Made By Gina's Custom Creations

Made By Gina's Custom Creations

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

My Quilters Club of America MQ6 Quilt: Progress Update

Yesterday after work, I picked up my Quilters Club of America MQ6 quilt from The Quilting Place in Almond, Wisconsin, where I took it to have it long-arm machine quilted.
Nancy Butolph, Owner of The Quilting Place, did a BEAUTIFUL job on the quilting!  
(I wish I could do my own quilting, but I don't have a machine capable of doing so, so I have to outsource it until I can someday get myself a quilting machine).  

I wasn't super impressed with how plain the quilt top looked before having it quilted, but after seeing it quilted, I just love how it turned out!
Now I just have to bind it and it'll be complete!

Friday, August 24, 2012

More Pick-a-Pocket Purses!

Pattern Pick-A-Pocket Purse Designer: Monica Solorio-Snow of Happy Zombie

Free Pattern:

I made these a few months ago, but for some reason the photos got lost in the laptop...
so I'm just posting them now.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

First Time Musky Fishing!

Sunrise over Kentuck Lake as we were just getting on the water
August 17, 2012 at 5:45am

This has nothing to do with sewing or quilting, but I enjoyed it so much I just have to share.

I love does my boyfriend...he has way more experience than I do, and he has a fishing he's gone Musky fishing before, but I never had, until this past weekend.  A few months ago Brian asked me to be his fishing partner in the 2012 National Championship Musky Open, in Eagle River, Wisconsin, and I agreed.  So last Thursday we headed north for the weekend.  Fortunately, my parents have a lake cottage up in that area, so we were able to stay there instead of a motel or campsite.  

Friday morning we were up by 4:15am, packed a cooler for drinks and lunch, then headed out.  We got out on Kentuck Lake, then spent 11 hours fishing on our first day.  Unfortunately we didn't get anything, but Brian did have 2 follows...sure wish they'd have taken the bait!
Have you ever seen a Musky plug before?  They are huge!  And tough to cast...but by the 3rd day I was casting pretty good!  LOL!

Here's an example photo from the internet:

There were a total of 1,111 participants in this tournament, and only 198 Muskies caught & released.
(All muskies are returned to the water after being registered, and they do not count towards final points if they die, so they must be kept alive).

Our 2nd day on the water we fished for 9 hours, and Brian had 1 follow.  The last day of the tournament nobody could fish past 11am, so we only spent 4 hours on the water.  Neither of us got a Musky, but we sure did have fun trying.  We also got to see a lot of beautiful scenery and wildlife.  There were Bald Eagles nesting along the shorelines and we enjoyed watching the young eagles trying to catch fish.  We saw a couple different types of loons and some red-headed ducks.  Lots of cranes, seagulls and some herons.  It was amazing!

Here are some photos of our Musky fishing adventure...

 Don't ya just love the bug-eye fishing glasses I borrowed from Brian?  LOL!

My lovely boyfriend doing the
"I'm sexy & I know it"
look with the bug-eye fishing glasses!  LMAO!

 Red-Headed Ducks

 Brian on the boat

As I was operating the foot pedal for the trolling motor, I noticed a frog
hiding in between the top and the bottom of the pedal!

 A pretty butterfly went for a ride on the boat with us

Early Morning Fog over Kentuck Lake

 Early Morning Fog over Kentuck Lake

 Early Morning Fog over Kentuck Lake

Early Morning Fog over Kentuck Lake

Early Morning Fog over Kentuck Lake

 Brian Fishing

A Loon on Kentuck Lake 


After the Tournament is all done...

We walk down to Korth Lake, behind my parents' cottage
and my mom takes some pictures of us in our Tournament
hats and shirts...

Brian jumped on the wood dock and I freaked thinking we
were gonna fall then I was laughing at him...

My hair blowing over my chin makes me look like I've got a beard!

Here are some videos I took with my camera, too...


Monday, August 20, 2012

McCall's Quilting: Quilt Block Reference

One of my favorite websites that I go to on an almost daily basis is McCall's Quilting.  I subscribe to their email newsletter and I also get a lot of amazing quilting patterns from their site.  While checking my emails today, I was reading my most recent newsletter from McCall's Quilting, and just had to share their Quilt Block Reference with my readers.  If you enjoy making quilt blocks, then you definitely want to check this out...  FREE Quilt Block Patterns


Monday, August 13, 2012

The Quilt that Built a Library...

I used to live in Princeton, Wisconsin, right up the road about a block and a half from the town library.  I walked to the library at least once a week to borrow books on quilting & sewing, as well as audio book cd's.  I love to listen to audio books while I sew.  I love thriller fiction, thus my favorite author being John Saul.  For being a small library, I never seemed to run out of good books to borrow, or audio books to listen to.  I miss living in Princeton, and I equally miss the library.  I stay connected by keeping up on the library's fund raiser, The Quilt that Built a Library.  I have also made and donate a quilt block to the cause, and encourage anyone reading this, if you can sew, make a quilt block and donate it if you feel so inclined!

The Princeton Public Library is not only trying to raise money to put on an addition, but they are also working with Project Linus through all of this.  You can read all about it here: The Quilt that Built a Library

International "Quilt a Block" fundraising project
launches in Princeton, WI. Calling all Global
Quilters to give the gift of love.
The Princeton, Wisconsin Public Library needs a new building
addition. Project Linus
needs blankets for children. What could be a better
answer to both needs than your love of quilts?
By quilting a block you can give the gift of love to
a child in need. To contribute your quilted block
requires a $5.00, tax-deductible donation (per
block.) Your donation goes to the Princeton Public
Library building fund, and your quilted blocks go to
Project Linus to be made into quilts for children in
• Finished sized block to be 12” x 12"
(entire piece 12 ½” x 12 ½")
• Fabric must be washable and pre-shrunk.
(no wool please).
• No buttons or sew-on embellishments that
a child may swallow.
• Styles may include, but are not limited to,
pieced, appliqué, embroidered or traditional.
• Themes: toys, animals, birds, faces, plants,
seasons, children’s book themes &
characters, whimsical, or whatever your
imagination can conceive.
• You may quilt as many blocks as you wish.
($5.00 per)
• Project open to anyone on planet Earth.
• All entries must be received by
March 31st, 2013.
How to enter:
Visit for complete instructions
or mail your block and $5.00 tax-deductible donation to
address below. Both street address and PO Box must be
included. Checks should be made out to Princeton
Public Library. Please include your name, address, city,
state, phone number and country if outside the US.
Princeton Public Library
424 West Water Street
PO Box 234
Princeton WI 54968

All entries are eligible for an exclusive quilt drawing.
In May 2013, an elite panel, including Nancy
Zieman, creator of Sewing With Nancy the # 1
sewing program on Public Television, will judge all
blocks received. Thirty blocks will be chosen by
the judges to create a full-sized bed quilt (72" x
88") by Princeton Quilt Shop owner, Sandy Mason.
One lucky quilter will receive that quilt and be notified
by May 12, 2013. You must donate a block,
along with the $5.00 donation to be eligible.
The quilt will be shipped to the winner.
The Princeton Public Library reserves the right to photograph and display your blocks
to the public, along with your name, state and/or country.
Watch our website:
for updates and photos of your quilted blocks.
Follow us on Facebook under Princeton Public Library and
join our blog at:
Have Questions?
Terry Kohl
Vicki Duhr
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Baubles in Princeton, WI

There's also an article about it featured in The Quilter Magazine's August/September 2012 issue!