September 14, 2014 Alta Vista Barn Quilt Class

My mom and I taught a class at Ag Heritage Park in September.  Here are the beautiful blocks that were made!  Don't forget that I have added the ability to pin these pictures to Pinterest!  Just hover over the picture with your mouse and it should appear.
I love this sunflower block! 

Friendship Star

Wonderful horse with yellow flowers

I love the purple and white!


Ohio star with a little twist!

These two had a Grandma/granddaughter day!  They made matching block!

Misti did a great job!
Enid already has her pretty block hanging up at her house!
I love this pattern that Sheila did!  She used rubber stamps to make the stars.  It turned out awesome!
This block was inspired by the Lutheran Hymnal!

Any block with purple on it is a winner in my book!

I have painted this pattern a couple times.  I love all the color combinations I have seen!

She did a wonderful job on this block!

Beautiful!

This flag pattern keeps appearing in each class.  I love it!

Sheila made a block for her mailbox! 

I just love this pattern!

I love the color combination she used!

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July 20th Barn Quilt Block Class

I have been busy teaching barn quilt block classes!  These are the finished products from one of my recent classes.  We had 5 ladies participate.  It was a great time!

Ohio Star

Night and Day

Log Cabin

County Fair

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Goals Update

1. Lose weight -  I am down 20 pounds since Christmas!  I am not sure if it is noticeable, but I feel better! I have lost 8 lbs since starting my goal after Christmas!
2. Get in the best shape of my life - My elliptical and treadmill is still out of commission, but now we are waiting to move it into the basement when it is finished.  Hopefully that will be done in the next month!  Instead of working out inside, I have been taking more walks and even try jogging some! Unfortunately our exercise equipment is out of commission while the floor in My Purple Palace is waiting to be finished.
3. Eat healthier - I haven't eaten many more vegetables, but there is definitely an improvement in the quality of food I eat!  I hope to eat more green beans and carrots this year! (Small steps for the picky eater)
4. Stay in touch with friends better - I think I have done better.  I try to message or text friends occasionally to see how they are doing.  There is still room for improvement.  Now that we are grown up, my friends are scattered all over the state, country, and world.  Facebook, texting, etc. help, but how often do we not take the time to actually have a conversation?
5. Keep the house ready for company at all times - The house is pretty clean right now.  I might be getting the hang of this housewife thing!  I currently have the house as clean as it can be for having one room completely emptied into the living room!
6. Do one load of laundry - This hasn't been happening, but I try to do just one load a day so I am not overwhelmed.  (Thanks for the idea, Kelly!)
7. Do the dishes every morning - When I am home in the morning, I usually get the dishes cleaned.  It makes the day so much better!  It sure makes the kitchen feel better to have everything clean and put away!
8. Take a picture of something with my camera...EVERY DAY -  This is probably my worst category.  I rarely get my camera out for everyday life when I have my cellphone with me at all times.  I want to have a record of everything that happens this year!
9. Learn a new skill each month - I have started making dishcloths, dish scrubbies, and coasters, as well as learned the ripple stitch.  To practice sewing I converted to sewing my fabric strips together.  Sometime this year I am going to tackle some curtains. :) I am going to learn a new crochet stitch or pattern and maybe pick up sewing!
10. Cook at least one new recipe a month - I don't know if I have tried a new recipe each month, but I have done my best!  I am a picky eater so I tend to cook in my comfort zone. 
11. Write more - I haven't found a pen pal yet.  Anyone want a pen pal? I would like to start writing a letter with a friend, like a pen pal!
12. Finish our house projects - We have the purple room finished!  The basement is about half done and the second bathroom is prepped for a new layer of mud.  The work is being completed slowly.  We have a long list!  It is all written down and ready to have projects checked off the list.
13. Have an open house for friends and family when our house is finished - We still have a long way to go.  I would love to get it all done this year, but I doubt that will happen.  Goal for 2015? I would love to have my family and friends come up to see our house when it is finished!  Be ready for an invite!
14. Get more involved in the community -  I have gotten more involved through church and my barn quilt block classes.  I love meeting new people!  Vacation Bible School at our church this summer is being planned by a friend in the church and me.  Hopefully it will be a success!  We want to get more involved in the community and church this year!

And an obvious goal for life, cherish every day with Redbeard, Scraggly, Andie, and Custer - I have enjoyed every day with the four guys in our house!  I am very lucky to call them my family!  I must enjoy every day this year!

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Mom's New Rag Rug

My mom's birthday is in a couple weeks.  I wanted to make her a nice rug that she could use in her bathroom.  When I was looking for fabric a few months ago, I found the perfect color combination for her bathroom.  She approved the fabric and I got to work!

The rug is finally finished!
 My next rug project is for me!  It will be pink, orange, green, and purple....imagine that?!?!  Want a sneak peak?  Here it is!


 What should I do with the leftover fabric from my mom's rug?  Round, oval, or square?


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Beef Quality Assurance

A few months ago I saw an opportunity to become Beef Quality Assurance certified for free.  Boehringer Ingelheim was nice enough to pay for people to become certified.  As a crops girl, I thought I could stand to learn a little bit more about cattle.

Even though I grew up around cattle, I didn't catch the animal science bug....until I graduated from college.  After graduation, I had a four month window before getting married.  Instead of getting a job for that short time, I helped my dad on the farm.  From December to April, most of the work that goes on has to do with cattle.  Somehow it just clicked and now I am a closet cattle girl! (But don't tell anyone, I wouldn't want to ruin my agronomygirl reputation!)

So last month I signed up for the videos and tests to become BQA certified and I passed!  Now you can refer to me as agronomygirl, Beef Quality Assurance certified! ;)  Okay, maybe just Jessie.  I am excited for the extra knowledge I picked up taking this course in Cow/Calf Management!

Thanks to the ladies who posted about this on Facebook and Twitter to let me know!

If you are interested in becoming Beef Quality Assurance certified or want to learn more, you can visit http://www.bqa.org.  It is a great way to brush up on the important management decisions to raise a healthy, delicious beef product.


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Crocheted Dishcloth Giveaway

I started crocheting dishcloths about a week ago.  They are the perfect project since they are done in an hour and don't take up space like a blanket.

These are the colors I have made dishcloths in...so far.

I didn't have enough yarn to finish the dishcloth edge, so I used pink.  These are my favorite dishcloths so far!

My favorite colors!
I had so much fun giving away rag rug coasters, that I thought I would share my new dishcloths!  The winner will get their choice of color!  I will post new colors on our Facebook page as I finish them.  Click like on our new pop-up (if you haven't yet) on the bottom right of the screen.  Good luck!
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May 4th Phillipsburg Barn Quilt Block Class

We had another successful barn quilt block class last Sunday.  We had 7 participants and they did a great job!  Here are the finished products!

Double Windmill

Double Windmill

Cross and Four Patch

Ohio Star

Ohio Star and Glacier Bay

They did a great job!  The next class in Phillipsburg will be on Wednesday, May 28th at 5:00pm.  

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Wedding Inspired Blanket

I finally finished my favorite crochet project to date!  A little baby blanket (because it would take too long to make it normal size) in my favorite bright colors!  Back in November I found an online sale on yarn.  I have been wanting to buy Caron Simply Soft yarn in our wedding colors for awhile, but didn't want to spend the money on it.  When the sale was on, I bought all the colors needed for this blanket.

Here it is!
I used Red Heart's Rickrack Rainbow Baby Blanket pattern for a guide and used my own colors.  I am very happy with how it turned out!  The only downside was the time spent on the project.  It took me five months off and on working on it to complete.  Now I am ready to work with a quicker stitch. :)

Up close on the pretty colors! :)

I added a purple trim to bring it all together.
Now I am working on another blanket with the remaining yarn.   It will be made with the larksfoot stitch.  I will share when I get more of it completed!

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First Lutheran Church Cross Block

The cross block has been blessed and now hangs on the front of our church.  It seems like it was meant to be there!  Sorry for the phone picture.  If I had known it was hanging, I would have brought my camera to Bible study.  This block is officially on the North Central Kansas Barn Quilt Trail.  


I am so happy with how it turned out!  Come by First Lutheran Church in Phillipsburg to see it in person! 



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Plant Some Roots and Some Apple Trees

We got our new anniversary apple trees planted!  One is Yellow Delicious and the other is Red Delicious.  Our orchard consists of two pear trees and two apple trees now! Thank you mom and dad for our trees!

Redbeard did all of the planting for me.  Thanks to him for doing the heavy lifting!  I am so excited to see our orchard grow!  Our orchard will double in the next month again.  We have two Honeycrisp apple trees and two peach trees on their way!  I can't wait to start harvesting fruit in a few years!

Planting apple tree one


Apple tree # 2 is in the ground!
Our pear trees are getting ready to grow a lot this spring and summer, or least I hope so!  We are so excited to have a little orchard!

One of our pear trees from last year.
What other fruit trees should we add to our orchard?

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Rag Rug Coaster GIVEAWAY

A month ago, I had some fabric scraps that I didn't know what to do with.  Of course I spent some time on Pinterest and found a good idea.  I could crochet small scraps of fabric and edge with yarn to make a coaster.  I made one and was hooked instantly.  They make such cute gifts!  I thought I would share a few of the coasters I have made and wanted to give readers the opportunity to have a set for yourself!  Let me know what you think!

Green rag coaster


Red and white

Purple and white

Red, white, and black

Black and white

Red and white 
Maroon and black

Pink rag coaster set

More rag rug coasters

The coaster trimmed in green is one of my favorites!
If there is a good turnout I will select more than one winner!  Share with your friends!  The winner will have their choice of four coasters pictured.  (You can even mix and match!)  I will notify and announce the winner(s) next Monday after the giveaway closes.  Good luck!

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We Made it One Whole Year!

Last weekend we made it to one year of marriage!  It is hard to believe how fast time flies when you are having fun!  We spent the weekend celebrating another marriage, my parent's 25th wedding anniversary.  Somehow we managed to plan a surprise party and keep them out of the loop until they walked in on Saturday night!  We had a blast spending time with my family and their friends.   Over sixty people showed up to celebrate.  Thank you to everyone who came!

Thanks to my aunt for making a barn quilt block on the cake!

We made them toast like 25 years ago!

The next day (our actual anniversary) we celebrated at Dairy Queen with my parents.  Doesn't get much better than a chicken strip basket!

My parents got us two apple trees for our anniversary.  They will look great next to our pear trees.  The orchard is growing!  There is some significance to getting apple trees.  Our first dance song was "Hey Pretty Girl" by Kip Moore.  In the song he sings, "plant some roots and some apple trees."  My mom wanted to be clever and give us some apple trees to plant in our orchard.  The trees are planted and a post is soon to come!

We are so happy to be a seasoned married couple of one whole year!  We look forward to many years to come with each other!

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