Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Quilts of Valor December.....

Happy December!!!  

I know it's holiday time and  a lot of folks are getting Christmas Gifts ready - but I hope you will still find a little inspirations, and Ideas for a Quilt of Valor!!

Made by Paula D
Especially for a VietNam Veteran

Another made by Paula D

Field of Stars
Made and quilted by Alycia
(pattern can be found here:

I believe these were made by the Mollahan girls

 And pillowcases!!

Everything is just so beautiful
and so appreciated!

Have a Quilty Day!!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Retreat Day 2

Are you ready to  see my Day Two projects?  I was told to take at least one project for each day..... so I obliged!!!

sent me this precut Quilt in a Bag .... and I started in!!

Prepping the squares

and stitching along!!

We were up at high elevations - so we had an official "Drink" person
It was so cute - every so often she would yell Drink!
And we would all take big glugs of our water.

No one wanted to get altitude sickness - and staying hydrated was the best way to counteract it

I might have drank enough water though - that I was swimming!!

After all the blocks were sewn this was the layout I decided on
and by adding border
it is 64 x 64

But!!! I wasn't finished yet!!! 
This took me through Day 1 and a little of Day 2 - so I started another project......   

You'll have to come back to see it.....

Linking to:
FreeMotion by the River

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Mystery Monday and Retreat!!!

Oh Boy!! We are on Clue #2 of the

  EnProvence Mystery from Bonnie over at Quiltville!!!

After a couple of upside Down blocks - I am on a roll!!!

I am doing it in Patriotic along with 

Which is really good - cuz when I ask him what color my magenta was supposed to be, 
he doesn't even laugh at me!!!!!!

We need 100 - I have 10 perfectly done!

But I have a good excuse - 
The Men kicked me out of the house for a while!!
And I got to go up to the mountains for a


and I might have got a few things done!!

Here is one!

I was gifted these 9 patches
and sew - I put them into a quilt top

Here is a better image
( I didn't realize how dark that was!)

And - a little image from one of my latest photoshoots ;-)

This is my pasture - wierd right???

( there are a few more here:

Linking to:

Friday, December 02, 2016

Finishing UFO's

Yay!! This is now a top - with a back, ready for a quilter to get to work on it!!

Remember Ty Pennington? Remember that he got into fabrics? Well - all but the teal are a part of his fabric line - I am not sure how long ago that was - but I am glad to have found a way to use them

( this was the March Free Scrappy Pattern on my Craftsy Site:   )

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Quilts of Valor Colorado

I feel like we are still recovering from the High Of Veterans Day - so many awesome Veterans all over the US were honored. I know we do this year round - but for some reason Veterans Day felt like the Christmas of it all!!

This one was cool for me - these are the Veterans in my Church
I can not tell you how nervous I was
We laughed - as I talk to millions and do ok - but these guys -
especially since I knew them - was nerve wracking

and we kept it a surprise
I have a big mouth
It's hard to keep a secret - but they were amazed!

This Quilt was made by Barbara - Quilted by Connie
The block pattern can be found here

Made by Marilyn V a
I believe it is a Bonnie Hunter pattern

Left made by Leann quilted by Ann R
Right - made with MQX block drive blocks Quilted by Connie

Left and Right
Made by Hands all Around

Left Made by Hands all Around
Right made by Marilyn with Wonky Star Blocks Quilted by Connie
Wonky Star Pattern can be found here

Left - made by Margie
Right - made by Lynette
Both Quilted by Connie
Pattern found here:

Hope you are inspired to quilt a little bit now? 

PS - I have updated my Pattern Links to all sorts of patterns on this blog

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Life on the Ranch

With all the boys home, my devious mind thought - Oh!! Muscle!!! They can help me, and I can make cookies and laugh at them.....

We had to get hay. It has been a mild Winter so far, and that worked in my favor.  My Hay guy said - you need to come get it all, I am replanting.... yada yada.... so off we went!

This was the first load - 
Little Bit, Wrangler Man and I got it

Not too bad of a place right?
The only problem?
With Daylight Savings time ( or winter time or WHATEVER we call it)
I run out of day before I run out of lists!!!

So loading hay at sunset became normal

The other boys came home,
and some of their friends!

And the snow came
and they loaded all of it and stored it in the barn 
So I am one happy camper now!!
(PS - I did make cookies while the men got the hay - so I forgot to take a photo of them.)
(PPS - they ate all the cookies, and the tacos, and the pumpkin pie, and the milk)
(PPPS - I may need a milk cow next time)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Mystery Monday and more!!

I hope you all had a Great Thanksgiving and week. My whole family was home, and man did I work them.... More about that tomorrow!!

In Between all the work - Bonnie EnProvence Mystery Clue #1 came out!! Yippee!!  The men went Black Friday Shopping... and I started in on Clue #1

( before you give them too much grief - Carhartt Jackets were on sale, and mine is 22 years old, and Smooth Wire was on sale, and Hay tarps.... so you know - it was all manly stuff!)

As you know - Bonnie patterns are pretty scrappy, but she gave some cool options for this first step - so mine feels a little boring - but I am sure it will work out great in the end!!

So! There it is in all of its Glory - Clue #1

(PS - I'm linking to Kevin's EnProvence too - he and I are both doing it in Patriotics!!!)

And since it didn't take me as long as I had scheduled for - I started working on this!

My goal is 12 blocks - I am now up to 9 blocks
(maybe 10 by the time you read this, but I hadn't squared it up yet 
so it doesn't count)

and yes - I am double Designing Walling !!

These are Chimney Sweep blocks
Every pattern I read had them in 2 7/8 inch strips
but I had a huge box of pre cute 2 1/2 inch strips - 
so I modified the pattern a bit

You can find it in my Craftsy store ( for free)
if your interested

Linking to:

Monday, November 21, 2016

Oh Happy Week

My kids are home - we have a lot of work to do, and there is the reward of Turkey at the end ;-) 

Hope you all have a great week and focus on the things that you are Thankful For, 
and that bring you Joy 


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

QOV CO Block Drive Finale!!

Whoot Whoot - Lots of Block have arrived - and I am so tickled!!! You never know how these things will go - and I know everyone is already so busy - its just the way life goes! But I get so excited when everyone takes a moment to make a block.

And this last weekend a LOT of Quilts of Valor were presented - it's always so cool to say - and 42 people made your quilt..... freaks them out ( ha ha ha)

These 12 blocks came from Carol H of our QOV group ( here in Kersey)

And the 6 below came from Maureen H in NY!!

And Now.....
Drum Roll Please.....

We had 

arrive at my doorstep 
and another

103 Blocks
From the Softball team at University of Northern Colorado

For a total of


That will make at least 17 Quilts of Valor
and maybe 18 - because I have a lot of them in process
They are just so much fun to make!!

A huge shout out to Jan of

for designing the pattern and so graciously Sharing it!

If you still have blocks in progress that you want to add to ours
feel free to send them in 
Stitching in Earnest will begin in January!
Pattern can be found here:


For the Winners of the Waterpik Showerheads

The one on the Left   :      Christy M of Galena KS  
The one on the Right  :   Jeanne Ann A of Orlando FL     

And the Winners of the Stash Packs


1. Holly M in Brazil IN
2. Julie S in TN
3. Laura R in Weed CA
4. C  Delostrinos in WA
5. Deb M in Denver CO

So All of these lovely Gifts will be shipping out of Friday and Saturday to all of you!

Thank you SO much for playing along and being a part of Honoring 
our Veterans Touched by War!!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Boo Boo Blocks

That is now this Quilts name in my head - can you imagine when I go to present it - I will tell the Veteran - your Quilt is named Boo Boo Blocks.... and everyone will probably look at me like I sprung a leak!

I will need to rename it before hand!

Anyways - the 6  blocks - that were 12 1/2 to 13 inches in size are now their own quilt and I believe they are happy!   It has a back all chosen, and is in my Queue to Quilt....

Here it is - in all of it's glorious Scrappy Ness!!
I love it!

Here are the blocks when I was trying to figure out how I wanted it to look
The yellow tags were the block sizes 
I knew I had a bad memory and would forget as soon as I looked away!

Each strip of fabric
reminded me of another quilt!
Too cool

And laying them out to make it the right size
I sort of took over the house - 
Good thing my Men are nice to me!

And now....
It needs to be quilted !

Now - just a little precursor - the Block drive is now finished - you can still send blocks ( we will love them I promise) but they won't count for prizes. Wednesday I will have a recap for you

This last weekend was sort of like the Super Bowl of Quilts of Valor - Veterans Day was well awarded.  ( I have no idea if that makes sense or not - but keep coming back - it will!)

Linking to:
Monday Making
Moving it Forward
Patchwork Times
Main Crush Monday