Sock Monkey Pillow – dun

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We were tooling around the Traverse City area last year and ran across a cool quilt shop in Interlocken, MI, called Interquilten. Of course we had to stop!  I found an adorable pillow pattern that had a sock monkey on it so I had to make it for Cole. I used a pair of Scott’s old jeans. I love the end result. I found the pillow form at Amazon. It’s considered a “toddler pillow” size – never knew it existed.

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Fortunately, sweet Cole loved it! It matched the blanket and pillow case that I made him perfectly.

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One more finish

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I was so happy to finish another UFO! I started this quilt for Scott a coughwhilecoughyearscough ago and finally finished it. I only lacked the quilting and binding and was able to get it pumped out in a few evenings. I am getting more comfortable with the BSR and it’s actually a lot of fun. I can’t believe I waited this long to start using it. I purchased the fabric for this quilt at Hobby Lobby and wanted to create a quilt that didn’t take away from the airplanes. I just paired large squares with Marti Michell’s Sashing Stars set to make the sashing. I was really pleased with the outcome and so was Scott.

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Hexie Crazy

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I started a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt quilte a while ago.  I’ve gotten the itch to work on it again and have made some progress on both individual hexies and the flowers. I may be in the nursing home before I finish but at least I’m making progress.

It starts with this:

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Which becomes this:

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And eventually becomes this:

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Hopefully someday I can share a completed quilt but I’m not holding my breath!


First Quilty Finish of 2015

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Shew – I actually STARTED and FINISHED a quilt in 2015! I decided to make a lap quilt to bring as a doorprize for the 2015 For Women Only Snowmobile Ride for Easter Seals taking place January 30-February 1 in Grayling. As I started putting it together I decided it might be too big to offer as a doorprize so I offered it to Easter Seals as a raffle or something – whatever they wanted to do with it. They decided to put it in a raffle that included some other “big” prizes. I was surprised to see so many tickets in the pot for those in the running for it. The leader of my group actually won and I was very happy. When they were doing the final drawing of the winner someone shouted out – “She’s going to make another one next year!”. So I guess I will make another one next year!

I had purchased fabric with snowmobiles on it a year or so ago. I had to come up with a quilt design would not destroy the fabric design. I decided on a Disappearing Nine Patch. I had never made one before and I was very pleased with the outcome. I had to piece the original Nine Patch Blocks carefully because after the big cut I was turning 2 of them 180 degrees. I wanted the snowmobiles to all be going the same direction. I also had to be brand-neutral in my accent color selection. I just went for primary colors since those pretty much represent the 4 brands. I really like this design and will definitely make another quilt using that pattern. It’s also a great way to use up those 5″ squares I seem to be collecting.

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After 16 years, he still amazes me

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We made the decision to purchase snowmobiles this year after a very long hiatus from the sport. There were many discussions and sleepless nights over this decision but we finally made it and jumped in head first. Scott ended up snow checking one in April because the one he really wanted was only available on pre-order from Ski-doo and “just in case” we decided to go for it. The one I wanted was part of their regular line so we would just get one from the dealer. Scott’s arrived from the dealer in the fall as expected, mine was not there yet.

After many delays and setbacks in delivery of mine – or so I thought – it was finally time to get it. We drove to Greenville, stopped to eat and waited for an email from our salesperson telling us it was ready. We got to Nelson’s and they were finishing it up and finally the salesperson asked if we wanted to go take a look at it, they were “tightening the track”. I walked back through the service area and about passed out when I saw it – Scott had designed HIMSELF a custom sled wrap of a quilt, working closely with SCS Wraps. It was the most beautiful quilt I’ve ever seen! My mouth flew open and I started to cry. I just kept looking at it and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. We have had discussions about how to “pink it up” because, of course, it had to have some pink on it. Little did I know it would be perfectly pink!

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The detail is amazing. He thought of everything. The texture they were able to capture is incredible. The stitched Ski-Doo logo may be the best part – heck it’s all awesome. It even has a quilt label on the tank.

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It will be hard to miss me on the trails! Come on snow!

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