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.