a beautiful quilt. 
Friday morning I will be teaching my Thread Sketching and Bead Embellishment lecture.  One of my favorite.  With a trunk show of quilts. 
They have free stage presentations. 126 lectures that  are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.   Sit down classes and hands on workshops.  You can sew for charity too.  And “sew” much more. Watch for the 2018 schedule to come out soon!  

It feels so good to get back into teaching and lecturing.  I took a few years off of lecturing to guilds and teaching at shops.  Well. I’m back... for good!  Quilting is my passion.  Not much can get in the way of me and my quilting.  

I’m available to lecture or teach at your guilds or shops.  I love sharing my passion with other quilters.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Anything Goes

I wanted to share with you a challenge Threadbenders had last year.  It was called Anything Goes and it truly was an anything goes challenge.  Starting with a bag of scraps or larger pieces of fabric you will pick a bag and start a quilt with that fabric.  Every month we bring the bag back with the project that we started.  It would get put into the middle of the room and we would pick another bag.  It was one of the most fun challenges I have ever done.
But, what happens at the end you ask?  The original person gets their quilt back and needs to finish it.  Because hopefully we will be displaying these challenge quilts at a quilt show or shop.  I was so distraught.  My quilt came back with beautiful work on it.  But, it just wasn't my style.  So I put it aside and really didn't think much of it.. I figured why would I finish it I probably won't hang it anywhere.  Well, we had a place to hang them.  Sew Much More.  Unfortunately I didn't have the time to get mine finished.  But, I brought it out and put it on my design wall and looked at it often.
Finally a thought came to my mind.  It's a anything goes challenge so I could still change it if I wanted to.  So I did.  I'm a Laurel Burch lover!!  Thats an understatement!!  So I decided to cut out the inside and put a part of a Laurel Burch panel of some horses in the middle.  Then I liked it.  I got it on the long arm and whipped up some quilting and finished it.  I'm still thinking of adding some bling.
It just goes to show that you might not like how something turned out.  So change it!!  This was fun and a learning experience for me.
You can see all of the quilts here...

Friday, February 9, 2018

So Whats in Store for Your Spring?

What a beautiful SNOW DAY! I have a busy couple of months coming up. This Sunday I am doing a vendor show at The Radisson Hotel in Menomonee Falls. There will be over 35 vendors and Swag Bags to the first 35 people who walk in the door.  Do you need some more essential oils, Lu La Roe clothes, Lipsense, WildTree, 31 bags, Pampered Chef... and so many more.  Interested in trying Plexus?  I will have trial packs for sale at the event. It will be done snowing by Sunday so why not get out and shop?

 This upcoming week I am the guest speaker at my Oconomowoc Quilt Guild.  My lecture is my Journey from Artist to Quilter.  I'm excited because this is the first time giving this lecture.  Love my girls for being Guinea Pigs for me. I have so much to show from my first Stamping up set to a boat load of quilts I have made.  Today I will be packing all the artowork that I need to take.
Friday I leave for 3 day of Quilt Retreat. 6 of us are going to The Pilgrim Center on Green Lake.  It's a beautiful place.  I'm looking forward to being there in the winter.  My guild usually has their retreat there in the fall.  Either time it is always beautiful and everyone there loves it when "the quilters" come.  The food is also very good.. It's nice when you don't have to cook!

February 24th is the Winter Quilt show at Washington County Fair.  I hope to get there.  There is a lot of work to putting on one of these shows.. So if you can get out there and view the beautiful quilts.  And leave your checkbook at home if you don't want to spend money at the vendor booths.  ( I just take cash)  :)

March is going to come in like a Lion. I have pretty much just a normal schedule in March.  Hopeing to make my first trek in a long time up north.
I joined a photography group. Unlimited Vision.  They meet twice a month in Waukesha.  I'm so excited to learn more about photography  * the right way *  I took this photo of a Red Tail Hawk the other day.  It was in the tree across the street when I came home from work.

April brings one of my favorite Quilt Retreats. Ben Franklin Crafts in Ocomowoc sponsors a retreat to Osthoff Resort.  It's a beautiful place.  Spacious for quilting or Scrapbooking.  Theres a nice pool that we love to enjoy.  I have been blessed with so many good friends to go on these retreats with.
From what I heard there are a few spots left.  Check it out.

After Quilt Retreat I will be gearing up to go visit my parents and my sister in Arizona. To be honest that can't come soon enough.  I'm anxious to see mom.  I love Arizona!!  Not to live there but, I will always be visiting. I loved the hiking in the White Tank.  Dad has a really nice house. My sister's house and my dad's house back yards meet.  It's such a different environment than Wisconsin.  Again I am so blessed to have my parents.  Mom just turned 90 and dad will be 98 in 4 days.  He golfs 3 times a week. I don't think he would have been able to do that if he stayed here for the winter.  God bless them!!

And now the last most important thing in my life right now is Brayden.  My Grandson will be 4 months old this week.  He is growing so fast.  He is the love of my life.  Along with my family and my animals.  I thank God everyday for all the blessings he has given me.  I'll leave you with a few photos of Brayden.  

Friday, February 2, 2018

End of the Year Part ll

In the beginning of Dec. Mike and I went to Surprise and Sedona to visit my parents and my sister.  Here are just a few photos from our trip.  My mom celebrated her 90th birthday on Dec. 21.  Of course we had to have a party for her while we were there.  Dad had the coolest hummingbirds coming to his feeder!!  

Friday, December 29, 2017

End of the Year Part 1

Thought I would bring you all up to speed as what is going on in my life.  I was trying to post every week but, that ended very early in the year.  Things got a little crazy for me and my family.   We lost a few family members this past year and 1/2 and it has been tough.  But, I am back to quilting and doing the things that I love.

First and foremost... I became a grandma.  My Grandson, Brayden was born Oct. 11, 2017.  He is obviously the love of my life.  As well as all my family members.  After everything our family went through since 2015 he has been such a blessing. I'm so proud of my daughter.  She is a great mom.
We had a really fun Christmas with Brayden.  The only thing missing was my mom, dad and sister.  I'll tell you more about them in Part 2 in my next blog post.

Last summer I had a great opportunity along with 16 other gals to take a class from Barbara Yates Beasley.  This is the owl I have been working on.  I still have to quilt the background.  And the cat I started in her class.  I love both of them and can't wait to start another one. Barbara and I had a great time for the few days she was here. I'm hoping she can come back sometime.

I attended a few Quilt retreats which always gets me pumped up.  I love seeing what everyone is working on.  I finished a few tops at my Nov. retreat.

I also took a class from My Material Matters that my dear friend Joan Cain taught on Laura Heine's 
collage technique.  This was a 2 day class and I love this technique too. 

Besides my quilting I have started selling Health and Wellness Products 
Plexus Worldwide.  I am amazed by these products and since I have been 
taking them I'm feeling like a million bucks.  I had stomach aches all the time. 
2 weeks after starting the Tri Plex they were gone.  I have lost 12 lbs as well and 
continue to take these products along with their Multivitamin X factor plus and
Accelerator which helps with weight loss.  I take Block before those high carb
meals. It blocks up to 48 percent of carbs and sugars. 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

1600 Race (making a quilt out of a jelly roll... quick!!)

Oconomowoc Quilt guild had an interesting meeting last week.  We had a race to make 1600 quilts.  I never even heard of them until the month before.  We had 7 machines at least 3 people at a machine.  A jelly roll of strips were sewn together end to end.  We had to fold it in half and sew a 1/4 " seam the length of the strips.  Then you fold it again ( cutting the folded end) and sew the 2 and 2 strips together.  Then you have 4 strips.  You fold it again and cut the loop and sew again.  And you do this until you have a quilt.  It took about 45 minutes.  This is a great way to make quilts for comfort.  Donation quilts.  So if you are looking for something fun to do at one of your guild meetings have a 1600 Race!!  Everyone's a winner!!  I found some instructions I added below. 

I found these Instructions on the Web.  
Jelly Roll 1600” Instructions
Instructions courtesy of Heirloom Creations
Note: instructions follow for making the quilt top as a race. If you are doing it on your own, at your own pace, just proceed through each step normally.

Advance Prep:
Your pit crew needs to have the following items on hand: one jelly roll or 40 strips that are 2 1/2” x 40′′, scissors, thread, one full bobbin of Aurifil thread and one iron.
Shuffle jelly roll strips to mix up the colors. Most pre-selected jelly rolls roll like colors together. For this quilt, the outcome will look better with a randomized order. Prints with an up or down look will not matter which way they are sewn.

Warm Up Lap:
Sew all 2 1/2” strips on a diagonal into one long strip. (Like 
sewing binding together).
Before the Green Flag Drops...
DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP... From one end, cut off 18′′ of the sewn together strip and throw it away. This will randomize the location of the diagonal seams throughout the quilt.

********* Green Flag = GO! *********This is where the race will start!
Find the beginning and ending of the 1,600′′ long strip. Placing each of the ends right sides together, start sewing. This will be the longest seam. When the end is reached, cut the jelly roll strip apart and finish the seam.

Pit Stop #1
The strip will now be 800” long. No need to press; it can be all be done at the end.
Lap #2
Locate the beginning and end of the 800” strip and start sewing them together. When the end is reached, cut the jelly roll strip apart and finish the seam.
Repeat the same process a total of five times! Each “lap” will take half the time to sew as the lap before!
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Press all seams the same direction and trim sides even. Borders are totally optional. I personally like the size that this quilt finishes without adding anything extra. Just quilt and bind as desired.
Where can I find pictures and more detailed instructions on making the jelly roll quilt?
Please visit: (race & quilt instructions & race video) (video showing how to make the quilt) Tips for smaller and larger quilts using the same jelly roll strip process are posted in several discussion
blogs at:
Search on “jelly roll quilt 1600 baby”, for instance, then read through the discussion sessions for suggestions.
How big is the finished quilt top?
Your quilt top will be 48” x 64” assuming you start with 40 2 1⁄2” strips. Adding borders is an optional finishing touch that will also make the quilt top bigger.
Do I need to donate my quilt-top or finished quilt to Ronald McDonald House?
If you’ve used your own fabric /jelly roll strips - of course not! That is entirely your choice. However, if you are considering donating, it does make a great donation to a worthwhile charity. Jelly roll quilts are fun to begin with, and this pattern will be especially cheering to a sick child.
If you’ve used fabric/jelly roll strips provided by BPQ/Charity, then yes, we encourage you to turn in your finished quilt-top or quilt at a BPQ meeting to donate back to The Ronald McDonald House.