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Sunshine Ripples Quilt | A Finished Quilt | One Monthly Goal Finish

I am so very happy to finally have this quilt completed! The blocks were started in 2017 during my month as queen for my Bee Hive quilting group run through Blossom Heart Quilts. After I received my blocks they just sat in a box. Then later in the year we moved.


After we moved (2018) I got the itch to finish the blocks I needed. Then back into the box they went. Well finally last year (2019) I actually stitched the top together and added the border. I had good intentions of finishing this quilt before the end of year. But life, and it just didn't happen.


So as 2020 started I decided it was time to just finish this quilt. I booked time on the long arm and spent the day quilting this. I did some straight line quilting and on the long arm with channel locks it was so easy. No pain of wrangling the quilt through my domestic sewing machine. Long arm quilting is defiantly how I plan to quilt the last 3 quilt tops I have left from last year.


I made this quilt for my youngest daughter En…
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One Monthly Goal | January Edition

Hello 2020! Time to get right to work and get some of this quilts completed once and for all! For my One Monthly Goal, I am going to finish this bed quilt for my youngest daughter. Hopefully making this my goal for the month, will force me to schedule some time on the long arm to just finish this quilt. This year I am really working on clearing out projects that have been around for awhile or just letting them go. Here's to making some progress on that goal.

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal.


What a Decade it has Been | Goals for 2020

I am still having a difficult time with the fact that we are on the brink of a new decade! I am not a young newly married women fresh out of grad school anymore. I am now a well seasoned wife, mother, runner, quilter, sewing teacher, and general outdoor enthusiast.

It is amazing how much can change in 10 years. I became a mom to two awesome girls. I took up quilting to help heal after a miscarriage and never stopped quilting. Quilting has gotten me through some tough times. I started running again and even completed a half marathon, which has been on my bucket list for awhile. Now I can't imagine life without some running. I am excited to see what is in store as we start a new decade.

I really love having a list of goals/things I want to accomplish during the year. Whether they are big goals or just I've been meaning to do this but just haven't made the time kind of goal. I did look at my list of this year and was actually quite surprised to discover that I completed 14 o…

Lisbon Pouches | A Finished Project| Scrap Project 10 & 11

One of these days I will have a finished quilt to share, but I just haven't made the time to finish any. Plus this time of year, I love a quick project that I can finish in one sewing session. So these Lisbon Pouches by SOTAK Patterns are that perfect quick project.


My oldest daughter has been asking for a wallet like pouch for awhile now as she has been earning money from loosing tooth and doing additional chores than her usual. So when trying to find a pattern that would work, I remembered the Lisbon Pouch and with the two zippers I thought it would be perfect.


And if I make one for my oldest daughter, that means I better make one for the youngest as well! So two quick zip pouches in an afternoon, made with scrap fabric, interfacing, and leftover zipper ends!


I love Svetlana's patterns, so clearly written and easy to follow. I have so many of her patterns, that I sew up constantly. Useful patterns that create function items that work well for daily life!


Now I just have to …

Explorer Tote & Essex Wallet | Finished Projects

Hello Thanksgiving Week! Popping in to share my latest bag project. Lately I've been on a bag making kick and here is the proof, 2 bags within a couple of weeks! But with the busy holiday travel season almost here, I wanted a new bag to tote around.
When the Explorer Tote by Noodlehead came out, I wanted to make one. Well I finally got around to making one! Of course I made some modifications to make this bag work for my lifestyle.

The first modification I did was to leave off the exterior flap. If I were to use the larger size (I made the small size) the flap might be useful when packing as an overnight bag. But to use everyday, I just wanted to zip and go.


Since I left off the flap, I needed to modify the front pocket. So I added a zipper front pocket and it is the perfect size for my phone! No more digging through my bag to find my phone. Plus the zipper adds a little pop of color to the front of the bag along with the handles.


Plenty of space to tote around all the things I n…

Maker's Tote | A Finished Project

How is it near the end of November!? This month has been flying by, obviously this is my first post for the month. I have been sewing and sewing, just most of my sewing lately has been for shop samples for a newer quilt shop that I am helping out at. 
This Maker's Tote by Noodlehead Sewing Patterns is just one of those samples. I needed a sample for the class that I taught last weekend. Since I made the large size last year for myself, I decided to make up the small size.

This such a great pattern to showcase a great print, like this one from P&B Textiles. I love the watercolor dots, so bright and cheerful perfect for these rainy dreary November days. I enjoy making this bag, stitching on the binding can be tricky but if you go slowly it will come out.

This bag really makes me wish that I knitted as this would be the perfect bag for a knitting project. I use my large size as an overnight bag or taking my supplies that I need when I teach sewing/quilting classes.

After making …

Fall | The Best Season and a Little Sewing

Fall in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan doesn't disappoint! The colors this year have been amazing. A few weekends ago we did a little fall color tour to the Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains. While it was a rather blustery day, the scenery did not disappoint.


This was my first time in the region of the UP and I can't wait for our Labor Day weekend trip here next summer!


The pictures just can do justice to the landscape of the Porcupine Mountains. If you are ever in the western area of the UP, it really is a must see area!


Earlier this summer I made two Bjorn Bear pillows for my girls. Well now my husband and I have our own pillows, made in our favorite colors. First is my husbands red with blue bear. And keeping with the quilting that I did on my girls pillows I did a straight line grid, just added a little extra echoing since I just love the look of it.


My bear is in my favorite colors of green and blue. I really need to make a green and blue quilt someday.  Bot…