It’s finally looking like Spring!

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We took Madison to Rogue River Park for a walk this weekend and actually saw signs of spring. It’s been a long winter and I don’t think it’s over but there were some wildflowers that popped out of the ground. So nice to see some color. Madison even managed to jump in the river.

 





Colorado – 2017

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I flew from Texas at the end of my Girl’s Trip to Denver to meet Scott. He drove out to Colorado with Madison and we spent a week exploring. We had an incredible time and I can’t wait to go back. From Rocky Mountain National Park to Grand Lake to Black Hawk. SOOOO much fun and beautiful scenery. We even woke up to a blanket of snow in Rocky Mountain National Park. The elk were everywhere you turned and we just couldn’t get enough of it.

  


It was a blast!

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We had yet another fantastic year at Sturgis. This year was especially nice because we were able to share it with our good friends. We had a lot of laughs and a lot of fun! Smiles for miles!

We took the Badger from Ludington to Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Our rain gear got LOTS of use on the way out west!

Gotta stop at Bergdale for a hotdog to tide you over!

The Badlands are one of my favorite places in the US. Riding through them on a motorcycle is undescribable.

LOVE all the tunnels on Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road.

 


Off to the Wild Wild West!

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In a few short days we are off to here…

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but there are so many more things we will do that are WAY better and WAY more interesting than Sturgis! It’s an experience all on it’s own but I can’t wait to hit the road with my sweetie and friends to the Wild Wild West!

It’s kind of funny to me that we say “we are going to Sturgis” but in reality the time we actually spend there is minimal compared to all our activities. We may not do all of these but to me, this trip is really about the following:

  • The Ferry
  • Wisconsin Dells
  • Crossing the Mississippi River
  • Albert Lea, Minnesota (even though is seems to take FOREVER to get through MN!!!)
  • Mitchell, South Dakota
  • Pronghorn Antelope
  • Prairie Dogs
  • The Badlands
  • Wall, South Dakota (Wall Drug of course!)
  • Hill City, South Dakota
  • Needles Highway
  • Iron Mountain Road
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Crazy Horse
  • Custer, South Dakota
  • Custer State Park
  • The beautiful Black Hills
  • The Big Horn Mountains
  • Cody, Wyoming
  • The Beartooth Mountains
  • Cooke City, Montana
  • Yellowstone

The West will definitely feed my soul!

 


2017 Finishes

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In an effort to bust out my quilting UFO’s I’m going to make a blog post with my finishes and add to it as I finish more (being optimistic here….). I can’t seem to blog regularly, maybe I’ll keep this up to date!

FWO (For Women Only Snowmobile Ride) Raffle Quilt

I made a quilt once again to be raffled off during the 2017 FWO ride. I used my last snowmobile fabric that I could find which may be ironic because this may be the last year the ride takes place. The colors are much richer than the picture – it just doesn’t photograph very well. This is a pattern I found on Craftsy.

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FWO Wallhanging

I made a wall hanging for my door at the hotel to hang during the FWO. I purchased the kit at Shabby Fabrics – one of my favorite online quilt shops. The fabric is all flannel. I made the little banner and then removed it after I got home and hung it on the wall in my bedroom.

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A New Age BOM

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I said I was NOT going to sign up for any more Block of the Month (BOM) programs – ah, famous last words…

I was quilting last fall with a friend at Attic Window Quilt Shop and Chris, the owner started showing us the BOM’s that were coming up in the new year. One totally caught my eye – A New Age by Nancy Rink. I have completed both Amish with a Twist 1 & 2 (the aren’t quilted yet) and this is another one using the same designer’s pattern and fabrics. The colors and design grabbed me as well as this specially dyed fabric for this quilt called Aged Muslin. It started in February and I am actually caught up! I’m using the dark background and really love how the colors pop. Amazing. Really looking forward to see this one come together.

She does have Amish with a Twist 3. hummmmm……..

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The fabric isn’t wrinkled – it’s actually printed that way.

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Back on 2 wheels

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It’s hard to believe we were flying across snow not so many days ago and today we are cruising down the road on 2 wheels. We took advantage of the nice day and headed out on the Harley. It was in the 50’s, a little cool but good leather made it bearable. We made the rounds at our normal spots and even had some luck at Keno. As much fun as we had in West, I’m now ready for spring! We ended this great day with a bonfire – another first of 2016.

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