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April 2014 - Goal

 Saturday, April 5, 2014

Well I did make some progress on last month's goal, but I didn't quite get it completed.  I finished putting together the 20 4-patch blocks that I needed, but I did not get a chance to embroider the remaining five squares.  Here is the stack of 4 patch blocks I did finish.


Here are the blue / green combo blocks:


Here are the orange / brown combo blocks:


My goal for April is to embroider the 5 squares and then sew together the quilt top.  Wish me luck!

Linking up to Fiber of All Sorts.  


Happy Quilting!

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Quilt Sample Finished

 Monday, March 10, 2014

I am incredibly excited to finally have this finished!  I turned it in to the quilt shop earlier today, so now they have a sample to show people who are looking for a long arm quilter.  Yea!!!  Finally things are starting to get checked off my list.  I quilted this using a pantograph called "Pumpkin Patch".  It was a lot of fun to do.  I am finding that I need a little bit more "detailed" pantographs because the ones that are a little bit more plain for some reason don't turn out as good for me.  Or I just don't like them, but you got start somewhere right.



Now here is the back side, which you can see the quilting even better on.


A close up of the pumpkin.


A close up of the leaves.


Linking up to "Fabric Tuesday" hosted by Meg and Heather at the Quilt Story.  

Happy Quilting!

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March 2014 - Goal

 Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Another month another goal.  I am really hoping to finish this one on time!   My adorable nephew is 15 months old and never got a quilt from me when he was born.  Bad Aunty!  I make a quilt for ALL my nieces and nephews, and since he is going to be a big brother in August, I have to get his quilt finished!  Since I am going to have another baby quilt to make at the end of the summer.  My goal for March is to embroider 5 squares with dragons and his name on the brown fabric shown below.  


The other 4 fabrics that are shown will be used to make 4 patches for the remaining 20 squares.



Linking up to Fiber of All Sorts.  


Happy Quilting!

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Quilt Sample Update

 Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I am pretty excited because I am actually making some "quilting" progress this month.  Over the weekend I was able to get my "quilt sample" pieced together at craft night with some friends.  Woohoo!




My plan is to get this sample quilted up over the weekend trying a new panto I bought about a month ago.  Can't wait to show you next week!

Linking up to "Needle and Thread Thursday" hosted by Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation.  


Happy Quilting!

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February 2014 - Goal

 Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Okay, I hate to say it but I did not start the new year off very good, however, it isn't totally my fault!  I wasn't able to complete my January goal due to how crazy busy I was at work this past month.  The beginning of the year is usually hard for accountants anyways, but the person who works for me needed surgery, so I had to do her job as well as inheriting payroll because our human resource person left in December!  Ugh!  Let's just say I am definitely not a fan of payroll and every other Thursday is not a fun day for me!  With that being said, January is now over (Yea!!!) and the tax deadlines are met, so hopefully I can start to quilt again!

As you can see I didn't make it very far on my last month's goal of completing my quilt sample, so I am going to "repeat" my January goal for February.  The plan is to get this quilt sample finished and off to my local quilt shop, so they have one of my "pieces" to show potential customers!  So wish me luck!




Linking up to Fiber of All Sorts.  


Happy Quilting!


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January 2014 - Goal

 Saturday, January 4, 2014

Welcome back everyone to hopefully a fun and exciting 2014!  I am not usually a resolution setter, but I am a goal setter.  This year I have two big goals that I would like to accomplish in the upcoming year.  The first one is to finally get my long arm quilting business started.  The second one is to make a new "quilt" for my husband who has been patiently waiting for the past two years.  I would like to make it his "big" Christmas present for 2014.   Anyways, over the course of this year, I will be setting "smaller" goals so I can achieve both of these "larger" goals.  I am really excited because Shanna from Fiber of All Sorts and Melissa from Sew Bitter Sweet Designs are planning on hosting a second year long "Lovely Year of Finishes".


My goal for January is to make one of two small samples for a local quilt shop that is going to recommend me for customers who need a long arm quilter.  

I will be using this tutorial by Vanessa from Lella Boutique, which I have used before.  You can see that post here.  It is a nice simple pattern that would make a great quilt sample.  I will be making it out of Sweetwater's Boo Crew fabric.  I want to quilt it with a new "pantograph" design that I have been practicing called "modern twist".  


Linking up to Fiber of All Sorts.  


Happy Quilting!

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Christmas Presents

 Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Well it is that time of year again where everyone is just so busy with decorating, Christmas shopping, wrapping, sending out Christmas cards, holiday programs and parties.  Sometimes I feel like the holiday season is such a blur and I am a robot just going through the motions.  I am trying really hard this year though to enjoy this holiday season because my kids are 6 and 2 and they are just growing up too fast.  My oldest just lost her first tooth!  Which means I haven't actually done much quilting or sewing these past couple of weeks.  However, I did decide to sew up these super cute gift bags though.  Aren't they just adorable?




I used this tutorial from Amy at Positively Splendid, which you can find here.  They really are pretty easy to make.  I made the smallest size, which fit gift cards and candy goodies perfectly.

I was also super exited because I finally received this book in the mail!  I was so excited to get it.  It is a signed copy of Quilting Wide Open Spaces by Judi Madsen, which you can purchase here.  There are a few designs of hers that I would love to quilt up and this book tells you how to do just that.



I also wanted to take the time to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  I can't wait to see what 2014 brings!  See you then!

Happy Quilting!


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